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Himalayan Trails

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!

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Farming terraces in the lower Annapurna region
Best of Central Nepal: Astam & Chitwan - 13 Days

Nepal is known for its snow-capped Himalayan peaks, and this tour offers a taste of that imposing grandeur—but it also encompasses the grassy lowlands of the Terai in Nepal's south. Take in stunning views of the world's tallest mountains and immerse yourself in the bustle of local village life. Wake up to sounds of nature and break your fast with the elephants. Explore the best of central Nepal and Chitwan!

Early morning in Chitwan National Park
Best of Chitwan - 8 Days

While Nepal is known as a country of hills and mountains, many visitors are pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the Terai, the lowlands bordering India. The Chitwan National Park is a jewel on the Terai. It has run a very successful one-horned rhinoceros breeding program, and visitors on safari are almost guaranteed to spot one of the spectacular animals, as well as other wildlife. This tour gives you time to fully explore the highlights of Chitwan, while staying in some luxurious--as well as unique--accommodation.

Vespa scooters in front of Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu
Vespa Valley Tour in Kathmandu

Get in and amongst the streets of Kathmandu and the surrounding valley by taking a day tour, chauffeured on the back of a vintage Vespa. Vespa Valley has a fleet of six well-maintained scooters with a number of different routes you can choose from around the Kathmandu Valley.

Beautiful valleys along the Manaslu Circuit trek
Manaslu Circuit Trek: Group Departures - 15 Days

Interested in joining a group departure for the Manaslu Circuit Trek? Kimkim travel specialists are running a number of set departures for the Manaslu Circuit Trek in 2018 and 2019. Dates, cost, and availability are listed below, along with a day by day itinerary.

Putha Churen Himal and Dhaulagiri Himal
Dhorpatan Trek - 14 Days

The Dhorpatan trek is a seriously off-the-beaten-path experience that isn’t too challenging. The Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve lies a day’s drive west of Pokhara in the shadow of Mt. Dhaulagiri. Trekking here will give you the chance to spot some rare wildlife as well as views of Nepal’s Western Himalaya that few travelers experience.

Langtang Trek - 11 Days

The Langtang Valley has long been a favorite trek due to its expansive views, interesting Tamang culture, relatively gentle pace and accessibility from Kathmandu. The 2015 earthquake and subsequent landslide had an enormous effect on the region, but aid and reconstruction have recently reopened this valley to trekking again. Not only is it still a beautiful trek, your visit will also provide vital support for local livelihoods.

Recent Trip Reviews for Himalayan Trails

Kevin

Pikey peak trek: a short trek with great views of everest - 5-7 days, Nepal - Nov 24 - Dec 9, 2018

Traveler: Kevin A. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Just back from an amazing unforgetable 7 day trek to Pikey Peak. from the first contact with Erin through to our last day in Kathmandu Erin was amazing. We met Erin and our guide (Mingmar) the night before the trek to go through the finer details and also when the trek had finished we met again with Erin at our hotel to see how it went and if she could assist us any further, Erin arranged for my friend to take the Everest plane trip.
I ve back- packed all over the world and never taken up a... read more

Just back from an amazing unforgetable 7 day trek to Pikey Peak. from the first contact with Erin through to our last day in Kathmandu Erin was amazing. We met Erin and our guide (Mingmar) the night before the trek to go through the finer details and also when the trek had finished we met again with Erin at our hotel to see how it went and if she could assist us any further, Erin arranged for my friend to take the Everest plane trip.
I ve back- packed all over the world and never taken up a service of this type before but when up a mountain alot can go wrong so felt this was the right choice as all the guides and sherpas are trained and excellent at their job.
Throughout the trip if we had any questions Erin was 10 mins down the road from our hotel and also contactable while on the trip.
Physically i found the trek ok but did get a bit of altitude sickness which Mingmar took care of with some tablets.
This tea house trek is quite new so the accomadation is very basic which is what we wanted also with it being new we had the mountains to our selfs and probably only saw 2 others treking. the most amazing views of everest and the landsape changing daily. many thanks Erin.

Jeremy

Langtang trek - 8 days, Nepal - Nov 15 - Nov 22, 2018

Traveler: Jeremy G. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

8 day trek in Langtang Valley Nepal . Stunning and unforgettable ! Great Guide (Chhiring) and the organisation of everything was great. The Langtang Trek is perfect for a first timer but it is not easy, so make sure you have done plenty of walking before and have got yourself reasonably fit! Tips? take your own toilet roll, a face flannel for washing ( may not get a warm shower for several days), travel light and take layers of clothes not heavy jumpers, and one or two walking poles. Don't... read more

8 day trek in Langtang Valley Nepal . Stunning and unforgettable ! Great Guide (Chhiring) and the organisation of everything was great. The Langtang Trek is perfect for a first timer but it is not easy, so make sure you have done plenty of walking before and have got yourself reasonably fit! Tips? take your own toilet roll, a face flannel for washing ( may not get a warm shower for several days), travel light and take layers of clothes not heavy jumpers, and one or two walking poles. Don't bother buying a Nepal phone card or wifi connection - just enjoy being out of touch , its still all there when you reconnect! I saw a post you can do this trip cheaper on your own . Well maybe you could , but if you want someone to take care of everything and not have to worry about who, what, when, where and how, then I recommend Amanda and the team

Graeme

Group departure - manaslu circuit trek - the ultimate off-the-beaten-path trek in nepal - 13 to 19 days, Nepal - Nov 12 - Nov 26, 2018

Traveler: Graeme S. - Local specialist: Mads Mathiasen

The Manaslu trek was excellent. It had great changing scenery, interesting people, nice teahouses and good food. We visited a remote school by chance on a Sunday and meet one of the teachers, and some of the kids, which was a real highlight of the trip.

Our guide Nawang was excellent, always making sure we were enjoying ourselves and full of information and a good sense of humor. He was helped by two great porters in Ngima and Gelbu, and this team of 3 made our trek so enjoyable, thankyou!

