Time of my life.
What an experience. I booked this solo, and had many concerns when I started (about the cold, about being vegan and a solo female traveller) and Dipak(organiser), Anil (yogi) and Ram (guide) where unbelieveably kind and provided for my every need. They are some of the kindest people I have met and really genuinely care for you. When I arrived, 6 days early for the trek, Dipak helped me to organise a mini trip to Pokhara to go paraglising and a sunrise tour of Sarangkot which was breathtaking (althought very cold!) and the taxi-driver we liked so much we hired him for the day to take us to various locations. (I met another girl who i travelled with). Chitwan was the enxt stop and that was fabulous too, although probabaly not the best time of hte year to go, we did not see that much, but it was still a real nice break from Kathmandu and amazing drive through valleys.As for the yoga trek itself I thought that it was excellent. It is 70 to 80 percent about trekking, and the yoga we did every morning and night. The issue was it was like minus 20 degrees so actually doing the yoga was unpleasantly cold. So if you are doing this trek to get better at yoga, i think that it is more about trekking. However i knew it would be cold booking and I don't regret anything. From tengboche onwards, we did breathing excercises instead of yoga and at altititude I found this benefical. I would recommend travellers to book early dec, late nov not late dec just because of the cold and also make the most of off-season prices. The group was just the 4 of us, originally 5 but one turned back due to the cold and personal reasons. Our sherpa guide Ram was AMAZING and not only walked one girl namche to lukla, but then returned tot he group walking over 50k in one day and he cared for us so much on the trip and was really good fun. The tea houses on the whole were good, the best was tengboche Trekking lodge as it was cosy, but you don't sleep well in the alitude and cold. Food is all vegetarian (trust me once you see the steaks hacked and carried you don't want to eat meat) so my vegan needs were well covered. dal bhat 24 hour power! I would recommend that if you go at the same time of year as me (21 dec to 4th jan) you start the day hiking WHEN THE SUN COMES UP. before it is honestly miserable. But this trek was one of the best things I have ever done and i thank all our sherpas, guides, yogi-Anil and Dipak for such a wonderful well put together trip. I met great friends and had a wonderful time. Oh and the complimentary massage at the end- AMAZING THANK YOU! Would 100% book again, next time ANNAPURNA!
Goes the extra mile!
I did two treks with trekking planner and they were great! I ended up getting sick on my second trek and they called my insurance and took care of my changes in accommodation, my updated flight back, and everything! I would highly recommend them for additional peace of mind!
Wonderful EBC experience
Four of us booked a 10 days EBC trekking tour with Trekking Planner. We booked very late and had quite specific requests. Dipak, the owner of the company, did everything he could to accommodate us. the entire arrangement was smooth and well planned. Even when the flight was cancelled due to the local weather and we had to switch to Heli, Dipak was able to find a local guide and porters for us at the last minute request. and we loved our guide and porters. We remain friends via facebook!
When you travel aboard for activities like this, reliability of your tour company is the key! and Trekking Planner is nothing short of that. Thank you Trekking Planner and Dipak for our wonderful experience.
Walking among the clouds. Trekking Manaslu, Tsum Valley.
From the very first moment walking into the Trekking Planner office, we felt very comfortable and knew that we’d made a good choice. Dipak sat with us and we discussed what we had intended to arrange. He was very knowledgeable due to his extensive experience guiding all over Nepal. We were doing this as part of a world trip, so due to our long term travelling, and not wanting to take unneeded items, Dipak kindly allowed us to leave our excess baggage in the office for safekeeping.
We planned to do the Manaslu circuit and link up to the Annapurna circuit directly after. The plan was recommended to do the Tsum valley on the Manaslu trek to assist in acclimatisation prior to attempting the high passes. It was a fantastic recommendation as was far less busy than other sections and the scenery was magnificent from the top of the valley. We arranged to have our guide with us for the Manaslu trek (18 days) and then when we finished and prepared to leave from Dharapani for the Annapurna, we planned to continue on our own.
Our guide, Ramesh, met us at the office on the morning we left for the beginning of the trek. Ramesh was such an awesome young guide. Always cheerful, smiling and singing along the way, he was very knowledgeable on the mountain ranges and always happy to answer any questions we had. Having spent some time trekking the Tsum valley before attempting the the Larke Pass (5106m) definitely helped with our acclimatisation. The company takes this all very seriously as we were one of the few groups that had their guide monitoring the oxygen absorption and pulse of an evening to ensure we were in good physical condition to continue higher the next day.
We arranged to have the accomodation and food as a package and it worked very well for us. There wasn’t any issues with limiting food options from the menu, as we’d heard some other guides had imposed. Our food and drink orders were made well within reason, though we had some allowances made for us on occasion. Everything was very well organised and explained what the trekking plan would be for the following day.
Even though we had planned for Ramesh to return to Kathmandu as we continued on our own, he was ever helpful in giving us some fantastic information and assisting us before we parted. He has a lot of experience in his years of guiding and it was such a pleasure having him along with us, that we intend on having him guide us again when we return to Nepal to do some more trekking in the future.
Based on our personal experience, and the reviews of many other satisfied clients, we would highly recommend Dipak at Trekking Planner, and also Ramesh to guide you, to assist you in tailoring your trekking requirements in Nepal.
We had a great time on our trek. Everything was well planned. Our guide Gyeljan and porter Ngawang was really sweet and did an excellent job. They were super funny so even the hardest part of the trek felt alright.
