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Erin Green

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 confusing. 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. "

Erin is part of the following groups: Tibet Travel Agents, Nepal Travel Agents
Vespa scooters in front of Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu
Vespa Valley Tour in Kathmandu

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.

Prayer flags  waving in the Annapurna region
6 Days in Nepal - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas

With six days in Nepal, most travelers choose between a week of sightseeing in the Kathmandu and Pokhara valleys, a short and rewarding trek in the Himalayan foothills, or a curiosity-driven adventure in one specific region. If wildlife calls to you, venture into the remote west for an off-the-beaten-path safari; if culture is what you're after, consider a village-to-village hike. Read on for six unique itineraries that are guaranteed to inspire.

You'll cover a lot of ground in one week
Discover Tibet's Cities - 7 Days

Led by a private guide, this week-long road trip covers three of Tibet's most important cities for a Buddhist cultural experience you won't soon forget. Start the adventure with two days in the Holy City of Lhasa, and then take scenic drives to the remarkable monasteries, temples, and markets of Gyantse and Shigatse—all while staying in some of the best traditional Tibetan hotels.

Potala Palace, Lhasa
Ultimate Tibetan Experience - 9 Days

This 9-day itinerary through the heart of Tibet is the ultimate immersion experience in Buddhist culture. After exploring Lhasa's most important and holy sites, you'll hit the road with your private guide for a series of scenic drives to see the remarkable monasteries, temples, lakes, and markets of Shigatse, Tsetang, and finally Yarlung Valley—the cradle of Tibetan civilization.

Solo Trips in Nepal
Solo Trips in Nepal

Planning to visit Nepal by yourself? You may be flying solo, but you won't be alone—Nepal is a popular destination for solo travelers, and great options are available whether you want to join a small group tour or hire a private guide. Before planning your adventure, read on to learn what to expect when booking a guided solo trip to Nepal through kimkim.

Views of the lower Annapurna foothills
Best of Nepal: Ghandruk, Seti River, and Chitwan - 14 Days

This multi-activity tour is a perfect combination of adventure and culture featuring historic villages, wildlife, and some down time. You'll explore the Kathmandu Valley's popular attractions before flying to Pokhara to begin your multi-day trek through the Annapurna foothills. Meet Gurung locals, visit beautiful Namo Buddha, raft whitewater, feed elephants, and safari in the famous Chitwan National Park.

Recent trip reviews for Erin

Jane

Another great trip. Erin provided everything ... · Nepal - Oct 15 - Oct 26, 2019

Traveler: Jane F. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Another great trip. Erin provided everything we asked for, she was always quick to respond and understodd what we wanted. Her choice of Guide and Sherpa were perfect for the group. We felt well looked after and had an unforgettable trip that was loads of fun. Thank you.

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Jane, it was so nice to welcome you back here with Ellie, and to meet the boys and your friends. You're doing some wonderful work here, and I'm so glad myself and the team can help facilitate it! Hope to see you again next year!

Eric

Gokyo Ri Trek · Nepal - Oct 19 - Nov 3, 2019

Traveler: Eric E. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Erin, the Himalayan Trails staff, our guide Wongchu and the team of porters were all stellar throughout our whole experience - from the 10 month pre-trek planning and prep phase, to the moment we stepped out of the Kathmandu airport and all the way back again to our departure. As pretty well fit 50 year olds we found the Gokyo Ri/Lakes circuit challenging, namely due to the altitude. But the length of the trek and the acclimatization days did seem to help ease the associated symptoms. Some... read more

Erin, the Himalayan Trails staff, our guide Wongchu and the team of porters were all stellar throughout our whole experience - from the 10 month pre-trek planning and prep phase, to the moment we stepped out of the Kathmandu airport and all the way back again to our departure. As pretty well fit 50 year olds we found the Gokyo Ri/Lakes circuit challenging, namely due to the altitude. But the length of the trek and the acclimatization days did seem to help ease the associated symptoms. Some highlights: the agro-based sherpa culture village/landscape of Rimjung; the sheer bazaar-ness of the location, size and activity of Namche Bazar; the altitude sickness presentation in Machherma; summiting Gokyo Ri with the accompanying 360 degree view of the Himalayas including, of course, Mt. Everest; crossing Renjo La Pass; and just meeting and witnessing the beautiful, hardworking, ancient Himalayan and Sherpa peoples going about there daily lives.

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Eric, thanks so much for this feedback. It was great to finally put faces to names after a long time! I'm so glad you had a great trip, and that Wangchu and the porters were ace. You trekked through some awesome places here. Hope to welcome you and the guys here again!

Vicki

Our group of seven recently came back from a ... · Nepal - Oct 5 - Oct 25, 2019

Traveler: Vicki f. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Our group of seven recently came back from a trek in Nepal through your company and i thought it may be helpful to provide some feedback on our experience. Overall, we had a fantastic time and found all the staff professional, positive, and very attentive. We really appreciated that Erin was able to book not just our trek, but also our kathmandu hotel, our Surkhet hotel, and our internal flight to Surkhet. That was so convenient for us and made our lives much better. Everythimg was taken care... read more

Our group of seven recently came back from a trek in Nepal through your company and i thought it may be helpful to provide some feedback on our experience. Overall, we had a fantastic time and found all the staff professional, positive, and very attentive. We really appreciated that Erin was able to book not just our trek, but also our kathmandu hotel, our Surkhet hotel, and our internal flight to Surkhet. That was so convenient for us and made our lives much better. Everythimg was taken care of and we didn't have to worry about even one night's accomodations. 

Sonam, our guide...Our guide was fantastic!! She was a highlight of our trip!!! She seemed to genuinely care about us having a good experience. She had a great attitude and was so positive and fun! She was a great communicator, explained what to expect very well, and laid out each day clearly. She was also very good at estimating how long it would take to get to our destination, something Nepalis aren't always good at. She was a delight to spend two weeks with! I would highly reccommend her as a guide to anyone. Since our group was mostly women, we loved that we had a female guide!!

The porters and assistant guide...The porters enthusisam and pleasant personalities were a delight to be around. We really liked that they didn't smoke like we saw many others doing. They all worked so hard and anytime we asked them for anything they were right there to help us. They were fantastic!!!!

The food on the trek...The food was plentiful with a lot of variety. We all ordered different things and felt very accomodated. We all found the food delicious and got our fill. It was better than we expected!!

Hotel Manaslu...Our kathmandu hotel was great! The food, accomodations, staff were all great. It was our little refuge from the bustle of kathmandu life. 
The hotel in Surkhet...Our Surkhet hotel was far more than we thought we would get there. The hotel driver was there to pick us up at the airport, the food was great, and the staff very accomodating.

Trekking accomodations...Our first Hotel, ABC Hotel, was very dirty and we just sucked it up and endured. It was quite horrible and we were worried the whole trek would be like that. It got better almost with each hotel and we enjoyed all the other ones. We loved the hot showers and the rooms that had comforters!!! The clothes lines were really nice too. A couple of rooms had trash cans and we felt like we won the lottery.

Erin...Erin was always quick to respond to our questions while we were planning and getting ready in the US. Her enthusiasm came through in her messages, and once we met her she was equally enthusiastic. She was bery smiley and friendly and clearly enjoyed working with people. We had an issue with getting the permits and giving our passports to one of the staff people and she came to our hotel right away. She was good at solving problems in a timely manner. My only constructive feedback for Erin would be to be more definitive and less loosey-goosey about things. When we asked if we needed crampons or microspikes, she said we can bring them if we have them. We really didn't know if we needed to bring them or not. When asked about bringing snacks she said we could if we wanted to, but really we needed to bring them. When asked about bringing a sleep pad she said we could bring one if we wanted to, but we never needed one and several people in our group brought them. The beds on the trek all had sleep pads that were very nice. I don't know if Erin has done this trek, but if not, maybe it would be helpful to do it so she can better answer client questions with more certainty and less ambiguity to help people better prepare for their trip. 

The handouts...Some of the information we got pre-departure seemed pretty out dated. 
The tipping information seemed incorrect based on what others told us. 
We didn't need to bring nalgene bottles as they filtered water rather than bolied it. Several of us didn't bring a bladder because of this information, and wished we had one. 
Airport tax is no longer charged on departure. 

