A veteran in the adventure travel business Mads has organized and led trips in Turkey, Morocco, Tibet, India, Cambodia, Bhutan, Australia and Sri Lanka but Nepal remains his true love, where he spends his time trekking, biking and guiding people through Kathmandu’s narrow alleys.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"Anywhere off the beaten path in the Himalayas"
How did you get involved in travel?
"Born in Denmark with an unbroken lineage to the Vikings, Mads wasn’t the most likely person to become a mountain man of the Himalayas. After high school he spent a year traveling South Africa, then continued to Asia and fell in love with Nepal. What was to be a one-year trip turned into a new life and adopted home. He began his career as a mountain bike and hiking guide in the Kathmandu valley and the years flew by. Soon he found himself guiding and arranging trips across the Himalayas from Ladakh to Bhutan reveling in meeting local people and learning about their cultures."
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"There are so many I don't know where to begin..."
Featured trips & expertise
Escape to a mountain paradise on this luxurious, 5-day trek through Nepal's Annapurna region. Perfect for inexperienced hikers or families, this route stays at a lower altitude without sacrificing the panoramic Himalaya views. By day you'll embark on a series of short, scenic hikes between traditional villages, while nights are spent in style at some of Nepal's loveliest boutique lodges.
Venture out on a timeless and breathtaking journey through the Kingdom of Lo; this off-the-beaten-path region was until recently a hidden Tibetan Buddhist enclave forbidden to foreigners. From the trail, expect incredible sights like sculpted canyons with wild rock formations, deep gorges, medieval villages, ancient fortresses, palaces, and mysterious, ancient cave hermitages. You'll also see the Tibetan Buddhist gompas and soaring snow-peaks that characterize this spectacular region, the "thumb" sticking up from Nepal into the Tibetan plateau.
This short, action-packed itinerary gives you a taste of the best outdoor adventure activities in Nepal. From mountain biking in the hills and trekking in the mountains to rafting along white-water rivers and paragliding above Pokhara, this itinerary packs all this adventure into six fun 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.
This fascinating 4-day itinerary explores the epicenter of Tibetan Buddhism: Lhasa, or 'Land of the Gods'. In just a few days you'll tour the capital city's most iconic and sacred sites with a private guide, including temples, monasteries, and bustling markets. Read on to learn more.
Nepal is known for its snow-capped Himalayan peaks, and this tour offers a taste of that imposing grandeur—but it also encompasses the grassy lowlands of the Terai in Nepal's south. Take in stunning views of the world's tallest mountains and immerse yourself in the bustle of local village life. Wake up to sounds of nature and break your fast with the elephants. Explore the best of central Nepal and Chitwan!
Recent trip reviews for Mads
Manaslu and Tsum valley trek · Nepal - Feb 27 - Mar 21, 2018
Mads, his team and especially our guide and porter could not be faulted when it can to looking after us. A dream trip
Group departure - Three Passes Trek: Ultimate Trek in the Everest Region - 22 Days · Nepal - Mar 10 - Mar 29, 2019
Tough, upexpected weather overall. Guide was great and knowledgeable, and accommodating. Had a good memorable trip as such.
Group departure - Manaslu Circuit Trek - The Ultimate off-the-beaten-path Trek in Nepal - 13 to 19 days · Nepal - Nov 12 - Nov 26, 2018
The Manaslu trek was excellent. It had great changing scenery, interesting people, nice teahouses and good food. We visited a remote school by chance on a Sunday and meet one of the teachers, and some of the kids, which was a real highlight of the trip.
Our guide Nawang was excellent, always making sure we were enjoying ourselves and full of information and a good sense of humor. He was helped by two great porters in Ngima and Gelbu, and this team of 3 made our trek so enjoyable, thankyou!
Thanks Mads and Amanda, organisation was great and thanks again for your time and efforts.
