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TESTIMONIALS

Classic Annapurna Dhaulagiri Community Trek' May 2014

To Vimal, our compass, our shepherd, our friend and the beloved wind under our wings. In gratitude, blessings-Melinda. To Vimal, Thank you so much for trusting in my ability to due the trek. You were my Beacon of hope. It was a fabulous time and I loved sharing it with you. – Linda G. The best trip I have ever experienced! You provided the best trek and sightseeing more than I ever imagined. Am hoping to experience your wonderful leadership again soon. You are a Nepali treasure -Susan Star (Susie). Vimal, what a fantastic experience seeing Nepal through your eyes. Each day was better than the one before. Looking forward to more adventures together , - Joanne. Dear Vimal, thank you for helping us soar with our wings in this beautiful country Nepal. I send you best wishes and love. - Eslee Keslser. Dear Vimal, You were the most special part of this trip! It was an honor to get to know you. I wish you much happiness, good health and peace in your life. - Debra. I have learned so much from you! I learned how to spot and find tiny birds, to be patient, to believe in myself and abilities. Thank you for finding together such a wonderful team of people. Lyrinda. Eslee and group, May 2014, Classic Annapurna Dhaulagiri Community Trek, May 2014

Eslee, Melinda, Susan, Linda, Debra, Lyrinda and Joanne, New Mexico, USA,

Annapurna Base camp or Annapurna Sanctuary 16 -24 April 2018

“The best thing that I can suggest is to keep doing what you're already doing! You provide an incredible level of service and I was so impressed with the personalised, friendly and professional approach that you take". Going forwards, I would encourage you to be bold and to really advocate environmentally friendly, ethical and sustainable practices. You have the ability, the personality, the charisma and the strength to really showcase to the rest of Nepal what can be achieved by protecting these aspects rather than turning to cheap, commercialised tourism that ultimately gives nothing back to the local area. I would really encourage you to bring everyone together who is involved in your Community Trek - to rebrand it as a sustainable, ethical trek and to sign a charter that protects the environment, the community and a traditional way of life. If you do this, I am sure it will be a huge success. Go for it!

Alex Shirley, www.primalfit.com.au , Australia,

Shivapuri nature Hike

Thank you Nature treks for a truly wonderful hike in Shivarpuri Nagarjun National Park with Arjun a very professional and knowledgeable guide. The park is a perfect destination if in Kathmandu for a very short period of time: for being such a short drive away from Kathmandu valley, it is very peaceful, lush and has a good variety of train and scenery. — with Arjun Tamang.

Sonja Bjorklund, Finland,

community trek in the Dhaulagiri/Annapurna area with nature-treks

What a great introduction to trekking in Nepal! My family and I have just returned from a 6 day community trek in the Dhaulagiri/Annapurna area with nature-treks and our two fantastic guides, Ganesh and Arjun. With such a choice of routes and companies to chose from it can be a little confusing but I was so happy with our choice. We had wanted to get away from the crowds but not make it too hard for our children, 16,12 and 10. We also were keen to see but also support communities along the way and so were really impressed with nature-treks history and approach to their business. We were lucky enough to have two great guides to look after us, knowledgeable and informative, we learnt a lot about Nepal and its people, Ganesh paced the days perfectly and always knew when the kids needed a break or a treat while Arjun managed to combine fun with the kids and chat with the adults. The trek had a bit of everything; orange groves, rhododendron forests, some lovely villages and amazing views from Mohare and along the route with a nice mix of long and short days and plenty of time to explore. It was also great to see the community projects in action and a testament to how responsible tourism can work for everyone. The kids enjoyed so much and I’m sure we will be back. Best Wishes

Owen McIntyre Wales, UK 16 to 22 Feb 2018 Taste of Community Eco-trail, Myagdi, Annapurna, Nepal,

