In November 2016, my wife Kara and I took our second trekking trip with Climb High Himalaya. The trip was 25 days trekking and climbing Lobuche East, Pokhalde, and Island Peak with some extra days to see Gokyo Lakes, Everest Base Camp, etc. It was another great adventure in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Sangey, our guide, was excellent. He is an extremely strong and knowledgeable mountaineer who always ensured our safety from climbing on steep snow to crossing a tricky stream or even avoiding a minor hazard when trekking on an otherwise easy trail. At times, he literally ran back and forth between Kara and me to make sure we were safely connected to our fixed line when passing knots. Sangey was also a great ambassador for Nepal who obviously enjoyed sharing his wisdom on climbing (often with less experienced guides from other companies), taking us to beautiful places, showing us wildlife, helping us understand the culture, etc.
Sangey and his team went well out of their way to make sure we successfully reached our goals. Sangey pre-climbed most of Lobuche and all of Pokhalde the day before Kara and I attempted them to make sure he understood the current conditions and picked the best route. We had high camps on Lobuche East and Island Peak, a huge benefit that many other groups did not enjoy. On Island, high camp was very difficult for the porters as there was no water available and extra trips to bring up water were required. We were one of two teams on Island that had high camps on our summit day. Many people turned back before reaching the summits of Lobuche East and particularly Island Peak when we were climbing. A large part of our success has to be attributed to Sangey’s careful planning, good route finding, his attention to how Kara and I were doing, and the use of high camps even when such camps were difficult.
Here’s another example of just how nice the team was and how lucky we were to have them. When Sangey, Kara, and I left the snow on both Lobuche East and Island Peak, several people from our group, including Pasang the cook, met us to offer hot tea and cookies and to carry our bags the last mile or two into camp. It was unexpected but a really nice and welcome gesture given how tired we were.
Things went so well for us that we had several buffer days scheduled (for flight delays and lost luggage, bad weather, sickness, etc) that we didn’t use. As we were heading to India next and had cut that portion of the trip short, we wanted to try to rearrange our somewhat complicated travel plans both getting to India sooner and changing our schedule once there. Satyawan, at the Climb High office, rearranged most of our plans as we were trekking back to Lukla and once in Kathmandu even waited in line with us at the Jet Airways office to help us change plane tickets.
Between Satyawan and Amber, also at the office, planning our trip and then executing on those plans, even given the changes, couldn’t have been easier.
I would recommend Climb High Himalaya to anyone without reservations. They went well beyond our expectations to make sure we had the best possible experience. Thank you Climb High for another awesome trip!
Namaste! First of all, let me thank you/Climb High for an incredible experience!
The Manaslu/Tsum trek and Larkya Peak climb were amazing and everything went according to plan. Sange, Dawa and others did an outstanding job – well done to all!
Paul Anderson & Daniella
California, U S A
I just wanted to let you know that I had a safe trip to Kathmandu and back to Austria.
Everything worked out perfect. Thanks a lot to all you guys! It was an amazing experience. I’ll send some pictures once sorted out, but now friends and family want to hear more about the trip 🙂
All the best and greetings to Nepal!
I enjoy the trip the more the longer I am back home. But honestly: it was a well organized trip and I can really recommend Climb high!
Raj and Pemba,
Just to let you know that we have arrived home safely. Thank you again for a wonderful holiday!
Thank you once again for your hospitality, taking care of our group and everything you have done. It was perfect! The flight was all right and everyone is back home – tired but happy!
I wish you all the best.
Much gratitude, appreciation and rave reviews for Rajen Thapa and his entire Climb High team. As a novice climber heading to Nepal on her own to join other strangers for a first climb up a 6000 mt. peak (Lobuche East), I really had no idea what to expect. Although I had booked the trip through an American company (Summitclimb), Climb High operated the trip in Nepal. Our trip wasn’t without some unavoidable logistical challenges; from many delays in the arrival of various members to Kathmandu, four days of delay for our flight to Lukla and some health challenges for some members, we really tested the limits of “going with the flow”. These things happen – especially in Nepal, but Raj and his team handled it all like true professionals and it’s during these challenges that you find out just how good a company is and I really appreciated the benefit of having such a diligent team that knows the locals and how to deal with local challenges.
As for the climbing, we couldn’t have been in better hands. They made the training fun and made sure we were all comfortable and confident before heading up the mountain. Raj was right behind me every step of the way and I owe my summit success to his one-on-one guidance and support. And let’s not forget the Climb High cooks and porters – these are hardworking and impressive people who love to share a smile, a laugh or a song, all while making sure you are comfortable and happy. Altogether they are a great team and I would highly recommend them to anyone, novice or expert, looking to organize or participate in a climb or trek in Nepal.
My sister and I have hired Raj to lead us up Mera Peak in 2007. We didn’t know him then and so it was with some apprehension that we arrived in Kathmandu. Right from the meeting at the airport to the slopes of Mera Peak, we were well taken care of. We couldn’t be more satisfied with Raj and his staff. So when we decided to trek up Mt. Everest in Tibet in September 2010, there was no doubt about, who should arrange the trip for us. Raj has reliable connection in Lhasa and here again, we were well taken care of. Many companies provide good service, but it is when things beyond anybody’s control go wrong that an excellent service is invaluable.
When the rock slides made the road from Kodari to Kathmandu impassible ten miles out of Kodari and Raj’s Kathmandu guide couldn’t reach us at the Chinese border, Raj’s office arranged for a local agent to meet us at the border and drive us as far as he could to the first rock slide, where porters carried our baggage to the next open section and repeated the process two more times using a van and a truck, until we reached the open road. Raj’s guide was the first one we saw as we got off that jam-packed truck with other travelers. Our waiting car from Kathmandu was the first one to leave the chaotic scene. If our future plans lead us to Nepal, the decision whom to use as a guide will be very easy.
Climb High Himalaya provide an excellent end-to-end service including transfers, accommodation and trekking arrangements. Amber is the owner and ensured that our holiday went smoothly and to plan. Our guide, Sange, took great care of us and saw to it that each day on trek was memorable and enjoyable. Sange was responsible for our accommodation each and made sure that it was ready for us at the end of each day by sending the porters ahead with all our luggage. All aspects of our trip were fantastic and I would highly recommend Climb High to anyone contemplating trekking in the Himalaya. I really appreciated the small touched including arranging the repair of my broken boots and enjoying a simple Sherpa specialty of potato pancakes in a small restaurant tucked away in a side alley and used mainly by locals. Visited April 2014