Culture, trekking and wildlife in Nepal · Nepal - Oct 21 - Nov 7, 2018
The brief for our trip was culture, trekking and wildlife. The itinerary was finalised months beforehand, apart from the very end which was subject to confirmation. Mads suggested various options for earlier in the trip depending on how we departed from Nepal but being realistic, this was never going to happen as it would have meant changing the whole itinerary. In the end, we agreed to go to Suklaphanta but this was the most disappointing part of the trip. October is the wrong time of... read more
Kathmandu, Nepal · Nepal - Oct 9 - Oct 13, 2018
Overall experience was good. There was one time it took almost 3 days to hear back from Mads regarding what gear I should bring on the trek so I had to wait to know if I needed to buy anything or bring anything that I didn't have on my list. My 2 guides is Nepal were great -- Dawa and Prathicksha. Both were knowledgeable about the areas they took me. The best part of the trek was being on the trails. The worst part was trekking on the roads, especially the 30 minute walk when it was hot... read more
Varied trip for a family · Nepal - Aug 5 - Aug 13, 2018
Mads was really helpful from the outset and helped me work out a fantastic itinerary for myself and my family. We thoroughly enjoyed it all from the trekking with our lovely guide chheering, the white water rafting expedition and our luxurious stay at Chitwan. Our adventure to lumbini and across the border was fun but would maybe fly from Kathmandu next time! Amanda, our contact in Kathmandu was faultless- giving us excellent recommendations for meals and providing us with a phone so we could... read more
Nepal trip 2018 · Nepal - Apr 27 - May 13, 2018
I cannot speak too highly of the team at KimKim. From the moment I first made contact to the very end of our trip the service was outstanding. They focussed on finding out exactly what we wanted and then provided way above expectations. Mads put the trip together checking throughout if it was exactly what we wanted. The city guide Rajive was very knowledgeable and informative. The Inn Patan was a great place to stay.
The trek was just the right level for us. It stretched us. OK some... read more
Return to Langtang - 8 Days · Nepal - Apr 27 - May 4, 2018
The Lang Tang trek was exactly what I was looking for! Following a beautiful blue river through the jungle like forest, past a variety of rhodedendron and finally up, up, up to the Himalayas was spectacular. Rishi our guide was lighthearted and fun. Susan our porter not only carried some of our weight but added to our enjoyment throughout our journey. By the end of the trail we had become friends, sharing laughter and life stories. It was refreshing to get away from the crowds of people and... read more
Family trekking · Nepal - Apr 23 - May 1, 2018
This was truly a trip of a lifetime for our family. We spent 9 days just below Everest and had a wonderful time. Our guide Tendu was excellent and his attentiveness and personal touch made this trip unforgettable. He worked hard to make sure we were all looked after and that everything went smoothly.
Sadly, the weather was much colder than predicted which impacted us on the last few days. The teahouse in Panbouche was below standard and the ownership seemed indifferent to the comfort of... read more
Trip to Nepal · Nepal - Mar 20 - Apr 4, 2018
Another epic trip! Mads and his team are first class. Not only great guides but great friends!
Off the beaten path adventures. Lifelong memories.
Views of the mountains · Nepal - Mar 15 - Mar 19, 2018
Overall excellent. Good hotel in Kathmandu (Shankar). Amanda and team came to brief us. All well organised and implemented. Day trip around K was not enough (so we spent some more time on our own later). Requested "old folks" walking trip in hills near K was well organised and guide (Dawa) was sympathetic and adjusted pace to suit our knees. Very interesting and comfortable places to stay along route. We requested "view of the mountains" and it was provided! (courtesy of some rain which cleared the smog).
Overall - excellent.
Ghandruk Trek - Scenic 3-4 day trek through the Annapurna Foothills · Nepal - Mar 16 - Mar 21, 2018
Mads was so quick to suggest the great trek designed specifically for my 10 yr old daughter and I. He responded fast to any questions we had in the organisation phase too, nothing was too much bother for him.
Amanda contacted us in Kathmandu and it was lovely to meet her and Niresh (our guide) prior to commencing our adventure the next day.
Niresh was a gentle, knowledgeable guide who answered all of my silly local questions and shared so much of his knowledge and experience with us. He... read more
Introducing family to the Kingdom · Nepal - Jan 11 - Jan 24, 2018
We had the experience of a lifetime with 2 teenagers.
