This epic yet fairly easy trek takes you through the vast Dolpo area of Western Nepal; because it's only been open to trekkers since 1989, this is one of the least-explored regions of this country. You'll pass through wonderful Himalayan forests, traditional villages, picturesque rivers, and magnificent waterfalls. The highlight is Lake Phoksundo, considered a natural treasure in Nepal and is sacred to Buddhists and followers of the Bonpo religion. Along the way, you'll see rich flora and fauna, including musk deer, blue sheep, great Tibetan sheep, Himalayan tahr, and perhaps even the very rare and elusive snow leopard.
Responsible Treks is a local travel company based in Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal. The organization was founded by a group of individual’s from Nyinba-Humla with a passion to develop and share their homelands & mountain regions. Their innovative spirit and passion for adventure are professionally complemented by meticulous research & planning along with their 15 yrs industry experience.
At Responsible Treks we share an abiding passion for our homeland; while growing up we listened with great admiration to the tales & songs of our forefathers, who by foot & horseback followed the ancient salt trading routes across the Himalayan sub-continent. It was this allure of discovery that fired our imagination & propelled us to act, thus founding Responsible Treks in Dec 2009. With passion; field expertise and intimate local knowledge, we come together to offer you an opportunity to travel within the remote regions of this country whilst providing support to the people that need it most. SNV (a Dutch International Development Organization) estimates that less than 1% of tourism revenues in Nepal actually reach the most in-need & remote rural areas; a statistic which we are committed to improving.
Our mission is to promote responsible travel as we care about the environment. We are serious about preserving and promoting local cultures. Most importantly we work directly with the host communities ensuring that tourism benefits everyone.
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From Kathmandu, enjoy a multi-week trekking adventure through the Himalaya, learning about Nepali culture and Tibetan Buddhism along the way. You'll do a circuit, or 'kora', of sacred Mt. Kailash in western Tibet, camp beneath the mountain's north face, and visit Everest Base Camp on the Tibetan side of the border. You'll also stop at other Tibet cultural highlights, such as the Tashi Lhunpo Gompa in Shigatse, and end in Lhasa, the former home of the Dalai Lamas.
On this 12-day journey through Nepal, experience the scenic and challenging Tilicho Lake Trek—one of the highest lakes in the world. Start in Kathmandu to get acquainted with the country, and do some sightseeing. Then, begin the journey through the Annapurna region. Explore villages and stay in teahouses along the way. Make stops in Chame, Pisang, Manang, and Khangsar Village, before reaching Tilicho Base Camp. Then, spend time admiring the Tilicho Lake, before retracing your steps back to Kathmandu.
This two-and-a-half-week trek through Langtang and Helambu is one of the most spectacular Nepal has to offer. Just north of the Kathmandu Valley, this route is classified as moderate and will take you from the banks of the Bhote Kosi River through the Langtang Valley to the sacred Gosaikunda Lake and the Hyolmo villages of Helambu. You'll see expansive mountain views, travel through lush forests and sleep in Nepali tea houses on this Himalayan adventure.
Discover Nepal's majestic region of Dolpo. This remote area, made famous by Peter Matthiessen’s book 'The Snow Leopard,' has only been open to trekkers since 1989. Its most alluring attraction, Phoksundo Lake, is sacred to Buddhists and followers of the Bonpo religion. This relatively easy trek involves no high passes, and winds through Himalayan forests and traditional Tibetan villages.
Go on an adventure at the top of the world and let ancient Tibetan myths and mysteries enchant you. This 6-day tour includes a thorough cultural and historical exploration of Tibet's capital, Lhasa, and surrounding areas. You'll also get a taste of nature with a trip south to the pristine freshwaters of Yamdrok Lake.
