Having searched around a year ago for a guide company, I am so pleased to have found Highland Expeditions. The communication with Passang from even before booking, was fantastic, right up until we flew back home after our trek. Both he and Dawa looked after our four person group (myself, my partner and two friends) when we arrived, answering all our questions and putting our minds at ease before we even got to Kathmandu.
Our two guides, Phunu and “small” Pasang, were nothing short of amazing, really engaging, funny and very good at looking after us. This was particularly evident when one my friends came down with AMS and Phunu stayed up all night helping sort out issues with contacting the so-called 24hr insurance company number (it’s not 24hr) for a helicopter evacuation from Gorek Shep. They both looked after us every morning, day and night, serving tea, and food and laughs. Paperwork was done in advance and we never had to wait for anything.
Our porters, Mothi and Ajay were fantastic and I am amazed at how fast they moved carrying our duffel bags, which were always at the Tea Houses waiting for us.
I celebrated my 50th birthday partway up (at Khumjung, on day 4) and my partner celebrated her 45th birthday on the way day, a week later. We were surprised by birthday cake, singing, small gifts and Sherpa blessings. Birthdays we will never forget.
The last dinners we had with the guys were great, with good food, music and crazy dancing. Cannot recommend Highland Expeditions enough! We will be going back for another trek and will definitely be going with Passang and team again. Can’t wait!