Kanchenjunga Trek

Just back from a great trek to Kanchenjunga. Many thanks Vimal for are your planning on this trek, especially when I needed to change the itinerary to suit different travel plans. Can not believe how smoothly every thing went, your advice on the area and what to expect - a very remote area - was more than appreciated. Travelling alone the guide and porter played a very important role, their knowledge of the area was good. They were always on hand, especially helping be across the many dreaded river crossing, but still gave me my freedom. A great happy team, would recommend this trek to anyone who wants to see Nepal as it is, a mixture of jungle, very small villages, not over run with trekkers and great passes and mountain views.. Credit to Nature Trek, where you are made to feel important whether you want a short local trek, a long adventure, single traveller or part of a group. Everyone is equally important to you. Thanks a million for giving me such happy memories to bring home. https://www.facebook.com/naturetrekshimalaya/photos/pcb.10156007261604670/10156007260374670/?type=3&theater

Heather Falconer, UK, 9 Nov-30 Nov 2017,

3 passes of Everest with Island peak-Nov 2009

Just back from a great trek to Gokyo Lakes and EBC. Our guide Lokendra’s lively personality, excellent knowledge of the mountains, understanding of the local culture and nature gave us a real insight into the Everest area. We had a great team who obviously enjoyed trekking and took a great pride in looking after us as guests. Thanks to everyone in the Nature Trek team in Kathmandu for your organisation of the trek, and the everlasting memories we brought back.

Anne Dawson and Heather Falconer (United Kingdom), Gokyo & Everest Base Camp (Nov 2009),

Annapurna Circuit (4 Nov-15 Nov 2010) Annapurna Dhaulagiri Community eco-treks

5th trek with nature-treks.com ‘Taste of Community Eco-Lodge Trek in Annapurna’ area was something special. With Vimal as guide and Bijay assistant ensured our trek will be an adventure never to forget. Vimal’s enthusiasm and knowledge is second to none on all from local culture to birds, nature and mountains. This he willing shared with us enabling all to gain a full understanding and insight into local life and the breath taking surroundings.

Heather Falconer, UK, Annapurna Circuit (4 Nov-15 Nov 2010) Annapurna Dhaulagiri Community eco-treks (18 Nov – 24 Nov 2010),

Community and Annapurna Trek

It's a demanding trail walk, but if you're in good shape you can make the 10-days. The Annapurna region is a beautiful part of Nepal. But it's several little differences in hiking and contributing what makes this tour unique: First: this tour shows you the Nepali way of living, by visiting several community's. So off the main road and into a less explored area. Here you can see how a part of the money you pay for this trek, is being invested in local initiatives. Think in self-supporting projects: providing materials for building a community guest house where they can receive future guests, a commercial herb garden to support varied food, personal computers on local schools, etc. It's good for both parties. Second: you always sleep in a very comfortable lodges of the community's you support. Most of the time you and your group members are the only guests, so lets meet the locals. There's a very warm welcome, every day! Third: The trail route is NOT crowded, or a one-in-a-dozen, route. But, as you can see on their website, you'll see many highlights. Hope you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

Robert Riphagen (Visited March 2011),

Annapurna Base camp or Annapurna Sanctuary

The highlight of the trek: Annapurna base camp trek with guide Bijay Karki Visiting different small villages, meeting people, enjoying nice mountain views, trekking in several different area, nice jungle and mountains Nice season (March 2012), good difficulty of the trails (not too easy, not too hard), walking to ABC from Deorali. Amazing discovering the Nepalese culture. Thanks to guide and porter Next destination/trek: Gokyo valley in Everest!

B. Baittiaux and Agathe I from Franch (March 2012),

“See Annapurna & Support Local Initiatives!”

Reviewed June 26, 2011 NEW person found this review helpful Because we didn't want to walk hand in hand with loads of other tourists, we looked for an alternative trail in the Annapurna area. culture. Yem did always help us through slippery parts on the trail and made a lot of funny jokes. We really enjoyed the 5 days with them!!

