Fossil Collection in Nepal

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  • Destination:Nepal
  • Total Duration:17 Days
  • Trekking Duration:12 days
  • Start Point:Kathmandu
  • End Point:Kathmandu
  • Trip Grade:Easy To Moderate
  • Accommodation:Double/Twin shearing in hotel/lodge
  • Meals:Breakfast basis in city and full board during the trek
  • Transportation:Private Vehicle/Tourist Bus/Flight
  • Best Time:March to Nov

Overview

Fossil Collection in Nepal, for most people, might sound weird and get surprised but it is true. Around some parts of Nepal, where interested people can enjoy on this exciting fossil collect trek.

For some people can be a profession or an extra outdoor activity, but most travelers take it as a hobby and interest, collecting natural items from the country of visit. As while gives you peace of mind and mental relaxation getting engaged on this exciting activities.

Fossil Collection in Nepal, an interesting activity as well as an exploration of the high windswept Kali Gandaki River of Far Western Nepal. The area around Lower Mustang that extends from upper Kagbeni to Larjung and ends at Ghasa village.

However, our exploration and search concentrated on the higher side of Kali Gandaki River wide valley beyond Jomsom and close to Kagbeni village. Fossil Location Kali Gandaki, on the famous Trans Himalaya Salt Trade and Caravan Route of Nepal to Tibet via Upper Mustang and Karo-La pass where the border situated.

Fossil collection trek, for everyone as well all age group can participate in this interesting outdoor activities, can be fun also an educational value for interested people as well to students.

Fossil Collection in Nepal, an activity of great interest in the shade of world 7th high Mt. Dhaulagiri range. Includes Mt. Nilgiri and an array of snow-capped peaks that feeds the Kali-Gandaki River from its glacial source.

Kali Gandaki, a perfect site for exciting Fossil collection trek since ancient times till present. Where Hindu pilgrim from Nepal and from India on their way to the holy Muktinath Temple collected the fossils.

In Nepal and India, the fossil or ammonites are known as “shaligram” and have a religious value, after making their pilgrimage to holy Muktinath temple collects shaligram fossil, for various reasons.

Such as souvenir, a gift to friends and family, or treasures as a sacred and memorable sacred item.

For Hindu, the fossil or shaligram is considered as a part of Lord Vishnu, where some fossil if broken appears a shape of a godly figure, which is quite rare. But most fossil an ammonite with the impression of a slug, fern with silver or gold coated.

In the early days, people have found a diamond, gold or with other rare images, you can be the lucky one on this interesting Fossil Collection trek in Nepal, where the journey takes you to the scenic region of Lower Mustang around Kali Gandaki River Valley.

Lower downstream the river narrows in between towering peaks, hence forming the world deepest gorge. A slump of more than 6, 000 meters down from the summit of Mt. Annapurna-I and Dhaulagiri mountains range.

Besides, beautiful scenery around Kali Gandaki River valley, the local culture are equally fascinating to experience adorned with age-old traditions and custom of Buddhism heritage.

Likewise, there are more to enjoy on this lovely magnificent Fossil collection trek visiting nice charming Marpha and Kagbeni, and holy Muktinath temple premises. Located on the foot of high Thorang-La Pass, that forms a barrier of Mustang and Manang districts.

Muktinath, a place with a holy temple dedicated to Hindu God Vishnu in one of his manifestations as Lord Muktinath, the symbol of synergy between Hindu and Buddhism religions.

The word Muktinath, “Mukti” means “Salvation or Nirvana” and “Nath” as “God or Master, besides the main holy temple there are other important monasteries and shrines of great interest.

After, a glorious time and experience around Muktinath and scenic Kali Gandaki River Valley, our mission ends at Jomsom the headquarter town of the Mustang area where exciting flight takes you to beautiful Pokhara.

A great lovely city Pokhara, blessed with the natural beauty of Snow Mountains and serene lakes, where our marvelous adventure Fossil Collection in Nepal concludes before heading back to Kathmandu.