Thanks Mads and Amanda, organisation was great and thanks again for your time and efforts.

Ryan

Bhutan , Bhutan - Nov 10 - Nov 23, 2018

Traveler: Ryan A. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Amazing trip to Bhutan and Nepal. Thanks Erin for your suggestions and trip planning. Bhutan guide Dorji was excellent. Fascinating road trip across the pristine lands of Bhutan! The mask festival at Trongsa was memorable. Also happy to meet guide Pratikshya in Nepal for a second time. Vespa ride with Ritesh to Kathmandu villages was also an awesome experience. I feel I have new friends in this part of the world!! Hope I can come again next year and discover new places!

Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Ryan! So glad to hear you had a great trip, and had such great guides. Thank you for the feedback. Please do come back and visit us again next year! There's Tibet, and some more beauty to be experienced in Nepal, too.
See you again!

Alasdair

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

Traveler: Alasdair S. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

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

Anna

Pikey to shivalaya trekking, mountain biking and rafting - 7 days, Nepal - Nov 16 - Nov 23, 2018

Traveler: Anna R. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

We had a great time everything was very well organised and we didn’t have to think about anything. A special thanks to Naresh and Pemba for making our trek to Pikey Peak so easy and fun! It was a great trip and the Himalayas are truly beautiful and amazing. Highly recommend it to everyone!

Rohit

Group departure - manaslu circuit trek - the ultimate off-the-beaten-path trek in nepal - 13 to 19 days, Nepal - Nov 3 - Nov 19, 2018

Traveler: Rohit R. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Guide was Rishi
Trip arranged with Amanda

Everything went as planned . Very professionally managed . Rishi was a seasoned guide who took care of everything

Panchase to ghachowk trek, Nepal - Nov 11 - Nov 22, 2018

Traveler: Susan H. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

I knew nothing about kimkim before booking our trek in Nepal. All started with an inquiry to which Amanda responded. She was fantastic - answering my countless questions, responding quickly to all our requests re suitable trek, etc.
After having everything planned one of our sons had an accident which meant we had to start from scratch and replan a trip that would cater for him. Nothing was a problem for Amanda and her suggested revised itinerary was perfect for us.
Our guide Tendu and our... read more

I knew nothing about kimkim before booking our trek in Nepal. All started with an inquiry to which Amanda responded. She was fantastic - answering my countless questions, responding quickly to all our requests re suitable trek, etc.
After having everything planned one of our sons had an accident which meant we had to start from scratch and replan a trip that would cater for him. Nothing was a problem for Amanda and her suggested revised itinerary was perfect for us.
Our guide Tendu and our porters, Pemba & Dolci could not have been better. Apart from looking after us so well, we quickly felt they were more like friends we were lucky enough to trek with. They were so friendly, informative and perceptive - so quick to respond to individual’s needs during day while trekking and all other times.
The tea houses varied in their facilities, but we loved them all - all in great locations, clean, comfortable and great food.
Amanda also felt like do much more than a travel consultant - she met us in Kathmandu both before and after our trek.
My husband & I shared this holiday with our two adult sons and their partners. We all want to return to Nepal for another trekking experience - hopefully with the help of Amanda and accompanied by Tendu, Pemba & Dolci.

Trip to nepal, kathmandu, bandipur & pokhara, Nepal - Nov 16 - Nov 23, 2018

Traveler: Greg C. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Erin was fantastic. She took the time to ensure our holiday was seamless. Our driver, Artun, was outstanding as were our guides in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks Greg! Lovely to meet you and Jacquie, and I hope we'll be seeing you again for a longer duration next time. No excuse- Cambodia is a short flight away!

I appreciate your kind feedback, which I've shared with our team and Artun.
Thank you!

Arno

Khopra danda - community trek, Nepal - Nov 9 - Nov 22, 2018

Traveler: Arno B. - Local specialist: Erin Green

It has been a very easy experience booking this trip to Nepal with KimKim and Erin.
As a first time traveler to Nepal and little time to plan I was well taken care off and the trip was conducted as planned and everyone of my pick ups has been on time and was well equipped and professional. The Hotel in Kathmandu was a treat and the hiking was well conducted and I always have been looked after by my guide.

Nepal is amazing and the weather luckily cleared up for all the highlights.

Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Arno! Thanks for the review. Yep, that was easy! You were a fantastic guest. I'm glad you enjoyed the trek, that the weather cooperated, and that you enjoyed the Kathmandu hotel we provided- nice after a tea house trek :)

Hope we can get you back here in the future!

Katherine

Kathmandu, muldai trek, chitwan solo adventure, Nepal - Nov 12 - Nov 21, 2018

Traveler: Katherine J. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Erin did a wonderful job of customizing my trip and staying on top of things, even during my time there. I had a lovely experience with my outings and my guides.

Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Katherine,
I'm so glad you enjoyed your experience here. You had a full trip- culture, trek, Chitwan, and more. Really glad we could put you with complimentary local guides- particularly since you were a solo adventurer, that was important for us. Thank you so much for the feedback and hope to see you again!

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

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

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

Kripa Sunuwar, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

I look forward to seeing you in the coming days!

Thanks,
Kripa

Natalie

Panchase trek, Nepal - Nov 6 - Nov 12, 2018

Traveler: Natalie H. - Local specialist: Erin Green

What a trip! We had a fabulous time with Pemba and the great team that looked after us from start to finish. We loved the fact that for the most part we were off the beaten track and had our own hike.

Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Great to have you all here, Natalie, and really glad the on the ground logistics worked so well. Your trip was too quick though, you'll have to come back one of these days!

matthew

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

Traveler: matthew h. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

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

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

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

Namaste!

Kripa Sunuwar, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Warm regards,
Kripa

Jane

Trip to manang, Nepal - Oct 27 - Nov 8, 2018

Traveler: Jane F. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Thoroughly enjoyed this trip, loved the people especially Sherpa Pemba and Dawa. The drivers were awesome and the choice of accommodation was spot on so we were well taken care of. Erin was friendly, responsive and understood the needs of the group well.

Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jane, thanks for your feedback. Glad you all had a great trip, and that Pemba and Dawa worked so well with your group. I've shared your feedback with both of them and our entire team. Cheers!

Ellie

Trip to manang, Nepal - Oct 27 - Nov 8, 2018

Traveler: Ellie t. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Loved Loved Loved this trip. Erin Green was wonderful to work with - very knowledgeable and accomodating throughout. She comes highly recommended along with her team of Pemba and Dawa who made this trip extra special.

We'll be telling everyone about kimkim- thank you all so much again for an unforgettable adventure.

Ellie ter Haar

Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Wow awesome photos, Ellie! Thanks so much for sharing all of these- shows details that are difficult to capture in a short review. We've shared your stellar feedback regarding our team- especially the feedback regarding Pemba and Dawa. So glad you all had a great trip. Hope to see you back here again!

Vincent

Gokyo + ebc - 14 days, Nepal - Sep 10 - Sep 23, 2018

Traveler: Vincent W. - Local specialist: Erin Green

My wife and I are very grateful for the fantastic support we have received from Erin and the local guide Chhiring. They moved so rapidly, reorganizing our whole itenerary after it became evident we couldn't do the EBC + Gokyo tour anymore due to bad weather.

We decided to do the fantastic Annapurna Circuit. Definite hiking highlights here are the Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass, but for us, the experience is also elsewhere. For example, the fantastic food you eat on the way, meeting other... read more

My wife and I are very grateful for the fantastic support we have received from Erin and the local guide Chhiring. They moved so rapidly, reorganizing our whole itenerary after it became evident we couldn't do the EBC + Gokyo tour anymore due to bad weather.

We decided to do the fantastic Annapurna Circuit. Definite hiking highlights here are the Tilicho Lake and Thorong La Pass, but for us, the experience is also elsewhere. For example, the fantastic food you eat on the way, meeting other trekkers, the peace and calmness of life, no internet and mobile phone connection, and even the unfortunate event of blocked roads due to busses not being able to continue in the mud.

Throughout our trek, Erin was in close contact with our Guide Chhiring. To us, this just shows so much dedication to her profession and emotional connection. It goes therefore without saying that we are extremely happy with the great travelling experience and the fantastic support we received from Erin and Chhiring all the way through! Definitely recommend to go on tour with them!

Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Vincent! Thanks so much for the review. Really glad you had a good experience overall with Chhiring and the whole team, and thanks to you so much for being so flexible! At the end of the day you went on a pretty sweet trek! Hope to see you back here one of these days :)

Pernelle

Trip to manang, Nepal - Oct 27 - Nov 8, 2018

Traveler: Pernelle V. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Our trip to Nepal was amazing! Erin did an excellent job of organising our trip, and responding to our queries. Our guides while up in the mountains, Pemba and Dawa, were incredible- kind, attentive and great company. Our stay in Manang was excellent- the views of the mountains there are beautiful and we hope that Hotel Mystic does very well, as they took very good care of us! Would happily recommend KimKim and Himalayan Trails to anyone else looking to do some trekking or exploring in Nepal! :)

Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Pernelle! Thanks so much for your review. We all worked hard to get that trip together for you so you could rendezvous with your people in Manang. I'm so glad it worked out so well. I've shared your commendations with Pemba and Dawa and the rest of the team. We appreciate it and look forward to seeing you here again!

Nar phu valley trek - 9 days, Nepal - Nov 6 - Nov 14, 2018

Traveler: Josh T. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

As I only delt with Amanda online and very briefly in Nepal I gave 4 stars, this is not a reflection on her service as she was very helpful and easy to liaise with. I wanted to save the five star rating for our wonderful guide Sonam and porter Mik Ma (hope i spelt his name right). Everything was perfect. My first trek and apart from it hurting badly on my very sole it was awsome.. Josh

Culture, trekking and wildlife in nepal, Nepal - Oct 21 - Nov 7, 2018

Traveler: Beth H. - Local specialist: Mads Mathiasen

The brief for our trip was culture, trekking and wildlife. The itinerary was finalised months beforehand, apart from the very end which was subject to confirmation. Mads suggested various options for earlier in the trip depending on how we departed from Nepal but being realistic, this was never going to happen as it would have meant changing the whole itinerary. In the end, we agreed to go to Suklaphanta but this was the most disappointing part of the trip. October is the wrong time of... read more

The brief for our trip was culture, trekking and wildlife. The itinerary was finalised months beforehand, apart from the very end which was subject to confirmation. Mads suggested various options for earlier in the trip depending on how we departed from Nepal but being realistic, this was never going to happen as it would have meant changing the whole itinerary. In the end, we agreed to go to Suklaphanta but this was the most disappointing part of the trip. October is the wrong time of the year, apart from anything else.

Our main guide was very pleasant but as a trekking guide he didn't usually come in to museums with us and didn't seem particularly knowledgeable about flora and fauna. Lodge staff were all very helpful and nice and the guides were generally very good. We loved the scenery in the Annapurnas and seeing a tiger in Bardia was a highlight of the trip.

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

Traveler: Greville H. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

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

Kripa Sunuwar, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Best,
Kripa

Inga

Balthali village trek - 5 days, Nepal - Oct 30 - Nov 5, 2018

Traveler: Inga H. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

We were doing the EBC trail and had to be evacuated due to my husband getting high altitude sickness and sent a request on Kimkim for an alternative for the remainder of our stay in Nepal and got a promt response from Amanda with an excellent description of our trip and great service from her in all respects. We had a great experience, loved all the hotels on our route except one but I suspect that the options were rather limited as we booked our trip with almost no notice. The guide and porter were lovely, their English a little limited but that did not cause any problems.
A lovely time!

