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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

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.

Local villages in the lower Annapurna foothills
Annapurna Panorama Luxury Trek - 6 Days

Combine adventure with comfort in this well-rounded Himalayan experience. Start your trip in Kathmandu and fly to Pokhara where you will have an extra night to explore the lakeside region before making your way to Astam. Spend three days hiking moderate to steep ascents, sharing routes with shepherds, donkey trains, and farmers. Marvel at the incredible Annapurna mountain range and enjoy relaxing evenings in luxury lodgings.

The Pokhara Valley, Nepal's adventure hub
Annapurna Getaway - 5 Days

This quick getaway allows you to fully experience the beauty of the Kathmandu and Pokhara Valleys. Beginning and ending in Kathmandu, you'll fly to Pokhara and then drive to the village of Astam in the lower Annapurna foothills. It's the perfect balance of getting a feel for local village life while enjoying stunning views of the Himalaya.

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

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

Views along your short trek to Australian Camp, Lower Annapurna Region
Kathmandu & Pokhara Adventure - 5 Days

Explore the main highlights of the Kathmandu and Pokhara Valleys combined with an easy multi-day trek in the lower Annapurna region for great Himalayan views. You'll also have some free time to relax and explore on your own, along with recommended activities and places to eat that we'll recommend.

A clear day in 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.

Recent trip reviews for Kripa

Alasdair

Ghandruk trek, Nepal - Nov 25 - Nov 27, 2018

Traveler: Alasdair S. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

Fantastic trip, very well organised with good communication from Kripa. Pemba was a fantastic guide and Darwa a very good porter. Just a shame we couldn’t have done longer!

Trip to nepal, Nepal - Nov 10 - Nov 15, 2018

Traveler: G boy G. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

The trip was amazing, life changing experiences! Tendu was a great guide, so caring and knowledgeable. He was like one of the crew and made us all feel at ease.
I loved interacting with the people at all the villages and the other trekkers. The food, of course was great! The most memorable moments, were getting through those tough treks! It felt good accomplishing such hardship and finding you're inner strength & connection with nature.
Thank you so much for the experience(s) and can't wait for next time!👍

Kripa Sunuwar, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi George, good to learn from your review that you really had a great time with our guide Tendu and thank you for taking your time out for you writing down the review. It was nice meeting you all and hosting your short Namche trek.

I look forward to seeing you in the coming days!

Thanks,
Kripa

matthew

Trip to nepal, Nepal - Nov 6 - Nov 16, 2018

Traveler: matthew h. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

We took our trip to Nepal on our honeymoon. It was planned perfectly from beginning to end by Kripa. Our input was clearly received and our itinerary was curtailed to our wants and needs. We had a few changes made to our itinerary due to a hotel not processing our reservations, and the KimKim team made the necessary adjustments efficiently. We went on the Ghorapani/Poon hill trek, then stayed in Pokhara, Chitwan, and Kathmandu for a few days each. We really enjoyed our trek and Pokhara the... read more

We took our trip to Nepal on our honeymoon. It was planned perfectly from beginning to end by Kripa. Our input was clearly received and our itinerary was curtailed to our wants and needs. We had a few changes made to our itinerary due to a hotel not processing our reservations, and the KimKim team made the necessary adjustments efficiently. We went on the Ghorapani/Poon hill trek, then stayed in Pokhara, Chitwan, and Kathmandu for a few days each. We really enjoyed our trek and Pokhara the most. We stayed at Temple Tree Resort in Pokhara and had an amazing time, beautiful hotel, great food, great bar, great staff, hooka available with your meal, spa attached to the hotel, very very nice! Understand that the accommodations during your trek are very basic, but all other accommodations will be nice.

KimKim had a great network of very nice people that helped transition us from place to place, from the guide, porter, cab drivers, and tour guides. Couldn't have had a better experience. We will be referring people to Kripa and Himalayan Trails/KimKim.

Namaste!

Kripa Sunuwar, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for the review and posting down your pictures Matthew! It was a pleasure to host your honeymoon trip. Even though we had to make some changes to the hotels happy to know that you really had a great time in Chitwan with Chelcee. We're looking forward to seeing you and Chelcee again for your next visit to Nepal.

Warm regards,
Kripa

Trip to nepal, Nepal - Oct 22 - Nov 5, 2018

Traveler: Greville H. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

Really wonderful experience from start to finish. Exceptionally well taken care of by my guide, Sonam and my helper Tarmring. It was culturally magnificent, rewarding and the best in every facet.

