We spent 20 amazing days in Nepal, 19 of those were with Himalayan Social Journey. Everything was managed extremely well by our guides, and our expectations were exceeded by the service we received. We were fortunate to receive more attached rooms than was advertised as part of the package, and our group regularly received meals before other groups. Even our porters were on the ball to ensure to we received the best service!
We were blessed with amazing views on the way up, and mostly rain on the way down, however as we were expecting this anyway it didn’t hamper our trip at all. Our guides regularly offered to carry our day packs, and offered us their gear, for example one particularly cold day, my husband didn’t pack his gloves in his day pack, so our guide provided him with his own gloves.
I fell slightly ill on the day we visited base camp, and opted to rest after returning from base camp, and our guides were insistent that I take the medication and continued to check in with myself and my husband through the evening and into the next day. Luckily I recovered upon the descent.
While we were used to faster pace than set by the guides, we didn’t feel that we couldn’t go ahead, then rest as we needed, particularly on the way down. Our guide stayed with the slower group member, and we were happy to go ahead.
On arrival back in Lukla, we knew there had been no planes in or out for 5 days. We were concerned, and we were delayed, and expecting to get out on one of the last flights the next day - however our guides came through again and we were able to fly to Kathmandu the day after scheduled and in the morning. As we missed one of our scheduled days at Gokarna, we were offered another night there, to be included in the package, however due to other plans we didn’t take HSJ up on this offer. Another member of the tour group did however.
Whilst on the EBC trek, Himalayan Social Journey also managed our trip afterwards to Chitwan National Park, and we thoroughly enjoyed this safari adventure. We were initially booked on the tourist bus to get to Chitwan but on the drivers suggestion opted to take the private car-good choice! This was a much more pleasant experience.
Experienced, caring and fun - couldn’t have asked for a better experience for our tenth wedding anniversary celebrations! Thank you to Bishnu, Binod and the HSJ team!