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 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?
Seriously."
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

Photo by Mads Matthiessen

Balthali Village Trek via Namo Buddha and Panauti

This three-day trek starts just a short drive from Kathmandu city, on the edge of the valley rim. It passes through small farming villages, where you can experience the lifestyle of local people, along with lush green forests, ancient temples and terraced farmland. Add to this the stunning snowy peaks visible in the distance, and this is the perfect introduction to trekking in the Himalayas!

Swayambhunath

Best of the Kathmandu Valley in 2 Days

Whether you're short on time or have a couple days before or after your trek, here are a few great ways to explore the best of the Kathmandu Valley in two days. Each one of these itineraries can be customized based on your interests, whether that be culture, nature, or great day activities.

Views from Bandpur

Authentic Nepal - 14-day Cultural and Activity Tour

With two weeks in Nepal, there is plenty of time to experience a wide range of cultural attractions. Culture is not just confined to what you find in a museum; it extends to the hills and into the homes of the people of Nepal.

Temple at Lumbini at dawn

Nepal's Cultural Highlights - 11-day Tour

In eleven days, learn about the rich Buddhist and Hindu cultural histories of Nepal by visiting sacred sites in Kathmandu and farther afield, in Lumbini. Balance the cultural attractions with outdoor scenic pursuits in Pokhara, such as hiking to vantage points for panoramic Himalayan views. If you’re feeling brave, you can even try paragliding above the lakes and mountains of Pokhara.

Phewa Lake, Pokhara

Kathmandu Valley & Pokhara - 7-Day Tour

In one week, enjoy the true diversity of Nepal: Kathmandu’s ancient cultural sites, a short trek in the Annapurna Himalaya, a lakeside stroll in Pokhara, and the quaint hilltop towns of Bandipur and Rupakot.

Recent trip reviews for Amanda

Caitlin and griffin’s week in nepal, Nepal - Nov 20 - Nov 26, 2016

Traveler: Caitlin M. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

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.

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Caitlin,

It was really great meeting you and Griffin, and super cool that your friends who were visiting India were able to 'drop in' to Kathmandu and join you for a few days. Thanks for your feedback - it was absolutely our pleasure hosting you here.

Cheers,
Amanda

First trip to nepal, Nepal - Nov 8 - Nov 18, 2016

Traveler: Tas B. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

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

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Tas,

It was such a pleasure hosting you and Ian here in Nepal - you were both so open to everything that Nepal has to offer and I'm excited about your future trekking endeavours, now that you have this new-found passion.

Thanks for your feedback, we appreciate your time and hope to see you here again!

Cheers,
Amanda

Raylene and friends custom tour of nepal , Nepal - Nov 5 - Nov 11, 2016

Traveler: Raylene H. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

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.

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Raylene,

Thanks so much for your review! We're pleased to be able to provide you and your 3 friends a 'near perfect' trip and we're glad we were able to re-route you to the lovely Temple Tree Resort when the walk up the hill wasn't as per your expectation. Thanks again, Amanda

Manaslu circuit trek, Nepal - Sep 29 - Oct 17, 2016

Traveler: Rita M. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

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

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 porters. At the beginning guide was using some trainers and jeans instead of some hiking gear. He then bought hiking boots as the ones he had broken, and from day 4 onwards he had appropriate gear, including pants and down jacket. It may be our judgement, but I believe it is important guide and porters to have proper gear, it is another safety measure. Porters did almost the entire track in flip flops except the day of the pass in sneakers. They said that is what they are used to. So this would be my only remark, ensure guide and porters have the appropriate gear. The Xperience was outstanding and the guide and the porters fantastic, which definitely contributed positivity to the whole experience.
Our guide was able to answer majority of the questions that we had about Nepal and or nepali culture. This is important feature of the guide to be able to talk about the country and not only about the trek

Before the trip, communication was extremely efficient. In nepal, she was friendly and approachable. Nice touch at the end, with a meeting after the trip to hear feedback and give us a
Little survenir

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Rita,

Thanks so much for your comments! It was a pleasure to help you organise your family get-together in Nepal and the wonderful Manaslu Circuit trek. I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with Rishi and the crew and that him being there made a difference to your trip.

We hope to see you in this part of the world again! :)

Cheers,
Amanda

Ghorepani trek, Nepal - Oct 7 - Oct 11, 2016

Traveler: Roland T. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

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!

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Roland, thanks for your review, it was great to meet you both in Kathmandu and I was SO happy to hear when the mountains finally came out for you!! Cheers!

Khopra danda community trek, Nepal - Sep 1 - Sep 10, 2016

Traveler: Aniessa H. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

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:)

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Aniessa,

It was an absolute pleasure having you here and we were very happy to see that you had some clear days with incredible mountain views! Until next time :)

Meghan's jomsom trek, Nepal - Jun 9 - Jun 14, 2016

Traveler: Meghan P. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

The trip was fantastic! The only changes I would make would be to do a longer trip in the future :)

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Meghan, thanks for choosing to travel with us! It was our absolute pleasure to organise your short trek while you were here for work, I look forward to organising a longer trip for you next time :)

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