First class treatment, organisation, and service throughout from Phuri and his team. Everybody involved was friendly and helpful, and nothing was too much. Did the Poon Hill trail (4 day) out of Pokhara with children (8 & 11 years) and despite my initial concerns about motivating the kids (the younger in particular has a history of sit-down protests in the hills!) I needn't have worried. Phuri was excellent with the children and knew exactly when to step in when things started to challenge them and they needed motivation. Not only did they complete the trail without hardly a grumble, they absolutely enjoyed it as well. Incredible family experience for all of us, and many memories made. I couldn't recommend this route enough if you want to introduce kids to the beauty of the mountains and the lessons of challenge and reward. And Phuri and his team are definitely the mentors to have by your side. Just being able to turn up with everything else organised and taken care of was such a pleasure, and made it possible to just enjoy the experience. Thank you so much Himalayan Friends!
Everything perfectly organised. We went to upper Mustang, which required several flights and jeep rides. Our guide , Dende, made always sure that everything was perfect. The company' s owner , Phuri, regularly contacted Dende to make sure everything was perfect. I asked for 5 star trip, this is what we got! It was amazingly beautiful and confortable ! Strongly recommended, thanks again 😊!!
Phuri knew that some day I would return to Nepal, where we lived 2014-2017, so I could explore the Everest region with his team. We spoke about it. I dreamed about it. We made it happen.
In August 2022, I was fortunate to jump on a plane to Lukla, arrive in Khumbu and spend 12 extraordinary days of wonder and discovery as we traveled up to Everest Base Camp and over to the pristine Gokyo lakes, completing two high mountain passes: Chola and Renjo La.
Phuri, Rinji and Ang Kaila have a way of working together that is unique and unparalleled in the region. They allow you a window into Sherpa culture based on their strong connections and carefully cultivated trekking relationships. Many local leaders became our tea stops and I was able to gain insight into the sociopolitical push/pull factors of the region. I got to stay my last night in their family home and witness potato harvest season.
My guide was pure gold! Not only did Ang Kaila stay in tune with my goals, he pushed me even further than I believed was possible when I let him know I was in marathon training mode. He watched my body, mind, spirit and ensured I was eating/hydrating ever step of the way. We did this adventure together, putting safely first, and checking in all along the way. My porter, Jeevan, was kind and knew the terrain.
Arriving home I look back at this solo trek experience with new appreciation for Sherpas, for the region, and for the close support from Phuri’s wonderful family. You can trek in Nepal with many outfits, and will ultimately have a grand experience, but if you are looking for a way to get out there with a company that cares about you to make the trek truly unforgettable and life changing, I recommend you go with Himalayan Friends!
We knew Himalayan Friends already but this 8 days Buddhist Monastery Trek in the Khumbu Area was one of my best. Phuri took well care from the first to the last moment, we felt highly supported from the Team who organised the Trip from Kathmandu and also from our Guide Pasang and our Porter Dawa, who never lost his fresh smile. Pasang realised our physical capacity and considers it in every moment. It was a very private and familiar Trek where we became deeper friends with Phuris Sherpa Family in the Khumbu Area. Every Step was organised so well and flexible and warmhearted they took care of us. We had been blessed with the best weather conditions and the last days, where it was to rainy to fly back from Luka with a plane, Phuri organised us a Helikopter Flight which was spectacular.
I have travelled around the world for hiking and backcountry skiinig. My trekking to Everest BC and Kalapathar is the best trip of all my trips. My guide Dendi Sherpa was fantastic as was the porter. The trip was well organized and all the details taken care of. I can highly recommend this company and their guides and staff.