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Dear Satish,

I am Kun Song from Singapore. My friends and I went to Geochala through Yak and Yeti Travels last year Sept. We are very satisfied with the trek and the level of service provided by your agency throughout the trip. The trekking services that your agency offered was just unforgettable!!!

We are setting up an adventure travel agency in Singapore and would like to promote Sikkim as one of our destination and are looking at both trekking (Geochala, Sandakphu and Singalila trek in your beautiful Sikkim) and monastery sightseening trips. We see a huge opportunity for us to reach out to South east asia adventure enthusiasts, trekkers and mountaineering community as Sikkim is not offered by most of the tour agencies here.

Our business is a registered LLP (partnership) in Singapore and our website is still under construction.

We look forward to working with you. Thank you very much.


Best Regards,
Kun Song ( kun.son@gmail.com)
 

My tour to India (Sikkim) was everything and beyond my greatest imaginations. I’d gone in one year from Mt Ophir in East Malaysia to Sikkim in the Indian Himalayas. Mountains are not my forte but to say this was totally worth it was a fierce understatement. If you need to experience some magic in life, please visit the Sikkim Himalayas with Yak and Yeti Travels & Expeditions with Satish Bardewa & his professional trekking team. Surrounded by nothing but untouched nature for 8 days, I never missed the lack of wi-fi or the fact that we couldn’t instagram, facebook-connect or something. We had eternity to do that, the present however, was so surreal that every step, although painful yet rewarding at times, it was cushioned by nothing but beauty and the creative finesse and great trekking services with five star hotel food. From the very start, we had porters and sherpas, dzos- hybrid from yak and ponies to help us with our belongings and trekking gear. Having them around definitely enhanced our experience there, seeing how they lived and worked, it was humbling, yet enviable and how these Sikkimese people could be so happy living on so little. We went on the Goechela Trek. 8 days of traipsing through enchanted forests, snow capped mountains and countless plains and streams, uphill climbs and bridged river crossings. Witnessing the sunrise at 5:30 in the morning, defrosting hands in warm water bowls provided by our Sikkim trekking company –yaknyeti travels and learning how to appreciate hot tea without sugar we just sum of the little things that reminded us of the reality of the surroundings we were in how fragile we were in comparison to the thousands of years old mountains that we were intruding on our Sikkim trek with yak and yeti sikkim travel Company. The hike to Geocha la pass in Sikkim culminated in the 2am summit climb to the Goeche la view point, called by Germans as Gotcha la (there is 3 in actuality) but making it to the first does already qualify for bragging rights. And although I chose snowball fighting and throwing skipping stones in place of the summit hike, my friends did make it there and it was indeed magical. This is one of those things where you have to do once in your lifetime is trekking in Sikkim with yak and yeti travels & expeditions. All the words and pictures do not begin to do justice to rare experience of Sikkim trekking with yak and yeti travels. No other agency in Sikkim can beat Satish’s towering experience of 24 years professionalisms in Sikkim Tourism Industry. From the skilled drivers up to the mountain guesthouse to the passive aggressive little wild horses which we often tried to feed our leftover breakfasts, to the multi-coloured foliage, blindingly pristine frosting of first snow, rushing white waters down in the rivers below, the amazingly fresh mountain air or the fact that everywhere felt surreal. We were too pampered with the variety of food they served in such remote location and rather felt pampered.This is one of those places up in the mountains of Sikkim India, you will continue to talk about new year later, and have nothing but wonderful memories of trekking in Sikkim with yak. Aches and scrapes will pass but those pictures and stories of Sikkim, you will always have them with yak and yeti sikkim. You will always have Sikkim cherished if you can catch get hold of Satish Bardewa who is a fond trekker and a mountaineer by his passion, You have to  chase him across in his busy schedule and trust me,  once he puts his experience into your trip, you will re-visit Sikkim and Satish or “Satish Sikkim” in next 5 to 10 years just like me.

 So thank you, yak and yeti Sikkim and Satish for planning this unforgettable trekking trip in Sikkim ! And to anyone wanting that trip of a lifetime, this is it.

From shanghai mandarin Sikkim trek experience 

 

Hi Srijana and Satish,

 

Back in Bangalore.. ( safe and missing the beautiful hills and mountains!). Thank you so much for making it such a memorable trip. It’s the best vacation I have had with my family ever!

 

Gurudongmar was scary (with my toddler). With my daughter feeling kind of giddy as we reached the lake. The driver (Prashant) was awesome. He quickly got us down to safety as soon as possible.

Lachung, I don’t have words to explain it!! “Beautiful” is really an understatement. The snow clad mountains on one side and the waterfalls on the other.. God must have been in a really good mood when we was working on Lachung. We just got lucky to see it.. and experience it.

 

Thank you for organizing the beautiful trip for us!

Rashmi, Prashant, and Tanvi
(Bangalore)

 

Thanks to Yak and Yeti Travels

Wednesday, 10 June 2009 3:25 PM

Dear Sir / Madam
Hereby I wanted to give you some feedback on the 8 days (during 28th May to 4 June,2009) we have spent in Sikkim . I would like to thank you for the very good organization of the activities and thus making it a successful our trip. Please let me forward my thanks to Mrs. Srijana Singh and Mr. Satish Bardewa of Yak and Yeti Travels.

Thank you very much for the hospitality extended to us during our stay in Sikkim . The arrangement done by your travel; Yak and Yeti Travels for the pickup from Bagdogra to Gangtok was very good. Mahindra vehicle was very good for this travel, as we could cover such a long distance without much fatigue. North Sikkim tour was very well arranged. The food on the way was homely and fresh. The food served in their kitchen was very good with very high level of hospitality. The Hotel Apple Valley at Lachung & Gangtok was good and the caretaker family there served good meals. The Driver Mr. Pashang of the Tsomgo Lake tour was very skilled and drove very slowly, so we never had sudden jerks and vomiting scenes through our journey. The vehicle drivers you provided was very helpful & entertained both our children throughout the journey and our whole journey was pleasurable and we enjoyed a lot without any high altitude sickness. Thank you very much for all the planning and execution of the tour, making it a good memory for all of us.

Overall, Sikkim is a place that one should definitely visit. Definitely not for the uptown and modern amenities loving person, but for a break from your hectic schedules of life and it's one trip that none will forget for the sheer experience that Sikkim offered……. Sikkim as a whole is a great place to visit. It may be something different than expected ...... but eventually it has its own share of uniqueness.......But it is definitely a cool spot to explore and watch out for.......

Heartily regards to all members of Yak and Yeti travels.

With Regards

Akshay Padhiyar
Surat (Gujarat)
Mobile : 99988

from     som mitra <som1801@com>
to         Satish Bardewa <treksikkim@gmail.com>
date      Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 1:05 AM
subject: thanks for the trip
Mar 19/ 2009                          

Dear Satish & Srijana,

 
I am now in Kolkata along with my family. Still the nostalgia of Sikkim is with us.

Thank you for arranging such a good tour. The car, the driver (Baichung), the hotel (Super view Superview Himalchuli at Zero Point) was excellent.

It was a great pleasure to spend a day at your resort (waterfall) at Rumtek. We have enjoyed a lot in sharing time with other members of you family.

I will send you very soon the photographs of your Hotel & Resort snapped during our tour.

Hope you are fine.

Wish you a nice and prosperous future.

Joy Ho Yak and Yeti Travels

Thanks & Regards

Somnath Mitra

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On Thu, Mar 5, 2009 at 11:30 PM, Alistair Dsouza wrote:

Hi Satish,

We had a nice experience in North Sikkim... it got a bit cold the first night but the experience of staying at the house in Lachen was worth it... It was nice interacting with the locals at a close level.. I have experienced that before but my wife experienced it for the first time..

the Lachung trip too was good... our driver Denzing was good fun to travel with... I liked the nice homely/warm feeling to the north Sikkim trip.. it was always service with a smile... could you send me our driver Denzing's mobile number.

will definitely recommend your travels to other friends... I also plan to with a travelogue about my experience and will mention your travel company in it... I post some of my travelogues on outlook india travellers website...

Also I need a scanned receipt for the trip for LTA purposes... could you scan the receipt and send them to me by email...

Many thanks,

Alistair Dsouza
Amagi Technologies
No 26, NSRCEL, IIM-B
Bannerghatta road
bangalore 560076
karnataka india.
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On Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 5:00 PM, rajitha reddy wrote:

Hello Satish, Srijana and Yak n Yeti Staff,
 
A Very Happy New Year to all. Hope you've had a blast on the eve of New Year.
 
Hope you remember me, I'm Rajitha from Hyderabad, travelled with you guys, from 26th nov'08 to 01-Dec'08. (Bill to be on Rajitha Kollareddy, Hyderabad) Thank you so much Satish! I will let you know once the courier is received. I forgot to mention my phone number for the courier guys to call me....just hope that they deliver.
 
Whenever I tour Sikkim again, I will go with yaknyeti for sure. My mom conveyed New Year wishes to you all.
 
Regards,
Rajitha
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From: Marie Ducrotoy
To: Yak and Yeti Travels Sikkim
Sent: Monday, March 16, 2009 4:23 AM
Subject: Re: Yak n Yeti sends you a BIG hello

Dear Satish,

My apologies for the very delayed feedback! I hope you are well. Helen and I had the most amazing trek thanks to your fabulous team. Suren was a fantastic guide and if it wasn't for his encouragement and professionalism I am not sure the two of us would have made it up the mountain! The food prepared by the team exceeded our greatest expectations (I actually put on weight because they fed us so much!). And the jackets did keep us warm during those very cold afternoons.

Thank you and your team for the most amazing experience, one which we will remember and treasure always. We will certainly be recommending your company to other SARAH volunteers.

It was with sadness that we left Sikkim. We are now back in the UK and missing India very much. If I ever return to Gangtok I will be sure to drop by to say hello.

Thanks again for everything, 

Marie. 
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From: Ulf u. Renate Müller
To:       Satish Bardewa  satish.bardewa@gmail.com
date      Sat, Mar 28, 2009 at 3:07 PM
subject: Trekking in Sikkim

Hallo Satish,

Hallo Satish,
We are back home again and are glad to have been in Sikkim.
The trekking-tour was very good and we ware lucky to have been at the View Point in broad sunlight and just before the starting snowfall. It was a great view!
Chungda and the crew have been very good in guiding us the 8 days. They have provided us with a good time, perfekt food, nice feeling and a very safe guiding. Chungda was always with us, never too fast, never too slowly and with great patience to tourists with foto-equipment. One problem: the cook always made too much to eat for us; we didn´t intent to come back with more weight than before.
So thank you very much for your organisation! Sorry that your last two mail arrived in Germany when we already had left. I hope it was not too bad for you to arrange the tour.
When friends of us intent to go to Sikkim we will send them to your. And we will make a good posting in the net also.
Best regards
Renate and Ulf

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To : Mr. Satish
Goodday Mr. Satish
How r u?
We reached Mumbai on 28/05/2007 at 1000Hrs. Very hectic journey. Now I settled down in Mumbai. I sent you a card which I think you got it. But no reply from your side.I once again thanks to you and your staff for making our tour successful. You are requested to kindly forward the complaint copy to my office address as per my visiting card.Hope you will call me or e-mail me after receiving this e-mail.Onece again thanks for your arrangements from NJP to NJP via Pelling, Sikkim etc.
Thanks n Best Regards,
Uday Tikekar
Mobile : 9820123274.



Hello Srijana,
Thank you very much for the hospitality extended to us during our stay in Sikkim.
The arrangment done by you for the pickup from Darjeeling to Gangtok was very good. Tavera vehicle was very good for this travel, as we could cover such a long distance without much fatigue.
North Sikkim tour was very well arranged. The food on the way was homely and fresh.
We particularly enjoyed stay at Hidden Hills Lodge, Lachen, as this is managed by the local Lachenpa family and it was a great experience to stay with them, interact with them and see their life from close and we were made to stay as if we were at our home. The food served in their kitchen was very good. Very high level of hospitality.
The Hotel Alpine at Lachung was good and the caretaker family there served good meals. Still we would have loved if you had arranged our stay with the local Lachunpa's. This gives us an opportunity to interact with the locals, mix with them and that is a different experience which we miss in the hotel.
We had a nice journey to Gurudongmer as well as Yumthang Vally. The Driver of the North Sikkim tour was very skilled and drove very slowly, so we never had sudden jerks and vomitting scenes through our journey. The Guide you provided was very helpful & entertained both our children throughout the journey and our whole journey was pleasurable and we enjoyed a lot with out any high altitude sickness.
Thank you very much for all the planning and execution of the tour, making it a good memory for all of us.
Regards
Narendra



To (Satish) Yak and Yeti Travels

Dear Mr.Satish,
Hello,
This is Mr and Mrs Kulkarni from Mumbai, We would like to inform you the following :
1) We had a very good trip to North Sikkim, we also enjoyed our stay at Sonam Palgey.
2) We are impressed with your work and the team of your members.
3) we were very much impressed with the support ,help from Mr. Abhinash,Mr Kamal driver, we luckily could meet Mr. Vikas and we both were impressed with the kind of knowledge and approach Mr. Vikas has. He too has very high regard for you.
4) We were also impressed with Mr Nima, and David at Lachen,and Surja at Lachung.
5 ) We once again would like to Thank you for making it all possible for us and we had a very very good time.
6) we would certainly like to keep in touch with Yak and Yeti travels for all our North -East trips, we have Bhutan in mind now so lets all work on it.
Thanks
With Best Wishes,
Amita Shrikant



Hi Satish,
Subject: Welcome to trek in Sikkim with Yak and Yeti
Just at Kolkatta airport about to return to the UK and thought I would drop a quick note - some feedback. The trek was really fabulous, we both had a great time and feel it was the highlight of our trip. Prem and the boys looked after us very well indeed and we still are amazed are the variety of different tasty dishes that they cooked for us during the 8 days. The views were great in the morning and I don;t think we met any other trekkers until the last day (which was perfect). I guess the only downside was the fact that as we were both fairly fit trekkers we were a little bit disappointed that on at least 5 of the 8 days, we finished our walking by 12 and had
little to do but try to keep warm until the evening. I think I would have preferred to squeeze the trek into 7 days to save us from getting very bored and very cold in the afternoons. Other than that, all I can say is a big thank you, and I would be grateful if you could pass our appreciation onto Prem as well.
Thanks, and who knows we may be back one day !!!
John & Lisa



Namaste Satish
Subject: welcome to Sikkim.
Date:Tue, 23 May 2006 12:17:32 +0200
well, our 3 weeks in India are over and we are now back at home at work. Hereby I wanted to give you some feedback on the 10 days we have spent in Sikkim. I would like to thank you for the very good organization of the activities and thus making it a successful trek. Please do let forward my thanks to Bikash, Dike and the rest of the group, who did an excellent job in the mountains. The food was excellent, sometimes even too much, we hardly could eat that much as served.

Bikash was an excellent guide, who mastered the altitude sickness and the split into two groups in an excellent manner, as well as he was flexible to adjust the program according to our wishes - early morning/night start to Goecha La. This gave us the opportunity to be up there while having perfectly clear sky, see the sunrize and have beatiful weather until we have returned back to Lamuni Lake where the breakfast was waiting for us.

I am attaching a picture of the "summit group" being at Goeacha La early morning during sunrize.

All the best to Sikkim from Austria,
Kind regards, Miro




Dear Satish,
Date: Sat, 20 May 2006 14:04:33 +0200 (MEST)
Subject: tour feedback
just want to drop some lines regarding our Goe che la trek we did  recently.All of us enjoyed it very much. The people as well the landscape were Just fantastic. Your guide Abinash did a great job, was always concerned About our well being, accepted our wishes | proposals, was excellent in Supervising the porters and cook. Darwa, the cook, did a fantastic job too. His food was excellent and very good amounts too. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend your company and of course Sikkim. We hope that more people will find their way to Sikkim in future.
All the best for you and your family!
Stefan, Jens, Jochen



Hi Satish,
We have reached Pune safely and just wanted to thank you for all your help.
We had a good time with Vishnu; he is a good lad and an excellent driver. We have all positives with Yak and Yeti other than Nathula mix-up (which anyway is not part of your service) and in case you ever need any reference for your services, please feel free to give my email address to your clients.

