I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends Nepal is an incredible country with many different layers and attractions. It’s no wonder this country that’s tucked away in the mountains attracts so many different kinds of people: hippies in hemp clothing with dreadlocks and ukulele strapped to their hips, old retiree’s looking for adventure in their moonlight years, adrenaline junkies looking to challenge their own selves and conquer some of the world’s most enticing and deadly peaks. Regardless of what sort of person you are when you arrive here, this place will change you! I’ve heard it been said that you do not go to Nepal for a vacation, you go for an adventure. Any adventurer will tell you that if you’re setting out on an adventure that’s going to be physically demanding and where you’ll know it will be pushing you to limits you hadn’t come close to yet, it’s important to have a plan and understand what you’re getting involved with. That, my dear reader, is where my good friend comes to your rescue. Puru is a guide who I met during my first Nepal trek as we climbed up to Poon Hill and then up to Annapurna Base Camp. He was guiding for an middle-aged Chinese woman and our group of three finished our first day off at their heels talking about the trek and our hopes for the weather. He was very kind and patient with us right from the beginning as the girls and I asked him various questions regarding what in the hell we were getting ourselves into. Throughout the next week our two groups were always around each other. Sometimes we stayed in the same lodges of the same towns, other days we would catch each other on the trails and stop for water breaks. This was all very nice and kind and Puru was extremely knowledgeable about the mountains and was willing to help us out with whatever questions we had (while still having the self-confidence to laugh if we were asking stupid, redundant questions and would tell us so). It wasn’t until the end of our trek until I realized what a fantastic man Puru really is, what sets him aside from the several other guides I had already met. When we were all at the top of Annapurna Base Camp we were caught in a heavy snowstorm with a mean wind. There was a group of us close to 10 people at the top and we were all outside laughing and screaming into the wind that threatened our descent. I wrote about this situation in one of my previous blogs, but essentially Puru had taken me aside and knowing that I was familiar with copious amounts of snow and being in the mountains, told me that it was up to the two of us to get the rest of the group down safely. The snowstorm had completely erased the trail that we had used the day before so we would have to create our own new path down the mountain through the avalanche zone. Puru fearlessly lead the way through uncharted territory with enough confidence to make the entire group, including myself, feel just as confident as he. One of our group slipped from the edge of our path and began falling down but Puru instantly jumped from the ledge and caught her from falling too far down the mountain face, myself hot on his heels. We weren’t even part of his group, just a crew of tourists who he had taken under his wing to make sure that we would enjoy our time and make it through safely. I contacted Puru once we had gotten back to Kathmandu and asked him for some advice on planning my hike up to Everest Base Camp. With a great smile and a cup of tea, he welcomed me into his office in the heart of Kathmandu and helped me plan everything I needed to for this next adventure of mine. Puru and his team have trekked through all of the areas in Nepal and are obvious experts. He helped me customize my own itinerary and helped me arrange everything from the flights down to what sort of clothing and snacks we should bring. As if that wasn’t enough, after we had booked flights he was able to change our flight dates multiple times for us – free of charge. He was even able to arrange for my friend and I to take a helicopter up into the mountains without additional cost – a very rare thing I’m told! Puru was not just a man who is looking to expand his business, but a man who genuinely wants to help you have the best time possible in his beautiful country. His company can help arrange any treks you are interested in doing. He is an incredible guide who is able to take the fittest of the fit and the frailest of the frail up these mountains. But most importantly, he is an incredible human being with a kind heart. Over the few weeks Puru and I came to know each other, I’m honored to be able to call him a brother. If you ever go to Nepal and find yourself yearning for adventure, look no further than Puru at My Everest Trip for all the help you could ever need. Check out his website for information on how to get a hold of him and what sort of services he provides to family. https://www.myeveresttrip.com.