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Himalayan Trails specializes in adventures throughout Nepal, from hiking, biking, motorbiking and trekking to cultural tours. We are a team of experienced and professional travel junkies. We love to travel and this is our favourite part of the planet! As travellers ourselves we understand how important it is to have a professional and experienced operator who delivers the travel experience you want.

All of our team lives in the region and those of us who are not actually Nepali have lived here for many years – our newest comer has been in and out of Nepal for 7 years. We know this area. Our families live here. We are always out and about in the region keeping in constant contact with people and places, either running tours or exploring to develop new experiences. We have designed and operated tours here for many years already and continue to do so because we find it tremendously rewarding to share our passion for the Himalayas!

Himalayan Trails is part of the following groups: Nepal Travel Agents, Tibet Travel Agents

Featured trips & expertise

The amazing red cliffs at Dhakmar
Upper Mustang Trek & Jeep Adventure - 14 Days

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.

Himalayan morning
Luxury Annapurna Panorama Trek & Jungle Safari - 13 Days

Experience all that Nepal has to offer in this luxury trip that combines the thrill of trekking the Himalaya, going on exotic jungle safaris (by jeep and by boat), and exploring both city centers and rural life... all in style. This itinerary combines a 4-day trek through the Annapurna region with time to explore Kathmandu, the lakeside city of Pokhara, as well as a stint in the jungle, where you'll stay in an elephant camp. Spend your days adventuring and your nights relaxing in luxe accommodations, as you enjoy sweeping vistas and stellar hospitality.

The view awaiting you at Muldai Peak
Annapurna Multisport: Trek, Bike, & Raft - 12 Days

This action-packed and adventure-filled trip will keep you on the move and get your heart rate pumping!  Explore Nepal by mountain bike, river raft, and trekking trail. You'll hike through a beloved route in the Annapurnas, but will veer off-the-beaten-path for a unique mountain experience, all the while taking in incredible panoramas of extraordinary scenery.

Rafting the Trisuli River
Nepal Multi-Sport Adventure - 6 Days

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.

Explore the Golden Triangle: Kathmandu, Pokhara, & Chitwan - 7 Days
Explore the Golden Triangle: Kathmandu, Pokhara, & Chitwan - 7 Days

Experience the diversity of Nepal with this golden triangle of Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Chitwan National Park. Begin with sightseeing in Kathmandu, followed by a visit to Pokhara and villages in the stunning Annapurna region. From there, head to your riverside jungle resort in Chitwan. Spending some time on safari, you'll have a great chance of seeing rhino, various types of monkeys and deer—and perhaps even an elusive tiger.

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.

Recent Trip Reviews for Himalayan Trails

Delightful experience · Nepal - Jan 15 - Jan 19, 2020

Traveler: Natalie S. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Firstly planning our trip with Kim Kim was a delight. The team really asked the right questions and understood what we were looking for in an itinerary. Amanda answered all my detailed questions about safety and they were able to use their local knowledge to suggest the best way to customise our experience. The accommodation exceeded our expectations in terms of cleanliness and luxury. We were given full disclosure regarding the eco lodge not having hot running water but the warmth of the... read more

Firstly planning our trip with Kim Kim was a delight. The team really asked the right questions and understood what we were looking for in an itinerary. Amanda answered all my detailed questions about safety and they were able to use their local knowledge to suggest the best way to customise our experience. The accommodation exceeded our expectations in terms of cleanliness and luxury. We were given full disclosure regarding the eco lodge not having hot running water but the warmth of the staff (a Nepalese family of three generations) more than made up for it. The highly educated, well informed and friendly guide Surbash gave us insights into Kathmandu that enriched our experience and made lifelong memories.
Himalayan trails provided us with reliable, safe drivers and vehicles that were always in the right place at the right time to smooth our journey, often keeping our luggage secure so we could explore unencumbered. Kim Kim and Surbash only recommended food outlets they had tried and enjoyed and they could vouch for the hygiene standards, so we were able to taste a range of modern and authentic Nepalese food and not risk an upset tummy.
We had no concerns regarding procuring clean drinking water although resources are scarce but I would advise any western woman to take a ‘she wee’ device to ensure comfort during days of visiting historical sights and transiting through local airports etc.
Finally, we were pleasantly surprised by how well the Kim Kim staff communicated with us throughout the trip. I was not expecting each different staff member that dealt with us to be so fully informed of our itinerary and requirements. Kripa remained in daily contact to help us navigate changes to our itinerary due to the weather and maximise the enjoyment of our visit.

Nepal is a stunning location with fascinating history. We had an exciting and memorable trip and would definitely book with Kim Kim again and come back to Nepal in future.

Great Family Vacation · Nepal - Dec 30 - Jan 11, 2020

Traveler: stuart c. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Gathered our far-flung family (Mom, Dad, Son (23), Daughter (20) in Nepal for a couple of weeks' vacation January 2020.

Travel Made Easy:
Amanda crafted an excellent itinerary to meet our request to mix trekking with a few relaxing days. KimKim team headed by Raj worked together to make every transfer from arrival to departure smooth (drivers to/from airports, hotels, trailheads as well as arranging for Trekker's Cards, entry fees).

Guides:
Our trekking guide Rajesh and porters were... read more

Gathered our far-flung family (Mom, Dad, Son (23), Daughter (20) in Nepal for a couple of weeks' vacation January 2020.

Travel Made Easy:
Amanda crafted an excellent itinerary to meet our request to mix trekking with a few relaxing days. KimKim team headed by Raj worked together to make every transfer from arrival to departure smooth (drivers to/from airports, hotels, trailheads as well as arranging for Trekker's Cards, entry fees).

Guides:
Our trekking guide Rajesh and porters were friendly, knowledgable and helpful. They even found a great spot to dry out and warm up on one rainy day. In Kathmandu, Pratikshya delivered a great crash course on Nepal's World Heritage sites and religions while connecting us with tasty lunches.

Highly Recommend:
Great for families like ours who always wanted to see the Himalayas and are trying fit a lot in to a couple of weeks.

