The trekking company I used is called OneSeed Expeditions, actually based out of Denver, Colorado, and I would recommend them highly. The people have been incredibly helpful every step of the way, the guides are knowledgable, caring, and fun, and to top it off OneSeed benefits women run businesses here in Nepal, which is great to see. They also treat their guides-in-training well from what I can tell. Other companies call their GITs porters, and do not allow them to interact with clients. They are basically just glorified mules, carrying up to 100lbs of tourists baggage so they can comfortably hike with only a light day pack. With OneSeed the GITs do carry around 50lbs of our stuff, but they are also encouraged to interact with us as they are trained and molded to become guides... and in our case especially they became like part of our family, but that is for another post.
I totally lucked out as far as my fellow Trekkers. There was a seriously cute older couple from Denver, Peggy and Grahm (the candy man), that really proved that you are only as old as you feel. They were like the mom and dad on the trail, so fun and full of life and love. There was another younger couple, Kate and Jeremy, that are nurses from Seattle. They are both so compassionate and funny and so perfect for each other. Then there was my fellow single traveler, Liz, from Lake Tahoe. She is an environmental engineer which I think is amazing, and is a total outdoors girl. We have a lot in common, def someone I could be besties with if we didn't live on opposite sides of the country. (By the way - if you guys are reading this - and I hope you are - you are all amazing and you better keep in touch!). That being said, I am going to end this post with a picture of everyone from day 1 of the hike.