Aurora Roberts, Sierra Club Outings Leader
I have trekked with B.K. on several occasions since 1999. I have always found he and his staff to be some of the most helpful and friendly people to hike and work with on a trip. I went to Nepal as a trip participant and met B.K. for the first time in 1999. His charm and friendly spirit kept me coming back to lead other trips for the Sierra Club. His staff played music and sang for us and kept us entertained throughout our journeys. I have only had wonderful compliments about B.K. and his staff from people who came on my trips. The love he exhibits for his people and the pride he has for his country will probably have you wanting to learn more about Nepal and return for another visit. If you are looking for a local Nepali guide who is knowledgeable about Nepal and will care for your every need on a trip, I highly recommend him and his company.
Diana Kushner, Rhode Island organic farmer
BK is a fantastic guide! I have been on two trips with him. The first was with the Sierra Club where he was the lead guide. During that trip I struck up a friendship with BK. He would question me on the English words for plants and farming equipment, and I would question him about Nepal. He suggested that I come back to Nepal and hire him as a guide to see the Khumbu (Everest) region. I did. The following fall I came back to Nepal by myself to trek to Everest Base Camp and also to go over the 18,000 foot Cho La and Renju La passes. At the end of the ‘scheduled’ part of the trip, I was not ready to go back home. BK invited me to visit his village. From Lukla we left the tourist path. We walked straight up and down the foothills of the Himalayas until two days later by the light of our headlamps we arrived to the warm welcome of his parents and sisters. I can not even begin to explain how amazing it was to experience life in the village as the special guest of BK.
I don’t think that I ever felt more cared for. BK took care of every detail of the trip. He was there to meet me at the airport; he booked a place for me in a clean and welcoming hotel. Until we left Kathmandu, he showed me around and took care of all of the details involved with the trip.
On the trip BK took care of everything. All I had to do was walk. He had hired his brother Krishna to be my porter. Krishna, like BK, is a caring and generous person. For the entire journey, I was flanked by the two brothers. When the going got tough, they taught me Nepali. I learned lots of useful phrases, perhaps the most useful being ‘don’t worry’, because BK was always saying ‘be careful’. One of my worries before I came to Nepal for this trip would that it would be awkward, just me and BK and whoever he hired to be a porter. It was not. We spent most of the time hiking in companionable silence. Sometimes I would walk and talk with BK, sometimes with Krishna, and often the two brothers would hang out together.
There were really two parts of this journey; the actual trek, which was beautiful, awe inspiring; and the personal journey. To walk through the Himalayan foothills with two locals turned this trip into a journey far richer than I could ever had imagined. Along the trail BK stopped to talk to everybody, and everywhere we stopped he had good friends. He is a real networker, problem solver, fixer. He helped many other trekkers along the way. To anyone who is thinking about going to the Everest region, I would say, hire BK. He is capable and kind, experienced and dedicated, plus he is a good storyteller.