Dan

My children and I had our health put at risk ... · Nepal - Dec 31 - Jan 12, 2020

Traveler: Dan P. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

My children and I had our health put at risk by the disgusting state of the accommodation on the trek. We were not told to bring bedding. We booked a luxury accommodation package at $20,000 usa for three people ( two of which were sharing a room) and 11 days. We were booked into accommodation with no running water no power and no heating. We had to beg every 30 minutes to keep the central wood burning kettle stove alight. We had no room heating in any lodge. The last... read more

My children and I had our health put at risk by the disgusting state of the accommodation on the trek. We were not told to bring bedding. We booked a luxury accommodation package at $20,000 usa for three people ( two of which were sharing a room) and 11 days. We were booked into accommodation with no running water no power and no heating. We had to beg every 30 minutes to keep the central wood burning kettle stove alight. We had no room heating in any lodge. The last lodge was a filthy $30 a night tea house. My daughters were reduced to tears when they saw the mouldy bathrooms, stained beds with no sheets.
It was -15 degrees inside and out. We had not been told to bring sleeping bags. in fact we were told not to.
We were defrauded into a holiday of very low standard while paying a premium price. A number of the properties we visited would be closed by Australian standards for health issues.
Both Raj and Kripa were very keen to take out money while there was a great lack in their knowledge of the properties and service provided. They basically stole our money and our annual holiday together. You should be ashamed of yourselves for this calous and dangerous treatment of other human beings. You will never be forgiven for such a terrible and dangerous situation. I would like to talk personally to Max the owner of mountain trails to alert him to the dangerous undertakings of his Nepal team.

Our private trek (EBC, Chola Pass, Goyko) · Nepal - Nov 16 - Dec 7, 2019

Traveler: Lisa J. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

Our private trek (EBC, Chola Pass and Goyko lakes for two) was organised by Kripa last minute and was a fantastic experience. All went as planned and Kripa was accomodating to last minute changes. Our guide Rishi took expert care of us up the mountains and knew exactly how much we could do in one day adjusting the pace or the meal stops to our daily needs. I couldn’t recommend these two people highly enough. In addition to the trek when my partner fell ill in Kathmandu, Kripa was there... read more

Our private trek (EBC, Chola Pass and Goyko lakes for two) was organised by Kripa last minute and was a fantastic experience. All went as planned and Kripa was accomodating to last minute changes. Our guide Rishi took expert care of us up the mountains and knew exactly how much we could do in one day adjusting the pace or the meal stops to our daily needs. I couldn’t recommend these two people highly enough. In addition to the trek when my partner fell ill in Kathmandu, Kripa was there ready to assist with anything we needed. We really felt looked after and cared for and had a great time despite the illness. The Chola pass was my highlight, just so peaceful and serene. Nepal 2020 - book it!

Incredible Journey to Muldai Hill Sunrise · Nepal - Dec 23 - Jan 4, 2020

Traveler: Kirk S. - Local specialist: Erin Green

We are just getting back home from the most incredible trip that KimKim helped to arrange for us in coordination with Himalayan Trails which is their local group in Nepal. From the beginning we were looking for a custom tour of the country that would allow us to enjoy both some time on the mountain trekking as well as a resort. KimKim helped make it all work seamlessly throughout our time.

We were met at the airport in Kathmandu and together with our guide flew to Pokhara to begin the... read more

We are just getting back home from the most incredible trip that KimKim helped to arrange for us in coordination with Himalayan Trails which is their local group in Nepal. From the beginning we were looking for a custom tour of the country that would allow us to enjoy both some time on the mountain trekking as well as a resort. KimKim helped make it all work seamlessly throughout our time.

We were met at the airport in Kathmandu and together with our guide flew to Pokhara to begin the trekking journey. Everything was as good or better than we could have expected including the custom route that they chose for the hike. By going a little against the grain on our path we were able to both beat the crowds in certain areas as well as find some more remote parts of the trail that proved to be the most memorable. Specifically our time at Dobato and the Mt Lucky teahouse where we were welcomed by the family and spent most of the afternoon/evening warming up and conversing through our guide who was great at making sure we got a really culturally unique experience. The sunrise on Muldai Hill was the best part of the trip as we had the entire top of the range to ourselves that morning for a really special experience.

Couldn't be more pleased with both the help arranging the trip (thanks Erin!) and once we got on the ground with Raj and the team at Himalayan Trails. Thanks all and look forward to visiting the wonderful country of Nepal again in the future.

A Perfect 10 days in Nepal · Nepal - Dec 23 - Dec 31, 2019

Traveler: Fatema L. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

A Perfect 10 Days in Nepal

I truly had an amazing time. Kirpa organized the perfect trip which included a trek through the Himalayas and a short 2 day visit to the Chitwan National Park. My trek was exactly what I wanted-challenging! I was able to enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayas. My guide and porter (both named Pemba) were professional, energetic, supportive and kind. I could not have asked for a better team.

I also greatly appreciated Kirpa's agility. She was nimble on her feet... read more

A Perfect 10 Days in Nepal

I truly had an amazing time. Kirpa organized the perfect trip which included a trek through the Himalayas and a short 2 day visit to the Chitwan National Park. My trek was exactly what I wanted-challenging! I was able to enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayas. My guide and porter (both named Pemba) were professional, energetic, supportive and kind. I could not have asked for a better team.

I also greatly appreciated Kirpa's agility. She was nimble on her feet when my flight to Chitwan begin was canceled. She quickly arranged for a driver and I was on my way, having lost little time.

Thank you to the whole Himalayan Treks team. I had a trip of a lifetime.

Cathy

Trek to Khopra Danda · Nepal - Nov 26 - Dec 2, 2019

Traveler: Cathy P. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

We had a wonderful time on our 7 day trek to Khopra Danda which we organised through Kripa from Himalayan Trails. She was so easy to deal with and informative. Our guide Tandu and porter Chhing were marvellous. They made sure that we were always looked after and comfortable. We had great weather and clear skies so the views of the Annapurna mountains was breathtaking. There was plenty of walking up and down hills so our trekking poles got plenty of use.

The Manaslu Trek was fantastic. Everyday was... · Nepal - Nov 5 - Nov 19, 2019

Traveler: Lucy B. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

The Manaslu Trek was fantastic. Everyday was stunning new scenery, amazing people and fascinating villages. Amanda was brilliant at fielding all our questions and patiently allowing us to investigate all options before settling on a final itinerary. Sonam, our guide and her team were incredible. Calm, capable and great fun. They gave us an amazing insight into Nepalise life and were so open, friendly and encouraging. They really made the trip.

