We traveled from a far to the land of the Himalayas, to the sacred Khumbu region and Kalapattar – our destination. On the first day we did not talk much; Santaman told stories of the mountains, legends and history… He is veryknowledgeable and funny too. As the days pass, we trek, crossed rivers, we ate, shared jokes, played cards, exchanged laughs, sang song, learned a few Nepali words, tasted local wine, had lots of momo, shared our lives and became friends. Nepal in itself is a very beautiful country…. Even more so when you find a FRIEND who so happens to know the mountains and its trails and will walk with you and be your guide. We were fortunate to have chosen Santaman as our guide for it gave us an insight of the Himalayas and its people. What amazes me most beyond Santaman’s professionalism and expertise is the friendship and relationship he has with his team, the porters and the village people. Beyond being a superb guide, Santaman is also a good leader and most of all a friend.