Peter

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

Traveler: Peter S. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

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

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

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

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

Kripa Sunuwar, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

Regards,
Kripa

Claire

Gokyo lakes trek, Nepal - Oct 13 - Oct 20, 2018

Traveler: Claire v. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

We had a fantastic trek for our honeymoon and would highly recommend Amanda, our guide Tendu Sherpa and the entire Himalayan Trails team. Amanda was so responsive and helpful in planning our adventure - and went above and beyond to track down my bag that arrived late from our airlines and helicoptered it to the Himalayas to meet us a few days along our trek - really grateful! We have already recommended them to our friends!

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Clare, many thanks for your 5 star review, I think it was part luck in being able to get your bag up to you, but 100% our pleasure!
Lovely to meet you both, thanks for the recommendation and we'd love to have you here again!

Cheers,
Amanda

Corinne

Tht and langtang , Nepal - Oct 16 - Oct 28, 2018

Traveler: Corinne H. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

The experience was great. We could have done with a rest afternoon and a better driver to return back with. However Wangchu was a great guide who was very knowledgeable and helpful

Emma

5 day namche trek + kathmandu , Nepal - Oct 17 - Oct 23, 2018

Traveler: Emma G. - Local specialist: Erin Green

The guides were all fantastic and look after us all very well.

Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Emma,
So glad you enjoyed your guides who looked after your group really well. Will share your feedback with them!
Great to hear it!

Mei Mei

5 day namche trek + kathmandu , Nepal - Oct 17 - Oct 23, 2018

Traveler: Mei Mei O. - Local specialist: Erin Green

The guides were excellent especially Chiring and KB. They were very attentive and helpful. The whole journey of trekking and places and people and views we passed thro were so awesome and amazing .

Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks for the photos Mei Mei! So glad you and your group had a great time. Have passed on the accolades to Chiring and KB. See you again here for a longer trek next time!

Nar phu valley trek - 9 days, Nepal - Mar 25 - Apr 3, 2018

Traveler: Noel M. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

The Nar-Phu trek was superbly organised, kimkim tours were great to deal with, Amanda was fantastic to deal with and very knowledgeable and our guide and porter were both brilliant and so helpful and fun to do the trek with. Would recommend the trek to anyone looking for a extremely interesting and varied out of the way trek and certainly would have no hesitation in recommending using kimkim tours.

Tomas

Group departure - manaslu circuit trek group departures - 15 days, Nepal - Oct 8 - Oct 22, 2018

Traveler: Tomas M. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

I joined a group departure on Manaslu Circuit and was very satisfied with everything, we had a great knowledgeable guide who made sure everything was ok, the porters were also great, the whole trip went smoothly, amanda was very helpful and always answered my question quickly, she also helped me to arrange a car which drove me to chitwan after the trek, no complains :)

Jay bell bespoke- luxury raft, pokhara, chitwan, kathmandu, Nepal - Oct 2 - Oct 15, 2018

Traveler: Jay B. - Local specialist: Erin Green

My trip to Nepal was rather unique in that I was taking my Chinese girlfriend and her 20 year old niece. Their idea of Trekking was wearing high heels to the mall! not that they don't enjoy a good walk for a picnic outside...they just aren't wired for Nepali Trekking. I explained the kind of adventure to that I wanted to provide them and Erin our trip planner pit together the absolutely perfect trip with just the right amount of adventure and luxury. It took several months to get the... read more

My trip to Nepal was rather unique in that I was taking my Chinese girlfriend and her 20 year old niece. Their idea of Trekking was wearing high heels to the mall! not that they don't enjoy a good walk for a picnic outside...they just aren't wired for Nepali Trekking. I explained the kind of adventure to that I wanted to provide them and Erin our trip planner pit together the absolutely perfect trip with just the right amount of adventure and luxury. It took several months to get the itinerary just right, but Erin patiently adjusted every day plan to meet our exact desires. We really left every detail up to her and the trip could not have gone smoother from the moment we landed to the minute we departed Nepal. Erin met us the first day at the hotel...gave us a great orientation and went over every day of the trip in detail. She then proceeded to walk us to her favorite money xchange house and then to the best restaurant in the area. The attention to our needs was amazing. Erin and Raj the trip manager checked on us at every stage of the trip to make sure everything was going to plan. They even met us at the airport with a mobile phone preprogrammed with important contact numbers? Who thinks of these details. The guides, the drivers, the hotels and every persoin involved in our trip was outstanding. Erin even met us on the last day at the hotel for a casual debreifing to help her smooth out any trouble spots in the operation for the next guests. Attention to detail makes the difference and KIMKIM knows how to manage the details. We had 14 days, five different destinations, tours almost everyday and everything ran like clockwork. two thumbs up! A+

Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Jay! Lovely to meet you all, and I'm so glad you enjoyed your trip here. We worked hard, you and I, to get it just right before you came, so that things would run smoothly on the ground. It's wonderful to hear your feedback, and the team and I are really pleased to have met you, and that you all enjoyed the experience. I loved hearing your take on the rafting, the bright stars, and the beauty shared by all in face to face conversation, minus any internet connection. All good to hear! Thanks for traveling with us!

Rita (Rosita)

5 day namche trek + kathmandu , Nepal - Oct 17 - Oct 23, 2018

Traveler: Rita (Rosita) N. - Local specialist: Erin Green

It was a pleasant trip. Chhiring and his crew were fantastic. Definitely will come back and use the same guides. The only comment is mark up price is beyond the standard of 10%

Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Rita, I'm glad you felt you had a fantastic trip with Chhiring your guide and the crew. I don't know what you mean beyond a mark up price being beyond the standard of 10%. Do you mean the 13%VAT that the government of Nepal charges everyone? If so, that is not a mark up from our company, but rather from the government for all goods purchased, most prominently recognized by the visitor in food and drink prices. If that's what you're pointing out- then good for other visitor's to know about so they can be prepared!