Marilena and Adina Kuehl from German and Switzerland, who did the Ghorepani trek in Nepal from 21st January to 25 January 2013,

Classic Community Eco-lodge treks and volunteering

We had a wonderful guide Santosh, who was always informative and eager to tell us about life in Nepal. He was very helpful with our 10 year old daughter Hannah, making sure that she was always safe in the mountains. We would also like to thank Tara, who was an excellent second guide, and out two tireless porters, Om and Lal - Richard Tomlinson, UK Not many tourists, real villages, lovely mountains views, excellent guide Santosh with good information, helpful and happy trekking team, Om, Lal and Tara - Teresa Poole, UK I really enjoyed the trek- thank you, Danyabad- Hannah (10 years)

Classic Community Eco-lodge treks and volunteering at Tikot 22 April - 2 May 2012 and volunteering after the trek,

Rolwaling valley trek

The highlight of the trip has been seeing the amazing Tso Rolpa Lake, the view of mountains from Bedding and Nagaon, the Rolwaling river and excellent service of guide and porter. Very happy with your service and would encourage to offer more, "off the beaten treks" route.

Teresa and family in Rolwaling valley trek: 24 May - 04 June 2012,

Classic Community Trek

What an amazing experience! With my aim to see the Himalayas and meet the people of Nepal, this trek ‘hit the spot’ on all counts! From the time my friend and I met Vimal Thapa of nature-treks.com in Kathmandu until our return there over 2 weeks later, we were exceptionally well looked after. Transport, accommodation, whether in homestays or community centres; and the excellent assistance from Am and Bimal (assistant guide and porter) made this a hugely enjoyable trip. The fact we were taken to areas unfrequented by other trekkers made it seem as though we were the only travellers. Perfect. With Vimal’s help and friendly approach to everyone, we were able to make friends with our hosts in the villages and community centres. This was a real highlight of the journey. Also, with Vimal’s intimate knowledge of the area, the wildlife, especially the birds, his attention to detail and his wish that we were made as comfortable as possible and enjoyed ourselves makes recommending his style of trek the best way of experiencing the real Nepal.. I would love to do another trek in Nepal, with nature-treks, while my knees still work!

Classic Community Trek 21 November -1st December 2012-12-27 Plus 3 days in Chitwan and 2 days in Kathmandu Jane Tearle, UK,

Ghorepani Poon Hill

We really enjoyed the time with our guide Bijay and Yem! They were very helpful, friendly and were looking for our needs and our wishes. Bijay always answered to our interesting facts about the Nepalese culture. Yem did always help us through slippery parts on the trail and made a lot of funny jokes. We really enjoyed the 5 days with them!!

Marilena and Adina Kuehl from German and Switzerland, who did the Ghorepani trek in Nepal from 21st January to 25 January 2013,

Community Ecotrail, Annapurna

The major highlights of your Nepal tour! Homestay, eco-lodges, view at Mohare Hill, seeing local businesses etc, operate (e.g. paper making, orange farm)

Claire Fitzpatrick from Australia/Community eco-lodge treks (Jan 2013),

Langtang Valley

Dear Vimal My sister & I booked the Everest BC Trek with you from 26th March 2013. Our flight did not go until 27th. Lokendra was our guide. I wanted to say how happy we were with the service your company provided us. Pema, was beyond exceptional at his job, arranging, rearranging, offering alternatives and been generally 100% dependable. He is extremely good at his job. Also, Lokendra, our Guide was amazing. He was such good fun, always laughing and he definitely matched our Irish sense of humour. We felt 100% safe with him and knew if things went wrong we were in safe hands. Well done Nature Treks - I can't sing your praises enough. Brilliant job and I will definitely be recommending your to my friends in Ireland. Also, your office staff are all so friendly and easy going. Brilliant company! Pema is highly recommended from Ireland. Thank you and we definitely hope to return someday soon - we fell in love with Nepal xx Good wishes from Ireland

