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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

Boats for hire line the shore of Phewa Lake in Pokhara
Nepal's Classic Highlights - 9 Days

This trip combines the main cultural and natural highlights of Nepal's three main regions—Kathmandu, Chitwan, and Pokhara. You'll spend a night in the hilltop village of Nagarkot and the ancient cities of Bhaktapur and Patan, then head south to experience the wildlife, jungle, and birthplace of Buddha. Finally, you'll have a couple days in Pokhara to relax and enjoy some adventure before departing.

Nepal in March

March is the start of one of Nepal's two annual peak tourist seasons, and it's also when the temperatures have truly warmed up after winter. With the thawing of many high-altitude trekking trails, river levels primed for whitewater rafting, and some exciting cultural festivals, March is a great time to travel to Nepal.

Sunset in the Gurung village of Dhampus
Ghandruk & Chitwan - 11 Days

Combine two classic Nepal experiences: the Ghandruk trek in the Annapurna foothills and Chitwan National Park in the lowlands of Nepal. Chitwan National Park has a wide variety of wildlife, including tigers, rhinos, elephants, and many bird species. To end the tour, you'll overnight in Namobuddha for a beautiful vantage point over the Kathmandu valley before doing some last-minute sightseeing. 

Camping (optional) on the top of the Pikey Peak
Pikey Peak Trek - 7 Days

Sir Edmund Hillary claimed that the view of the lower Everest region from Pikey Peak is the best in all of Nepal, and we're inclined to agree. This short trek has the advantage of being slightly farther away from the big peaks, meaning views from the trail encompass much more of the Himalaya. Enjoy the scenery, get acquainted with Sherpa culture, and explore Kathmandu in just 7 days.

Sunset in the Gurung village of Dhampus
Ghandruk Trek - 7 Days

This Nepalese adventure includes a 4-day trek on one of the best-loved sections of the Annapurna trail. Hike through the region's iconic rhododendron forests and enjoy breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks including Mount Fishtail and Annapurna South. This is a guided trek suitable for every level—including beginners, families, and older age groups—and includes overnight stays in Gurung village teahouses or luxury lodges.

Traveler Interview: Kid-Friendly Trek in Nepal

Kimkim traveler Clare Immens likes to instill a sense of adventure in her three children—so taking her young daughter Elsie on a multi-day trek in Nepal was a no-brainer. From card games in tea houses to making friends with baby animals along the way, read on to learn about their experience hiking through the Annapurna foothills on the Ghandruk Trek.

Recent trip reviews for Amanda

Ailson

Pikey peak trek package, Nepal - Nov 25 - Dec 2, 2018

Traveler: Ailson S. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

If its your first going to Nepal and you don't use Himalayan Trails, you are making a mistake.

Jeremy

Langtang trek - 8 days, Nepal - Nov 15 - Nov 22, 2018

Traveler: Jeremy G. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

8 day trek in Langtang Valley Nepal . Stunning and unforgettable ! Great Guide (Chhiring) and the organisation of everything was great. The Langtang Trek is perfect for a first timer but it is not easy, so make sure you have done plenty of walking before and have got yourself reasonably fit! Tips? take your own toilet roll, a face flannel for washing ( may not get a warm shower for several days), travel light and take layers of clothes not heavy jumpers, and one or two walking poles. Don't... read more

8 day trek in Langtang Valley Nepal . Stunning and unforgettable ! Great Guide (Chhiring) and the organisation of everything was great. The Langtang Trek is perfect for a first timer but it is not easy, so make sure you have done plenty of walking before and have got yourself reasonably fit! Tips? take your own toilet roll, a face flannel for washing ( may not get a warm shower for several days), travel light and take layers of clothes not heavy jumpers, and one or two walking poles. Don't bother buying a Nepal phone card or wifi connection - just enjoy being out of touch , its still all there when you reconnect! I saw a post you can do this trip cheaper on your own . Well maybe you could , but if you want someone to take care of everything and not have to worry about who, what, when, where and how, then I recommend Amanda and the team

Anna

Pikey to shivalaya trekking, mountain biking and rafting - 7 days, Nepal - Nov 16 - Nov 23, 2018

Traveler: Anna R. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

We had a great time everything was very well organised and we didn’t have to think about anything. A special thanks to Naresh and Pemba for making our trek to Pikey Peak so easy and fun! It was a great trip and the Himalayas are truly beautiful and amazing. Highly recommend it to everyone!

Rohit

Group departure - manaslu circuit trek - the ultimate off-the-beaten-path trek in nepal - 13 to 19 days, Nepal - Nov 3 - Nov 19, 2018

Traveler: Rohit R. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Guide was Rishi
Trip arranged with Amanda

Everything went as planned . Very professionally managed . Rishi was a seasoned guide who took care of everything

Panchase to ghachowk trek, Nepal - Nov 11 - Nov 22, 2018

Traveler: Susan H. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

I knew nothing about kimkim before booking our trek in Nepal. All started with an inquiry to which Amanda responded. She was fantastic - answering my countless questions, responding quickly to all our requests re suitable trek, etc.
After having everything planned one of our sons had an accident which meant we had to start from scratch and replan a trip that would cater for him. Nothing was a problem for Amanda and her suggested revised itinerary was perfect for us.
Our guide Tendu and our... read more

I knew nothing about kimkim before booking our trek in Nepal. All started with an inquiry to which Amanda responded. She was fantastic - answering my countless questions, responding quickly to all our requests re suitable trek, etc.
After having everything planned one of our sons had an accident which meant we had to start from scratch and replan a trip that would cater for him. Nothing was a problem for Amanda and her suggested revised itinerary was perfect for us.
Our guide Tendu and our porters, Pemba & Dolci could not have been better. Apart from looking after us so well, we quickly felt they were more like friends we were lucky enough to trek with. They were so friendly, informative and perceptive - so quick to respond to individual’s needs during day while trekking and all other times.
The tea houses varied in their facilities, but we loved them all - all in great locations, clean, comfortable and great food.
Amanda also felt like do much more than a travel consultant - she met us in Kathmandu both before and after our trek.
My husband & I shared this holiday with our two adult sons and their partners. We all want to return to Nepal for another trekking experience - hopefully with the help of Amanda and accompanied by Tendu, Pemba & Dolci.

Nar phu valley trek - 9 days, Nepal - Nov 6 - Nov 14, 2018

Traveler: Josh T. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

As I only delt with Amanda online and very briefly in Nepal I gave 4 stars, this is not a reflection on her service as she was very helpful and easy to liaise with. I wanted to save the five star rating for our wonderful guide Sonam and porter Mik Ma (hope i spelt his name right). Everything was perfect. My first trek and apart from it hurting badly on my very sole it was awsome.. Josh

Inga

Balthali village trek - 5 days, Nepal - Oct 30 - Nov 5, 2018

Traveler: Inga H. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

We were doing the EBC trail and had to be evacuated due to my husband getting high altitude sickness and sent a request on Kimkim for an alternative for the remainder of our stay in Nepal and got a promt response from Amanda with an excellent description of our trip and great service from her in all respects. We had a great experience, loved all the hotels on our route except one but I suspect that the options were rather limited as we booked our trip with almost no notice. The guide and porter were lovely, their English a little limited but that did not cause any problems.
A lovely time!

Claire

Gokyo lakes trek, Nepal - Oct 13 - Oct 20, 2018

Traveler: Claire v. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

We had a fantastic trek for our honeymoon and would highly recommend Amanda, our guide Tendu Sherpa and the entire Himalayan Trails team. Amanda was so responsive and helpful in planning our adventure - and went above and beyond to track down my bag that arrived late from our airlines and helicoptered it to the Himalayas to meet us a few days along our trek - really grateful! We have already recommended them to our friends!

Corinne

Tht and langtang , Nepal - Oct 16 - Oct 28, 2018

Traveler: Corinne H. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

The experience was great. We could have done with a rest afternoon and a better driver to return back with. However Wangchu was a great guide who was very knowledgeable and helpful

Nar phu valley trek - 9 days, Nepal - Mar 25 - Apr 3, 2018

Traveler: Noel M. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

The Nar-Phu trek was superbly organised, kimkim tours were great to deal with, Amanda was fantastic to deal with and very knowledgeable and our guide and porter were both brilliant and so helpful and fun to do the trek with. Would recommend the trek to anyone looking for a extremely interesting and varied out of the way trek and certainly would have no hesitation in recommending using kimkim tours.