Thanks.
Cordially,
Jagat Pal Singh
Director of Technology
Cybage Software Pvt. Ltd. (An SEI-CMMI Level 5 Company)
Ph(O) : 91-20-56041700 & 56044700 (Ext. 3201)
Ph(R) : 91-20-56248893 & 26690739
Cell : 91-9860000111



Dear Satish,
We have finally returned to Canada from India. Our entire holiday was a wonderful experience. Thank you again for arranging such an exciting trek. Joe and I had a fantastic time on our trek from Yuksom to Guichi La. As I told you, our guide, Chungda, was great. The entire team was a pleasure to hike with and we have no complaints at all about the trek. Kailash and his cooking team did wonders with a one burner stove, and the food was a treat. Of course the weather could have been sunnier, but you have no control over that.Our only complaint (and that is a minor one) is the cost of the Himalchuli Hotel in Gangtok. We compared the price to other options in Gangtok and despite what you told us, there are cheaper hotels with better value. I think you arranged that hotel because it is convenient to your office as well it is owned by your father. The staff there is very nice and the service was good, but it is older and could be better presented considering the price/day.I hope this information is useful to you. Also we sent a birdbook as a present for Chungda to your office. I hope you forwarded it to him.Best regards to you and your family and trekking team. I have no hesitation in recommending your agency to other trekkers and friends interested in visiting Sikkim.
Peter Uhlmann



hello satish
tku for yor reply.
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2004 17:27:52 +0800

i had already given u some feedback. particularly regarding yukti, bikash,prem n suman doing too much work. the porters must b trained to set up tents upon reaching the camp. they must b trained to dismantle the tents in the morning once clients hv vacated the tents. this way, the guide  (yukti or whoever) need not personally do everything n supervise even the loading of the packs n equipment. we always say, "600am bed tea, 700am breakfast n800am start trekking". but, many mornings, we only start trekking almost at 900am. because after we vacated the tents (n sometimes, we clients r late doing so-sorry), yukti has to dismantle them either alone or with bikash,prem n suman. by the time he finishes, it is late. so, in order to start early, the guide must b able to leave this job to the porters. the porters must b trained n b disciplined to do this, so the guide can b free to start trekking early. other things. breakfast. first day, we arrived in calcutta early, checked in at sikkim house n slept. christopher n i woke early n found sikkim house restaurant not ready yet for breakfast. later, they managed to serve  us tea n puri. but outside, there seems nowhere in calcutta, any shop is open for breakfast. the day we returned to calcutta, arun sent us to a hotel at lake town. in the morning, we walked for one hour up and down lake town street, looking for breakfast. only snack shops were open selling sweets. no  shop open for breakfast. we finally found a shop after back-tracking all the way to the main road leading to the metro station. this shop sells puri n some other breads but NO hot coffee or water. they only have COLD coffee or cold lassi in the morning! next time, u must advise your clients, or recommend to us, where to find breakfast! lunch was at 400pm after we finished the day tour during our first day in calcutta. i think the local guides must b taught that the tour must stop for lunch, then continue after lunch. the itinerary must allow for  lunch to b at or around 1230pm or 100pm. we went to the kali temple, we went to another temple near howrah (whc was closed for repairs). we went to  the banyan tree park/zoo. cannot remember where else we went. but tour ended only after we told arun we were hungry n he brought us to hotel lindsay. we can always break day tour into 2 - before lunch n after lunch. the team was tired after a long flight from s'pore with a break at bangkok. so,  with no breakfast (except for christopher n me), the people were hungry n tired. to promote sikkim internationally, a different strategy is needed. clients fr s'pore n southeast asia generally r not as rich as the westerners. we r also more conscious of budget. while we want clean n safe hotels with working (!) hot water heaters, we r not keen to pay for 5-star or even 4-star hotels. most of the time, we r out n do not enjoy or get to use the hotel facilities. so, no point paying expensive rates for high-class hotels. if u can arrange for clean n safe hotels with clean sheets n blankets, clean toilets with working hot water heaters n hygienic restaurant for meals, we r satisfied.
we also want to b told in advance what we r supposed to pay n what is pre-paid. for example, that day upon arrival in pelling at hotel chiminda, u told me the hotel had prepared snacks for us. u did not tell me i  had to pay. all of us, including the clients, thot it was complimentary. so, we ate n being full, skipped lunch. as i was supposed to supply lunch for them (paid by x-trekkers), i told them i will compensate them w/ a lunch back at calcutta. the next day, when leaving, the gen manager presented me with the Rs1694 bill for the snacks. of course i had no budget. i had already promised the clients i will buy them lunch back in calcutta. now, if i had paid this bill, i would have no money to buy them lunch. not nice to go back on my word, so i told u i have no money for the snacks. also, i felt Rs1694 for simple sandwiches, pakoras n tea were too expensive! if u had told me i had to pay for them, i would not have accepted. i'd rather  buy lunch for the group. also, we again travelled so long, we did not stop  for lunch at 1230pm or 100pm. whn we arrived at pelling, it was already 300pm. u must b aware of the time because clients r used to eating at 1230pm or 100pm at home. even for westerners, they r also used to mid-day lunch so u must, if marketing sikkim internationally, ensure your people stop for lunch. u must plan the itinerary such that there is a place to stop  for lunch before continuing on to wherever we r supposed to go.other than that, i think yak n yeti has met most of our needs. of course,at darjeeling, the clients at first, were not happy at your absence. u were supposed to meet us on nov8 then at 300pm on nov9, whc was changed to 500pm then we finally met u after dinner at 900pm. as yak n yeti were supposed to supply dinner on the 2 nights, if the grp is less than 10 n i was not
around, then they wld hv a problem. if u cannot make it a spromised, u must
get someone to meet the clients n ensure they get their dinner. your representative must pay for the dinner first n claim back from u. the clients have all paid their fees n they know they r supposed to get dinner at darjeeling. 2 nights in a row without anyone to pay for their dinner - it is not good. it was lucky i was around to handle this for the  group. n it is to your credit that your later performance, n the good efforts  of yukti, bikash, prem n suman, won back the goodwill of the group. at darjeeling, they were not happy. after the trek, back at your  brother's hotel, they were happy. the good performance of your trekking crew rescued the situation.



Dear Satish,
Subject:Appreciation for a Great Trip
Thank you for organizing our recent trek to Goechela Pass. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience, especially the beauty of Sikkim and its friendly people. We are completely satisfied with Yak & Yeti Travels and will not hesitate to recommend your company to our friends.
Ang Sherap Sherpa was an excellent trekking guide. He did a good job setting the walking pace according to our abilities, so that we were able to make it to the pass. It was clear that he was highly respected by all the other guides and staff we met along the trail.
Dawa was an outstanding cook with a warm and bright personality. We still can't believe how he was able to produce such a wide variety of tasty dishes for so many days on the trail. His assistants were attentive to making sure our trek was a pleasant one.
Our thanks also to the Yangri Gang Hotel in Yuksom. It was very comfortable and the manager was most friendly and helpful.
Please send our regards to Ang Sherap and Dawa. We will send some photographs when we get them ready.
Best regards,
Eric and Stephanie Richter
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia



Dear Satish,
I am turning back to our great holiday. Beginning was not so excellent due to absence of your representative on
Bagdogra airport. In the agreement has been written that transport costs were paid by your agency. Advance payment asked by taxi driver did not boost our confidence to all the deal.All subsequent steps were OK. Small trouble with delay and following replacement of our guide/sirdar I do not consider as a problem. I had to force our trek start the first morning in Yuksom, but it was normal folklore for Himalaya range, and I had to persuade our guide Ningma,that we were able to carry on our personal items with limited number of porters but without delay.Following trek was excellent. I prefer limited comfort not to overload nature by crowds of people, kitchen tents and huge littering. The guide Ningma did not disturb our sensation of nature but he was on the right place all the times. The meals were excellent the amount of food was a little bit surplus. We were shy to return so good meal. Our dome (cupola) shaped tents were better than A-shaped tents used by your agency in case of wind in the highest camp with windy conditions and cold. The interior is completely protected by two fabrics. I can recommend Czech designed products JUREK or HANAH tested in extreme conditions.
Due to my present overload I can continue later.

Vladimir Prihoda


Dear Satish
Hi, how are you?
We are both fine and settling back into life in the heat of Chennai after our wonderful trek to Goecha La. We just wanted to write with some feedback on the trek.We had a fantastic time and were very well looked after. Everything was very well organised.UT, our guide was superb. He was very knowledgeable about the surrounding area, wildlife and the customs and cultures of the people and we really felt that we got to know and understand Sikkim, its beauty and its wonderful people. He made sure that we were comfortable and had everything we needed.We would also like to say how much we enjoyed Prem's cooking. It was really amazing that he could make such tasty and filling meals on the trek for us. We were very impressed with his skills.We just wanted to mention a couple of other things:
as you probably know from speaking to Prem and UT that a bridge on the Yuksum to Tshoka stage has been swept away by a landslide. This means having to walk down to the river and back up at present until the new bridge is ready. This is a fairly steep bit and adds another 1.5 - 2 hours onto this stage making it quite tough. We spent the night at Sachin which was fine. It is maybe just something to mention to people when they are booking their trek (though I suppose you may not have that many people booking now because it's winter.
I am sorry that we gave you the wrong details for our bank when we were in Gangtok - we gave you our ATM card number instead of the account number.
We deposited a cheque for Rs 64,656/- on 12/10/04 which would probably have cleared 3-5 days later. It was from account: 112010200000383 HDFC Bank, 7th Avenue, Besant Nagar, Chennai. I hope these details are satisfactory for you to confirm with your account. If you still require me to send you a copy of the receipt please let me know.Lastly - I tried to email UT but I do not seem to have his correct email address. Do you have his email and if not, could you try and get it for me? Thank you very much.Thanks once again for everything - we had a wonderful time, and at some point in the future may come back to do the trek in April/May time to see the rhodedendrons in bloom!!

Kindest regards
Carolyn and Shouren

yuenlik_wong (11/19/2004 2:53:28 PM):
I arrived back in Singapore on 17th and wanted to report to you that the 5-D Dzongri Trek was great. Though it was very short, I enjoyed it thoroughly and I think you did well with choosing Yak & Yeti. The guide was great and had a lot of initiative. Satish was very helpful and responsive and overall, I think went out of his way to ensure that we had a great time - including our arrival in Darjeeling at night on Diwali so that we can see all the candles being lit along the way.
Best regards,
Helen


To,
Satish(yak & Yeti travels)
 apart fr what i had already informed u, re tips, meals n train
tickets, etc, here is the trip report :

a) overall, the participants were very happy. most had never gone up to 5000m b4 n so were very happy w/ their achievement of making it up to goecha la. the only 2 who did not make it were jesline n shirley. both turned back at dzongri. jesline cld not sleep n had poor appetite. but she had no nausea or headache so it cannot b a conclusive case of ams. shirley had classic ams symptoms - splitting headache, poor appetite. she also had never trekked continuously for so many hours, n her knees were sore. both did not go up to the dzongri look-out to watch the sunrise. after we returned, they informed us they wld like to return to tshoka, n then to yuksam.  i made arrangements w/ the guide, yukti, to hv the asst guide, vikash, accompany them down w/ 2 porters. later, after we met up agn, i was informed shirley had inflamed knees - both swollen - n they spent 2 whole days resting at yuksam, not even leaving the hotel.
b) the itinerary was quite well planned. the acclimitisation at tshoka n phidang contributed to the team's success. we met another s'pore grp who had made their own arrangements directly. they were only staying at lodges. this made them go fr yuksam to tshoka, n then directly to dzongri. of the 2 guys n 3 girls, one guy had immediate ams n returned fr dzongri to tshoka. we later learned he had stomache problems at tshoka n so went back to yuksam n then to gangtok for a check-p. shows the importance of acclimitisation. altho phidang was filthy n muddy, the extra night stay at tt altitude contributed to the grp being able to take the higher altitude of dzongri the next day.
c) the original itinerary was to return fr the goecha la side trip n descend to thangsing. but, the guide wanted to change it to kokchurong, further down. the grp initially welcomed the change as it meant they cld stay at the lodge instead of in a tent. but, i finally vetoed the change as, after the gruelling 10-hour return trip, all were tired n had a headache. even i had a headache on the way dn fr goecha la. so, after lunch, we trudged our way down to thangsing n stayed thr instead of kokchurong. i think no grp can make the journey dn to kokchurong after the goecha la. it is just too tiring.
d) thr was a serious complaint abt a down sleeping bag. thr was one piece fr s'pore in a x-trekkers stuff sack. a red piece. darwin peh complained the first night at bakhim tt he was shivering inside the bag even tho he was wearing a few layers. initially i thot he had ignored my advice not to wear too many layers to sleep. later, whn jesline also used the same bag n complained, i thoroughly examined the bag. it seems four of the front panels had the down shifted. the baffles seemed empty of feathers - just thin lining w/o any insulating down. so, i marked the stuff sac n told them not to use it agn. the
trekking staff used it fr then on. not sure if satish will raise this issue w/ u. thr were no complaints abt the other bags - either fr s'pore or gangtok. the weather was cold - some nights below 0 deg C.
e) i was initially not happy w/ satish. he was supposed to meet us on nov8 at darjeeling. dinner was to b paid by yak n yeti. he did not turn up altho we conversed on the mobile. first we said he wld b thr by 500pm. then later he said he had an urgent meetihng n wld not b in darjeeling at all. he wld come on nov9 at 300pm. 300pm came n went but thr was no sign of him. he turned up way past 900pm. for both nights, i had to foot the dinner bill n i charged these back to him whn we settled the accts. these were apart fr the train ticket fiasco. i must admit tho he did  try to make amends. he called a friend in darjeeling, a tibetan  called tsewang who runs the local trekking co called trek mate.  tsewang arranged our tiger hill trip n the tea estate n hmi/zoo side  trips. he also picked up the food bill for shirley n jesline whn the  2 were back in yuksam hotel. the hotel is owned by his brother. as  the 2 girls were back ahead of the trip, they had to pay for their  hotel rooms but their food was charged to satish.
 f) the trip back to calcutta was a hectic rush. we left pelling at  100pm n drove almost continuously till new jalpaiguri. the drivers  did not know how to get to the njp station fr siliguri n we had to  double back after travelling almost 20 mins past the town. dinner was  a rushed affair at the railway station kiosk as we had not time to  find a proper restaurant/coffee shop to eat.
 g) for both return journeys on the train, the grp was split ovr 3  separate coaches. satish claimed our instructions to them arrived too  late to buy all the tickets together. on nov7, i was alone in coach 2  while chris n sin were in coach 1. the rest were in coach 3. the  same happened on nov21. i arranged for the girls to b w/ some of the  guys (as merlyn n sherry knew n signed up w/ tin fong n teck hian)  while chris n sin shared coach 1. better for me to b alone than for  anyone of them. in future, we may hv to hv an earlier closing date? anyway, it is ok  for one (leader?) to b alone while at least 2 others share a separate  coach. but, we shd make sure satish get all a sleeping berth as it is  not good to ask some to sit while others get to sleep. after all, all  paid the same price. i was fortunate tt arun was able to change the 2  seaters to sleepers, altho at a cost. in future, satish shd bear any  additional costs for such changes as i m sure x-trekekrs wld hv paid  them the price based on sleeping berths for all.
h) as mentioned earlier, we did not hv breakfast on nov8 on arrival at  njp on way to darjeeling. we were split all over 3 coaches n so i had  no chance to arrange breakfast. they ate on their own aboard the  train. whn we came out, the drivers were eager to get to darjeeling n  the grp was already full. so, i promised to compensate them w/ a  breakfast at calcutta on our return. but, calcutta does not seem to  hv any shop open for breakfast! we were staying at lake town (nearer  airport) bec the sikkim house was fully booked. at lake town, we  walked almost an hour around our hotel vicinity b4 we came upon a
 snack shop whc also had puris n other food suitable for breakfast.  but, they had no hot water nor hot drinks. it was either cold  coffee(!) or cold lassi. anyway, we ate what we cld. cld satish in future provide us w/ info on whr r the local shops  selling breakfast, both around middleton row (whr sikkim house is) as  well as lake town? i seem to get the idea most locals hv breakfast
at  home, n thrfore most, if not all, shops only cater for lunch! having  such info may save us time n frayed nerves early in the morning -  searching for food!  i) i think this is abt all i can think of. food-wise during the  trek, quantity was sufficient. sometimes, wasted (of course, i m sure  the staff ate the leftovers!) bec we cld not eat so much. i had  already feedback to satish, yukti as well as the cook, prem, abt the  combination. thr were days whn we had either rice or noodles plus  macaroni! no way we cld eat the macaroni. preference was for rice or the noodles, altho the fried noodles were badly done - too soggy! overall, the grp was happy w/ the food.my only concern was tt they brought TOO much of their own food. teck n tinfong's fullpacks were 28kg each! on the return journey, the guide had to ask teck to lighten his pack n re-distribute items to another duffel. it seems his zo (hybrid bet yak n cow) cld not manage the weight! for future briefing, we may hv to emphasise they shd not bring too much s'pore food. the overall weight is really mind-boggling. they produced cans of luncheon meat n maggi noodles (for prem to cook), packs of bak kwah, bags of sweets, cough drops, etc, etc. they had a mini mahjong set, 2 mini mp3 players plus a audio-tecnica foldable stereo speaker set!
j) lastly, the flight connection. altho the complaints were not vigorous, most were not very keen on the 8-hour break at bangkok. thr was no proper place to sleep or rest. they wandered around the deserted concourse, had expensive cup of tea/coffee at one half-opened joint, n generally were restive until the counter opened at 0500hrs. i q'd n collected their boarding passes for them, so tt they cld continue to lounge longer on the floor/plastic seats.
dunno if thr is any alternative to this?


