My guide was Nirmal
Just writing a review as I know how important it is for the team, did the trek and was well looked after by everyone in the team and had a great time, the only downside were the clouds but I can only blame my own karma for that! My guide was Nirmal and he was great. Very charismatic and funny, he takes great pride in his work and I wish him all the best in the future!
This trip was in 4 days. We chose it because it's the easiest trekking based on the recommendation of Deepak. We're 3 people in group with 1 guide (Anantha) and 1 porter (Pije).
Flight at 9 am from Kathmandu to Pokhara by small plane, only 30 minutes flight. Arrived at Pokhara, picked up by Anantha and get a car (Hyundai Atoz). Trip to first point in Tekhadunga village in 2 hours (incl. 2 administrations check in point). Bumpy road with scenery of Pokhara city and hills.
We arrived at 12 PM In first point, Tekhadunga, Pije our porter was waiting there. Then, we start the trekking, passed the village and market there. It's just like 30 minutes trek to our lunch point nearby the bridge at 12.30ish. Their Masala tea is really great! We're waiting for about 45 minutes until lunch is ready.
At 14.00ish, we started to trek to Gandaki, our first stop at that day. Trek was easy, because it's a road, although it's an "off-road" for a car. Hence, only jeep that can pass the road. After we pass the road way, we're walking a valley with paddy field and river view. Then, we climb a steep stairs to get our first lodge.
The lodge is decent, small rooms with 3 beds with blankets, wifi, good food and hot showers. We took a dinner and get breakfast by tomorrow
Anantha said second day is a hard day, because the trek is climb a steep (endless) stairs then we enter the forest. After breakfast at 8 AM, at 9 AM we started to walk again. We passed the village first and passed 3 bridges.
After the 3rd bridge, it's the beginning of the "endless" stairs. It's quite hard for us as an amateur trekker. Maybe we took 3,5 hours climb the "endless" stairs to get our lunch point at Ulleri village. The restaurant and lodge with scenery mountain view.
After lunch, we go up again to Ghore Pani. Just couples of minutes after we started, it's raining. It's quite cold because we're at 2200 meters above the sea level. We passed the beautiful forest with couples of rest stop. Because, our stamina is depleted after we climb the "endless" stairs.
We arrived at Ghore Pani lodge around 6.30 PM. It's already dark and really cold there. Because our clothes was wet, the altitude in Ghore Pani at 2800 meters above the sea level. The lodge is nice because, there's a heater in the leaving room. We got hot shower, wifi and good food as well.
Should be wake up at 5 AM to get Poonhill with 2 hours trek. But, in reality we woke up at 7 AM and go to Poonhill. We started to go to next village with 25 minutes walk. In here, we can see the mountains, but since it's 7.30ish AM, it's already cloudy there.
We go up to Poonhill, even Ananta already said that probably it's cloudy up there. Since, our destination is Poonhill, even though it's cloudy, we decided to go up. It's full of stairs to get there. And there's steep stairs, quite long and really it's exhausting. The final stairs, we get the view with full of flowers and cloudy. Poonhill it's 3200 meters above the sea level.
Then we back again to our lodge to get brunch. Then we trekking down to our first lodge in first day. We started at 11.30 AM. The route was same with before. We get to the lodge after 6 hours trekking include with lunch at Ulleri.
We stayed at different lodge than first day. Lodge still nice, have hot showers, wifi and good food as well.
We go to Thekadunga as our entry point by jeep. It cost with 6000 Nepal Rupee. It's excluded with our package plan. It's just 45 minutes ride. Then we go to Pokhara with same car in first day. At 15.30 we flight to Kathmandu. Ananta accompanied us to Airport.
Trekking Planner Review
He's really nice, informative and consultative. Plan was well planned.
Prajwal (Operation Manager) & Suman (Guide)
They picked up us at the first day to go to Trekking Planner's office. Also, Praj that picked up from and to the airport. They accompanied us to see around Thamel (area of our hotel). They are really nice, frinedly and really helpful!
He's really patient. I mean, he's like know our stamina from the beginning, heads up about the trek and the condition. He always have couples of plan if the trek it's not going well. One of my friend has not good stamina and Ananta accompanied him, even it's really slow. At the second day, he and my friend got to Ghore Pani at 7.30 PM. Also, in the 4th day, my leg was injury, it's really hurt to step down the stairs. He made a stick from bamboo for me. And it's really helped. I don't know what will be happened to us if Ananta was not there.