Recent Trip Reviews for Responsible Treks
Trekking and tiger safari · Nepal - Mar 12 - Mar 22, 2020
We did a semi custom trip (11 day) for three with some moderate trekking in Annapurna region, tiger safari in Bardia NP, with some cultural activities in Kathmandu. The trip was well organized and flexible. I only provided some general guidance on my desires and Chhewang made suggestions and tied it all together after some feedback from me. We all enjoyed the trekking and the tiger safari, where we we able to see 4 tigers in the wild over 2 days.
Our trip was interrupted by the covid-19 virus... read more
Fantastic experience with kimkim's team in Nepal · Nepal - Jan 20 - Jan 24, 2020
Our party of 4 adults from Thailand were in Nepal for our first time for 4 nights and we all had a safe and wonderful time thanks to kimkim and the team. As the organizer, it wasn't easy to choose a local tour company because there are so many to screen, but I was very happy to have chosen kimkim and this team. Pre-trip, the entire coordination process such as emails back and forth, queries, payment etc was very smooth. I love kimkim's email communication system which basically makes life... read more
Fantastic Flexible visit to Nepal · Nepal - Nov 28 - Dec 5, 2019
We had a wonderful experience with Chhewang and his driver in Nepal. They were so flexible when our flights from Lumbini were delayed and adjusted to every little request we sent through - including transporting our luggage between Namobuddah/Balthali/Panuti so that we could do our own 'wandering' between villages. The transport was the best we had anywhere in Nepal. We would highly recommend them for any type of assistance in Nepal from fully catered to independent travelers like us. Thank you so much for making everything flow smoothly!
Seamless experience of beauty, culture and exploration · Nepal - Oct 26 - Oct 31, 2019
From start to finish my tour organised by Chhewang was seamless and for me effortless. I was very well looked after by my guide Keshab and can’t thank him enough. The responsible trek team communicated everything clearly and consistently where I never felt a worry or not looked after. The trek itself was created and catered specifically to my wishes and the time I had available. I loved every experience, and was lucky to observe many cultural customs as it was the time of the festival.
Trip to Nepal · Nepal - May 27 - Jun 8, 2019
Our trip to Nepal was everything we imagined it would be plus more, and it was all thanks to Kunchok Nima and all of our guides. We explored Kathmandu with a wonderful guide that took us to Hindu and Buddhist temples and taught us all about the culture. We then went to Pokhara where we white water rafted (Raju was an amazing guide) and started our two day trek. Our trekking guide Chhiring is one of our favorite people we met on this journey. His knowledge about trekking and his country in... read more
Trip to Nepal · Nepal - Aug 6 - Aug 12, 2019
Kunchok was great, he helped us get everything we need and ensure we were safe :)
Would recommend anyone that want a safe and fun trip to find him
Trip to Nepal · Nepal - Jul 19 - Jul 26, 2019
We had a wonderful time in Nepal. The attention of Chhewang and our guide, Chhiring was absolutely great. They were always on time, absolutely dedicated to us. There were no surprises, hidden costs or bad experiences. The hotels that were booked for us were of excellent quality and the overall attention and quality of the tour was outstanding.
Chhiring is really a very professional guide and a wonderful person. He didn't only guide use through our trek, we learned so much from him and from... read more
Lower Mustang Trek - 9 Days · Nepal - Jul 22 - Jul 26, 2019
Such an amazing trip - my guide Sonam was wonderful. He thought of everything and went out of his way to make sure I enjoyed the trip. He took me to see some breathtaking sights and gave me the exact trip I wanted. I would recommend KimKim and Responsible Treks and Sonam to anyone I know.