Tomas

Group departure - manaslu circuit trek group departures - 15 days, Nepal - Oct 8 - Oct 22, 2018

Traveler: Tomas M. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

I joined a group departure on Manaslu Circuit and was very satisfied with everything, we had a great knowledgeable guide who made sure everything was ok, the porters were also great, the whole trip went smoothly, amanda was very helpful and always answered my question quickly, she also helped me to arrange a car which drove me to chitwan after the trek, no complains :)

Kristina

Gokyo trek, Nepal - Sep 12 - Sep 24, 2018

Traveler: Kristina M. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Had a wonderful time trekking Annapurna Base Camp and Muldai Peak with my awesome guide Nawang. Raj, Erin and Amanda were super helpful and accommodating as plans changed, and made all the logistics effortless. Truly an unforgettable trip!

Audrey

Pikey peak trek, Nepal - Sep 22 - Oct 1, 2018

Traveler: Audrey S. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Hi ! We did the Pikey peak and Solu trek package. It was even better than we expected. Amanda our local specialist really understood what we wanted, I asked for a trek with the least amount of tourist and she delivered. We did not see any tourist until the end of the trek, so our entire trek was nature and the locals (Sherpa coulture). Very sweet people, warm and very hospitable. We stayed in tea houses and they were great. Our guide Pemba was really great, he knew his stuff well and was... read more

Hi ! We did the Pikey peak and Solu trek package. It was even better than we expected. Amanda our local specialist really understood what we wanted, I asked for a trek with the least amount of tourist and she delivered. We did not see any tourist until the end of the trek, so our entire trek was nature and the locals (Sherpa coulture). Very sweet people, warm and very hospitable. We stayed in tea houses and they were great. Our guide Pemba was really great, he knew his stuff well and was very good about taking décisions when the weather was less than ideal. He was also really great at the Phaplu airport, a very tiny airport with very few flights and weather plays a huge role in you getting your flight and so does the delivery of goods to Lukla. So after stressing a bit thinking we may not get our flight, our guide found a way and we flew on saturday as planned, thank you Pemba for your hard work! Now our sherpas, they were so amazing, Dowa 1 and Dowa 2, they both had the same name so the told us to add the number when Calling their names. They were so great, they also did most of the cooking for us at the tea houses, they really went out of their way for us to be confortable and well fed.

As for the trek itself I loved all of it, my favorites, I really enjoyed Japre, I loved where we stayed at Pikey basecamp, climbing up to Pikey Peak at 6am in the fog and then seeing Everest was pretty magical. We all really enjoyed Loding village it was really relaxing after two hard days of Walking. When we arrived in Junbesi we immediately climbed to Thubten Choling Monastery, now that was the nicest most amazing mistical monastery I have ever visited. The monks where really warm and hospitable, they even invited us to their tea room for some delicious tea with milk and some local cookies.

I could go on and on, but if you want a trek that is a bit challenging but yet very enjoyable and minimal tourist with a real experience of the Sherpa culture, this is a really great trek. Thank you Amanda for your hard work and thank you Pemba for all the strings you pulled to get us back to Kathmandu ontime. I can't wait for my next trek in Nepal!!!

Audrey

5 days in nepal: 5 great itineraries, Nepal - Sep 16 - Sep 21, 2018

Traveler: Marije d. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

The overall experuence was exactly what we hoped for.
Nice people, flexible when plans changed and had a lot to tell about places we visited.
We have done only 5,5 days in nepal, kthmandu to pokhara and some rafting in between an staying in a fantastisch riverside camp.
All perfectly arranged.
My only point of comment would be that the drive to and from the Famous Farm (which was fantastic to stay btw) was too long (due to the road conditions) related to the total time we where in Nepal.
Besides that, all perfect!

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Marije, thanks for your 5 star review! Yes the road up to the Famous Farm was quite bad when you were here, driving around is one of the issues we face in Nepal, glad to hear that you did enjoy it up there though!

We hope to see you here again!

Cheers,
Amanda

Muldai and poon hill trek - long, Nepal - Jul 28 - Aug 2, 2018

Traveler: Esther P. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Mingma and the porters were lovely and very helpful, and I was grateful to them for flicking leeches off my shoes! It was a good route with lots of different and pretty immediate scenery, even if it was too cloudy to see the mountains. I was happy with the level of difficulty of the trek. I loved the first tea house in Ghandruk. I was a bit disappointed with the lack of views but had plenty of warning that this could well be the case in monsoon season.

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Esther, the views at the stop do make the effort of walking up hills feel more worth it, unfortunately the monsoon season is characterised by the clouds that like to hang around. Great to hear that otherwise you enjoyed the trail and short-distance scenery.

Many thanks for your review!

Cheers,
Amanda

Kelly

Pikey peak: a short trek with great views of everest, Nepal - Jun 18 - Jun 22, 2018

Traveler: Kelly L. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

I have nothing but kind things to say regarding my recent trip to Pikey Peak in Nepal. Both Rachel and I had never been to Nepal before, and were overwhelmed with the kindness and hospitality we experienced both with the company and people we stayed with throughout the trek.

Needless to say, you need a guide if you have never hiked or journeyed through Nepal before. It is not only essential for your safety, but also because local guides have immense amount of knowledge and insight about... read more

I have nothing but kind things to say regarding my recent trip to Pikey Peak in Nepal. Both Rachel and I had never been to Nepal before, and were overwhelmed with the kindness and hospitality we experienced both with the company and people we stayed with throughout the trek.

Needless to say, you need a guide if you have never hiked or journeyed through Nepal before. It is not only essential for your safety, but also because local guides have immense amount of knowledge and insight about Nepal culture, people, language, and places. It really adds to the trip to have guide who can help show you these parts of Nepal as well.

Our six day trek was wonderful. Picky Peak gave us beautiful view of various mountain ranges, including Mount Everest. Naress, our guide, was absolutely wonderful in providing us with any assistance we needed (whether it be encouragement on long hiking days or making sure all of our lodging was warm and accommodating). We also enjoyed our porter, Mingma Sherpa, who taught us different words in the Sherpa language and took us around a monastery in Junbesi.

My only critique of the trip was feeling under prepared in terms of packing as my friend Rachel also expressed in her review. If you go during the rainy season, it is very cold at night, especially at high altitudes. Perhaps an area of improvement for KimKim could be more transparency in telling us to pack warmer clothes, a sleeping bag, and other necessities.

Overall though, excellent company, guide, porter, and experience. Would certainly recommend to anyone who has limited time but wants to explore Nepal!

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Kelly, thanks for taking the time to leave a thorough review, great to hear that you had the support you needed along the way from Naresh and Mingma. Pikey Peak is a stunning area and great that you got some insight into 'real' Nepal, too.
It certainly can get cold at night when you're at altitude or in a blustery place like Pikey Peak and we do provide a full packing list, sounds like you guys missed it in the chat.
We would love to see you back again, maybe a trek that goes a little higher next time? :)

Thanks again,
Amanda

Rachel

Pikey peak: a short trek with great views of everest, Nepal - Jun 18 - Jun 22, 2018

Traveler: Rachel F. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

100/10 would strongly recommend booking through kimkim for a trek through Nepal!

I inquired on a whim just to ask a few questions and Mads and Amanda took full reigns to cater the trip specifically for what we wanted to see, do, and experience all within our time frame. Their tips were very informative and helpful as well as prompt.

As for the actual trek, we got taxi pick up with our guide, Naress, on the first day and he accompanied us 24/7 after that. Naress was AMAZING. He cared for us... read more

100/10 would strongly recommend booking through kimkim for a trek through Nepal!

I inquired on a whim just to ask a few questions and Mads and Amanda took full reigns to cater the trip specifically for what we wanted to see, do, and experience all within our time frame. Their tips were very informative and helpful as well as prompt.

As for the actual trek, we got taxi pick up with our guide, Naress, on the first day and he accompanied us 24/7 after that. Naress was AMAZING. He cared for us on the 14 hour Jeep ride to Phaplu and made sure we knew what was going on. He always made sure we were fed, warm, and taking breaks to rest. His guidance was necessary and he taught us so much about Nepali culture. He also taught us plenty of Nepali phrases we could use to talk to the people we met at the tea houses. We also had a Sherpa, Mingmar Sherpa, who carried some of the luggage weight. GRATEFUL FOR THIS. My favorite town was Junbesi where we visited a monastery, but the highlight of the trip was seeing Everest from the top of Pikey Peak. A little cold due to the rainy season climate, but absolutely stunning.