Tyler

Manaslu Trek - Adventure of a Lifetime · Nepal - Oct 23 - Nov 6, 2019

Traveler: Tyler W. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

Our trek in the Himalaya was an incredible experience and we were so happy that we decided to book with the KimKim/Himalayan Trails. Our local specialist, Kripa, was an invaluable resource as we tried to determine which trek was right for us. She was responsive, helpful, and always available to answer any and all questions we had while planning the trip and the KimKim interface made communication seamless and easy. Our guide, Nawang, was one a warm, kind, and fun-loving and companion on... read more

Our trek in the Himalaya was an incredible experience and we were so happy that we decided to book with the KimKim/Himalayan Trails. Our local specialist, Kripa, was an invaluable resource as we tried to determine which trek was right for us. She was responsive, helpful, and always available to answer any and all questions we had while planning the trip and the KimKim interface made communication seamless and easy. Our guide, Nawang, was one a warm, kind, and fun-loving and companion on the trail. He had friends in every village we passed through and had a knack for picking the best tea houses and side trips for us along the way. Our porter, Paljong, was really more like a second guide on the trek and brought humor, levity and a helpful attitude along every step around Manaslu. We hope to get back to Nepal for another trek someday, and when we do, we'll absolutely use KimKim/Himalayan Trails again!

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Kripa Sunuwar, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Tyler and Anastasia,
Our team is thrilled to hear such good feedback and we are really proud to hear you had an amazing experience with us.

Our door of Himalayan Trails is always open for your service and we will continue to arrange absolutely amazing trips for you in the coming day! Until we meet to take care of your self :)

Best,
Kripa

Took the Pikey Peak 8 day tour and was tailor... · Nepal - Nov 13 - Nov 20, 2019

Traveler: Rob S. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Took the Pikey Peak 8 day tour and was tailored to our requirements. Amanda was extremely helpful and professional throughout. The planning.The trek was superb and the guide and porter were absolutely fantastic . The whole team delivered a unique and 1st class unforgettable trip. I would not hesitate in using this team again in the future.

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Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Rob, thanks so much for your review, especially your photos! It's so lovely to get a sneak peek into your trip, I *almost* feel like I was out on trek with you :)
Great to hear you had such a great time with Wangchhu your guide while on trek.

Until next time, all the best,
Amanda

Nicky

Incredible Manaslu · Nepal - Nov 5 - Nov 19, 2019

Traveler: Nicky K. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

We had the most incredible Manaslu trek! It was brilliantly organised by Amanda who was incredibly informative and remained undaunted by our endless questions and changes to the itinerary. Our guide Sonem was just amazing and could not have been more caring and supportive. She really looked after us, trying so hard to secure the best accommodation and manage our expectations, checking the food and the kitchen at the tea houses, often cooking for us herself. She was so full of energy fun... read more

We had the most incredible Manaslu trek! It was brilliantly organised by Amanda who was incredibly informative and remained undaunted by our endless questions and changes to the itinerary. Our guide Sonem was just amazing and could not have been more caring and supportive. She really looked after us, trying so hard to secure the best accommodation and manage our expectations, checking the food and the kitchen at the tea houses, often cooking for us herself. She was so full of energy fun and warmth: we all loved her. Her team of porters and sub guide were also so cheery warm and positive. Watching over us cheering us on and never complaining.
The trek was more of a challenge than anticipated and the altitude punishing, but the scenery was spectacular as we climbed from rivers to jungle stunning open plains and the majestic awe inspiring mountains. The villages, people we met on the trail, mountain mules and Yaks were fascinating: new wonders every day. We all loved it: there were highs and lows, times spent huddled frozen in our sleeping bags hugging hot water bottles, cold showers and seriously basic accommodation but our spirits always lifted when we were walking and we all feel a huge sense of achievement. We are so looking forward to the comforts of home but will never forget Nepal and Manaslu.

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Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Nicky and everyone,

We did have some back and forths in the lead up, I'm so glad how it all worked out in the end. It was such a pleasure to meet all of you when the time finally came for you to arrive: 8 strong, caring and adventurous women full of questions and enthusiasm. Then when we saw each other at the end, you all with so many stories to tell about your trip, I just love the 'high' you get at the end of a trek and I really saw that in all of you. I know there are going to be some... read more

Hi Nicky and everyone,

We did have some back and forths in the lead up, I'm so glad how it all worked out in the end. It was such a pleasure to meet all of you when the time finally came for you to arrive: 8 strong, caring and adventurous women full of questions and enthusiasm. Then when we saw each other at the end, you all with so many stories to tell about your trip, I just love the 'high' you get at the end of a trek and I really saw that in all of you. I know there are going to be some very jealous partners/husbands and families once you get to show them your photos and tell a story or two.

It was truly a pleasure to meet all of you, to be able to introduce you to some of the special people who showed you around and to play our small part in your Nepal story. Congratulations on not only completing a tough trek, but doing it in style! We'd have you back, if you're game! :)

All the best,
Amanda and Team

Sascha

2 hikes while in Nepal · Nepal - Nov 1 - Nov 17, 2019

Traveler: Sascha S. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

In general we think that the guides here are less professionell than in other countries. We had two different guides (Dawa and Pemba) and both experience were simillar. The guides here only give you information when you ask.

However it was always easy to communicate with Kripa. So with her we made good experiences.

We did like both treks so from the nature it was worth to visit Nepal.

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Kripa Sunuwar, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Sacha, I'm very sorry to hear that both of our guides were not able to meet your expectations. Your experience is one that we are not proud and as you may see from other reviews quite atypical.

Even though your experience was not great with our guide I'm happy to know that you were very much satisfied with the alternatives we have provided to you in return.

We appreciate your helpful and constructive feedback, which will help our service become better in the future and we hope you return soon!

