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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 increasing 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.

Old Town Dubrovnik

Highlights of Croatia: Zagreb to Dubrovnik - 8 Days

Cover the highlights of Croatia in this one-week itinerary. Starting in Zagreb, the capital, you'll make your way south to Dubrovnik, stopping at Plitvice National Park and the ancient port cities of Zadar and Split, before spending a few days relaxing on the beach on the island of Hvar then ending your trip in the medieval town of Dubrovnik.

The view of Mt. Everest and Nuptse from Kala Patthar

Everest Base Camp Trek - One of the World's Classic Treks

Ranging from 12-16 days, this famous trek takes you to the foot of Mt. Everest and is steeped in mountaineering history. Not only does it have some of the most iconic mountain views in the world, it is rich in culture and heritage of the Sherpa people.

The desert landscape of Upper Mustang, the former kingdom of Lo

Upper Mustang Trek

More similar to Tibet than Nepal, the Upper Mustang Valley is marked by its stark beauty, unique culture, and was until 2006 its own mountain kingdom.

Day trip to Pakleni Islands from Hvar

Best of the Dalmatian Coast - One Week Croatia Itinerary

From the "Pearl of the Adriatic" of Dubrovnik, through the islands of Korcula and Hvar, to the 1600-year-old city of Split: this 7-day itinerary presents the highlights of the Dalmatian coast. Depending on your available time this trip can be made shorter (down to 4 or 5 days) or longer.

Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel specialists with a passion for travel
Travel operator Raj Gyawali
2450 messages
active 6 hours ago

Raj Gyawali

A leader in sustainable tourism, Raj is an expert in a range of activities - from mountain-biking to local cooking classes and market tours.

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Travel operator Amanda Delecca
4212 messages
active 35 mins 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 operator Ngima Dorji Sherpa
4291 messages
active 8 hours ago

Ngima Dorji Sherpa

Ngima has been running his trekking company out of Kathmandu since the mid 90s. He specializes in treks and adventure travel in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. His work in the travel industry has enabled...

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Travel operator Kim Bannister
72 messages

Kim Bannister

Kim is the creator of Kamzang Journeys, personally leading almost all of the featured treks in Nepal and the Indian Himalaya, also including an occasional bicycle trip in Tibet and Bhutan, a trip...

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Travel operator Katherine Caicedo
684 messages

Katherine Caicedo

I was born and raised in Colombia. I am passionate about learning from our different cultures and promoting my country. I grew up to see this magical place change and I am eager to share this new...

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Travel operator Mads Mathiasen
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active 6 hours ago

Mads Mathiasen

A veteran in the adventure travel business Mads has organized and led trips in Turkey, Morocco, Tibet, India, Cambodia, Bhutan, Australia and Sri Lanka but Nepal remains his true love, where he...

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Travel operator Michelle Maurer
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Michelle Maurer

As a former resident of both Japan and Hawaii and currently residing in San Francisco, I look to offer not just highlights, but local experiences when putting together a travel itinerary. When I...

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Travel operator Steve Wilson
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active 5 hours ago

Steve Wilson

I love Peru! Its culture, history, food, people and incredible scenery. And I love talking about Peru with culturally-minded travelers and helping them create an experience that reflects their...

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Northern Norway, Tromso, Lofoten Islands, and Oslo

I would love to just explore the native wildlife, I love going for walks so trekking would be fantastic and would like to see as much as I could of the beautiful natural sights in Tromso and the Lofoten Islands. I only would like a couple of days in Oslo...

Traveler looking to visit Norway in December 2017

Norway Active Hiking Trip

We would like to spend our week vacation in Norway Active. We think about flying to Stavanger in the morning and see the Preikestolen for sure. 2nd day for Kjeragbolten, organized guide hike. Day 3 Stavanger to Bergen and things to see there. We want...

A couple looking to visit Norway in July 2017

Norway Highlights: Fjords, Oslo, and Bergen

We are travelling on Business in Sweden and have this time free to explore a little of Norway, we would like to do a cruise for a few days and see some of the Fjords and think that we need to see highlights in Oslo and Bergen. Also maybe take in the train...

A couple visited Norway in May 2017

Private Guided Tour of Sacred Valley

I am seeking a private guided tour on May 31 for two people starting 7-8am from Tambo del Inka hotel in Urubamba, to Pisaq Archaelogical Park, then back to Ollantaytambo ruins, then to train station in Ollantaytambo by 3pm. We have a train to Machu Picchu...

A couple visited Peru in May 2017

Family Adventure in the Azores

The kids are 12 and 10. We have some hiking experience in Iceland and in the Alps. We arrive at Ponta Delgada at the end of June. We are not sure how it would work if we stay on one island in a hotel but want to do let's say a hiking trip on another...

Family of 2 adults and 2 children looking to visit the Azores in June 2017

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Whale watching is available all year round in Iceland

Top 12 Family Activities in Iceland

Iceland is a magical place for children - from horseback riding to volcanoes to whale watching, the options for families are endless. Family travel is easy and safe in Iceland where tour companies welcome children and hotels are family friendly. We've compiled a list of our top year-round activities for families with kids aged 5-16.

The Cathedral of St. Euphemia towering over the town of Rovinj in Istria

Going Off the Beaten Path in Croatia

Dubrovnik is Croatia’s indisputable hotspot, but the rest of the country is rich with wonders waiting to be discovered. Here is a glimpse of Dubrovnik, as well as lesser known but still spectacular spots beyond its medieval walls.

A Stupa just above Namche Bazaar in the Everest Region of 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. The list has been updated in 2017 to reflect the most recent conditions.

Trail through the lakes

Unique Ways to Experience Plitvice Lakes National Park

Plitvice Lakes National Park is Croatia’s most popular attraction with over 1.1 million visitors in 2015 and even more visitors expected this year. Its popularity is no surprise, since Plitvice is a unique natural wonder with its 16 terraced crystal clear lakes and 90 waterfalls. In the summer months the park and its trails can get busy, but with the tips in this article you can avoid most of the crowds.

Midnight sun setting on Mt. Kirkjufell

When is the Best Time of Year To Visit Iceland?

Given the rapidly increasing popularity of Iceland as travel destination, the question "When is the best time of year to go to Iceland?" has become as much about taking into account the right weather conditions as it is about avoiding the crowds and finding available accommodation at reasonable rates. Depending on how you weigh these factors, and what you would like to do in Iceland, we'll help you decide which season is right for you.

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

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Co-founder, CEO. Formerly Head of Mobile at TripAdvisor and founder of EveryTrail.
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Co-founder, CTO. Formerly Head of Android at TripAdvisor.
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Co-founder, Head of Community. Founder of TrekkingPartners.
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Head of Design. Formerly IDEO and co-founder of Spoondrift.

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.

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