The need for crampons or microspikes was very wishy washy. I think you should tell everyone to bring micro spikes. If they don't need them its fine, but if they are needed, it's essential to have them. 

Sometimes it felt like the info was generic to any trek, but it would be nice to have information that was specific to our trek.

Some additional info that would have been helpful...Bring snacks because on the big pass day you won't have acces to food. 

It would be better to get a little more description on what to expect on the trails. We were sort of in the dark as to what to expect and pack for. We got the packing list, but it would have been helpful to know that we would be in both very hot weather as well as very, very cold weather. 
Our time hiked was greater than every day on the description. 

Trekking poles are essential for stream crossings, balance on cliffs, and downhill stints.
It would be helpful to know that the trekking itinerary is an estimate of where we would stay, and that the trek may change based on weather, hiking strength, or accomodations. It would be nice to know that the descriptions we got weren't set in stone if they aren't. 

It would be very helpful to have an idea as to how much various things cost along the trek. Specifically, a hot shower is $5 to $6. Beer is about $6. And wifi ranges from $2 to $5. This would help us to figure out how much money to bring on the trail. It would also be good to know that there are a few handcrafted items we may like to buy along the way. 

The night before the pass and on the pass day  we were told that we should drink warm water, not cold. We were supplied with half hot and half cold water so we wouldnt drink cold water. We were then charged $36 for having the water boiled. We weren't told in advance that we'd be charged for the water and weren't given a choice as to whether we wanted hot water or not. It would have been nice to have been told in advance that we'd be charged, then given the choice as to wheher we wanted it or not. 

We thought we were going to have two rest  days, but we had none and hiked everyday. It would have been nice to know that we really had no rest days to mentally prepare ourselves. 

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks so much for the thorough feedback! I'm so glad you all had a great trip overall. You were able to reconnect with friends based near Surkhet after such a long time, and then had the beautiful experience on the Manaslu trek- not an easy feat! Since many of your group were from San Diego, where I'm from, it was great that I was able to speak to Vicki and to understand where you all were coming from, literally and figuratively. Your comments have been taken on board. I'm so glad you all and Sonam and her team had a great trek overall!

Ellie

You did it again!! · Nepal - Oct 15 - Oct 26, 2019

Traveler: Ellie t. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Hi Erin and the KimKim Team!

Erin you did it again!! Top marks for another incredible trip to Manang.

Your professionalism, friendliness, organistion, attention to detail and providing us with THE best
guides, Raj and Rabin, made for an unforgettable trip. The journey left a profound impression on each of us and will forever stand as a superb adventure in a beautiful country with wonderfully open hearted people.

Dhan'yavāda from us all!

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Ellie! Was so fun to work with you again, and so wonderful to see you again in person. I'm so glad you had another amazing trip, and had such a good connection with Raj and Rabin. You guys are doing good work in Manang, and I'm glad myself and the team could help facilitate it. How lucky was I to meet Baby Karma! Hope to see you again next year!

My wife and I booked an 8 day luxury trek aro... · Nepal - Oct 18 - Oct 29, 2019

Traveler: Brian U. - Local specialist: Erin Green

My wife and I booked an 8 day luxury trek around the Everest Area in Nepal with Erin. The travel platform for communication with Erin via KimKim was really easy to use and worked without issues. I found Erin super responsive and exceeded our expectations.

The lodges they utilized were awesome. The Beyul was one of the highlights for my wife and I. The owner is super personable and the dining was great. Another fantastic lodge was the Everest View Lodge in Mende. This lodge is really... read more

My wife and I booked an 8 day luxury trek around the Everest Area in Nepal with Erin. The travel platform for communication with Erin via KimKim was really easy to use and worked without issues. I found Erin super responsive and exceeded our expectations.

The lodges they utilized were awesome. The Beyul was one of the highlights for my wife and I. The owner is super personable and the dining was great. Another fantastic lodge was the Everest View Lodge in Mende. This lodge is really great.

Erin found our guide, Mindu. He was a super friendly guide and always shared his life as a sherpa and answered our many questions about the area and about the local customs and religion. The porter was also really a nice fellow and our gear was always were it needed to be and in good condition.

At the conclusion of the trip we met with Erin and enjoyed that experience as well. The hotel in Kathmandu was perfect.

Overall I would not hesitate to use KimKim and Erin for a trek in Nepal. I know we will book another trip with them.

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Brian, it was great meeting up with you and Mylene after your trip and hearing about your adventure. I'm so glad you enjoyed the trip, and thanks so much for the great feedback. Keep the heli-biking in your back pocket. We'd love to welcome you here again!

Veronique

Blown Away... · Nepal - Oct 9 - Oct 23, 2019

Traveler: Veronique G. - Local specialist: Erin Green

O wow... an adventure that far exceeded our expectations! Erin was amazing in our pre-travel planning. I must have asked a million questions that were always answered thoroughly ..I gained such confidence in the team before we had even landed in Kathmandu. All the transfers from pillar to post were punctual, the drivers were super polite, the Kathmandu guides were great ... we were so spoilt! Our trek with Serala as our guide was fantastic. We were very proud to have one of the few woman... read more

O wow... an adventure that far exceeded our expectations! Erin was amazing in our pre-travel planning. I must have asked a million questions that were always answered thoroughly ..I gained such confidence in the team before we had even landed in Kathmandu. All the transfers from pillar to post were punctual, the drivers were super polite, the Kathmandu guides were great ... we were so spoilt! Our trek with Serala as our guide was fantastic. We were very proud to have one of the few woman guides to lead our way..and our porter Ram was so shy but he eventually joined in our laughs and jokes. Nepal has left a tender spot in our hearts, and I know it's because our time there was so well supported by KimKim's entire team.. Thank you and Namaste

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Veronique, I'm so glad your time in Nepal was even better than you thought it would be! It was so nice working with you and planning this trip, so I'm so glad it all went well. I've shared your feedback with the team, so thank you. Hope one day you can come back with your kids! All the best!

Gerald

Nepal, an adventure and life memory · Nepal - Sep 28 - Oct 7, 2019

Traveler: Gerald S. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Nepal was the second part of our holiday abroad, and it was fantastic. We enjoyed our hotel choices, especially Dwarika in Kathmandu. The helicopter ride to Mount Everest was epic! The views were incredible. Thank you Erin for planning such a memorable adventure.

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

It was so great to meet you and Andrew, Jerry! I'm so glad you had such an amazing time here. That helicopter ride to Mt Everest will be forever in my mind too- what a nearly unbelievable experience! It's not every day we can dine on omelets and drink Prosecco with Mt Everest right in front of us! Take good care, and hope to cross paths in the future!

Himal Mardi 7 days trek · Nepal - Oct 11 - Oct 20, 2019

Traveler: Kim D. - Local specialist: Erin Green

The best thing about Himal Mardi trek is the changing terrain from tropical to alpine . Our highlight was reaching the base camp and seeing the closeness of the peaks of Annapurna and Macchapuchare ( Fishtail Mountain) . We had a tremendous guide , Scchapel , who was very informative , very experienced and we got along very well with him . Everything from start to finish was very well organized thanks to Erin . The only setback for me , which probably can’t be helped due to water shortage... read more

The best thing about Himal Mardi trek is the changing terrain from tropical to alpine . Our highlight was reaching the base camp and seeing the closeness of the peaks of Annapurna and Macchapuchare ( Fishtail Mountain) . We had a tremendous guide , Scchapel , who was very informative , very experienced and we got along very well with him . Everything from start to finish was very well organized thanks to Erin . The only setback for me , which probably can’t be helped due to water shortage is that the tea houses are very basic and sanitation like the toilets need to be improved. Having said that the owners who run the tea houses are extremely friendly .

