With wonderful memories of my treks in the late 1980ies, I had put a return to Nepal high on my bucket list. At the time, I did the Annapurna Circuit and the Langtang trek, and now, 30-plus years later, I was hoping for a similar great adventure. And I did find what I was hoping for by completing the Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit trek. This trek, and particularly the Tsum Valley that opened only recently to foreigners, mimicked my experiences of the 1980ies. The trails and welcoming rustic teahouses of the Tsum Valley were not busy despite trekking in peak season (October and November). The landscape is spectacular in that I would always see snow-covered mountains, no matter which direction I was facing. At the same time, the landscape was pacific and calming with gently sloping pastures, fields, nature and forests, decorated with Stupas, Mani walls, and picturesque settlements. The valley provided ample opportunities to visit monasteries and nunneries and to embrace the Tibetan Buddhist culture. Not a single time I encountered motorized vehicles or noisy machinery and instead enjoyed watching the Nepali supported by oxen busying their farmlands. My meals were often vegan or otherwise vegetarian charmingly consisting of crops from adjacent fields. The Tsum Valley also provided me the opportunity to crank up my fitness level, to strengthen my muscles and to adjust to the altitude, all needed for the second leg of the trek: the Manaslu Circuit. This second leg was clearly more crowded but nonetheless offered spectacular hikes along rivers and ravines, over bolder paths and suspension bridges, and with breathtaking views of alpine landscapes with massive glaziers and countless close and distant mountain peaks. My decision to work with the Nepal Trekking Experts was easily made once I connected with Rajesh, the owner. Of everyone I corresponded with, Rajesh was most prompt, constructive and informative in his responses. He would prompt me questions on the kind of experience I was looking for, and next made several customized suggestions for treks and options. Rajesh, obviously, has expert knowledge of what Nepal has to offer. He also understands that different travelers come to Nepal for different adventures, and he is the absolute master in matching the distinct needs of travelers with everything that Nepal has to offer. In addition, he employs undoubtedly the best guides and porters. Me and my two co-trekkers were so fortunate to have Rajan Dangol as our guide. Rajan knew the area as no other. He knew all the trails, all the shortcuts and longcuts, all the viewpoints and highlights, all the good teahouses, the monasteries and nunneries, where to look for wildlife, etc. He would always try to arrange the best tables and rooms for us, and cheerfully serve our meals promptly at the agreed times. After dinner he would sit down with us to discuss the options for the next days. He would talk about the area, the history, the geology, the nature, the culture, Buddhism and Hinduism, and he would share his personal opinions and experiences. In addition to Nepali and good English, Rajan speaks at least 5 local languages. He knows many people in the area, and they would know him. Rajan would initiate and facilitate conversations for us to have with the families running the teahouses, and with some of the nuns and monks of the nunneries and monasteries. Rajan is an altruist at heart who truly wanted the experience for us to be as good as possible, just as much as he wants the very best for this people and country. Rajan added so much – for this reason we nicknamed him ‘the best guide of Nepal’. We were further fortunate with our great porters, Sudip and his younger brother Anup. Supid, a certified guide and very knowledgeable as well, introduced us to some local card games that appeared so entertaining that playing cards quickly became our collective pre-supper routine. My 2022 experience in Nepal had been so amazing that I will be planning another trek in the years to come. Undoubtedly, I will be re-connecting with Rajesh and Rajan to whom I am so grateful.
