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Featured Trips

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Buddhist prayer flags above the valley along the Manaslu Circuit trek
Manaslu Circuit Trek - The Ultimate off-the-beaten-path Trek in Nepal - 13 to 19 days

The Manaslu Circuit trek is far less crowded than other classic treks in Nepal and remains a true remote adventure, despite its increase in popularity since teahouses were built here in 2010. The Manaslu trek features all the great aspects of a classic trek in Nepal: epic scenery, spectacular suspension bridge crossings and a 5100m (17,000-ft.) Himalayan pass.

2-Week Ring Road Self-Drive Itinerary: Highlights of Iceland and the Remote Westfjords

With 2 weeks in Iceland, you can complete the entire ring road and add some great detours. This grand tour will take you to all the best places giving you plenty of time to hike, explore, and soak it all in. This 14-day itinerary covers all the major regions except the highlands, which you can see with a couple more days or by spending less time in some of the areas below.

Petra
Jordan in 7 Days - Amman, Jerash, Mt Nebo, Petra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba and the Dead Sea

Perfect for travelers ready for a full week of adventure, this 7 day, 6 night itinerary prioritizes Jordan's best-loved landmarks. You'll bask in the beauty of the Dead Sea, take in panoramic views from the temples of Petra, and camp in Wadi Rum's desert wilderness, finally returning home with a satisfying slice of the country's rich heritage.

Beach at Tayrona Park
The Real Colombia - 9-Day Adventure

In nine days, explore the ice-capped summits of the Sierra Nevada to the white sand beaches of the tropical Caribbean coast to discover a range of indigenous and contemporary cultures, as well as astounding biodiversity. Drive across city centres and take scenic mountain roads through the famous coffee region. Experience Colombia’s warm climate and culture by river and sea on rafting and sailing expeditions. 


Agrigento
Experience the Best of Sicily - 7 day itinerary

Over the centuries, the island of Sicily was colonized by the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Muslims and Normans. This 7-day itinerary will let you discover the cultural footprints all these conquerors left behind. You will travel to some of the most impressive and best preserved Greco-Roman sites in the Mediterranean, have a stroll under Baroque façades and enjoy the colorful and vibrant local markets, while enjoying spectacular scenery, and experiencing the relaxed island lifestyle, cuisine and wine of Sicily.

Salkantay peak as seen during the Salkantay trek
Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu - 5 Days

The Salkantay trek is one of Peru’s best alternatives to the Inca Trail. Trek over a beautiful mountain pass at the foot of Mt. Salkantay before stopping at a local organic coffee plantation, followed by a visit to the Llactapata ruins. Finally, get up early the last day to catch sunrise at the ancient Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.

Hot air balloons flying over Dhammayangyi Temple in Bagan
Magnificent Myanmar - 8 Days

Discover Myanmar — a destination rich in culture with stunning scenery — by venturing off the beaten path on this 8-day tour. You'll visit dazzling pagodas, local villages, float down the Irrawaddy river, as well as catch the country's most famous sites.

Bete Georgis church in Lalibela
Ethiopia's Northern Historical Route - 10 Days

Drive through the Simien Mountains and visit four UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Sites, along with the other main highlights of the classic historical northern route, like Bahir Dar, Gondar, Axum, and Lalibela. At night, enjoy a stay in the highest hotel in Africa, the Simien Lodge.

Monks during prayer time - Rene Jungsnickel
Kathmandu Inside Out - 7-day Itinerary

This trip gives a very good feel of Kathmandu Valley and includes all the highlights during a week-long trip. Cultural highlights, local food, and hikes ensure that you will get a taste for all the great things Kathmandu has to offer. It also highlights some of the events that happen in the city, giving a feel for the modern side of the valley.

Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel specialists with a passion for travel
Travel specialist Ingrid Thornes
active 13 hours ago

Ingrid Thornes

I was born and raised in Norway, but have travelled to most continents around the world as well as worked and studied in international surroundings. I have a bachelor degree in Tourism Management,...

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Travel specialist Carmen Scholten
active 11 hours ago

Carmen Scholten

My passion are the local people of Jordan and I love to share this with you. The Jordanian culture is a very welcoming and peaceful, which makes that I love to live in this beautiful country....

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Travel specialist Amanda Delecca
active 9 hours ago

Amanda Delecca

Originally from Australia, I've been travelling for 15 years and found myself coming back to Nepal time and time again. These days Kathmandu is home and I get to show people around this incredible...

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Travel specialist Linda Veråsdal
active 6 hours ago

Linda Veråsdal

I live part time in Norway and Gambia, and in-between I travel. The passion for exploring new places at the same time as doing it in a good and honest way, led me to the role I have to day....

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Travel specialist Preeti Bhide
active 4 hours ago

Preeti Bhide

Travel is an experience that enriches our lives and is essential for all of us to grow as individuals. Personally I love my holidays to be slower paced with time to stop and smell the flowers; a...

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Travel specialist Imke Herold
active 7 hours ago

Imke Herold

There is nothing more exciting to me than visiting new places and getting to learn about other cultures first hand. I love active travel and I am always on the search for finding the perfect hikes...

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Travel specialist Kripa Sunuwar
active 13 hours ago

Kripa Sunuwar

Born and raised in the Himalayas; I am the native citizen of this beautiful country, Nepal. Traveling has always been my passion as there is so much to learn about the indigenous history and...

