Nicholas Wulfekuhle , 11323 Commonwealth Drive Apt. 102 North Bethesda, MD 20852 USA
I booked with Nepal Hiking Team to do the 16 day Everest Base Camp trek. From the very first email that were all answered with detain information and cordial and friendly dialect, I found Nepal Hiking Team to be amazing! The pre-trek communication via e-mail was great. The correspondence with Mr. Ganga, the managing director of the agency were a pleasure to read and every query that I sent forth was answered with useful information and good resources. Kathmandu is a crazy place to arrive in, everything seems to be moving and changing all the time! I arrived at the airport at Kathmandu at 9 pm and the airport meet-and-greet by Ganga is a welcomed relief. Dropped to the front door of my Hotel, (Apsara Boutique Hotel), the start of this adventure couldn’t have gone better.
The 16 day Everest Base Camp trek consisted of a day tour of certain places and sights around Kathmandu. I visited the Durbar Square, the temple near the river and the two Buddhist stupas. I highly recommend it as you will see parts of the city and the culture and way of life of the Nepalese that you do not get in the shops of Thamel. All very interesting and eye opening. I was sad to see the dilapidation of the Durbar Square due to the earthquake as well, but was happy to see that the reconstruction work were underway.
Then the trek started. The walk to Everest Base Camp is perceived as many different things too many different people who have walked that trail. Adventure is just the beginning of the description of the EBC story. However, altitude sickness seemed to hit randomly, so I took Diamox to minimize the chance. My guide for the trek was Ganga Tamang. He had worked in these mountains for 16 years and the experience really showed. His easy nature and knowledge of the area made the trek an enjoyable, learning and pleasurable. And many thanks also goes to my hard working porter, Mr. Lal Kumar. The return flight to Kathmandu from Lukla, just as memorable as the flight to Lukla from Kathmandu. And again, everything just ran smoothly thanks to NHT management. It was truly a dream fulfilled by Nepal Hiking Team!
Rob and Kim , Washington DC
My husband and I have just returned from a three week trip to Nepal organized by Ganga and Ram and the crew at Nepal Hiking Team. All I can say is that the trip far exceeded any expectations we had. Ganga organized a 13 day trek to Everest Base Camp for the two of us. Our guide Arun Abiral and our porter Mr. Gokul were fabulous. Not only were they professional and took great care of us, they were really fun, nice guys. Arun was very patient with the fact that I am not the fastest hiker and was unsure of myself on some of the rocks. Mr. Gokul, our “Himalayan Tiger” (as he termed himself) knew that I was always tired by the end of the day and he made it a point after he dropped off our trekking bag to come back and take my backpack for the last hour of the walk. He also refused to let us carry anything on the acclimatization day hikes. Arun also carried fresh oranges and apples on the trek and presented us with a lovely plate of fresh fruit each evening after dinner – making us the envy of other trekkers at the teahouses each night. Arun was also open to changing our itinerary when we requested it. My husband wanted to climb Kala Pattar the afternoon we arrived in Gorak Shep to take advantage of the afternoon sun for photography and go the Base Camp the following morning – no problem. Arun made it happen.
The teahouses selected by Ganga were the best that were available (which in Lobuche, isn’t saying much!). We had ensuite bathrooms wherever available and all of the teahouses had western style toilets available.
My husband ended up falling on the way back down, just outside of Namche Bazaar and tore ligaments badly enough that he needed a helicopter evacuation from Namche. Arun and Mr. Gokul took my husband’s pack and helped him back into Namche. Ganga and Ram kept in touch to make sure that the arrangements for the helicopter were taken care. Ganga and Arun also were at the clinic in Kathmandu to make sure we had everything we needed.
Ganga also took care of arranging extra hotel nights in Kathmandu when we arrived back early and took care of getting a refund on the unused flight from Lukla.
I can recommend Nepal Hiking Team without reservation. If you have any questions, please feel free to PM me.
Helen Ridgewell , 27 Rainforest Drive, Innisfail 4860, Queensland, Australia
Trying to organize an Everest Base Camp trek to celebrate my 50th birthday was a daunting task…. where to start, there were so many companies all offering a similar experience… so I picked a few, emailed them and then trusted my “gut instinct” based on their responses. From Gang’s first email I knew that Nepal Hiking Team would be my choice and I never once regretted my decision. From the moment we were picked up from the airport to when were dropped off 26 days later we felt like Ganga and his amazing team were looking after us.
My daughter, my brother and I did the 16 days EBC trek on December 1st and it was an incredible experience. The teahouses we stayed in were comfortable and the food good..We even got fruit most nights on the trek, which as a vegetarian was very much appreciated. Having lived in the tropics and at sea level for most of my life, I struggled with the cold and the altitude so was little bit slow going up the hills… the guide and porters were fantastic, at no stage making me feel like I was holding every one up, and allowing me to travel at my own pace. The other member of the group had to be taken back to Kathmandu by helicopter early on in the trek, this was organized very quickly by Ganga and our guide was excellent at monitoring our headaches ensuring they were not serious. Our 2 porters were absolutely amazing men! When we returned to Kathmandu, we asked Ganga to organize another 7 day adventure for us to Chitwan National Park and Pokhara. Everything about this trip was well organized (in a very short time frame) and the accommodation very nice. We even had the same guide for our 2 day hike up to Australia Camp, which was really nice as we had already established a great relationship with him after EBC.