On the jeep ride back, Naress purchased an extra seat so that we would have more room on the 8 hour ride home. This. was. life giving. THANK YOU NARESS!

Overall, the only thing I was confused by was the packing list. I don't remember being told we would have a Sherpa or that we should bring x, y, z warm gear. Maybe that could be an improvement?

I cannot thank the kimkim team enough for this trip. I have already recommended the company to 4 different friend groups heading to Nepal later this year, and I will certainly go back to kimkim if I return to Nepal one day.
Thank you and happy trails!

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Rachel, thanks for your detailed review, we love the Pikey Peak area and showing people our favourite places around this incredible region. We are very glad to hear that Naresh was able to add so much to your trip.
You had initially asked about what gear to bring and the detailed gear list was sent over to you then, it sounds like Kripa and Naresh were able to clarify your questions about gear in your pre-trek briefing.
Let us know when you'll be back and Naresh will be happy to show you around somewhere else in Nepal!
Cheers,
Amanda

Sheng Hua

Group departure - manaslu circuit trek - the ultimate off-the-beaten-path trek in nepal - 13 to 19 days, Nepal - Jun 5 - Jun 18, 2018

Traveler: Sheng Hua O. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

It was truly a pleasant and wonderful experience from start to end! Amanda and Mads were really awesome and prompt in answering my queries. Thank you for their patience because it took so long to confirm my trip. Co-ordination of the team was flawless, it was a thoughtful gesture for us to meet Raj at the end of the trip to review the trek and also to understand the company a little more. The trek was awesome, it was really beautiful and the landscape was so varied and diverse! Chhiring was a... read more

It was truly a pleasant and wonderful experience from start to end! Amanda and Mads were really awesome and prompt in answering my queries. Thank you for their patience because it took so long to confirm my trip. Co-ordination of the team was flawless, it was a thoughtful gesture for us to meet Raj at the end of the trip to review the trek and also to understand the company a little more. The trek was awesome, it was really beautiful and the landscape was so varied and diverse! Chhiring was a professional, helpful and fantastic guide! He went over and above to make our experience memorable, it was enriching to hear stories of his experience, the history and culture of the region. Our porters, Santa and Mannosh were also awesome! it was pleasant to have them around and I was very grateful for the hard work that they put in, we also had fun afternoons playing card games and sharing laughs! Himalayan trails has a stellar team! I will not hesitate to go on my next trek in Nepal with them again!

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Osh, so great to hear that you loved the Manaslu trek, Nepal is such a changing landscape at the moment and the Manaslu trek is a great combination of culture and stunning nature.
Great to hear that the group and crew enjoyed time together, there's a saying around here that people 'come for the mountains but come back for the people' and we find this to be so true.
Thanks for your review, looking forward to planning your next adventure!

Cheers,
Amanda

Carmen

The best short treks in nepal - trekking itineraries ranging from 3 to 10 days, Nepal - Jun 10 - Jun 20, 2018

Traveler: Carmen B. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

An amazing trek, short but challenging for us. Beautiful landscape and views of the Annapurnas. Our guide Tendu and porter Dorje were very patient and accommodating. We went in the off season, but were very lucky with both the weather and open tea houses. The only unfortunate thing was that the packing list provided to us was definitely optimized for the fall and winter, and we were way over-laden with warm clothes, rain gear and sleeping bags that we didn't need. Overall a fantastic experience from start to finish.

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Carmen, many thanks for your review! Wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the crew and had a great experience.
Also excellent to hear that the weather was good to you, this isn't always the case and that's the reason that we still request that you're prepared gear-wise, for in the case that conditions do turn bad. The weather in the mountains is volatile, especially when going to high altitude such as the trek you did that goes over 5000m. We would much rather that you have the extra gear... read more

Hi Carmen, many thanks for your review! Wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the crew and had a great experience.
Also excellent to hear that the weather was good to you, this isn't always the case and that's the reason that we still request that you're prepared gear-wise, for in the case that conditions do turn bad. The weather in the mountains is volatile, especially when going to high altitude such as the trek you did that goes over 5000m. We would much rather that you have the extra gear and don't need it, rather than being caught short.
I hope you're still enjoying your fond memories and photos from Nepal!

Cheers,
Amanda

The best short treks in nepal - trekking itineraries ranging from 3 to 10 days, Nepal - Jun 10 - Jun 20, 2018

Traveler: teresa b. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Our guide, porter, and drivers in country were all wonderful; knowledgeable, reliable, friendly, and helpful.
After spending 7 months planning the trip with Amanda, it was disappointing to be redirected to other individuals for the final lead up, and then also during the trip.

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Teresa, great to hear that everyone in country looked after you while you were here. Sorry I wasn't here to meet you personally, while I am based in Kathmandu, I do travel at times and was in Australia visiting my family during the off season.

All the best,
Amanda

Group departure - manaslu circuit trek - the ultimate off-the-beaten-path trek in nepal - 13 to 19 days, Nepal - Jun 5 - Jun 19, 2018

Traveler: Cristina O. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

The trip was amazing, I enjoyed every moment of it. Chhiring, our guide, was incredible, helped us all the time.

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Cristina, great to hear that Chhiring was helpful on trek and that you had an amazing time! Many thanks for the review, all the best!

Cheers,
Amanda

The best short treks in nepal - trekking itineraries ranging from 3 to 10 days, Nepal - May 15 - May 23, 2018

Traveler: sandy k. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

The whole trip- all the connections the tour guides, the hotels- awesome!
Thanks!

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Sandy, thanks for a 5 star review, great to hear that you both enjoyed it! Until next time! :)

Cheers,
Amanda

Himalayan range tour, Nepal - May 26 - May 29, 2018

Traveler: Chris G. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

This was my second visit to Nepal and my second time using this company. Amanda and Tendu provided excellent service once again!!

I contacted Amanda to have her set up a tour for us on short notice. She was always quick to respond, friendly, accommodating and answered all of our questions. We did a three day trip through Pokhara, Dhampus and Bandipur, which would have been hard to do on our own. We stayed at fantastic guest houses and had some great views. Our guide Tendu was very knowledgeable and friendly. I will be coming back to Nepal and I will be using this company again!!

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Chris, it was great to have you back after your first trip earlier this year. Thanks for trusting us again with your travel arrangements with your colleagues, we just love showing people the places that we think are awesome.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Cheers,
Amanda

5-6 day trek , Nepal - May 7 - May 18, 2018

Traveler: Karl M. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Trip was excellent. Amanda was more than awesome. I give her 10 stars, not just five. She handled all our needs, last minute changes and beyond.

Mingma and Dorje were top-notch and literally saved our trek by being agile in the face of Indian Prime Minister’s visit to Muktinath. They stayed informed of his changing schedule and altered our trek route and time-table to enable our visit. They both were knowledgeable, fun, and a pleasure to trek with. During trek days they stayed close to us... read more

Trip was excellent. Amanda was more than awesome. I give her 10 stars, not just five. She handled all our needs, last minute changes and beyond.

Mingma and Dorje were top-notch and literally saved our trek by being agile in the face of Indian Prime Minister’s visit to Muktinath. They stayed informed of his changing schedule and altered our trek route and time-table to enable our visit. They both were knowledgeable, fun, and a pleasure to trek with. During trek days they stayed close to us in sketchy areas and gave us space in easier areas.

All transfers and accommodation were great.

The entire crew made it possible for Donna and I to drop into Adventure travel for two weeks and not lose any of that time to waiting for permits, negotiating for taxis, etc, etc, etc.

Thank you Amanda, Mingma and Dorje. Thank you kimkim!

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Karl and Donna, thanks so much for the review, I'll of course also pass your 10/5 stars to Mingma and Dorje and the rest of our 'behind the scenes' team who make our trips possible.
Once your foot has healed we look forward to welcoming you back to Kathmandu, maybe back to 'plan a' next time?

