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.

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