I have been trekking in the Himalayas many times and this was the best trip I have had in years. Mingmar (guide) and Lakbar (porter) were exceptional. Mingmar knew people in every village and town along the way, He seems to be some sort of celebrity, we walked approx 300kms and people came to shake his hand wherever we went.
The first two weeks were in an area with almost no tourists. A very welcome relief after the overused treks with thousands of trekkers. We went over a pass which took us to an almost unpopulated area where I had the massive good fortune to see a couple of red pandas.There were cedar forests that blew my mind. I thought they had mostly been all cut down, but here to my surprise were pristine cedar forests on a huge scale.After that we went up Lang Tang valley on a well beaten trail where tourists were there aplenty. It is shocking to see the massive scale of the devastation which the earthquake caused. The mountain people have coped with earthquake damage in a very admirable way. They are calm, kind, hospitable. Some of the nicest people you are ever going to meet on earth ! I can totally recommend Himal , Mingmar, and Lakbar. I hope to go with them to the mountains again one day!
David Fishleigh Perth Western Australia
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