Hi Satish!
Subject:Thank you for the nice trekkingtour
First of all we have to apologise for our late email.Again we want to say thank you for the nice trekking-tour we did we your company in October this year. Everything was organised perfectly by you and your staff. Madan did a very good job as a guide. He was absolutely professional and he always was concerned about our wealth and satisfaction. The food (I rather would call it dishes) couldn't be better. You always can hire Mr. Bairagi Lama as a cook again. His 15 years of experience in trekking are more than will make every trek a success at least the feeding parts of it J All assistant staff and porters we very helpful to us all the time. The only point you should consider is the environmental concern of the crew. The biggest treasure you have in Sikkim is the almost untouched nature and tourists come to Sikkim because of that. But if every trekking tour leaves rubbish in the forest and even on the Gocha La Pass (even if it is hidden under the stones) this nature won’t last much longer untouched. On the last day some of the empty plastic containers, tins and so on were just thrown into the bushes. It would be a good advice to your crews if they carry all the staff out of the mountains what they have carried in.We really enjoyed our time in India and especially in Sikkim. This place is something special and we hope to visit it again sometime. For you and your family we wish you all the best and hope to stay in touch with you.
Best greetings from cold Germany.
Anja and René
René Liebkopf
Urlasstr. 16
91207 Lauf / Germany
Phone: +49 9123 96 00 10


 
Dear Mr. Bardewa,
As you asked, we would like to give some feedback on the trekking we did last September 2002.First of all, I want to say that despite the rainy weather and the High-altitude sickness, the trekking was really well organized. The staff was simply great: very friendly, and always helpful.My special thanks to Prem, the cook, who - besides making 3-star restaurant meals - also guided us in the mountains at Bigbari, and Raju, who organized help from the valley and stayed with me in the hospital in Darjeeling after the trekking.It is however my duty to report that the 1st guide - Raju - unexpectedly left for 3 days for an important interview during the trekking (with our permission). However, we agreed that this was an exception and will not happen again.The 2nd guide - Nawang - turned not to know the trail in Bigbari, reason we lost the way there. We suspect he has not much mountain experience. If you are hiring him again as a guide, make sure he gets a good mountaineering training and gets time to become more experienced.
Apart from this, we were very content with following things, and you surely would do well to keep them in the future:
Your help with extending the Sikkim permit
The complete "mobile dining room" - table and little chairs, including table cloth & candles
The great food served
The spacious tents
The good guesthouse at the end of the trekking in Yuksom
the great tongba  will now list the items that could be improved. Please don't regard them as failings, but as nice-to-haves, since they give the trekking just that little bit extra.

1.Clients might break their leg, get ill (especially because of deseases they picked up in other parts of India), or get High-altitude-sickness (in spite all precautions). Currently the staff cannot handle any of these situations properly. I advise to give the guide a first-aid training for the 1st 2 situations. Also carry a professional first-aid box (containing medicines and bandages)
Also a high-altitude-sickness training is needed (a training in which he learns recognizing the symptoms, administering hi-alt-illness medicines and/or using oxygen bags).Also carry high-altitude medicines or an oxygen bag.
2.The guide turned out to be educated through very good HMI mountaineering courses. The cook turned out to have gained massive experience on professional mountain climbs.If you would exploit these by noting these kind of facts in your flyers, emails & website, you might attract a lot more (western) clients to your agency! These things are decisive points in the current trekking-agency market in Sikkim, which is actually very intransparent.

3.If you could also offer High-altitude-sickness-trained guides carrying required medicines or oxygen bags for safety, this would definitely be a BIG selling point.In a very unpredictable environment such as the Himalayas where the weather can change unexpectedly, and other problems may arise, safety is a very essential topic for a western client. He naturally expects the trekking agency to take the necessary precautions. He is very willing to pay extra for this!!
4.Put the (financial) conditions of the trekking on paper, and hand it over to the clients, so they know under what their rights are. You could address following in the paper:
- What happens when the trekking is cancelled on the way
- How accidents are handled and who is responsible for the cost
- A bad-weather arrangement
- A serious explanation about the risks of High-altitude sickness:
Make clear what kind of help you can offer, and what you expect the client to take care of.
5.Check before the trekking if there are food items that your clients don't eat, and adjust the menu to this.
6.Give the trekking program as a computer print-out, 1 for every client.
For convenience also mention the overnight altitudes and the walking time for each day.
7.Update the checklist of items to bring along on the trekking to make it clearer:print them below eachother in a (numbered) list instead of on a few lines.Also add a 1-sentence explanation behind each item why this item is required.
8.Give the checklist as soon as possible to the clients:
Sometimes the clients have to shop for some of the items, which are available in Gangtok, but not always in Yuksom
9.Plan some time for the guide to inspect the clients luggage if requested.
The client not always knows the quality of his material, so the guide could give some suggestions.
10.Take a kerosine lamp for the evenings on the table. Much better than candles to read with.
11.The huts that Sikkim Tourism is offering are not very comfortable.You could put your clients in a private hut (at least at Tsoka this is possible).
12.it would be great to arrange a dinner and party at the end of the trekking.
It would be very nice if also the porters would also join that dinner, as they always eat separately during the trekking.

I hope this feedback is useful to you, and maybe in the future it will serve you to offer even more professional trekkings.

With kind regards,
Joris Alkema & Leo van den Bulck
The Netherlands



Hello Satish and Mr. Shema
we now got to Thailand. We had wonderful days in Bangladesh. We met a
lot of very nice and helpful people.When we crossed the border there was no private car to hire for Dhaka so we had to take an overnight bus to Dhaka. It was a very nice bus. And we can really recommend this travel agencie Khushiara. They are very helpful and offer a good service.Once again thank you for your service and help. We wish you all the best and send many greetings from Thailand.
Sandra and Koni
l@gmx.ch




Dear Satish
its nice to hear from you. We hope everything is fine in Sikkim and that everything is fine with you. We think a lot of our trip to Sikkim and will never forget your hospitality and friendliness. It would be great to keep in touch. What about Karmapa, will he come to Sikkim soon? We would love to visit Sikkim again but it will be difficult in the near future. We are going to have a baby in March, so we will see how to manage our travels afterwards......
Please say greetings to Tilac and Mr. Sharma (is that the right name? I dont
remember exactly....).
All the best to Sikkim and we hope to hear from you again.
Sandra and Koni

From: "wilfried devriendt"
To: "Yak and Yeti Travels, Sikkim"
Sent: Monday, November 17, 2003 8:38 PM
Subject: Trekking Sikkim, Gocha La, November 2003




Dear Mr Satish,

The Gocha La trekking was wonderful! We have enjoyed the trekking very
much. The trekking was strenuous, but very rewarding:- the views of the mountains was superb -life in the mountains is a special experience: how the people live up there, how the staff make their living, ...- the team was excellent:
* Ugen is a very good guide: he is conscious and caring about everything around and in the Natural Park, and he loves the mountains. Unfortunately, he had to skip a couple of days, because his relative had died in Dzongri, but he arranged an alternative
* Milan is an excellent and creative cook: with relatively poor means, he succeeded in preparing lots of good meals! He is also a good guide: hetook good care of us when Ugen wasn't there.
* the porters Edbi, Kebi and Dawa also were good quality: they were always very helpful and entrepreneurial (especially Dawa has good potential for additional responsabilities): in lots of details, we appreciated the difference of service level which we could compare with other teams around us.
- * the yak-man Indra and the 3 yak also performed as expected.We thank you very much for having taken care of selecting such a good team, and to arrange that the food was like we had discussed with you on beforehand.- unfortunately we had some bad luck with the weather: most of the days the chilly clouds covered up for the rest of the day past around 10 am, but on the very day of reaching Gocha La, we had the best day of the week, with the sun shining and the rewarding full views until noon!
However, we also want to share some remarks with you: - the hotel in Gangtok could provide significantly higher value for money,when the staff would take care of additional cleanliness in rooms and restaurant (the Tashi Gang Hotel in Yuksam is a nice example of this!)
- the tent was of rather low quality: we would suggest to use a special "iglo" tent, more suited for winter like nights...- some of the porters were badly equipped: some didn't have proper (walking)
shoes, or socks, or (down) jacket, or gloves, or a cap...: these men really suffered from cold nights: we have seen them shivering...We regret that we didn't had the opportunity to inspect the clothing of the whole team before we went on trekking (we saw it only after our arrival the first trekking day): only Ugen and Milan had a proper (down) jacket and shoes. We would have expected that you, as an experienced mountaneer, would take care of having your staff properly equipped. Why wouldn't you provide the staff with good gear: this would enable them to undertake the in optimal outfit, and it would also be a good commercial opportunity to show "Yak & Yeti" on their gear (as we saw another agency doing). - During our contacts with other trekkers, we found out that we paid much more than most others. We do agree that there was a certain quality difference in services rendered, but this was only due to the extra added value from the staff themselves; therefore, we would appreciate it very much when you would invest some of this money in your staff additionally: they really deserve it.

- Dear Mr Satish, we had an unforgettable journey, and we thank you for this.We also keep Sikkim and their people in our heart and memories, and we
wish that the Sikkimese will keep their mountains as nice as they are now!
best regards

Wilfried Devriendt Boechoutsesteenweg 70
B 2540 Hove (Belgium)
tel/fax: +32 (0)3 455 14 11



Dear Satish jee, at last the result is coming for us. now papa kurt is
coming with 5 persons for sikkim trek in the coming autumn. can you
suggest me the itinerary and the price as the following plan. probably what could be that bills for him ? if it was not so big amount he expects to consider or let us know as much as lowest because he is giving us the business. now he
is also asking me whether go to you directly or through me. and of course i prefer to go through me this is the what the business policy. i had suggested him to go through me also he is afraid that the price will be higher. of course will expect something when he will go through me. but will not keep more profit. if i add will add, maybe 10% or little above. then now you can do one thing that even if i suggest him to come to you directly then he will start to correspond with you but that time give him a price directly and show me the cost putting my margin in the cost would also be nice. but this should be confidence wtih you and me only so that he should think that i am transperant man. but insidely he will also think that kedar will not happy when i go to satish directly. in this case when we have above agreement, then i could tell papa kurt 'no its ok'. do not write him now just let us discuss and make an agreement which way to go and will reply him. he is waiting my reply. please keep confident this matter. can you give me your latest and currently using hotmail ? or which is your personal email (which only you open) please give me it is necessary sometime.


Hello

The following will appear in the New York Times Travel section on Nov. 30,
as part of an article about someone's trip to the Singalila ridge about one
year ago. Will you please let me know if it is accurate?
The Indian government requires that treks in Sikkim be arranged through an agency at least a day or two before starting. There are several in Gangtok. The one I used was Yak and Yeti Travels, run by Satish Bardewa at the Hotel Superview Himalchuli; (91-3592) 21670 or email slg_yaknyeti@sancharnet.in. A Web site, www.yaknyeti.com, is still under construction, though it contains contact information. For four people, the price per day was $42 each, with food, tent rentals and the first and last nights' accommodations in basic guesthouses included. I would recommend bringing all your own noncooking gear, including sleeping bags and tents, because the equipment the agency provided was low quality and less than ideal for harsh weather.
The writer, Edward Wong, used a guide named Raju. Was that arranged through you? And also he says that the Indian government banned mountaineering expeditions on Kanchenjunga because the mountain is sacred to so many people? Is that so? Do you know when the ban took place? He also states that the Indian government had opened this Singalila ridge path to foreign trekkers only in 2000. Is that true? His group walked north along the ridge for about a week, then traversed a couple of valleys to join up with a more established trekking trail that led right up to a 16,200-foot pass called Goecha La, right next to the imposing ramparts of Kanchenjunga. How long would such a trek be, in miles (or kilometers) all together?

Thank you for your help

Sincerely,
Carl Sommers
Carl Sommers
The New York Times
229 West 43rd Street
New York NY 10036
(212) 556-1580
Tue, 29 Apr 2003 13:49:40 +0100 (BST)



Dear Satish
I wish to give you some feed back on our trek and onward travel organized by Yak and Yeti Travels.I was generally very pleased with the transport and trekking arrangements, we ended up teaming up with the 3 French trekkers initially due to one of the cooks taking ill, however it was fortunate that we all got on and it worked out well. The trekking crew were excellent, notably U.T from Yuksom who proved himself to be an excellent, highly skilled guide who has excellent skills at looking after the group of us. Also Pucko from Darjeeling proved to be an excellent guide too, he was extremely helpful and really went out of his way to get things done, he also has excellent English which made things easy for us. The kitchen team where excellent (Divi was the cook) and produced a fantastic array of hygienically prepared food. The Man incharge of the Dzo's was also an excellent crew member. Although there was a minor hitch when we arrived in Pelling after the trek re the hotel, Puckoo dealt with the hotel manager well and I was generally very pleased with how you sorted it out and changed our travel arrangements to spend our last night in Darjeeling (the hotel was excellent). overall I was very pleased with how the booking went overall as booking things over the internet can sometimes be full of uncertainty. Maybe you could post a list of possible itinerary or treks on your website and possible additions to treks etc. and a clear guide of the difference between the different levels of treks.  My only concern on the trek was at times I felt some of the crew had inadequate warm clothing and sleeping bags and also there seemed to be no medical first aid kit available and some of the group used their personal first aid kits to aid members of the trek crew. I think it would be a good opportunity for you to raise awareness of first aid and health issues for the trekking crew and possibly to provide sleeping bags for them. I know this was a big concern for a lot of trekkers I met who were with other companies who expressed the feelings that they would be much more prepared to join with a trekking companies tour who actively participated in bettering the welfare of the trekking crew. However generally I would be very happy to recommend your company to other people.
best wishes and thanks again
Steve Smyth




Dear Satish,
Thank you for the email.
After discussing with Raymond, we'll get our train tickets next time with all the hipcups that happened.
Here's Raymond feedback:
(1) IN future, you might like to get the tickets at NJP and send to Calcatta. Also it'll be great if the tickets can be delivered to Yuksom instead of the people getting at NJP. Else, might have as well we get  the tickets on arrival.