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Travel specialist Lucia Berrios
active 1 day ago

Lucia Berrios

Saludos! I was born and grew up in the fascinating city of La Paz and studied tourism at university. I love Bolivia and sharing its wonders with visitors and enjoy traveling and searching for new...

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Authentic Sweden and Norway

We are picking up a new car in Gotenborg and then we would like to drive up the Swedish west coast to Norway's fjords, then perhaps to Copenhagen and back to Gotenborg. Then we will take the train to Stockholm for 3 days. We like authentic places, not...

A couple visited Norway in October 2017

Iceland Roadtrip Adventure

I will be traveling with 4 adult grandchildren and would like to see as much as possible in the time we have. I would like to travel in a vehicle which will hold the five of us comfortably. We will be going to the Lake Myvatn area for a couple of days. We...

Family of 5 visited Iceland in August 2017

9 day tour of Jordan

We have 9 days for a highlights tour of Jordan. The "Experience Jordan itinerary" on your website looks great but I feel I need to spend more time in Petra so maybe add an extra day there. What kind of hotel accommodation do you guys normally include in...

Group of 8 friends visited Jordan in April 2018

Family Vacation: Mountains and Fjords

We only have such a short time we want to see as much as we can. We would love to do a glacier walk. We haven't got anything in mind as a definite to do list. We would like to hear from some experts! Seeing the fjords I guess, we want to see some...

Family of 2 adults and 3 children visited Norway in July 2017

Iceland Adventure

We are traveling with two 17 year olds (our sons). We are a very active family who enjoys Nordic skiing and hiking. We also are interested in the music scene and culture of Iceland (including great food of course). We would like to enjoy the Northern...

Family of 2 adults and 2 children visited Iceland in March 2017

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The Manaslu Himalayas at night, Nepal
The 10 Best Treks in Nepal - The Ultimate Guide to help you decide which trek is best for you

Nepal is home to some of the most spectacular treks in the world. While the classic Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit treks have earned their reputation for a reason, they've become quite crowded. Up and coming treks, such as the Manaslu Circuit Trek and the Three Passes Trek, are now considered better options for those hikers who seek the ultimate Himalayan experience.

Iceland’s Best Hiking Regions

As Iceland’s popularity grows, tourists have discovered what locals have always known: the sparsely populated country is a nirvana for hikers. With miles of trails dotted with geological wonders—flowing waterfalls, sawtooth mountains, massive glaciers, steaming fumaroles, and lupine-studded valleys, to name a few—its surreal landscape is best explored on foot. Here are some of the best areas for hiking in Iceland.

Colorful pagodas in Indein village
Myanmar: Off-The-Beaten-path

Myanmar may still be an up-and-coming travel destination, but certain areas already receive a lot more attention than others. If you're looking for places that are a bit more off-the-beaten-path, here's a great list of experiences that will provide a better understanding of the local culture, nature, and customs unique to certain regions.

Getting Off-the-Beaten-Path in Norway

Looking to get off-the-beaten-path in Norway? Here are a number of great ways to experience Norway like a local, from lesser-known coastal regions to scenic train routes to local festivals that celebrate Norway's history and culture.

View from the Santa Cruz trek in Peru
Best 10 Treks in Peru

Peru — a nation with abundant natural diversity, from coast, to mountains, to jungle — has long attracted lovers of the Great Outdoors. The Peruvian Andes, running like a backbone down the centre of the country, contain mesmerizing variations in landscape that make for some of the best trekking in the world. Cloud forests, 5000m+ cordilleras (mountain ranges), the world’s deepest canyon and the striking remains of ancient civilizations all await.

Hakatere Conservation Park, New Zealand
Best Long-Distance Hiking Trails Around The World

If you’re after the adventure of a lifetime, have weeks (or even months) at your disposal, and are ready to leave civilization behind for a while, undertaking one of the world’s longest treks might be just what you’re looking for.

Elephants in Udawalawe National Park
Unique Ways to Experience Sri Lanka's National Parks

An intact flora and fauna collection is one of Sri Lanka’s greatest assets and a couple of park visits are a great way to break up your tour. Horton Plains, Yala, and Udawalawe National Parks are often the highlights, but each park has its own unique way to avoid the crowds and have an amazing experience.

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Our Story

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Launch day: December 1, 2015, from our small garage/office in Palo Alto, California

We are a team of experienced travel entrepreneurs based in Palo Alto, California. In the past, we have built some of the world's most successful travel apps with hundreds of millions of downloads. Meet our team

Previously, we built some of the world's leading travel apps, including TripAdvisor, EveryTrail and TrekkingPartners.

We're excited to now launch kimkim, a better way to plan and book travel through the help of a local expert.

For many of us, travel planning has become a painful experience; we spend countless hours researching online and are left with too many choices.

Instead, imagine talking with a local travel expert, someone who knows the destination well and can offer curated travel advice. A person who loves recommending great experiences based on your personal interests. And what if they could put the entire trip together to easily review and book in one place?

We believe this is the future of travel — bringing the local expert back into the trip planning process equipped with the tools to put together a truly amazing trip.

We're excited to be part of your travel experience, whether it's a once-in-a-lifetime adventure or a short holiday with your family.

Feel free to reach out to us with your feedback, ideas, and travel aspirations! team@kimkim.com