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks so much for the wonderful review, Kim. I'm so glad you, your family, and Scchapel had a great trek! Also nice to work with you again, after last year's Namche trek with your friends. I know you and your family had diverse 'wants' for the trek- some wanted more of a challenge, and some a little less. So I'm happy we found a solution that worked for everyone. You were on a lesser known trek, so the facilities are basic, like you wrote. So well done for being a trooper! Let's see what... read more

Thanks so much for the wonderful review, Kim. I'm so glad you, your family, and Scchapel had a great trek! Also nice to work with you again, after last year's Namche trek with your friends. I know you and your family had diverse 'wants' for the trek- some wanted more of a challenge, and some a little less. So I'm happy we found a solution that worked for everyone. You were on a lesser known trek, so the facilities are basic, like you wrote. So well done for being a trooper! Let's see what happens with infrastructure to the area in the future. Very glad to hear the tea house owners treated you well. Hope to see you back here again!

Kalinchowk Multi-Sport Adventure - 8 Days · Nepal - Oct 5 - Oct 12, 2019

Traveler: Phil C. - Local specialist: Erin Green

An absolute trip of a lifetime! Our trip was away from the crowds and as such, there was the odd challenge but would highly recommend getting off the path well trodden. We didn't see a single other tourist for the duration of our trip and hence saw the real Nepal, right up close to the border with Tibet. Staying in tents did require more logistics than tea houses but we did feel much more engaged with the scenery and that blissful feeling of isolation every morning. It also felt more of an... read more

An absolute trip of a lifetime! Our trip was away from the crowds and as such, there was the odd challenge but would highly recommend getting off the path well trodden. We didn't see a single other tourist for the duration of our trip and hence saw the real Nepal, right up close to the border with Tibet. Staying in tents did require more logistics than tea houses but we did feel much more engaged with the scenery and that blissful feeling of isolation every morning. It also felt more of an expedition and brought us closer to our wonderful Nepalese support team; certainly when we were all huddled together in an abandoned farm shack around the fire as the thunder storm lashed against the roof! Day 3 of the Trek was especially memorable and the website was right to mention the steep drops and hard climb but it was pretty awesome. The mountain biking on Day 4 was amazing but challenging for those without much experience and the uphill section needed a solid level of fitness (worth considering bypassing with the jeep for some) but two thirds of the route is downhill and very exhilarating. Even our guide was pumped after it! And finally the white water rafting was brilliant and a perfect end to a real adventure. Our guide was absolutely faultless from start to finish and if you want an accessible to all adventure, I cannot recommend this trip enough

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

I was so looking forward to meeting you Phil, and Iike I said, everyone in the office here wanted to go on your adventure too! I'm so glad it worked so well after our thoughtful planning. I know the adventure wasn't always easy, and your feedback is taken onboard. You all did great, and it was fun hearing your stories at the end of the trip when you got back to Kathmandu- what a boisterous group! I've shared your feedback with Suman and the team. We're all so appreciative! Hope to see you back here one day!

adventure days · Nepal - Sep 10 - Sep 21, 2019

Traveler: Kostas G. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Some more 5 stars for Erin and Himalayan Trails and they are all well-deserved! Very well organized trip that exceeded our expectations. Unfortunately I cannot remember the names of all our guides and it would be unfair to others if I mention only a few. They were all so kind and helpful with good knowledge about each area, history and religion of Nepal. The only bad thing is that we didn't have the chance the see the Himalayan range due to the late monsoon season but I think clearing the... read more

Some more 5 stars for Erin and Himalayan Trails and they are all well-deserved! Very well organized trip that exceeded our expectations. Unfortunately I cannot remember the names of all our guides and it would be unfair to others if I mention only a few. They were all so kind and helpful with good knowledge about each area, history and religion of Nepal. The only bad thing is that we didn't have the chance the see the Himalayan range due to the late monsoon season but I think clearing the sky is one thing that Erin and her team cannot do something about it :-)
So until next time, THANK YOU GUYS for this amazing Nepali experience!

p.s.
stay away from leeches! ;-)

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Kostas, so happy to hear you enjoyed your trip! Was fun planning it with you and so glad the team executed it so well :) Maybe you guys can come back sometime and see those mountains! But it's more than that, isn't it! Cheers!

Johnny

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Ri Trek · Nepal - May 22 - Jun 8, 2019

Traveler: Johnny B. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Overall a wonderful trip. I think as a group we were very satisfied with the service provided by Erin and her team. They were easy to contact and made sure that we had everything we needed like rides to and from the airport, information on the trek, and even helped make possible a helicopter trip to Kathmandu which we all really enjoyed.

Some of the highlights of the trip include the helicopter ride to Kathmandu, Kalapattar, EBC in the snow, visiting the Tengbooche monastery, and staying in... read more

Overall a wonderful trip. I think as a group we were very satisfied with the service provided by Erin and her team. They were easy to contact and made sure that we had everything we needed like rides to and from the airport, information on the trek, and even helped make possible a helicopter trip to Kathmandu which we all really enjoyed.

Some of the highlights of the trip include the helicopter ride to Kathmandu, Kalapattar, EBC in the snow, visiting the Tengbooche monastery, and staying in Namche.

I want to give a special shout out to Tendu our guide. He was incredible and really helped make the trip memorable. Tendu was very knowledgeable about the area and we could point to pretty much any peak and he could name it and give the height. He was extremely attentive to us and it felt like he was genuinely concerned about our safety and well being. The whole time we felt very safe with him and felt like we were in good hands. He was extremely friendly, always positive and happy, and we all got to know him very well on the trip. The assistant guide Passang and the two porters were also wonderful and we were very happy with the service and experience they provided to us. Never have I seen a stronger group of young men than the porters.

The only real thing I think could have better was clarity about what was included during our stay at Hotel Manaslu. I think we were charged for breakfast a few times when I think it should have been included. Other than that I do not have much to complain about.

Overall a wonderful trip and I am very satisfied with both the experience and the service provided. Emphasis on how amazing Tendu and his team were. I plan on returning to the Khumbu sometime in the future, with Tendu hopefully as my guide.

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Johnny,
Thanks so much for the feedback, and so nice to hear about the highlights of your trip. That heli ride sounds spectacular. You guys really seemed to have a good bond with Tendu, so that's nice to hear, too. He's a fantastic guide.

Strange about the charges at the Manaslu, because breakfast is included for you, you're right. I wonder what else they charged you for?

Overall I'm really glad you had the positive experience you did, and when you come back, we'll hook you up with Tendu again for your next adventure!

Cynthia

Langtang Trek - 11 Days · Nepal - May 29 - Jun 9, 2019

Traveler: Cynthia M. - Local specialist: Erin Green

We just got back from an amazing adventure in Nepal. We can't thank Kimkim enough for helping to create a magical trip. From start to finish, we couldn't have asked for anything more. Erin, our local specialist, was extremely responsive in arranging all of the details for our time in Nepal, patiently answering my questions and providing a lot of information to help us prepare for the adventure. Raj welcomed us our first night in Nepal, and met with us again on our last day, making sure... read more

We just got back from an amazing adventure in Nepal. We can't thank Kimkim enough for helping to create a magical trip. From start to finish, we couldn't have asked for anything more. Erin, our local specialist, was extremely responsive in arranging all of the details for our time in Nepal, patiently answering my questions and providing a lot of information to help us prepare for the adventure. Raj welcomed us our first night in Nepal, and met with us again on our last day, making sure everything was taken care of. Bipin, our city guide in Katmandu, taught us so much about Nepal's history, religion, politics, and more as we explored different sites in the city. We would also like to express our gratitude for the drivers. Driving in Nepal can be quite an experience, especially in the mountains, but we had complete confidence in the Kimkim drivers- they are exceptional. Finally and most importantly, the heart of our trip was trekking in the Langtang Valley with Rishi, Susan, and Nirajan. We feel extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to trek with them- they are so very kind, fun, responsive, and responsible. The beauty and the biodiversity of the trek to the Langtang Valley are astonishing and the views from Kyanjin Gompa are jaw-dropping but I think that our lasting memories will be of our time with Rishi, Susan, and Nirajan. THANK YOU!!!

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you, Cynthia! So glad to hear you had an amazing time with Rishi, Susan and Nirajan. From all of the details you mentioned- the drivers, the organization, and the views- it makes a difference and shapes the experience depending on who you're trekking with. I'm so glad Himalayan Trails could make your trip turn out the way it did. We hope to have you back here in the future!