(2) The tents are not of good quality as compared to other trekkers on the trail. The zip is spoilt and dirty.
(3) Cooks, guide and porters are great.
(4) The trek is not so suitable for Singaporeans.. may need to extend  the trekking days to suit singaporeans Neverlessly, all have enjoyed the trek/trip.

Trekking in harmony with nature,
Exploring is delightful to look forward to and back upon,
but it is not comfortable at the time,
unless it be of such an easy nature as not to deserve the name



Dear Satish,
dear UT,

I want to take this opportunity to give you a little feedback about the Kanchenjunga Trekking we had booked with you. Attached you will also find some photos.

Satish,
as a guide "UT" was an excellent choice. UT must be very close to the "Perfect" guide. He really looked after us and made the trip very enjoyable. Moreover he selected the right team (cook, kitchen boy and yak man). He made sure we could enjoy the trip as much as possible. And most important he ís a really nice guy and a special person with a good sence of humor.
The organisation of the trip was done by Yak&Yeti very well. Everything ran smooth and nice. It was very enjoyable for us. It is propably the only trekking tour in the whole world whrere you can't loose weight! The food was fantastic and plenty.....
UT,
here back in Germany, the leisurely attitude towards things is almost forgotten as everyone is very busy at work and Christmas is approaching fast. The nice thing about Christmas is that everything is decorated nicely. It is getting cold. We had the first snow already (at sea level)
Hope you are all well. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Maybe we will see you again one day.
Please give my regards to your lovely family. A big hug to you from Me and Mami.

Kind Regards from Germany,
Frank & Siggi



Hi Satish,
It has been three weeks since our return from Sikkim and we are still talking about it. Sikkim is truly a beautiful part of India, far better than we had ever imagined. We were so happy with our trip up there that we are now in the process of planning our next trip, this time to Ladakh.
You asked for a feedback of our trip so here it is.
Your choice of hotel in Gangtok was great. The food was very good and the room was spacious. My kids still speak of the food there. The day to Rumtek and the Institue of Tibetology was very interesting and your friend was knowledgeable of these places.
Tsomgo Lake awas great for the kids as they managed to see snow for the first time in many years. My only comment here was that the guide wasn't really necessary. She could neither speak English nor was she appropriately dressed for the snow. She also didn't seem to know the place very well.
Transfers to and from all the locations were well appreciated.
The hotel in Yuksom was fine, though food there was probably the worst we've ever experienced in India. We understood later why an english group there had their meals made by their trekking cook!
Now for the trek itself. The forests and the views of the mountains were magnificent. Even though the skies deteriorated by midday, we did get some spectacular views. The trekkers lodge in Tsoka was fine. The campsite in Phedang was pretty horrible as trekkers and animals fought for space, however, it was a good place to acclimaitise. Our stay in Dzongri was also fine, though a bit cold...which brings me to the subject of your equipment.
To be honest, the camping equipment that you provide need desperately to be upgraded. The zips on the tents didn't work properly. The tents were obviously very old, but not only that, they weren't suitable for the weather conditions that we experienced up there. We had below 0 temperatures on a couple of nights. The sleeping bags were dirty as well as the mats and the extra blanket you provided.

The food. Breakfasts were great. There was a good selection. As for lunch and dinner...I think Prem should know that you shouldn't serve rice, noodles and potatoes all at one meal!! His preparation and planning of food also needs to be improved as it was bland and unbalanced (high in carbohydrate and fat, low in protein) and quite surprising as in the case of his pizza. He cooked a pizza with apple puree, tomatoes, mushrooms and cheese. It was totally inedible!! On the trek there was very little in fresh vegetables and fresh fruit. I understand the difficulty in carrying these things but one can make cabbage and carrot a little more interesting than serving it the same way for 6 days!! He could also have bought more interesting vegetables for the beginning of the trek and left the less perishable vegetables for the end of the trek. We got served tinned meat and TVP (protein + protein) on our last evening, which was probably our best meal of our trek. His cake was delicious.
Tea is fine as a beverage, but as it is a diuretic, it shouldn't be consumed too frequently as one dehydrates enough in the mountains. Is it possible to get herbal teas in India. Otherwise, you could suggest that your clients bring their own.

Our stay in Darjeeling was wonderful. After a trek it was very nice to slowly come back to civilisation. The hotel was excellent and I welcomed it with open arms!! My only comment here; it wasn't necessary for Raj to accompany us to Darjeeling. As long as you had arranged with a local taxi driver, we could have done all the sight seeing on our own.
My comments on Raj? He was a great friend and entertainer for our son Alex. Without Raj, I think Alex would not have enjoyed his trip half as much. As a guide? He is still very young and not mature enough to understand the responsibilities one has as a guide yet though I'm sure this will all improve with time.

I hope I have given you enough "food" for thought.
Thanks again for organising the trip.
Yours,
Michelle


Dear Mr Satish,

I am writing to say thank you for a very enjoyable trek. Sikkim is as beautiful as you had promised it would be and it was very exciting to be surrounded by such enormous mountains. All the arrangements went very smoothly and the skill and judgement of your staff contributed greatly to my enjoyment and the eventual success of the trip. Please pass on my best wishes to them all. If I have one criticism it would be that few of the guides and porters in the many tour groups on the trail seemed properly equipped. I don't know if there are any guidelines that groups are supposed to follow but I think it might be a good idea if essentials such as sunglasses and basic medicines were provided to the guides and porters by the trek companies and then collected back afterwards to guarantee that this does not happen in the future. I would be interested to hear your opinion on the matter. Thanks again for a great trip.
Yours sincerely, 
Tom Yates.




Dear Satish,
Here are some feedback from the participants.
1. On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being the worst, & 5 the best), please
rate:-
§ The adventure. {3-4}
§ How would you grade our sikkim agent? {3 } but the guide, cooks &
yak
herders were very good
Comments:
2. On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being chicken feet, 2 being easy, 3 being
average, 4 being hard but manageable and 5 is tough-not for beginners),
please rate the trek? { 3 }
Comments: As the trekking hours for this trip is short, we get plenty
of
time to acclimatize and rest. Thou some ppl might still fall prey to
the
altitude sickness.
3. On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being safest, & 5 not safe), please rate
the safety aspect of the trip/trek? { 2-3 }

4. a. Which is the best moment of the trip that you remember. Why?
{ moutains, villagers, gompas & of course the friends on the trip-
eye opener }


  Hi Satish,

(Returned with fewer problems than i started out with..!! haha)
I was VERY pleased with the trek (and would like to do the whole thing again.- I just loved it!).The weather got better and better (mostly) though I never minded the Wet.
The trek crew were super: considerate, thoughtful, hardworking and always cheerful and i thoroughly enjoyed being in their company (I felt like a mem-sahib with their attentiveness and care). Happily, no need to 'beat' Prem (joke!) for feeding me SO well (my fault that i had many 2nd helpings of food), because I have actually lost nearly 3kg caused by a 'vomit' bug - i DID drink some untreated river water on day one (yes, i should know better..-completely my fault). However, my tummy now grumbles at the loss of those excellent 7* Prem-breakfasts .
UT is a very capable, knowledgable guide & i appreciated his birdspotting & animal tracking- i asked many questions(!) It was good to see that he cared enough to pick up the litter on the track & instructed some of the porters to do likewise. So nice not to see plastic bags everywhere.
I haven't had much spare time today but i did get the 180 photos downloaded onto a CD - will look at them later (when i find a computer with CDRom facility...) to sort, print & send on.
Will photocopy those pages on mountainbiking section of LP guidebook and send them on Wednesday - OK?
Do you know the magazine Action Asia? website: actionasia.com It covers countries from Aust,NZ to China,Nepal, Pakistan -articles on biking,trekking,mountaineering,enviromental issues,diving,adventureracing & has a calendar of future events....but have not ever seen anything on SIKKIM??!. I can send you a copy - would you like to see it? Let me know if i can check out any other info which could be of any use. ThankYOU again for your helpfulness ( and patience). Also, I really needed the warmth of your sleeping bag and i think i owe you for the hire.??? Please say. I can't wait to return (have yet to check out the current regulations). Now, to fix that bike..
And, Happy Vijaya Dashami!
catch you later....Best,
susan




Hello Satish!

I can't believe it is February already, time is flying by! I wanted to give you my new e-mail address now that I have a new e-mail set up here in Copenhagen:



Did you manage to get any more information about where the wire transfer got held up? If not, I can ask my bank to put a trace on it, it will cost me about $25 but I would like to help you find the money as it's a huge amount! If my bank finds out it got "held up" somewhere in India what are the chances of getting it sent to your account? I know that corruption can be a problem in India.

At last I have a bit of time to tell you more about our trek and give you our feedback. Like I said, it was for the most part a really wonderful trek. We were really lucky with the weather. The food was outstanding and plentiful, Prem is indeed a great cook. He also did very well doubling as a guide and cook, when Narwong had to go back down to Yuksom; he is a very hard and diligent worker, as is Karke, our porter (not sure how to spell his name), and both were very pleasant and helpful. We were very well looked after. Prem is clearly very experienced and knowledgable, we wish we could have learned more from him and Narwong if the language barrier was not as much of an issue. Narwong was very friendly and helpful, but we wondered if he was a bit too young and inexperienced to be a lead guide. We were also concerned that Karke might not have enough good quality clothing for such cold temperatures on a December trek. We felt that the itinery was very good, giving us time to acclimatize and keeping moving at a good pace. I felt quite nauseous on the way down from Goeche La, but was fine the next day again. Arthur did very well with the altitude. I think we may have ascended a bit too fast the day we went to Goeche La, behind Prem, the mountain goat!

The hotels we stayed at in the villages and towns were all very nice, with very good service. We also got to the airport in plenty of time. During our time in the villages and towns, sometimes we were a little bit in the dark as to what was scheduled for that day, the timing of things etc. although we understand this is part of the Indian culture.

Feedback in general about the Sikkim trekking experience: overall, a great experience, beautiful scenery. The only things we feel could be improved are the toilet facilities up above Tsoka, we wondered how environmentally sound the pits are - they seem to eventually drain out to the rivers? Also, the amount of litter between Yuksom and Tsoka was unsightly, and we noticed the porters seem to be equally responsible for this as the trekkers (we actually picked up several bags of litter on the way down, Prem helped us!) and finally, there seems to be a big temptation for over-indulgence in alcohol for the trekking staff in Tsoka!

Thanks for a wonderful trek, and we really hope we can find out where the other half of your trekking payment is tied up! I have not had a chance to sort through my photos yet but when I do I will send some to you for the staff.
Best regards
Colleen & Arthur



Dear Satish,

Greetings from autumnal England.

How is life in Gangtok? It feels a frighteningly long way from life here in England. I have now started my MSc in Wild Animal Health and I am spending more time in London than is healthy, but it is fun and I am really
trying to make the most of the opportunity. The course is excellent - everything I expected and more. I just hope I can make the most of it and use it to
take me to the places I want to go.
I would love to hear your news. The time I spent in Sikkim was so special to - Sikkim is a place I definitely want to come back to. The photo I took of Gangtok by full moon from my hotel room is a superb photo - if I get around to scanning it in I will send it to you.I want to tell you that you made my time in Gangtok very special, I
have such lovely memories of it. Also for my trek - that was an unforgettable experience - please try your hardest to keep your country so unspoiled...

Let me know your news...
With love,
Alex xxx



                                                                 
                                                                                           
To: Satish
Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2003 11:16 PM
Subject: Hello from Singapore!!


Namaste or Tashik Delek! (whichever applicable!)

Am sending this message to test that your email address is correct in case the effort to address my feedback 'go down the drain', haha! Joking lah, just want to ensure this email reach you as couldnt really be sure of the spelling on the namecard.

Apart from some hiccups during our trip, would like to thank you for the trip which was otherwise a very enjoyable one. We return to Singapore with fond memories of the Darjeeling & Sikkim, the rich culture, nice cool weather, beautiful scenery, sumptuous food, & not forgetting the friendliness & warmth of the people, esp UT & Bishnu who had taken very good care of us along the journey. Of course diplomatically, also have to mention your goodself :) thanyabard!

regards.. leng
From: PhauyLeng



Mr. Satish,
Now that we are back home and settled in, I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our tour of Sikkim. We must thank you for coming up with such an interesting itinerary. We enjoyed everything from the scenery to the hotels you chose, food, drive etc. Gopal and Bishnu were unfailingly helpful, pleasant and went to a lot of effort  to make sure that we could did everything we wanted to. Thanks once  again,
Mrs. Marla

Hello Satish!

I can't believe it is February already, time is flying by! I wanted to give you my new e-mail address now that I have a new e-mail set up here in Copenhagen:

Did you manage to get any more information about where the wire transfer got held up? If not, I can ask my bank to put a trace on it, it will cost me about $25 but I would like to help you find the money as it's a huge amount! If my bank finds out it got "held up" somewhere in India what are the chances of getting it sent to your account? I know that corruption can be a problem in India.

At last I have a bit of time to tell you more about our trek and give you our feedback. Like I said, it was for the most part a really wonderful trek. We were really lucky with the weather. The food was outstanding and plentiful, Prem is indeed a great cook. He also did very well doubling as a guide and cook, when Narwong had to go back down to Yuksom; he is a very hard and diligent worker, as is Karke, our porter (not sure how to spell his name), and both were very pleasant and helpful. We were very well looked after. Prem is clearly very experienced and knowledgable, we wish we could have learned more from him and Narwong if the language barrier was not as much of an issue. Narwong was very friendly and helpful, but we wondered if he was a bit too young and inexperienced to be a lead guide. We were also concerned that Karke might not have enough good quality clothing for such cold temperatures on a December trek. We felt that the itinery was very good, giving us time to acclimatize and keeping moving at a good pace. I felt quite nauseous on the way down from Goeche La, but was fine the next day again. Arthur did very well with the altitude. I think we may have ascended a bit too fast the day we went to Goeche La, behind Prem, the mountain goat!

The hotels we stayed at in the villages and towns were all very nice, with very good service. We also got to the airport in plenty of time. During our time in the villages and towns, sometimes we were a little bit in the dark as to what was scheduled for that day, the timing of things etc. although we understand this is part of the Indian culture.

Feedback in general about the Sikkim trekking experience: overall, a great experience, beautiful scenery. The only things we feel could be improved are the toilet facilities up above Tsoka, we wondered how environmentally sound the pits are - they seem to eventually drain out to the rivers? Also, the amount of litter between Yuksom and Tsoka was unsightly, and we noticed the porters seem to be equally responsible for this as the trekkers (we actually picked up several bags of litter on the way down, Prem helped us!) and finally, there seems to be a big temptation for over-indulgence in alcohol for the trekking staff in Tsoka!

Thanks for a wonderful trek, and we really hope we can find out where the other half of your trekking payment is tied up! I have not had a chance to sort through my photos yet but when I do I will send some to you for the staff.
Best regards
Colleen & Arthur



Dear Satish,

Greetings from autumnal England.
How is life in Gangtok? It feels a frighteningly long way from life here in England. I have now started my M.Sc. in Wild Animal Health and I am spending more time in London than is healthy, but it is fun and I am really trying to make the most of the opportunity. The course is excellent - everything I expected and more. I just hope I can make the most of it and use it to take me to the places I want to go.
I would love to hear your news. The time I spent in Sikkim was so special to - Sikkim is a place I definitely want to come back to. The photo I took of Gangtok by full moon from my hotel room is a superb photo - if I get around to scanning it in I will send it to you. I want to tell you that you made my time in Gangtok very special, I have such lovely memories of it. Also for my trek - that was an unforgettable experience - please try your hardest to keep your country so unspoiled...
Let me know your news...
With love,
Alex xxx
Alexandra Tomlinson


Hello

The following will appear in the New York Times Travel section on Nov. 30, as part of an article about someone's trip to the Singalila ridge about one year ago. Will you please let me know if it is accurate?