Also a big thank you also for the photos, it's great to have a little mountain inspiration back here in Kathmandu :)

All the best,
Amanda

Upper mustang and abc, Nepal - Mar 30 - May 1, 2018

Traveler: Dennis A. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Both the Upper Mustang Valley trek and the Annapurna Base Camp trek were fantastic and both so very different. Our guide, Pemba, was awesome and really went out of his way to make things as easy as possible for us. Would definitely recommend him, and our porter, Amar, was also great. We met some fantastic people, both local and trekkers on these trips and had lots of laughs with them. Every day was different and every day was memorable. It is very hard to pin point any particular day, but we'll never forget the view when we got to Annapurna Base Camp.

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks for the review Dennis, it was such a pleasure to meet you both in Kathmandu and show you around Thamel a little. You chose a couple of great treks that showcase some of the incredible diversity in Nepal, you must be due for a 'lowlands' tour next time for yet another perspective on Nepal :)

Until next time,
Amanda

Balthali village trek via namo buddha and panauti, Nepal - Apr 4 - Apr 7, 2018

Traveler: Jessica G. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

I can not say enough how amazing our experience was with Kimkim. I worked wih a Amanda who customized our trip to fit the very limited time we had in Nepal. We did a 3 day trip and were able to hike and explore the Kathmandu area which would have been very difficult to do on our own. We had a hiking guide and a city guide and both were amazing, knowledgadble and super friendly. We loved the hotels Amanda reserved for us. The Namo Buddha Resort was beautiful and very peaceful. If and when I go back to Nepal I will use this company. I highly recommend them!

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Jess, thanks for your review, great to hear that you enjoyed the unique accommodations. It was great to have Chris back in Kathmandu already after your first trip, hopefully we'll be seeing you again, too!
Best,
Amanda

Interested in doing manaslu trek in april 2018, Nepal - Apr 15 - Apr 30, 2018

Traveler: Tina D. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

The Manaslu Trek was everything we hoped for and more! Right from the start, our travel specialist Amanda, was very helpful and quick to answer all of our questions and concerns. She helped to plan and organize the perfect trip tailored specifically to our requests. The online booking experience was also very efficient and easy.

Upon arriving in Kathmandu we had the opportunity to meet with both Amanda and our guide Chhiring and were given a full briefing of the itinerary prior to the... read more

The Manaslu Trek was everything we hoped for and more! Right from the start, our travel specialist Amanda, was very helpful and quick to answer all of our questions and concerns. She helped to plan and organize the perfect trip tailored specifically to our requests. The online booking experience was also very efficient and easy.

Upon arriving in Kathmandu we had the opportunity to meet with both Amanda and our guide Chhiring and were given a full briefing of the itinerary prior to the start of the Trek. Amanda also took the time to meet with us at our hotel after the trek to debrief about our trip. Everything was very well planned and organized.

We had a wonderful experience throughout the trek enjoying the spectacular scenery and observing the village life along the way. Our guide Chhiring, and porter Santa, were both extremely attentive, professional and respectful. We felt well taken care of and are grateful to have had them accompany us on our trek. In addition, Chhiring's knowledge and experience provided us with detailed insight into the local culture and trekking routes through the Himalayas.
From start to finish we received great service that surpassed our expectations! Thank you to all involved for making this a trip to remember! Tina & Jason

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Tina and Jason, thanks so much for your review, it was great to meet you both before and after your trek. Great to hear that the customised Manaslu Trek lived up to how amazing we think it is!

I'll make sure I pass your feedback onto Chhiring, too, thanks again, all the best!
Amanda :)

Karon

Pikey peak trek, Nepal - Apr 15 - Apr 24, 2018

Traveler: Karon C. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

I had a wonderful experience on my trip to Nepal. I will remember it forever. Amanda organised us a wonderful Trip. Mingma Sherpa our guide was very professional & friendly, happy to accommodate our changes when asked.
Megshha Karki our yogi was very friendly & made us laugh often. He is a funny guy. His yoga sessions helped us continue on our Trek everyday with all our aches & pains. The Porters, Bashil, Hindu, Navarus, Rokman & Mingmar 2 were all very friendly & helpful, ready to help us... read more

I had a wonderful experience on my trip to Nepal. I will remember it forever. Amanda organised us a wonderful Trip. Mingma Sherpa our guide was very professional & friendly, happy to accommodate our changes when asked.
Megshha Karki our yogi was very friendly & made us laugh often. He is a funny guy. His yoga sessions helped us continue on our Trek everyday with all our aches & pains. The Porters, Bashil, Hindu, Navarus, Rokman & Mingmar 2 were all very friendly & helpful, ready to help us whenever needed. I was almost virtually carried down the mountain a couple of times with my bad knees. I looked forward to their cups of tea to warm us up. The accommodation we stayed in varied from Ok to terrific, but the families were always friendly & inviting. The toilets were a bit difficult for me with my knees 7 took a bit getting used to. We were fed lots & I loved the food. The trail was difficult at times but we loved it. Seeing Everest for the first time was amazing. Walking past Glaciers & seeing the Rhodedemdrum Forest was beautiful. People said Namaste with a smile wherever we went.
We had such a good time travelling together for the 10 days & I would recommend it to anyone thinking of going.

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Karon, I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed trekking in the Solu region, we just love it there so we're always excited to send our guests there. Thanks so much for your review and taking the time to add some stunning photos! It sounded like you guys had so much fun on the trail with the crew, they were no doubt appreciative to have good-humoured trekkers and were very happy to help where they could.

I hope the fond memories of Nepal live on for a long time, I'm sure you've all got a tale or two to tell :)

Cheers,
Amanda

Jay

Immersive, local experience, hiking/trekking, Nepal - Apr 16 - Apr 28, 2018

Traveler: Jay L. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

First of all, Nepal and Nepali people were just amazing! Himalayan Trails were great!! Amanda and Himalayan Trails couldn't have more helpful, knowledgeable and coming up with solutions when issues arose.

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Jay, it was great chatting with you over the course of your trip planning and then finally meeting you in Kathmandu. We were very glad to help and make sure things ran smoothly. Thanks for the fabulous photos, interesting to see Tengboche is purple these days!

Until next time,
Amanda

Jessica

Pikey peak trek, Nepal - Apr 15 - Apr 24, 2018

Traveler: Jessica C. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

It was a lot harder then any of us imaged. Challenged us, some of us got sick. Mingmar was great! He was a fantastic help all along the way! Made us amazing food and taught us about the culture. Meghsha was also fabulous in the way he helped us lumber up for the day ahead! Meghsha also has a lot of knowledge regarding culture, and history. Amanda was great in the way she set us all up, to bring us all together. The porters were also so amazing, they assisted innany way they could, including dragging us to a safer destination.

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jessica, Fantastic to hear that you enjoyed the crew so much, we also think they're pretty great :) It is an incredible region for culture so that's great that you got to hear about that from Mingma who is from that very region.

All the best,
Amanda

Narelle

Pikey peak trek, Nepal - Apr 15 - Apr 24, 2018

Traveler: Narelle B. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

From the beginning of planning to days after our trek ended, our family group of seven have received five star treatment from everyone at Himalayan trails. After way too many requests and questions from us, Amanda put together a fabulous trek to match our needs. We felt privileged to have Mingmar, the best Sherpa guide ever, along with Meghsha who taught us yoga, meditation & totally enhanced our experience with lessons on local religions, beliefs and cultures. With five fabulous (& strong!)... read more

From the beginning of planning to days after our trek ended, our family group of seven have received five star treatment from everyone at Himalayan trails. After way too many requests and questions from us, Amanda put together a fabulous trek to match our needs. We felt privileged to have Mingmar, the best Sherpa guide ever, along with Meghsha who taught us yoga, meditation & totally enhanced our experience with lessons on local religions, beliefs and cultures. With five fabulous (& strong!) porters, we trekked for 10 days on a community trail in the lower Everest region. When the weather hindered our views, Mingmar made changes to our route to make sure we did not go away disappointed-and we didn't! This was an experience we will never forget, made super easy by Amanda & her crew who had absolutely everything covered ... even a surprise birthday cake for my niece on the day we arrived! I Highly recommend these guys.

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Narelle, thanks for your lovely review and all your photos! So beautiful and this is just part of the reason we love this region so much. You certainly copped some bad weather but I was so happy to hear that you did get some clear days and the views to boot! I hope you're still enjoying the fond memories of your yoga trek!