Group departure - Manaslu Circuit Trek: Group Departures - 15 Days · Nepal - May 3 - May 22, 2019

Traveler: Shane T. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Trekking Manaslu was a wonderful experience, beautiful scenery, people, and the rustic charm of the villages made every step of this challenging trek worthwhile. The planning was impeccable, thankyou Erin. Our guide Nawang was very experienced, professional and patient, as well as being good company. The support from Ngima was fantastic, hard working and always smiling. I highly recommend this trek and the team that made it possible

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Shane! Thanks so much for your feedback on the Manaslu trek. So glad you all enjoyed the trip with Nawang and Ngima. I'll send along your praise to the team!

Pikey Peak · Nepal - Apr 7 - Apr 15, 2019

Traveler: Patrick R. - Local specialist: Erin Green

This was Pikey (Peekay) Peak trek We enjoyed this trek and the trip. The trail overall was a bit more off the beaten track with fewer other trekkers hogging the showers, the stove and the views - which was what we wanted. First two days uphill were harder work and weather. But we were rewarded with perfect clear skys for the views from Pikey Peak 1 & 2 (do both) which were fabulous. Actually enjoyed the trail back down more than the up, which is unusual. May have been the weather. Check out... read more

This was Pikey (Peekay) Peak trek We enjoyed this trek and the trip. The trail overall was a bit more off the beaten track with fewer other trekkers hogging the showers, the stove and the views - which was what we wanted. First two days uphill were harder work and weather. But we were rewarded with perfect clear skys for the views from Pikey Peak 1 & 2 (do both) which were fabulous. Actually enjoyed the trail back down more than the up, which is unusual. May have been the weather. Check out the monastery at JunBesi - welcoming and worth the detour. Our guide Chepal was knowledgeable about the area, reliable and helpful. Likewise Erin in Kathmandu. Whole trip went off without a hitch. If doing again - try to fly in and out of Paphlu. Take an extra rest day at JunBesi perhaps. Spectacular airport and the alternative is a hr drive to or from Kathmandu. Also quite interesting but once is probably enough.

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Hi Patrick,
So glad you enjoyed the remoteness of the trek. It's nice to have the trails to yourself, right? Junbesi is a pretty little spot, so glad you had some time to spend there and check out the monastery. We look forward to seeing you and Ilona here again!

Trip to Nepal · Nepal - Apr 19 - Apr 29, 2019

Traveler: Will B. - Local specialist: Erin Green

I couldn't recommend kimkim enough to people planning for an adventurous trip away. The way in which Erin tailored the trip to my desires and ability made the planning process so easy, simple and quick given I started organising my trip at very short notice.

Our guide Sonam was absolutely exceptional and made our trip. She was always extremely professional, helpful and would always know how to make us smile in times of hardship. When I undoubtedly return to Nepal I hope I am paired with... read more

I couldn't recommend kimkim enough to people planning for an adventurous trip away. The way in which Erin tailored the trip to my desires and ability made the planning process so easy, simple and quick given I started organising my trip at very short notice.

Our guide Sonam was absolutely exceptional and made our trip. She was always extremely professional, helpful and would always know how to make us smile in times of hardship. When I undoubtedly return to Nepal I hope I am paired with Sonam again as she was not only our guide for our time trekking but a friend, which we laughed with and shared stories about our different lives. Pekma and Thilen, our porters were also incredibly kind hearted and helpful, bonding with our group and helping us achieve our goals. The route suggested by kimkim was breath taking and so unique, trekking through isolated valleys and untouched ancient towns tucked away on the Annapurna Conservation Area. With the combination of Sonam, Pekma and Thilen and the incredible route we took, it made this experience one of most unforgettable and enjoyable trips of my life.
Many Thanks!!

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Will!
Thanks so much for your feedback on your trip. I'm so glad we put this together for you- been a long time coming! Glad you and the group worked so well with Sonam- she's ace, right? And glad the rest of the team worked well, too.
Hope to see you back here for another adventure one day!

Jee

Manaslu Circuit · Nepal - Apr 20 - May 6, 2019

Traveler: Jee Y. - Local specialist: Erin Green

In my opinion Priscilla was different from the other guides because unlike others where they try to set an itinerary up the mountain, she keeps her options open by deciding based on my capabilities and is very attentive to my wellbeing and gives the impression that I can trust her. She also shared with me the local culture, way of life, and a wealth of knowledge on native plants. This effectively made my trip up in the mountains an enjoyable experience, not just a trek through the pass. She... read more

In my opinion Priscilla was different from the other guides because unlike others where they try to set an itinerary up the mountain, she keeps her options open by deciding based on my capabilities and is very attentive to my wellbeing and gives the impression that I can trust her. She also shared with me the local culture, way of life, and a wealth of knowledge on native plants. This effectively made my trip up in the mountains an enjoyable experience, not just a trek through the pass. She also has a positive attitude which makes her company highly enjoyable. I would highly recommend her as a guide.

I did encounter some issues with my porter; at times he has conflicting opinions to Priscilla and sometimes I'm not sure who I should listen to, as he says that he's usually a guide and only being a porter because he has time. I also had to say a few words to him about going through the content on my phone without my authorisation and using my phone to take photos of himself. However this stopped after I expressed my unease with him doing that.

It was overall an enjoyable experience, I will book with you again in the future if I come back to Nepal for another visit. Thanks heaps.

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jee,
So glad to hear you and Priscilla had a great trek together. You did the Manaslu Circuit, which is a long one, so great you had a good bond. I've shared your feedback with Priscilla and the rest of our team.

Sorry to hear about the issues with your porter. We'll address that. Hopefully this didn't dissuade you from enjoying too much of the experience.

Sounds like overall it was a great trek! Hope you can make it back here one of these days!

Trip to Nepal · Nepal - Apr 16 - Apr 28, 2019

Traveler: Jessica H. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Our trip to Phu Nar was incredible. Our guide Dawa and porter Malan were impressive. They worked so hard to ensure our safety and comfort every step of the way. At times our trek was very challenging and physically tough due to the track conditions. The level of difficultly was high but the scenery and cultural experience was exhilarating. Our interactions with village locals, drivers, tour guide and Erin our tour organizer was perfect. No complaints and highly recommend KimKim

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks so much for your feedback, Jessica! That was a challenging trek, so well done on you both for conquering it! So glad to hear that Dawa and Malan took good care of you, as well as the interaction with the rest of the people who helped put your trip together. Hope to see you back here one of these days!

Nar Phu Trek · Nepal - Apr 18 - Apr 29, 2019

Traveler: Robert W. - Local specialist: Erin Green

The trip of a lifetime! The whole experience even managed to exceed my already high expectations. Our guide, Sonam, looked after us with exceptional care, attention and patience. She paced out our trek perfectly and made sure that we were always feeling well. What's more, her bubbly personality and positive attitude made her delightful to be around. She even stayed up late one night to make me a cake upon discovering that it was my birthday the following day. All in all she really made the... read more

The trip of a lifetime! The whole experience even managed to exceed my already high expectations. Our guide, Sonam, looked after us with exceptional care, attention and patience. She paced out our trek perfectly and made sure that we were always feeling well. What's more, her bubbly personality and positive attitude made her delightful to be around. She even stayed up late one night to make me a cake upon discovering that it was my birthday the following day. All in all she really made the difference to our trip. The porters were also great and funny and went well out of their way to ensure we always had what we needed.

The communication with Erin was great throughout the whole process and the trek she suggested was exactly what we were after. She organised a refund for my accommodation when my connecting flight was cancelled and was always on hand to answer our questions.

So overall a wonderful experience and very happy clients all round. Look no further for your trip to Nepal!

