Nepal, the wonderland in South Asia is gifted with lots of uniqueness. Those experiences are the monopoly of this land. From observing the sunrise over the Himalayas to the tropical rainforest in the flat lands Terai, there is always something new to experience and explore. The birthplace of Buddha or the ancient old temples in the Kathmandu Valley, each place has their own significance and importance.
It may be the learning the local skills from the local artisans or tasting the local food, everything is unique and worth experiencing. Visiting the villages and getting in touch with the local people in their daily chorus or meeting the city dwellers while they are chanting with spiritual music in temple or Stupa, every day you have a new activity to indulge with.
Thus, Nepal experiential tours are the perfect symphony of the natural, cultural, spiritual and above all the local immersion.
We had the privilege of designing a trip to Nepal. Santosh of Himalayan Circuit was our contact person. He was very patient with our changing ideas and really worked to find us a great trip. I would recommend this organization as a good place to organize a hassle-free vacation.
The trip was very organized with experienced guides along the way. Bijaya met us at the airport with a big smile. She was knowledgeable and organized. Our Kathmandu guide, Subods, couldn’t have been better. His knowledge of the temples and culture made a great Day 2. We had a great stay at Hotel Buddha.
We spent three days in Chitwan National Park at Park Safari Resort with Ram Bot and Kumah Lama as our guides. Both of these men were very connected to the local culture and loved to share. Ram had an extraordinary ability to hear and spot animals on our jungle trek. Kumah Lama was a real go-getter who has a drive to learn from you as well as teach you about Nepal. I highly recommend these two if you get to Chitwan.
Our Annapurna trekking guide came to Chitwan to gather us up and settle us in Pokhara. We were surprised by an unexpected visit from Bijaya and Subods. Family!
Sanu was a quiet soft spoken gem. He was saddled with two SLOW hikers but never failed to encourage us. “It’s no problem.” His knowledge of traditional uses of plants for medicine, building, animal fodder was a big plus. His helper Saran didn’t speak English but spoke volumes with his smile. Our tea-houses were oasis’s after long days of trekking. Sanu knew the owners and always seemed very happy to work with old friends. We adjusted our trek mid-stride ( It’s no problem) adding a rest day in the mountains-beautiful scenery and warm sunshine. Our last day trekking included a hike along a dusty dirt road. Sanu decided to call a Jeep! Perfect…
Kuti Resort in Pokhara was very comfortable and in walking distance to the lake and shops.
A flight back to Kathmandu for one last relaxing stroll through the Thamel shopping district and a delicious Dal Bhat.
This was an eye-opening experience. All of the folks connected with Himalayan Circuit went above and beyond. We can highly recommend the crew. I felt them really working to make this two weeks our vision.