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Kripa Sunuwar

Born and raised in the Himalayas; I am the native citizen of this beautiful country, Nepal. Traveling has always been my passion as there is so much to learn about the indigenous history and culture of the destinations.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in creating unique experiences and tailor-made itineraries for guests to Nepal, providing them with in-depth knowledge of the country."

How did you get involved in travel?

""Travel is a never-ending journey ". My passion for this field started at an early age when my mother and I traveled to Darjeeling, India. I was too young to understand the meaning of travel but that was the early stage for me to know how traveling feels like."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"There are a lot of memories but one of the most mesmerizing memories that I have is the views of the Himalayas. Back in 2010, I did a short Annapurna circuit trek and I was astonished by the breathtaking view of Annapurna range. The mountains glowed like it was gold plated when the sun hit its rays every morning."

Featured trips & expertise

Looking over the Kathmandu Valley
Best Things to Do in Kathmandu

The Kathmandu Valley is the cultural melting pot of Nepal, with countless hidden gems and ancient sites to explore. It holds seven UNESCO world heritage sites along with some great vantage points from which to see the Himalaya from a distance. If you have a day or a few days to spend in Kathmandu, here are a few popular and unique things to do.

The Prince's Trek through the Annapurna Foothills - 4 Days

Grab your hiking boots and get ready for an adventure — trekking along quiet, off-the-beaten-track trails through Nepal's Annapurna foothills. Originally designed for the Prince of Wales, this itinerary includes stunning mountain views, less-crowded routes, and sherpas.

A young woman meditates in the Annapurnas
Best Yoga Retreats and Treks in Nepal

While many yogis flock to the tropical beaches of southern India to hone their practice, it's hard to beat doing downward dog or meditating against the backdrop of the world's highest peaks. This roundup of the best yoga treks, retreats, and adventures in Nepal, from a yoga rafting trip on the Sun Kosi to a luxury yoga trek in the Annapurnas, will have you booking a flight before you can say Om-M-G.

Unique Ways to Experience Nepal's Main Treks

When planning a trek in Nepal, it's easy to focus on reaching base camp or a high pass while squeezing the rest into as few days of precious vacation time as possible. But you might want to rethink your itinerary: some of Nepal's most beautiful places are a few hours out of the way. Head off the main trekking trails with these worthwhile detours, and you'll have some of the country's most stunning scenery all to yourself.

How Many Days Should You Spend in Nepal?

Although geographically compact, Nepal's mountainous terrain and bumpy roads make it feel like a much bigger country than it is. Add diverse cultures, terrain, and ecosystems to the mix and you could easily spend several weeks exploring the picturesque Himalayan nation. However, in as little as three days you can enjoy some of Nepal's highlights. To complete one of Nepal's famous treks you typically need about 2 weeks.

Recent trip reviews for Kripa

Daniel

Return to langtang - 8 days, Nepal - May 26 - Jun 1, 2018

Traveler: Daniel F. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

The planning was very helpful and my guide, Ngawang Sherpa, was great. However I feel slightly deceived. My trip cost over $100USD per day, and I was assured that it would be just as expensive to do it on my own. However, I looked at prices while trekking and it would have cost me around $25 a day including my permits and transportation.
The trek was beautiful though and the experience was so memorable. I would definitely suggest to someone trekking in Annapurna to do it without a guide however, because you could save so much money.

Kripa Sunuwar, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Daniel, we're so glad you had a good experience planning your trek with us, and that you had a beautiful trip with your guide, Ngawang. He has been working with us for several years, just like many of our porters and guides. We are sorry you feel you were given incorrect information by us. We try to manage our traveler's expectations as much as possible. There are many ways of traveling and trekking in Nepal, so perhaps an organized trek wasn't what you needed.

We always send guides to... read more

Hi Daniel, we're so glad you had a good experience planning your trek with us, and that you had a beautiful trip with your guide, Ngawang. He has been working with us for several years, just like many of our porters and guides. We are sorry you feel you were given incorrect information by us. We try to manage our traveler's expectations as much as possible. There are many ways of traveling and trekking in Nepal, so perhaps an organized trek wasn't what you needed.

We always send guides to our travelers for ease and safety. Logistics can be tricky in Nepal, so that's why we have such knowledgeable and seasoned guides, along with our diligent office staff in Kathmandu. We work hard to make sure you have a brilliant experience. I hope this clarifies things to you.