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Rob!
Thanks so much for your feedback. It was great to meet you all at the end of your trek to hear about Sonam and the rest of the trek. Sounds like it was fantastic, including the birthday surprise!
I hope to see you guys back here one of these days! Next time with your wives!
Cheers,
Erin

Nar Phu Trek · Nepal - Apr 18 - Apr 29, 2019

Traveler: Sam L. - Local specialist: Erin Green

The Trek
The Nar and Phu trek was incredible and we can’t recommend it enough. The vistas were utterly awesome and the variation between days was great. The towns were interesting and the monastery at Nar phedi was a highlight. It was rare to see other western hikers (perhaps one or two groups per day) which was exactly as we’d hoped. It was physically challenging but aside from a bit of a few altitude headaches and sore legs, we made it through without any problems. The accomodation was... read more

The Trek
The Nar and Phu trek was incredible and we can’t recommend it enough. The vistas were utterly awesome and the variation between days was great. The towns were interesting and the monastery at Nar phedi was a highlight. It was rare to see other western hikers (perhaps one or two groups per day) which was exactly as we’d hoped. It was physically challenging but aside from a bit of a few altitude headaches and sore legs, we made it through without any problems. The accomodation was simple but more than adequate and the food was what was expected (dhal bhat) with some other delicious surprises. I’m a big guy (6”5 and 220 lbs) and eat a lot so brought plenty of extra snacks as the volume of food in the distant regions could be a little on the smaller side.

The guiding team
Our guide, Sonam, was truly exceptional. She was bright, sweet, friendly and a very knowledgeable as well as being exceptionally well organised and caring for our group (making sure we didn’t ascend too fast etc). Our group cannot speak highly enough of her! Our porters Thilen and Peckma (apologies if I’ve misspelt their names) were very helpful and funny. The drivers through the treacherous route between Besishahar and Koto were also excellent.

Correspondence and KimKim
Erin was extremely helpful, timely and succinct with her correspondence before the trip and when we were on the ground. When a flight change altered our stay in Kathmandu she assisted us with a generous refund for accommodation.

All in all the trip was perfect. We will definitely use Himalaya Trails and KimKim again and try our hardest to work with Sonam (our exceptional guide) and the same porter team on our next trip.

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Sam,
Thanks so much for your feedback here. I loved hearing about your time with Sonam when we met after the trip in Kathmandu. I'm so glad you guys had a great trek, enjoyed the remote location, and had a tight bond with your team of porters.

Let me know when you're ready to come back and I'll get the dream team back together!

Everest Base Camp and Gokyo Ri · Nepal - Apr 6 - Apr 21, 2019

Traveler: Ashley S. - Local specialist: Erin Green

We had a wonderful trip through KimKim/Himalayan Trails. We got great support from Erin locally, and we really enjoyed spending time with our guide, Tindu. Nepal is a beautiful place and we will always cherish our trip. Our journey went smoothly and we had absolutely no issues with the planning or booking process, plus everything was perfectly arranged during our time in Nepal.

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks for your feedback, Ashley! Was great to see you before and after your trek, which you guys handled like champs. And great that you enjoyed time with Tindu. I hope you can make it back out to the Himalayas in the future!

Ghandruk Trek · Nepal - Apr 15 - Apr 18, 2019

Traveler: Deborah C. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Amazing trip. The guide and porter were so friendly and helpful- and just great fun. The Annapurna trek was tiring but worth every step up and down -there were a lot of ups and downs. The tea houses were an amazing experience but you have to go with the flow. Local people all very friendly and helpful. The mountain views were spectacular.

Special thanks to Erin at Kimkim for all the help and assistance organising everything for us and being onhand when we needed them.

Steve & Deb

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Steve & Deb!
So glad you had a great trip. There are a lot of ups and downs in the Himalayas, that's right! Well done for getting through the tough parts. I'll share your feedback about your guide and porter with the team! Hope to see you again here!

Georgia

Natural sights from Kathmandu · Nepal - Mar 22 - Mar 28, 2019

Traveler: Georgia W. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Bipin was an absolute gem. We loved him so much!

However, we were charged extra for a boat ride at Tiger Tops, which the people there initially said was included. They made it seem like it was KimKim's fault for not including the additional boat ride. Regardless of whose fault it was, we ended up paying $60, after initially being told it was included and taking the ride. This was the most outstanding instance of a few in which it felt like KimKim representatives could have better... read more

Bipin was an absolute gem. We loved him so much!

However, we were charged extra for a boat ride at Tiger Tops, which the people there initially said was included. They made it seem like it was KimKim's fault for not including the additional boat ride. Regardless of whose fault it was, we ended up paying $60, after initially being told it was included and taking the ride. This was the most outstanding instance of a few in which it felt like KimKim representatives could have better communicated with the places where we stayed. For another example, even though our itinerary said we'd be hiking in Nagarkot, we had to specifically ask for a hike from Bipin because he said it wasn't originally included.

The itinerary also was very vague. Maybe a more detailed itinerary cold help with these problems, and it would definitely help on our end in terms of knowing exactly what we'd paid for and what the days will look like.

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Georgia,
So glad you loved your time with Bipen!
Sorry to hear about the extra charges. I would have been happy to have a discussion and get to the bottom of them while you were in the country. We always have a team in Kathmandu ready to speak to our guests and help to smooth things out if necessary.
I thought we thoroughly went over your itinerary at our initial group briefing, and in the info we passed back and forth during the booking process. Apologies if that was unclear.
Hope you went on to enjoy your further trek from Pokhara!

maartensulzer@gmail.com

Manaslu Trek March 2019 · Nepal - Mar 22 - Apr 8, 2019

Traveler: maartensulzer@gmail.com s. - Local specialist: Erin Green

The match with the local organisation was excellent. The local organisation turned out to be very flexible.
A porter who turned ill was quickly replaced and there was a great anticipation on changing wheather conditions.
Our guide was really amazing in her organisation and motivation on the group, the clients as well as the porters.
Great work!

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Maarten,
Thanks so much for your feedback. I know you were all very impressed with your porters, guide and team. I'm really happy to hear that. The trek wasn't easy, and yes, the weather was a challenge. Well done to you and your group. We hope you can make it out here again to try another awesome trek!

Ghandruk Trek - 6 Days · Nepal - Apr 1 - Apr 6, 2019

Traveler: Linda A. - Local specialist: Erin Green

We had a truly memorable experience in Nepal. The services rendered from the start was prompt and impeccable. Thank you everyone especially Naresh, Kunga and Erin!

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Linda, thanks so much for your feedback. Great to hear you enjoyed your trip here and our service!
Hope to see you again!

Wesley

Nepal's Golden Triangle: Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan - 12 Days · Nepal - Mar 12 - Mar 27, 2019

Traveler: Wesley K. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Planning, execution and communication was perfect. Guides and drivers were the best. I cannot give one suggestion for improvement . For any future trips I will go to KimKim first for booking.

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Wesley! We appreciate your feedback. It was great to have you here and receive your feedback throughout the trip regarding your guides and accommodations. Look forward to see you back here again for more photos, a daily Everest and maybe that trip to Tibet!

Iris

Best of Kathmandu and Surrounding Areas · Nepal - Mar 13 - Mar 24, 2019

Traveler: Iris D. - Local specialist: Erin Green

My friend booked this trip and I joined last minute, the communication with Erin in the booking process was really difficult, which she blamed on the time difference but that was just an excuse. My time difference with Erin was only 2 hrs and 45 min as I'm not located in the US and apart from that, she could go more than 24 hrs to reply. She never even apologised for this.

Once I confirmed the trip I never even got a confirmation that my money arrived until we followed up, which was... read more

My friend booked this trip and I joined last minute, the communication with Erin in the booking process was really difficult, which she blamed on the time difference but that was just an excuse. My time difference with Erin was only 2 hrs and 45 min as I'm not located in the US and apart from that, she could go more than 24 hrs to reply. She never even apologised for this.

Once I confirmed the trip I never even got a confirmation that my money arrived until we followed up, which was unprofessional.

Upon arrival in Kathmandu I had two guys waiting for me at the arrivals. Once I got to the car I realised one guy was a scam as he just asked me for money. The representative told me to just give it to him otherwise he would fight him. This isn't directly the fault of KimKim, but the representative at the airport should have definitely stepped up.