Chhring and the porters Kobe and Kancha deserve a special mention for their empathy when we were feeling under the weather and their changes to the trek which made the trek more suitable to our needs. When there was any issue Raj , Surendra , Mads and Chhiring could not have been more accommodating. Thank you Chhiring!
The trek was everything we could have hoped for and I am coming back to do another one once I am fitter and will be using... read more
Balthali Village Trek via Namo Buddha and Panauti · Nepal - Jan 7 - Jan 11, 2018
To be honest, we put a lot of trust in Kimkim as we weren't paying a great deal of attention to the finer details prior to heading OS. So in reality, it could have all gone very poorly!
Luckily for us our faith and confidence in the service was not misguided and we had a great time. Being unfamiliar with a place like Nepal can be very daunting when it comes to planning a hike / trek so we appreciated the insight and experience offered by kimkim. I would also recommend the specific hike we... read more
Short Trip to Nepal · Nepal - Nov 2 - Nov 7, 2017
I could not have asked for a better experience! Mads arranged a perfect 6 day trek for me on short notice and it was absolutely perfect. All details were taken care of and he was extremely responsive and helpful. The entire team I interacted with were amazing, and the guide they paired me with could not have been more helpful and knowledgeable. The entire experience was amazing and one which I can't wait to repeat for a longer period of time. When I do, I'll definitely use Mads again - the service and experience I received were exemplary.
Nepal and Bhutan · Bhutan - Nov 17 - Dec 5, 2017
My 6 days in Bhutan were amazing . My guide Sonam was so wonderful , full of knowledge and patience. I loved talking to him and I learned so much about the country , the people and the culture . My hike up to Tiger’s Nest was the biggest highlight of the trip. I didn’t think I could hike all that way , but Sonam had confidence in me and I did it! I am so proud . Thank you for a trip of a lifetime!
Nar Phu Valley Trek - 9 Days · Nepal - Nov 27 - Dec 9, 2017
We were a family group of three people with 15 days in Nepal. Based on our own research and in-put from Mads we selected the Nar/Phu trek.
We had a wonderful trip that completely lived up to our best expectations.
The process of selecting a trek and booking our holiday was highly efficient and very flexible. Responses to any questions were received rapidly.
Our guide (Cheeri) and two porters were outstanding and are highly recommended. Cheeri was true to his name and clearly a very... read more
Doug and pat nov. 2017 in Nepal · Nepal - Nov 17 - Dec 5, 2017
We had an extraordinary trip, including amazing cultural and architectural experiences as well as a day of rafting and a multi-day trek.
Mads worked with us for months to set up itineraries for the various members of our four person group , since we had different arrival dates and did not always travel together. He arranged a wonderful visit to Bhutan for one of our group while the others did the Poon Hill trek. We loved the traffic-free stay in Bandipur, also the medieval cities Bhaktapur... read more
5 day Pikey Peak Trek · Nepal - Nov 15 - Nov 19, 2017
Wow! Where do I begin?
My wife and I were a little short of time, having only around 8 days in Nepal but not wanting to miss out on the full Nepal experience; namely trekking, Himalayan views and the fascinating culture that the country has to offer.
Mads was immediately able to assist and his expertise and quick response time made it very easy to quickly establish how we could maximise our short time in Nepal. His obvious knowledge and experience was a reassurance in itself that we would... read more
Gokyo Ri Trek - The best of Khumbu · Nepal - Oct 28 - Nov 13, 2017
We had a fantastic time on our trek to Gokyo Ri and over Renjo La. From the time we landed in Kathmandu we felt safe and very well cared for. Naresh was a wonderfully thoughtful guide and we couldn't have asked for a better experience trekking through the mountains with him. The views of Mt. Everest and the other 8,000m peaks from Renjo La were even better than advertised. The lodges in Lungden and Thame were especially comfortable and welcoming, with the best Sherpa stew and momos in the region.
