Hallo Hiker and Trekkers everywhere! We, 2 American women (in our 30s and 50s) have been planning the ultimate EBC trek for quite some time. We wanted to avoid going with a big international outfit to cut down on unnecessary expense and to have a more authentic experience, and hence polled many Nepal trekkers on their guide recommendations. We have now found the PERFECT local guide (fully accredited, extremely nice and responsive, and HIGHLY recommended), who has put together a 12 day trek for us, leaving at the very end of February to get a bit of a head start of all the March groups. The cost is very reasonable, around USD 1600 per person, which the entire trek (incl. accommodation, all meals, porters etc.), as well as domestic airfare plus 3 nights in Kathmandu (also sightseeing there and airport transfers.) We are looking for others to join us to form a small group of about 10 people. We are avid hikers and have done some altitude hiking in the US, Switzerland and Peru. Please let me know if you are interested, I have a lot more details on the itinerary etc. that I can share.