REVIEWS

Gabby B

There aren’t enough words to express how amazing this company and team is! My boyfriend and I recently completed the Sleep at Everest Basecamp Trek, and it was above every expectation we could have had!

From airport pick up to airport drop off, and the communication pre arrival – everything was covered so that there was not possible thing to worry or stress about. The communication and preparation in advance of the trip answered all our questions and had us prepared for the trek in every way. We were picked up at the airport, had hotels and teahouses booked the entire trip, and half day tour of Kathmandu, a farewell dinner, and a drop off back to the airport upon departure.

We were lucky enough that our trip ended up being private trip with just us, our guide Horizon and porter Bala. I cannot say enough good things about these two men. Horizon was super knowledgeable about the area and trek, he set such a good pace, and daily preparation – we had no health issues, and no concerns throughout the trek. As our guide, Horizon was able to work with us and look out for us in every way – timing our daily schedule to avoid crowds, having our best interest physically and mentally, and teaching us so much along the way! We felt prepared and supported, and even through the challenging sections (because there will be some) we felt safe, secure, and supported! We had an absolute amazing trip and it wouldn’t have been the same without him! We consider him a friend and truly enjoyed every moment trekking with him.

The teahouses, food, planning, and everything along the trek is already organized and planned – no stress along the way. The all inclusive nature of the trip really allows you to enjoy every moment and the true experience without worrying about small details, paying each meal, booking accommodations, etc.

Finally, I cannot say enough about the team at Base Camp itself – if you get the chance to sleep at base camp overnight – DO IT! To sit in the middle of base camp, interact with the team and climbers, and be treated to hot meals and coffee at 5364m – thats a once in a lifetime experience!

This industry has become a very commercialized experience, but I will say that I felt extremely prioritized and that our personal experience, safety, and comfort was always top priority. This company is more than just a trekking company – they provide experience, connection, and memories for a lifetime! We feel so lucky to have done this trip with Highland Expeditions! We highly recommend them for all trekking adventures and would love to return for another trip with them!! Thank you Thank you Thank you!!

Sleep at Everest Base Camp
John R

Had an amazing experience trekking to EBC with Highland Expeditions! Every aspect of the trip from the airport to hotel, trip prep, sightseeing, the guide and porter, people that that transported us, etc. were all very professional, on time, really took great care of us. I can’t recommend this company enough.

Everest Base Camp Trek
Lindsay H

Akash was our main guide, with Jeet and Kalandar as the assistant guides along with 6 porters for our group of 10. We felt safe, taken cared of, and well guided. It was not a challenging trek and we got support all the way to the base camp successfully. Passang and Dawa handled operations seamlessly and efficiently. Highly recommend them to anyone venturing trekking in Nepal!

Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek
Jade S

I don’t believe I can rate this company high enough. I’m not sure I can find the words to describe the high standards of service we received.

From the moment I decided to use Highland Expeditions Passang was available on email and WhatsApp answering all my questions and helping me to change aspects of the trip and nothing seemed to be a problem at all.

Once we arrived we were met by Dawa with a big smile like we were already friends. Everything was then taken care of for us. We were taken to our hotel, booking in was done for us, all transport arranged, we didn’t have to worry about anything except what would would like to eat or drink. KGH was a gem in the heart of Thamel and we couldn’t of asked for a better base on our trip.

Now for the actual base camp trek… it was absolutely perfect. Even if we spent time trying to think of a fault we couldn’t come up with one.
Our guide Horizon was amazing, he also became our pace setter, our photographer, our teacher and our friend. We can not praise him and Bala high enough. We felt safe at all times, we knew we could trust them with any questions or problems we had and nothing was ever an issue.

We were surprised at how good the tea houses were on our stay. You read horror stories but we were really happy with places we stayed and again Horizon went out of his was to make sure we were comfortable at all times. The trip itinerary was perfect to avoid altitude sickness and we had an amazing time throughout.

Another thing I wanted to review was the personal touch received from Passang. He is a very busy man dealing with all the trips and expeditions taking place yet he always makes sure that he meets you at the hotel before and after and we went for a welcome meal. This personal touch also makes Highland Expeditions stand out amongst other companies.

I will definitely be returning to Nepal and would not consider using any other company.

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek
Daryl T

The trek was immaculately organized . You just feel safe traveling with them knowing that thy’ve got your back. Even though our helicopter ride out from Gorakshe was cancelled due to inclement weather, guide Nuru was astute to make the judgment call to hike down to lower elevation to catch it which we did before sunset ! Loboche next with you guys !!!

Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek
Dale S

Highland Expeditions were awesome!

Our guide Passang and porter Sumitt made our 3 passes and ebc hike incredible. The company is professional, knowledgeable and very helpful with every detail taken care of prior to and during hike.

