My solo trek to Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar turned out to be the Adventure of a Lifetime, thanks to the excellent planning and assistance of Birendra Chudal, and the superb guide he assigned to me, Badurai, whom I called "Mr. Rai." From the very beginning, there was excellent communication with Birendra, so that he was able to take care of my domestic flight to Lukla, the entrance pass and the TIMS card, as well as numerous other details. He provided me with all the support and assistance I needed, which made life so much easier for me as I had never been to Nepal before. This included help with transportation and lodging -- I even got to meet his lovely family, which was an unexpected pleasure. As for my guide, Mr. Rai, he was totally committed to my safety and comfort, always staying with me on the trail, assisting with lodgings as we made our way from village to village, and providing help in ways too numerous to mention, always with a cheerful attitude and never a word of complaint. If I were to return to Nepal for further treks the first thing I would do is contact Birendra, whose knowledge and professional experience enabled me to enjoy a marvelous adventure without any significant problems (well, we did get a little bit of snow, but fortunately not enough to prevent us from reaching our dual goals of EBC and Kala Patthar!). NAMASTE to both Birendra and Mr. Rai -- I could not have done it without your help!