Jackie & Patricia (the Irish Sisters) xx, from Ireland,

Tamang Heritage Trail-Alice

I am very impressed about the kindness and well preparation of our guide Bijay who always tried to make our trip special. He understood our needs and especially the things we like the most and he always tries to accomplish them. We couldn't ask for more. Alice Fratti, Italian

Tamang Heritage Trail-Alice,

Tamang Heritage Trail

Tamang Heritage Trail: 19th to 26th Aug 2014 Our guide was very nice and prepared. The entire village we visited was amazing for different point of views. The nature on the trekking was gorgeous. Bijay tried to satisfy all our needs. If it’s possible, try to improve the cleanliness of the bedroom. Fabio Salati, Italian Tamang Heritage Trail: 19th to 26th Aug 2014

Fabio Salati, Italian Tamang Heritage Trail: 19th to 26th Aug 2014,

Community Treks

Trip Name: Community Trek Client’s Name: Melinda Feedback: To Vimal, our compass, our shepherd, our friend and the beloved wind under our wings. In gratitude, blessings, Melinda Trip Name: Community Trek Client’s Name: Linda Feedback: To Vimal, Thank you so much for trusting in my ability to due the trek. You were my Beacon of hope. It was a fabulous time and I loved sharing it with you. Trip Name: Community Trek Client’s Name: Susie Feedback: The best trip I have ever experienced! You provided the best trek and sightseeing more than I ever imagined. Am hoping to experience your wonderful leadership again soon. You are a Nepali treasure! Trip Name: Community Trek Client’s Name: Joanne Feedback: Vimal, what a fantastic experience seeing Nepal through your eyes. Each day was better than the one nefore. Looking forward to more adventures together Trip Name: Community Trek Client’s Name: Elee Feedback: Dear Vimal, thank you for helping us soar with our wings in this beautiful country Nepal. I send you best wishes and love. Trip Name: Community Trek Client’s Name: Debra Feedback: Dear Vimal, You were the most special part of this trip! It was an honor to get to know you. I wish you much happiness, good health and peace in your life. Trip Name: Community Trek Client’s Name: Lyrinda Feedback: I have learned so much from you! I learned how to spot and find tiny birds, to be patient, to believe in myself and abilities. Thank you for finding together such a wonderful team of people.

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Gokyo & Everest Base Camp (Nov 2009)

Just back from a great trek to Gokyo Lakes and EBC. Our guide Lokendra’s lively personality, excellent knowledge of the mountains, understanding of the local culture and nature gave us a real insight into the Everest area. We had a great team who obviously enjoyed trekking and took a great pride in looking after us as guests. Thanks to everyone in the Nature Trek team in Kathmandu for your organisation of the trek, and the everlasting memories we brought back.

Anne Dawson and Heather Falconer (United Kingdom),

Nepal Wildlife and culture, Lumbini and Pokhara Tours 2009

I can’t thank you enough, Vimal, for all the work you put into helping us to plan the trip – and for all your extra efforts in making it run smoothly while we were travelling – we couldn’t have done it without you! Memories of our Nepal experiences are so vivid; so many warm welcomes at guest houses: the buzz of Kathmandu, the atmosphere of the city in Bhaktapur and the peace of Changunarayan. Birds in Bardia…..so many…rafting on the river and that elusive brief glimpse of Gangetic dolphin: those quiet moments waiting and watching, and our first awesome sight of a rhinoceros. Lumbini was so much more impressive than I had imagined, we would happily have spent longer there in the peace and quiet – the cottages there were lovely. Our Chitwan experience was amazing; seeing rhinoceros grazing, up so close from the back of an elephant in the grey and pink light of dawn and watching a Leopard, in the afternoon light, up in all the colours of the Honey Tree were both breathtaking moments. Seeing Mount Everest and all the peaks of the Himalaya ranged out before us, was a moment at the top of the world that I will never forget. So many memories, I think I could write a book…! Rhona & Jim Canada

Rhona and Jim, Canada,