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Richard Ball

Hi there,
I live in Nepal and organise trail running events there. Trail running is a new sport in Nepal, and alongside bringing people from all over the world to enjoy the trails there, I am trying to encourage a new community of trail runners and help talented runners race overseas. You can find out more about running in Nepal here: http://trailrunningnepal.org/ One race I organise goes around Manaslu, and through organising this race with co-organiser, I've gotten to know the place very well. I set up manaslucircuittrek.com to help provide people with information about the tea-house trekking options there and this has somewhat popularised it.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"As mentioned above, I specialise in running & fastpacking, which corresponds to trekking quite easily, all across Nepal. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"Spending time in Kathmandu easily lent itself to travel, which in turn lent itself to creating adventures for others. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"We all have plenty of adventures, but the experience doesn't always come across in the telling. What I like about Nepal is that there are plenty of unexpected, chance encounters that are super memorable, such as stumbling upon a riotous wedding ceremony in the mountains, an unexpected , colourful festival in a remote monastery, or just the pleasure of dining in a family home. "

Featured trips & expertise

Buddhist prayer flags above the valley along the Manaslu Circuit trek
Manaslu Circuit Trek - The Ultimate off-the-beaten-path Trek in Nepal - 13 to 19 days

The Manaslu Circuit trek is far less crowded than other classic treks in Nepal and remains a true remote adventure, despite its increase in popularity since teahouses were built here in 2010. The Manaslu trek features all the great aspects of a classic trek in Nepal: epic scenery, spectacular suspension bridge crossings and a 5100m (17,000-ft.) Himalayan pass.

Recent trip reviews for Richard

Manaslu circuit trek , Nepal - Mar 23 - Apr 6, 2016

Traveler: Louis f. - Local specialist: Richard Ball

Overall the trip was very good. The trek was great, the choice of towns to stay, and the overall experience was very good.

The only thing I can think that could be improved was the handoff from kimkim to the agency doing the trek (i.e. magical nepal with the guide). It wasn't entirely clear to me who was responsible for what at first. But honestly this is a small thing, as I said overall things were great.

Alex Buri, kimkim staff, responded to this review:

Hi Louis, thanks for your review! Agree, the handoff could be a bit better explained, and we're working on making this more clear. Glad to hear you had a great trip, overall.

Manaslu circuit trek, Nepal - Mar 14 - Apr 2, 2016

Traveler: Karyn A. - Local specialist: Richard Ball

Some confusion between Kim kim, ManasIu Circuit trek and Magical Nepal and who I was actually dealing with - need to be made as a clear distinction which agency is doing what. Also I didn't receive any it in art etc until I asked as Magical Nepal assumed Kim kim had given it to me

I'm not sure what exactly Richard does. Alex was awesome bit Richard seemed to only be a connection between Alex and Pradeep . Also l spent a week waiting to see if he could match my dates with other hikers. At... read more

Some confusion between Kim kim, ManasIu Circuit trek and Magical Nepal and who I was actually dealing with - need to be made as a clear distinction which agency is doing what. Also I didn't receive any it in art etc until I asked as Magical Nepal assumed Kim kim had given it to me

I'm not sure what exactly Richard does. Alex was awesome bit Richard seemed to only be a connection between Alex and Pradeep . Also l spent a week waiting to see if he could match my dates with other hikers. At the end of the week I emailed to see what was happening and the reply was like "oh you wanted us to keep looking" - a bit frustrated with the service. Cannot speak more highly of Alex who was available at any time of the day and tried his best to sort out my issues

Alex Buri, kimkim staff, responded to this review:

Hi Karyn, sorry for the minor issues we had during the planning process and that you had to wait for some information. Rest assured, we realize how important this is to receive timely responses, and have improved this since your trip. Glad you had a good trip around Manaslu, and thanks for sharing the photos!