Nar, Phu and Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho · Nepal - Nov 2 - Nov 20, 2017
Mads was very responsive when I was in the process of booking my trip. My guide and porter, Chhiri and Suppa (sp?) were a 10/10 and I will most definitely request their services in the future. Chhiri's knowledge of the mountains were above and beyond expectations; he was able to provide the most amazing and memorable trek and I cannot thank him enough for my experience.
Three Passes Trek - The Ultimate 19-Day Trek in the Everest Region of Nepal · Nepal - Nov 6 - Nov 25, 2017
Everything about this trip, from planning to the actual trip itself, was wonderful.
Mads was extremely responsive to my every questions. I gave him the date range and what I wanted to do, and he planned everything else for me.
Our guide for the trip, Chhepal, was very experienced, knowledgeable, caring, and fun to hangout with (especially important since our trip was 20 days long). He took care of all the details, from airport check-in, finding a capable porter for our entire trip, to... read more
Honeymoon · Nepal - Nov 6 - Nov 17, 2017
We loved our trip! It was a great balance between tea houses and camping in remote areas. The views were spectacular and our guide, Gelu, adjusted our itinerary to suit our hiking speed (faster than initially planned for). The porters were knowledgeable and helpful the entire way and everyone seemed to be having a genuinely good time which put us at ease and made things even better!
2 weeks in November · Nepal - Nov 4 - Nov 18, 2017
Everything was perfect using Kim Kim. We had 3 guides in different parts of our trip plus a trip to Tiger Tops at Chitwan elephant camp. Rajeev was our first guide and we were impressed with how thorough his knowledge of the village and history was. Suman was our guide through our trekking stage and he went above and beyond. It was during this part of the trip that my husband wasn’t feeling very well to handle the full trekking days. Suman adjusted our plans and made sure my husband’s health... read more
2 weeks in November · Nepal - Nov 4 - Nov 18, 2017
Thanks for helping to make our trip to Nepal an amazing trip of a lifetime!
Three Passes Trek · Nepal - Oct 20 - Nov 10, 2017
My experience was highly positive. I enjoyed the unique high country of Nepal immensely as well as the people I met both with Himalayan Trails and those along the trek. I was impressed with the wide range of ages represented by the trekkers and at times dismayed with the sheer numbers. The highlights for me were the climb of Chukhung Che and the trek over Kongma La pass and the Khumba glacier. Enjoying the trek with my son and brother was particularly gratifying and motivating. A highlight... read more
Three Passes Trek - The Ultimate 19-Day Trek in the Everest Region of Nepal · Nepal - Oct 19 - Nov 7, 2017
Kamchha was a very good guide, very knowledgeable. Unfortunately he had to leave the trek a few days early because of a medical issue, which is understandable, but then he was replaced by someone who didn't speak English. I had a difficult time at the airport trying to fly out of Lukla back to Kathmandu. The Nepal Himalayas are absolutely amazing, incredible scenery all around. I don't know how they choose what places to stay at though and I wish there was a better price breakdown for... read more
Three Passes Trek · Nepal - Oct 20 - Nov 10, 2017
The trip was very well organized and we were in good hands. The trek did seem longer than it needed to be... we had a lot of free time on our hands.
Manaslu circuit trek · Nepal - Oct 16 - Oct 30, 2017
Our guide was amazing and everything was very simple to set up
Family Hiking Trip in Himalayas · Nepal - Oct 22 - Oct 31, 2017
No trip halfway around the world could ever be perfect. If you want perfect, maybe go to Monaco, not Nepal. I started working online with Kimkim in the early spring of 2017 to book a trip for my family to Nepal with no prior knowledge of where to go or how to get it done. The Kimkim website first impressed me with the large number of trekking options available. It was a bit overwhelming to the Nepal novice, but as I exchanged information with Mads at Kimkim, he patiently helped me come up... read more
Gokyo lakes +EBC · Nepal - Oct 8 - Oct 27, 2017
Our guide, Naresh, was brilliant... Nothing was too much trouble and everyone else wanted him to be their guide. He knew where to get the best pictures and was always helpful, his English is really good and he was easy to understand. He always looked out for me and made sure I was okay and always made me eat lots of food.
I wouldn’t have wanted any other guide and would definitely want him to be my guide again if he would have me of course.