Trip to Nepal · Nepal - Apr 21 - Apr 24, 2019
From the beginning of contacting Kimkim till the end, we had an amazing trekking experience in the Annapurna region. Thank you to Chhewang for the preliminary interaction and for responding to all our queries in a timely and informative manner. We were lucky to have Rikzin Lama as our guide. He was helpful, knowledgable, professional and very easy going. Our porter Bharat was a great travel companion and helped us at every occasion he can. We are ever grateful to Rikzin and Bharat who have... read more
Nepal 7-10 days Kathmandu Valley-Pokhara (add India 2-3 days) · Nepal - Mar 10 - Mar 22, 2019
My Father-In-Law and I had a fantastic trip to Nepal! I want to thank Kim Kim for providing an excellent platform for planning and communication. The are no words for how wonderful Kunchok and the Responsible Treks Team were. Everyone was very patient, flexible, and attentive to our varying interests and needs. Our trip was a whirlwind Buddhist pilgrimage/sight-seeing adventure/cultural experience/trek--in the Kathmandu Valley area, Bandipur, Pokhara, and Annapurna. The guides Raman and... read more
Nepal 7-10 days Kathmandu Valley-Pokhara (add India 2-3 days) · Nepal - Mar 10 - Mar 22, 2019
It was a great trip. Everyone was super nice, the weather was great, and all the guides and drivers were very attentive.
Trip to Nepal · Nepal - Mar 14 - Mar 14, 2019
Kesaeb was great - always had my back - very friendly and knew his stuff concerning the trek and tea houses - a very knowledgeable and personable person and always on time - if I come back again I’ll definitly your organization again and ask for Kesaeb as my guide - take care - enjoy
Luxury Trekking in the Everest Region - 9 Days · Nepal - Dec 28 - Jan 6, 2019
We were looking for an adventure in the Himalayas. We had a fabulous one! From the very beginning, Kunchok made sure that everything was planned and organized the right way. He took all our needs into consideration and was extremely patient and helpful. In Nepal, he treated us like royalty. Once in Nepal, Sonam turned out to be much more than a very resourceful guide. He became a brother whose company we will miss. Both Kunchok and Sonam are top-notched individuals. Too bad Nepal and our... read more
Role of Your Local Guide in Nepal · Nepal - Nov 13 - Nov 27, 2018
Alex at Kimkim was very helpful with the initial enquiry, putting me in touch with Kunchok Nima of Responsible Treks.
Kunchok dealt very patiently with my many questions and several changes of plan and dates. All the arrangements he made for me worked out very smoothly.
On the trek I was guided by Gyaljan Lama and Keshab Magar. They were patient, kind and helpful, and spoke excellent English. Hopefully they will remember 'undulating' and 'clearing', which I suggested they add to their... read more
Trekking - 10 Days · Nepal - Oct 17 - Oct 30, 2018
We went to Langtang for 14 days in October and we had fabulous trip. We had not tried trekking before but Chhewang was very helpful in the planning of the trip and answered all our questions with short response time. We had a guide, Keshab, and two porters, Michael Bro and Ganesh, and they were also fabulous: very friendly, professional and with a good sense of humour. Langtang was beautiful and it was not overly crowded with other tourists. We can highly recommend Langtang, Kimkim and the whole package.
Lower Mustang Trek - 9 Days · Nepal - Oct 20 - Oct 27, 2018
We had a glorious time last week trekking through Lower Mustang and would like to take this opportunity to commend Chhiring for his first-rate guide service. It was a pleasure to walk with him.
It was my 14-year-old son Dylan’s first trekking experience and Chhiring did an excellent job of gauging our comfort and ability levels to ensure that we were always challenged but never overwhelmed.
Chhiring knows the Mustang area well, affording us glimpses into otherwise hidden corners, and was... read more
Trip to Nepal · Nepal - Oct 16 - Nov 1, 2018
We trekked the Langtang-Gosaikunda-Helambu route for 2 weeks with our Nepalese guide Dawa and porter Renjen. The trip was absolutely amazing: stunning views, friendly people, interesting culture! We felt safe and welcome from day one until the end.
Nepal Holiday with Trekking · Nepal - Oct 17 - Oct 30, 2018
We had a wonderful time with Responsible Treks!
