This is the second trek we have undertaken with Hiking Himalayas. In 2010 we trekked to Annapurna base camp, this time we trekked to Everest Base Camp. We chose to start the trek at Jiri rather than fly direct to Lukla and then fly back to Kathmandu. Hiking Himalayas Treks organized all the details of the trip efficiently, from bus and plane tickets to Tims cards. The trek took 19 days and during all of that time our two porters Depish and Anil and our guide Hari Nepal looked after all our needs. Hari Nepal is a very knowledgeable guide. He can accurately assess your ability and therefore how long it will take to get from one place to another. He knows the country well, not just the trails but also about local people local customs and Nepali culture. He is an excellent companion and one of the happiest people we have ever met. Our two porters were attentive to our needs. We chose an all inclusive package which included airport pick up and departure, accommodation and food as well as the costs of the guide and porters. We considered the price to be good value and it included little extras like tea and biscuits on arrival at the lodge each evening and fresh fruit with the meal, a nice touch.
Hiking to Everest base camp is demanding and having a guide and porters that you can trust and depend we think is essential. We would not hesitate to use Hiking Himalayas again and commend them to you.
Bob Crossland and Dave Clarkson