5th August 2019

Beyond expectations!

My wife and I did the Everest Base camp short trip in April, 2019. What a great trip! I say this despite the fact that on several key times we had to go to plan B due to weather conditions, etc. First of all, from the very beginning Dipak, the leader of Trekking Planner showed real attention to detail and in promptly answering all of our Qs. All the expectations from the brochure were not only met but we felt were exceeded. Starting with a several hour delay getting thru the airport in Kathmandu, their team was still there to take us our hotel which trekking had arranged-not 5 star but quite nice and centrally located in the city and trekking cultural take off point. Due to construction at the airport (and poor weather) we were given the option of getting to the trekking take off point (Lukla) by helicopter. We opted for this knowing it would add another $600/pp roundtrip but would keep us on schedule. The conditions were so bad that the copter landed about 45 minutes from Lukla but the Trekking Planner guide and porter did find their way and away we went. From then on it was the 2 of us plus the guide, Dhirendra and the porter. What a great team! It is doubtful Dhirendra doesn’t know everyone in the tea house cuiture all the way to the top! He proved resourceful and personally quite helpful (helped my wife navigated suspension bridges and at time even took my own day pack to help me make it along the way.). At another point when the tea houses of one location were totally filled he took is a little further and we ended up with a place with a hot shower! To top it off he was very personable and joy to be around which considering how long you are together is so important. Due to physical reasons we needed a helicopter evacuation at the last point. Trekking Planner was able to arrange that as well. On the practical side given the unknowns being able to flex financially is important on this trip. In addition, we took along cold medicine and anti-diarreah meds both of which came in handy. Also be prepared physically. I joked with our guide that there must not be a word in the Nepali language for “swithch-back”. So much seemed to be at a 45 degree angel straight up. Still, the beauty of the surrounding did more to take your breath away. Since we were off the trek a couple of days early, Dipak was able to suggest several tours including a couple day visit to the Chitwan national park to view rhinos, elephants, etc. Overall, in addition to doing great on what was stated in the broacher, they were quite good at arranging other tours and even throwing in the unexpected (massage at the end!). Very easy to work with and great attention to detail. Highly recommended.