The Indian government requires that treks in Sikkim be arranged through an agency at least a day or two before starting. There are several in Gangtok. The one I used was Yak and Yeti Travels, run by Satish Bardewa at the Hotel Superview Himalchuli; (91-3592) 21670 or email slg_yaknyeti@sancharnet.in. A Web site, www.yaknyeti.com, and it contains contact information. For four people, the price per day was $42 each, with food, tent rentals and the first and last nights' accommodations in basic guesthouses included. I would recommend bringing all your own noncooking gear, including sleeping bags and tents, because the equipment the agency provided was low quality and less than ideal for harsh weather. The writer, Edward Wong, used a guide named Raju. Was that arranged through you? And also he says that the Indian government banned mountaineering expeditions on Kanchenjunga because the mountain is sacred to so many people? Is that so? Do you know when the ban took place? He also states that the Indian government had opened this Singalila ridge path to foreign trekkers only in 2000. Is that true? His group walked north along the ridge for about a week, then traversed a couple of valleys to join up with a more established trekking trail that led right up to a 16,200-foot pass called Goecha La, right next to the imposing ramparts of Kanchenjunga. How long would such a trek be, in miles (or kilometers) all together?

Thank you for your help

Sincerely,
Latimes
Carl Sommers
Carl Sommers
The New York Times
229 West 43rd Street
New York NY 10036
(212) 556-1580


Dear Satish,

Greetings from autumnal England.

How is life in Gangtok? It feels a frighteningly long way from life here in England. I have now started my MSc in Wild Animal Health and I am spending more time in London than is healthy, but it is fun and I am really trying to make the most of the opportunity. The course is excellent - everything I expected and more. I just hope I can make the most of it and use it to take me to the places I want to go. I would love to hear your news. The time I spent in Sikkim was so special to - Sikkim is a place I definitely want to come back to. The photo I took of Gangtok by full moon from my hotel room is a superb photo - if I get around to scanning it in I will send it to you.I want to tell you that you made my time in Gangtok very special, I have such lovely memories of it. Also for my trek - that was an unforgettable experience - please try your hardest to keep your country so unspoiled...

Let me know your news...

With love,

Alex xxx


Mr. Satish,

Now that we are back home and settled in, I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our tour of Sikkim. We must thank you for coming up with such an interesting itinerary. We enjoyed everything from the scenery to the hotels you chose, food, drive etc. Gopal and Bishnu were unfailingly helpful, pleasant and went to a lot of effort to make sure that we could did everything we wanted to.
 

Thanks once  again,
Mrs. Marla

 

 

Dear Sir / Madam
Hereby I wanted to give you some feedback on the 8 days (during 28th May to 4 June,2009) we have spent in Sikkim . I would like to thank you for the very good organization of the activities and thus making it a successful our trip. Please let me forward my thanks to Mrs. Srijana Singh and Mr. Satish Bardewa of Yak and Yeti Travels.

Thank you very much for the hospitality extended to us during our stay in Sikkim . The arrangement done by your travel; Yak and Yeti Travels for the pickup from Bagdogra to Gangtok was very good. Mahindra vehicle was very good for this travel, as we could cover such a long distance without much fatigue. North Sikkim tour was very well arranged. The food on the way was homely and fresh. The food served in their kitchen was very good with very high level of hospitality. The Hotel Apple Valley at Lachung & Gangtok was good and the caretaker family there served good meals. The Driver Mr. Pashang of the Tsomgo Lake tour was very skilled and drove very slowly, so we never had sudden jerks and vomiting scenes through our journey. The vehicle drivers you provided was very helpful & entertained both our children throughout the journey and our whole journey was pleasurable and we enjoyed a lot without any high altitude sickness. Thank you very much for all the planning and execution of the tour, making it a good memory for all of us.

Overall, Sikkim is a place that one should definitely visit. Definitely not for the uptown and modern amenities loving person, but for a break from your hectic schedules of life and it's one trip that none will forget for the sheer experience that Sikkim offered……. Sikkim as a whole is a great place to visit. It may be something different than expected ...... but eventually it has its own share of uniqueness.......But it is definitely a cool spot to explore and watch out for.......

Heartily regards to all members of Yak and Yeti travels.

With Regards

 
Akshay Padhiyar
Surat (Gujarat)
Mobile : 99988 

 

 

from     som mitra <som1801@com>
to         Satish Bardewa <treksikkim@gmail.com>
date      Thu, Mar 19, 2009 at 1:05 AM
subject: thanks for the trip
Mar 19/ 2009                          

Dear Satish & Srijana,

 
I am now in Kolkata along with my family. Still the nostalgia of Sikkim is with us.

Thank you for arranging such a good tour. The car, the driver (Baichung), the hotel (Super view Superview Himalchuli at Zero Point) was excellent.

It was a great pleasure to spend a day at your resort (waterfall) at Rumtek. We have enjoyed a lot in sharing time with other members of you family.

I will send you very soon the photographs of your Hotel & Resort snapped during our tour.

Hope you are fine.

Wish you a nice and prosperous future.

Joy Ho Yak and Yeti Travels

Thanks & Regards

Somnath Mitra

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On Thu, Mar 5, 2009 at 11:30 PM, Alistair Dsouza wrote:

Hi Satish,

We had a nice experience in North Sikkim... it got a bit cold the first night but the experience of staying at the house in Lachen was worth it... It was nice interacting with the locals at a close level.. I have experienced that before but my wife experienced it for the first time..

the Lachung trip too was good... our driver Denzing was good fun to travel with... I liked the nice homely/warm feeling to the north Sikkim trip.. it was always service with a smile... could you send me our driver Denzing's mobile number.

will definitely recommend your travels to other friends... I also plan to with a travelogue about my experience and will mention your travel company in it... I post some of my travelogues on outlook india travellers website...

Also I need a scanned receipt for the trip for LTA purposes... could you scan the receipt and send them to me by email...

Many thanks,

Alistair Dsouza
Amagi Technologies
No 26, NSRCEL, IIM-B
Bannerghatta road
bangalore 560076
karnataka india.
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On Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 5:00 PM, rajitha reddy wrote:

Hello Satish, Srijana and Yak n Yeti Staff,
 
A Very Happy New Year to all. Hope you've had a blast on the eve of New Year.
 
Hope you remember me, I'm Rajitha from Hyderabad, travelled with you guys, from 26th nov'08 to 01-Dec'08. (Bill to be on Rajitha Kollareddy, Hyderabad) Thank you so much Satish! I will let you know once the courier is received. I forgot to mention my phone number for the courier guys to call me....just hope that they deliver.
 
Whenever I tour Sikkim again, I will go with yaknyeti for sure. My mom conveyed New Year wishes to you all.
 
Regards,
Rajitha
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From: Marie Ducrotoy
To: Yak and Yeti Travels Sikkim
Sent: Monday, March 16, 2009 4:23 AM
Subject: Re: Yak n Yeti sends you a BIG hello

Dear Satish,

My apologies for the very delayed feedback! I hope you are well. Helen and I had the most amazing trek thanks to your fabulous team. Suren was a fantastic guide and if it wasn't for his encouragement and professionalism I am not sure the two of us would have made it up the mountain! The food prepared by the team exceeded our greatest expectations (I actually put on weight because they fed us so much!). And the jackets did keep us warm during those very cold afternoons.

Thank you and your team for the most amazing experience, one which we will remember and treasure always. We will certainly be recommending your company to other SARAH volunteers.

It was with sadness that we left Sikkim. We are now back in the UK and missing India very much. If I ever return to Gangtok I will be sure to drop by to say hello.

Thanks again for everything, 

Marie. 
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From: Ulf u. Renate Müller
To:       Satish Bardewa  satish.bardewa@gmail.com
date      Sat, Mar 28, 2009 at 3:07 PM
subject: Trekking in Sikkim

Hallo Satish,

Hallo Satish,
We are back home again and are glad to have been in Sikkim.
The trekking-tour was very good and we ware lucky to have been at the View Point in broad sunlight and just before the starting snowfall. It was a great view!
Chungda and the crew have been very good in guiding us the 8 days. They have provided us with a good time, perfekt food, nice feeling and a very safe guiding. Chungda was always with us, never too fast, never too slowly and with great patience to tourists with foto-equipment. One problem: the cook always made too much to eat for us; we didn´t intent to come back with more weight than before.
So thank you very much for your organisation! Sorry that your last two mail arrived in Germany when we already had left. I hope it was not too bad for you to arrange the tour.
When friends of us intent to go to Sikkim we will send them to your. And we will make a good posting in the net also.
Best regards
Renate and Ulf

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To : Mr. Satish
Goodday Mr. Satish
How r u?
We reached Mumbai on 28/05/2007 at 1000Hrs. Very hectic journey. Now I settled down in Mumbai. I sent you a card which I think you got it. But no reply from your side.I once again thanks to you and your staff for making our tour successful. You are requested to kindly forward the complaint copy to my office address as per my visiting card.Hope you will call me or e-mail me after receiving this e-mail.Onece again thanks for your arrangements from NJP to NJP via Pelling, Sikkim etc.
Thanks n Best Regards,
Uday Tikekar
Mobile : 9820123274.



Hello Srijana,
Thank you very much for the hospitality extended to us during our stay in Sikkim.
The arrangment done by you for the pickup from Darjeeling to Gangtok was very good. Tavera vehicle was very good for this travel, as we could cover such a long distance without much fatigue.
North Sikkim tour was very well arranged. The food on the way was homely and fresh.
We particularly enjoyed stay at Hidden Hills Lodge, Lachen, as this is managed by the local Lachenpa family and it was a great experience to stay with them, interact with them and see their life from close and we were made to stay as if we were at our home. The food served in their kitchen was very good. Very high level of hospitality.
The Hotel Alpine at Lachung was good and the caretaker family there served good meals. Still we would have loved if you had arranged our stay with the local Lachunpa's. This gives us an opportunity to interact with the locals, mix with them and that is a different experience which we miss in the hotel.
We had a nice journey to Gurudongmer as well as Yumthang Vally. The Driver of the North Sikkim tour was very skilled and drove very slowly, so we never had sudden jerks and vomitting scenes through our journey. The Guide you provided was very helpful & entertained both our children throughout the journey and our whole journey was pleasurable and we enjoyed a lot with out any high altitude sickness.
Thank you very much for all the planning and execution of the tour, making it a good memory for all of us.
Regards
Narendra



To (Satish) Yak and Yeti Travels

Dear Mr.Satish,
Hello,
This is Mr and Mrs Kulkarni from Mumbai, We would like to inform you the following :
1) We had a very good trip to North Sikkim, we also enjoyed our stay at Sonam Palgey.
2) We are impressed with your work and the team of your members.
3) we were very much impressed with the support ,help from Mr. Abhinash,Mr Kamal driver, we luckily could meet Mr. Vikas and we both were impressed with the kind of knowledge and approach Mr. Vikas has. He too has very high regard for you.
4) We were also impressed with Mr Nima, and David at Lachen,and Surja at Lachung.
5 ) We once again would like to Thank you for making it all possible for us and we had a very very good time.
6) we would certainly like to keep in touch with Yak and Yeti travels for all our North -East trips, we have Bhutan in mind now so lets all work on it.
Thanks
With Best Wishes,
Amita Shrikant



Hi Satish,
Subject: Welcome to trek in Sikkim with Yak and Yeti
Just at Kolkatta airport about to return to the UK and thought I would drop a quick note - some feedback. The trek was really fabulous, we both had a great time and feel it was the highlight of our trip. Prem and the boys looked after us very well indeed and we still are amazed are the variety of different tasty dishes that they cooked for us during the 8 days. The views were great in the morning and I don;t think we met any other trekkers until the last day (which was perfect). I guess the only downside was the fact that as we were both fairly fit trekkers we were a little bit disappointed that on at least 5 of the 8 days, we finished our walking by 12 and had
little to do but try to keep warm until the evening. I think I would have preferred to squeeze the trek into 7 days to save us from getting very bored and very cold in the afternoons. Other than that, all I can say is a big thank you, and I would be grateful if you could pass our appreciation onto Prem as well.
Thanks, and who knows we may be back one day !!!
John & Lisa



Namaste Satish
Subject: welcome to Sikkim.
Date:Tue, 23 May 2006 12:17:32 +0200
well, our 3 weeks in India are over and we are now back at home at work. Hereby I wanted to give you some feedback on the 10 days we have spent in Sikkim. I would like to thank you for the very good organization of the activities and thus making it a successful trek. Please do let forward my thanks to Bikash, Dike and the rest of the group, who did an excellent job in the mountains. The food was excellent, sometimes even too much, we hardly could eat that much as served.

Bikash was an excellent guide, who mastered the altitude sickness and the split into two groups in an excellent manner, as well as he was flexible to adjust the program according to our wishes - early morning/night start to Goecha La. This gave us the opportunity to be up there while having perfectly clear sky, see the sunrize and have beatiful weather until we have returned back to Lamuni Lake where the breakfast was waiting for us.

I am attaching a picture of the "summit group" being at Goeacha La early morning during sunrize.

All the best to Sikkim from Austria,
Kind regards, Miro




Dear Satish,
Date: Sat, 20 May 2006 14:04:33 +0200 (MEST)
Subject: tour feedback
just want to drop some lines regarding our Goe che la trek we did  recently.All of us enjoyed it very much. The people as well the landscape were Just fantastic. Your guide Abinash did a great job, was always concerned About our well being, accepted our wishes | proposals, was excellent in Supervising the porters and cook. Darwa, the cook, did a fantastic job too. His food was excellent and very good amounts too. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend your company and of course Sikkim. We hope that more people will find their way to Sikkim in future.
All the best for you and your family!
Stefan, Jens, Jochen



Hi Satish,
We have reached Pune safely and just wanted to thank you for all your help.
We had a good time with Vishnu; he is a good lad and an excellent driver. We have all positives with Yak and Yeti other than Nathula mix-up (which anyway is not part of your service) and in case you ever need any reference for your services, please feel free to give my email address to your clients.

