We were a couple that just finished the Gokyo trip. The experience was amazing, and Trekking Planner (Dipak, our guide Bhanu, and all others that helped) did a great job. My girlfriend was worried by altitude sickness, and we had a slow and steady trek, and in the end, we both managed to “climb” to the 5360 m high Gokyo Ri!
We are extremely grateful to Trekking Planner for this experience. The weather was amazing (I really recommend going in mid October), and so were the views of course! The culture, nature, food and overall exercise you will do on this trek are amazing.
Moreover, after Namche Bazar, it becomes much less crowded (due to the fact, that hundreds go to see Everest Base Camp), and we really wanted to avoid the crowds. The Gokyo valley is peaceful, serene, and offers breathtaking views on Cho Oyu troughout the trek, and on Sagarmatha (Everest) on several occasions (basically, everytime you “climb” a bit higher).
What I would like to emphasize is, that everything went extremely smooth – we noticed a lot of other groups/couples/individuals, that were stuck either on Kathmandu or Lukla airports, due to delays in flights, or flights just not happening at all (not uncommon in Nepal). Dipak and his team however did all they could, and brought us to the Everest area and back on the planned dates. I think this is where they stand out – making your trip a care free experience.
Together with that, Dipak and his team make everything to make you feel appreciated – from the warm welcome with Marigolds at the Kathamdnu airport, to the farewell golden shawls you receive as a token of good luck.