  • An interesting region for pre-historic fossil collection at Kali Gandaki River Valley
  • Walk into beautiful areas of Lower Mustang with charming views of snow peaks
  • Scenic Kali Gandaki Valley on the ancient Trans Himalaya Caravan Route to Tibet
  • An exciting adventure and activities in the harmony of impressive local culture
  • Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
  • Day 02: Full day in Kathmandu for individual activities or options for tour
  • Day 03: Drive to Pokhara 820 m - 06 hours journey and transfer to the hotel
  • Day 04: Fly to Jomsom 2, 720 m, and trek to Marpha 2, 660 m-02 hours
  • Day 05: Exploration day/fossil collection around Kali Gandaki River bank
  • Day 06: Exploration day in search to collect fossil around Kali Gandaki River
  • Day 07: Trek to Ekle Bhatti 2,760 m for Fossil collection at Kali Gandaki River
  • Day 08: Fossil collection around Kali Gandaki River
  • Day 09: Fossil collection at Kali Gandaki River, an hour walk to Kagbeni 2,800 m
  • Day 10: Trek to Muktinath 3, 800 m- 03 hrs
  • Day 11: Exploration day in and around Muktinath Temple premises
  • Day 12: Trek to Jomsom-04 hours and transfer to hotel, guest-house, lodge
  • Day 13: Fly to Pokhara afternoon explore Pokhara city
  • Day 14: Drive to Kathmandu and transfer to hotel
  • Day 15: Final International departure homeward bound
  • All airport Pick up drop by private vehicle (Both for Domestic and International flight)
  • Welcome dinner in Authentic Restaurant
  • Twin/double shearing deluxe accommodation on BB in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Guided sightseeing tours in Kathmandu with private vehicle
  • Kathmandu to Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus
  • Pokhara to Jomsom to Pokhara by flight
  • ACAP Permit and TIMS card
  • Accommodation in the mountain during the trekking
  • Three meals a day; breakfast, Lunch and Dinner during the trekking
  • A highly experience, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly , English speaking well trained, Government license holder guide with all his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance.
  • 02 guest=01 porter with their Insurance, Salary, Food, accommodation and equipment Luggage per porter carries about 20kg).
  • We provide assistant guide his salary, food, drinks, accommodation, Transport and insurance walking with group to support where necessary as per the group size
  • Arrangement of emergency evacuation service (should have insurance for emergency evacuation and will be paid by your travel insurance company)
  • First add kid box
  • Trekking Planner’s sleeping bag, down jackets, Ti-shirt, Cap, duffle bags, city and trekking route maps – if necessary.
  • Oxymeter to check your pulse and oxygen saturation and heart rate twice daily during the trekking (Very useful to check Altitude Mountain Sickness(AMS) symptoms) Which will ensure you trek is in the safest hands possible
  • All applicable government and local taxes as per the itinerary
  • Your Nepal Visa fees (should bring small accurate fees in USD and 02 passport size photos)
  • All the International air fare from and to Kathmandu (no need to pay departure tax for international flight)
  • Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu and in Pokhara
  • All necessary entrance fees for the guided sightseeing tours in city
  • Personal travel and health Insurance, Insurance for helicopter evacuation
  • In case of extra more nights’ accommodation, lunch and dinner in city due to early arrival and late departure as well as early back/return from mountain/trekking (due to any reason) than the given time period of itinerary
  • Your Personal expenses such as ( laundry, baggage charge, phone calls, battery recharge, bar and beverage bill, boiled or bottle water, hot and cold shower, extra porter.. etc)
  • The Tips to the trekking crews and drive
  • Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control
  • Anything not included in service includes column
  • Duffel/Rucksack bag/Suitcase (We will provide one complimentary Trekking Planner duffel bag but is to be returned after the trip)
  • Day bag.( Small handbag)
  • Trekking shoes
  • Sports shoes or sandal.
  • Sun Hat/cap
  • Warm woolen cap
  • Trekking jacket Gore tax/ flees jacket
  • Pullover or warm sweeter
  • Raincoat
  • 4/5 pairs of good qualities shock
  • Hand gloves
  • 2/3 pairs of Trekking trousers
  • 3/4 pairs of trekking shirts
  • 3/4 pairs of Underwear
  • Tawel
  • Eye glass
  • Water bottle
  • 4 seasons Sleeping bag (Optional/we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trip)
  • Flash or Torch light
  • Camera and batteries.
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Short information on Himalayan Fossils / Ammonites / Shaligram:

An Acknowledgments:

The details and texts on fossils extracted from a reliable source for interested people to understand better, on this wonderful Fossil Collection in Nepal:

Fossils found around Himalaya, especially around Mustang and Kali-Gandaki valley, range from microscopic stromatolites, known as cyanobacteria that evolved during prehistoric fossilized of elephant teeth.