Once again thank you for traveling with us!

Thanks,
Kripa

Vidushi

Balthali village trek via namo buddha and panauti, Nepal - Apr 30 - May 5, 2018

Traveler: Vidushi G. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

our guides - Dawar & Naresh - were so kind and helpful. We loved that they joined us in the evenings before/after dinner, it felt really personal the whole time, they were our local friends telling us so much about the culture, region and country. They did a fantastic job and are a credit to the team.

Most memorable place was Namobhuddha - the tranquility of the resort made us book an extra spontaneous night, it was a beautiful place! The monastery had us mesmerised and we've since learnt... read more

our guides - Dawar & Naresh - were so kind and helpful. We loved that they joined us in the evenings before/after dinner, it felt really personal the whole time, they were our local friends telling us so much about the culture, region and country. They did a fantastic job and are a credit to the team.

Most memorable place was Namobhuddha - the tranquility of the resort made us book an extra spontaneous night, it was a beautiful place! The monastery had us mesmerised and we've since learnt a lot more about Bhuddism. The only tip I have for future treks is to have one rest day in Namobhuddha so you can fully enjoy the resort as well.

Bhaktapur took us by surprise entirely - we weren't expecting such an ancient, artistic town on the outskirts of Khatmandu! Pratiksha is a very warm, smiley, amicable person with huge amounts of knowledge on the place. We really respect her passion and devotion to her country and religion and thoroughly enjoyed our city tours with her.

Kelly

Balthali village trek via namo buddha and panauti, Nepal - Apr 6 - Apr 12, 2018

Traveler: Kelly W. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

Overall the planning process was smooth - Kripa was responsive and addressed my questions. My guide, Rishi was great! He was knowledgeable, friendly, and a pleasure to trek with.

Unfortunately, I was disappointed with the route (Balthali Village Trek) designed by kimkim. Based on the descriptions on the site (and research I did online), I was under the impression I would be trekking between quiet hillside villages, off the beaten path, near mountains. This was not the case. While Rishi... read more

Overall the planning process was smooth - Kripa was responsive and addressed my questions. My guide, Rishi was great! He was knowledgeable, friendly, and a pleasure to trek with.

Unfortunately, I was disappointed with the route (Balthali Village Trek) designed by kimkim. Based on the descriptions on the site (and research I did online), I was under the impression I would be trekking between quiet hillside villages, off the beaten path, near mountains. This was not the case. While Rishi made every effort to take alternative routes that took us off main roads, most of the trek was in earshot of bus and truck horns, loud music, and general city life. I wish kimkim had been upfront about the type of trek this was and had more accurate descriptions of where I would be trekking (ie, between cities, on roads). I would not recommend this trek to anyone interested in a peaceful trek through the mountains or countryside.

In addition, while I walk fast, I thought the trekking time estimates were really off. One day, the trekking time was listed as 5 hours, but I completed the distance in 2.5. Adding distance to the descriptions would be helpful.

Jon

Trekking with your family in nepal, Nepal - Apr 9 - Apr 14, 2018

Traveler: Jon C. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

My family and I had a great time on the Panchese trek. Kripa was able to adjust our trip to ad 1 more day. This made it easier for the 2 kids ( 3 and 6). The first two days were a little long for the 6 year old but she made it and did an excellent job. Chhepaul was and outstanding guide who showed patience and bonded with the kids. He was able to customize a basket to carry the 3 year old. The porter ( Mime? ) was awesome with the kids especially the 3 year old. There was a language barrier but I thing they both enjoyed each other’s company
Thanks 🙏

Kripa Sunuwar, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jon,
Thank you so much for your review. Happy to know that both of your kids are really strong that they completed the trek without having any problem. It was a pleasure to host a trip for you and your family.
Hope to see you again in coming days!
Thanks, Kripa

Balthali village trek via namo buddha and panauti, Nepal - Mar 24 - Apr 5, 2018

Traveler: LeaAnn F. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

The 8 days we spent with Tendu were very memorable. He was very knowledgeable with the areas that we were trekking. He was very personable, professional and his sense of humour kept us motivated when we needed motivation. He was very attentive to our needs at the various tea houses. Lapka and Kazi were a delight to have along on the trek. I would highly recommend Tendu as a guide to anyone coming to Nepal.

Kripa Sunuwar, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi LeaAnn, thanks for your wonderful review of our guide Tendu. Gald to know that you really enjoyed the company of Tendu throughout your travel period. I will be sure to pass your appreciation to him and his team.