Best,
Kripa

Nepal & Muldai Trek · Nepal - Oct 29 - Nov 5, 2019

Traveler: Cheryl R. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

This was our first time using KimKim but it has been a very positive experience and I would not hesitate to recommend it to others. Himalayan Trails were our tour agent and from the outset they were nothing but efficient helping us to plan exactly what we wanted from our trip. Amanda was quick to respond to any queries and provided lots of additional useful information to ensure we were well prepared in advance. The accommodation we had was full of character and in traditional Nepali style... read more

This was our first time using KimKim but it has been a very positive experience and I would not hesitate to recommend it to others. Himalayan Trails were our tour agent and from the outset they were nothing but efficient helping us to plan exactly what we wanted from our trip. Amanda was quick to respond to any queries and provided lots of additional useful information to ensure we were well prepared in advance. The accommodation we had was full of character and in traditional Nepali style rather than anonymous chain hotels, every pick up or meeting happened on time, she even managed to find us last minute accommodation when one of our guest houses had overbooked. Our trekking guide, Mindu, kept us safe, fed and watered and motivated when we needed it - his cheerful singing and whistling along with his infectious laugh kept us entertained for 4 days on the Muldai trek. Our city guide, Subash, was always on hand to answer our endless questions and was great company painting pictures of the sights we visited with lots of stories. He soon joined in our teasing and banter (and gave as good as he got!). We had a fabulous trip but it was the people we met who made it so special. We have fallen in love with Nepal and will definitely be back and will not hesitate to use Himalayan Trails again. Thank you everyone - you did an amazing job!

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Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Cheryl, thanks so much for your review and very kind message you sent over as well. It's been our absolute pleasure to assist with your trip - well done on getting through your trek, challenges and all!

It was lovely to meet you both and I do have a feeling we'll be seeing you in these parts again in the future :)

From Amanda and the Team!

Cesar Feliza

Nepal Trip & Muldai viewpoint trek. · Nepal - Oct 28 - Nov 3, 2019

Traveler: Cesar Feliza A. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

We want to thank Kripa for arranging this awesome unforgettable vacation. This goes beyond my expectations. Love the Hotel both the Dwarika's in Kathmandu and the Pavilions in Pokhara. Walking in the streets of Kathmandu is an experience and seeing the UNESCO sites (Pashupatinath, Boudanath, and Swayambunath). Being on the off the beaten path Trekking is also great, with varied terrain, and scenery and scanty tourists. Our guide Suma made our trek interesting who also carried my backpack.... read more

We want to thank Kripa for arranging this awesome unforgettable vacation. This goes beyond my expectations. Love the Hotel both the Dwarika's in Kathmandu and the Pavilions in Pokhara. Walking in the streets of Kathmandu is an experience and seeing the UNESCO sites (Pashupatinath, Boudanath, and Swayambunath). Being on the off the beaten path Trekking is also great, with varied terrain, and scenery and scanty tourists. Our guide Suma made our trek interesting who also carried my backpack. And of course our porter Mikma, carrying our load. Tadapani and Dobato and Ghorepani sunrise is spectacular. What an experience sleeping in those teahouses. But the highlight of this trek is the Muldai viewpoint trek with spectacular, breathtaking view of the mountains so close. Interesting to see the local (Gurung culture), and getting inside the shepherd's hut. Overall wonderful experiences. Almost all the people we met are very nice. Well, I hope to see Nepal again maybe during Spring in the near future before I get too old. Thanks again Kripa for the wonderful trip and excellent service.
From Cesar Alcid.

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Kripa Sunuwar, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Cesar, thank you for taking the time out for sharing your experience with us. It was such a pleasure hosting you and Arthur and to know that you had a great time with our staff! The video you have posted about your trip to Nepal is absolutely wonderful and I really love what you have done.

Until we meet please do take care of yourself and I look forwarding planning yet another wonderful trip for your family in the near future.

Best,
Kripa

Tim

A most memorable adventure. · Nepal - Oct 18 - Nov 5, 2019

Traveler: Tim L. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

From back home in Australia, our contact Amanda in Kathmandu was fantastic!
She was always readily available to help with all of our, (many) questions along the way. From accommodation and itinerary, to connecting us to a city guide, as well as our amazing trekking guide, Priscilla❤️, we couldn't be happier with all that was offered.
Amanda was professional, courteous and lovely and helped us to enjoy our trip of a lifetime, including playing her part in a secret marriage proposal at the... read more

From back home in Australia, our contact Amanda in Kathmandu was fantastic!
She was always readily available to help with all of our, (many) questions along the way. From accommodation and itinerary, to connecting us to a city guide, as well as our amazing trekking guide, Priscilla❤️, we couldn't be happier with all that was offered.
Amanda was professional, courteous and lovely and helped us to enjoy our trip of a lifetime, including playing her part in a secret marriage proposal at the Larke Pass!
As tough as the Trek was, (chest infection upping the challenge even more...), the overall adventure has been incredible. Thank you Amanda !

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Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Tim, firstly, a HUGE congratulations on your Larke Pass engagement!!! So exciting!! My only part in that was not spilling the beans beforehand, you guys did all the hard work to get yourselves there!
Thanks so much for your review, I'm so pleased that we were able to connect you with the team here, Pratikshya and Priscilla, and help make your adventure happen.

All the best, we'll be waiting for wedding photos! :)
Amanda

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!

Stefanie

Oooh we really enjoyed it! It was so impressi... · Nepal - Oct 27 - Nov 2, 2019

Traveler: Stefanie K. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Oooh we really enjoyed it! It was so impressive, such a beautiful landscape and country. The people are really friendly and the food was good. Fortunately we were lucky with the weather so the view was amazing. Tendu was a nice guide, he really took care of us.
The only little negative thing was that the driver didn't find our hotel where we stayed after the trekking tour. So we had to help him with google maps. But it can happen, so we forgot it immediately when we arrived.

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Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Steffi,

I'm very glad to hear that you enjoyed the Pikey Peak trek, it's one of our favourites at the moment and I totally agree, those views are incredible! Thanks so much for your review, let us know when you're headed back this way again, there's lots to see/experience out there!

Cheers,
Amanda

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!

Peter

Kimkim review Nepal · Nepal - Oct 19 - Oct 27, 2019

Traveler: Peter L. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

This was my first time with Kimkim. The platform was easy to use and connect us to Kripa in Nepal who has been great. She arranged everything for us and was extremely helpful. The guides, porters, drivers were sincere, knowledgeable and friendly (if not too friendly, as we prefer guides that are less intrusive ie not having to follow you everywhere including meals). Overall experience was pleasant. Our local specialist Kripa was very attentive and responsive when we need help or... read more

This was my first time with Kimkim. The platform was easy to use and connect us to Kripa in Nepal who has been great. She arranged everything for us and was extremely helpful. The guides, porters, drivers were sincere, knowledgeable and friendly (if not too friendly, as we prefer guides that are less intrusive ie not having to follow you everywhere including meals). Overall experience was pleasant. Our local specialist Kripa was very attentive and responsive when we need help or advice.

