After two years Covid break: the Annapurna Circuit trek!
In October 2021 I booked the Annapurna Circuit trek with Visit Himalaya Treks. As on my previous treks, the company made all arrangements to perfection. The company provided my preferred guide, Shambu Tamang, who provided excellent guidance during the trek. He made sure that the trip went as planned and I had a most comfortable trek! Because of the Covid-related travel restrictions there were only few trekkers on this otherwise busy route. It was nice to see many domestic travellers: a change from just a few years back when Nepalis rarely trekked to see the Himalayas. Well done, Himal and the Visit Himalaya Treks team! October -2021
28 days, Jiri - Lukla - Dingboche - Gokyo - Khumjung - Thame - Lukla.
From our first contact with Visit Himalaya Treks, until we were safely back home we got very quick and excellent follow up on all enquiries, and all the help we needed. Including arranging a helicopter out of Lukla after a heavy snowfall that cut electricity, internet and most phone services. December 2019.
Everest Base Camp solo trek
I am so thankful to Visit Himalaya Treks and Himal Tamang ( the founder ) for organizing my trip on very short notice. He responded to my emails promptly and made the trip possible. All the staff I met exceeded my expectations and I had the most excellent experience.
I had a friend who had trekked with Himal in the past and I truly valued her opinion and experience so I felt comfortable being a solo female traveller that I would be in good hands. I was so happy to support and book with a local company.
The night I arrived in Kathmandu, I was greeted by Raj, and my guide Ngima and together with the driver I was taken to my clean and comfortable hotel Aryatara Kathmandu Hotel. Getting picked up at the airport was very appreciated and made it easy and allowed me to meet Ngima before our trek began.
The very next morning I was picked up and the adventure began as we were off to the airport and flew to Lukla to begin our 12 day Everest Base Camp Trek. On arrival I met Sonam who would complete our group of three - me, Ngima as guide and Sonam as porter.
I had the most wonderful weather to base camp with clear skies that allowed me many chances to see Mount Everest along the way - but the early morning hours after base camp it started to snow non stop for over 24 hours so our descent was through 1 1/2 feet of snow but it was amazingly beautiful to see the area covered in snow and actually made it easier on my knees and hip to walk through the packed snow and not as many uneven steps. Ngima, Sonam and I enjoyed the winter wonderland and we did not let this change in weather dampen our spirit - however others were impacted by the snow by not getting further up or flights out so we were very lucky with the timing of the snow.
Along the way up and down - the tea houses that were chosen for us to stay at were more than I expected - although they were cold - I was prepared with my very highly rated sleeping bag and the clothing to keep me warm. The food at the tea houses was always very good and I really enjoyed the dal Bhat and momos .
Ngima made sure I was doing good along the way and was very knowledgeable about the area and pointed out the mountains and answered any questions I had . Very often Ngima and Sonam played Nepalese music so it was very enjoyable walking and listening as it added to the experience.
I love to take photos ( and so did Ngima) so it was easy to just ask to stop or pause whenever I wanted to take or have a photo taken - and since it was just us 3 - we were able to take the time to do fun photos during the trek.
I have so much respect for the hard work and job that Ngima and Sonam do and am forever thankful to have met these wonderful 2 young men that made my trip so very fulfilling. Ngima continues to take more courses to improve his guiding opportunities and Sonam works hard to support his young family so if you have the chance to request these men- you will be in such great hands .
What I also really appreciated from the company was that the internal flights to and from Lukla were taken care of for me- I was very happy with the tea house accommodations chosen for us , my meals and park fees were all taken care of so I could just enjoy my surroundings and accomplish getting to base camp and checking off another thing on my ‘live list’. Back in Kathmandu I also had asked Himal if it was possible to recommend a tour and he provided his driver Dalsur and a guide Mukta Ram Acharya for an incredible day of sightseeing in Kathmandu.
I also went for dinner that night and thank you to Himal for taking me to Bhojan Bhumi Restaurant for an incredible meal and Nepalese cultural experience. I went to Nepal to trek to Everest Base Camp and left the country with amazing new friends . Ngima surprised me by coming to the hotel to see me off at the airport - he told me that I came as a client but leave as family and I felt the same way.
Thank you to Himal,Raj, Dalsur, Mukta and much gratitude to Ngima and Sonam for an unforgettable journey. This company exceeded my expectations - I highly recommend Visit Himalaya Treks and will book with the company again in the future.Namaste!! December -2019.
Mera Peak Climbing with Visit Himalaya Treks!!!
Himal, Raj and all the family at Visit Himalaya Treks did an amazing job of organizing our climb, making sure we were safe, attending to all our needs, and even turned on a beautiful clear day for our summit!
I highly recommend using this company for any activity in and around Nepal and the Himalaya. November - 2019.
The most adventurous and memorable trip ever! 17 Days Everest Base Camp Trek.
We are a couple who completed the Everest base camp trek. Before arriving in Nepal Himal was extremely attentive and detailed in his emailed responses. Upon our arrival, we visited Himal in his office and I'm glad we did so as he spoke about the whole itinerary and advised us on all the gear needed for the trip. We were accompanied the whole way from Kathmandu to Lukla where we met our beautiful guide Ram. The trek went smoothly, and our guide did everything in his ability to make our trip as comfortable and as stress-free as possible. Raj, Himals colleague was very helpful and caring upon our return, we then booked a three day trip to Chitwan national park which I suggest to anyone who has extra time. Any issues that arose were quickly resolved through personal messaging and emailing. We then ended our journey with a Nepalese style meal and traditional dancing from the courtesy of Raj. Overall, our trip would not have run smoothly and comfortably without Himal and Raj. They are a reliable and nurturing company that go above and beyond to ensure their customers are satisfied.
Thank you Himal and Raj, we are so grateful to have found you. November -2019