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 place, introducing our very talented local guides, Sherpas and people along the way who make each and every visit to Nepal unique and special.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"Everything Nepal! Cultural visits, trekking tours, mountain biking, relaxation and adventure: everything in between or a combination of them all! My specialty areas mostly stick to the path - you won't find every man and his dog there, but you also won't need your expedition suit. "
How did you get involved in travel?
"After travelling to Nepal in 2010 and having an awesome experience, I started think that that's what I wanted to 'do'. Like what I REALLY wanted to do. Show people around an awesome place and send them home happy. It turns out that the company I booked my tour with in Nepal not only delivered an awesome tour but also had interesting recruitment techniques. After filling in a post-trip feedback form I mentioned in an email that I was interesting in a change of career and I think tourism is it. The response:
"So, when do you want to start work?
WOW! After recovering from the moment that my heart skipped a beat I had a million questions - but what work? And where? How does that even work?
A year later I returned to Nepal, to the company that I had toured with the previous year and here I still am!
Moral of the story - be careful travelling with us, you might never leave! ;)"
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"Probably my most memorable travel experience, strangely, was right at home. Growing up in Australia, our family hosted many exchange students and each time we had a new international 'brother' or 'sister' to stay for a year, we not only got a new member to our family, but we also got to know all about where they came from. Discovering the delights (and dislikes!) of things such as Thai fish sauce and herbal tea from southern Brazilian were certainly memorable and I now have 'family members' all over the world!"
Featured trips & expertise
Kimkim travel specialists are running a number of set departures for the Manaslu Circuit Trek in Autumn 2017. Dates, cost and availability are listed below, along with a day by day itinerary.
The Langtang Valley has long been a favorite trek due to its expansive views, interesting Tamang culture, relatively gentle pace and accessibility from Kathmandu. The 2015 earthquake and subsequent landslide had an enormous effect on the region, but aid and reconstruction have recently reopened this valley to trekking again. Not only is it still a beautiful trek, your visit will also provide vital support for local livelihoods.
For experienced trekkers who want to try their hand at mountain climbing, or less-experienced climbers looking for a good challenge, Island Peak (6,189 m. / 20,305 ft.) is the perfect option in the Himalaya. The climb is challenging but not too technical. The spectacular trek to Island Peak follows much of the classic Everest Base Camp trek, and the panoramic views from the peak of the highest mountains in the world are unforgettable.
The Nar Phu Valley trek is a real Himalayan wilderness experience that is as unforgettable as it is spectacular. Tucked between the more visited Annapurna and Manaslu regions, Nar Phu is a true hidden gem that offers trekkers a rare opportunity to explore unspoiled valleys that feature a mix of raw Himalayan nature and ancient Buddhist culture.
Recent trip reviews for Amanda
Manaslu circuit, Nepal - Apr 1 - Apr 26, 2017
Our 3 generational family trip into the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit was absolutely stunning!! From beginning to end, we were impressed with the input from Amanda in the organisation/communication with loads of questions promptly answered. She was very friendly and helpful and met us both before and after the hike - we would not hesitate to book through kimkim again and use Himalayan Trails. Both hotels were perfectly suited in both location and budget, we particularly enjoyed 'Mums... read more
Pokhara short trek, Nepal
We appreciated the open communication and prompt replies to all our questions. Amanda very quickly gauged our interests and capabilities and planned a trip for us accordingly.
Amanda was a gem. Unfortunately I requiredhospitalisation early on in the trip. Amanda was so supportive and understanding. She guided us through the process and after resting she quickly rescheduled our trip so we could maximise our time. This involved organising an alternative trek more suited to our needs at this time. All our drivers, guides and accomodation were top class.
Balthali village trek via namo buddha and panauti, Nepal - Apr 19 - Apr 23, 2017
Amanda was extremely helpful, the trip was very well organised and she was prompt to answer any queries we had
Khopra danda trek, Nepal - Apr 13 - Apr 21, 2017
The only thing that would have made this better was that would have liked to have a trekked a little longer most days, but we realize that the trip has to account for: 1. lower fitness levels, and 2. altitude.