Price is reasonable, we didn't mind paying a premium for better services and arrangements. Mountain biking was deemed begginers but my wife found it quite difficult and scary (she's not the most adventurous type).

Nepal is a great countries, it has both scenary, heritage as well as culture. Thought you must expect min choice of international food (at least nice ones) and alcholol except if you are in some nice restaurant or hotels or tourist area.

We really enjoyed it. Thanks very much.

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Kripa Sunuwar, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Peter, hope you both are well :)

Thank you for taking the time out for sharing your experience. Regarding the guides, I guess they were just taking extra care and being protective from their side but sorry to know you felt that way. For next time we'll make sure to brief this about to all of our guides. All in all, I'm happy you really had a wonderful time in Nepal with Lucille :)

Hope to see you in the coming days. Till then take care!

Best,
Kripa

Shawn

I found KimKim (and Amanda) totally on the ba... · Nepal - Oct 5 - Oct 21, 2019

Traveler: Shawn K. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

I found KimKim (and Amanda) totally on the ball, professional, and very competent. They responded to emails/questions very promptly and were very attentive to detail. The greeting and meeting in Kathmandu was helpful and the trip itself was excellent and tailored to our needs. Overall very pleased.

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Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Shawn, thanks so much for your review, it's very much appreciated!
It was great to meet you both, after your trip being a long time in the making. We hope to see you back in Nepal for another trekking adventure in the future!

Cheers,
Amanda

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!

Trip to Nepal · Nepal - Sep 6 - Sep 15, 2019

Traveler: Ed N. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

It was my first trip to Nepal and everything was handled perfectly. Kripa was very helpful and able to give good tips about the trek and the whole office worked to make sure that my experience was great. While the weather could have been more cooperative my guide was able to make adjustments and everything worked out great.

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Kripa Sunuwar, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Ed,

I hope you're doing well! Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience with us. It was a pleasure meeting you in person and organizing your trek.

Hope to see you again in coming days :)

Best,
Kripa

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!

Anja

Nar Phu, Tilicho Lake and the Annapurna Circuit · Nepal - Aug 18 - Aug 31, 2019

Traveler: Anja B. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Our Nar Phu and Manang trek was an unforgettable adventure. Especially the Nar and Phu part of the trek was outstanding with amazing landscapes and breathtaking views, great hikes, incredibly friendly and hospitable people who always had a great smile for us and a deep insight into local culture.
Our guides Mingmar and Dorje were supergreat and a lot of fun and would always offer support when needed. We spontaneously changed the second part of our trek due to my fear of heights, which was... read more

Our Nar Phu and Manang trek was an unforgettable adventure. Especially the Nar and Phu part of the trek was outstanding with amazing landscapes and breathtaking views, great hikes, incredibly friendly and hospitable people who always had a great smile for us and a deep insight into local culture.
Our guides Mingmar and Dorje were supergreat and a lot of fun and would always offer support when needed. We spontaneously changed the second part of our trek due to my fear of heights, which was good for me and Mingmar found some perfect alternative for us. Both our guides were a great source of information on Buddhist and local culture and history.
Amanda is the best local specialist you can get. No matter what kind of questions, requests and problems we had when planning our trek, she would always find a perfect answer or solution within no more than a few hours. You can hope for no better, more helpful, likeable specialist! Thank you so much for planning the best trek with us!

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Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Anja, many thanks for your review and feedback on your trek with Mingma and Dorje. I'm glad to hear that the team were able to adapt long the way so that you really got the right trek for you!

It was lovely to meet you both in Kathmandu after all our planning and chatting here on Kimkim - greeting a friendly face like we're old friends makes what we do all the more enjoyable! :)

All the best and until next time!
Amanda

Nepal & Bhutan · Nepal - Apr 2 - May 1, 2019

Traveler: Michael G. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

It was a once in a lifetime trip! Our guide, Nawang, was extremely flexible which was very appreciated because we encountered unusually bad weather which forced us to change our itinerary en route. He was unflappable, upbeat, and listened to us about what we wanted to get the most out of our trip and helped us to meet some of the people we were interested in along the way.

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Kripa Sunuwar, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Michael, thanks for taking out the time for writing a review about your trek. It was a pleasure meeting you both and hosting your trip.

Hope to see you again in the near future.

Thanks,
Kripa

Rod

Week Below Everest and Village Visit · Nepal - Jun 19 - Jul 10, 2019

Traveler: Rod Z. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS!!

We just completed a 3.5 week vacation in Nepal that included stays in Kathmandu and other cities, tours of heritage sites and a national park and a trek in the Annapurna region.

We have traveled extensively in Europe and elsewhere and have always made our own arrangements, and have done very well. For a trip to Nepal you need professional assistance and we received exemplary service at every stage of our trip.

Before we arrived in Nepal, Amanda helped us with all... read more

EXCEEDED EXPECTATIONS!!

We just completed a 3.5 week vacation in Nepal that included stays in Kathmandu and other cities, tours of heritage sites and a national park and a trek in the Annapurna region.

We have traveled extensively in Europe and elsewhere and have always made our own arrangements, and have done very well. For a trip to Nepal you need professional assistance and we received exemplary service at every stage of our trip.

Before we arrived in Nepal, Amanda helped us with all the planning and arrangements. They customized the trip for us. They have many pre-planned treks in Nepal, but they can be customized to fit your time frame, experience, and interests. We considered a number of options before settling on our itinerary. Amanda provided us with lots of useful information. We followed her packing guide and used everything on the list, but didn't need anything else. I would suggest for your trek that you have a clean pair of socks and underwear for each day, you can wear the same pair of pants trekking each day but is is comforting to put on clean dry socks and underwear every day. We had lots of back and forth in the planning stage, and their communication system keeps everything in one place so you can easily check on what has been sent or reread information--really helpful.

When we arrived in Nepal, Raj was our primary contact. This turned our to be critical to the success of our trip. He was amazingly flexible, helpful, and knowledgeable. We made a number of changes/additions as the trip went on. Originally, we had planned a trek in the Everest valley during the monsoon season, Amanda prepared us very well for the potential weather related difficulties that could occur. We spent two days in the airport trying to fly into Lukla, but the airport was closed due to weather. After the first day, Raj suggested a number of options if the weather continued. After the second day we decided to change our plans and Trek in a more accessible area. We contacted Raj from the airport and he completely changed our itinerary, booked new flights and accommodations and we flew out that afternoon. It was so impressive!