We would highly recommend Highland Expeditions!

Everest Three High Passes Trek
Shivani M

From the very start, Highland Expeditions set a high bar for excellence that they consistently lived up to throughout our entire journey. We started our communication with the company one year prior to embarking on our journey. Passang’s communication was nothing short of impeccable. Before we even began our trip, he provided timely and detailed responses to every inquiry I had—and there were many! Every question was met with clarity and enthusiasm, making the entire planning process a breeze. I had over 100 email exchanges with Passang and I could not thank him enough for his timely, detailed, and thoughtfulness responses. Passang was able efficiently handle changes to our original schedule prior to the start of our trip due to airline flight cancellations, timing changes, etc. We never felt stressed, nervous, or anxious throughout the entire planning process, and we cannot thank Passang enough for this.

Once the trip commenced, their exceptional service didn’t skip a beat. We felt immensely safe and cared for from the moment we were picked up from the airport. The level of professionalism and attention to detail ensured that we could relax and immerse ourselves in the adventure without a single worry. We had an orientation during the first day where we met our main trek guide Aakash. Aakash went over the details of the journey, what to expect, and answered all our questions.

Our trek was expertly guided by Aakash and Kumar (our second trek guide), who handled every aspect of our journey with exceptional care and professionalism. Trekking with my 60-year-old mother meant that we sometimes moved at a slower pace and took more breaks than usual. Both Aakash and Kumar were incredibly understanding and supportive throughout. They ensured that one of them was always by her side, guaranteeing her safety, maintaining a comfortable pace, and providing both laughter and excellent company along the way.

Their attention to detail was unparalleled. Aakash and Kumar made certain that we not only had fun but also took the time to appreciate the breathtaking mountain ranges around us. They answered all our questions and provided invaluable tips and recommendations on how to stay warm as we ascended to higher altitudes.

Over the nine days of our trek, Aakash and Kumar became like family. Aakash often joined us for card games after long days of hiking, ensuring we were well-fed at all our rest stops and consistently checking in on our well-being. On one occasion, when my mother experienced some difficulty breathing, Aakash’s response was immediate and comforting. He stayed closely by her side, helping her through the day with utmost care. Kumar was kind enough to carry my mom’s day pack throughout that day of the trek.

The experience provided by this tour company, especially through the incredible dedication of Aakash and Kumar, was truly beyond expectations. They made every step of our journey feel safe, enjoyable, and memorable. I cannot recommend them highly enough for anyone looking to undertake a trekking adventure with a team that goes above and beyond.

We would also like to thank our two porters during the trek that ensured our duffel bags reached our teahouse/lodges well before we arrived as well. The porters worked extremely hard and we would not have been able to properly enjoy the trip without their hard work of carrying our bags throughout the journey. It’s inspirational to see their hard work. The staff went above and beyond to accommodate our needs, ensuring that each day was smooth and enjoyable.

It’s not just a tour company; it’s a comprehensive service that caters to all your needs with a personal touch. I couldn’t recommend them more for anyone looking for a hassle-free, enriching travel experience. They truly understand the essence of great customer service. Kudos to the entire team for making our trip so memorable!

We hope to come back to Nepal and complete the Annapurna trek, and we can’t wait to be reunited with our friends, and now family, at Highland!! Thank you for being the absolute best and we cannot thank you enough!

Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek
Emmy R

Loved it! Prasant and team were amazing. Every detail of the trip was well thought through and organized from start to finish. Amazing, 10 out of 10!
Thanks for the trip of a lifetime

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek
Jenny B

I just want to say a HUGE thank you for the trip. I got sick in Lobuche and the care I received was unbelievable. Prasant looked after me extremely well and also demonstrated flexibility with regards to the remainder of the trip. I’ve been so impressed with all the organization as a whole. THANK YOU

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek
Nathan C

My wife and I recently joined Highland Expeditions for a Everest Basecamp helitrek for our honeymoon. From the start to the end of our contact with Highland Expeditions, we had excellent communication. Every interaction we had with Passang and the team before, during and after our trek showed at its core that Highland Expeditions has trekking as its passion.

The places chosen to stay at were clearly well established, clean, homely, warm and welcoming. The pace of the trek was perfect for ensuring good acclimatisation and whilst pushing us exertion wise, was entirely appropriate for the trek at hand.

Aakash, our guide for our trek, is incomparable, and is one of the core reasons why we felt so valued and looked after during our trek. No question was too stupid, seeing his interactions with other guides along the trek demonstrated how respected he was, and his interactions with the teahouses we stayed at demonstrated how much embedded in the communities along the trek route that he and Highland Expeditions were. By the end of the trek we felt we had become true friends with him and only want to keep in contact with him if we can in the future.

