James Ward is a Technical Evangelist for Flex at Adobe and Adobe’s JCP representative. In his bio it is mentioned, “much like his love for climbing mountains he enjoys programming because it provides endless new discoveries, elegant workarounds, summits and valleys”. Perhaps it was his love for climbing that drew him to Nepal Himalayas. Explore Himalaya organized a spring trek to Tharpu Chuli for James and Jenny Ward.
While organizing trips for clients , Explore Himalaya always aspires to make it a memorable and pleasurable one. Working with this objective, EH has been rewarded with “thank- you ” notes and positive feedback from grateful clients. One such note was sent by James Ward. The note is reproduced below;
June 6, 2009
” This letter is honest and truthful feedback about a recent trek and Tharpu Chuli summit attempt with Explore Himalaya. Our guide for our trip was Maule Tamang. Maule’s mountain experience and his deep caring for his clients made our trip an extraordinary one. While we were not able to summit due to adverse snow and weather conditions, we ended the trip fully satisfied with the experience we had in the Himalayas.
Maule’s communication skills and English proficiency exceeded our expectations and did not in any way limit our experience. I don’t know how we would have communicated with some of the tea house staff without Maule. His knowledge about Nepali culture , the mountains, climbing , trekking and may other topics allowed us to learn much more than we expected.
Maule’s attentiveness to time and schedule kept us from hiking in the rain and from feeling fatigued.
With six porters to take care of , Maule was effective and efficient. They all seemed happy with how well he managed them and took care of them. Our summit attempt experience couldn’t have been better considering the poor weather conditions. Camping at high altitudes was done better than any camping experience I’ve ever had. It was so luxurious! Maule did a great job getting camps set up and torn down quickly. He kept us well fed and warm the whole way. As he led us up and down the steep route, we felt safe and secure. In a difficult section he took time to fix a rope for additional safety. Based on Maule’s expert advice we decided not to attempt the summit. The conditions were dangerous , and it was wise of Maule to not push us into an unsafe position. We have peace that we made the right decision.
Overall we had a great trip with great staff and felt that we experienced the Himalayas and Nepal to the utmost! “
Dolpo requires some extra logsistics and Pemba made all necessary arrangements. We also benefited. Both treks were wonderful! from having a local guide- Baba –in Mustang- as this is more of a cultural trek-his personal knowledge was useful.