Cheers,
Amanda

Romain

The best short treks in nepal - trekking itineraries ranging from 3 to 10 days, Nepal - Apr 20 - Apr 24, 2018

Traveler: Romain K. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Welcoming by people living in the mountains was always good. Teahouse food always freshly cooked on demand and very good, which was surprising with the remoteness of the villages or base camp.
Dawa our guide know well the track so no issue about being guided. Many new roads are being built so sometimes it was hard to find the right track. From the description of our trip, we went through a cheese factory village. Dawa didn't tell us and it is a bit disappointed that he never talked about... read more

Welcoming by people living in the mountains was always good. Teahouse food always freshly cooked on demand and very good, which was surprising with the remoteness of the villages or base camp.
Dawa our guide know well the track so no issue about being guided. Many new roads are being built so sometimes it was hard to find the right track. From the description of our trip, we went through a cheese factory village. Dawa didn't tell us and it is a bit disappointed that he never talked about life of people living in villages, how they sustain, what is their culture and values.
Amanda was welcoming before and after the treck and helpful for any question.

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Romain, thanks so much for your review, I was very happy to hear that you got some good weather and nice views from Pikey Peak, it's such a stunning view point! The tea houses do a great job to look after trekkers with good and tasty food, a lot of which comes directly from their gardens or the "nearby" markets. The cheese factory was damaged during the earthquake and hasn't yet re-opened. I'm sorry to hear that Dawa didn't tell you as much as you were expecting about... read more

Hey Romain, thanks so much for your review, I was very happy to hear that you got some good weather and nice views from Pikey Peak, it's such a stunning view point! The tea houses do a great job to look after trekkers with good and tasty food, a lot of which comes directly from their gardens or the "nearby" markets. The cheese factory was damaged during the earthquake and hasn't yet re-opened. I'm sorry to hear that Dawa didn't tell you as much as you were expecting about villages/life/culture - we'll speak to him about this (thanks for mentioning it!), I hope he was able to answer any questions you had.

Thanks again and all the best,
Amanda

Nepal and trekking, Nepal - Mar 26 - Apr 9, 2018

Traveler: Kim S. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Where to start! What an amazing trek! Amanda was great throughout the organising, answering any questions I had (and I had a lot!). We had a good group of us who did the trek together. Our guides Gelu and Nurbu were awesome and so were our porters always smiling and helping! I was blown away by their efforts put into the trek because they never rested! They were even in the kitchen preparing our meals when the cook had a day off! They were also very helpful while walking especially on the... read more

Where to start! What an amazing trek! Amanda was great throughout the organising, answering any questions I had (and I had a lot!). We had a good group of us who did the trek together. Our guides Gelu and Nurbu were awesome and so were our porters always smiling and helping! I was blown away by their efforts put into the trek because they never rested! They were even in the kitchen preparing our meals when the cook had a day off! They were also very helpful while walking especially on the pass day coming down Nurbu was always right there if we fell over or making sure it was safe! Most of the guest houses and food was great just the night before the pass when we were in tents was a hard night but I don't think that will change. The scenery varied a lot which was great. Overall we had an amazing time and will never forget it!! If we decide to do another trek we would definitely want the same guides and porters again!! Thank you!

After our trek we went down to Chitwan national park and did a home stay in the Tharu village. This was so awesome!! Really grassroots but the best decision! Right from the beginning we were totally immersed in the culture. The village activities were so much fun! We felt like part of the family! Everyone was so friendly! The meals were delicious and very fresh! This is something I would highly recommend for people to do, even families because all of the kids would play together. I really cannot put into words this experience. Sukram did a great job of organising everything and making sure we were looked after.

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Kim, thanks for your kind words and awesome photos!! It's great to see part of your experience here, both trekking and in Chitwan. These are both experiences that we really love and agree that the what you get is so much more than the words or photos that any of us could share. It was such a pleasure helping you with your trip, I hope the fond memories of Nepal stay with you for a long time!

All the best, Amanda :)

Group departure - manaslu circuit trek - the ultimate off-the-beaten-path trek in nepal - 13 to 19 days, Nepal - Mar 26 - Apr 9, 2018

Traveler: chris m. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

I believe our trek guide Gelu did an amazing job throughout the 2 weeks. His experience, and temperament was valued, whilst his willingness to help all trekkers to have an amazing trip was first class. Actually this is true for his whole team, including porters and assistant guide Nu bo. They all performed roles from guides, to cooks, to waiters, to boot fixers etc with a smile and pleasant nature.
In regards to the trek itself, it included beautiful country and challenging terrain towards... read more

I believe our trek guide Gelu did an amazing job throughout the 2 weeks. His experience, and temperament was valued, whilst his willingness to help all trekkers to have an amazing trip was first class. Actually this is true for his whole team, including porters and assistant guide Nu bo. They all performed roles from guides, to cooks, to waiters, to boot fixers etc with a smile and pleasant nature.
In regards to the trek itself, it included beautiful country and challenging terrain towards the top. I would personally probably prefer bigger days in the lower country and reducing the number of days over over the trek or including a few more days in the Annapurna region towards the end. Overall great trip with some great people.

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Chris, great to hear that the crew did such a great job on your group trek, we totally agree that they're amazing and do an awesome job!

Cheers,
Amanda

Kathmandu valley starting from pokhara, Nepal - Apr 7 - Apr 13, 2018

Traveler: Sebastien V. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

The platform provided by Kimkim is innovative in its simplicity and ease of use. We were immediately linked to a local expert Amanda who put together the trip for us. With patience and enthusiasm, she tailored the trip to our needs and wishes. In the end we had the perfect mix of local culture, sightseeing and relaxing. Babu is a professional and safe driver and was always on time and helping us with our bags. We also learned a lot from our local guide, Rajeev, who answered so many of our questions and introduced us to several local restaurants. Great service!

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Sebastien, great to hear that you enjoyed using kimkim and that everything went smoothly on your trip. Thanks for making time to meet up at the end of your trip, it was great to meet in person and hear all about your journey! The roads are certainly an adventure in Nepal so I was very pleased to hear that you felt safe and in good hands with Babu!

All the best,
Amanda

Jill

Adventure , Nepal - Mar 25 - Apr 7, 2018

Traveler: Jill S. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Our trip was truly amazing! We saw so much of Nepal and its people. Amanda was truly wonderful in crafting an experience that perfectly incorporated our adventurous spirits, need for a little rest and relaxation, our want to be immersed in the local culture and excitement about visiting a new country. She was quick to respond to all my concerns and questions during our planning process, prior to our travel dates and during our trip. She was able to make adjustments to our itinerary of... read more

Our trip was truly amazing! We saw so much of Nepal and its people. Amanda was truly wonderful in crafting an experience that perfectly incorporated our adventurous spirits, need for a little rest and relaxation, our want to be immersed in the local culture and excitement about visiting a new country. She was quick to respond to all my concerns and questions during our planning process, prior to our travel dates and during our trip. She was able to make adjustments to our itinerary of the fly without hesitation.
All of the guides were incredibly knowledgeable, patient, polite and eager to share their culture with us. Amanda arranged drivers, pick-ups, guides, hotel stays, a trekking itinerary, tea house stays, meals, sight seeing suggestions, in-country flight tickets and more. We had no worries at all and felt safe every step of the way.
We arrived in Kathmandu, were picked up and brought to the Hotel Manaslu - very nice, clean with modern bathroom and breakfast was provided. After a brief rest our guide picked us up and took us on a walking tour of Thamel and other sites in the area. We even got a very rare view of the Kathmandu Kumari coming out of her house to attend a celebration. We stayed in the Thamel area and had dinner before walking back to our hotel. The following day our same guide picked us up with a driver and we toured UNESCO sites and more in the city and Patan.
We trekked for the next three and a half days, staying in tea houses along the way to Pikey Peak. It was a little disappointing that it never really cleared up, therefore we didn't get a clear view of the Himalaya mountain range. The trekking was very hard and technical (we bit off a bit more than we could chew but our guide Reeche (I'm sure I didn't spell that right) was amazing. The mountains were so lovely Its hard to describe. My suggestion regarding the trekking would be to get more detailed information as to the difficulty and technical aspects of the trek. We were not prepared for the very long days and technical aspects of the trails.
We spent a full day rest at the Panorama Charikot resort after trekking. Wonderful, wonderful place with great views and amazing staff. Food was very good.
The only hiccup of the trip was the horrible jeep ride from Charikot to Namobudda monastery. It was extremely terrible roads and took 7 hours to get to the monastery. The trip was only suppose to take half that time. Our driver didn't speak English so it was hard to know what was happening along the way. We loved the monastery but probably would have passed had we know how long of a jeep ride it was to get to it.
Off to Bhaktapur were we stayed at the Milla Guesthouse. I can't say enough about this beautiful boutique hotel in the heart of the city. Its an oasis and the breakfast on the roof terrace was the best we had on our trip. Our guide and driver took us to all the heritage and culture sites in the area and well has some shopping at various artisan places.
Next to the Chitwan Jungle were we stayed at the Jungle View Resort. We had a private bungalow with lovely views of the Rapti River were Rhinos freely roam. The field guides were knowledgeable and able to answer all our questions. We took an elephant safari ride, canoe ride and visit to the crocodile breeding reserve and jeep safari. The animals were a site to see; rhinos, sloth bear, bison, wild peacock, various deer, crocodiles and many birds
Lastly on to Patan where we stayed at The Inn- Patan. Amazing old Newari home redone into a lovely boutique hotel with a courtyard that reminded me of Italy. The original wood carving throughout was stunning. Great service and food in the heart of the city but yet quiet. We were lucky to get a large room with a small balcony overlooking the courtyard.
We ended our trip with a flight around Mt. Everest. Again, it wasn't super clear but we were able to the see the peaks and Everest. It was a pleasant end to our trip.
Overall, it was an amazing trip and I would highly recommend Amanda, KimKim and Himalayan Adventure travels and tours.