Thanks.
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Dear Satish,
We have finally returned to Canada from India. Our entire holiday was a wonderful experience. Thank you again for arranging such an exciting trek. Joe and I had a fantastic time on our trek from Yuksom to Guichi La. As I told you, our guide, Chungda, was great. The entire team was a pleasure to hike with and we have no complaints at all about the trek. Kailash and his cooking team did wonders with a one burner stove, and the food was a treat. Of course the weather could have been sunnier, but you have no control over that.Our only complaint (and that is a minor one) is the cost of the Himalchuli Hotel in Gangtok. We compared the price to other options in Gangtok and despite what you told us, there are cheaper hotels with better value. I think you arranged that hotel because it is convenient to your office as well it is owned by your father. The staff there is very nice and the service was good, but it is older and could be better presented considering the price/day.I hope this information is useful to you. Also we sent a birdbook as a present for Chungda to your office. I hope you forwarded it to him.Best regards to you and your family and trekking team. I have no hesitation in recommending your agency to other trekkers and friends interested in visiting Sikkim.
Peter Uhlmann



hello satish
tku for yor reply.
Date: Fri, 3 Dec 2004 17:27:52 +0800

i had already given u some feedback. particularly regarding yukti, bikash,prem n suman doing too much work. the porters must b trained to set up tents upon reaching the camp. they must b trained to dismantle the tents in the morning once clients hv vacated the tents. this way, the guide  (yukti or whoever) need not personally do everything n supervise even the loading of the packs n equipment. we always say, "600am bed tea, 700am breakfast n800am start trekking". but, many mornings, we only start trekking almost at 900am. because after we vacated the tents (n sometimes, we clients r late doing so-sorry), yukti has to dismantle them either alone or with bikash,prem n suman. by the time he finishes, it is late. so, in order to start early, the guide must b able to leave this job to the porters. the porters must b trained n b disciplined to do this, so the guide can b free to start trekking early. other things. breakfast. first day, we arrived in calcutta early, checked in at sikkim house n slept. christopher n i woke early n found sikkim house restaurant not ready yet for breakfast. later, they managed to serve  us tea n puri. but outside, there seems nowhere in calcutta, any shop is open for breakfast. the day we returned to calcutta, arun sent us to a hotel at lake town. in the morning, we walked for one hour up and down lake town street, looking for breakfast. only snack shops were open selling sweets. no  shop open for breakfast. we finally found a shop after back-tracking all the way to the main road leading to the metro station. this shop sells puri n some other breads but NO hot coffee or water. they only have COLD coffee or cold lassi in the morning! next time, u must advise your clients, or recommend to us, where to find breakfast! lunch was at 400pm after we finished the day tour during our first day in calcutta. i think the local guides must b taught that the tour must stop for lunch, then continue after lunch. the itinerary must allow for  lunch to b at or around 1230pm or 100pm. we went to the kali temple, we went to another temple near howrah (whc was closed for repairs). we went to  the banyan tree park/zoo. cannot remember where else we went. but tour ended only after we told arun we were hungry n he brought us to hotel lindsay. we can always break day tour into 2 - before lunch n after lunch. the team was tired after a long flight from s'pore with a break at bangkok. so,  with no breakfast (except for christopher n me), the people were hungry n tired. to promote sikkim internationally, a different strategy is needed. clients fr s'pore n southeast asia generally r not as rich as the westerners. we r also more conscious of budget. while we want clean n safe hotels with working (!) hot water heaters, we r not keen to pay for 5-star or even 4-star hotels. most of the time, we r out n do not enjoy or get to use the hotel facilities. so, no point paying expensive rates for high-class hotels. if u can arrange for clean n safe hotels with clean sheets n blankets, clean toilets with working hot water heaters n hygienic restaurant for meals, we r satisfied.
we also want to b told in advance what we r supposed to pay n what is pre-paid. for example, that day upon arrival in pelling at hotel chiminda, u told me the hotel had prepared snacks for us. u did not tell me i  had to pay. all of us, including the clients, thot it was complimentary. so, we ate n being full, skipped lunch. as i was supposed to supply lunch for them (paid by x-trekkers), i told them i will compensate them w/ a lunch back at calcutta. the next day, when leaving, the gen manager presented me with the Rs1694 bill for the snacks. of course i had no budget. i had already promised the clients i will buy them lunch back in calcutta. now, if i had paid this bill, i would have no money to buy them lunch. not nice to go back on my word, so i told u i have no money for the snacks. also, i felt Rs1694 for simple sandwiches, pakoras n tea were too expensive! if u had told me i had to pay for them, i would not have accepted. i'd rather  buy lunch for the group. also, we again travelled so long, we did not stop  for lunch at 1230pm or 100pm. whn we arrived at pelling, it was already 300pm. u must b aware of the time because clients r used to eating at 1230pm or 100pm at home. even for westerners, they r also used to mid-day lunch so u must, if marketing sikkim internationally, ensure your people stop for lunch. u must plan the itinerary such that there is a place to stop  for lunch before continuing on to wherever we r supposed to go.other than that, i think yak n yeti has met most of our needs. of course,at darjeeling, the clients at first, were not happy at your absence. u were supposed to meet us on nov8 then at 300pm on nov9, whc was changed to 500pm then we finally met u after dinner at 900pm. as yak n yeti were supposed to supply dinner on the 2 nights, if the grp is less than 10 n i was not
around, then they wld hv a problem. if u cannot make it a spromised, u must
get someone to meet the clients n ensure they get their dinner. your representative must pay for the dinner first n claim back from u. the clients have all paid their fees n they know they r supposed to get dinner at darjeeling. 2 nights in a row without anyone to pay for their dinner - it is not good. it was lucky i was around to handle this for the  group. n it is to your credit that your later performance, n the good efforts  of yukti, bikash, prem n suman, won back the goodwill of the group. at darjeeling, they were not happy. after the trek, back at your  brother's hotel, they were happy. the good performance of your trekking crew rescued the situation.



Dear Satish,
Subject:Appreciation for a Great Trip
Thank you for organizing our recent trek to Goechela Pass. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience, especially the beauty of Sikkim and its friendly people. We are completely satisfied with Yak & Yeti Travels and will not hesitate to recommend your company to our friends.
Ang Sherap Sherpa was an excellent trekking guide. He did a good job setting the walking pace according to our abilities, so that we were able to make it to the pass. It was clear that he was highly respected by all the other guides and staff we met along the trail.
Dawa was an outstanding cook with a warm and bright personality. We still can't believe how he was able to produce such a wide variety of tasty dishes for so many days on the trail. His assistants were attentive to making sure our trek was a pleasant one.
Our thanks also to the Yangri Gang Hotel in Yuksom. It was very comfortable and the manager was most friendly and helpful.
Please send our regards to Ang Sherap and Dawa. We will send some photographs when we get them ready.
Best regards,
Eric and Stephanie Richter
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia



Dear Satish,
I am turning back to our great holiday. Beginning was not so excellent due to absence of your representative on
Bagdogra airport. In the agreement has been written that transport costs were paid by your agency. Advance payment asked by taxi driver did not boost our confidence to all the deal.All subsequent steps were OK. Small trouble with delay and following replacement of our guide/sirdar I do not consider as a problem. I had to force our trek start the first morning in Yuksom, but it was normal folklore for Himalaya range, and I had to persuade our guide Ningma,that we were able to carry on our personal items with limited number of porters but without delay.Following trek was excellent. I prefer limited comfort not to overload nature by crowds of people, kitchen tents and huge littering. The guide Ningma did not disturb our sensation of nature but he was on the right place all the times. The meals were excellent the amount of food was a little bit surplus. We were shy to return so good meal. Our dome (cupola) shaped tents were better than A-shaped tents used by your agency in case of wind in the highest camp with windy conditions and cold. The interior is completely protected by two fabrics. I can recommend Czech designed products JUREK or HANAH tested in extreme conditions.
Due to my present overload I can continue later.

Vladimir Prihoda


Dear Satish
Hi, how are you?
We are both fine and settling back into life in the heat of Chennai after our wonderful trek to Goecha La. We just wanted to write with some feedback on the trek.We had a fantastic time and were very well looked after. Everything was very well organised.UT, our guide was superb. He was very knowledgeable about the surrounding area, wildlife and the customs and cultures of the people and we really felt that we got to know and understand Sikkim, its beauty and its wonderful people. He made sure that we were comfortable and had everything we needed.We would also like to say how much we enjoyed Prem's cooking. It was really amazing that he could make such tasty and filling meals on the trek for us. We were very impressed with his skills.We just wanted to mention a couple of other things:
as you probably know from speaking to Prem and UT that a bridge on the Yuksum to Tshoka stage has been swept away by a landslide. This means having to walk down to the river and back up at present until the new bridge is ready. This is a fairly steep bit and adds another 1.5 - 2 hours onto this stage making it quite tough. We spent the night at Sachin which was fine. It is maybe just something to mention to people when they are booking their trek (though I suppose you may not have that many people booking now because it's winter.
I am sorry that we gave you the wrong details for our bank when we were in Gangtok - we gave you our ATM card number instead of the account number.
We deposited a cheque for Rs 64,656/- on 12/10/04 which would probably have cleared 3-5 days later. It was from account: 112010200000383 HDFC Bank, 7th Avenue, Besant Nagar, Chennai. I hope these details are satisfactory for you to confirm with your account. If you still require me to send you a copy of the receipt please let me know.Lastly - I tried to email UT but I do not seem to have his correct email address. Do you have his email and if not, could you try and get it for me? Thank you very much.Thanks once again for everything - we had a wonderful time, and at some point in the future may come back to do the trek in April/May time to see the rhodedendrons in bloom!!

Kindest regards
Carolyn and Shouren

yuenlik_wong (11/19/2004 2:53:28 PM):
I arrived back in Singapore on 17th and wanted to report to you that the 5-D Dzongri Trek was great. Though it was very short, I enjoyed it thoroughly and I think you did well with choosing Yak & Yeti. The guide was great and had a lot of initiative. Satish was very helpful and responsive and overall, I think went out of his way to ensure that we had a great time - including our arrival in Darjeeling at night on Diwali so that we can see all the candles being lit along the way.
Best regards,
Helen


To,
Satish(yak & Yeti travels)
 apart fr what i had already informed u, re tips, meals n train
tickets, etc, here is the trip report :

a) overall, the participants were very happy. most had never gone up to 5000m b4 n so were very happy w/ their achievement of making it up to goecha la. the only 2 who did not make it were jesline n shirley. both turned back at dzongri. jesline cld not sleep n had poor appetite. but she had no nausea or headache so it cannot b a conclusive case of ams. shirley had classic ams symptoms - splitting headache, poor appetite. she also had never trekked continuously for so many hours, n her knees were sore. both did not go up to the dzongri look-out to watch the sunrise. after we returned, they informed us they wld like to return to tshoka, n then to yuksam.  i made arrangements w/ the guide, yukti, to hv the asst guide, vikash, accompany them down w/ 2 porters. later, after we met up agn, i was informed shirley had inflamed knees - both swollen - n they spent 2 whole days resting at yuksam, not even leaving the hotel.
b) the itinerary was quite well planned. the acclimitisation at tshoka n phidang contributed to the team's success. we met another s'pore grp who had made their own arrangements directly. they were only staying at lodges. this made them go fr yuksam to tshoka, n then directly to dzongri. of the 2 guys n 3 girls, one guy had immediate ams n returned fr dzongri to tshoka. we later learned he had stomache problems at tshoka n so went back to yuksam n then to gangtok for a check-p. shows the importance of acclimitisation. altho phidang was filthy n muddy, the extra night stay at tt altitude contributed to the grp being able to take the higher altitude of dzongri the next day.
c) the original itinerary was to return fr the goecha la side trip n descend to thangsing. but, the guide wanted to change it to kokchurong, further down. the grp initially welcomed the change as it meant they cld stay at the lodge instead of in a tent. but, i finally vetoed the change as, after the gruelling 10-hour return trip, all were tired n had a headache. even i had a headache on the way dn fr goecha la. so, after lunch, we trudged our way down to thangsing n stayed thr instead of kokchurong. i think no grp can make the journey dn to kokchurong after the goecha la. it is just too tiring.
d) thr was a serious complaint abt a down sleeping bag. thr was one piece fr s'pore in a x-trekkers stuff sack. a red piece. darwin peh complained the first night at bakhim tt he was shivering inside the bag even tho he was wearing a few layers. initially i thot he had ignored my advice not to wear too many layers to sleep. later, whn jesline also used the same bag n complained, i thoroughly examined the bag. it seems four of the front panels had the down shifted. the baffles seemed empty of feathers - just thin lining w/o any insulating down. so, i marked the stuff sac n told them not to use it agn. the
trekking staff used it fr then on. not sure if satish will raise this issue w/ u. thr were no complaints abt the other bags - either fr s'pore or gangtok. the weather was cold - some nights below 0 deg C.
e) i was initially not happy w/ satish. he was supposed to meet us on nov8 at darjeeling. dinner was to b paid by yak n yeti. he did not turn up altho we conversed on the mobile. first we said he wld b thr by 500pm. then later he said he had an urgent meetihng n wld not b in darjeeling at all. he wld come on nov9 at 300pm. 300pm came n went but thr was no sign of him. he turned up way past 900pm. for both nights, i had to foot the dinner bill n i charged these back to him whn we settled the accts. these were apart fr the train ticket fiasco. i must admit tho he did  try to make amends. he called a friend in darjeeling, a tibetan  called tsewang who runs the local trekking co called trek mate.  tsewang arranged our tiger hill trip n the tea estate n hmi/zoo side  trips. he also picked up the food bill for shirley n jesline whn the  2 were back in yuksam hotel. the hotel is owned by his brother. as  the 2 girls were back ahead of the trip, they had to pay for their  hotel rooms but their food was charged to satish.
 f) the trip back to calcutta was a hectic rush. we left pelling at  100pm n drove almost continuously till new jalpaiguri. the drivers  did not know how to get to the njp station fr siliguri n we had to  double back after travelling almost 20 mins past the town. dinner was  a rushed affair at the railway station kiosk as we had not time to  find a proper restaurant/coffee shop to eat.
 g) for both return journeys on the train, the grp was split ovr 3  separate coaches. satish claimed our instructions to them arrived too  late to buy all the tickets together. on nov7, i was alone in coach 2  while chris n sin were in coach 1. the rest were in coach 3. the  same happened on nov21. i arranged for the girls to b w/ some of the  guys (as merlyn n sherry knew n signed up w/ tin fong n teck hian)  while chris n sin shared coach 1. better for me to b alone than for  anyone of them. in future, we may hv to hv an earlier closing date? anyway, it is ok  for one (leader?) to b alone while at least 2 others share a separate  coach. but, we shd make sure satish get all a sleeping berth as it is  not good to ask some to sit while others get to sleep. after all, all  paid the same price. i was fortunate tt arun was able to change the 2  seaters to sleepers, altho at a cost. in future, satish shd bear any  additional costs for such changes as i m sure x-trekekrs wld hv paid  them the price based on sleeping berths for all.
h) as mentioned earlier, we did not hv breakfast on nov8 on arrival at  njp on way to darjeeling. we were split all over 3 coaches n so i had  no chance to arrange breakfast. they ate on their own aboard the  train. whn we came out, the drivers were eager to get to darjeeling n  the grp was already full. so, i promised to compensate them w/ a  breakfast at calcutta on our return. but, calcutta does not seem to  hv any shop open for breakfast! we were staying at lake town (nearer  airport) bec the sikkim house was fully booked. at lake town, we  walked almost an hour around our hotel vicinity b4 we came upon a
 snack shop whc also had puris n other food suitable for breakfast.  but, they had no hot water nor hot drinks. it was either cold  coffee(!) or cold lassi. anyway, we ate what we cld. cld satish in future provide us w/ info on whr r the local shops  selling breakfast, both around middleton row (whr sikkim house is) as  well as lake town? i seem to get the idea most locals hv breakfast
at  home, n thrfore most, if not all, shops only cater for lunch! having  such info may save us time n frayed nerves early in the morning -  searching for food!  i) i think this is abt all i can think of. food-wise during the  trek, quantity was sufficient. sometimes, wasted (of course, i m sure  the staff ate the leftovers!) bec we cld not eat so much. i had  already feedback to satish, yukti as well as the cook, prem, abt the  combination. thr were days whn we had either rice or noodles plus  macaroni! no way we cld eat the macaroni. preference was for rice or the noodles, altho the fried noodles were badly done - too soggy! overall, the grp was happy w/ the food.my only concern was tt they brought TOO much of their own food. teck n tinfong's fullpacks were 28kg each! on the return journey, the guide had to ask teck to lighten his pack n re-distribute items to another duffel. it seems his zo (hybrid bet yak n cow) cld not manage the weight! for future briefing, we may hv to emphasise they shd not bring too much s'pore food. the overall weight is really mind-boggling. they produced cans of luncheon meat n maggi noodles (for prem to cook), packs of bak kwah, bags of sweets, cough drops, etc, etc. they had a mini mahjong set, 2 mini mp3 players plus a audio-tecnica foldable stereo speaker set!
j) lastly, the flight connection. altho the complaints were not vigorous, most were not very keen on the 8-hour break at bangkok. thr was no proper place to sleep or rest. they wandered around the deserted concourse, had expensive cup of tea/coffee at one half-opened joint, n generally were restive until the counter opened at 0500hrs. i q'd n collected their boarding passes for them, so tt they cld continue to lounge longer on the floor/plastic seats.
dunno if thr is any alternative to this?


