Before finding Shiba's office we had spent a disheartening hour speaking with another trekking agency. There were lots of good online reviews but quantity does not guarantee quality. A hard sell put us off and they didn’t seem to have our best interests at heart.
Luck intervened and we randomly chose to walk into Shiba’s office at Life Himalaya Trekking Pvt Ltd, Narsing Chowk, Thamel Marg, Kathmandu.
First impression: a friendly and quality business. After discussing walking options with Shiba, we went to grab dinner then returned to meet our guide and porter.
Both were professional and showed great care to ensure that we were happy and comfortable. We also enjoyed many laughs during the trek.
I would say booking and guide and porter is essential. Why?
1) Value for money - Good businesses like Shiba’s treat their guides and porters well which means high service standards.
2) Better experience - 10 days walking in the Himalaya isn't always easy, why make it harder by carrying a heavy pack, it’s meant to be a holiday, right?! (Whoever you choose, make sure you book a trekking company that don’t overload porters).
3) Jobs - Tourism is the main industry in Nepal and employment of guides and porters is essential for the economy.
4) Peace of mind - Guides take care of things should they go wrong. During our trek, we passed one lady walking alone who slipped and hurt her leg. If it wasn't for the kindness of strangers she could have been alone in a very difficult situation.
5) Reduced risk - High altitude walking can affect us in unpredictable ways. Good guides have expert eyes and will notice before you when things might be getting too much.
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The day you walked into changes was blessed day, because through our conversation I got to experience a bit of Nepal. For that, I want to thank you.
Now I am back in Canada, I’m of two minds. Part of my brain telling me how much I take for granted . a white porcelain sit-down toilet, a shower that flows never ending hot water, central heating appliances a new car. Yet to touch down in Canada right smack in the middle of Christmas madness, is frightening. People are spending so much money on needless gifts. I constantly think of how often they sang and whistled under those heavy loads and how all this joy came from something “inside”. I’m in culture shock. Even though I’m all of your amenities. I see clearly that all of us have too much of everything and that we’re not happy about it.
Yet the other half of my brain, while waxing nostalgic over Nepal, does not want to live that life style. Enough of Dal Bhat! Enough of all band food flavored wit yak dug smoke! Enough in freeze ass mornings with no showers! Yet never enough of Nepal itself and its beautiful street scenes landscapes and people.
Our trip was excellent in that,organize Shiba Hari rijal , for all his inexperience, has the personality to make things happen. He is intelligent and very sensitive to the feelings of others, so right from the get-go , he hired the right guide, porters and paid attention to those in our group who needed it. For several reasons, we fortunate to have a small group of 3. The only drawback I could see was that shiva didn’t have enough medical savvy and there could foreseeable be problems in that area in the future. We were thankful we visited the medical clinic in Pheriche, because Dr. Anderson taught us a lot and helped us with what was in the kit. I don’t know if you are aware of this, but Dr. Eric Anderson told us that 8 people had died during the two weeks we were trekking . 6 of AMs left unattended, one helicopter pilot whose chopper crashed after he picked up woman suffering from AMs and a man who was gored by yak. The combination of the visit Nepal 1998 campaign, “into thin air” by Jhon Krakauer and the Imax Everest production are bringing droves of people to the Everest area who have a concept of what it takes to get there and back safely. Thank you for insisting that (1) we hear the talk at the Pheriche and (2) that we have acclimatization days and (3) what we go slowly, eat and drink liters of water.
I picked up my slides today and viewed them. More than once I instinctively put my hand over my heart. I was moved by what I saw on the screen. The whole spiritual, emotional and physical experience came flooding back and for that is want to thank you.
I am very impressed with all of those I met at life Himalaya Trekking. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend that company for fine people. I look forward to seeing you the next time are in Canada. In fact, I would be happy to organize a get –together of our group so we can all visit you at once. If I can collect anything to send back with you (i.e fleece clothing or English dictionaries) to Nepal the next time you are in Canada , just let me know. That kind of thing comes naturally to me. Ohm. ohm. and Namaste
Barbara Ann Davis
As a group leader I did write many agency but the Life Himalaya Trekking responded me fast and got to meet with Shiba, the director. He was very well informed for Everest trekking and gave me the right answer and booked the trek with him and his company.
Ten of us from Canada and 5 porter and the guide Prem did Everest base camp 15 days trek. they were hard working and making even more enjoyable and fun for us. We are thank full to Life Himalaya Trekking and their team for the unforgettable Everest experience.Matt
14 April 2016
My wife and I here just returned from a 10 days trek to Annapurna Base Camp. Although the monsoon hasn’t brought expected nature the trek itself the guide (Shiba) and the porter (mega) made fantastic. The dads’ pointed for a phenomenal morning at ABC where we found ourselves surrounded by many snow capped pears p. the tea house which Life Himalaya selected for our overnight stay was wonderfully typical of Nepalese culture and every one we met (absolutely lovely one) was courteous, friendly and a pleasure to be around. ……….. Which trek to so on and which of the numerous companions to go with Life Himalaya and ABC stood out above the treks .Shiba managed our every need and listed to our menu and thoughts was genuine instant and career. ABC is a great trek especially for the time of fear ………………. I highly recommend ABC trek and Shiba with Life Himalaya trekking.
Paul noble /Jessica noble
12 May 2016
Thanks a lot to Life Himalaya trekking and in particular, our excellent organizer Shiba Hari! We have just completed the 21 day Annapurna circuit – the most challenging experience- great views of the Himalaya and great encounters with many Nepali and fellow trekkers.
Nepal is a marvelous country! great culture and nature. The people of the hills are extremely nice and friendly. Our guide helped us understand a little more of that culture (which is much diversified around Annapurna) and a lot about the geography! Overall, it’s been a fabulous experience.
The Annapurna circuit trek is very challenging job it is good to take some days off along the route. We stopped in Manang, Tatopani, and Ulleri for 2 nights which gave us the chance to take it easy. All guest houses and tea houses were great and have their individual characters. Since we were with a guide, we didn’t have to worry about logistics or route finding or money or emergencies. All we had to do was what we came here to do TREK IN THE HIMALAYA!
Phil Wilson and Caroline Ducheshe
Ottawa, Onterio, Canada.