Malcolm Cutliffe, United Kingdom
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!