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TESTIMONIALS

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,