We have just completed the Annapurna Circuit trek, hiking for 18 days (21 if you include the days either side in Kathmandu) with Norsang Lama (Guide) and Milan Tamang (porter) through his company High Camp Trekking. We could not recommend Norsang and Milan highly enough. Norsang was very easy to communicate with via email and quick with responses to our questions - and our shuffling of dates - when needed. He was able to give us a detailed list of what to bring with us (both medical and gear) which made the preparation easy. He was there to greet us when we arrived close to midnight at KTM airport and took us to our accommodation. This was just the start of the continual care and attention that lasted throughout the whole trek. His knowledge of the surrounding areas is extensive and he never grew tired of our questions about plants, people, animals and, of course, the mountains. At every stop our needs were taken care of first and we always felt very well looked after and safe. When trekking through precarious paths we were reassured and guided with a gentle "Bistari Bistari" (slowly, slowly) - this was especially helpful over some of the tricky and rough terrain that we covered. Neither of us were sick on the journey and the attention to prepare us for the high altitudes was excellent. Both Norsang and Milan are honest, warm and hard working people. Although we met people doing the walk themselves, we feel they were missing out on so much important information and details about the culture and places that you cannot find in a travel book. It also allowed us to enjoy ourselves and not worry about logistics, as well as employing locals who know the area. We highly recommend Norsang and High Camp Trekking and look forward to our next adventure with them.
- Brian and Lisa Wellings Australia 02 42853819 email@example.com
My fiancée and I had the trip of a lifetime in Nepal with Norsang Lama as our guide and Prakash as our porter in the beginning of February 2018. We had been traveling around Southeast Asia and knew we wanted to come and do a trek in Nepal, but I wasn’t sure where to start. I started doing an insane amount of research, sending lots of emails, and I found High Camp Trekking. SO GLAD I DID! Norsang responded to my email right away with a great price, great itinerary, and clearly a lot of knowledge. I was nervous about actually booking a trip, but he made it easy to take the plunge! He sent us the itinerary, costs, list of equipment that we would need, and ways for us to get in shape for the trek. I felt very secure and confident going into it because he made me feel like I could do it, even with little trekking experience. We did the Pikey Peak Cultural trek, which was 7 days (9 days including transportation ) and it was perfect for my skill level (actually quite a bit challenging for me!). The peak is at 4067 m, so the altitude affected me a tad, but Norsang was there to help guide us and keep us feeling healthy and safe. We even got to see Everest which was definitely a highlight!! Before we started trekking , he got us situated in the hotel, went over all the details, and he even took us to the monkey temple to teach us about Buddhism and other aspects of Nepalese culture (which he did throughout the trek as well). Also, when we got back to Kathmandu, he brought us to his home for lunch which was a perfect and generous way to end the trip. His encouragement and patience throughout the whole process was amazing and I would recommend him to anyone! My fiancée and I plan on coming back and doing another trek with him someday! Thank you for everything!
- Grace O’Connell USA 17163197945 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nosotros hemos viajado tres veces con Hight Camp Trekking, y sólo tengo palabras de agradecimiento para ellos. Nuestro trekking suponía algo especial, diferente y duro. Junto a mis hermanos Santi y Gonzalo, y mi marido Víctor, buscábamos la tumba de otros dos hermanos, alpinistas y fallecidos en el Pico Pumori. Fuimos en 2013 y quedamos aislados en Gorakshep durante 5 dias por la impresionante nevada que hubo. No pudimos llegar. En 2015 nos pilló el terremoto, muy dura la experiencia. Pero en 2016 los astros y las montañas se alinearon y conseguimos nuestro objetivo. Tanto Norsang como su padre han hecho posible este sueño nuestro. GRACIAS TUCHICHE
- Reyes de Miguel España 677509407 email@example.com
We had a wonderful time in Nepal with Norsang Lama as a guide and Biren as a porter in the first week of November 2017. Initially we were supposed to go to Everest side and because of bad weather conditions we couldn't fly to Lukla. Since our timing was tight, he offered to do an alternative trek in the Annapurna : Mardi Himal. He organized everything in few hours and we were able to depart to Pokhara the day after. During all the trek, Norsang made sure that we had a room in all the tea house, adjusted the pace to ours, took care of us and shared his 20 years experience of the mountain and his knowledge of Nepal with us. We particularly appreciated that he adjusted the program on the spot. Since we could finish a bit earlier the Mardi Himal trek, he added additional stay and visit in Pokhara : we could enjoy the stunning panoramic view from the uphill Stupa! So if you want to have an amazing experience in the Nepal mountains, do not hesitate to contact Norsang.