Responsible Treks is a great touring company with a respectable business model and mission. By mainly hiring employees from a single, impoverished village high in the Himalayas, they are providing a way for members of the village to earn a living outside of the mountains. Our guide was Sonam and our porter was the famous dancing and singing Nirmal.
Our trek was a 7-day/6-night hike through the south Annapurna Conservation area. The highlight... read more
Trip to Nepal · Nepal - Oct 20 - Oct 27, 2018
We were having company trip to Nepal and we are really satisfied with the service provided by Nima and Chhewang. We couldnt describe how wonderful and how professional this travel company is. Firstly the recommended travel plan was suited to our group of people. And both Nima and Chhewang always give fast response before and during the trip. They answered our thousands of question patiently. During the trip, our tour guide Nima was good at forming a joyful atmosphere and able to identify our... read more
Trip to Nepal · Nepal - Sep 17 - Sep 26, 2018
Had a great time.
Beautiful country & beautiful people.
Phoksundo Lake Trek, Dolpo – 10 Days · Nepal - Jul 1 - Jul 10, 2018
We had an amazing experience trekking with responsible treks and would highly recommend it to anyone considering traveling to Nepal. Our guide Sonam was a true professional, taking care of us every step of the way. We did a 12 day hike to Phoksundo Lake and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a tour that is a bit more remote. We only say 4 other trekkers the entire time, and were able to really experience true Nepalese culture. The trek was definitely challenging at... read more
Jomsom Muktinath Trek · Nepal - Jul 29 - Aug 6, 2018
My wife and I recently traveled to Nepal on our honeymoon to explore part of the mustang region. We were looking for adventure, culture and scenery. Our guide Thinley and the whole team from Responsible Treks gave us a wonderful adventure. Nepal is such a beautiful country rich in history, culture and spirit, and the mustang region was just as breathtaking as we had hoped it would be. Even with the monsoon weather providing us with a range of obstacles, the Responsible Treks team worked... read more
Trip to Nepal · Nepal - Jul 16 - Jul 30, 2018
We had a wonderful experience in Nepal, and I can't say enough great things about Chhewang and Sonam from Responsible Treks. This was our first time to Nepal, and Chhewang was extremely helpful in designing the perfect itinerary for us. He assessed our capabilities and interests, and proposed several options. He was patient and responsive with our questions and flexible to meet our needs at every step.
We trekked the remote region of Nar and Phu, and then part of the Annapurna Circuit. We... read more
Poonhill Trek 5 days with my daughter · Nepal - Jun 23 - Jun 27, 2018
Great support from your Team, from start of the planning process until the end of the trip.
Ghadruk Trek · Nepal - Jun 2 - Jun 5, 2018
I cannot say enough about how professional, efficient, personable, and thorough the team at Responsible Treks was.
I consider myself a low-maintenance traveler, so I was not used to having such a highly attentive team. But I’m grateful for it. They took care of every detail, leaving my focus only on soaking in the scenery, history, culture, and terrain of one of the most beautiful countries on earth.
Kunchok guided me through selecting a trek and preparing for it. He was responsive to every... read more
Trip to Nepal · Nepal - May 11 - May 18, 2018
I cannot say enough about the awesome Nepal trek we recently competed that was booked through KimKim with Responsible Treks. From our first interactions, KimKim identified the type of trip we were interested in, the specific dates we were available and matched us with a trekking company and a trek that fit our skill level and expectations.
The trip itself exceeded our expectations on all fronts. The communications we received via KimKim's platform helped us plan our trip, get a great... read more
Trip to Nepal · Nepal - May 13 - May 17, 2018
I had a wonderful experience with KimKim and the trekking company the set me up with, Responsible Treks. Let me fill you in!
After checking out trekking options on kimkims website, they connected me with trekking specialist Kunchok Nima, who was able to provide me with wise advice and suggestions as to which trek we should do, based off the amount of time we had and experience. After booking the Poonhill trek he continued to keep contact with me, confirming details and answering questions,... read more