Most fossils found in Nepal Himalaya, are ammonites or bivalves, where imprints of plant leaves like fern image, fruit, and ancient primates have been found on the riverbed of Kali Gandaki many ammonites from the upper during Jurassic times.

The Himalaya range, the world youngest mountain range, formed from the Indian plate that collided with the Asian continent.
Fossil collection in Nepal Himalaya, different from other parts of the world,

Mustang considered one of the best and well-known regions for fossil collection.

So, what is a fossil? It is a preserved remains, impression, or trace of any once-living thing from the early geological age. Such as that includes in bones, shells, exoskeletons, and stone imprints of animals or microbes, objects preserved in amber, hair, and petrified wood, oil, coal, and DNA remnants.

There are two main types of Fossils: Body fossils represent all or part of the organism’s body, and trace fossils show evidence of the organism’s behavior.

The study of fossils is called paleontology, from the Greek meaning ‘ancient (paleo-) being (onto-) study (-logy)’.

People who study fossils are called paleontologists. Fossils are of particular interest to geologists as they can help determine the age of a particular rock compared to other rocks, or identify the environment in which the rock was formed.

How are fossils formed?

Four main steps makes a Fossil:

01: First, an organism dies. Anaerobic conditions exclude bacteria and other predators that consume bodies before burial, so organisms that die in the deepest ocean or a deep lake are more likely to become fossils.

02: Remains that are buried in soft sediment. Rapid burial increases the chances of fossilization because a body is less likely to be consumed or destroyed by the environment such as wind, waves, and scavengers.

03: Likewise, followed by a period of burial, which can range from a few thousand years up to millions of years. During this time, the rocks around the body change the shape, and the chemical and mineral composition, of the buried body parts.

This alteration can be relatively subtle, such as mummification or some types of re-crystallization, or can be very obvious in the case of impression (casts) or compression fossils. Fossils are preserved best when the environment they are buried in is not affected by water erosion, volcanism, heating, compression or stretching, or strong chemical alteration.

04: Finally, the rocks around the fossil need to be eroded, and that allows to become exposed to the earth surface in time for a paleontologist to come past and find it.

Itinerary Disclaimer:

Fossil Collection in Nepal trek, provided with standard Itinerary days where some walks can be shorter or longer as per your physical fitness, some designated overnight stops can change, due to available rooms and other facilities, etc…….

We will follow the itinerary if it needs to be changed in case of weather, landslides, and difficulties on walks requiring more days where our leader and lead head guides decide holding full authority for Trekking Planner.

Climate & Weather:

Himalayan climate can be unpredictable sometimes even in good best seasons, where April and May to the first week of June will be the best time during spring times, when days are longer with enough sunlight hours.

Morning and night time as well in shade can be cold and much freezing temperatures around higher areas above 2,000 m.

Other months from September and October great times for treks around Lower Mustang and Kali-Gandaki Valley includes other areas of the Himalaya, when days are clear for views and to summit the top of the peak, although much colder months of autumn season with extreme cold during morning and night time, where sunlight is much shorter.

Visa:

Visiting Nepal one can obtain entry visas from your home country at Nepalese Embassies and Consulates, if not one can easily get a visa on arrival at Nepal international airport in Kathmandu, or any port of entry.

Emergency Contact:

For travel within Nepal Himalaya where all travelers and adventurers requires to fill our company form with emergency contact to relatives and families or close friends, as well keeping in close touch with the Trekking Planner for immediate helps either medical or unforeseen reasons.

Arrival:

On arrival picked and received by our attentive airport representative or guides and staff for short transfer to your respective hotels in Kathmandu.

Accommodations & Food:

On this Fossil Collection in Nepal trek, staying on the best available local lodge from the start to and end of fossil activities and walks, offers good meals as per your choice from a wide listed menu of the lodge serving from famous Nepalese Dal-Bhat to Continental with some Chinese, Tibetans and Indian foods.

All meals are well cooked, hygienic, and fresh served in a large dining hall with a warm environment.

Drinking-Water:

On local lodge, safe drinking water boiled and filtered for drinking.

