I, a mountaineer who grew up in Toronto, connected with Ashok Kumar Tamang (see his picture below!) for winter climbing in the Himalaya this January. Ashok proved to be a solid climbing partner, technically competent, safe, and experienced. We spent 14 days together in the Khumbu, and ultimately made a successful winter ascent of ~6165m Imja Tse after waiting out five days of high wind. Throughout our approach Ashok was personable and knowledgeable, with a solid command of the tea houses open during the winter. Ashok knows the names and climbing histories of all the prominent mountains within the Khumbu valley, which made for interesting conversation and plenty of climbing story swapping throughout our approach. Ashok was very accommodating, and was happy to wait out the weather with me at ~4850m Chukkung and ~5100m Imja Tse Basecamp, which ensured us a good window for our climb. I would be pleased to climb with Ashok again, and would not hesitate to contact him for backend support organizing larger Himalayan climbs in the future.