Ganga, his guides and porters at Nepal Hiking Team are a fantastic organization, very professional, very friendly and very reasonably priced.
I know that when i return to Nepal for my next trek (yes…although it was hard and uncomfortable at times I loved it) I would definitely do it with the fantastic Nepal Hiking Team! Thank you so much for making my 50th celebration a memorable experience.
Shelley Evans , 31 SEAGOE GARDENS, Portadown, co Armagh, BT63 5DZ, Northern Ireland
I can’t say enough good things about the Nepal Hiking Team. My friend and I (both female 30ish!) did the Everest Base Camp Trek and had the most amazing time. Balaram met us at Kathmandu airport with flower garlands and the city tour gave us a great introduction to Nepalese culture and religions. We met Arun our guide, fellow trekkers, provided with the down jackets and sleeping bag the company loan you and then the following day set off for Lukla airport. Arun dealt with everything from airports to tea houses and food orders which let us concentrate on the absolutely stunning views, meeting new friends and breathing of course!
Arun made sure we knew daily plans and very patiently answered our repetitive questions on mountain heights and which one was which. He managed a group with varying abilities very well and always made sure we had correct amount of layers on knowing where it was especially windy and cold. Sadly I suffered from altitude sickness and needed to be airlifted from Gorakshep. Arun organized this efficiently with Ganga and the team back in Kathmandu and on arrival at the hospital Balaram was waiting to help with sorting out me and my friend. In a time that could be a bit daunting I felt exceptionally safe knowing they were there. They arranged a hotel room, picked us up the next day and even took me back to the hospital when I needed a checkup too. As we then had an extra few days before leaving Ganga and Balaram also organized a trip to Chitwan National park with very short notice that was also excellent. We were delivered back to the airport and given scarfs for good luck which ended a simply wonderful holiday (even with the altitude problems!) I can’t thank Ganga, Balaram and Arun enough and would definitely recommend them to anyone looking for a hiking company in Nepal. You will have an incredible experience.
Rainer Hook , Friedrichstrasse 16, 67122 Altrip , Germany
A comfortable trek in the Himalayas!
Thank You Nepal Hiking Team for a very comfortable, well-thought-out and smooth trekking journey for me and my wife! The Luxury Trek was the best trekking journey that we had ever done in our life! It was filled with top-notched accommodations that were very cozy and comfortable to stay in, and the trek itself was amazing and filled with best moments! The view of the mountains like Thamserku and the Kongdi RI from the guesthouse in the mountain was just an ethereal experience! From the first conversation with Mr. Ganga, everything was arranged and information was convoyed very professionally. We were provided the option for a customized itinerary as well, but the existing schedule for the trek was perfect for us to begin with. We had a good Kathmandu City Tour on our first day with the team, and then the rest of the trekking journey was filled with problem-free relaxing trek and hike. We really enjoyed places like Namche Bazaar and Tengboche and truly felt the beauty of the region while at Kalapatthar and when we were at Gorakshep getting ready to hike to the base camp. At instances, we were joined by a couple of other trekkers as well, and we loved the setting of staying at one giant table during breakfast with people from places like Japan and Canada. Stories were exchanged and it was just a lovely time that involved good socializing in the midst of the Nepali Himalayas. We had contact with the head office at Kathmandu the whole time and our guide was one of professional and competent skills. He handled all of the arrangements quite well and it was a problem free experience for us to follow his lead in the mountains without having to worry about anything. We completely enjoyed the mountains (the view of Everest, Lhotse and the Nuptse from Kalapatthar were just phenomenal!) and the villages (Sherpa people are the most warm and friendly people in all the world!) and that was thanks to Nepal Hiking Team and their impeccable organization of the services. It was a grand adventure that we are glad we did and are happy and fortunate to have done it with an agency that is the best in the country!
Malcolm Cutliffe , 4 Station Road Gowerton Swansea SA4 3AJ
I wanted something that was a bit different from the regular Everest Base Camp Trek journey for my second visit to Nepal. I was with Nepal Hiking Team the first time as well when I first did the Base Camp Trek with them a couple of years ago, and their good services back then was enough reason for me to go with them again this year. The Classic Jiri to Everest Base Camp was suggested and when I was given details about the trip, I was quite impressed with what I was getting for the price that I was paying. Also, the trek also had the added places of Jiri and other villages that I hadn’t experienced the first time, so this really made me consider doing this trek. After a prompt and informative conversation with Mr. Ganga, the trip was arranged and it was just amazing. A private trip was arranged for me, with a porter and a guide and the journey was filled with good pictures, amazing mountains, old villages and ‘Nepali culture. Although it was the end of February and the beginning of March when I did the trek, the weather wasn’t so bad and thankfully, I experienced no delays in the schedule. I was with Mr. Narayan the first time, and I requested him to be my guide this time around as well, which was arranged easily. The trek was a millpond of serene atmospheres, distant Blue Mountains and tranquil village-life. I loved walking through the pasturelands and looking at the views of the mountains, the whole experience was one of peace and aesthetics. During the journey, we did not hurry at all, but rather walked on my own pacing. Narayan was helpful and stayed with me the entire time, He arranged the guesthouses and the meals for me, and gave amazing insight into the places and the mountains. My porter was also one of the best people I have had the fortune of meeting because his hard work and dedication shone through with his constant work and punctual toil in the steep mountain trail. Overall, it was the best trekking journey and I am thankful to Nepal Hiking Team for outdoing themselves once again. A good service, caring people and amazing landscapes, the trek was a combination of good moments and satisfactory hours. Nepal Hiking Team truly is the best!