Hi Satish!
Subject:Thank you for the nice trekkingtour
First of all we have to apologise for our late email.Again we want to say thank you for the nice trekking-tour we did we your company in October this year. Everything was organised perfectly by you and your staff. Madan did a very good job as a guide. He was absolutely professional and he always was concerned about our wealth and satisfaction. The food (I rather would call it dishes) couldn't be better. You always can hire Mr. Bairagi Lama as a cook again. His 15 years of experience in trekking are more than will make every trek a success at least the feeding parts of it J All assistant staff and porters we very helpful to us all the time. The only point you should consider is the environmental concern of the crew. The biggest treasure you have in Sikkim is the almost untouched nature and tourists come to Sikkim because of that. But if every trekking tour leaves rubbish in the forest and even on the Gocha La Pass (even if it is hidden under the stones) this nature wonâ‚„t last much longer untouched. On the last day some of the empty plastic containers, tins and so on were just thrown into the bushes. It would be a good advice to your crews if they carry all the staff out of the mountains what they have carried in.We really enjoyed our time in India and especially in Sikkim. This place is something special and we hope to visit it again sometime. For you and your family we wish you all the best and hope to stay in touch with you.
Best greetings from cold Germany.
Anja and Renĩ
Renĩ Liebkopf
Urlasstr. 16
91207 Lauf / Germany
Phone: +49 9123 96 00 10


 
Dear Mr. Bardewa,
As you asked, we would like to give some feedback on the trekking we did last September 2002.First of all, I want to say that despite the rainy weather and the High-altitude sickness, the trekking was really well organized. The staff was simply great: very friendly, and always helpful.My special thanks to Prem, the cook, who - besides making 3-star restaurant meals - also guided us in the mountains at Bigbari, and Raju, who organized help from the valley and stayed with me in the hospital in Darjeeling after the trekking.It is however my duty to report that the 1st guide - Raju - unexpectedly left for 3 days for an important interview during the trekking (with our permission). However, we agreed that this was an exception and will not happen again.The 2nd guide - Nawang - turned not to know the trail in Bigbari, reason we lost the way there. We suspect he has not much mountain experience. If you are hiring him again as a guide, make sure he gets a good mountaineering training and gets time to become more experienced.
Apart from this, we were very content with following things, and you surely would do well to keep them in the future:
Your help with extending the Sikkim permit
The complete "mobile dining room" - table and little chairs, including table cloth & candles
The great food served
The spacious tents
The good guesthouse at the end of the trekking in Yuksom
the great tongba  will now list the items that could be improved. Please don't regard them as failings, but as nice-to-haves, since they give the trekking just that little bit extra.

1.Clients might break their leg, get ill (especially because of deseases they picked up in other parts of India), or get High-altitude-sickness (in spite all precautions). Currently the staff cannot handle any of these situations properly. I advise to give the guide a first-aid training for the 1st 2 situations. Also carry a professional first-aid box (containing medicines and bandages)
Also a high-altitude-sickness training is needed (a training in which he learns recognizing the symptoms, administering hi-alt-illness medicines and/or using oxygen bags).Also carry high-altitude medicines or an oxygen bag.
2.The guide turned out to be educated through very good HMI mountaineering courses. The cook turned out to have gained massive experience on professional mountain climbs.If you would exploit these by noting these kind of facts in your flyers, emails & website, you might attract a lot more (western) clients to your agency! These things are decisive points in the current trekking-agency market in Sikkim, which is actually very intransparent.

3.If you could also offer High-altitude-sickness-trained guides carrying required medicines or oxygen bags for safety, this would definitely be a BIG selling point.In a very unpredictable environment such as the Himalayas where the weather can change unexpectedly, and other problems may arise, safety is a very essential topic for a western client. He naturally expects the trekking agency to take the necessary precautions. He is very willing to pay extra for this!!
4.Put the (financial) conditions of the trekking on paper, and hand it over to the clients, so they know under what their rights are. You could address following in the paper:
- What happens when the trekking is cancelled on the way
- How accidents are handled and who is responsible for the cost
- A bad-weather arrangement
- A serious explanation about the risks of High-altitude sickness:
Make clear what kind of help you can offer, and what you expect the client to take care of.
5.Check before the trekking if there are food items that your clients don't eat, and adjust the menu to this.
6.Give the trekking program as a computer print-out, 1 for every client.
For convenience also mention the overnight altitudes and the walking time for each day.
7.Update the checklist of items to bring along on the trekking to make it clearer:print them below eachother in a (numbered) list instead of on a few lines.Also add a 1-sentence explanation behind each item why this item is required.
8.Give the checklist as soon as possible to the clients:
Sometimes the clients have to shop for some of the items, which are available in Gangtok, but not always in Yuksom
9.Plan some time for the guide to inspect the clients luggage if requested.
The client not always knows the quality of his material, so the guide could give some suggestions.
10.Take a kerosine lamp for the evenings on the table. Much better than candles to read with.
11.The huts that Sikkim Tourism is offering are not very comfortable.You could put your clients in a private hut (at least at Tsoka this is possible).
12.it would be great to arrange a dinner and party at the end of the trekking.
It would be very nice if also the porters would also join that dinner, as they always eat separately during the trekking.

I hope this feedback is useful to you, and maybe in the future it will serve you to offer even more professional trekkings.

With kind regards,
Joris Alkema & Leo van den Bulck
The Netherlands



Hello Satish and Mr. Shema
we now got to Thailand. We had wonderful days in Bangladesh. We met a
lot of very nice and helpful people.When we crossed the border there was no private car to hire for Dhaka so we had to take an overnight bus to Dhaka. It was a very nice bus. And we can really recommend this travel agencie Khushiara. They are very helpful and offer a good service.Once again thank you for your service and help. We wish you all the best and send many greetings from Thailand.
Sandra and Koni
l@gmx.ch




Dear Satish
its nice to hear from you. We hope everything is fine in Sikkim and that everything is fine with you. We think a lot of our trip to Sikkim and will never forget your hospitality and friendliness. It would be great to keep in touch. What about Karmapa, will he come to Sikkim soon? We would love to visit Sikkim again but it will be difficult in the near future. We are going to have a baby in March, so we will see how to manage our travels afterwards......
Please say greetings to Tilac and Mr. Sharma (is that the right name? I dont
remember exactly....).
All the best to Sikkim and we hope to hear from you again.
Sandra and Koni

From: "wilfried devriendt"
To: "Yak and Yeti Travels, Sikkim"
Sent: Monday, November 17, 2003 8:38 PM
Subject: Trekking Sikkim, Gocha La, November 2003




Dear Mr Satish,

The Gocha La trekking was wonderful! We have enjoyed the trekking very
much. The trekking was strenuous, but very rewarding:- the views of the mountains was superb -life in the mountains is a special experience: how the people live up there, how the staff make their living, ...- the team was excellent:
* Ugen is a very good guide: he is conscious and caring about everything around and in the Natural Park, and he loves the mountains. Unfortunately, he had to skip a couple of days, because his relative had died in Dzongri, but he arranged an alternative
* Milan is an excellent and creative cook: with relatively poor means, he succeeded in preparing lots of good meals! He is also a good guide: hetook good care of us when Ugen wasn't there.
* the porters Edbi, Kebi and Dawa also were good quality: they were always very helpful and entrepreneurial (especially Dawa has good potential for additional responsabilities): in lots of details, we appreciated the difference of service level which we could compare with other teams around us.
- * the yak-man Indra and the 3 yak also performed as expected.We thank you very much for having taken care of selecting such a good team, and to arrange that the food was like we had discussed with you on beforehand.- unfortunately we had some bad luck with the weather: most of the days the chilly clouds covered up for the rest of the day past around 10 am, but on the very day of reaching Gocha La, we had the best day of the week, with the sun shining and the rewarding full views until noon!
However, we also want to share some remarks with you: - the hotel in Gangtok could provide significantly higher value for money,when the staff would take care of additional cleanliness in rooms and restaurant (the Tashi Gang Hotel in Yuksam is a nice example of this!)
- the tent was of rather low quality: we would suggest to use a special "iglo" tent, more suited for winter like nights...- some of the porters were badly equipped: some didn't have proper (walking)
shoes, or socks, or (down) jacket, or gloves, or a cap...: these men really suffered from cold nights: we have seen them shivering...We regret that we didn't had the opportunity to inspect the clothing of the whole team before we went on trekking (we saw it only after our arrival the first trekking day): only Ugen and Milan had a proper (down) jacket and shoes. We would have expected that you, as an experienced mountaneer, would take care of having your staff properly equipped. Why wouldn't you provide the staff with good gear: this would enable them to undertake the in optimal outfit, and it would also be a good commercial opportunity to show "Yak & Yeti" on their gear (as we saw another agency doing). - During our contacts with other trekkers, we found out that we paid much more than most others. We do agree that there was a certain quality difference in services rendered, but this was only due to the extra added value from the staff themselves; therefore, we would appreciate it very much when you would invest some of this money in your staff additionally: they really deserve it.

- Dear Mr Satish, we had an unforgettable journey, and we thank you for this.We also keep Sikkim and their people in our heart and memories, and we
wish that the Sikkimese will keep their mountains as nice as they are now!
best regards

Wilfried Devriendt Boechoutsesteenweg 70
B 2540 Hove (Belgium)
tel/fax: +32 (0)3 455 14 11



Dear Satish jee, at last the result is coming for us. now papa kurt is
coming with 5 persons for sikkim trek in the coming autumn. can you
suggest me the itinerary and the price as the following plan. probably what could be that bills for him ? if it was not so big amount he expects to consider or let us know as much as lowest because he is giving us the business. now he
is also asking me whether go to you directly or through me. and of course i prefer to go through me this is the what the business policy. i had suggested him to go through me also he is afraid that the price will be higher. of course will expect something when he will go through me. but will not keep more profit. if i add will add, maybe 10% or little above. then now you can do one thing that even if i suggest him to come to you directly then he will start to correspond with you but that time give him a price directly and show me the cost putting my margin in the cost would also be nice. but this should be confidence wtih you and me only so that he should think that i am transperant man. but insidely he will also think that kedar will not happy when i go to satish directly. in this case when we have above agreement, then i could tell papa kurt 'no its ok'. do not write him now just let us discuss and make an agreement which way to go and will reply him. he is waiting my reply. please keep confident this matter. can you give me your latest and currently using hotmail ? or which is your personal email (which only you open) please give me it is necessary sometime.


Hello

The following will appear in the New York Times Travel section on Nov. 30,
as part of an article about someone's trip to the Singalila ridge about one
year ago. Will you please let me know if it is accurate?
The Indian government requires that treks in Sikkim be arranged through an agency at least a day or two before starting. There are several in Gangtok. The one I used was Yak and Yeti Travels, run by Satish Bardewa at the Hotel Superview Himalchuli; (91-3592) 21670 or email slg_yaknyeti@sancharnet.in. A Web site, www.yaknyeti.com, is still under construction, though it contains contact information. For four people, the price per day was $42 each, with food, tent rentals and the first and last nights' accommodations in basic guesthouses included. I would recommend bringing all your own noncooking gear, including sleeping bags and tents, because the equipment the agency provided was low quality and less than ideal for harsh weather.
The writer, Edward Wong, used a guide named Raju. Was that arranged through you? And also he says that the Indian government banned mountaineering expeditions on Kanchenjunga because the mountain is sacred to so many people? Is that so? Do you know when the ban took place? He also states that the Indian government had opened this Singalila ridge path to foreign trekkers only in 2000. Is that true? His group walked north along the ridge for about a week, then traversed a couple of valleys to join up with a more established trekking trail that led right up to a 16,200-foot pass called Goecha La, right next to the imposing ramparts of Kanchenjunga. How long would such a trek be, in miles (or kilometers) all together?

Thank you for your help

Sincerely,
Carl Sommers
Carl Sommers
The New York Times
229 West 43rd Street
New York NY 10036
(212) 556-1580
Tue, 29 Apr 2003 13:49:40 +0100 (BST)



Dear Satish
I wish to give you some feed back on our trek and onward travel organized by Yak and Yeti Travels.I was generally very pleased with the transport and trekking arrangements, we ended up teaming up with the 3 French trekkers initially due to one of the cooks taking ill, however it was fortunate that we all got on and it worked out well. The trekking crew were excellent, notably U.T from Yuksom who proved himself to be an excellent, highly skilled guide who has excellent skills at looking after the group of us. Also Pucko from Darjeeling proved to be an excellent guide too, he was extremely helpful and really went out of his way to get things done, he also has excellent English which made things easy for us. The kitchen team where excellent (Divi was the cook) and produced a fantastic array of hygienically prepared food. The Man incharge of the Dzo's was also an excellent crew member. Although there was a minor hitch when we arrived in Pelling after the trek re the hotel, Puckoo dealt with the hotel manager well and I was generally very pleased with how you sorted it out and changed our travel arrangements to spend our last night in Darjeeling (the hotel was excellent). overall I was very pleased with how the booking went overall as booking things over the internet can sometimes be full of uncertainty. Maybe you could post a list of possible itinerary or treks on your website and possible additions to treks etc. and a clear guide of the difference between the different levels of treks.  My only concern on the trek was at times I felt some of the crew had inadequate warm clothing and sleeping bags and also there seemed to be no medical first aid kit available and some of the group used their personal first aid kits to aid members of the trek crew. I think it would be a good opportunity for you to raise awareness of first aid and health issues for the trekking crew and possibly to provide sleeping bags for them. I know this was a big concern for a lot of trekkers I met who were with other companies who expressed the feelings that they would be much more prepared to join with a trekking companies tour who actively participated in bettering the welfare of the trekking crew. However generally I would be very happy to recommend your company to other people.
best wishes and thanks again
Steve Smyth




Dear Satish,
Thank you for the email.
After discussing with Raymond, we'll get our train tickets next time with all the hipcups that happened.
Here's Raymond feedback:
(1) IN future, you might like to get the tickets at NJP and send to Calcatta. Also it'll be great if the tickets can be delivered to Yuksom instead of the people getting at NJP. Else, might have as well we get  the tickets on arrival.

(2) The tents are not of good quality as compared to other trekkers on the trail. The zip is spoilt and dirty.
(3) Cooks, guide and porters are great.
(4) The trek is not so suitable for Singaporeans.. may need to extend  the trekking days to suit singaporeans Neverlessly, all have enjoyed the trek/trip.

Trekking in harmony with nature,
Exploring is delightful to look forward to and back upon,
but it is not comfortable at the time,
unless it be of such an easy nature as not to deserve the name



Dear Satish,
dear UT,

I want to take this opportunity to give you a little feedback about the Kanchenjunga Trekking we had booked with you. Attached you will also find some photos.

Satish,
as a guide "UT" was an excellent choice. UT must be very close to the "Perfect" guide. He really looked after us and made the trip very enjoyable. Moreover he selected the right team (cook, kitchen boy and yak man). He made sure we could enjoy the trip as much as possible. And most important he ƒ­s a really nice guy and a special person with a good sence of humor.
The organisation of the trip was done by Yak&Yeti very well. Everything ran smooth and nice. It was very enjoyable for us. It is propably the only trekking tour in the whole world whrere you can't loose weight! The food was fantastic and plenty.....
UT,
here back in Germany, the leisurely attitude towards things is almost forgotten as everyone is very busy at work and Christmas is approaching fast. The nice thing about Christmas is that everything is decorated nicely. It is getting cold. We had the first snow already (at sea level)
Hope you are all well. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Maybe we will see you again one day.
Please give my regards to your lovely family. A big hug to you from Me and Mami.

Kind Regards from Germany,
Frank & Siggi



Hi Satish,
It has been three weeks since our return from Sikkim and we are still talking about it. Sikkim is truly a beautiful part of India, far better than we had ever imagined. We were so happy with our trip up there that we are now in the process of planning our next trip, this time to Ladakh.
You asked for a feedback of our trip so here it is.
Your choice of hotel in Gangtok was great. The food was very good and the room was spacious. My kids still speak of the food there. The day to Rumtek and the Institue of Tibetology was very interesting and your friend was knowledgeable of these places.
Tsomgo Lake awas great for the kids as they managed to see snow for the first time in many years. My only comment here was that the guide wasn't really necessary. She could neither speak English nor was she appropriately dressed for the snow. She also didn't seem to know the place very well.
Transfers to and from all the locations were well appreciated.
The hotel in Yuksom was fine, though food there was probably the worst we've ever experienced in India. We understood later why an english group there had their meals made by their trekking cook!
Now for the trek itself. The forests and the views of the mountains were magnificent. Even though the skies deteriorated by midday, we did get some spectacular views. The trekkers lodge in Tsoka was fine. The campsite in Phedang was pretty horrible as trekkers and animals fought for space, however, it was a good place to acclimaitise. Our stay in Dzongri was also fine, though a bit cold...which brings me to the subject of your equipment.
To be honest, the camping equipment that you provide need desperately to be upgraded. The zips on the tents didn't work properly. The tents were obviously very old, but not only that, they weren't suitable for the weather conditions that we experienced up there. We had below 0 temperatures on a couple of nights. The sleeping bags were dirty as well as the mats and the extra blanket you provided.