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jill, thanks so much for your review. While the weather wasn't great when you were here, hopefully you were able to squeeze in enough the mountain views that your trip was all about. Lots of ups and down on your trip, I'm glad we were able to modify things along the way to suit your needs, such as the extra night at the lovely Panorama Resort in Charikot.

The mountains are always here for next time! ;)

Cheers,
Amanda

Group departure - manaslu circuit trek - the ultimate off-the-beaten-path trek in nepal - 13 to 19 days, Nepal - Mar 26 - Apr 9, 2018

Traveler: Farhan R. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Gelu, the cheif guide and Nurbu were both amazing. Incredibly helpful, and caring.

I'd like to add that Gelu's insight when tweaking the itinerary really helped make the trip even better- affording us better rest, to save time and to make it to the pass on a much better (sunny) day. Gelu was also very good at crisis management- I had issues with my knee, did not manage to get a raincoat for the trek and a friend really struggled. Gelu was incredibly patient and helpful with all of us.

Nurbu... read more

Gelu, the cheif guide and Nurbu were both amazing. Incredibly helpful, and caring.

I'd like to add that Gelu's insight when tweaking the itinerary really helped make the trip even better- affording us better rest, to save time and to make it to the pass on a much better (sunny) day. Gelu was also very good at crisis management- I had issues with my knee, did not manage to get a raincoat for the trek and a friend really struggled. Gelu was incredibly patient and helpful with all of us.

Nurbu as well, with better experience would be a good guide.

The porters were all amazing and incredibly helpful, even with/ without the luggage being carried.

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Farhan, great to hear that Gelu and the crew helped you have such a great trip! We think they're pretty awesome and do an excellent job in the mountains, so hearing that from you after your 2 weeks together is fantastic. Great job on pushing through the trek with your knee issues, that's no mean feat!!

Thanks for your review, Gelu and your porters will no doubt be very happy to hear your feedback.

Cheers,
Amanda

Amy

Nepal in 5 days from ktm...nature, animals, and fresh air please! , Nepal - Mar 23 - Mar 28, 2018

Traveler: Amy A. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

This was my first time using kimkim, and I'm so glad I did! Amanda was great to work with, she gave me great tour options to fit my needs and advice to go along with it. I was able to customize the trip I wanted, and it was super easy when we had a few hiccups along the way (adding additional travelers, dealing with a flight cancellation). As planning became reality, my friends and I spent 3 days trekking east of Kathmandu through quaint villages and beautiful steppes from Dhulikhel to... read more

This was my first time using kimkim, and I'm so glad I did! Amanda was great to work with, she gave me great tour options to fit my needs and advice to go along with it. I was able to customize the trip I wanted, and it was super easy when we had a few hiccups along the way (adding additional travelers, dealing with a flight cancellation). As planning became reality, my friends and I spent 3 days trekking east of Kathmandu through quaint villages and beautiful steppes from Dhulikhel to Panauti. After our trek, we were able to enjoy a few days in Kathmandu exploring. One of Amanda's recommendations was a highlight and a visit I won't soon forget - Pashupatinath, a Hindu crematorium. In a place surrounded by death, there is so much life as well, and in a way that I never imagined. As an American, it really opened my eyes to a different culture and perspective.

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Amy, many thanks for your review! Doing what we do, we always hope to show people a little of what we love about this incredible country and we couldn't be more pleased that we were able to show this to you. It of course also takes a traveler who is open minded and willing to see the world in a different way so thanks for being open to the experience.

All the best, until next time :)
Amanda

Nar and phu trek, Nepal - Mar 20 - Apr 1, 2018

Traveler: Jennifer K. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

My son and I had an absolutely amazing experience on the Nar Phu Valley trek. Our guide Chhiring and porter Nara, were fantastic. Chhiring provided us with a lot of commentary about the places, people, and social and cultural influences both past and present. Visiting the villages of Nar and Phu, particularly when there were very few other trekkers, was a remarkable experience but of course the stunning scenery the entire way, was the highlight. When it snowed heavily the night before we... read more

My son and I had an absolutely amazing experience on the Nar Phu Valley trek. Our guide Chhiring and porter Nara, were fantastic. Chhiring provided us with a lot of commentary about the places, people, and social and cultural influences both past and present. Visiting the villages of Nar and Phu, particularly when there were very few other trekkers, was a remarkable experience but of course the stunning scenery the entire way, was the highlight. When it snowed heavily the night before we were to ascend and cross the Kangla Pass, we were prepared to turn back but Chhiring, having monitored the situation, confidently led us on to the Pass. We often lost the path in the snow but Chhiring expertly picked a line and despite the oft times deep snow, we made it in good time and it was truly an exhilarating moment to reach the top!
Amanda was extremely informative and addressed all our concerns promptly. She was very helpful in both the initial planning stages and very amenable to any changes that we considered. I felt completely confident that the trek was well organized and safe. It was also a pleasure to meet with her and Chhiring before the trek. I would highly recommend Kimkim and Amanda from Himalayan Trails.

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jennifer, many thanks for your feedback! We've had a very wet Spring which is still continuing, which means snow in the mountains. Fantastic to hear that everything went well with your trek and that you were well taken care of with Chirring.

Until next time! :)

Cheers,
Amanda

Philip

Ghorepani, pokhara and kathmandu, Nepal - Mar 2 - Mar 16, 2018

Traveler: Philip H. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Summary

These guys know their stuff and can handle much more difficult challenges than ours.

Background

John and I started walking about a year ago and decided that it would be a good challenge to go trekking in Nepal. We are 67 and 64 years old and no previous trekking experience.

We first looked at holiday packages to Nepal, many are 14 day packages with 3-4 days trekking. That wasn’t enough trekking for us. Google search recommended using trekking companies being members of the... read more

Summary

These guys know their stuff and can handle much more difficult challenges than ours.

Background

John and I started walking about a year ago and decided that it would be a good challenge to go trekking in Nepal. We are 67 and 64 years old and no previous trekking experience.

We first looked at holiday packages to Nepal, many are 14 day packages with 3-4 days trekking. That wasn’t enough trekking for us. Google search recommended using trekking companies being members of the Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal. Himalayan Trails is on the members list and are also a travel agency with excellent reviews on TripAdvisor. We live in Australia and Himalayan Trails has a sales representative from Australia, Amanda Delecca who handled our package.

Package Development

Contact and financial control was through the US online travel agency Kim Kim website portal. Amanda considered our inexperience, age and general health to design options for us. We chose the lower Annapurna Circuit. After several “conversations” through the Kim Kim portal we extended the 6 day loop to 8 days with a “rest” day at Ghorepani.