The next morning Erin came to meet us at our hotel for a briefing, now working myself in the travel industry, I might have had high hopes as I've briefed many clients myself but this was just disappointing. There wasn't any clear information we got. She went through the program, but all she said was, today you will go for sightseeing, on the day you arrive back from Bhutan you will go for sightseeing.. No further details regarding the sightseeings.. We also had to confirm a couple of other details with her and when we asked her a question she seemed a bit annoyed answering it and that everything was just supposed to be obvious. I felt uncomfortable asking her any further questions from there. She also was a bit unclear with her program as she thought on the last day we were staying in Kathmandu and I had to make it clear that this wasn't the program.
I also asked her during the booking process if I could get a discount as I won't be doing any activities on the last day as I had an early flight out of Kathmandu and my friends only left late evening. She said that was calculated properly but once I asked during the briefing she didn't even remember my friends had any sightseeings that day. So I even doubted whether or not I paid too much for my trip.

At the end of the first day of sightseeing we received a rather cold message from her regarding tipping. I believe that our guide complained we didn't tip her, which is understanding but we thought we tip at the end of service and we knew we had the guide again for the last two days during our trip so we knew we had to tip her at that time, not at the end of each day.. Again something that should have been made clear from Erin's side during the briefing not writing us a vague and cold message about it later onwards. Apart from that, I believe tipping is based on how satisfied you are with the service, so if we weren't satisfied I think asking for a tip from Erin's side onwards the guide isn't the right way to go about it.

Now regarding the hotels, we stayed at the Patan Inn and Millas Guesthouse, both places were super lovely and amazing food, would definitely stay there again if I would return to Kathmandu.

Our guides name was Pratikshya and she was a super lovely and knowledgeable woman. I enjoyed every minute spent with her. She was very polite, explained in nice details but didn't overdo it and she was always on time and very professional. If I was to ever return to Kathmandu I would also use her again as a guide.

So to sum it all up, the guide and the hotels were really nice and a great pick for us but Erin's services were very disappointing. However to be honest, we already had a feeling that our interaction with Erin wasn't going to be so great as we noticed during the booking process.

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Iris, I'm so glad you enjoyed your time with Pratikshya as your city guide, and that the hotels you stayed in for your short time in Nepal were excellent.
There was quite a lot of communication between you, the Kimkim team, myself, and the other members of your group throughout the booking process- the whole team was on board to get you booked in last minute.
In regard to what was covered in the initial briefing, I went over the framework of your few days in Nepal. Pratikshya, your... read more

Dear Iris, I'm so glad you enjoyed your time with Pratikshya as your city guide, and that the hotels you stayed in for your short time in Nepal were excellent.
There was quite a lot of communication between you, the Kimkim team, myself, and the other members of your group throughout the booking process- the whole team was on board to get you booked in last minute.
In regard to what was covered in the initial briefing, I went over the framework of your few days in Nepal. Pratikshya, your city guide, took over just after my briefing to tell you more in depth information about specific sights you would be seeing that day, as that is her role.
Sorry you had to walk with your bags through Bhaktapur. Sometimes cars can't fit through those traditional narrow streets of this UNESCO protected area.
Tipping is at your discretion of course. Many guests ask me for our tipping standards, and that's why I sent them to you to avoid any confusion.
As for your last day of trip, you did not purchase any sightseeing activities. We decided to provide your group a free guide for the day because we felt you would appreciate the extra assistance.
Hope that clarifies some things.
Best,
Erin

Group departure - Manaslu Circuit Trek: Group Departures - 15 Days · Nepal - Apr 15 - Apr 30, 2019

Traveler: Melvin D. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Erin, Chhiring and the team were amazing. nothing was too much trouble and they made our trip a truly unforgettable experience. Thanks!

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Melvin, great meeting you and hearing your feedback. You guys were great to work with, and hope you can make it to this part of the world again to tackle another trek!
All the best,
Erin

Neil

Group departure - Manaslu Circuit Trek: Group Departures - 15 Days · Nepal - Apr 15 - Apr 30, 2019

Traveler: Neil N. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Absolutely amazing experience. Erin was amazing from beginning to end. All emails answered promptly . Everything arranged seamlessly. We had to worry about nothing.
Due to adverse weather we had to cut trek short nd head to Pochara. She booked hotels , transfers excursions without wanting any payment until we got to Katmandu. Booked us into amazing hotel Temle Tree in Pochara.
Trek was incredible our Guide Cheering and Sherpa Norbu were two of the nicest men you could ever of met. Much better... read more

Absolutely amazing experience. Erin was amazing from beginning to end. All emails answered promptly . Everything arranged seamlessly. We had to worry about nothing.
Due to adverse weather we had to cut trek short nd head to Pochara. She booked hotels , transfers excursions without wanting any payment until we got to Katmandu. Booked us into amazing hotel Temle Tree in Pochara.
Trek was incredible our Guide Cheering and Sherpa Norbu were two of the nicest men you could ever of met. Much better prepared than the other guides. We had Ice Axe with us which was essential at times other guides had nothing.
We had many laughs and spent many happy evenings with Cheering and Norbu. Highly Highly recommend Erin and her team.

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Neil! Great to meet you and I'm so pleased to hear you had a great trek. Sometimes treks need to be amended due to Himalayan weather, so thanks for your patience, and I'm glad we found you a great alternative. I'm glad you got along with Chiring and Norbu- sounds like you had a tight, fun group.
I hope you and Mel can get out here again to tackle another mountain with us.
All the best,
Erin

Muldau and Poon Hill Trek · Nepal - Jan 27 - Feb 1, 2019

Traveler: Michael D. - Local specialist: Erin Green

It was incredible. Mingmar and the two porters were knowledgeable, patient, and simply outstanding. They handled the entire experience seamlessly and were incredibly accommodating to myself and fellow trekkers. Honestly could not have asked for a better experience.

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Michael, so glad you had an incredible trip with Mingmar and your porters. Hope to see you back here for a longer adventure in the future!

Floyd

Muldau and Poon Hill Trek · Nepal - Jan 27 - Feb 1, 2019

Traveler: Floyd D. - Local specialist: Erin Green

We had Mingmar, Dawn and Dorze on our trip. They were nothing short of amazing. We were very pleased with their knowledge and expertise.

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Floyd!
Thanks so much for your review, and extremely glad that you enjoyed your experiences with your guides here.
Hope you come to Nepal again!

Anthony

Muldau and Poon Hill Trek · Nepal - Jan 27 - Feb 1, 2019

Traveler: Anthony D. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Thank you, Erin for organizing a terrific trek to Muldau and Poon Hill for us in the short time we had available in Nepal. The scenic views of the Annapurna range are magical and the wonderful memories of the trek will last a lifetime. I especially appreciate the quick adjustment to our itinerary, due to unexpected snow at lower elevations while we were on the trail, which prevented us from reaching Muldau, but had no negative impact on our experience. You and the staff at KimKim were great... read more

Thank you, Erin for organizing a terrific trek to Muldau and Poon Hill for us in the short time we had available in Nepal. The scenic views of the Annapurna range are magical and the wonderful memories of the trek will last a lifetime. I especially appreciate the quick adjustment to our itinerary, due to unexpected snow at lower elevations while we were on the trail, which prevented us from reaching Muldau, but had no negative impact on our experience. You and the staff at KimKim were great to work with.

I also want acknowledge our guide Mingmar and porters, Dorze and Dawa. They were the best company on the trail. It was so much fun! A round of Sprite for all! (Inside joke between Mingmar, Dorze, Dawa and our group)

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Tony!
You're very welcome, and I'm glad we put something together for you guys. Changes happen here- the nature of the Himalayas, so I'm glad our team sorted out the itinerary change. We're good like that :)

I'll pass on the words of praise to Mingmar, Dorze and Dawa. I'm so glad to hear you all had fun on the trip. Hope you're back again for more rounds of Sprite!