I completed the Tsum Valley and Manaslu trek back in 2017 and had a great experience with Nepal Trekking Experts who organised the trek. 5 Years later and I returned to Nepal looking to complete another trek. I looked no further than Nepal Trekking Experts and the ever enthusiastic and helpful Rajesh and eventually decided upon the Kanchenjunga Circuit trek, visiting North and South base camps. Rajesh always responded quickly to emails and is a mine of information on trekking in Nepal. Rajesh did warn us that the original return flight date from Bhadrapur to Kathmandu may need to be rescheduled due to the general election on the 20th November and provided various options for amending the trek accordingly. Three of us set off with our guide Ram and proceeded as scheduled from Taplejung for the first 2 days. Then, one of the group had to drop out due to an injury, but his repatriation to Kathmandu was expertly handled by Rajesh and Ram and the remaining two of us were able to continue as scheduled. Early on in the trek, Ram also discussed with us the options for picking up a day to account for the general election and we were able amend the itinerary to take account of this. Ram really showed himself to be an excellent guide and also a great human being. He has a very detailed knowledge of the area and was happy to share his knowledge with other guides and trekkers who lacked such expertise. One particular highlight was attending an early morning puja ceremony in Phale and visiting the wonderful Phale monastery. This would not have been possible without Ram and most other trekkers missed out on this experience. Another suggestion from Ram was to hike to Oktang from Cheram and return to Cheram on the same day rather than spending a very cold night in a very basic lodge in Ramche. This was definitely the correct decision for us because not only did we visit Oktang, but the descent to Tortong the following day was made much shorter. During the trek, I mentioned to Ram about rescheduling the return flight to Kathmandu and he told me that Rajesh had already rebooked the flights for the 19th as a result of all domestic flights being cancelled on the 20th. This is typical of Nepal Trekking Experts who are able to resolve any issues before questions are even asked! I would very much recommend using the services of Nepal Trekking Experts for organising any treks or other activities. Rajesh is trustworthy and extremely well informed and will give you very good advice depending upon your interests and abilities. Ram is a superb guide who made the trek so very special.
In November 2022 me and my girlfriend did the Langtang valley track. Including Kyanjing Ri Lower Peak, Kyanjing Ri Upper Peak and Tsergo Ri. It was an amazing experience. First we visited the office and mister Rajesh brainstormed with us about the trip we wanted to do. He gave good advice and made a plan that suited our ambitions, experience and abilities. It was so nice that he arranged hiking poles, sleeping bags and down jackets we could lent for free. Rajesh connected us with a great guide named Soti. Soti has an uplifting spirit and is an endless source of positivity. When down or in self doubt during a challenging hike, Soti can boost your energy and make you believe in yourself. Soti is a caring person who looks after you. He makes your trip safe, fun and care free. Along with us came a porter named Dadzu. He carried half of our luggage. That was very pleasant on the sometimes challenging trail. Dadzu was not only a porter. He was the back up plan and the friend that catches you when you fall.
My boyfriend and I recently completed a 3 day trek with Nepal Trekking expert to Chisapani and Nagarkot. Rajesh was super helpful in helping to organise and book this trip for us as well as really professional. The night before the trek we were invited to his office to have a briefing on the trek, what to expect and what to bring and to meet our lovely guide Dinesh. We really appreciated this, and having spoke to other people not every company does this! We had such a great time on the trek, everything was well explained and organised. Dinesh was a fantastic guide, not only was he really knowledgeable on the area and the mountains, answering all our questions, he also made us feel really comfortable and we had fun at the same time! I wouldn’t hesitate to book again with Nepal Trekking experts and especially with Dinesh as our guide and I will recommend to others too!
I choose to do the Langtang Gosiaikunda Trek from mid-August to the end of August. This time is not known as the peak season due to the rains, and that led me to be quite apprehensive about the trek. However, I decided to find an agency where I could get a guide and I could not be happier having chosen Nepal Trekking Experts. Rajesh was truly welcoming, he helped me with the logistics of the trek, which can be quite a hassle when it is your first time in Nepal. This enabled me to simply just focus of the incredible landscapes and experience you have when being in Nepal. Rajesh was an honest host and I truly appreciated that. Binod was my guide for the trek. It was rather incredible seeing how knowledgable the guides are about the surrounding landscapes and mountains ( which I happen to be very fond of). He took exceptional care of me and always called me his 'bahini' meaning little sister - which only goes to show the familial hospitality you'll receive by choosing this incredible team. I have no doubt that which ever trek you choose, you'll be in knowledgable and safe hands with Nepal trekking experts. Happy trekking!
I have done with Nepal Trekking Experts two treks. In November 2018 Manaslu trek with my father and in April 2022 Gokyo Ri trek with my wife. We had such a great time and it was mainly thanks to great guiding and services provided by Rajesh and his team. The approach to their customers from the first meeting in Kathmandu till the end of the trek is outstanding. No other words needed. Special thanks to Binod and Ram for Manaslu trek and Rabin and Kisur for Gokyo Ri trek.