Passang, the managing director, is a kind, efficacious and efficient individual who bent over backwards, and was always trying to make sure our experience was the best it could be. He is creating a company and establishing both himself and his team as a leader in this field. His dedication and hard work shows in the experiences he creates and the respect he is garnering.

Talking to the team throughout the trek, it is clear that Adventure tourism such as the EBC trek is a crowded field. What is clear with Highland, is that they are a crucial part of the scene of raising awareness of how to preserve nepali values at the heart of trekking along this route, how important it is to recognise and include the communities found along the trek route in forming future plans for expanding trekking in Nepal, and how important local porters and guides are.

I cannot speak more highly of the team at every level of the organisation. If we do wish to trek again in Nepal we will be sure to use Highland Expeditions again.

Everest Base Camp Heli Trek
Norman Lees

Highland Expeditions were excellent from the first time we emailed enquiring to the end of our trip. We took the EBC via gokyo lakes and chola pass trip which I would recomend as it takes you through a diverse range of landscapes and is less busy. Our guides Horizon and Darpan were very knowledgeable and supportive, their positivity and humor really helped get me through some of the physical and mental challenges of the trek. Towards the end of the trip my wife suffered from a medical condition, I was very impressed at how quickly and professionally the staff were able to arrange medical treatment but also how genuinely empathetic and personally they dealt with the situation. Highland Expeditions is a great locally owned and run company 11/10

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Lakes Trek
Larry Le

We recently completed the Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek in Nepal with Highland Expeditions and it was breathtaking – literally and figuratively! The EBC is a challenging adventure but Highland Expeditions maximized our chance of success and enjoyment. The owner, Passang Sherpa, provided excellent pre trip guidance and instruction and responded immediately to questions. From the moment we were greeted with garlands at the Kathmandu airport, we knew we were in good hands. The pre trek stay at the Marriott and the half day sight seeing in Kathmandu allowed us to rest up and introduce ourselves to our new trekking companions/family. The helo flight to Lukla was a mini adventure, but is by far the most reliable way to access the EBC. Our guides, Akash, Kalendar and Jeet were top notch and good natured, adjusting to our quirks with aplomb. The lodging was top end for the EBC (Mountain Home Lodges at Phakding, and Namche Bazaar; Rivendell lodge in Debouche), but the choices at Lobouche and Gorek Shep were necessarily limited. The provided down sleeping bags and parkas were top quality. Electric heating blankets kept us cozy for the first several nights, and hot water bottles were provided for the sleeping bags when electricity was no longer available. Boiled drinking water was provided at every meal so purchasing disposable plastic water bottles was unnecessary. Every day on the EBC is a jaw dropping experience, but our personal highlight was the pre- dawn climb of Kala Patthar (18000 feet elevation) to witness the sunrise over Sagarmatha (Everest). We were very appreciative of the helo trip back to Kathmandu from Gorek Shep; allowing us a bird’s eye view of the spectacular 40 mile trail we traverersed over the preceding 8 days. This trip of a lifetime was made possible by Highland Expdenitions’ excellent itinerary and supervision. You could not be in better hands. Namaste.

Luxury Everest Base Camp Trek
Gregory H

Highland Team is who you want to pick! Outstanding trip to PoonHill – super well planned, organized and executed by Highland team from start of prompt emails with Passang to last day with the whole trekking crew. What a fabulous team – THIS is the crew you want to pick over all others for any of your expeditions in Nepal. Honest, reliable and a super caring team. We appreciated them so much and were sad to say goodbye. Thank you Passang, Arjun and rest of the team.

Annapurna Poonhill trek
Veenita B

I would recommend Highland without any reservations. They run a top-notch operation with great attention to detail. The staff is experienced in dealing with all levels of fitness and any contingencies. The guides assistant guides and porters were all very helpful and professional.

Annapurna Poonhill trek
Nicholas F

Highland Expeditions is without doubt the best company I’ve travelled with. No detail got overlooked and the experience was amazing. All the guides went out of their way to accommodate any requirements whilst maintaining a very professional service. Safety was paramount and I felt in very good hands throughout the trek. I was unfortunate enough to sustain a frostbite injury to my foot during summit night at Mera Peak which unfortunately marked the end of my three peaks challenge. It was at this time when I was most pleased with the exceptional level of service. The guides promptly made contact with Highland Expedition boss Passang who initiated the rescue with my insurance provider. In a little over 12 hours I was back at Kathmandu been seen to by doctors at the local hospital. Passang also made all the last minute arrangements to accommodate me in Kathmandu whilst I changed my travel plans to go back home.
I truly recommend Highland Expeditions to anyone seeking the most amazing hiking experience in the Himalayas, their logistical infrastructure is very well planned.

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