Rohmani

5 day namche trek + kathmandu , Nepal - Oct 17 - Oct 23, 2018

Traveler: Rohmani A. - Local specialist: Erin Green

All Guides are very good, and Am happy with their services.

Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi! Thanks so much for your review! I look forward to helping you plan that next trek when you're feeling tip top, ok? Cheers! Erin

Kathmandu, nepal, Nepal - Oct 9 - Oct 13, 2018

Traveler: Marlynn R. - Local specialist: Mads Mathiasen

Overall experience was good. There was one time it took almost 3 days to hear back from Mads regarding what gear I should bring on the trek so I had to wait to know if I needed to buy anything or bring anything that I didn't have on my list. My 2 guides is Nepal were great -- Dawa and Prathicksha. Both were knowledgeable about the areas they took me. The best part of the trek was being on the trails. The worst part was trekking on the roads, especially the 30 minute walk when it was hot... read more

Overall experience was good. There was one time it took almost 3 days to hear back from Mads regarding what gear I should bring on the trek so I had to wait to know if I needed to buy anything or bring anything that I didn't have on my list. My 2 guides is Nepal were great -- Dawa and Prathicksha. Both were knowledgeable about the areas they took me. The best part of the trek was being on the trails. The worst part was trekking on the roads, especially the 30 minute walk when it was hot and dusty and trucks were coming and going from Panauti to the trail we turned off at the rice fields (past Khopasi village).

I would say be leery of going to the Herb Nepal Farm overnight -- the experience was great, so was the food, but I got a small abrasion on the front of my right shin there going up the narrow stairway in my cabin and ended up having surgery to cut out the infection and then came home early so did not go to Bhutan for 12 days as planned, and landed in PDX in the emergency room for continued care of my infection which will take a long time to heal.

It turned out I got the bacteria acinetobacter, which the infectious disease doctor said in Portland was rare and that bacteria is mostly found in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq, so he was surprised this bacteria showed up in Nepal. Just something to be aware of if you have other clients you are taking to that area -- they cannot get even a small scratch on them or cut or it may turn serious.

I should not let my injury deter my experience as I enjoyed my whole trek overall.

Mads Mathiasen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Marlynn, that is terrible that the infection turned so bad, never heard of this bacteria before, really strange. Too bad you had to cancel you trip to Bhutan but at least there is something to come back for :-) Very happy to hear you did enjoy your time trekking and seeing Kathmandu with us. Thanks for the feedback. Kind regards. Mads

Group departure - manaslu circuit trek: group departures - 15 days, Nepal - Sep 24 - Oct 8, 2018

Traveler: Fay v. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Our guide Wangchu and the two porters did a very good job. They made sure everything was taken care off. They were professional and friendly. We’ve been very lucky to have met them!

Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

HI Fay! So glad Wangchu and your porters did great jobs for you, and that you were well taken care of. Hope to see you back here for more adventures!

Scott

Manaslu and bhutan, Nepal - Sep 24 - Oct 12, 2018

Traveler: Scott C. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Erin was great at organising the trip and was very quick with responding to questions and requests. The guide was very knowledgable, well mannered and paced the trek well. The porters were also excellent, very friendly and worked exceptionally hard without complaints. The trip itself was very good. The circuit was a quieter than some others and the scenery was excellent. Overall the kimkim experience was very good, the staff were amazing and the trek was outstanding.

Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Scott! Thanks so much for this feedback. I'm so glad you guys had a great trek! Your small group seems to have gelled well. I've shared the praise with your guide and porters, too, so really appreciative of this feedback. Hope to see you again to tackle another one of Nepal's challenges. I think you'll be back, right? :)

Kristina

Gokyo trek, Nepal - Sep 12 - Sep 24, 2018

Traveler: Kristina M. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Had a wonderful time trekking Annapurna Base Camp and Muldai Peak with my awesome guide Nawang. Raj, Erin and Amanda were super helpful and accommodating as plans changed, and made all the logistics effortless. Truly an unforgettable trip!

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Kristina, you certainly did have some changes to your trip and we're very glad it all worked out so well in the end. We hope you're still enjoying the photos and memories of Nepal!

Cheers,
Amanda

Audrey

Pikey peak trek, Nepal - Sep 22 - Oct 1, 2018

Traveler: Audrey S. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Hi ! We did the Pikey peak and Solu trek package. It was even better than we expected. Amanda our local specialist really understood what we wanted, I asked for a trek with the least amount of tourist and she delivered. We did not see any tourist until the end of the trek, so our entire trek was nature and the locals (Sherpa coulture). Very sweet people, warm and very hospitable. We stayed in tea houses and they were great. Our guide Pemba was really great, he knew his stuff well and was... read more

Hi ! We did the Pikey peak and Solu trek package. It was even better than we expected. Amanda our local specialist really understood what we wanted, I asked for a trek with the least amount of tourist and she delivered. We did not see any tourist until the end of the trek, so our entire trek was nature and the locals (Sherpa coulture). Very sweet people, warm and very hospitable. We stayed in tea houses and they were great. Our guide Pemba was really great, he knew his stuff well and was very good about taking décisions when the weather was less than ideal. He was also really great at the Phaplu airport, a very tiny airport with very few flights and weather plays a huge role in you getting your flight and so does the delivery of goods to Lukla. So after stressing a bit thinking we may not get our flight, our guide found a way and we flew on saturday as planned, thank you Pemba for your hard work! Now our sherpas, they were so amazing, Dowa 1 and Dowa 2, they both had the same name so the told us to add the number when Calling their names. They were so great, they also did most of the cooking for us at the tea houses, they really went out of their way for us to be confortable and well fed.

As for the trek itself I loved all of it, my favorites, I really enjoyed Japre, I loved where we stayed at Pikey basecamp, climbing up to Pikey Peak at 6am in the fog and then seeing Everest was pretty magical. We all really enjoyed Loding village it was really relaxing after two hard days of Walking. When we arrived in Junbesi we immediately climbed to Thubten Choling Monastery, now that was the nicest most amazing mistical monastery I have ever visited. The monks where really warm and hospitable, they even invited us to their tea room for some delicious tea with milk and some local cookies.

