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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 from Zagreb to Dubrovnik - One Week Itinerary

This one week itinerary in Croatia will let you see the highlights of this beautiful country. Starting in Zagreb, the capital, and making your way down south to Dubrovnik, stopping to see Plitvice National Park, the ancient port cities of Zadar and Split, then spending a few days relaxing on the beach on the island of Hvar before ending your trip back in Dubrovnik.

The view of Mt. Everest and Nuptse from Kala Patthar

Everest Base Camp Trek

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.

Early morning at Annapurna Base Camp (4130m)

Annapurna Base Camp Trek

One of Nepal's most classic short treks, this route takes you to the foot of some of the tallest mountains in the world. Along the way, you'll spend the night in two famous base camps with close-up views of Annapurna I and Machapuchare.

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
1158 messages
active 3 days 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.

Travel operator Amanda Delecca
1385 messages
active 8 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...

Travel operator Ngima Dorji Sherpa
1969 messages
active 4 mins 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...

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...

Travel operator Katherine Caicedo
621 messages
active 1 day ago

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...

Travel operator Mads Mathiasen
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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...

Travel operator Michelle Maurer
1450 messages
active 6 days ago

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...

Travel operator Steve Wilson
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active 1 day ago

Steve Wilson

I love traveling! My first trip to another country was at the age of 16 and I explored my 50th country (Finland) in 2014. I started guiding adventure trips in my native New Zealand at 22, was...


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“Explore Quito and Surroundings ”

My friend and I are traveling to Ecuador from January 1st to the 15th in 2017. We are two college students who love traveling. We are interested in spending the majority of the time sight seeing around Quito and taking a few days to go down to Banos for the...

— Traveler looking to visit Ecuador in January 2017

“Looking for a simple, yet authentic experience of winter Iceland”

Hi, I'm Late 20s Traveling solo. On a budget. I'm okay with shared rooms, guest houses, no fuss. No hotels booked yet. Flexible to move around. Looking for a simple, yet authentic experience of winter Iceland. 12/18/2016 7:30AM- 12/25/2016 7:00AM....

— Traveler looking to visit Iceland in December 2016

“Family Adventure to Iceland in Winter”

We are an adventurous family, 2 adults, children ages 20, 17 and 13. We definitely would like photo opportunies for the northern lights with dSLR. We definitely would like to experience the blue lagoon or a similar bathing hot spring. Very interested in...

— Traveler looking to visit Iceland in March 2017

“Iceland stopover for 4 or 5 days”

We are planning a trip to Scotland with a stop over in Iceland for 4 or 5 days. We don't know if we will see Iceland on the way to Scotland or on the way home. We are a group of 8 retired Canadians. 4 ladies and 4 gentlemen. We would like to try the hot...

— Traveler looking to visit Iceland in September 2017

“Prefer small group or private exclusive guided tour packed with activities, maximizing every minu...”

I am travelling with my friend; leaving husband and kids behind to see Iceland and get out there. Both very fit (marathon runners and skiers), adventorous and not scared of long walks, kayaking, ice climbing...whatever to experience what a local fan would...

— Traveler looking to visit Iceland in November 2016

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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.

Rafting down the Karnali River (Photo credit: Alex Treadway)

Top 5 Rafting Trips in Nepal

When you think of Nepal, the first thing that probably springs to mind is Mt. Everest, the Himalaya, and trekking. Well, have you ever thought about it as a rafting destination?

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

Nepal is home to some of the most spectacular treks in the world. While the most famous treks such as Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Circuit have earned their reputation for a reason, they've become a victim of their own success and are no longer the most highly ranked treks due to large crowds of adventure seekers. These treks still make the list but are no longer on top. 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.

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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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.

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