Health:

Where all travelers require sound good health to join on all treks and climb around Nepal Himalaya with healthy medical background and history.

Vaccinations:

Check with your home doctors and season of visit to Asian countries where immunization and vaccines requires against certain diseases.

Altitude Sickness:

Altitude Sickness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) might occur to some people at higher altitude from 3,000 m, taking slow and drinking much fluid and water can overcome from high altitude sickness or AMS.

Where some can take protective measures using Diamox or Acetazolamide tablets this prevent and reduce symptoms of AMS can lower headache in high altitude walks and climb.

For emergency evacuation where trekkers should be well insured with a good Insurance policy that covers all medical side and the use of Helicopter or other means of transportation.

But on this Fossil Collection in Nepal, small chances of getting altitude sickness with many easy days in one place to get acclimatize.

Travel Insurance:

Where all travelers to Nepal Himalaya require Travel and Medical Insurance to cover against unfortunate accidents and sickness covering Helicopter Service Rescue to safe places and nearest hospitals.

Age Requirements:

For Fossil Collection in Nepal Trek, where all age groups from 10 to 60 years old can join in, this involves if one can get medical insurance from your home countries.

TIMS Card

Trekking Permits required or TIMS (Trekking Information Management Systems) or similar entrance for this treks includes ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Project) entrance fee as well.

Getting Into Nepal:

To reach Nepal one can reach by overland from India or Tibet, the main arrival from international flight to reach Kathmandu and Nepal international airport.

Communication:

At present nearly all villages and towns do have facilities of ISTD and STD or cell phones or Sat phones, where one can easily communicate to your family or Trekking Planner in emergencies.

SIMS cards available on showing your passport copies with a small charge as per your time in Nepal.

Money:

On paying the full package of the trip, where you need some extra money for your expenses to buy souvenirs or for extra entertainment on route treks like having extra snacks and drinks.

Culture:

Culture the main thing to observe by travelers to Nepal, where the country with two main religions Hindu and Buddhism with their own special interesting culture and custom.

Photography:

Photography can be taken all around Nepal, where some public and private areas of Government, religious monuments, and some old people might not allow photographs, where your guide will advise you on restricted places.

Gratuities:

Tipping after getting satisfied with the service rendered by the helpful staff of the hotels, drivers including guides and porters where you feel like it deserves gratitude like tipping.

Tipping is highly expected by crew members of trekking and on expeditions as traditions since tourism came in Himalayan countries.

This program and text written by veteran adventurer Suresh Yonzon aka Damche.

Detail Itinerary

Ready-Made itinerary presented in website can be operated for individuals, couples and small groups on a private tailor-made basis, starting on a date of your choice. Itinerary is on the basis of tea-house trekking but it can be operated as Camp Trek. Please contact Trekking Planner to discuss about your tour plan."

On main arrival at Kathmandu and Nepal International Airport, where our guide and staff receive you for a short transfer to your hotel, in the hub of Kathmandu city in and around Thamel. The most happening and interesting location.

After checking into your rooms and getting a refreshed briefing program in the hotel auditorium room or around the foyer, where you will meet with other members of Fossil Collection in Nepal.

Our guide will provide full information regarding the Fossil collection trek and the area, with local culture and nature of walks including overnight stops.

Evening group welcome dinner, a familiarization night program with Nepalese folk culture show of dance and songs while you enjoy Nepalese typical cuisine.

Today, a free day in Kathmandu where one enjoy own individual activities or request for day tour around Kathmandu at places of interest.

While in Kathmandu visit shops and street vendors selling all types of souvenir, trinkets as well Shaligram or Fossil, collected from high Himalayan areas of Mustang.

Morning starts with an exciting drive on the main country Highway, a busy and interesting journey heading past many towns and farm villages, with views of snow-capped peaks.

As road follows Trisuli River for sometimes, and then divert towards west to reach at beautiful Pokhara, a renowned tourist city blessed with the natural beauty of high Annapurna Himalaya, rolling green hills, and calm lakes.

Overnight in a nice hotel, located close to Phewa Lake where most hotels, shops situated a pleasant spot for walks around by the Lakeside.

Morning from the hotel in Pokhara, transfer to the airport for a short, scenic flight to land at Jomsom. During less than 30 minutes of flight enjoy stunning views of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain range with majestic Machhapuchare Himal, the famous Fish-Tail peaks.