I could go on and on, but if you want a trek that is a bit challenging but yet very enjoyable and minimal tourist with a real experience of the Sherpa culture, this is a really great trek. Thank you Amanda for your hard work and thank you Pemba for all the strings you pulled to get us back to Kathmandu ontime. I can't wait for my next trek in Nepal!!!

Audrey

Karen

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

Traveler: Karen W. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kripa Sunuwar, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Karen,

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

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

Best Regards,
Kripa

5 days in nepal: 5 great itineraries, Nepal - Sep 16 - Sep 21, 2018

Traveler: Marije d. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

The overall experuence was exactly what we hoped for.
Nice people, flexible when plans changed and had a lot to tell about places we visited.
We have done only 5,5 days in nepal, kthmandu to pokhara and some rafting in between an staying in a fantastisch riverside camp.
All perfectly arranged.
My only point of comment would be that the drive to and from the Famous Farm (which was fantastic to stay btw) was too long (due to the road conditions) related to the total time we where in Nepal.
Besides that, all perfect!

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Marije, thanks for your 5 star review! Yes the road up to the Famous Farm was quite bad when you were here, driving around is one of the issues we face in Nepal, glad to hear that you did enjoy it up there though!

We hope to see you here again!

Cheers,
Amanda

Herman

Annapurna exploration in 5 days , Nepal - Aug 31 - Sep 4, 2018

Traveler: Herman L. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Erin, our local specialist, was really great helping us prepare for the trip, to the point that she helped us booking bus tickets between Kathmandu and Pokhara as well as researching various other things that we were asking about prior to arrival.

We initially booked a 5 day trek in the Annapurna range, but as our prior travels went on we realised that a 4 day trek suited our schedule better - Erin sorted this for us as well, and put together a more compact plan with our guide Naresh that... read more

Erin, our local specialist, was really great helping us prepare for the trip, to the point that she helped us booking bus tickets between Kathmandu and Pokhara as well as researching various other things that we were asking about prior to arrival.

We initially booked a 5 day trek in the Annapurna range, but as our prior travels went on we realised that a 4 day trek suited our schedule better - Erin sorted this for us as well, and put together a more compact plan with our guide Naresh that meant we could cover the same trek in a day less.

The specific trek was the Mulde/Muldai/Muldei Peak and Poon Hill trek, with a maximum altitude of about 3600m, starting at around 1700m and ending at around 1500m. Apart from the unfortunate cloudy weather due to monsoon season, we got two clear magnificent sunrises, and if the weather had been clear on the second evening; a sunset as well at 3600m. We really had some great views, and an overall great experience, and just the view the first morning made our 6 week travel in India and Nepal worth it. Naresh, our guide, was incredibly nice, helpful and considerate, and helped us with everything from pointing out the mountain peak names to leech-protection, getting drinking water, and drying clothes in the tea houses.

I unfortunately reacted badly to the rapid increase in altitude and didn't feel too well the second and third day, but Naresh did everything in his power, including swapping backpacks with me, to take some of the strain off, as well as put the tempo down. This trek should be doable without any significant prevention of altitude sickness, and my partner was fine apart from slight loss of appetite, but some tablets for AMS could be useful, and make sure to communicate with you guide so he/she is aware, as well as be aware of the symptoms and react early if possible if any symptoms develop.

I would definitely do this trek again - next, maybe a slightly longer one to the Annapurna Base Camp. If you are inexperienced or new to the trekking aspects, or other aspects such as navigation etc (or just wanna enjoy doing the trek without planning it yourself), I would definitely recommend this way of booking.

Thank for a great time, kimkim, Erin and Naresh!

Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks so much for your feedback and all the awesome pics, Herman! You guys were awesome at rolling with the punches the weather and altitude can throw at you here in Nepal. Naresh is a great guide, and I've passed on your accolades to him. Thanks too for your advice to future trekkers here. It's really important for us to hear your stories.

I look forward to seeing you here again for that longer trek!!

Muldai and poon hill trek - long, Nepal - Jul 28 - Aug 2, 2018

Traveler: Esther P. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

Mingma and the porters were lovely and very helpful, and I was grateful to them for flicking leeches off my shoes! It was a good route with lots of different and pretty immediate scenery, even if it was too cloudy to see the mountains. I was happy with the level of difficulty of the trek. I loved the first tea house in Ghandruk. I was a bit disappointed with the lack of views but had plenty of warning that this could well be the case in monsoon season.

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Esther, the views at the stop do make the effort of walking up hills feel more worth it, unfortunately the monsoon season is characterised by the clouds that like to hang around. Great to hear that otherwise you enjoyed the trail and short-distance scenery.

Many thanks for your review!

Cheers,
Amanda

Varied trip for a family, Nepal - Aug 5 - Aug 13, 2018

Traveler: Aislinn S. - Local specialist: Mads Mathiasen

Mads was really helpful from the outset and helped me work out a fantastic itinerary for myself and my family. We thoroughly enjoyed it all from the trekking with our lovely guide chheering, the white water rafting expedition and our luxurious stay at Chitwan. Our adventure to lumbini and across the border was fun but would maybe fly from Kathmandu next time! Amanda, our contact in Kathmandu was faultless- giving us excellent recommendations for meals and providing us with a phone so we could... read more

Mads was really helpful from the outset and helped me work out a fantastic itinerary for myself and my family. We thoroughly enjoyed it all from the trekking with our lovely guide chheering, the white water rafting expedition and our luxurious stay at Chitwan. Our adventure to lumbini and across the border was fun but would maybe fly from Kathmandu next time! Amanda, our contact in Kathmandu was faultless- giving us excellent recommendations for meals and providing us with a phone so we could contact her if we had any problems and then resolving any issues with incredible speed. We loved Nepal as much as when we last visited it nearly 20 years ago and now our 3 children love it as well. Thank you all so much.