I also want to point out that EVERYONE was always early for every appointment--every meeting, driver, tourguide, etc., arrived 15-30 minutes before they were expected, which gave us great confidence.

We urge you to request Naresh Nachhiring to be your trek guide--he was spectacular. We had the opportunity to observe a number of guides, and we were so grateful Naresh was our guide--there really is a difference. Naresh is soft spoken, very experienced/capable (doing this work since he was 14), honest, kind, small ego, big heart, he has the "helper gene". On the trek, the guide has lots of discretion, he chooses where you stop and eat and sleep, the places may look alike, but they are not! Naresh always found us the best location, the best room, and he was always looking for ways to be quietly helpful. He adjusted his service to our needs, our pace, our interests. He would leave us alone to walk together, but then he was there to put a rock in a stream to make it easier for us to cross, or point out a safer path through a challenging section, or show us something we would have surely missed. He never pressured us or tried to make us fit his needs, he served us. It was so cool to be with someone who is so experienced, yet he still take such pleasure in what we were seeing--monkeys playing in the trees, a beautiful waterfall or vista, a mountain view he must have seen hundreds of times before, yet still enjoyed. We enjoyed all our time together--he is a real person who is easy to be with, never playing a role or putting on an act. Ask for NARESH!

We had several city guides and by far the best one was Pratikshya--ask for her! She doesn't run through some prepared script that feels like it has been said a thousand times. She is like visiting a new place with a friend. Easy, tells you a little bit, if you want more she knows it. Fun to be with, she really made every experience with her enjoyable, relaxing, informative (without overdoing it). She is relaxed, genuine, honest, knowledgeable. The perfect guide!

At the end of our trip we stayed in 3 locations that were not typical Nepali hotels/teahouses. These are more western in style, but also really enjoyable for different reasons. Temple Tree Resort is in Pokhera, and we stayed there the nights before and after our trek--a real treat, amazing facility and service--we were spoiled and loved it. Namo Buddha Resort, near the Namo Buddha Monastery , is 13 gnome cottages built by a German couple 20 years ago on a hilltop overlooking a beautiful valley. We are not vegetarians, but we thoroughly enjoyed their amazing vegetarian meals made from all organic produce they grow on site--stay here if you plan to visit Namo Buddha. Milla Guesthouse in Bhaktapur is a 4 room exquisite mini hotel built by a Austrian Architect, involved in the restoration of Nepali religious sites. Bhaktapur is rich in history but badly damaged by a series of earthquakes, the latest in 2015, this hotel with amazing service is a gem in the rubble--stay there if you visit Bhaktapur, it is right in the center of everything. We never would have found these three places without Amanda and Raj's help.

We had many drivers, and lots of different experiences from primitive to luxury but all exceeded expectations. We were will taken care of and prepared because we recieved exemplary service at every turn. Highly recommended.

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Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Rod,

Thanks so much for your wonderful review, the whole team is truly humbled to receive such feedback. Hearing about your special trip out to the village was incredible and I'm glad we could follow that up with a trip that you loved, even though some of it ended up not being what we had originally planned.
All the best to you both and thanks again, your time and effort in your detailed review are very much appreciated!

Amanda and team!

Mary

Manaslu Solo Trek · Nepal - Jun 3 - Jun 20, 2019

Traveler: Mary V. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

It was an amazing experience. My guide Naresh took care of me throughout my trip:)

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Kripa Sunuwar, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Mary,

Good to know that you had an amazing experience with our guide Naresh! I hope you are having a wonderful time with your family!

Looking forward to hosting your trip again in the near future!

Thanks,
Kripa

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!

Karen

Trip to Nepal · Nepal - May 18 - Jun 5, 2019

Traveler: Karen W. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

Review for Nepal Tibet trip from 18th May – 5th June 2019
Unforgettable Nepal, I was back to this country again for trekking to Lower Mustang,
which is very similar to Tibet Plateau?
First time domestic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara without delay, leaving me plenty time to explore this town again either food or shopping. Stunning view from plane flying from Pokhara to Jomsom and landed on an “unbelievable” that it’s an airport! Weather changed from hot Pokhara to a dry and cool Mustang,... read more

Review for Nepal Tibet trip from 18th May – 5th June 2019
Unforgettable Nepal, I was back to this country again for trekking to Lower Mustang,
which is very similar to Tibet Plateau?
First time domestic flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara without delay, leaving me plenty time to explore this town again either food or shopping. Stunning view from plane flying from Pokhara to Jomsom and landed on an “unbelievable” that it’s an airport! Weather changed from hot Pokhara to a dry and cool Mustang, made me felt fresh and excited to begin with the trekking. I like the 2st 3 days trek, as it took only 3 – 5 hours for each day, so I have sometimes to explore the town and mesmerized to the scenery,
unique building structure, “oasis within a desert”, monastery and cold dry air. However, the last day back to Jomson via Lubra....aw...I was taken so long hours to reach the main road which completely out of expectation, but I will never never forget this part of journey, rocky road with some “stream” and very very strong wind always push me walking backward rather than helping me to walk faster, so you can imagine how difficult to walk against strong wind.
I am feeling thankful to guide, Suman, who were always helping me to carry my heavy backpack, patiently waiting for me and assisting me on walking through difficult trail. Even though the whole trekking trail not consider difficult, but it does really required certain level of fitness and stamina if wanted to complete all according to planned hours especially the last day.

Next chapter of this trip would be Tibet.
Travelling to Tibet was my dream and finally I have completed once in my life time experience in Tibet though most of the days were cloudy and sometimes rain. I saw the iconic Potala Palace, scenic Yomdruk Lake, awe inspiring Mt Everest from base camp, played snow at Gong Tang La Pass.
Felt the elevation at the 5000+.......This part of the review short and sweet, as really need to experience it personally. I hope this is not going to be my once in life time travel to Tibet, wish to be back there again with nice clear weather.
I am really grateful to driver (Dawa) and guide (Tseten), both of them really taken good care of me, always check and ensure that I did not experience the altitude sickness. I felt safe and comfortable throughout my whole trip as he has excellent driving skill, sharing and taking plenty of beautiful photos and left me with lots of memorable pictures. Experience guide who discussed and give suggestion if possible depend on the affordable flexibility that he can in order for me to have pleasant and enjoyable trip in order to prevent altitude issue.