On the lead up to our trip Amanda communicated with us giving encouragement and sent helpful tip sheets for arrival and departure, what to pack, etc.

We wanted some cultural experience in our package. Our final itinerary is below.

Day 1. Arrive from Australia.

Day 2. Catch-up day in Kathmandu to meet Amanda and our trekking guide to help us get those last minute items - buy or hire.

Day 3. Sightseeing Pashupati Ceremonial area, Boudhanath Stupa and Swoyambhunath.

Amanda suggested we fly to Pokhara. The flight takes 25 minutes and saves a day on the road. So for about $200 we saved 2 full days travel.

Days 4-11. Fly to Pokhara and drive 45 minutes to start trekking at Phedi to Potana, trek to Landruk, to Grandruk, to Tadapani, to Ghorepani, up Poon Hill pre dawn and return to Ghorepani, to Tikhedhunga, to Hile (20 minutes to catch vehicle for 2 hour drive to Pokhara). This direction around the loop avoided the huge number of steps on the first day ensuring our continued enjoyment.

Day 12. After our trekking we had 2 nights in Pokhara, giving us one and a half days sightseeing on our own.

Day 13-15. On return to Kathmandu, Himalayan Trails met us at the airport and took us up to Namobuddha, the next day to Bhaktapur, then we were off.

The Actual Experience

I have travelled a little bit now and my wife and I often book a package at our country destination, such as in Jordan, or Morocco. It is always a consideration as to whether we would be met at the airport. In this case the guide and driver were there holding a sign so we knew we had “landed”.

From there everything went as promised. Guides and drivers were all very good, not rushed, knew their stuff, and were patient while I took photos, or had to repeat information. All vehicles were modern and clean in as new condition. We got the sense that they considered it a privilege to work for Himalayan Trails. We had a different guide and driver on our return, they knew their areas, being a Buddhist and living in Bhaktapur.

The most important people were our trekking guide and porter. Turns out they were both from the Sherpa region. Our guide “No-wun” was very experienced having been on mountaineering expeditions since he was 14, on Mt Everest and leading climbing expeditions on other mountains. No-wun checked everything we hired, bought, or used. On the trail he set a comfortable pace for us, rested us when needed, checked our rooms, monitored the kitchens, looked after all our needs.

Our porter “Peppi” walked with us following up behind, waiting when one of us stopped. Eventually Peppi joined with John and I singing on trail.

All four of us easily interacted like old friends.

Each day we trekked 3-5 hours with two 6 hour days. It meant we were checked into our tea house most days by 2pm avoiding the need to trek in the afternoon storms. In March the sun shines in the morning and clouds and rain come in the afternoon. We had plenty of time to dodge the hail and explore local villages on our own.

Accommodation Food and Facilities

The hotels and resorts in Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara were excellent. Our first was The Inn Patan right next to the central square. It was originally a large family home. So convenient to historic sites. John and I walked around at dusk. The room was big and faced a back courtyard so very quiet, beds very comfortable and menu cosmopolitan enough for us both.

In Pokhara we stayed in the Temple Tree Resort. It was definitely a resort! Beautiful property, big rooms and really hot showers. Prices for food and clothes washing were high, so we ate out at Moondance cafe each meal and I got my washing done across the street in a small laundry opposite the entrance for next to nothing, so I gave the lady double. We visited the Gurkha Museum and the International Mountaineering Museum on our first day; and went for a boat ride on Lake Fewa and shopping the next.

We stayed at the Namobuddha Resort high on a Hill. It was very unusual with separate buildings, vegetarian food, and a sense of serenity. We sat outside having a vodka before going to the main building for dinner. Rooms were generous, the bathroom was in a separate building and massive! Loved the food there.

Our last few nights were at 1905 Suites. We were blown away by this boutique property. We ate dinner in and the food was amazing.

Some summing up the hotel and resort part of the package - all properties were privately owned and offered completely different experiences, rooms and food excellent, bathrooms functional. We would recommend any of them to our friends.

Accommodation on the trail was “Tea Houses”. All offered us twin rooms with a simple, but comfortable bed in dormitory style accommodation. Meals were limited, with the same menu appearing almost everywhere. All the food we tried was good - especially given where we were! The Chicken Dal Bhat was my local favourite. Those with sweet tooth can try mars roll, or chocolate pudding!

We had a mix of washroom arrangements, but most were ensuite. All places had an English type toilet in the room, and at least one English communal toilet. Hot water ranged from almost cold to scolding, so test your water first. We trekked early March so we had limited number of other trekkers. The only Tea House that was a bit average was the one a Tadapani. Our favourite was the one in Ghorepani called Superview Hotel. All Tea Houses had wi-fi, but power was not reliable. If you take a lot of video then take a power bank with you. I used mine once to recharge.

All our expectations for a great trip and trekking were well exceeded.

We had a debrief with Amanda on our last day - just where we started at Himalayan Java Coffee at the entrance to Thamel. Great place. We spent an hour with her going through all aspects of our trip before saying goodbye. It was evident that Amanda had been in contact daily with our guides and hotels/resorts and was across our whole trip.

Conclusion

Well there is much that I cannot say in this short space, but our experience with Himalayan Trails was outstanding. Although our trekking was simple and easy (compared to others) we felt we were treated with the same high levels of service and safety. We would confidently recommend them to any of our friends.

Other Things You Should Know

If your going that far to Nepal, take a scenic flight to Mt Everest, after all it is the “big daddy”and see the top of the world go by. We tried it on Day 3 but due to cloud got cancelled on the runway. Himalayan Trails rescheduled us with Buddha Airlines on Day 15. We saw it. Truly awesome experience.

When in Nepal, use taxis. They are not that dear. Negotiate a price up front and get to where you need to be fast. Don’t waste your time travelling - you’ve paid to be there so get to where you want to be quickly.

Be generous. Tip for good service. You don’t have too, but a small amount in European, American, or Australian is nothing to you and is a great deal to the Nepalese.

Happy trekking.

Phil Hewitt
Adelaide Australia

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Phil, thanks so much for the detailed review! Over the almost year that we've been planning your trip, I have come to expect nothing less! :)
Nawang really enjoyed your company and said it was a lot of fun having you on the trail. It was such a pleasure to help you with this trip, and a special thanks for your reviews and feedback along the way!

Cheers,
Amanda

Short pokhara getaway, Nepal - Mar 12 - Mar 19, 2018

Traveler: Helen A. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

We had a wonderful 8 days in Nepal. Our itineray was very professionally organised by Amanda Delecca from start to finish. I could not fault her communication skills which was the reason we chose Amanda versus other tour operators. Amanda even arranged to meet us personally on arrival at our hotel to make sure everything was ok for the trip and to introduce us to our guides. Because of our limited time in Nepal Amanda had a good understanding of the amount of time we would need in each... read more

We had a wonderful 8 days in Nepal. Our itineray was very professionally organised by Amanda Delecca from start to finish. I could not fault her communication skills which was the reason we chose Amanda versus other tour operators. Amanda even arranged to meet us personally on arrival at our hotel to make sure everything was ok for the trip and to introduce us to our guides. Because of our limited time in Nepal Amanda had a good understanding of the amount of time we would need in each place including Kathmandu and Pokhara and our 3 day trek to Dhampus and Astam. Every detail was taken care of including pickup and drop off at the airports, our accommodation at Mums Garden in Pokhara and hotel Manaslu in Kathmandu which were both comfortable and clean and the Eco lodges on our trek even had hot water. I would like to make a special mention of our amazing treking guide Tendu who was very caring and went out of his way to make sure everything was ok throughout our time away and also the lovely quietly spoken sherpa Lakpa.They both travelled 8 hours on the bus from Kathmandu to Pokhara to accompany us on the trek. The highlight of the trek was to wake up early on our last day at Astam Ecco Village to see that the rain and mist had cleared and we had a magnificent view of the Annupurna mountains. Thank you all concerned for a most memorable time in Nepal. Helen and Ralph Arbon

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Helen and Ralph, thanks so much for your review. I was also relieved to hear that you got some great mountain views on your last day of trek after the clouds parted. It was our pleasure to look after your trip arrangements!

Cheers,
Amanda

March trek and trip to nepal, Nepal - Mar 3 - Mar 13, 2018

Traveler: Alice E. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

We had a fantastic trip! - Thanks so much to Amanda, Pemba and Nima for all their support and looking after us before and during the trip. The trek was spectacular -in particular, watching the sunrise at Muldai point! The planning and logistics when we were there, were seamless. I would highly recommend Himalayan Trails!