Mads Mathiasen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Ask, I am so happy we have been part in making your 3 children fall in love with Nepal! Also nice to hear that you loved it as much this time as 20 years ago, so much has changed since then. I am glad you liked the place in Chitwan, I think it is amazing. We would love to see you back in Nepal, maybe try the Christmas holidays next time and see the super clear mountains views. Thanks, Mads

Lucia

Nepal's main trekking regions, Nepal - Jul 21 - Jul 29, 2018

Traveler: Lucia W. - Local specialist: Erin Green

Loved the trek so much! Didn’t really think about much before I go. Alex and Erin are very experienced in terms of giving good advice on the drier route during monsoon season and taking care of my arrival. Ngawang is such a experienced guide and he was very helpful along the trek. Food is very good and satisfying during the trip too ;)

Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

So glad you had a great time, Lucia. Yes, even relatively last minute trips during monsoon season can be awesome! Hope to see you back here for another trek, and some more Nepali food :)

jomsom and muktinath trek , Nepal - May 26 - Jun 3, 2018

Traveler: Celeste M. - Local specialist: Erin Green

We are very grateful to Erin and the kimkim team for putting together a fantastic and memorable holiday this May. Our decision to go to Nepal was pretty last minute and not exactly at the best time of year to visit, but with Erin's guidance we were able to figure out an itinerary with all of the experiences we were looking for, while maximizing the opportunities for good weather and clear skies/views. Our trip included a four-day trek from Jomsom - with an incredibly memorable flight to... read more

We are very grateful to Erin and the kimkim team for putting together a fantastic and memorable holiday this May. Our decision to go to Nepal was pretty last minute and not exactly at the best time of year to visit, but with Erin's guidance we were able to figure out an itinerary with all of the experiences we were looking for, while maximizing the opportunities for good weather and clear skies/views. Our trip included a four-day trek from Jomsom - with an incredibly memorable flight to reach Jomsom - and a couple days of relaxation in Pokhara on the back end at a stunning property. It was a perfect balance of activity and relaxation. The whole trip was seamless thanks to the KimKim team and our excellent guide, Mingma. Having all of the logistical stress removed meant that we were able to fully enjoy the experience. The team even made sure that we got the most out of our layover in Kathmandu, arranging for us to be picked up and see some highlights of the city. We look forward to traveling with kimkim again in the future and have already recommended them to family and friends.

Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Celeste, thank you so much for your review! So glad you and Mike had a good time, weathered the monsoon, and made the most out of every day you were here. Since I met you in Kathmandu, I've been on an affogado hunt all over the city! I hope to see you back here for another adventure soon!

Bongsok

Langtang trek, Nepal - Jul 25 - Aug 1, 2018

Traveler: Bongsok A. - Local specialist: Erin Green

My guide was very friendly and helpful for my trekking. He organized well and take care of me well too as we travel together. Erin helped me a lot by providing some information about this whole trip as this is my time to come trekking in Nepal. Everything was excellent and the one thing I was impressed was to see the local people in Langtang who work hard to rebuild their villages destroyed by the earthquake in 2015.

Erin Green, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Bongsok! Thank you for the wonderful review. We're so glad you had a rewarding time on your trip here, and had a chance to experience the great rebuilding that's happened in Langtang. Happy future trekking, and hope to see you back in Nepal!

Daniel

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

Traveler: Daniel F. - Local specialist: Kripa Sunuwar

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

Kripa Sunuwar, local specialist, responded to this review:

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

We always send guides to... read more

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

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

Once again thank you for traveling with us!

Thanks,
Kripa

Kelly

Pikey peak: a short trek with great views of everest, Nepal - Jun 18 - Jun 22, 2018

Traveler: Kelly L. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

I have nothing but kind things to say regarding my recent trip to Pikey Peak in Nepal. Both Rachel and I had never been to Nepal before, and were overwhelmed with the kindness and hospitality we experienced both with the company and people we stayed with throughout the trek.

Needless to say, you need a guide if you have never hiked or journeyed through Nepal before. It is not only essential for your safety, but also because local guides have immense amount of knowledge and insight about... read more

I have nothing but kind things to say regarding my recent trip to Pikey Peak in Nepal. Both Rachel and I had never been to Nepal before, and were overwhelmed with the kindness and hospitality we experienced both with the company and people we stayed with throughout the trek.

Needless to say, you need a guide if you have never hiked or journeyed through Nepal before. It is not only essential for your safety, but also because local guides have immense amount of knowledge and insight about Nepal culture, people, language, and places. It really adds to the trip to have guide who can help show you these parts of Nepal as well.

Our six day trek was wonderful. Picky Peak gave us beautiful view of various mountain ranges, including Mount Everest. Naress, our guide, was absolutely wonderful in providing us with any assistance we needed (whether it be encouragement on long hiking days or making sure all of our lodging was warm and accommodating). We also enjoyed our porter, Mingma Sherpa, who taught us different words in the Sherpa language and took us around a monastery in Junbesi.

My only critique of the trip was feeling under prepared in terms of packing as my friend Rachel also expressed in her review. If you go during the rainy season, it is very cold at night, especially at high altitudes. Perhaps an area of improvement for KimKim could be more transparency in telling us to pack warmer clothes, a sleeping bag, and other necessities.

Overall though, excellent company, guide, porter, and experience. Would certainly recommend to anyone who has limited time but wants to explore Nepal!

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hey Kelly, thanks for taking the time to leave a thorough review, great to hear that you had the support you needed along the way from Naresh and Mingma. Pikey Peak is a stunning area and great that you got some insight into 'real' Nepal, too.
It certainly can get cold at night when you're at altitude or in a blustery place like Pikey Peak and we do provide a full packing list, sounds like you guys missed it in the chat.
We would love to see you back again, maybe a trek that goes a little higher next time? :)

Thanks again,
Amanda

Rachel

Pikey peak: a short trek with great views of everest, Nepal - Jun 18 - Jun 22, 2018

Traveler: Rachel F. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

100/10 would strongly recommend booking through kimkim for a trek through Nepal!