Paul Thomas , 5 Oak Drive The Hollow Littleover Derby DE23 6NT
Thank you Nepal Hiking Team for providing one of the best trekking journeys to us in Nepal. My friend and I really enjoyed our trek and it was filled with amazing and beautiful moments and nature. We would like to point out that, albeit it being an already established fact, Nepal truly is one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the world and we are fortunate to have been in the company of one of the best teams who showed us the country’s wonders in a very light-hearted, fun and enjoyable manner. We did the trek in May and from the first moment of contact with the agency, we were assured that we would be in good hands. Mr. Ganga answered our queries and questions very promptly and with details and information that were extremely useful in our trip. We were given a briefing and plans were also explained to us in detail when we arrived in Kathmandu as well. When we landed, we were greeted by Bhim, our guide during the trip. We enjoyed the city tour on our first day and when the trek started, we were given the best services of the transportation, the meals, the accommodations and other experiences along the way. Our guide was extremely apt at his work and we felt safe and comforted with him. Really, we cannot praise Bhim enough for his excellent work with us during the trip. Our porter was also a very hard-working man and he was always ahead of us during the trek. The villages and the environment of the mountains were extremely lovely and the weather was nice, so we enjoyed our experience in Nepal to the fullest.
It was a dream travel experience and it had everything to do with the services and care of Nepal Hiking team and its members who assisted us and arranged everything brilliantly. The trip was smooth, we did not have any problems or reasons to complain about anything, we got to experience authentic Nepali culture and met up with lots of other trekkers along the way as well. It was a very good experience and a grand trekking journey. Nepal Hiking Team really did the best work and they are certainly worthy of our recommendation!
Jeff Ezell , USA
The Everest Luxury Trek was considered by my family for its best accommodations and services. While consulting Mr. Ganga about the trek as well, we are provided with good reassurance and everything was then arranged very quickly. The date was set on the time-frame that we wanted it to, but when the plans were changed about the initial date, Mr. Ganga was understanding and rearranged it for us, which was simply the best! Finally, when we arrived in Kathmandu in the beginning of May, Mr. Ganga was there to greet us at the airport. My family, consisting of my wife and my 15 year old son, were just over the moon about the whole thing and starting off the trek with a city tour was great for us to learn about the country as well. Overall, where services are concerned, we absolutely have no complaints whatsoever. We cannot praise the arrangements and the organization of the trip, everything was taken care of, it was pre-planned and we did not have to do anything extra except enjoy the journey. We were provided with our own rooms in the guesthouses, we enjoyed our breakfast and dinner in the front porch of the Yeti Mountain Home with the view of the Everest mountain right in front of us. The trek was comfortable and our guide was understanding. He adjusted the pacing and luckily, none of us suffered from altitude sickness, or any problem for that matter. The mountains were clearly visible for a majority of the trek and the villages like Namche Bazaar and Tengboche were lively and vibrant! It was the best trek and we are so glad to have been under such good care, management and guidance by Nepal Hiking Team! Thank you for a phenomenal trekking experience.
Andreas Wuest , Heisterberghof 15 30926 Seelze Germany
One of the best treks I’ve done, the Gokyo Lake Trek really is a more scenic trek than base camp trekking. The trek was done right at the first week of March and the weather was amazing. I arrived late at night and was met by the agency’s managing director- Mr. Ganga, and he also helped me get checked in. The next day consisted of a tour of the Kathmandu city, and a flight to Lukla officially began the trek. It is my first time trekking at a moderately difficult terrain and my mention of this also made my guide- Ram Hari, be concerned for me. He was very helpful and a great company to be around. At all the places, Ram Hari told me facts and showed me amazing locations. He was also the first to arrange everything at the guesthouses too- the food, the room and all else. Places like Namche, Machhermo and the Gokyo Lake itself were so beautiful. The trek was refreshing and inspiring. It is my advice to everyone to do treks in Nepal at least once because it is certainly worth it. Nepal Hiking Team was the best with services and arrangements. All was left on them to arrange and take care of, and that allowed me to not be worried about anything, leaving me to enjoy the trek in peace. Really like NHT’s way of doing things and their care for their customers. Would definitely give Nepal Hiking Team a full grade!