The trip Mads planned was exactly what I asked for... read more
Trip to Bhutan · Bhutan - Oct 2 - Oct 8, 2017
Our guide Sangay went out of his way to provide us with the additional activities that we requested. This included visiting the Faculty of Traditional Medicine in Thiumpu, walking accross a suspension bridge, purchasing certain meditation items and some of Bhutan’s products (honey). This he managed despite our very full and busy schedule. The flight times were out of the control of the tour operators. The time of our booking was late due to a previous tour falling through and this restricted... read more
Solu and Khumbu Trek · Nepal - Oct 1 - Oct 13, 2017
The team of Himalayan trails was very helpful on planning, booking and solving problems that arouse in our trip. The few things that could have been better were may be, due to misunderstanding with our guide, but nothing really important! We appreciate so much that they did their best to make our trip possible and successful.
Mads was always very helpful! He answered our questions soon giving us good options and confidence.
Upper Mustang · Nepal - Sep 3 - Sep 16, 2017
Our return trip to Nepal (after 30 + years) in September 2017 was unforgettable. We are so pleased to have found Kim Kim and to have worked with Mads. He was consistently patient and able to adjust our trip plan to our ultimate satisfaction. In Kathmandu, we were well taken care of by the guides and associates of Himalayan Trails, namely, Surendra, Pushpa, Raj and Rajiv. Our all day tour of Kathmandu with Rajiv was incredibly educational and literally life changing. We came across so many... read more
Mountain Biking in the Lower Mustang Region · Nepal - Jun 19 - Jul 5, 2017
Well, perfect is hard to achieve! Overall, the trip was once in a lifetime and an epic experience. The one critique we had was regarding the stay in Yara. Though we liked the austere tea houses along the way, Yara felt different. Not sure what the difference was from the others. One thing--the guest house was run by a teenage girl--the parent owners were on vacation, perhaps. She wasn't very helpful. They village vibe seemed much more unfriendly than all the rest. We understand that... read more
Pikey Peak: A short trek with a great view of Everest · Nepal - Mar 19 - Mar 28, 2017
Absolutely more than perfect!! 11/10 stars!! Mads, Amanda, Suman, Suson, Everyone(!) from Himalayan Trails was beyond knowledgeable, accommodating, patient and incredibly friendly. I'm a frequent domestic and international traveler and I honestly cannot speak more highly of our experience booking and in-country with Himalayan Trails/KimKim, the best trip yet!!
Again, 11/10 stars!! He was incredibly responsive and he has a TOP NOTCH team in country. It was very apparent that they sincerely... read more
Short Trek in Nepal · Nepal - Apr 29 - May 3, 2017
I know you can't give a detailed breakdown of the price, but it would have been nice to know a bit more about how the price per person was generated in an overall sense. Like our accommodation total, our food total, the guide and porter's accommodation/food/salary total, and any fees.
Three Passes Trek · Nepal - Apr 3 - Apr 21, 2017
I made a very good experience with kimkim.com. All my contacts were very friendly and helpful. I specially liked the quick and uncomplicated way to book a trip.
Mads answered all my questions and gave me always a good advice. He motivated me to go for the longer trek. I am very happy that I listened to him. I had a great time and made one of my best treks ever!
Ghandruk Trek - Scenic 3-4 day trek through the Annapurna Foothills · Nepal - Apr 26 - Apr 29, 2017
I can't say enough about Himalaya Trails. A custom trek to fit our short time. Great guide and porter, who were attentive, accommodating, helpful and friendly. And when our flight from Pokhara was cancelled because of weather, Himalaya Trails went above and beyond with quick on-the-ball travel rearrangements to make sure we made our flight home from Kathmandu the next day. A big thanks to them!
