First, the positives:
- Instructions for where to meet and at what time were very
- Maps/guides were provided to show us what there was to do
at the top.
- We had reserved sections/cars on the the three train
- The experience at the top is incredible and worth the
effort. It's nice to have someone arrange and manage it for
- They provided a few high quality photos from the top for
free by airdropping them to my phone (can also be emailed).
- We only had 2 hours, 10 minutes at the top which is really
stretching the word "approximately" when it advertises
"approximately three hours". That said, we didn't
necessarily need a full three hours up there. But having two
and a half or so would have made things less hectic.
- Some people might really enjoy having Kid as their guide.
He works hard and is enthusiastic. But he literally yells at
you to move to certain spots for pictures. It's not angry
yelling, but it is aggressive. He was constantly having
people jump on seats to take pictures leaning outside of the
train window. I get that it's a cool picture, but not sure
that everyone needs to do it multiple times. It makes it
hard to sit back and enjoy the ride.
He also yelled at a family on top of the mountain to move so
our group could take pictures, which was embarrassing. It's
not as if our tour group has any more right to be up there.
He told us beforehand that the best way to avoid altitude
sickness is to drink water and walk slowly then proceeds to
power walk us through three of the activities. I suppose
that technically we didn't have to follow along for that
since we knew where and when to meet later, but he was
highly suggested that we follow him.
There was plenty of time on the bus ride for him to have
explained some things that would have made the experience
better. If he'd let us know that people who want great
pictures should listen to him to make sure they don't miss
them and that others can just relax, that would have been
nice. Similarly, he could have told us that if we wanted to
hurry through some of the things at the top that we could
follow him, but if we want to take our time, we were free to
do that as well.
We also would have liked more information about the mountain
and station. The focus was on getting pictures for everyone.
That should certainly be part of it, but I felt like I
missed out on other aspects.
Just to be clear, Kid is passionate about his job, and for
some people, his style would mesh really well with what
they're looking for out of the experience. But if you want
something guided that's a bit laid-back, this isn't it.