He's always smile, energetic and really helpful. Although his english is not good, but we still understand what he means. He always wait for me if i was get behind. His stamina is unbeatable. Even he carried our bags and i bet it's really heavy, his walking pace is consistent.
Trekking Planner is taking care of us really well. All well planned, informative, consultative and really helpful! And, their service include with drop off us to airport. You can count on them. If i want to go to Nepal again, i will contact them!
Great Everest Base Camp Trek!
We did this Trek in April 2019. Overall experience is very positive. We enjoyed Himalayan mountains and the culture.
Our group was quite small - 4 people which was good because small groups are more flexible compared to large one.
We had a very good relationship with the tour guide. He was very friendly and always talked a lot about the culture and life in Nepal.
I am considering to come back next year and book again with the company.
3 Passes Trek
We had a great trek with Trekking Planner and with our guide Suman. From the moment we got picked up by our guide from the airport to the moment we left Nepal (3 weeks after we finished our trek) we felt like we had constant support from trekking planner. Dipak (team leader) was very helpful and made the whole process very smooth and easy through his (and his teams) hard work.
Obviously a Nepalese run guiding company is going to be different from a western guiding company but for a locally run operation is was fantastic!
We ended up doing a modified version of the three passes loop (making it a few days shorter and missing the first pass because of illness) which they accommodated well including changing flights last minute.
Our guide Suman did a very good job and we would recommend him. He spoke great English and was very kind and helped us easily get through every potential obstacle that came up. My partner has food allergies and he would communicate those with the kitchen to modified dishes to ensure she was provided with food she could safely eat. Suman, though being young, was very confident and capable and we felt very safe in his hands. He knew the trail and surrounding area very well (including every peak and elevation) and what he was talking about!
We decided to do this trek guided because it was our first time visiting and trekking in Nepal and we were unsure what to expect including safety and logistics of trekking in Nepal. It provided us with the confidence to travel in Nepal and complete other treks unguided ( which is more our preferred style of travel)
We look back fondly on our trip with Trekking Planner and would recommend them to anyone who wants a stress free trekking holiday! Thank you to the whole Trekking Planner team :)
Adventure of a Lifetime with your new Nepali friends!
I cannot praise Nepal Trekking Planner enough! My husband and I trekked with NTP this past April and had the time of our lives. I looked at countless different tour companies over the course of 2 years, but NTP was the only company who (1) consistently kept in contact with me, (2) provided me with thorough updates, and (3) were eager to host us in Nepal. Being local to Kathmandu, it was nice to work with a locally based company who knows the area so well and can tailor a trip to meet your needs.
We flew to Kathmandu and began our trek the following day. As there can often be issues with the domestic flights in Nepal, Dipak, owner of NTP, went above and beyond to get us on a plane and out to the Khumbu. We are so grateful for his assistance on that! We flew out to Lukla and met our guide, Gyeljan, our porter, Nawang, and even the other guide, Suman. All three were beyond incredible. I would only ever recommend working with these three. They were all attentive to our needs, making sure we were acclimatizing well and comfortable everywhere we went. My husband got a little sick on the ascension to Namche, but thanks to Gyeljan and his recommendations (garlic soup, lemon ginger tea, and a shower), he was as good as new. Gyeljan was the best guide we could have ever hoped for. His knowledge of the area was completely on a different level. He was so natural in the mountains and made us feel at home on the other side of the world. Nawang, our porter, was so kind and wonderful to work with. We can’t recommend them enough!
Suman was also great, though he was not our primary guide. We stayed at teahouses with him and his client’s porter and truly came to love him. Suman is a ball of energy and very positive. He was great to work with and a real treat on the trek.
He can certainly make you laugh as well!