Kevin

Pikey Peak Trek: A Short Trek with Great Views of Everest - 5-7 Days · Nepal - Nov 24 - Dec 9, 2018

Traveler: Kevin A. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Just back from an amazing unforgetable 7 day trek to Pikey Peak. from the first contact with Erin through to our last day in Kathmandu Erin was amazing. We met Erin and our guide (Mingmar) the night before the trek to go through the finer details and also when the trek had finished we met again with Erin at our hotel to see how it went and if she could assist us any further, Erin arranged for my friend to take the Everest plane trip.
I ve back- packed all over the world and never taken up a... read more

Just back from an amazing unforgetable 7 day trek to Pikey Peak. from the first contact with Erin through to our last day in Kathmandu Erin was amazing. We met Erin and our guide (Mingmar) the night before the trek to go through the finer details and also when the trek had finished we met again with Erin at our hotel to see how it went and if she could assist us any further, Erin arranged for my friend to take the Everest plane trip.
I ve back- packed all over the world and never taken up a service of this type before but when up a mountain alot can go wrong so felt this was the right choice as all the guides and sherpas are trained and excellent at their job.
Throughout the trip if we had any questions Erin was 10 mins down the road from our hotel and also contactable while on the trip.
Physically i found the trek ok but did get a bit of altitude sickness which Mingmar took care of with some tablets.
This tea house trek is quite new so the accomadation is very basic which is what we wanted also with it being new we had the mountains to our selfs and probably only saw 2 others treking. the most amazing views of everest and the landsape changing daily. many thanks Erin.

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Kevin, thanks so much for the review! Your trip sounds like a lot of challenges and good fun, and well done to you for keeping at it! We're all really glad we could help you and Julian throughout the entire process, and I hope you can get back here and tackle another awesome trek in the future!

Ryan

Bhutan · Bhutan - Nov 10 - Nov 23, 2018

Traveler: Ryan A. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Amazing trip to Bhutan and Nepal. Thanks Erin for your suggestions and trip planning. Bhutan guide Dorji was excellent. Fascinating road trip across the pristine lands of Bhutan! The mask festival at Trongsa was memorable. Also happy to meet guide Pratikshya in Nepal for a second time. Vespa ride with Ritesh to Kathmandu villages was also an awesome experience. I feel I have new friends in this part of the world!! Hope I can come again next year and discover new places!

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Ryan! So glad to hear you had a great trip, and had such great guides. Thank you for the feedback. Please do come back and visit us again next year! There's Tibet, and some more beauty to be experienced in Nepal, too.
See you again!

Trip to Nepal, Kathmandu, Bandipur & Pokhara · Nepal - Nov 16 - Nov 23, 2018

Traveler: Greg C. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Erin was fantastic. She took the time to ensure our holiday was seamless. Our driver, Artun, was outstanding as were our guides in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks Greg! Lovely to meet you and Jacquie, and I hope we'll be seeing you again for a longer duration next time. No excuse- Cambodia is a short flight away!

I appreciate your kind feedback, which I've shared with our team and Artun.
Thank you!

Arno

Khopra Danda - Community Trek · Nepal - Nov 9 - Nov 22, 2018

Traveler: Arno B. - Local specialist: Erin Green

It has been a very easy experience booking this trip to Nepal with KimKim and Erin.
As a first time traveler to Nepal and little time to plan I was well taken care off and the trip was conducted as planned and everyone of my pick ups has been on time and was well equipped and professional. The Hotel in Kathmandu was a treat and the hiking was well conducted and I always have been looked after by my guide.

Nepal is amazing and the weather luckily cleared up for all the highlights.

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Arno! Thanks for the review. Yep, that was easy! You were a fantastic guest. I'm glad you enjoyed the trek, that the weather cooperated, and that you enjoyed the Kathmandu hotel we provided- nice after a tea house trek :)

Hope we can get you back here in the future!

Katherine

Kathmandu, Muldai Trek, Chitwan Solo Adventure · Nepal - Nov 12 - Nov 21, 2018

Traveler: Katherine J. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Erin did a wonderful job of customizing my trip and staying on top of things, even during my time there. I had a lovely experience with my outings and my guides.

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Katherine,
I'm so glad you enjoyed your experience here. You had a full trip- culture, trek, Chitwan, and more. Really glad we could put you with complimentary local guides- particularly since you were a solo adventurer, that was important for us. Thank you so much for the feedback and hope to see you again!

Natalie

Panchase Trek · Nepal - Nov 6 - Nov 12, 2018

Traveler: Natalie H. - Local specialist: Erin Green

What a trip! We had a fabulous time with Pemba and the great team that looked after us from start to finish. We loved the fact that for the most part we were off the beaten track and had our own hike.

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Great to have you all here, Natalie, and really glad the on the ground logistics worked so well. Your trip was too quick though, you'll have to come back one of these days!

Jane

Trip to Manang · Nepal - Oct 27 - Nov 8, 2018

Traveler: Jane F. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Thoroughly enjoyed this trip, loved the people especially Sherpa Pemba and Dawa. The drivers were awesome and the choice of accommodation was spot on so we were well taken care of. Erin was friendly, responsive and understood the needs of the group well.

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jane, thanks for your feedback. Glad you all had a great trip, and that Pemba and Dawa worked so well with your group. I've shared your feedback with both of them and our entire team. Cheers!

Ellie

Trip to Manang · Nepal - Oct 27 - Nov 8, 2018

Traveler: Ellie t. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Loved Loved Loved this trip. Erin Green was wonderful to work with - very knowledgeable and accomodating throughout. She comes highly recommended along with her team of Pemba and Dawa who made this trip extra special.

We'll be telling everyone about kimkim- thank you all so much again for an unforgettable adventure.

Ellie ter Haar

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Wow awesome photos, Ellie! Thanks so much for sharing all of these- shows details that are difficult to capture in a short review. We've shared your stellar feedback regarding our team- especially the feedback regarding Pemba and Dawa. So glad you all had a great trip. Hope to see you back here again!

Vincent

Gokyo + EBC - 14 Days · Nepal - Sep 10 - Sep 23, 2018

Traveler: Vincent W. - Local specialist: Erin Green

My wife and I are very grateful for the fantastic support we have received from Erin and the local guide Chhiring. They moved so rapidly, reorganizing our whole itenerary after it became evident we couldn't do the EBC + Gokyo tour anymore due to bad weather.

We decided to do the fantastic Annapurna Circuit. Definite hiking highlights here are the Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass, but for us, the experience is also elsewhere. For example, the fantastic food you eat on the way, meeting other... read more

My wife and I are very grateful for the fantastic support we have received from Erin and the local guide Chhiring. They moved so rapidly, reorganizing our whole itenerary after it became evident we couldn't do the EBC + Gokyo tour anymore due to bad weather.

We decided to do the fantastic Annapurna Circuit. Definite hiking highlights here are the Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass, but for us, the experience is also elsewhere. For example, the fantastic food you eat on the way, meeting other trekkers, the peace and calmness of life, no internet and mobile phone connection, and even the unfortunate event of blocked roads due to busses not being able to continue in the mud.

Throughout our trek, Erin was in close contact with our Guide Chhiring. To us, this just shows so much dedication to her profession and emotional connection. It goes therefore without saying that we are extremely happy with the great travelling experience and the fantastic support we received from Erin and Chhiring all the way through! Definitely recommend to go on tour with them!

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Vincent! Thanks so much for the review. Really glad you had a good experience overall with Chhiring and the whole team, and thanks to you so much for being so flexible! At the end of the day you went on a pretty sweet trek! Hope to see you back here one of these days :)

Pernelle

Trip to Manang · Nepal - Oct 27 - Nov 8, 2018

Traveler: Pernelle V. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Our trip to Nepal was amazing! Erin did an excellent job of organising our trip, and responding to our queries. Our guides while up in the mountains, Pemba and Dawa, were incredible- kind, attentive and great company. Our stay in Manang was excellent- the views of the mountains there are beautiful and we hope that Hotel Mystic does very well, as they took very good care of us! Would happily recommend KimKim and Himalayan Trails to anyone else looking to do some trekking or exploring in Nepal! :)

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Pernelle! Thanks so much for your review. We all worked hard to get that trip together for you so you could rendezvous with your people in Manang. I'm so glad it worked out so well. I've shared your commendations with Pemba and Dawa and the rest of the team. We appreciate it and look forward to seeing you here again!

Emma

5 Day Namche Trek + Kathmandu · Nepal - Oct 17 - Oct 23, 2018

Traveler: Emma G. - Local specialist: Erin Green

The guides were all fantastic and look after us all very well.

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Emma,
So glad you enjoyed your guides who looked after your group really well. Will share your feedback with them!
Great to hear it!

