Our trip with Himalayan Glacier was a great experience. I did a great deal of research on trekking companies and decided on Himalayan Glacier due to very positive reviews, an excellent website, very prompt/informative answers to my questions, ability to do custom itineraries and reasonable rates. I also liked the fact that my money was going towards employing a Nepalese staff as tourism is extremely important to the economy of Nepal.
Trip highlights included going to Everest Base Camp, watching sunset on Everest from Kala Patthar and hiking over Cho La Pass. We had limited days in Nepal and therefore did a custom trip at a faster than normal pace. Santa, our guide, was very flexible to our planned itinerary, but also adamant about acclimating properly. We worked out an itinerary that was very satisfactory and everyone stayed healthy at high altitude.
I want to say thanks to our guide Santa. He did an outstanding job. He set up reservations for our lodges, took us to eat at places with safe food for weak western stomachs and kept us on track. Surprisingly Santa’s cell phone worked at most places along the trek. He used his cell phone to confirm lodge reservations, check on weather and even order meals for us before arriving in a village. There are few trail signs in this region. I consider myself pretty good and route finding, but was very glad we had Santa to keep us on track as there are many spurs off the normal path that would have been confusing.
A big thank you to our porter Kesav as well. We did some long days on the trail to stay on our aggressive schedule. Kasav carried a heavy load, as normal, on these days, never once complaining and always with a smile on his face. He also watched after us to make sure we were safe.
Having a guide and porter was extremely helpful. I had thought about doing the trek independently. Sounder minds prevailed, however (my wife). I quickly found a trekking company to be very helpful. Our guide and porter took care of us. Everything from picking us up at the airport to planning every detail of our trip. Flying from Kathmandu to Lukla is not easy. Flights are constantly delayed due to weather. Having a guide to help maneuver the complex system can prove very valuable. You stand a much better chance of keeping your schedule on track when someone is helping who has knowledge of the flight system and friends in the right places. However, even with this help, I recommend having a couple extra days on each side of your trip, so you can complete your trek and make your international flight on time.
My wife and I found the Himalayan Glacier staff to be very professional. There were no hidden costs and our itinerary was very well detailed. The staff went over and beyond expectations to make sure we had a fun and safe trip.
What an incredible journey! The Himalaya are truly magnificent. Just when you think you have seen the highlight of the trip around the corner is something even more amazing. We found the Nepalese people to be very friendly and kind. We will be back.