- Marie and Thomas France Capelle.firstname.lastname@example.org
We completed Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek with Norsing Lama of High Camp Trekking, January 2017. This was our first proper trek and from the reviews we decided that we would meet up with Norsang and discuss trekking ABC, in mid winter. He was overly helpful from the get go. As we both live in Vietnam we didn't own any proper trekking equipment and essential items (apart from boots which we had previously warn in). He sat down and went through in great detail the daily itinerary and wrote us an extensive list of what we should purchase on the trek. He filled us with great confidence due to his depth of knowledge, fluent English ability and amazing personality. Follow his advice and buy every thing he suggests as we ended up using every thing on the list. The trek was 9 days in total and 2 days travel. We found parts of the trek challenging due to the weather (ice and snow) and steep up and downs, and the fact you would be trekking between 5-8 hours per day (we were slow trekkers). This hard work paid off. The landscapes, nature and scenery were phenomenal and words can't describe how beautiful and enormous the mountains were. The trek covered many different terrains including jungle, tea terraces, valleys and mountain passes. It was so beautiful and there is no way you can't love this trek. The tea houses are basic but offer a good variety of food. Most teahouses offered comfy enough beds and after a full day trekking we fell to sleep very early every night. Norsang was incredible the entire trek. He speaks in fluent English with a clear accent. He taught us so much about the mountains, local and national culture and politics as well as lots of very interesting information about the trek. Without his knowledge it would of been no where near as enjoyable. He does everything he can to make the trek as rewarding as possible. He is a very patient person and allowed us excessive breaks. By the end of the trek he has become a friend. I can't emphasise enough how amazing Norsang was at guiding us through the ABC trek. I wish him all the best for the future and hope that many more people get to experience what we did.
- David and Chloe England 07908206652 email@example.com
Kongma La Pass (5,530 m), Nepal 2016 This photo tells millions words, Sanjay Lama and Jungbu (@High Camp Trekking), they are not only our guide and porter, they are friends. They are great. This is my 2nd trip with High Camp Trekking, I will return and hike with Sanjay and Jungbu again for 3rd trip and more.
- Sutheera Praphutdee Thailand firstname.lastname@example.org
In Oct 2016, my wife and I engaged Samden (guide) and Ganga (porter) through High Camp Trekking for a 13 day Annapurna Circuit trek. Norsang from HCT Samden came to our hotel and were very thorough explaining what to expect, checking that we had adequate gear, how to stay healthy & fit for the trek. Norsang was helpful & responsive by email prior to our trip. Samden & Ganga took great care of us from when we commenced our journey by public bus from Kathmandu through to our farewell in Jomsom. Daily, Samden checked how we were, suggested good distances to walk, gave helpful caring useful advice. Samden knew the trek very well, giving a good overview & insights for each day, highlighting places along the way & always helpfully answering questions. They were always cheerful with a good sense of humour. Samden has a very caring nature. We were able to develop a good relationship with both Samden & Ganga and recommend them along with Norsang.
- Adrian Australia email@example.com
Our experience un Nepal has been incredible. We didn't have much time to do a long trekking and thought that may be a problem. We were so wrong. Norsang from High Camp Trekking managed to offer a very good short trekking (5 days) Gandrug CIrcuit. The landscapes were amazing and everything was scheduled, we didn't have to worry about anything. He provides excellent service and he is always caring for the well being of the clients. Very professional in his job and realiable person. When we come back,we will do a longer trekking with High Camp Trekking without a doubt. Flexibility and professionality are the simbols of the company and the people involved.
- Sara Rodríguez Spain Sara_blb@hotmail.com
If you are looking for an experienced and trustworthy guide you are definitely right here! You don't have to look any further than Norsang and Sanjay and their company. My sister, a friend of mine and me absolutely loved our time and trek in Nepal! We did the 16 days Annapurna Circuit trek in April/ May 2016. Everything was super organized: airport pick up, trek schedule with day's worked in to acclimate to the high altitude, briefings, clean accommodations with cozy rooms (Sanjay (our guide) always gets the room with the best view for us) and delicious food (we were free to choose what we liked from the menus). The trek was just incredible. Challenging, especially the way to Tilicho Lake, but absolutely worth it! The nature scenery is just stunning, nature is still the best artist. We learned a lot about flora and fauna, the Nepalese culture and history and all the different kinds of Buddhism and ethnic groups. But beside all that it's Norsang, Sanjay, Milan & Rajendra (our porters) who really made this time memorable! They are amazing! All the funny evenings playing cards, their precious advice, engagement and enthusiasm, knowledgeable and so heartily, always helpful and taking care of us. Nothing was too much trouble. Thank you guys! We will surely always remember! See you next time! I can't say enough good things about them. Without any hesitation I can highly recommend High Camp Trekking!
- Mi-Sin Chung Germany firstname.lastname@example.org
We absolutely loved our visit to Nepal. We visited in March to Early April 2016. We highly recommend High Camp Trekking. The route we chose was EBC (Everest Base Camp). Our guide was Sanjay Lama (Norsang's brother). For our family of 5 (with children 9, 13, and 15) we had 3 porters (Furi, Pasang, Jungbu) plus Sanjay our guide. Jungbu hiked with us and it worked out great to have an additional helper on all the hiking days. Sanjay and Norsang came to meet us the day before we flew to Lukla to talk about the trip and took us to get last minute items in Thamel. On the trek we stayed at good tea houses and always had good options for food at each location. We were a unique group in that we had children. We did not see many children on the trek, but we felt confident with our guide and the schedule they planned with days worked in to acclimate to the high altitude. We did experience some illness and some high altitude issue, but the flexibility of the schedule helped us and we were able to successfully make it to Everest Base Camp and back safely and within the time we had planned. We highly recommend you go with High Camp Trekking. I made inquiries with other companies and individuals and I feel very fortunate that we got great service and value for the money spent with High Camp Trekking.
- The Merrill Smith Family (with kids ages 9-15) USA email@example.com