We would like to write a short note to say thanks to you for organising our trip, and to encourage other travellers to Nepal to use Nepal Hiking Agency. We did the Everest Base Camp trek, but only had 15 days due to work commitments – Mr Tilak set-out a personalised schedule for us which allowed us to take in all of the sights, reach Base Camp and get back safely. But that’s not all our flight was cancelled from Sydney, which lost us a day of our trip. At a time when we were pretty stressed, and fearing that our already tight time frame would jeopardize our trip, Mr Tilak was fantastic and reorganised everything (airport pickup, hotel in Kathmandu, rearranged flight to Lukla, change the trekking schedule and accommodation).
For those of you coming to Nepal for the first time, like me, you may be considering doing it all yourself. My experience with Nepal Hiking Agency over the last few weeks is that it is better to leave this to the experts. Trying to get flights to and from Lukla, understanding weather conditions, understanding your own health, forecasting your progress etc. is all time and energy consuming. In my opinion, save your energy for trekking. These guys understand the local infrastructure and how to get things done.
We were guided by Basu, a guy we now would consider a friend. His insights into the area, the landscape, the people were great – mind you he has been doing this for 20 years, so he is an expert guide. We were a bit jaded as we approached Base camp, but he had great advice on altitude sickness prevention and when one of us had a bad night (fever) – it was Basu who took charge and we were able to proceed (if left to our own devices we would have lost a lot of time and perhaps even stopped). He’s also a great card player, and we spent many, in fact most, nights playing (partners). He gave us flexibility in our trip – so we could stop when we were tired or hungry, or keep going if we weren’t. We ate in the best places and there was always plenty. He set a good pace and because of this we were able to reach all of our goals in the time we had, and have a good chat along the way.
We also met other travellers (from Canada and Portugal) who were with Nepal Hiking, and had a ball. We tended to meet up at different times and stay in the same places usually. Their guides (Ram and Hari) and porters were also well organised, and so there was a real feeling of being part of a bigger group – even though there was only three of us. In such awesome country, it’s good to have that kind of security of mind.
I had never been to Nepal before or indeed done any trekking. I can honestly say that this was the best holiday ever, and that it was made better by Nepal Hiking Agency. Their guides, porters, accommodation and food were great. We were also treated to two weeks of blue skies and sunshine, which made a beautiful place even better. The highlight of our trip was probably the Chukkung Valley, with magnificent views of Amadablam, Makalu, Island Peak and the roof of the world. Base Camp was a magnificent sense of achievement, but the trip as a whole will live in the memory for ever for the generosity and hospitality of our hosts.
Thank You Mr Tilak
(ps – I would be happy to provide more feedback to prospective visitors, who can get my email address from Mr Tilak)
COLM, LLOYD AND CATHERINE