Cultural Tour with festivals (Bisket & Sindure Jatra) · Nepal - Apr 10 - Apr 18, 2017
The two initial days walking around with Rajeev in Patan, his home town, were truly wonderful and a great introduction to the urban fabric of the Kathmandu Valley. The two monuments and the cremation ghats were a nice taste of Kathmandu before going to Bhakhtapur, where our little hotel was perfect and the couple who own it incredibly warm and welcoming. Pokara was a great respite from the dust of the Kathmandu valley, and we enjoyed particularly the Gurkha museum and the Tibetan monastery... read more
Cultural Tour with festivals (Bisket & Sindure Jatra) · Nepal - Apr 10 - Apr 18, 2017
We were so pleased with how quickly you were able to put together the kind of itinerary and services to both meet our requests and to make the trip work smoothly.
I do shy away from using 'perfect' loosely but must say it was as close to perfect as things usually come.
Everest Base Camp Trek · Nepal - Apr 2 - Apr 17, 2017
Our guide Dawa Sherpa was tremendous, can't imagine the trip without him. He speaks great english, was very friendly and knowledgable, and was an excellent manager of our expectations. He also helped out with photos / videos for the trip which was an excellent value add. I genuinely would give him the highest rating possible and would recommend him to anyone else in an instant. He made the trip for us!
Mads provided timely responses to all of our questions and was extremely helpful. Overall his customer service was excellent.
Mountain Bike Nepal · Nepal - Feb 11 - Feb 19, 2017
I was met at the Kathmandu airport by Raj as promised. He had a cab waiting for me, and I was taken quickly to my hotel. After I settled in, Raj introduced me to Dawa who was to be my guide for the trip.
Dawa proved to be an excellent guide. He was courteous and knowledgeable. Also, Dawa was very patient with me, as uphill riding is not my strong point. The next morning, our first ride was through parts of Kathmandu and up to the Shivapuri National park. I was able to see parts of... read more
Balthali Village Trek · Nepal - Feb 15 - Feb 19, 2017
The trip was well planned! Only thing is i wished that the porter and guide where treated more as guests than employees of the hotel. In our night at dhulikhel, the employees said that our guide & porter could only eat when they ate. While we had hot shower and luxuriously a heater, our guide and porter only had cold water. The disparity was not nice to witness
Mads was patient in answering my questions, proactive, had suggestions to my problems.
New Adventure · Nepal - Mar 1 - Mar 31, 2017
Immediate responses. Professional and knowledgeable. Listened to my wishes and added advice.
A pro. Friendly. Trustworthy.
Nature and Wildlife Tour · Nepal - Nov 19 - Nov 30, 2016
The organization was superb. We do these kind of trips a lot and I can honestly say that we have never had one as well organized as this one. At every step, the drivers or guides were always ready for us and every aspect happened like clockwork. We live in Germany where you expect that kind of organization, but to enjoy it in Nepal hardly seemed possible. Our congratulations on a job well done! Also, the guides were all fantastic - friendly and knowledgeable. Most national parks in the world... read more
Agata’s Nar Phu and Kathmandu Explorer · Nepal - Oct 28 - Nov 12, 2016
This was our first time in Nepal and we fell in love with it. Our little adventure was perfect. Our guides, Chhiri and Birbol were amazing.
We truly felt like a little team over the few days we spent together in the mountains. The trek was out of this world. Staying in the little villages of Nar and Phu valley was a special experience, experience that we will never forget.
Our retreat in Pokhara was such a treat, so were the last couple days in Kathmandu.
Before the trip, Mads... read more
Manaslu and the Tsum Valley · Nepal - Oct 2 - Oct 22, 2016
Early notice that Tsum valley was closed eas very helpful, so that we had the right passes to go to Nar-Phu. Guide was excellent, very attentive, spoke fluent English, and accommodated our changes tho the itinerary.
Really responsive to our pre-trip questions and the face tho face meetings were also really helpful.
Manaslu Circuit Trek · Nepal - Sep 6 - Oct 1, 2016
Very easy to book, great system to ask questions and get answers. The system flows creating a great overall experience.
Mads and team were fantastic and made us feel taken care of from start to finish. We had obstacles come up which required adjusting our itinerary , Mads and team were able to accommodate and offer alternative recommendations that fit what we wanted.
Khopra Danda Community Trek · Nepal - May 21 - Jun 1, 2016
Had a wonderful experience. The trip was everything we could have asked for.