Kelsey

Muldai poon hill trek 4 days , Nepal - Mar 1 - Mar 4, 2018

Traveler: Kelsey C. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

Kripa was great at helping me plan everything! She made sure I was completely ready before my trip. My trek was amazing and definitely my highlight of Nepal. My guide was really helpful and kind to carry my bags with me, but I wished it was more interactive. He did not talk to me very much. However, my overall experience was wonderful.

Kripa Sunuwar, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Kelsey,
Thanks for your kind words. It was our pleasure to host your trip. I look forward hosting your trip in coming days.
Thanks for travelling with us!
Regards, Kripa

Karen

Nepal culture tour , Nepal - Feb 13 - Feb 19, 2018

Traveler: Karen W. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

Review for Nepal trip from13th February - 19th February
This was my first short trip to Nepal.
On the first day that I touched Nepal, my tour planner Kripa, Jeevan, driver Narayan, welcome me at the airport, Jeevan such a meticulous person, he quickly open a bottle of mineral water and pass it to me. Arrangement to meet Amanda, my tour guide Pratikshya, make me feel warm welcome to visit Nepal.

1st & 2nd day, stayed at The Inn Patan, an old traditional brick and timber Newari house... read more

Review for Nepal trip from13th February - 19th February
This was my first short trip to Nepal.
On the first day that I touched Nepal, my tour planner Kripa, Jeevan, driver Narayan, welcome me at the airport, Jeevan such a meticulous person, he quickly open a bottle of mineral water and pass it to me. Arrangement to meet Amanda, my tour guide Pratikshya, make me feel warm welcome to visit Nepal.

1st & 2nd day, stayed at The Inn Patan, an old traditional brick and timber Newari house transformed into a beautiful heritage hotel and interesting olden way to lock the door of the room. If it was not in winter time, it should be a very comfortable lying on the floor mat. Besides the building attracted me wanted to come back to stay in this hotel again was the service provided by the waiter here, his name Sam and also the great food provided by the chef.

One thing must try in Patan here was the mountain flight and I was quite lucky to be able to take the flight and view the long waited, charming Mt Everest and panoramic view of the Himalayas.
I like greenery and mountains, though can't stay near to Mt Everest but thank you for the arrangement to Astam, Annapurna Eco Village, it was a very beautiful place eventhough has to go thru a very bumpy road but worth for it. Along the way, you can see the magnificent views of Annapurna Range and Fishtail (Machhapuchhere). I like the warm, authentic and hospitality, I like the feeling of whole family involvement in preparing the food, sharing the joy, singing & dancing which left me a memorable experience. Hope can stay longer and try the yoga and meditation in future visit.

I think it is not an good idea to leave Astam at noon, because have to miss the delicious lunch and upon reaching Pokhara after the normal lunch time.... Self exploration of the Lakeside town also not suitable for person like me whom don't like the heat and dust under the sunny afternoon.
Back from Pokhara to Kathmandu, meet another driver, Arjun. He was quiet but with wonderful smile. You will feel safe with his skillful driving along up to hilltop. Another place that I love - Namobuddha, Pratikshya arranged to have short walk and climb some staircases was a great way to explore Namobuddha, if the sky is clear, I can imagine the great view from the top however Nepal wanted me to go back therefore still left some mystery (foggy weather).

Besides scenery and rich culture, Kathmandu also has nice local food and snack waiting to explore, thanks Pratiksya recommendation. That I have chance to meet the member of Vespa Valley. Caring and friendly, Niraj, he brought me to taste the nice local Lasi, "laughing", meat momo, Newari food, samosa......the one that I love most -> Lasi, Bara?. Hope can try more and explore some other places by scooter ride.

Last, I would like to thank Kripa who planned the trip for me though I gave her a short notice for solo lady traveler like me, warm and caring call during flight delay at Pokhara and arrangement for hotel extension on my last day in Nepal because of late flight. Besides Kripa, someone whom I will not forget Jeevan, thank you for coming to say good bye.
Hope to see you guys in future visit.

Kripa Sunuwar, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Karen,
Thank you for sharing your story about your trip to Nepal. Good to know that you had a great time in here. It was really nice to meet you and was an honor to host your trip. I will be sure to pass your appreciation to all of our team members.

Hope to see you soon in Nepal again. :)

Warm Regards,
Kripa