Trip to Nepal - Jul 14 - Jul 20, 2019
We highly recommend KimKim (with Nepal Myths & Mountain Trails) for trekking in Nepal. Our guides, Tashi and Ang Gelu, did a top-notch job in safely and comfortably guiding us on our 5-day family trek to Ghorepani and Poon Hill. These two guides were personable and complemented each other well (Ang Gelu knew the villages and trek a little better, but Tashi knew more English). It was clear that they had much experience hiking in Nepal and in the Annapurna region. We felt secure in their hands.
Our original plan had been Pikey Peak, but a mudslide on the road forced us to change plans before we even arrived at the trailhead. Ngima's team (Nepal Myths & Mountain Trails) correctly assessed the situation, discussed options with us, and recommended the alternate plan (Ghorepani + rafting) that we agreed with.
Even though we chose to go during monsoon season, we were lucky in that the weather was good enough for us to get great views of the Annapurna range from multiple locations, including Ghorepani, Poon Hill, Tadapani, and Ghandruk!
Trekking in the Himalayas was more physically challenging than I expected, primarily due to the prolonged steepness, and when my knees and thighs were not quite up to the task, Tashi and Ang Gelu were there to help carry my backpack, which made a huge difference. However, our group did get separated once when some of us got too far ahead, but it ended up being a merely temporary inconvenience due to the skills and knowledge of our guides.
Ngima and his team were very flexible in letting us stay an extra day in Pokhara so that we could see some of the sights there before heading back to Kathmandu. They also arranged a white-water rafting trip after we had to turn back from Pikey Peak in just a single day, which was definitely a highlight. Their ability to set up this whole trip for us was impressive.
We had fun playing cards with our guides during the evenings in the tea houses, as well as meeting other travelers from around the world. The trek was very comfortable, and we had ample time in the evenings to relax.