The food. Breakfasts were great. There was a good selection. As for lunch and dinner...I think Prem should know that you shouldn't serve rice, noodles and potatoes all at one meal!! His preparation and planning of food also needs to be improved as it was bland and unbalanced (high in carbohydrate and fat, low in protein) and quite surprising as in the case of his pizza. He cooked a pizza with apple puree, tomatoes, mushrooms and cheese. It was totally inedible!! On the trek there was very little in fresh vegetables and fresh fruit. I understand the difficulty in carrying these things but one can make cabbage and carrot a little more interesting than serving it the same way for 6 days!! He could also have bought more interesting vegetables for the beginning of the trek and left the less perishable vegetables for the end of the trek. We got served tinned meat and TVP (protein + protein) on our last evening, which was probably our best meal of our trek. His cake was delicious.
Tea is fine as a beverage, but as it is a diuretic, it shouldn't be consumed too frequently as one dehydrates enough in the mountains. Is it possible to get herbal teas in India. Otherwise, you could suggest that your clients bring their own.

Our stay in Darjeeling was wonderful. After a trek it was very nice to slowly come back to civilisation. The hotel was excellent and I welcomed it with open arms!! My only comment here; it wasn't necessary for Raj to accompany us to Darjeeling. As long as you had arranged with a local taxi driver, we could have done all the sight seeing on our own.
My comments on Raj? He was a great friend and entertainer for our son Alex. Without Raj, I think Alex would not have enjoyed his trip half as much. As a guide? He is still very young and not mature enough to understand the responsibilities one has as a guide yet though I'm sure this will all improve with time.

I hope I have given you enough "food" for thought.
Thanks again for organising the trip.
Yours,
Michelle


Dear Mr Satish,

I am writing to say thank you for a very enjoyable trek. Sikkim is as beautiful as you had promised it would be and it was very exciting to be surrounded by such enormous mountains. All the arrangements went very smoothly and the skill and judgement of your staff contributed greatly to my enjoyment and the eventual success of the trip. Please pass on my best wishes to them all. If I have one criticism it would be that few of the guides and porters in the many tour groups on the trail seemed properly equipped. I don't know if there are any guidelines that groups are supposed to follow but I think it might be a good idea if essentials such as sunglasses and basic medicines were provided to the guides and porters by the trek companies and then collected back afterwards to guarantee that this does not happen in the future. I would be interested to hear your opinion on the matter. Thanks again for a great trip.
Yours sincerely, 
Tom Yates.




Dear Satish,
Here are some feedback from the participants.
1. On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being the worst, & 5 the best), please
rate:-
⤠The adventure. {3-4}
⤠How would you grade our sikkim agent? {3 } but the guide, cooks &
yak
herders were very good
Comments:
2. On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being chicken feet, 2 being easy, 3 being
average, 4 being hard but manageable and 5 is tough-not for beginners),
please rate the trek? { 3 }
Comments: As the trekking hours for this trip is short, we get plenty
of
time to acclimatize and rest. Thou some ppl might still fall prey to
the
altitude sickness.
3. On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being safest, & 5 not safe), please rate
the safety aspect of the trip/trek? { 2-3 }

4. a. Which is the best moment of the trip that you remember. Why?
{ moutains, villagers, gompas & of course the friends on the trip-
eye opener }


  Hi Satish,

(Returned with fewer problems than i started out with..!! haha)
I was VERY pleased with the trek (and would like to do the whole thing again.- I just loved it!).The weather got better and better (mostly) though I never minded the Wet.
The trek crew were super: considerate, thoughtful, hardworking and always cheerful and i thoroughly enjoyed being in their company (I felt like a mem-sahib with their attentiveness and care). Happily, no need to 'beat' Prem (joke!) for feeding me SO well (my fault that i had many 2nd helpings of food), because I have actually lost nearly 3kg caused by a 'vomit' bug - i DID drink some untreated river water on day one (yes, i should know better..-completely my fault). However, my tummy now grumbles at the loss of those excellent 7* Prem-breakfasts .
UT is a very capable, knowledgable guide & i appreciated his birdspotting & animal tracking- i asked many questions(!) It was good to see that he cared enough to pick up the litter on the track & instructed some of the porters to do likewise. So nice not to see plastic bags everywhere.
I haven't had much spare time today but i did get the 180 photos downloaded onto a CD - will look at them later (when i find a computer with CDRom facility...) to sort, print & send on.
Will photocopy those pages on mountainbiking section of LP guidebook and send them on Wednesday - OK?
Do you know the magazine Action Asia? website: actionasia.com It covers countries from Aust,NZ to China,Nepal, Pakistan -articles on biking,trekking,mountaineering,enviromental issues,diving,adventureracing & has a calendar of future events....but have not ever seen anything on SIKKIM??!. I can send you a copy - would you like to see it? Let me know if i can check out any other info which could be of any use. ThankYOU again for your helpfulness ( and patience). Also, I really needed the warmth of your sleeping bag and i think i owe you for the hire.??? Please say. I can't wait to return (have yet to check out the current regulations). Now, to fix that bike..
And, Happy Vijaya Dashami!
catch you later....Best,
susan




Hello Satish!

I can't believe it is February already, time is flying by! I wanted to give you my new e-mail address now that I have a new e-mail set up here in Copenhagen:



Did you manage to get any more information about where the wire transfer got held up? If not, I can ask my bank to put a trace on it, it will cost me about $25 but I would like to help you find the money as it's a huge amount! If my bank finds out it got "held up" somewhere in India what are the chances of getting it sent to your account? I know that corruption can be a problem in India.

At last I have a bit of time to tell you more about our trek and give you our feedback. Like I said, it was for the most part a really wonderful trek. We were really lucky with the weather. The food was outstanding and plentiful, Prem is indeed a great cook. He also did very well doubling as a guide and cook, when Narwong had to go back down to Yuksom; he is a very hard and diligent worker, as is Karke, our porter (not sure how to spell his name), and both were very pleasant and helpful. We were very well looked after. Prem is clearly very experienced and knowledgable, we wish we could have learned more from him and Narwong if the language barrier was not as much of an issue. Narwong was very friendly and helpful, but we wondered if he was a bit too young and inexperienced to be a lead guide. We were also concerned that Karke might not have enough good quality clothing for such cold temperatures on a December trek. We felt that the itinery was very good, giving us time to acclimatize and keeping moving at a good pace. I felt quite nauseous on the way down from Goeche La, but was fine the next day again. Arthur did very well with the altitude. I think we may have ascended a bit too fast the day we went to Goeche La, behind Prem, the mountain goat!

The hotels we stayed at in the villages and towns were all very nice, with very good service. We also got to the airport in plenty of time. During our time in the villages and towns, sometimes we were a little bit in the dark as to what was scheduled for that day, the timing of things etc. although we understand this is part of the Indian culture.

Feedback in general about the Sikkim trekking experience: overall, a great experience, beautiful scenery. The only things we feel could be improved are the toilet facilities up above Tsoka, we wondered how environmentally sound the pits are - they seem to eventually drain out to the rivers? Also, the amount of litter between Yuksom and Tsoka was unsightly, and we noticed the porters seem to be equally responsible for this as the trekkers (we actually picked up several bags of litter on the way down, Prem helped us!) and finally, there seems to be a big temptation for over-indulgence in alcohol for the trekking staff in Tsoka!

Thanks for a wonderful trek, and we really hope we can find out where the other half of your trekking payment is tied up! I have not had a chance to sort through my photos yet but when I do I will send some to you for the staff.
Best regards
Colleen & Arthur



Dear Satish,

Greetings from autumnal England.

How is life in Gangtok? It feels a frighteningly long way from life here in England. I have now started my MSc in Wild Animal Health and I am spending more time in London than is healthy, but it is fun and I am really
trying to make the most of the opportunity. The course is excellent - everything I expected and more. I just hope I can make the most of it and use it to
take me to the places I want to go.
I would love to hear your news. The time I spent in Sikkim was so special to - Sikkim is a place I definitely want to come back to. The photo I took of Gangtok by full moon from my hotel room is a superb photo - if I get around to scanning it in I will send it to you.I want to tell you that you made my time in Gangtok very special, I
have such lovely memories of it. Also for my trek - that was an unforgettable experience - please try your hardest to keep your country so unspoiled...

Let me know your news...
With love,
Alex xxx



                                                                 
                                                                                           
To: Satish
Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2003 11:16 PM
Subject: Hello from Singapore!!


Namaste or Tashik Delek! (whichever applicable!)

Am sending this message to test that your email address is correct in case the effort to address my feedback 'go down the drain', haha! Joking lah, just want to ensure this email reach you as couldnt really be sure of the spelling on the namecard.

Apart from some hiccups during our trip, would like to thank you for the trip which was otherwise a very enjoyable one. We return to Singapore with fond memories of the Darjeeling & Sikkim, the rich culture, nice cool weather, beautiful scenery, sumptuous food, & not forgetting the friendliness & warmth of the people, esp UT & Bishnu who had taken very good care of us along the journey. Of course diplomatically, also have to mention your goodself :) thanyabard!

regards.. leng
From: PhauyLeng



Mr. Satish,
Now that we are back home and settled in, I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our tour of Sikkim. We must thank you for coming up with such an interesting itinerary. We enjoyed everything from the scenery to the hotels you chose, food, drive etc. Gopal and Bishnu were unfailingly helpful, pleasant and went to a lot of effort  to make sure that we could did everything we wanted to. Thanks once  again,
Mrs. Marla

Hello Satish!

I can't believe it is February already, time is flying by! I wanted to give you my new e-mail address now that I have a new e-mail set up here in Copenhagen:

Did you manage to get any more information about where the wire transfer got held up? If not, I can ask my bank to put a trace on it, it will cost me about $25 but I would like to help you find the money as it's a huge amount! If my bank finds out it got "held up" somewhere in India what are the chances of getting it sent to your account? I know that corruption can be a problem in India.

At last I have a bit of time to tell you more about our trek and give you our feedback. Like I said, it was for the most part a really wonderful trek. We were really lucky with the weather. The food was outstanding and plentiful, Prem is indeed a great cook. He also did very well doubling as a guide and cook, when Narwong had to go back down to Yuksom; he is a very hard and diligent worker, as is Karke, our porter (not sure how to spell his name), and both were very pleasant and helpful. We were very well looked after. Prem is clearly very experienced and knowledgable, we wish we could have learned more from him and Narwong if the language barrier was not as much of an issue. Narwong was very friendly and helpful, but we wondered if he was a bit too young and inexperienced to be a lead guide. We were also concerned that Karke might not have enough good quality clothing for such cold temperatures on a December trek. We felt that the itinery was very good, giving us time to acclimatize and keeping moving at a good pace. I felt quite nauseous on the way down from Goeche La, but was fine the next day again. Arthur did very well with the altitude. I think we may have ascended a bit too fast the day we went to Goeche La, behind Prem, the mountain goat!

The hotels we stayed at in the villages and towns were all very nice, with very good service. We also got to the airport in plenty of time. During our time in the villages and towns, sometimes we were a little bit in the dark as to what was scheduled for that day, the timing of things etc. although we understand this is part of the Indian culture.

Feedback in general about the Sikkim trekking experience: overall, a great experience, beautiful scenery. The only things we feel could be improved are the toilet facilities up above Tsoka, we wondered how environmentally sound the pits are - they seem to eventually drain out to the rivers? Also, the amount of litter between Yuksom and Tsoka was unsightly, and we noticed the porters seem to be equally responsible for this as the trekkers (we actually picked up several bags of litter on the way down, Prem helped us!) and finally, there seems to be a big temptation for over-indulgence in alcohol for the trekking staff in Tsoka!

Thanks for a wonderful trek, and we really hope we can find out where the other half of your trekking payment is tied up! I have not had a chance to sort through my photos yet but when I do I will send some to you for the staff.
Best regards
Colleen & Arthur



Dear Satish,

Greetings from autumnal England.
How is life in Gangtok? It feels a frighteningly long way from life here in England. I have now started my M.Sc. in Wild Animal Health and I am spending more time in London than is healthy, but it is fun and I am really trying to make the most of the opportunity. The course is excellent - everything I expected and more. I just hope I can make the most of it and use it to take me to the places I want to go.
I would love to hear your news. The time I spent in Sikkim was so special to - Sikkim is a place I definitely want to come back to. The photo I took of Gangtok by full moon from my hotel room is a superb photo - if I get around to scanning it in I will send it to you. I want to tell you that you made my time in Gangtok very special, I have such lovely memories of it. Also for my trek - that was an unforgettable experience - please try your hardest to keep your country so unspoiled...
Let me know your news...
With love,
Alex xxx
Alexandra Tomlinson


Hello

The following will appear in the New York Times Travel section on Nov. 30, as part of an article about someone's trip to the Singalila ridge about one year ago. Will you please let me know if it is accurate?

The Indian government requires that treks in Sikkim be arranged through an agency at least a day or two before starting. There are several in Gangtok. The one I used was Yak and Yeti Travels, run by Satish Bardewa at the Hotel Superview Himalchuli; (91-3592) 21670 or email slg_yaknyeti@sancharnet.in. A Web site, www.yaknyeti.com, and it contains contact information. For four people, the price per day was $42 each, with food, tent rentals and the first and last nights' accommodations in basic guesthouses included. I would recommend bringing all your own noncooking gear, including sleeping bags and tents, because the equipment the agency provided was low quality and less than ideal for harsh weather. The writer, Edward Wong, used a guide named Raju. Was that arranged through you? And also he says that the Indian government banned mountaineering expeditions on Kanchenjunga because the mountain is sacred to so many people? Is that so? Do you know when the ban took place? He also states that the Indian government had opened this Singalila ridge path to foreign trekkers only in 2000. Is that true? His group walked north along the ridge for about a week, then traversed a couple of valleys to join up with a more established trekking trail that led right up to a 16,200-foot pass called Goecha La, right next to the imposing ramparts of Kanchenjunga. How long would such a trek be, in miles (or kilometers) all together?

Thank you for your help

Sincerely,
Latimes
Carl Sommers
Carl Sommers
The New York Times
229 West 43rd Street
New York NY 10036
(212) 556-1580


Dear Satish,

Greetings from autumnal England.

How is life in Gangtok? It feels a frighteningly long way from life here in England. I have now started my MSc in Wild Animal Health and I am spending more time in London than is healthy, but it is fun and I am really trying to make the most of the opportunity. The course is excellent - everything I expected and more. I just hope I can make the most of it and use it to take me to the places I want to go. I would love to hear your news. The time I spent in Sikkim was so special to - Sikkim is a place I definitely want to come back to. The photo I took of Gangtok by full moon from my hotel room is a superb photo - if I get around to scanning it in I will send it to you.I want to tell you that you made my time in Gangtok very special, I have such lovely memories of it. Also for my trek - that was an unforgettable experience - please try your hardest to keep your country so unspoiled...

Let me know your news...

With love,

Alex xxx


Mr. Satish,

Now that we are back home and settled in, I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our tour of Sikkim. We must thank you for coming up with such an interesting itinerary. We enjoyed everything from the scenery to the hotels you chose, food, drive etc. Gopal and Bishnu were unfailingly helpful, pleasant and went to a lot of effort to make sure that we could did everything we wanted to.
 

Thanks once  again,
Mrs. Marla

 
     
     
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