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Eric Mansfield

Namaste Babu, I have to start by apologizing for not contacting you sooner. This is Eric of Eric, Graham and John who trekked to Annapurna base camp with Raj, Raju and Preem between April 25th and May 4th. We had no idea when we started planning our trip about which company to use. Ten years ago we went with Samrat Travels and I contacted them again for this trip. They were much more expensive than Unique Path. Asking among friends who visit Nepal we were told that you get what you pay for by and large, so that did not take us any further forward. In the end it was more or less a shot in the dark, but you always replied promptly to emails and that made us think we would be alright. So the question is what do we think now, when we are safely back home and recovered from jet-lag and catching up with gardening and painting? We think that we happened upon a superb company! We doubt if there is anyone better in the whole of Nepal! So it is an enormous grateful thank you from all of us for making our trip so enjoyable. When you consider all the problems we were faced with it seems quite amazing that we did everything we set out to do. We were delayed almost three days at the beginning when the ash cloud prevented us from flying for two days and then late arrival in Delhi meant almost a day in the transit lounge. When we finally reached Kathmandu you changed the schedule without fuss and we reached Annapurna base camp on April 30th as originally planned. We had no idea that a general strike was planned for the beginning of May and confused messages began to reach us suggesting that tourists were not affected. We fully expected there to be a minibus to meet us at Nayapul on May 4th. It was a bit of a shock to find that we would have to walk back to Pokhara, but walk back we did and walked to the plane the next day. John suffered some strain in his leg and ended up limping in pain. Despite the strike we still managed the mountain flight on the 6th and our visit to Bhaktapur in the afternoon, wonderful! Thankfully our flight home went according to plan. I will be meeting friends in our local mountaineering club tonight (Thursday) for the first time since our return and I will, without the slightest hesitation, tell them that if they intend to trek in Nepal they should contact Unique Path for the best service. From our arrival at the airport where your sign was easy to spot we had clean new transport, careful drivers, nice accommodation at the Marshyangdi Hotel, careful planning to suit our wants, good service from our porters and our guide Raj and everything happened at the time given. It really could not have been better organized. Thank you all for everything you did. Please feel free to quote any of this email in advertising or in reply to prospective clients. Best wishes to you and all at Unique Path.

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