I recently had the pleasure of participating in Adventure Pulse's winter mountaineering workshop... read more
I recently had the pleasure of participating in Adventure Pulse's winter mountaineering workshop... read more
Bend a knee guys..... I did it !! ;-)
It all started in June 2018. We were on a boys trip, It was late in the night (or was it really early morning). Overlooking that dark expanse of the Dubai sea, we did exactly what a heady mix of alcohol and mid-life crisis demanded from us - We decided to go epic - We decided to go to Everest Base Camp!!
Back in Pune, a quick ask around and almost with no exception, we were directed to Adventure Pulse.
I met Sauraj and Sam at their Pune office. The discussion lasted for more than an hour and i was hooked. They took me thru the whole journey starting at Lukla surrounded by the dense forest, then along the gushing river Doodhkosi and then Imza, over the picturesque suspension bridges, buddhist flags greeting us at all places while slowly climbing your way up to the Tengbouche monastery, leaving the tree line below all the way up to dry land of no vegetation to the final stretch of Base Camp.
There was definitely no turning back for me now!!
We booked with them, bought a good pair of trekking shoes(I bought Columbia) and started our training. They helped us through this phase too. Their regular newsletters prior to the trip were giving us all the detailed descriptions of the trek to build up the excitement as well as preparations. Also, detailed list of stuff to buy and realistic advice on quality and brands to go for was quite helpful. We have a tendency to go a little overboard, hence their advice on what to splurge on and on what not to kept our budget in check.
As with all plans, we trickled down to only 2 of us at the end. So, it was all set for I and my brother to start on our first adventure trek.
We reached Kathmandu airport and as informed, we had a pickup. We were taken to this nice hotel(Apsara Boutique hotel) on Thamel street. Thamel street is a buzzing place with tourists and mostly trekkers. It is lined with trekking shops and an excellent place for fakes of The North face and Under Armour. So, incase if you have a few stuff left to buy, no frets, you can buy it from here. But i did not find this place any cheaper than Decathlon so no point in purposely coming here to shop. :-)
Same evening, we had our briefing and we met our fellow trekkers - all 24 of us. A fun mix of people from different spheres and walks of life who came together for this exciting journey.
We started our journey that night by road to go to Ramechhaap airport. We reached there morning at around 5.30 to check our baggage into the weirdest check-in counter, i had ever experienced. It was a shuttered shop on a dusty road side. Behind this road was the airstrip where we entered the smallest aircraft I had ever seen. It was around a 17-18 seater with non-pressurised cabins. The journey was scary as hell as well as exhilarating. The adventure had begun!! :-)
We reached Lukla where we met the rest of our crew of guides and sherpas. These guides over the period of next 11 days became our good friends, partners in fun and the first ones to respond and help with anything and everything we needed on the trek. They served us food and water everyday. They carried our bags if the need ever came up. My heartfelt gratitude and a loud shoutout to Lakpa, Viru, Pasang, Kazi and Garjan!!!
The trek which started from Lukla took us through the most scenic landscapes as well as the most treacherous terrain we had ever walked on. Nepali flats and Dal Bhaat power were the two most famous phrases which we heard everyday. We even made sure to buy a t-shirt with our trek mantra of "Dal Bhaat Power, 24 hour" written on it :-)
8 days of climb and 3 days of descent, with diminishing oxygen were not just made bearable but made enjoyable by Sam and Sauraj. They were always very clear and motivating in their briefing. It prepared ourselves for the next day's trek with real expectations. We knew what to expect and we knew how to handle them. They have a flair with words and in that difficult terrain, words are the ones which keep you going.
The arrangements at every destination were good. The food, you can choose what you wanted to eat and it was quite tasty at most places. We did not fall sick nor were we ever left hungry, so food was hygienic and in plenty.
Special mention of their precise planning and management - We had a group of 24 with the youngest at 16 and oldest at around 61. Some were fast and some were slow. But still there was always at least one guide with every group of people. Nobody did ever feel lonely or lost, however fast or slow you might have been. You will always find a guide a little ahead or just behind you at all times. And, that for me was very essential during those steep and long treks.
And last but not the least, a special shoutout to Suchit, their young new recruit who impressed us all with his impeccable service standards. Many a days, he would accompany the last one in, sometimes that would mean coming in the dark. But he would with all patience make sure that the last one comes in safely and in good spirits. Hats off to his dedication and patience!!
Thanks Adventure Pulse for a wonderful experience and surely its just the start of the many more we will undertake with you !!