I warmly recommend everyone this company and especially these guys.
Thank you so much.
Everest base camp trek
Very good trek,dipak ,gelyen and the crew is amazing ! would recomend this trek to anybody that wants adventure .
Everest Base Camp, Chola Pass and Gokyo Lakes Yoga Trek with Trekking Planner
I was travelling solo and seeked a unique experience. After browsing a couple of options, I chose the Everest Base Camp, Chola Pass and Gokyo Lakes Yoga Trek with Trekking Planner.
Looking back, I am glad I made this decision. It turned out to be one of the most memorable trips I have had to date.
Dipak was helpful and communicated well in the emails we exchanged, addressing my queries patiently.
Eventually there was some miscommunication and I had to fly out of Kathmandu to Lukla the very next morning instead of the following morning. I took it in my stride as I was after an adventure wasn’t I? Nothing shall dampen my spirits!
My guide cum yoga teacher is Anil. He was knowledgeable and attentive to my needs, guiding me to breathtaking views throughout the trek. I especially enjoyed every yoga session with him. We did not do what the usual yoga classes in studios did. We went deeper into yoga, beyond the stretches and poses, into self realization.
Anish was the assistant guide and he played a wonderful supporting role to Anil, always keeping a lookout and even carrying extra loads to help tiring trekkers.
By the way, they both spoke good english which is important as we’re spending pretty much 12 hours or more daily together. So communication was clear and meaningful.
I have to give a shoutout to my 16 year old porter, Ganesh. So young yet so strong and agile. Without him, I probably wouldn’t have completed my trek. Truly a “Bahadur”!
The trek was full of awe inspiring moments. If I had to choose, these are the 3 main highlights for me:
1. That sense of achievement and triumph when I reached Everest Base Camp together with my newfound buddies.
2. Putting on my spare socks over my trekking boots and precariously crossing the glacier atop Chola Pass.
3. Staring at the spellbinding turquoise waters of Gokyo Lakes as a sense of peace and wonderment washed through me.
I would also like to commend Dipak for getting me a replacement Sitar Air flight within an hour when my original flight with Summit Air from Lukla to Kathmandu got cancelled.
The day tour was also enjoyable as I explored famous sights in Kathmandu and enjoyed some local cuisine. And I was recommended places to buy my trekking gear and souvenirs by some of Dipak’s staff.
I am looking forward to my next trek with Trekking Planner. This time likely with some friends and partners :)
Everest Base Camp Trek 13 Days: My Awesome First Trek Adventure
I went on a solo journey for the Everest Base Camp trek on first week of November and decided to join a small group as it was my first time on trekking. I was grateful for Dipak, owner at Trekking Planners, as he had made arrangements according to the requests I made from the email. The response was smooth and quick, no matter the time difference in the country I'm in, he made certain that everything is planned when I arrive. Anil and Anish were great guides who we were with us on the course of our trek. They ensured that we were on track, followed through the course and enjoy during the trek at the same time. I was slow-paced as the altitude increased and they were both considerate of my well-being, even pursuing to move forward was tough as I ran out of breath, still, they looked after me well. We were given good advise on the best food to eat in the mountains to avoid any discomforts while we proceed on our trek. Good and comfortable accommodations were provided. I was close to not having reached the EBC as I had AMS but they helped me out to recover, the following day, I felt better and moved ahead! We became good friends along the way. Overall, my goal of getting to EBC was the best moment and celebrated with my newfound friends who were with me on this journey! As my journey ended, flights unexpectedly cancelled the last day I was about to fly due to bad weather. As I needed to fly back urgently, it was impossible on that very day. I'm grateful for Anish as he went his way all throughout assisting me and ensured to get me on the flight the next day. I got on a chopper, got safely in Kathmandu and Dipak picked me up from the airport and got a great hotel to comfortably settle in for the day. He also offered to treat me to Momos, a Nepali dish dumpling, and it tasted great! All the trip was a memorable one and I would like to give thanks to Dipak, Anil and Anish for all the hardwork and great planning in order for me to have a memorable journey to the Everest Base Camp and a safe trip back home!
Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley – October 2018
I did the Manaslu Circuit, with Tsum Valley as an extension off the main trek, from October 8th to October 28th. I had an amazing time and can highly recommend Dipak and his team.
My guide was Ananta - and he was just awesome. When I got sick with an upper respiratory condition, he offered to carry my backpack for me - which was not part of the deal. I specifically did not request a porter as I'm an experienced and fit hiker. My plan got derailed and Ananta stepped in to save the day.
Dipak was attentive and extremely responsive during my planning process.
The only suggestion that I would make is to expect a long and tiring trip to the start of the trek. Dipak put me on the public bus to Soti Khola, and it was a full day, eleven hour adventure on a cliff high above the Buri Gandaki River. In hindsight, had I been more informed, I would have requested a jeep from Dipak, which, while just as bumpy a ride, would probably have been much shorter.
Apart from the bus ride, this was an incredible adventure. I will certainly use Dipak and Ananta if I go back to Nepal in the future.
I’ve just come back from an amazing trek organised by Trekking Planner. I was in a party of seven all the intention of reaching Everest base camp.
Dipak, the owner, and Nirmal, our guide, looked after us and organised the food and accommodation and Nirmal made sure we all coped with the increasing altitude en route.
All we had to do was enjoy the views and concentrate on walking.
Thank you again for a once-in-a-lifetime amazing adventure.