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I do not see much activity regarding trekking on this forum but wanted to briefly describe a trip my husband and I just completed . Fodors has always been helpful in the past but we did not post questions about Nepal for this trip. We traveled this time with help of Himalayan High Treks out of San Francisco and Three Jewels Adventures out of Kathmandu because we have never traveled to Nepal before and felt we should tap the expertise of people who would give good advice about logistics, staying healthy, avoiding altitude sickness, and gastrointestinal problems.

We traveled from March 13-31 which was a perfect time to avoid the crowds that develop in late March-April. We were booked into Shakti Hotel for the beginning and end of the stay.

Our trek began in Lukla, up to Gokyo Ri to see the glaciers and Cho-yu, back down to Phortse and up to Lobuche and Gorak Shep to see Everest and it's surrounding peaks.

This was a fairly demanding trek. Our guide was careful to be sure we did acclimatized as we proceeded. We remained healthy the entire two weeks which speaks to careful attention to hygiene for example drinking only treated water, drinking plenty of water, using a hand sanitizer diligently before, after and even during meals.

It is surprising that more discussion does not take place before travel about AMS (altitude mountain sickness) in the Himalayas, which can be life-threatening. A guide/travel vendor should highlight this issue (as did ours) foremost when discussing itineraries and schedules. One should not climb (ascend) more than 1000 feet in a day; ideally one should have a layover day every three days; taking a medication called diamox is highly recommended for all except those who are allergic to it.

We saw a part of Nepal that is populated mostly by the Sherpa ethnic communities. This was as much a trekking trip as a cultural view into a way of life appreciated only by traveling on foot.

We felt fortunate to have gotten a glimpse of a culture that is surely changing. With a commitment to get into appropriate condition this is a trip that can be completed by those who long for a journey of a lifetime.

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