Slowly small aircraft land at Jomsom airport, and then short walk into Jomsom town, as well headquarter and administrative center of Mustang district.

Jomsom, the main hub of Kali-Gandaki valley villages populated with Thakali, the indigenous tribes of Lower Mustang and Kali-Gandaki River valley, settled on this windswept and scenic valley in past centuries, where flourishing trade use to take place in the early days, on this Trans Himalaya Salt and Caravan Trail of Nepal and Tibet.

From Jomsom, after a refreshing stop walk-on wide road to Marpha, a charming and gem of a village with white wash houses and neat paved street and alley, famous for delicious apples that grown on its orchard.

Overnight in one of its lovely guest-house and lodge close to apple orchard on the backyard, with time to explore the Thakali village adorned with Buddhist religious monuments.

Enjoy your day at Marpha around this beautiful village, after breakfast our guide takes you to the river bank, to search and collect the fossil or shaligram.

A shiny black stone when picked and polished and hard as a rock, to break and to see the inside part the best way is to burn in a red hot fire, and then dip in cold water it breaks automatically.

And look inside the fossil half with curved slug marked, like of centipede where some have brilliant imprint with some silver and golden color on the black ammonite.

Enjoy the search and hunt for genuine fossil, an exciting day with a lunch break and enjoy the rest of the afternoon checking your collection of fossil, afternoon not recommendable as it can get very windy to collect the fossil.

Start quite early morning after breakfast and reach as far as Tukuche village for further search and to collect the fossil, Tukuche another lovely village located right beneath Tukuche and Dhaulagiri peak, with close views of Nilgiri towards North-East direction.

After a visit of Tukuche and hunt for fossil, by mid-day head back to Marpha for lunch and overnight stop, before strong wind catch you.

From lovely Marpha with pleasant time, morning follow the river bank with chances of picking genuine fossils. As route takes you back to Jomsom or nearby and continue walk beyond Jomsom town, as route heads on wide Kali-Gandaki River Valley to reach at Ekle Bhatti.

Located at the junction of Muktinath and Kagbeni route, with 3-4 houses serving as guest house and lodge, enjoy the afternoon at this lonely spot as the name of this place means.

One of the best areas to search and collect fossil or shaligram one this wide river bed valley of Kali-Gandaki not far from your lodge of Ekle Bhatti.

On the process of collecting fossil, look for round shaped black and hard stones, if lucky can find precious ammonite, with valuable items inside such as pieces of diamond or gold and just a skeleton of rare plants and smaller mammals parts.

Some people have collected fossil with imprints of unique conch shell-shaped, regarded of religious value for Hindu and Buddhist followers, however, Hindu belief is that shaligram or ammonite as valuable items created by Lord Vishnu.

Kali-Gandaki River flows from many tributaries of Mustang Himal, and one of the sources is glacial holy Damodar Kund, located on remote corners of Upper Mustang and the natural spring of Muktinath temple water spout takes as another main tributary of Kali-Gandaki River.

Enjoy most of the morning and mid-afternoon in search of genuine fossil, as afternoon gets very windy around Kali-Gandaki valley.

Morning after breakfast enjoy the first half of the day with the same activities in search of good shaped black and shiny stone, that fossil is made of as search continues collecting as much fossil that you can find. Return to lodge restaurant for lunch and then an easy walk on the higher side of Kali-Gandaki valley to reach Kagbeni village for an overnight stop.

Kagbeni village the gateway to Upper Mustang and beyond to Tibet / China border, where the ancient and present Trans Himalaya Salt Trade route passes through.

For travelers interested in Tibetan culture, this is the right place as the houses are built in similar Tibetan style, and the people of bonded with strong Tibetan influence that you can witness. For Hindu, it is also a sacred place the belief is where a high spiritual sage in Hindu mythology turned into a crow or Kag and preached the holy ancient Vedic text to Hindu pilgrims and devotees.

Hence the name Kagbeni of the village, Hindu follower visits for worship and to offer religious items to the soul of their past relatives.

After spending a wonderful and pleasant overnight at Kagbeni with grand views of Nilgiri peaks towards the east, morning walk leads to a long steep climb for an hour or more to reach at wind-blown village of Jharkot.

