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Mt. Mera Trek

When my husband and I decided we wanted to trek the Himalayas we did a lot of research to determine the best guides, best itinerary and best route to attempt the summit of Mt Mera. After extensive research we decided on Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions located in Kathmandu. The reviews were all positive and we believe in supporting the local guides, not the larger, well known and more expensive outfitters. Using a local company was the best decision we made in our planning.

From the very first contact with Annapurna Foothills we were confident we chose the right guides. Ngima Nuru Sherpa was always quick to respond to my questions and requests for information. When we arrived in Nepal we were anxious about the adventure we were about to embark on but once we met Ngima and our guide, Dawa Sherpa, we knew we were in good hands. Ngima put us in a nice hotel in the heart of Thamel. We met to discuss our route, equipment and itinerary. Getting into Lukla is always an adventure, but our guide Dawa, had experience to get us smoothly through the stressful check-in and boarding process of a very early morning flight. Once we were in Lukla we met our two sherpas and were more than ready to start our trek to Mt. Mera. I was happy that our guide and sherpas were able to adjust to our hiking pace. They were always accommodating and went above and beyond to make us comfortable and help us along the physically demanding route. Each night as we checked into our tea house or mountain lodge it was apparent that Dawa knew the families that owned each location and they knew him. Each night we discussed the next days route and what to expect.

On such a physically and mentally demanding trek you have to keep your sense of humor. Dawa and our sherpas, Pasang and Chitra all had a sense of humor and had great patience with us as we struggled with loss of appetite, very cold temperatures, exhaustion and high altitude issues. We found great friendship with Dawa, Pasang and Chitra. We were grateful for their knowledge of the terrain, weather and culture of Nepal. When we reached Khare, the last town before the Mt Mera high camp, Annapurna Foothills had all arrangements made with the mountain guide as well as all the equipment we would need to summit. As with any summit attempt there are things out of your control, the weather took a bad turn, (dangerous high winds and very low temperatures), and we were unsuccessful in our bid for the summit. We were not disappointed because the view from high camp was spectacular and we were proud of our accomplishment. Getting out of Lukla airport proved to be very difficult and we were forced to stay an extra day but Dawa, using his contacts in Lukla, was able to get us on the last flight out the next day. Because we had extra days in Kathmandu Ngima arranged a private city tour which was an awesome opportunity to see a more in-depth look at Kathmandu.

On our last night Ngima took us out to dinner to a local restaurant, it was a very special send-off. If you are looking to plan a trek through the Himalayas I highly recommend Annapurna Foothills. They know the business of trekking and mountaineering, they understand the mountains, the people and the unique culture of Nepal. They will become your friends and make you feel comfortable. They are wonderful to work with. You will be in expert hands and will come home with incredible stories, photographs and the experience of a lifetime. Namaste!

Moya Waters2019-02-12

Trek to EBC 2018

First of all, from the touchdown at Kathmandu to the end, I was amazed by this team. From the boss and his Wife to the guides (Sherpas), and porters. They were an awesome bunch. Felt safe throughout the trip. Always there to protect and give us a hand whenever we need it. Not only pulling us up from high n big boulders or pulling us back from falling over and what I remember most is the warming of our hands when we were frozen. Great journey and passionate team. Keep it up!

Chelyn2019-01-30

Wonderful Manaslu cicruit trek - Nov 2018

Huge thanks to Ngima and all the team at Annapurna Foothills. From the moment we arrived in Kathmandu, they made us feel more than welcome and went above and beyond our expectations. I think you will struggle to find a better service and at a fair price with all money being invested into Nepal rather than paying for Western overheads. The trek itself around Manaslu was both varied and challenging. The crowds were not too heavy in mid to late November and weather very good. The only downside is the long bumpy road to get there. Would highly recommend to anyone considering visiting this unique country. Thank you once again!

Chris Dravers2019-01-26

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