Amazing Himlanayan trek with Nimesh and Birkaji.

By: Timothy I
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Ace did a great job with many aspects of our trip. From our initial inquiry, to finalizing trip details and payments, airport transfers, hotels in Kathmandu and most of all setting us up with our guide Nimesh and porter Birkaji.

Nimesh did a wonderful job explaining the history, culture, and lifestyle of living in the Himalayas. His evening discussions left us feeling prepared for the next days activities. We never felt rushed and always motivated to finish our daily hike.

When you reach EBC I highly recommend the morning hike to Kala Patthar. It was the hardest hike of the trip but so worth it. Seeing the sunrise in the Himalayas is not something I’ll forget.

Ace definitely has some opportunities for improvement. During our trek the tea houses we stayed in seemed to always be older and in worse shape than others. I understand the last couple villages this can’t be helped but from Lukla to Dingboche we were always in older accommodations. Namche could be the one exception except one room we didn’t have power outlets and the second the sink didn’t work and there was mold in the bathroom. I wonder how often anyone from management has actually stayed in these tea houses.

During our post trip debriefing with Sujan. I brought up our concern about the tea house quality and he was very dismissive. He said “they might look better from the outside but inside they’re all the same.” I disagree as we checked out other tea houses on the trek and found them to be nicer and some were as little as $10/night for a much nicer room.

You will be required to have trip insurance and I recommend you get one that covers a helicopter ride in case your flight is cancelled as this happens frequently. We told Ace we were willing to pay for a Heli ride back from Lukla to KTM but they weren’t able to get us a flight. We ended up getting a ride with other trekkers who had found a ride thru Heli Everest. If your flight is cancelled and you pay for Heli Ace will not refund your ticket price.

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