My roots are in Michigan and California, but my adult life has been spent living and leading tours all over Asia. I first visited Nepal in 2003, and I loved it, so I kept coming back. I've been based in Kathmandu for 4 years now. I'm here to help plan your adventure and share some of the tips I've learned (sometimes the hard way) throughout my travels.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"I specialize in Nepal and Tibet travel, and I also have lots of knowledge about traveling through countries all over Asia. "
How did you get involved in travel?
"I taught English in Xinjiang China in 2003 and afterwards traveled to Tibet and Nepal for several months. I saw places I'd only read about, ate foods I'd never heard of, and experienced ways of life I couldn't have dreamt. From there travel became my passion and my career. I spent 4 years leading small groups all around Asia, and have been working in the travel industry ever since. "
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"I led a group to Pakistan. At the Sost border, we found ourselves waiting in the customs line for hours. I went to the front to see what was happening. Seven very large men with very big beards and huge guns, wearing chunky wool sweaters with bullets draped over their shoulders were huddled, puzzled around a computer. It turned out that they'd just gotten a computerized immigration system that day. It was all in English and it was a tad confusing for them. After much deliberation, they finally had me come around to their side and watched me as I entered all the information for all the visitors to Pakistan that day. That was both heart-pumpingly intimidating and hilarious, in retrospect. "
Featured trips & expertise
Get in and amongst the streets of Kathmandu and the surrounding valley by taking a day tour, chauffeured on the back of a vintage Vespa. Vespa Valley has a fleet of six well-maintained scooters with a number of different routes you can choose from around the Kathmandu Valley.
Visit Namche Bazaar, a traditional Sherpa village and unofficial capital of the Khumbu region on this fast-paced trip. During 4 comfortable days of trekking, you'll pass through Sagarmatha National Park, through alpine forests, and visit ancient Buddhist sites. The adventure ends with a helicopter tour of the snow-capped Himalaya, including a stop at the base of Mount Everest.
Hiking is a shared passion for kimkim traveler Esther Yoon and her recently retired dad, so Nepal - a trekker's paradise - seemed like the perfect choice for a father-daughter adventure. Interested in the culture and beauty of Nepal without the crowds, they chose the Manaslu Circuit: a beautiful 15-day trek circling the eighth-highest peak in the Himalayas.
From spectacular treks in the high Himalayas to visiting the birthplace of the Buddha at Lumbini, white-water rafting to Hindu pilgrimage sites, 10 days in Nepal is plenty of time to experience some of the country's highlights. Hit the ground running (or, strolling at a more leisurely pace) by selecting an itinerary that best reflects your interests.
Nepal is mountains, jungles, rivers, and ancient culture. This diversity means that you could spend a lifetime exploring the small Himalayan nation, but if you only have five days, you can get a taste for some of its best sites and experiences. From white-water rafting to chilling out beside a lake, here are some ideas for where to go and what to do with five days in Nepal.
Recent trip reviews for Erin
Nepal's main trekking regions, Nepal - Jul 21 - Jul 29, 2018
Loved the trek so much! Didn’t really think about much before I go. Alex and Erin are very experienced in terms of giving good advice on the drier route during monsoon season and taking care of my arrival. Ngawang is such a experienced guide and he was very helpful along the trek. Food is very good and satisfying during the trip too ;)
Balthali village trek via namo buddha and panauti, Nepal - May 26 - Jun 3, 2018
We are very grateful to Erin and the kimkim team for putting together a fantastic and memorable holiday this May. Our decision to go to Nepal was pretty last minute and not exactly at the best time of year to visit, but with Erin's guidance we were able to figure out an itinerary with all of the experiences we were looking for, while maximizing the opportunities for good weather and clear skies/views. Our trip included a four-day trek from Jomsom - with an incredibly memorable flight to... read more
Trip to nepal, Nepal - Jul 25 - Aug 1, 2018
My guide was very friendly and helpful for my trekking. He organized well and take care of me well too as we travel together. Erin helped me a lot by providing some information about this whole trip as this is my time to come trekking in Nepal. Everything was excellent and the one thing I was impressed was to see the local people in Langtang who work hard to rebuild their villages destroyed by the earthquake in 2015.