Tailormade trekking in Annapurna region

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Departure information

5 - 24 day treks (End-September to mid-May) As a local company we can arrange a wide variety or treks within the Annapurna region from a 5 day trip to Poon Hill to the full Annapurna Circuit
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Travelling with a local operator

This holiday is operated by a company based in the holiday destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. They will be able to tailor make your holiday to suit your requirements not only concerning the dates of travel but also typically the standard of accommodation, and thus price. It is rare for local operators to be able to help with the booking of your flights.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Tailormade trekking in Annapurna region

Environment

We are a Nepali company and travel through this company makes a direct impact in the economy of Nepal. We also try to maximise our contribution to the local economy by hiring local guides and porters for these trips and staying in smaller lodges to spread the income.

The company does not vertically integrate and sub-contracts all support activities like transportation, lodging etc. so that the money gets spread in the economy. It conserves on paper minimising paperwork in the office and by giving out electronic brochures. When required, brochures are printed on both sides of the paper and are in a folder format so that only relevant inserts need be given.

We have also put in place a development support system whereby 10% of its profits go to charities like the Joy Foundation Nepal who conduct free cataract eye camps in rural areas of Nepal and Antardristi Nepal, which is developing a fund to start a incest and rape care centre for minors. 10% of the company's profits also goes directly into employee benefits.

In the field, guides, porters and clients are all oriented in responsible travel. A zero litter policy is in place so that it minimises wastage in the region. We also only take out very small groups with a maximum of twelve participants per group. All trips also focus on culture.

Community

We have put in place a development support system whereby 10% of its profits go to charities like the Joy Foundation Nepal who conduct free cataract eye camps in rural areas of Nepal and Antardristi Nepal, which is developing a fund to start a incest and rape care centre for minors. 10% of the company's profits also goes directly into employee benefits.

Reviews of Tailormade trekking in Annapurna region

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 13 May 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


This is hard to say because the trekking was beautiful. The experience of walking through these villages high up in the mountains where life revolves around nature and agriculture was incredible. I also really appreciated the way tour company’s staff went out of their way to make me feel welcomed, comfortable, and learn about Nepali life. When the employees took me out for coffee and breakfast on 2 separate occasions stood out in my mind. They went above and beyond!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Since each tour is customized, please work with the tour company to arrange the best plan for you. The staff really communicates and makes your trip exactly how you want it.

I would also recommend spending sometime in the operator’s office. It's a friendly and comfortable place. They also offer cooking classes and other short tours around Kathmandu.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, I was given advice on how to mindful during my treks. I also felt like my trekking guide was aware of this too. I especially liked that the tour operator is passionate about education. They teach their customers about Nepali culture and responsible tourism within Nepal. They also told me that they train all their employees from office staff to porters on their initiatives. I believe they have a new project to train their staff on human trafficking awareness/avoidance.

Each employee seemed to be passionate about the company and dedicated to responsible tourism in Nepal. That says a lot about an organization.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


This was an excellent vacation! I highly recommend this company

Reviewed on 02 Nov 2010 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Doing the final walk into Annapurna Base camp in the dark to see the mountains at dusk and then sunrise.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure you arrange an extra day in Pokhara to chill out after the trek - we can highly recommend the Hotel Barahi.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


By utilising a Kathmandu based trekking company then I felt that we brought more income directly into the country. We tried to reduce our impact onto the environment by simple matters such as not buying bottled water but treating it locally and using hot showers when they were solar heated.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very enjoyable and great to interact with the Nepalese people again - so friendly.

Reviewed on 05 Dec 2009 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Loads of great memories - the views, the people, the villages in the mountains - always with the constant backdrop of the snow covered peaks. Reaching the Annapurna Sanctuary and enjoying the breathtaking views, with the strings of prayer flags in the foreground just like in the brochures, has to be the highlight.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Most of the time the weather is hotter than you would expect, take several pairs of shorts. Practice walking up and down stairs as much as possible beforehand - a lot of the walking is done on stone stairways built to stop the paths eroding during the rainy season.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Well organised by a company providing a very personal and efficient service.

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Getting to base camp and of course a hot shower.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure your fit and pack the right clothing.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very good, great. Bipin was very, very helpful as were all the other staff.

Reviewed on 08 Dec 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Obviously reaching the Annapurna Sanctuary, at dawn, surrounded by incredible mountains! But the entire trek has been memorable, walking through different and changing scenery, understanding how the local people live, with some 7000 -8000 meters peaks in the background the whole time!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


* Do plan an extra day in Pokhara for rest after the trek, it is very pleasant.
* I do trekking regularly but was my 1st time in Nepal and tea houses. It was much more comfortable than I expected: double room every night and most of the time a proper hot shower (shared but hey what would you expect!). Therefore in my opinion could be a good introductory experience for first time trekkers. This applies to this route and may differ on others.
* If you want a good jam with your pancakes / bread in the morning... bring your own!
* It is heartbreaking watching trekkers giving candies to local children when it is written everywhere not to do it, that dentist facilities are very poor etc... please don't do it!
* If you book tailor made, remember you can vary the length of days and change the itinerary slightly, you can do it at your pace, so take the time to understand the different options and discuss them with the travel agency. The tour operator was very good at this.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes, by using a local guide and porter, using local facilities (teahouses) and buying food at their premises, I feel that the trip does support the local economy and people.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


My holiday was great. I would also recommend the tour operator, they were really very very good. This is only my first time in Nepal... I will definitely be back for more.