Kripa Sunuwar, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for your review, Greville. Gald that you really had a great time on your trek and with our guide. I look forward to welcoming you to Nepal in near future!

Best,
Kripa

Peter

Trip to nepal, Nepal - Nov 4 - Nov 8, 2018

Traveler: Peter S. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

We had a great experience. The booking process and all preparation felt very good. Good information and checklist for equipment.

The highlight of the whole trip was Chhepal, he was very friendly, knowledgeable and also curious about us. I really liked that he also made a good example pickup up trash along the trek.....

The porters was also very nice and friendly and made a good job helping out with food in the evenings and mornings.

The trek was excellent for our boy. The was no hurry and made it to the the houses by walking in our own pace.

Kripa Sunuwar, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Peter, thank you for taking out your time and sharing your experience with us. It was a pleasure meeting your family and I hope to see you all in the coming days.

Regards,
Kripa

Karen

Trip to nepal, Nepal - Sep 9 - Sep 23, 2018

Traveler: Karen W. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

Review for Nepal trip from 9th Sept - 23rd Sept. This was my 2nd trip to Nepal but 1st time experience trekking in Nepal (Muldai and Poon Hill Trek). I arrived Nepal late night so reached Nagarkot in the mid night. Looking at the prepared delicious dinner inside my room, normally I don't take supper but can't resist it. Luckily I tried and had no regret to gain weight. :) I will have to come back to this place again as I did not have sunrise and panaroma view due to raining and foggy in the... read more

Review for Nepal trip from 9th Sept - 23rd Sept. This was my 2nd trip to Nepal but 1st time experience trekking in Nepal (Muldai and Poon Hill Trek). I arrived Nepal late night so reached Nagarkot in the mid night. Looking at the prepared delicious dinner inside my room, normally I don't take supper but can't resist it. Luckily I tried and had no regret to gain weight. :) I will have to come back to this place again as I did not have sunrise and panaroma view due to raining and foggy in the following day early morning. Anyway, I had fulfilled with local yogurt at Bhaktapur.

Actually I was quite excited while preparing for this trip though I did not have time to train my stamina, however, last minute being strike by over stress by work and almost collapse. So worry that I will not able to proceed with the hiking as per plan. Everything happened has its reason, this time, my domestic flight being delayed for 4 hours, so would not be able to start the trekking as per plan upon reaching Pokhara. Therefore, I got one extra day to relax myself physically and mentally. And unintentionally, found and taste a nice and yummy fried chicken wing for which I will never forget the taste and for sure not because of hunger.

For the 5 days trekking was awesome. Trekking in mountain at different altitude, there are lots of unpredictable eg: weather. You can experience from chill, cooling, freezing; wet, hot...muddy, rocky trail... crossing few suspension bridge, the fun part would be...take off your muddy boot, smelly socks and hanging on your hand to cross the stream with bare foot, where the water above ankle high. Fortunate the water not about waist high, then have to dry ourselves at the road side :). The experience is very difficult to express in word, should at least experience it personally once in life time as the trekking in Nepal different from another country, and has to be accompanied with a guide who are patience and exprience. I am glad that Kripa has arranged an experience and patience guide throughout my whole trip. I will always recommend him, Suman, who would like to go on trekking, I hope in future he can bring more sense of humour during long trip.

This trip I have experience freezing at the peak; Muldai & Poon Hill with 2 legs, super hot at the flat plain land at Lumbini. Vespa ride to 3 places, unfortunately most has been ruined during earthquake and yet being fully "restored". Thanks to the village has done their best to preserved all the historical icon, it really benefited the generation as well as foreigner like me. And thanks to Vespa guide whom bring me to visit these 3 places and try nice local Newari food.

Nepal really has it own charm, it attracted me to come back again and again.

Thank you Kripa for planning this awesome trip for me and also visit to Kopan Monastry. Thanks friend help me to fill up all the permit documents (big Hi). Hope to visit Nepal again in near future soon.

Kripa Sunuwar, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Karen,

Thank you for writing about your trip from the start to the bottom. I really enjoyed reading everything and felt that you really had a great time on your second visit.

I look forward to planning your next trip soon. Thanks for all of your love and appreciation to us and our staffs.

Best Regards,
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