Thank you so very much for such an incredible and detail review. First and foremost, my sincere apologies for the delay in responding to this recommendation. I can not begin to thank you enough for not just the pleasure of your company on the trek, but also effort in brilliantly capturing this incredible recommendation. You have been able to capture every single aspect of the trek in such incredible detail that this would be the absolute perfect overview to share with future adventure enthusiasts contemplating trekking with us.
On a personal front, i was extremely impressed with your mental determination and resilience, pushing past the pain of an incredibly painful knee injury. Despite the availability of evacuation, you insisted on completing the trek , winning not just our respect, but admiration. Certainly earned the certificate and the bragging rights of having completed the Everest Base Camp.
Look forward to many more adventure with you in the near future.
I was part of the Adventure Pulse trek from May 11 - May 25th.... the staff at Adventure Pulse were amazing. The two owners were, Sam and Sauraj were amazing and attentive. There team of porters, and helpers were also very personable and caring. I also want to thank one of their guides Suchit for his kindness and encouragement throughout. I would recommend Adventure Pulse to others to consider...I would however ask for accommodations with attached toilets...just a little more pleasant. The trip was very enjoyable and the group of trekkers in our group of 24 were amazing people from around the world. Thanks Adventure Pulse...
Thank you so very much for the fantastic review and for acknowledging the hard work of the entire team. It was such a pleasure trekking with you. Both Suchit and I were constantly in complete admiration of your determination and resilience towards completing the trek. I also really appreciate the feedback and will strive to ensure better quality of service in this regard. Thank you so very much for allowing us to facilitate your adventure to the Everest Base Camp.
Eagerly hope we have the opportunity to trek with you again.
Words cannot truly describe the fun I had but I will still try. The trek though challenging was made significantly easier both physically and mentally by the professionalism of Adventure Pulse. The guidance and information provided from day one since I booked the trip was brilliant and once we landed in Kathmandu to the time the trek was "done and dusted" the care, the information, the stories, the laughs ( most importantly) was amazing. To trek with individuals who have summitted everest was an honor and privilege so thanks to Sam and Sauraj. To have shared the newbie experience with Suchit was great. As for the guides in Nepal they are just the most smiley people I have met.
Thanks for an amazing memories and looking forward to making more.
First and foremost, sincere apologies for the delay in responding to your incredible review. It was such a pleasure trekking with you. Was particularly impressed with your strength and patience during the course of the trek. Really appreciate all the words of encouragement. The privilege was completely ours having you as part of the team to trek up to Everest Base Camp. Eagerly look forward to the next adventure we have in the mountains.
Adventure Pulse made my journey to Everest basecamp( May 2019) unbelievably easy, adventurous, comfortable and fun with the best accommodation available, quality food and beverages on time, guides and porters for help and a manageable schedule. I hardly had anything to worry about other than carrying myself to the next destination. The team makes one of the toughest environments feel like home. They are not only the best care takers but also one of coolest people I've come across. Looking forward to many more adventures with adventure pulse.
Thank you so very much for selecting Adventure Pulse to facilitate your Everest Base Camp trek. Also, thank you for acknowledging the small nuances that are part of any trekking adventure. Despite being the youngest member of the group, i was personally very impressed with your comfort in dealing with the other members of the team as well as your confidence in just enjoying the moment.
I appreciate you taking time out to write this review in such detail. Your words of appreciation will definitely encourage other adventure enthusiasts from undertaking this adventure. Look forward to seeing you soon.
I've never done anything like trekking before and that's why I was a little nervous about going up to Goecha La in Sikkim. But our trek leader Umang made us all feel safe and empowered/supported us at all times. I'm really happy and proud that I did this trek as it's incredibly beautiful up there in the mountains and I met nice people (and horses and yaks). Thanks adventure pulse for making this possible - hopefully until next time!
Thank you so very much for the fantastic review and i'm so very glad you selected us at Adventure Pulse to facilitate your adventure. Goecha la definitely is an adventure not to take lightly and you did brilliantly well on the trek based on Umang's account. I really do hope we have the chance to facilitate your next adventure soon. Look forward to trekking with you personally as well.
Completed one task from bucket list, Everest base camp, reached EBC on 20th May 2019, 10 am.
Big thanks to adventure pulse team, Samir Patham , Sauraj and his team for making path easy. As said, you guys are living angels, helping people in all possible ways, expert advice, providing right direction to successfuly complete one of the toughest trekk (EBC) .
Best trekk planning, hygiene provided during trekk. Washroom and rooms were clean.
It fills me with personal pride having trekked with you and seeing you reach the Everest Base Camp. I am so very proud of your strength and determination, in this regard. Having known you for so many years, I am glad we finally made it happen. Eagerly looking forward to our next adventure in the mountains.