An interesting settlement more like a rural farm village of Tibet, and from here with uphill for a short while to reach at Ranipauwa, a village close to the holy Muktinath Temple.

On arrival transfer into its many excellent lodge, trekkers will be surprised to see a place names Bob Marley lodge nearby, the owner big fan of the legend Bob Marley and Reggae music.

From the lodge at Ranipauwa, excellent views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, Tukuche, Nilgiri and Tilicho peaks. Enjoy the afternoon with a leisure stroll around this nice village, located beneath the famous Thorang-La Pass that forms a barrier between Mustang and Manang district. It is also on the route of the popular Annapurna Circuit trek that ends on this village after crossing high Thorang-La pass from the Manang area.

Morning enjoy visit of holy Muktinath Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu with one of his various manifestations, this sacred site important place of worship to both Hindus and Buddhists. It is one of the world's highest temples around Himalaya and probably in this world, besides some areas in Tibet.

The holy temple close to the village of Ranipauwa, which is sometimes mistakenly called Muktinath, the tour takes you on the main temple of Lord Muktinath other forms of God Vishnu, before entering the temple pilgrims bathe and wash on 108 holy water spouts, sometimes the water with freezing temperature but somehow the flow of water continuous from its unique spring source.

At the temple priest will offer a Hindu ritual of tika, a mark on the forehead as a blessing, and then visit other interesting places of Jal Devi temple witness the blue natural flames that never get extinguished in the main temple hall.

After a meaningful visit of great spiritual purpose enjoy grand views of surrounding beautiful landscapes with high peaks of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri with some peaks of Manang area.

Enjoying, great morning visit to the holy Muktinath temple located in tranquil ambiance return to your lodge, with an afternoon at leisure for a stroll around this marvelous scenic village.

From Ranipauwa village and Muktinath area, return journey to Jomsom following the same trail past Jharkot village to reach down at Ekle Bhatti, and from here on an easy gradual path following Kali-Gandaki River within a wide valley to reach at Jomsom town, for last overnight around Kali Gandaki Valley around scenic
Mustang district.

Jomsom with many good lodges and guest houses for travelers with time visits the Thakali museum at Jomsom to gather information about the area and culture of the local Thakali people.

Morning short walk to Jomsom air terminal, as the plane arrives from Pokhara board in the small aircraft either a Twin Otter, Dornier, or similar type of plane, and then fly back to Pokhara.

After a short panoramic flight land at Pokhara airport, and then a short drive to your respective hotel by the side of beautiful Phewa Lake, for final overnight stop around Nepal Far West and within the great Annapurna Himalaya range.

Depart from the hotel, as per the size of the group, either in car, coach, or tourist bus with spacious comfortable seats, as drive leaves Pokhara valley facing glorious views of Annapurna peaks with Machhapuchare Himal / Fish Tail includes Lamjung and Manaslu Himalaya range.

Slowly drive reach on the junction of Chitwan, Pokhara, and Kathmandu highway at Mugling Bazaar and then follow Trisuli River upstream for few hours past many farm villages and town, then drive heads on winding ups to reach on the suburb of Kathmandu Valley at Nag Dhunga.

From here on easy drive to reach into hustle and bustle city life of Kathmandu and then back to your hotel, for last overnight in Nepal after a memorable time around the high Kali Gandaki valley and Mustang area.

Today, final departure for homeward bound or to respective destination after a marvelous experience on Fossil Collection in Nepal, around high Kali-Gandaki Valley and scenic Mustang.

As time for your international flight, our staff and guide transfer you to the airport for a smooth flight back to your country, after an enjoyable time in the country of the high Himalaya Mountains.

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Amazing trek with this company!! I wouldn’t do it with anyone else. Our guide Nirmal was the best!

This company goes above and beyond! They think of every detail and take care of all the trekking needs including accommodations, food, water tablets, medical emergencies, etc. Our guide Nirmal was extremely familiar with the trail, he was attentive - making sure everyone was taken care of, made us laugh the entire way, gave great advice/tips/recommendations for a successful trek, generous (carried some of the day packs up when they were feeling tired), encouraged us and more! I was so impressed with how well thought out everything was and I loved that I didn’t have to worry about the details and all I had to do was show up. The other guides and porters were all just as fun, thoughtful, and accommodating. I would highly recommended these guys for the EBC trek!