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Many thanks Alice for the review! There are so many places in Nepal that like Muldai that are off the beaten path and not very well known and it gives us such pleasure to take our guests to the places that we really enjoy. We would of course love to see you both here again, if the opportunity arises!

Cheers,
Amanda

Trip to nepal, Nepal - Feb 24 - Feb 28, 2018

Traveler: Elsa L. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Amanda was really helpful and flexible with our change in plans. I was so busy in the run up to the holiday that it was great to have someone else taking care of all the details. Our guide Mingmar was very experienced and professional (hugely overqualified for taking us up a 4000m peak which for Nepal is no more than a hill...) and the views were spectacular.

The whole trip was fantastic and thanks Erin for putting me in touch with Amanda!

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Elsa, many thanks for your 5 star review! I'm so glad you got a chance to go up to the beautiful Pikey Peak, especially while there was a little snow up there!

Until next time!

Amanda :)

Anthony

Nar phu trek, Nepal - Feb 26 - Mar 6, 2018

Traveler: Anthony A. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Amanda (with Himalayan Trails) was very helpful throughout the trek coordination process. She had timely replies, good advice, and helped me suss through all the many options for my Nepal hiking experience. Plus, she made the time to meet me in Kathmandu before I left with my guide. I'll strongly consider booking my next trek with Himalayan Trails.

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Many thanks for the review! It was great to meet you in Kathmandu and very good to hear that you were happy with your guide Dawa and the changes he made along the way due to the weather. We look forward to seeing you again!
Cheers, Amanda

Winter trekking in nepal, Nepal - Feb 12 - Feb 21, 2018

Traveler: Norma G. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

We took months to plan our trip and Amanda was patient and quick to reply to any question we had. Once we arrived in Kathmandu, everything was taken care of. Our guide and porter, father and son duo Mingma and his son Darje really went out of their way to take care of us during the entire trip. The Khopra Danda community Trek allowed us to visit many local villages, with Mingma and Darje explaining the local custom, we learnt so much about Nepal. We are very impressed with Himalayan Trails as... read more

We took months to plan our trip and Amanda was patient and quick to reply to any question we had. Once we arrived in Kathmandu, everything was taken care of. Our guide and porter, father and son duo Mingma and his son Darje really went out of their way to take care of us during the entire trip. The Khopra Danda community Trek allowed us to visit many local villages, with Mingma and Darje explaining the local custom, we learnt so much about Nepal. We are very impressed with Himalayan Trails as a tour company, even the staff members who picked us up at the airport or hotel were very professional and friendly. If we decide to go on another trekking tour in the future, we will not hesitate to travel with them again.

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Norma, thanks so much for your words, we all really enjoyed having you here and showing you around. We certainly hope to see you back here again! Cheers, Amanda

Katerina

Solu and pikey trek, Nepal - Oct 21 - Oct 27, 2017

Traveler: Katerina P. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Nepal is absolutely amazing! We had lots of great moments there and it's best lifetime memories, thanks to kimkim, Himalayan trail, our best guide Cheppal and porter Zambu, guys you made it all really unforgettable and cool! Pikey Peak trek is an authentic experience that still exists in Nepal, it's a pretty wild path with very little amount of trekkers and just local life and beautiful nature along the way. Scenery is great since you can see the whole range of mountains from Annapurna to... read more

Nepal is absolutely amazing! We had lots of great moments there and it's best lifetime memories, thanks to kimkim, Himalayan trail, our best guide Cheppal and porter Zambu, guys you made it all really unforgettable and cool! Pikey Peak trek is an authentic experience that still exists in Nepal, it's a pretty wild path with very little amount of trekkers and just local life and beautiful nature along the way. Scenery is great since you can see the whole range of mountains from Annapurna to Everest from the peak summit. Trek is tougher than the more explored ones with changing altitudes, very basic lodges and no reception. But it gives it's own pleasure to be disconnected from the busy outer world and live the most simple life for a week and then come back home and appreciate all the small things that you forget about having everyday. We will defo send our parents to Nepal for the easier trek iuring spring time to see all the blooming orchids and rhododendrons and will come back in some years to do round Annapurna or EBC one.

p.s. many thanks to all Nepali people that hosted us during the trek, every night was the best food ever and always different organic experience, everything comes from the garden to your table! We are coming back for momos and dal bhat!

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Katerina, we're so glad to hear that you loved our 'off the beaten path' trek into the Lower Everest region! It is indeed a special place and it was absolutely our pleasure to show it to you! Great to hear that you got the added benefit of coming home to appreciate the little things. Looking forward to seeing you next time!

Cheers,
Amanda

Patrick

Trip to nepal, Nepal - Oct 26 - Nov 1, 2017

Traveler: Patrick J. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

We had a wonderful experience with Kim Kim and Amanda Delecca from Himalayan Trails from the very beginning. Great communication was one thing we never had to worry about. Our guide was Mindu (sp?) and our porter was Chhong Nuri Sherpa. Amanda was very helpful answering all our questions before and during our trek. Our guide and porter were fantastic, knowledgeable and fun to be with.

Highlights were amazing views of the Himalayas, visiting the tea houses for lunch and spending the night... read more

We had a wonderful experience with Kim Kim and Amanda Delecca from Himalayan Trails from the very beginning. Great communication was one thing we never had to worry about. Our guide was Mindu (sp?) and our porter was Chhong Nuri Sherpa. Amanda was very helpful answering all our questions before and during our trek. Our guide and porter were fantastic, knowledgeable and fun to be with.

Highlights were amazing views of the Himalayas, visiting the tea houses for lunch and spending the night and visiting the monasteries. We loved the scenery on this trek and it's not as populated . The tea houses were humble and we really enjoyed the hospitality. Being able to visit the monasteries was beyond imaginable. That is something we will never forget. We had a great trip and would love to do it again one day. Thanks so much!

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Patrick, thanks so much for your wonderful review, the Pikey Peak and Solu trek really is something special, a bit of a hidden gem, I'm glad this was the trek you chose! It worked out really well with the festival at the monastery that you got to experience.

It was so nice to meet with you before your trek and hear about it afterwards , thanks for sharing some pics too!

Cheers,
Amanda

Ghandruk trek - scenic 3-4 day trek through the annapurna foothills, Nepal - Oct 23 - Oct 26, 2017

Traveler: Gareth O. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Bishnu was amazing and so was the porter Sujan. They were unbelievably friendly and made the whole trip amazing. I would recommend them for a raise. Bishny heeled us feel like locals in no time.

The only thing that really wasn't Amanda's issue but would have helped us plan a little more. Was the 15kg bag limit per person. It made it a little difficult on Amanda to organise last minute bag storage for us. Maybe that info cold be added to the Trek gear info so it can be sorted out before the trip starts.

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Gareth, many thanks for the 5 star review! No problems at all helping with you bag storage. We do let you know about it in advance so that we can assist with any arrangements that might be needed - the porters always appreciate lightening the load where possible. That's great to hear that you enjoyed your time with Bishnu and that you felt so immersed in Nepali culture! Bishnu also said he had a lot of fun with you!

William

Khopra danda trek, Nepal - Sep 30 - Oct 13, 2017

Traveler: William N. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Amanda was extremely helpful throughout the process, from assisting us in choosing the right trek to answering all our questions. Her local knowledge was invaluable. She met us in Kathmandu at the start of the trip to ensure that everything was in order. The itinerary that she put together for us was excellent, and worked out as planned.

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi William, thanks for your 5 star review, it was a pleasure to organise your trek. After almost a year in the works, it was great to meet you when you arrived in Kathmandu.

Thanks for your photos, it's nice to have a little snapshot of what you saw on the way! We hope to see you here again!

Cheers,
Amanda

Alice

Pikey peak trek and chitwan, Nepal - Oct 4 - Oct 14, 2017

Traveler: Alice D. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Everything ran very smoothly on KimKim, Amanda was very responsive and answered all questions I had. The trip was organised with no fuss or hassle whatsoever.

Amanda provided a brilliant service - we were v impressed with Amanda and Himalayan Trails

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Alice, it was a pleasure to help with your family trip for your mum's 60th birthday! Until next time! :)