Last, I would like to thank Kripa who planned this wonderful trip for me again and arranged Bimba to brief me on the Tibet trip, he (Bimba) also always called to ensure my safety in Tibet. Thanks Anil help at Nepal border when back from Tibet and shared with me the history of Nuwakot. Hope to see you guys in future visit.

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Kripa Sunuwar, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Karen, It's always a pleasure seeing you again and again. Thank you for loving Nepal and re-visiting with us again.

Looking forward to meeting you again in the coming days.

Till then stay healthy!

Warm wishes,
Kripa

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!

Niamh

Manaslu Group Departure · Nepal - May 18 - Jun 4, 2019

Traveler: Niamh C. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

What an incredible experience! Two weeks in the Himalayas was an extremely welcome reconnection with the natural world. Walking through villages, seeing how local people live and experiencing the incredible wildlife there was a very unique way to travel the country. My guide Priscilla was excellent - very passionate about her country and her job. She was an experienced guide, a hilarious companion and a truly kind friend. I can't recommend her enough, and it's always great to support female... read more

What an incredible experience! Two weeks in the Himalayas was an extremely welcome reconnection with the natural world. Walking through villages, seeing how local people live and experiencing the incredible wildlife there was a very unique way to travel the country. My guide Priscilla was excellent - very passionate about her country and her job. She was an experienced guide, a hilarious companion and a truly kind friend. I can't recommend her enough, and it's always great to support female guides in a field where they are pretty rare.

From start to finish, Kripa provided me with all the information I needed, as well as answering all my (sometimes silly) questions. She was incredibly kind and helpful, and displayed a lot of passion and care for her job.

Thank you so much everyone!

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Kripa Sunuwar, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Niamh,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review! I'm very much happy to hear you had such a good time with our guide, Priscilla!

It was a pleasure hosting your trip! Hope to see you again!

Thanks,
Kripa

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!

Aubrilyn

Ghandruk Trek - 3-4 Days · Nepal - May 19 - May 24, 2019

Traveler: Aubrilyn R. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

My guide was Rishi and he did a really nice job of supporting me throughout the trek as I am not terribly athletic. It was a really lovely experience. The driver was very helpful and patient as well.

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Kripa Sunuwar, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Aubrilyn,

Good to know that you really enjoyed your trek with our crew! We really appreciate your feedback.

Hope to see you again in the near future!

Thanks,
Kripa

Cole

Anapurna circuit · Nepal - May 3 - May 20, 2019

Traveler: Cole F. - Local specialist: Reshma Khadka

My experience in Nepal was simply superb! I met a number of great people along the way including my trekking guides and porters as well as other local guides and and touring specialists.

The trek around the Manaslu circuit was simply breathtaking with incredible views and a moderate amount of physical exertion it was the best trekking experience I could have asked for.

Additionally my sight seeing tours in Kathmandu were fantastic and i managed to see an incredible 5 out of 7 UNESCO... read more

My experience in Nepal was simply superb! I met a number of great people along the way including my trekking guides and porters as well as other local guides and and touring specialists.

The trek around the Manaslu circuit was simply breathtaking with incredible views and a moderate amount of physical exertion it was the best trekking experience I could have asked for.

Additionally my sight seeing tours in Kathmandu were fantastic and i managed to see an incredible 5 out of 7 UNESCO world heritage sights within the Kathmandu valley.

In summary I would recommend a similar trip to anyone. Reshma my local specialist was a fantastic facilitator in organizing the whole experience for me and I would recommend her to anyone I know . All in all it was a great trip and I would definitely do it again!

Nepal's Classic Highlights - 9 Days · Nepal - Apr 15 - Apr 23, 2019

Traveler: Sean C. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

We appreciate Amanda for her timely replies and great recommendations while working around our budget. She provided us with important tips such as the need for face mask due to dust and currency change opportunities. She made it a point to meet and greet us at the beginning of the tour and came to see us off at the end as well.

The entire trip was seamless. The guides and transport were on time. We especially appreciate that arrangements could be made for us to have the same guide and driver... read more

We appreciate Amanda for her timely replies and great recommendations while working around our budget. She provided us with important tips such as the need for face mask due to dust and currency change opportunities. She made it a point to meet and greet us at the beginning of the tour and came to see us off at the end as well.

The entire trip was seamless. The guides and transport were on time. We especially appreciate that arrangements could be made for us to have the same guide and driver wherever possible. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Mata Chan, Panauti and Kasara Resort, Chitwan National Park.

White water rafting at Trishuli was good for beginners to try out the activity. It was rather mild and although the water looked muddy, it was fun!

Maya Devi temple in Lumbini is indeed worth a visit but staying overnight was unnecessary. Half a day would suffice. If there was a flight out to Kathmandu in the evening after the visit, it would be better as we waited all day for our flight back to Kathmandu in the late afternoon of the following day. We could have covered 1 more town or activity in that 1 day. The visit to the pilgrimage site would be better in the early morning or later afternoon as it was really hot at mid day.

Overall a well organised trip. We felt safe and didn't have to worry about anything. Great job, kimkim!! Thank you!

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Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Sean, I'm so happy that we were able to make your 'seamless' trip happen! Lovely to meet you both when you where here and hopefully we'll see you back here again :)

Cheers,
Amanda

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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Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

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!

Li-Ann

Khopra Trek Package · Nepal - Apr 18 - Apr 27, 2019

Traveler: Li-Ann O. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Mindu, bacenta and our porters were so helpful and lovely for our hike! We definitely would recommend using Kim Kim, Amanda and our guides in Nepal to other friends and family. Thanks again for helping organize this trip for us as we were all so time poor in the lead up. Big thanks to Amanda for always answering our questions quickly and seeing us pre and post hike! It was a nice touch that we all appreciated!

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Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Li-Ann, thanks for the 5 star review, it was so nice to meet all of you in Kathmandu, after all our planning in the lead up. I loved seeing your photos and videos after your trek!

Looking forward to seeing some of you back here in the future :)

Cheers,
Amanda

Exploring nature with both adventures and relaxing accomodations · Nepal - Apr 21 - May 4, 2019

Traveler: Jillian G. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

My husband and I were excited when we made the decision to travel to Nepal for a trek and to explore the country, however, were having difficulty in figuring out the logistics on our own. We were so fortunate to connect with Kripa through KimKim.