Jessgemza,
TripAdvisor

Best trek in the world

In March i completed the Everest High Pass trek with Trekking Planner and had all the support i needed from Trekking planner from planning the trip, to arriving in Nepal and then completing the trek. I had an amazing guide in Gyeljen, whose knowledge of the area was the best! This meant I was able to make it over the passes when many other groups didn't due to the weather. He helped with all the accommodation and provided great advice to help me deal with the altitude and very cold weather as these were a new challenge to me. The whole team and Dipak were very welcoming and funny and this meant the trek and then the visit to Chitwan afterwards was one of the best experiences of my life! Would highly recommend and planning to return sometime soon.

Sam B,
TripAdvisor

Best Guide for trekking in the Himalyas

Everest Base Camp is such an amazing trek, but to have the best, kindest and funniest guide, who encouraged our team all the way and back, made my trek extra special. Nirmal Lamichhane your knowledge of all the mountains are incredible and you knew everyone on the trek. Watching you interact with the rest of the guides, they clearly have great respect for you. You are a natural leader. You are ambitious and know where you want to be in the future and I applaud you for studying while doing treks and taking people up into the mountains.

I enjoyed your stories and games along the way especially the last 2 hours before reaching Namche when it was up, up and up (your way of saying it is very steep). When I fell ill and gotten worse you were there all the way alongside me to help and encourage. The morning after reaching Base Camp when I was faced with being evacuated from Gorakshep, you told me that you believe that I could finish the trek and you would be there all the way if I choose to do so. Seeing the helicopter leave was hard but you believed in me and it made all the difference. Thank you so much.

Nirmal carried my bag on our decent in order for me to be able to breath better (I had bad flue, borderline bronchitis). Out of his own pocket, he bought us Fanta, lollypops, gum .... anything to lift moral on the last day down to Lukla. Our group had such fun with Nirmal.

If ever you need a guide, Nirmal is the perfect man for your trek. He does varies treks into the mountains, not only to Base Camp. Mountain expert, clued-up with flights to/ from Lukla, knows everyone and teahouses, can help with last minute gear, great knowledge about altitude sickness and knows how to take great photos (and how to pose, lol).

TrakkingPlanner and Travel Her Way are very lucky to have Nirmal as a guide.

The organising of my trip was great. Before leaving the UK, all my emails were answered promptly. Collecting from the airport, great accommodation in Kathmandu and the tea houses we stayed at on our trek was great. We were taken to a welcoming dinner at a local Nepali restaurant. What an experience. They also arrange for a farewell dinner back in Kathmandu - all included in the price. The care and detail was appreciated. Fruit and biscuits at dinner while on the trek- and the guides carried all of it all the way. Taking our oxygen levels after every meal to make sure we were in great shape.

All in all I had the best experience! Thank you Trekking Planner.

Janettie W,
TripAdvisor

I have just had the best travel experience of my life.

What a trip!

What a great buch of guys at Nepal Trekking Planner!

Dipak and his team made my trip so easy, simple and enjoyable - I can't still hardly believe it.

I felt totally safe and fully supported - which was a big thing for me as I was unsure how the high altitude would affect me. I needn't have worried as my guide Ananta and porter Ganesh were brilliant - really helpful, patient and firendly. Every night my blood/oxygen saturation was checked which gave me real confidence. Not many of the guides from different agencies were doing this which suprised me a little.

I had 16 days in the mountains and enjoyed every minute. As things became harder or easier, my intinery was flexible with Ananta very willing recommmend alternatives and to make changes to suit. This made a real difference and I really felt that I got the most from my trek.

I'm not one for recommending and over-praising but Dipak, Ananta and Ganesh all went the extra mile to make it all very special indeed.

Well done guys and (funds permitting) see you next year!

phil4868,
TripAdvisor

Brilliant service

Just finished the EBC trip with Trekking Planner. Brilliant service from Prajol in Kathmandu who covered my every need with cheerfulness. My guide on the trek, Sudip, was excellent throughout ensuring I made it to Kala Pattar despite a severe headache. He was great fun and was ably supported by Damact (?) as my porter. All in all I really aprecated the service from Dipak and his team and recommend them wholeheartedly.

Graham H,
TripAdvisor Cockermouth, United Kingdom

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