Finding a guide for a Nepal trek

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Finding a guide for a Nepal trek
Question: I would like to go to Nepal, and have about 30 days to trek. I would like to try an October 1998 trek to Kathmandu, Lukla, Mount Everest base camp, etc. Any information on U.S.-based guide services that you recommend?

Larry Morgan
La Mesa, California

Adventure Adviser: Because I’m not familiar with what kind of shape you’re in, how much money you’d like to spend, or what you’d like the focus of your trip to be, the best way for me to help you is to list a couple of the better-known companies that offer extended trekking in Nepal. I suggest you call their toll-free numbers to obtain a catalog so that you can get a better feel for what each company offers. To my knowledge, all of these companies have operated for a number of years in Nepal and have a solid reputation, but make sure that you get from them a list of former clients who can vouch for the trip. One month is a long time and a lot of money, so be sure you get satisfactory answers to every one of your questions before you sign on the dotted line.

Aspen-based KE Adventure Travel (800-497-9675) started in 1984 and specializes in trekking, rafting, mountain biking, and climbing expeditions. Utah-based Snow Lion Expeditions (801-355-6555) started in 1988 and offers a wide spectrum of trips, from Buddhist pilgrimages to overland adventures to bicycle touring to trekking. Myths and Mountains (800-670-6984) offers a four-week “Three Stars Over Everest” trek that covers Everest Base Camp, Amadablam Base Camp, and the Khumbu region. Above the Clouds (800-233-4499) offers a number of three- to four-week trekking itineraries in the Everest region of Nepal. San Francisco-based Latitudes Expeditions East (800-580-4883) offers a number of educational, cultural, and adventure itineraries, including "Traveler’s Nepal,” a 15-day expedition, rated “difficult,” that includes rafting and trekking.

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