Amazing 3 Passes Experience
Nov 3 - Nov 23, 2023
I booked my Everest Three Pass Trip with Ngima Dorji Sherpa through the kimkim site. From the start Ngima was fast with providing answers to my questions and was clearly knowledgeable. I decided to chose his guiding company in large part because I wanted a local company and learned Ngima runs the only Sherpa owned guiding operation in Nepal. Once the trip started Ngima was fabulous with airport pick up and the tour of Kathmandu. He was generous enough to invite me and two other trekkers to a book launch party (Step by Step!) and we enjoyed an amazing night and dance party. Nigma somehow arranged me to fly to Lukla direct from the Kathmandu airport, saving the 4 hr transfer. He has fabulous connections and this came in handy a few times. Once in Lukla I met my guide Pemba and porter Dil. Both were super friendly and we got along right away. On trek I was impressed with Pemba's knowledge of the area and the people. He was quite connected to people in nearly every community and it meant some great access to the local culture including visits to schools, health centers and local Sherpa teahouses. Pemba was also great at adjusting our daily schedule when we were making great progress and also did his best to adjust to avoid the more overcrowded towns. On the harder pass crossings Pemba was great with pacing and ensuring we took enough breaks to keep our energy high. Towards the end of the trip I ended up picking up a parasite and both Pemba and Ngima were incredibly supportive to make some major adjustments in the plans and get me the medical treatment I needed. Getting sick is never fun but they did everything they could to ensure it was as smooth as possible. Overall it was an amazing visit to the Himalayas. I loved that the trek was a physical challenge with views that will stay in my memory forever. I cannot say enough great thinks about Ngima. As a guide company operator he does the perfect job in planning and communication. As a person Ngima is warm, generous and deeply connected to his community. It was a pleasure to meet him, Pemba and Dil and hope to get back to Nepal soon to share another adventure with them.