Reviewed on 16 Nov 2008 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


All of it - we had a great time. Our guide was very very good - as much as we could have ever expected and more. He was always knowledgeable and happy to chat to us. He also left us alone when he could see we wanted some privacy. He was ever helpful and astute to understand our needs. Obviously a very experienced guide.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Book in Kathmandu - it's cheaper!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Not exactly - there was no particular encouragement to not use plastic or to carry rubbish out. Our guide was aware of the environment in his own right, but we saw no obvious signs of encouragement from the tour operator.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Great.

Read the operator's response here:

I am sorry you have felt that we are not encouraging environment protection enough, Tom, but that is not really the case. I do admit that all the rush rush, due to a trip confirmation on the 28th evening and trip departure on 31st morning, with your trip with another company in between meant that we were not able to give you an appropriate responsibility briefing, and we are sorry for that. We should have insisted on a responsibility briefing and this is an improvement we will install in the company for the future. On the other hand, your very impression that the guide was aware about the environment was because we make continuous efforts to sensitize our guides through the orientations and briefings we give them on these issues.

Moreover, if you were directed to our website at any stage of the communications, we already have guidelines for travelling responsibly in Nepal which covers all these topics very clearly and in detail. We are sad that you left with this impression of our company, but are very glad that you had a wonderful trip! We would also like to thank you for your honest feedback, which helps us improve our services.

Reviewed on 04 Apr 2007 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It was all fascinating, trekking into remote villages, seeing the ancient city of Bazndipur and catching some glimpses of the Himalayas - although we did not have particularly good visibility much of the time. Driving anywhere is memorable and exciting but perhaps not something enjoyable!! Traffic is chaotic.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for a third world country with extremes of rich, poor, ancient and modern side by side. A bit of bargaining is expected when shopping. Take sufficient money (or you can use cash machines in Kathmandu & Pokhara) to buy some souvenirs. There is a fantastic choice of arts and crafts for sale. Take time to visit some of the less touristy areas. We saw Bandipur, where we were the only tourists in the hotel. Make sure that you are fit enough if you plan to go trekking.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Yes to a certain extent. We stayed in small local B&Bs whilst trekking and used local guides in Bandipur. Hotels in Pokhara appeared to be run by Nepalis although catering for international tourists.

Reviewed on 11 Feb 2006 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It’s difficult to pin point the most memorable/exciting part of the trip, as there have been so many. For a start, the jungle tour in Chitwan’s national park was fantastic. We enjoyed elephant rides through the jungle, came close to wild rhinoceros and crocodiles and learned about the local wild life, plants and culture. The accommodation was second to none and we were impressed by their efforts to minimize negative impact on the environment; water was heated by solar panels, at night, lodges were lit by candles and kerosene lamps and we only were allowed to venture into the jungle while being accompanied by an experienced guide. On my birthday, staff even organized a home baked birthday cake and went out of their way to make our stay unforgettable.

The 5-day trek in the Annapurna region was equally memorable. We stayed in local guesthouses and experienced how people live in the mountain area. The food was fantastic and the views breathtaking. We enjoyed talking to our guide, who was very knowledgeable about local customs and the different casts within Nepal.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


We would advise fellow travelers to be in reasonable physical condition should they consider a trek in this region, trails are very steep!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


We believe that the holiday benefited local people as the tour operator employs Nepali guides, who are native to the regions we visited. Staying in local guesthouses, which are members of the royal conservation committee, ensures that owners receive training and a faire price for the rooms and food they provide.

4. Any other comments?


Raj and his team have provided us with a fantastic holiday experience and we highly recommend their services. We discovered many different sides to Nepal and it was very well planned and organized, considering we went at a critical time (during local elections in February 2006) which made traveling within the country difficult at times. We trusted the company to adjust our itinerary and the trip went smoothly. We’d like to add that we DID NOT encounter any problems while being in Nepal and we always felt safe, so if you consider a holiday in Nepal, please do go and don’t be put off by horror stories in the press and by the foreign office. It is safe for tourists, they have special buses and taxis, even their own tourist police! We would like to thank the tour operator, guides and staff for an outstanding holiday experience!

Reviewed on 05 Nov 2005 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The day we arrived at Annapurna Base Camp was sensational. The weather was fantastic, cold and crisp and the scenery was breathtaking. Well worth the effort.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


This operator was excellent, they were very responsible and kept us informed of developments as well as ensuring we had all the right kit. I think my main tip would be to have all the right kit.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?


Without a doubt.

4. Any other comments?


I would not hesitate recommending responsible travel or this operator to friends and family. No complaints.

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