Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek

In May 2011 we had the pleasure of completing a trek through the Sargamartha National Park Region of Nepal with Responsible Adventures. The trek group consisted just of my wife & I. We were taken care of absolutely by The Responsible Adventures Leader (Umesh), Assistant Leader / Chef (Chandra) and our porter (Khadka). All three were great guys and really went out of their way to accommodate anything we asked – and often many more things that were totally unexpected. (like wine & cheese along thetrek!)
We enjoyed this trek thoroughly. I think what gave our experience that extra something special was the trekking staff. Being relatively new to long trekking we felt that it was important to go with a guide being our first time in Nepal. This was the best decision we have ever made in our travels around the world so far. We chose Responsible Adventures after many emails back and forth with company owner Raj who was fantastic – answering any question / request I posed. The attention to detail and local knowledge we experienced from Raj was brilliant. Based on Raj’s information, we joined together two common locations, being Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp in a 21 day adventure. Our planned itinerary after reaching Gokyo, was to have trekked back down the Gokyo Valley and then up the Everest Valley to the EBC. Recognising that we were travelling well and had not suffered from altitude sickness to any degree upon arriving at Gokyo, the trekking staff offered us the option of trekking over the Cho La Pass.
Based on the sound advice and professionalism shown by staff to that point, we gladly agreed to take the opportunity to try the difficult climb over Cho La. This was well worth it as the view was breathtaking. This ‘shortcut’ gave us extra time to enjoy the magnificent high altitude areas that the Himalayas offer. Such flexibility with the trek itinerary and obvious efforts to try to exceed the client’s expectations at every chance, really seems to be a focus of Raj and the Responsible Adventures Staff.
After each day of trekking our guides took care of our accommodation at the tea houses, meals and anything else we wanted. At one tea house we over heard other trekkers asking their guides / trek staff, 'why do they get special attention?'. This impressed us immensely!
On returning to Kathmandu, it became abundantly clear to us just how much these guys enjoy what they do! Even after the trek had officially finished, (so there was no obligation to us as clients any more) we took the time to spend an evening at a local restaurant with Raj, Umesh and Chandra (Khadka had returned to his village in the mountains) We had an outstanding night reflecting on the trip and Chandra even bought his wife along to meet us. At the end of the evening we were presented each with a Kata Scarf (a Nepali / Buddhist tradition) which obviously made us feel really special. This was well beyond what you would receive (or could rightfully expect) from any ‘large’ tour company!
It’s those touches that set Responsible Adventures apart from the ever expanding number of tour / trekking companies popping up in Nepal. Coming from Australia, we have never experienced the sheer scale of the mountains of the Everest Region, compared with the Himalayas, Australia really only has ‘bumps’ on the landscape – not the ‘real mountains’ that are in Nepal. If you have a visit to Everest written down on your bucket list, don’t waste any time in getting there, as it is worth it. But while we enjoyed the country and landscapes...more importantly, we adored the Nepali people (like Raj and his staff), as they really made this trip something special!
So if I can offer advice to readers, it would be:
“Trek Nepal...and do it with Raj and the guys from RESPONSIBLE ADVENTURES!”
Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek
Gokyo Lakes and Everest Base Camp Trek

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