Annie & Moira
Annie & Moira
In 2004 we organised an Everest trek direct with Far Out Trekking, and we cannot praise them highly enough. From the welcome at the airport, complete with fresh flower garlands, to our farewell three weeks later nothing was too much trouble, and our welfare and safety were always paramount.
We booked direct on recommendation, as we had specific things we wanted to see and do, and we also wanted our trip costs to go direct to the people of Nepal. What a fantastic trip we had! Our guides Nima and Dorji were brilliant, great fun, and great organisers – we always seemed to get the best rooms in the lodges, and at Tengboche, where we stayed for 3 nights for the Mani Rimdu festival, we stayed in a brand new room, only just open, with a perfect view of Mount Everest!
We were looked after magnificently, to the extent that a gammow bag [portable oxygen chamber] was with us on the whole trip, even though there were only two of us. But the height of luxury came as we got higher and the nights got colder – two hot water bottles were produced, and every night Dorji faithfully filled them up and pre warmed our sleeping bags!! I don’t know of any other company that would go to those lengths for their clients.
Everything about the trip was so memorable – the private blessing from Lama Geshe at Pangboche Gompa that Nima organised for us; the solemnity of the Sherpa memorial, the unforgettable view of Sagamartha from the top of Kala Pattar and the final goal – base camp!!!
We were so impressed with Far Out Trekking that we asked them to organise a trip to Tibet in 2006 and again everything more than lived up to our expectations, even though we had to take an organised trip within Tibet. And we are planning to take a further trip in 2009, to Bhutan, again organised by Far Out – we wouldn’t dream of using any other company for any trips in the region.