Mei Mei

5 Day Namche Trek + Kathmandu · Nepal - Oct 17 - Oct 23, 2018

Traveler: Mei Mei O. - Local specialist: Erin Green

The guides were excellent especially Chiring and KB. They were very attentive and helpful. The whole journey of trekking and places and people and views we passed thro were so awesome and amazing .

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks for the photos Mei Mei! So glad you and your group had a great time. Have passed on the accolades to Chiring and KB. See you again here for a longer trek next time!

Jay Bell Bespoke- Luxury Raft, Pokhara, Chitwan, Kathmandu · Nepal - Oct 2 - Oct 15, 2018

Traveler: Jay B. - Local specialist: Erin Green

My trip to Nepal was rather unique in that I was taking my Chinese girlfriend and her 20 year old niece. Their idea of Trekking was wearing high heels to the mall! not that they don't enjoy a good walk for a picnic outside...they just aren't wired for Nepali Trekking. I explained the kind of adventure to that I wanted to provide them and Erin our trip planner pit together the absolutely perfect trip with just the right amount of adventure and luxury. It took several months to get the... read more

My trip to Nepal was rather unique in that I was taking my Chinese girlfriend and her 20 year old niece. Their idea of Trekking was wearing high heels to the mall! not that they don't enjoy a good walk for a picnic outside...they just aren't wired for Nepali Trekking. I explained the kind of adventure to that I wanted to provide them and Erin our trip planner pit together the absolutely perfect trip with just the right amount of adventure and luxury. It took several months to get the itinerary just right, but Erin patiently adjusted every day plan to meet our exact desires. We really left every detail up to her and the trip could not have gone smoother from the moment we landed to the minute we departed Nepal. Erin met us the first day at the hotel...gave us a great orientation and went over every day of the trip in detail. She then proceeded to walk us to her favorite money xchange house and then to the best restaurant in the area. The attention to our needs was amazing. Erin and Raj the trip manager checked on us at every stage of the trip to make sure everything was going to plan. They even met us at the airport with a mobile phone preprogrammed with important contact numbers? Who thinks of these details. The guides, the drivers, the hotels and every persoin involved in our trip was outstanding. Erin even met us on the last day at the hotel for a casual debreifing to help her smooth out any trouble spots in the operation for the next guests. Attention to detail makes the difference and KIMKIM knows how to manage the details. We had 14 days, five different destinations, tours almost everyday and everything ran like clockwork. two thumbs up! A+

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jay! Lovely to meet you all, and I'm so glad you enjoyed your trip here. We worked hard, you and I, to get it just right before you came, so that things would run smoothly on the ground. It's wonderful to hear your feedback, and the team and I are really pleased to have met you, and that you all enjoyed the experience. I loved hearing your take on the rafting, the bright stars, and the beauty shared by all in face to face conversation, minus any internet connection. All good to hear! Thanks for traveling with us!

Rita (Rosita)

5 Day Namche Trek + Kathmandu · Nepal - Oct 17 - Oct 23, 2018

Traveler: Rita (Rosita) N. - Local specialist: Erin Green

It was a pleasant trip. Chhiring and his crew were fantastic. Definitely will come back and use the same guides. The only comment is mark up price is beyond the standard of 10%

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Rita, I'm glad you felt you had a fantastic trip with Chhiring your guide and the crew. I don't know what you mean beyond a mark up price being beyond the standard of 10%. Do you mean the 13%VAT that the government of Nepal charges everyone? If so, that is not a mark up from our company, but rather from the government for all goods purchased, most prominently recognized by the visitor in food and drink prices. If that's what you're pointing out- then good for other visitor's to know about so they can be prepared!

Rohmani

5 Day Namche Trek + Kathmandu · Nepal - Oct 17 - Oct 23, 2018

Traveler: Rohmani A. - Local specialist: Erin Green

All Guides are very good, and Am happy with their services.

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi! Thanks so much for your review! I look forward to helping you plan that next trek when you're feeling tip top, ok? Cheers! Erin

Group departure - Manaslu Circuit Trek: Group Departures - 15 Days · Nepal - Sep 24 - Oct 8, 2018

Traveler: Fay v. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Our guide Wangchu and the two porters did a very good job. They made sure everything was taken care off. They were professional and friendly. We’ve been very lucky to have met them!

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

HI Fay! So glad Wangchu and your porters did great jobs for you, and that you were well taken care of. Hope to see you back here for more adventures!

Scott

Manaslu and Bhutan · Nepal - Sep 24 - Oct 12, 2018

Traveler: Scott C. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Erin was great at organising the trip and was very quick with responding to questions and requests. The guide was very knowledgable, well mannered and paced the trek well. The porters were also excellent, very friendly and worked exceptionally hard without complaints. The trip itself was very good. The circuit was a quieter than some others and the scenery was excellent. Overall the kimkim experience was very good, the staff were amazing and the trek was outstanding.

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Scott! Thanks so much for this feedback. I'm so glad you guys had a great trek! Your small group seems to have gelled well. I've shared the praise with your guide and porters, too, so really appreciative of this feedback. Hope to see you again to tackle another one of Nepal's challenges. I think you'll be back, right? :)

Herman

Annapurna Exploration in 5 days · Nepal - Aug 31 - Sep 4, 2018

Traveler: Herman L. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Erin, our local specialist, was really great helping us prepare for the trip, to the point that she helped us booking bus tickets between Kathmandu and Pokhara as well as researching various other things that we were asking about prior to arrival.

We initially booked a 5 day trek in the Annapurna range, but as our prior travels went on we realised that a 4 day trek suited our schedule better - Erin sorted this for us as well, and put together a more compact plan with our guide Naresh that... read more

Erin, our local specialist, was really great helping us prepare for the trip, to the point that she helped us booking bus tickets between Kathmandu and Pokhara as well as researching various other things that we were asking about prior to arrival.

We initially booked a 5 day trek in the Annapurna range, but as our prior travels went on we realised that a 4 day trek suited our schedule better - Erin sorted this for us as well, and put together a more compact plan with our guide Naresh that meant we could cover the same trek in a day less.

The specific trek was the Mulde/Muldai/Muldei Peak and Poon Hill trek, with a maximum altitude of about 3600m, starting at around 1700m and ending at around 1500m. Apart from the unfortunate cloudy weather due to monsoon season, we got two clear magnificent sunrises, and if the weather had been clear on the second evening; a sunset as well at 3600m. We really had some great views, and an overall great experience, and just the view the first morning made our 6 week travel in India and Nepal worth it. Naresh, our guide, was incredibly nice, helpful and considerate, and helped us with everything from pointing out the mountain peak names to leech-protection, getting drinking water, and drying clothes in the tea houses.

I unfortunately reacted badly to the rapid increase in altitude and didn't feel too well the second and third day, but Naresh did everything in his power, including swapping backpacks with me, to take some of the strain off, as well as put the tempo down. This trek should be doable without any significant prevention of altitude sickness, and my partner was fine apart from slight loss of appetite, but some tablets for AMS could be useful, and make sure to communicate with you guide so he/she is aware, as well as be aware of the symptoms and react early if possible if any symptoms develop.

I would definitely do this trek again - next, maybe a slightly longer one to the Annapurna Base Camp. If you are inexperienced or new to the trekking aspects, or other aspects such as navigation etc (or just wanna enjoy doing the trek without planning it yourself), I would definitely recommend this way of booking.

Thank for a great time, kimkim, Erin and Naresh!

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks so much for your feedback and all the awesome pics, Herman! You guys were awesome at rolling with the punches the weather and altitude can throw at you here in Nepal. Naresh is a great guide, and I've passed on your accolades to him. Thanks too for your advice to future trekkers here. It's really important for us to hear your stories.

I look forward to seeing you here again for that longer trek!!

Lucia

Nepal's Main Trekking Regions · Nepal - Jul 21 - Jul 29, 2018

Traveler: Lucia W. - Local specialist: Erin Green

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 ;)

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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

So glad you had a great time, Lucia. Yes, even relatively last minute trips during monsoon season can be awesome! Hope to see you back here for another trek, and some more Nepali food :)