29th December 2018

Amazing Everest Base Camp Trek with Trekking Planner

I booked EBC and Kala Patthar trek with Trekking Planner in May/June 2018. Initially the date I wanted to go wasn’t available on their site, but when I contacted them they opened up a date that I wanted. 
It is a small company, I found them to be honest and upfront. I did not feel at any time that they were trying to upsell me anything.
They picked me up from the airport when I arrived and then I opted to visit some major landmarks in Kathmandu as I had arrived a day before my actual trek.
Unfortunately, the weather was inclement for flights from Kathmandu to Lukla. I spent pretty much the whole day at the Kathmandu airport but the flight never took off. There were people waiting to take the flight from two days prior to me. Next day the same issue, weather was bad. However, later in the afternoon the owner of the company was able to manage to fly me out to Lukla in a chopper which was nice.
The guide was a young person in his mid twenties and so was the porter. Guide was fun and responsive to my needs, however I felt the porter needed a little more training and wasn’t quite as responsive to your requests.
Since, I had already lost a day and I didn’t have any buffer day I wanted to finish my trek couple of days earlier to build a buffer to fly back to Kathmandu from Lukla.
We skipped a destination on our way up and continued to the next destination. It caused me a bit of an altitude sickness. The guide was on his toes and was constantly monitoring my oxygen levels in blood. Next day my oxygen level came back to normal and we were able to complete the trek. On our way back we hiked straight from the EBC to Namche Bazar and save a day.
Sure enough, I got stuck in Lukla one more day because of the bad weather, like many other. But the following day the owner was able to manage for a chopper for me, believe me not there were a lot of desperate people to fly out of Lukla but not everyone was able to fly back like me, immediately.
I highly recommend this company. 
The staff and owner is courteous and they seem to have good network with airline and chopper companies.