Nar and phu trek, Nepal - Apr 2 - Apr 11, 2017
Our guide was wonderful and Amanda was very responsive. The trek was a whole lot harder than we expected, and we didn't realize how difficult it would be with the altitude. We were glad to have chosen a trek a little off the beaten track, and had a memorable experience.
12 days in kathmandu and pokhara, Nepal - Mar 26 - Apr 6, 2017
Great guides, great itinerary
Amanda was the best and most helpful especially when things didnt go as planned. Like when the airport was closed 8-)
Langtang valley trek , Nepal - Mar 21 - Mar 27, 2017
The actual trip itself was amazing - can not fault it, and the guide and porter could not have been better. There was good communication, and Amanda was helpful with all of my questions along the way. The only bit of advice I would offer is around clarity - for example, at the start (not having ever done this before) I didn't realise I was signing up for a solo/private trip. In the end, someone joined, which made the trip 500% better than it would have been, as there were not the... read more
Manaslu circuit trek with heli drop in, Nepal - Mar 15 - Mar 31, 2017
We highly recommend Amanda and team. We had a fantastic trip and everything was organised seamlessly
Amanda and team were always there looking after us. We really didn't need to worry about a thing. Our trekking guide was the envy of the rest of the group's we met on the trek so we felt very well looked after and in capable and safe hands.
We highly recommend a helicopter to get you to the where the best trekking starts if your budget allows.
Amanda and her team went above and beyond to make our trip to Nepal unforgettable.
Caitlin and griffin’s week in nepal, Nepal - Nov 20 - Nov 26, 2016
The group chat option made planning very easy for everyone to be involved in real time, and Alex and Amanda were both always immediately responsive.
Amanda was wonderful during the planning process in making suggestions, fulfilling our requests, and providing insight and advice on the local area. Again, she was also always available to us prior to the trip, and she made a point of seeing us three times when we were actually in Kathmandu, which was totally above and beyond what she needed to do and very much appreciated.
First trip to nepal, Nepal - Nov 8 - Nov 18, 2016
We had soooo much fun and learnt a lot so it might just be that these are things we know for next time but a heads up about the timing between getting to Pokhara and actually starting the trek would have bee nice, just to allow us to maybe leave more stuff behind. Then again we too way too much for the whole trip so will definitely do that better next time.
Amanda we immensely helpful and just so nice as well. She tried to accommodate all our requests and we felt very safe in her hands
Raylene and friends custom tour of nepal , Nepal - Nov 5 - Nov 11, 2016
Our trip was near perfect and we had a wonderful time.
Our only hiccup was the trek. We understood that we would just meander through the hills slowly rising, whereas this was not the case.
Amanda was really helpful and answered our questions promptly with lots of detail.
Great to have someone with first hand knowledge.
Our only suggestion would be that she does the treks as we were told there was only a few steps. Debbie's had a knee replacement so she was quite concerned about there being steps.
Manaslu circuit trek, Nepal - Sep 29 - Oct 17, 2016
The trip was great, and the track is outstanding. At the last night, we had a taste what annapurna circuit would be like. The land space looked amazing also but far too many other trackers and quite touristy. Happy with the choice of manaslu. The organisation regarding transport and accommodation were good, it is easi r to have your private transports Than going on the public bus and avoid the walking in on the first day to soti kola. As the days went on, we trusted more the guide and the... read more
Ghorepani trek, Nepal - Oct 7 - Oct 11, 2016
Very satisfied with all aspects of the trip, from planning through to the final goodbyes to our guides.
Friendly and helpful and more - which other operator would invite us to a local bar and then buy is a drink? Wonderful person!
Khopra danda community trek, Nepal - Sep 1 - Sep 10, 2016
I was well taken care of the whole time! Thanks guys for planning this trip for me and getting me where I needed to go! The hotel at the end of my trek was amazing!! Thanks again:)
Meghan's jomsom trek, Nepal - Jun 9 - Jun 14, 2016
The trip was fantastic! The only changes I would make would be to do a longer trip in the future :)