We were unsure about our trekking plans right up to arriving in Kathmandu mainly because of our fitness level, the weather and the severe kerosene and gas shortage that Nepal was facing arising from its political situation. But our family of five with three teenagers were in good hands as soon as we met Nava who owns and runs Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition when we arrived in Kathmandu. His deep knowledge, experience and even patience was a tremendous help in planning our trip knowing we had come from a busy life with limited time for preparation. He made sure we had a great support team and indeed we did! Leading up for the trek was our experienced, able, knowledgeable guide Ratna, who's regular backyard is the ECB. He was able to answer all of our questions from Nepal's history, landscape and its people to 'how much longer' and 'how hard will today be' :) He was good in reacting to our needs on a daily basis including the various changes in our trekking plans! Assisting us was two excellent and great spirited porters, Chaitee and BJay. Such kind and open souls, we could not have asked for better help. They were attentive, intuitive and ready to respond to our needs and great support. It was a great journey for the family, memorable for the time the family got to spend together going through some challenging day and made more so because of the folks at Nepal Environmental Treks. The food was also a joy. We would say Nepal is a must and don't worry too much about the negative news that may come out from the country sometimes. Do go.We will certainly be back and no doubt who will be our first choice!