We highly recommend working with Kripa. During the planning process, she answered all of our questions in a timely manner and was friendly/professional/helpful. She gave us all of the information we could possibly need to prepare for our travels.... read more

My husband and I were excited when we made the decision to travel to Nepal for a trek and to explore the country, however, were having difficulty in figuring out the logistics on our own. We were so fortunate to connect with Kripa through KimKim.

We highly recommend working with Kripa. During the planning process, she answered all of our questions in a timely manner and was friendly/professional/helpful. She gave us all of the information we could possibly need to prepare for our travels. She helped us to plan the exact trip that we wanted, including time in Kathmandu and Pokhara, a four day/three night Trek and three nights in Chitwan National Park. When we got to Nepal, she met us upon arrival to introduce us to our guides. All of our guides and drivers were punctual, kind and professional. We had Tendu as our guide for our Trek, and he went above and beyond to make sure that we were comfortable and had everything we needed. His experience trekking was also very impressive. Kripa met us at the end of our stay in Nepal to check in on how everything went.

This was our first time using any type of travel company, and we found it to be extremely helpful. With all of the logistics taken care for us, we were able to focus on the experience of being in Nepal. We had a vacation that we will never forget and will hopefully be returning in the future for more trekking.

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Kripa Sunuwar, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you for taking out your time writing for a wonderful review, Jillian. It was a pleasure hosting your trip and good to know that you really have a great time with our guide Tendu.

I hope to see you again in Nepal in the coming days.

Best,
Kripa

Mati

Weeklong trip/trek in Nepal · Nepal - Mar 29 - Apr 6, 2019

Traveler: Mati T. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Amazing trip to Nepal: the Muldai + Poon Hill trek was an excellent choice for our group (3 adults + 4 children, ages 10-14): it offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna range; a good balance between trekking difficulty to relax/chill-at-the-teahouse time; a variety of trail sceneries: sunny mountain crests with long vistas; lush river valleys; occasional patches of snow; small villages; tiny teahouses and spectacular views from Poon Hill (Muldai was cloudy, but worth the early wakeup and... read more

Amazing trip to Nepal: the Muldai + Poon Hill trek was an excellent choice for our group (3 adults + 4 children, ages 10-14): it offers breathtaking views of the Annapurna range; a good balance between trekking difficulty to relax/chill-at-the-teahouse time; a variety of trail sceneries: sunny mountain crests with long vistas; lush river valleys; occasional patches of snow; small villages; tiny teahouses and spectacular views from Poon Hill (Muldai was cloudy, but worth the early wakeup and hike nevertheless).
Amanda's insight and attention to detail as we were discussing itinerary were invaluable; she met us at our Katmandu hotel and introduced us to Rajesh Darhel, our guide: Rajesh’s combination of patience, knowledge, responsibility and flexibility worked perfectly for all of us; his assistant Rabin B.K. Ghandruk made a great connection with the children, and together they found the right pace for everybody.
…..and then, at the last day of our trek, as we were starting to make our way back to Pokhara to catch a flight; when a traffic jam for the ages blocked the roads; when all flights were being cancelled due to heavy fog, and it seemed like we were going to miss our flight home from Kathmandu - that’s when Rajesh, with the support of Amanda and the Himalayan-Trails office in Kathmandu really made the difference: they took care of everything: Yes - we got back to Kathmandu very late (or – very early the next day…) - but we knew all along everything is taken care of, so we could just lean back and enjoy the scenery.
Thanks Amanda, Rajesh, Robin; special thanks to Probin, Sachin, Santosh and Nirajan.

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Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Mati and team,

Thanks so much for your thorough review, it's very much appreciated! You certainly had some adventure on your trip - thanks for taking it in your stride and enjoying it all!

All the best,
From Amanda (and the extended team who make the magic happen!)

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!

Andrew

Pikey Peak Trek · Nepal - Apr 23 - May 2, 2019

Traveler: Andrew J. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

We had a great experience from planning our trek with Kripa through to leaving Nepal after 10 unforgettable days. Our guide Tendu and porter Gulu were exceptional and passionate about trekking especially through their home region of Nepal. Great trek which was quiet and spectacular.

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Kripa Sunuwar, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Andrew,

Thanks for sharing your amazing picture and your trek experience. It was a pleasure hosting your trip and good to know that you really have a great time with our guide Tendu.

I hope to see you again in Nepal in the coming days.

Best,
Kripa

Luxury Annapurna Panorama Trek · Nepal - Apr 22 - Apr 28, 2019

Traveler: Nancy M. - Local specialist: Reshma Khadka

My husband, daughter (18) and I have just returned from a week in Nepal, a trip organized by HIMALAYAN TRAILS (HT) - trekking in the Annapurna Valley, visiting Pokhara and Kathmandu. A long held dream has been fulfilled and exceeded by our well-conceived and finely executed trip. From our planner, Reshma, and our guide Rissi to our porters, drivers and the staff in our accommodations, the level of expertise and professionalism were outstanding. Reshma’s depth of experience and her... read more

My husband, daughter (18) and I have just returned from a week in Nepal, a trip organized by HIMALAYAN TRAILS (HT) - trekking in the Annapurna Valley, visiting Pokhara and Kathmandu. A long held dream has been fulfilled and exceeded by our well-conceived and finely executed trip. From our planner, Reshma, and our guide Rissi to our porters, drivers and the staff in our accommodations, the level of expertise and professionalism were outstanding. Reshma’s depth of experience and her responsiveness provided us with a stimulating itinerary – from the duration of our treks, to the quality of the lodges (mostly Downey and Ker). The organization was impeccable but most importantly our days were filled with beauty, joy, surprises and comfort. In organizing our adventure, Reshma quickly grasped the type of experience we sought and we, in turn trusted her to make the right decisions. Rissi has a ton of experience. He is kind and extremely responsible. Every lodge was in a spectacular setting with charm, comfort and healthy, delicious and filling meals. When we hit a challenge at the end of our trip, Reshma, Raj and others from HT went well beyond the call of duty. Our last day in Kathmandu began with a medical issue (nothing to do with the trip): our friends were on site immediately, found us excellent care and supported us throughout the day as we dealt with the aftermath. It is a pleasure to recommend HT. If you choose them, you will be richly rewarded.

Manaslu and Tsum valley trek · Nepal - Feb 27 - Mar 21, 2018

Traveler: martin c. - Local specialist: Mads Mathiasen

Mads, his team and especially our guide and porter could not be faulted when it can to looking after us. A dream trip