September/October 2012 – 16 days trek to Langtang – Gosainkunda – Helambu with High Camp Trekking – Norsang Lama.
Having been for the first time in Nepal, we (three Austrians from Vienna and Salzburg) chose High Camp Trekking as our Trekking Tour Operator in Nepal, and we could not have done better. A family – run enterprise, High Camp Trekking offers the experience in the trekking and mountaineering business of more than one generation. Knowledge of how to organize and run trekking tours is being handed down from father to sons. Norsang Lama, manager of High Camp Trekking, not only gave us a helping hand in finalizing our individual trekking tour plan, but was also answering patiently and expertly to all out questions; and we were having quite a lot of them, concerning weather condisitons, trekking gear, packing weight,…!
The deal was made cler in Kathmandu on our arrival day. Price were reasonable, and we got good value for money. Everything went smoothly: Norsang came to pick us up at the guesthouse early next morning and, accompanied by his cousins Satya Man Tamang and Chamar Tamang, our guide and porter, put us on the bus to Syabru Besi; a day’s hike from Kathmandu, the road winding its way up and down along mountain crests in dizzy heights.
From Syabru Besi onwards it is all about walking, 1.000 meters of altitude up, 1.000 meters of altitude down again. Satya Man and Chamar did their best to make the trekking a pleasure to us; they were attentive to our needs, good-humoured, always willing to offer a helping hand, briefing us on each day’s hike, looking out for nice teahouses to stay. The more so, they have been sharing their experiences and their knowledge of the local people, their lives and their traditions with us. They showed us around gompas, yak cheese factories and whatever there was worth seeing. It was never any problem to change the daily itienrary according to our needs, having a rest day there, enjoying the spectacular scenery of ice-capped mountains and subtropical valleys, and speeding up the other day. All in all, we were having a great time, thanks to Norsang and his team, and the 16 days went by quickly.
We recommend High Camp Trekking as a reliable, professionally working trekking operator for any trekking destination in Nepal. We will certainly book with them again when being back in Nepal. For any further infromatoin, please contact me.