Two friends and I recently returned from HGT’s 25-day four-country cultural tour: northern India, Bhutan, Nepal, and Tibet — including a visit to Mt. Everest Base Camp on the Tibet side and an overnight at the historic Rongbuk Monastery Guest House. Travel in Tibet — especially at the higher altitude in the Everest environment was physically, emotionally and culturally challenging but beyond memorable. The entire 25 days constituted the trip of a lifetime. None of those positive feelings would have been possible without the expert, diligent, precise, conscientious planning of Himalayan Glacier Trekking (HGT). Our party of three is “of an age,” and HGT worked with us for months in advance to tweak the itinerary to meet our desires and needs, especially to optimize our opportunities to adjust to higher altitudes.
HGT arranged for all visas except India (which must be done directly), secured needed permits for Tibet, and lined up excellent guides and drivers in all four countries. The logistics were daunting, but HGT never missed a beat. We were greeted at every airport by smiling HGT guides, who not only looked after our needs but were flexible in making on-the-spot changes as needed.
Executive staff at HGT are engaged as well. We met several times with Mr. Naba, the chief operations officer, when we were in Kathmandu. He supplied in-person, practical cautions before our trip to Tibet and Mt. Everest. When I came down with a mild case of altitude sickness, he made sure I received first-rate medical care as soon as possible.
Ms. Vidya of HGT planned our complicated itinerary and attended to the thousands of details that make for a smooth trip. When I look back on it, I can’t believe that all the logistics went so smoothly on such a lengthy trip, in four different countries.
I give Himalayan Glacier Trekking an A+ for customer service and satisfaction, for knowing their business, and for getting us around and back safely.