Another thing I would like to praise NTP for is assisting with some tour costs malfunctions. As we sent a wire to NTP for the tour, the wire was not received correctly in time for our trek, so my husband and I had to pay for the tours again essentially. We were out several thousands of dollar, some of it in limbo, not sure where it was. BUT NTP was absolutely extraordinary. With the help of Dipak, we were able to find the missing funds and have them sent back to us in a timely manner. We are beyond grateful for his help and making sure our missing money was returned to us. I don’t know how often you come across such honest and hard-working individuals, but we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
If you are interested in going to Nepal, trekking, sightseeing, or challenging yourself to get to the Mount Everest Base Camp – then go with Nepal Trekking Planner. I thought this trip was a once-in-a-lifetime sort of thing, but based off my experience with NTP, I hope to soon go back and do more treks with them. Thank you again, NTP!
I had one of the best trekking experience, every day was memorable. The guiders were all amazing. Thank you, trekking planner and entire team.
Life changing & Amazing trek @ EVEREST BASE CAMP
One of the most organized & reliable trek agency in the business . Amazing service from the staffs & guides throughout the trek .
This is a must go trek for all mountain lovers & hikers out there , felt like a different world with the mountains , scenic beauties , the beautiful landscapes & the panoramic view of the mountains , the religions , cultures , lifestyles coexisting & creating a wonderful & adventurous environment . The people were happy & helpful there .
The food is absolutely delicious & drinks are organic & help reduce body ache & tiredness from hiking
Aside from shopping around, if you arrive in Namche Bazaar during the weekend, you might catch the Sherpa Market where locals from surrounding villages come and trade local goods. Apart from this, we also recommend going to Liquid Bar where they project daily movie screenings as well as checking out the many coffee shops around Namche.
Altitude sickness, also known as AMS (Acute Mountain Syndrome) is one of the major challenges that most trekkers face. In fact, throughout our trek, every day, we would see at least 2-3 helicopter evacuations from people who needed immediate care. Symptoms of AMS: Dizziness, fatigue, loss of appetite, headaches, difficulty sleeping, vomiting. The only real cure for altitude sickness is to go lower, giving your body time to adjust and recover.
The incredible scenery, the people we met along the way, and the challenge of conquering the cold and the trails is something that we will always remember. Brought together by a love for travel and adventure, throughout our trek, we saw a variety of people from all walks of life try out their luck as they conquer one of the most iconic and beautiful treks in the world.
Everest Base camp trek
While on top of Everest,I looked across the valley towards the great peak Makalu and mentally worked out a route about how it could be climbed.It showed me that even though i was standing on top of the world, it wasn’t the end of everything.I was still looking beyond to other interesting challenges..It was the memorising moment of my life..
I recommend Trekking Planner for every visitors, the guides are super friendly and the itinerary is great. Thank you Trekking Planner.
Everest Base Camp Short Trek…difficult hiking but well worth it!
I would highly recommend Trekking Planning for the Everest Base Camp Short Trek. From the time I landed in Kathmandu to my departure flight back to the USA, I was completely "hand held" for my entire excursion. Dipak was with me or had a staff member take care of my needs. I was never left alone to wonder what was coming next! The trip itinerary was complete. And since I had an extra day in Kathmandu before my trek, I was able to pay a reasonable amount of money for a city tour that was complete and very informative. When it was time for me to depart to Lukla, I had complete supervision until I got on the flight which made me feel extremely comfortable. The trek to Base Camp was rather difficult, however my guide and porter took very good care of me throughout the trek. Often I needed some extra help and they were both there to escort and hold onto to me during the technical, difficult sections of the trail. I had some minor issues during the trek, but again, I was reassured by the guide and porter that I would be taken care of. When my flight was severely delayed in leaving Lukla, my guide (Gyelijan) came back to the airport to get me and stay with me for the next 3 days till I was able to secure another form of transportation out of Lukla. I can tell you that just about every other trekker saw their guide just leave them in the airport to fend for themselves! I was so grateful for Gyelijan to take care of my needs during this delay. When I did finally leave Lukla and arrive in Kathmandu, Dipak was waiting for me in the Kathmandu airport with the taxi to take me back to the Skyline Hotel. The other trekkers had to scramble for transportation. I was able to spend a few hours in the hotel before my night flight to USA and once again, Dipak arranged for a taxi to take me to the airport. I would recommend this trek as just about everything is included which makes it a "no brainer" for the client. I did want to worry about paying for lodges, food, airfare, permit fees on the trek and so it was taken care of by the guide.