Next Oktober I am planning to go to Nepal with 2 friends. We want to trek from Lukla to Kala Pattar and climb Island Peak after that. We are looking for a guiding company to accompany us on our trip.
I hear a lot of stories about the costs: Booking the trip upon arrival in Kathmandu may save a lot of money compared to booking in advance. I am restricted to a 3-week period, so I don't want a lot of delays like: Waiting several days on a flight to Lukla.
My questions are:
1. For my plans, is it better to book in advance or wait until I get to KTM? And if I wait to book until I get to KTM, is it very likely to get delays for the flight to Lukla and are there other potential problems? What I mean to say is, is the financial discount you get from hiring on arrival worth the potential problems that come along with it?
2. If anybody knows a good guiding company for my trip (that preferably does not cost a fortune), please reply or even better: send me a PM, would be much appreciated!