We pre-booked a guide with Gokyo less than a week before the start date and chatted with Ammar to arrange the details.
He asked us to send a deposit of 100usd which seemed fair and although it felt a little unsecure to make a money transfer before meeting the guy, we understood his reason.
Upon arrival in Katmandou, Ammar and Kamal whom would be our guide for the next 16 days came to meet us at our hotel and finalized the details.
The next morning, Kamal came to pick us up at our hotel and we left for the bus to Beshisahar, where we started the trek.
Kamal Bahadur Khatri, speak a good English, and is probably the best guide we could have hired. He was very friendly and became a good friend during our time together. He went beyond our expectations and always make sure we’d stop in the best tea house and often deal with our room rates.
My wife got terrible blisters and was forced to continue with sandals for some time. Kamal kindly proposed to carry her bag when badly needed.
When we arrived at Manang, the weather forecast was not good and Kamal made the call to push a little and go through Thorang La Pass before the snowstorm (which blocked the way and kept many trekkers for almost a week).
We were debating either hire a guide or go by ourselves, but im pretty sure that giving the time of the year, the weather and our trekking experience, we would not have made it through without Kamal.
Overall, our experience with Gokyo was great, but mainly because our trek with Kamal was absolutely amazing.
Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal
Dear Guest Ben Mitton,
Greetings from Gokyo Treks & Expedition Pvt Ltd, Nepal. Thanks a lot for your time writing us an excellent review of the around circuit trekking in January with our guide Kamal kc and porter. We are very much pleased that you are highly satisfied and writing to us an excellent experience exploring Nepal. Be in touch as we are looking forward to serve you again for your other holidays in Nepal Himalayas!
With best regards, Ammar Raj Guni