I inquired on a whim just to ask a few questions and Mads and Amanda took full reigns to cater the trip specifically for what we wanted to see, do, and experience all within our time frame. Their tips were very informative and helpful as well as prompt.

As for the actual trek, we got taxi pick up with our guide, Naress, on the first day and he accompanied us 24/7 after that. Naress was AMAZING. He cared for us... read more

100/10 would strongly recommend booking through kimkim for a trek through Nepal!

I inquired on a whim just to ask a few questions and Mads and Amanda took full reigns to cater the trip specifically for what we wanted to see, do, and experience all within our time frame. Their tips were very informative and helpful as well as prompt.

As for the actual trek, we got taxi pick up with our guide, Naress, on the first day and he accompanied us 24/7 after that. Naress was AMAZING. He cared for us on the 14 hour Jeep ride to Phaplu and made sure we knew what was going on. He always made sure we were fed, warm, and taking breaks to rest. His guidance was necessary and he taught us so much about Nepali culture. He also taught us plenty of Nepali phrases we could use to talk to the people we met at the tea houses. We also had a Sherpa, Mingmar Sherpa, who carried some of the luggage weight. GRATEFUL FOR THIS. My favorite town was Junbesi where we visited a monastery, but the highlight of the trip was seeing Everest from the top of Pikey Peak. A little cold due to the rainy season climate, but absolutely stunning.

On the jeep ride back, Naress purchased an extra seat so that we would have more room on the 8 hour ride home. This. was. life giving. THANK YOU NARESS!

Overall, the only thing I was confused by was the packing list. I don't remember being told we would have a Sherpa or that we should bring x, y, z warm gear. Maybe that could be an improvement?

I cannot thank the kimkim team enough for this trip. I have already recommended the company to 4 different friend groups heading to Nepal later this year, and I will certainly go back to kimkim if I return to Nepal one day.
Thank you and happy trails!

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Rachel, thanks for your detailed review, we love the Pikey Peak area and showing people our favourite places around this incredible region. We are very glad to hear that Naresh was able to add so much to your trip.
You had initially asked about what gear to bring and the detailed gear list was sent over to you then, it sounds like Kripa and Naresh were able to clarify your questions about gear in your pre-trek briefing.
Let us know when you'll be back and Naresh will be happy to show you around somewhere else in Nepal!
Cheers,
Amanda

Sheng Hua

Group departure - manaslu circuit trek - the ultimate off-the-beaten-path trek in nepal - 13 to 19 days, Nepal - Jun 5 - Jun 18, 2018

Traveler: Sheng Hua O. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

It was truly a pleasant and wonderful experience from start to end! Amanda and Mads were really awesome and prompt in answering my queries. Thank you for their patience because it took so long to confirm my trip. Co-ordination of the team was flawless, it was a thoughtful gesture for us to meet Raj at the end of the trip to review the trek and also to understand the company a little more. The trek was awesome, it was really beautiful and the landscape was so varied and diverse! Chhiring was a... read more

It was truly a pleasant and wonderful experience from start to end! Amanda and Mads were really awesome and prompt in answering my queries. Thank you for their patience because it took so long to confirm my trip. Co-ordination of the team was flawless, it was a thoughtful gesture for us to meet Raj at the end of the trip to review the trek and also to understand the company a little more. The trek was awesome, it was really beautiful and the landscape was so varied and diverse! Chhiring was a professional, helpful and fantastic guide! He went over and above to make our experience memorable, it was enriching to hear stories of his experience, the history and culture of the region. Our porters, Santa and Mannosh were also awesome! it was pleasant to have them around and I was very grateful for the hard work that they put in, we also had fun afternoons playing card games and sharing laughs! Himalayan trails has a stellar team! I will not hesitate to go on my next trek in Nepal with them again!

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Osh, so great to hear that you loved the Manaslu trek, Nepal is such a changing landscape at the moment and the Manaslu trek is a great combination of culture and stunning nature.
Great to hear that the group and crew enjoyed time together, there's a saying around here that people 'come for the mountains but come back for the people' and we find this to be so true.
Thanks for your review, looking forward to planning your next adventure!

Cheers,
Amanda

Carmen

The best short treks in nepal - trekking itineraries ranging from 3 to 10 days, Nepal - Jun 10 - Jun 20, 2018

Traveler: Carmen B. - Local specialist: Amanda Delecca

An amazing trek, short but challenging for us. Beautiful landscape and views of the Annapurnas. Our guide Tendu and porter Dorje were very patient and accommodating. We went in the off season, but were very lucky with both the weather and open tea houses. The only unfortunate thing was that the packing list provided to us was definitely optimized for the fall and winter, and we were way over-laden with warm clothes, rain gear and sleeping bags that we didn't need. Overall a fantastic experience from start to finish.

Amanda Delecca, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Carmen, many thanks for your review! Wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the crew and had a great experience.
Also excellent to hear that the weather was good to you, this isn't always the case and that's the reason that we still request that you're prepared gear-wise, for in the case that conditions do turn bad. The weather in the mountains is volatile, especially when going to high altitude such as the trek you did that goes over 5000m. We would much rather that you have the extra gear... read more

Hi Carmen, many thanks for your review! Wonderful to hear that you enjoyed the crew and had a great experience.
Also excellent to hear that the weather was good to you, this isn't always the case and that's the reason that we still request that you're prepared gear-wise, for in the case that conditions do turn bad. The weather in the mountains is volatile, especially when going to high altitude such as the trek you did that goes over 5000m. We would much rather that you have the extra gear and don't need it, rather than being caught short.
I hope you're still enjoying your fond memories and photos from Nepal!

Cheers,
Amanda