William Stephens and Valerie Stephens were a part of Everest High Passes expedition in the Everest region past October/November. The squad had five British citizens. The expedition included Kongma La Pass 5535m, Kala Pattar 5545m, Cho La Pass 5420m, Gokyo Ri 5360m Renzo La Pass 5345m. The 18 days long trek covering the exceptionally adventurous passes in the Highland came to an end on November 1, 2012 at Lukla. After, the completion of once in a life time Himalayan exploration Stephens came to EH office to share their tour experiences.
Here we present their opinions regarding their stay in Nepal.
“Meeting and Handling was excellent and very efficient”.
“Trekking guide, tour guide and supporting staffs were excellent. Bharat Rana was professional, friendly and informative. Dinesh was excellent, aspiring guide. He was friendly and attentive”.
“We stayed in very fine lodges. Lodge staffs did a good job of feeding us on time- freshly cooked food. Sometimes due to very cold circumstances, drinks was not adequate. Hotel Marsyangdi in Kathmandu was excellent and clean with very good food. Our transportation services was spotless”.
“Our itinerary was perfect. Though the tour was tough, it was very lightly executed because of perfect itinerary”.
“At the high places a lot time was spent each morning working out the shortfall in money due to extra drinks. Example, a large pot instead of 1 cups each. Perhaps a slight increment in budget to include more drinks and soups is essential in the high places”.
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The trek guide was very experienced and knowledgeable. The hotels we stayed in were strategically located. The hotel’s staff were all friendly and helpful. Generally we are satisfied. Explore Himalaya’s staff were all responsible and friendly. Good!