7 independent reviews for Langtang Valley trekking holiday, Nepal

Reviews for Langtang Valley trekking holiday, Nepal

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review 20 Dec 2014

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

The most memorable part of the holiday was the walking. Everything was so well organised that it was so relaxing just to be able to concentrate on the stunning scenery, safe in the knowledge that the guides knew the best place to stay, when the best time to stop for tea or lunch break would be. Also by staying with local families we were to have real insight into how people live in this part of the world. Being so close to the Tibetan border, many families are of Tibetan heritage which was incredibly interesting from a cultural point of view.

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

Get walking before you go! I managed to get out during the summer and the time spent in the Welsh hills really paid off - I was able to enjoy the trekking. Learn to play a few card games. I'm not a card player, but it was great fun to sit with the guides and porters in the evenings playing cards.

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

Yes I do. We supported the local economy by drinking numerous cups of tea and buying our lunch along the way. The showers in all the places that we stayed were solar powered. The guides know the families who run the Tea Houses where we stayed ,and on many occasions we were greeted as old friends ! Also by being in a small group the impact on the environment and in the villages we stayed was not as significant as if we'd been in a larger group.

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

I would rate this holiday very highly, the British guide was excellent as were the Nepali staff - there was a good, respectful working relationship between them. The Langtang valley itself is stunning, with wonderful mountain scenery all around you and, the best part of all - I only saw a very small number of other tourists!

review 20 Nov 2014

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

Walking up the Langtang valley into the mountains. Wonderful autumn colours and snow on the tops.

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

Get fit: be flexible: take warm gear.

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

As we stayed and ate in local lodges there was certainly a cash benefit for them. Our operator also employed a local agent for transport, guide and porters.

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

It was very efficiently organised by our hosts. The western and Nepali guides and porters were great - always smiling and ready to make sure everyone was happy. An excellent trip in all aspects.

review 5 Nov 2014

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

Walking through the juniper forest on the way down from Gosekund lakes, the views while decending from the lakes to the forest, the views on the mountains after exiting the forest, the apline meadows and forests between the villages of Tula Shepru and Lauribena, trekking from Rimche to Langtang and then to Kanjin Gomba, trekking up to a 4800m peak

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

This trip has some of the most beautiful nature and scenery you will ever see in your life, but make sure you are prepared to rough it as the accomodation is not very comfortable. The rooms are cold and sometimes the bathrooms are outside, smelly... The food is repetitive as all tea houses offer almost the same menu, but generally it tastes ok. Make sure you bring warm clothes (ski jacket, raingear) as well as shorts as you will proably experience very cold as well as warm weather

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

Yes definitely. All the accomodation we used was owned by local villagers and the restaurants as well. All the staff at these establishements looked as if they were locals as well

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

Very good, I experienced some of the most beautiful nature I have ever seen. The only thing holding me back from returning is the somewhat basic accomodation. Regardless, I am likely to look for a similar trek in Nepal in the future, but will try to find one with more comfortable accomodation.

review 4 Mar 2013

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

The scenery on the trek was amazing. There is no place like the Himalaya. The Nepali people were extremely friendly. The guides were knowledgeable and wonderful to work with. The other trekkers were great company.

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

While there are some neat things to see in Kathmandu, spend as little time as possible there. The pollution in the city made my eyes sting.

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

Definitely. We stayed and ate in local tea houses right where the local people lived and ate. We were immersed in the local communities. Our guides were paid well and treated well even without our tips.

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

Great Trip!!! I would highly recommend the operator.

review 20 May 2013

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

Views generally and to Annapurna - 190km away

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

Get fit!

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

Yes

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

A great trip and very good service.

review 7 May 2013

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

The achievement of getting to above 4000mtres on foot and the View of Mt Langtang

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

Be prepared for a hard hike. The first day was no picnic. It is a good idea to get fit first.

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

Yes it brought commerce and income to a very poor people. Some I think came as refugees from Tibet. It taught a lesson that people can be happy even in the face of austere conditions. Our hearts bleed with the determination people transported such unbelievable loads by hand and on foot up such steep paths.

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

An experience of endeavour and hard slog but a life achievement . Perhaps at or close to the limit for a 66 year old

review 14 Dec 2011

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

Everything from arriving at the airport till leaving the airport. The Nepalese guide was FANTASTIC.

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

Great place to visit, people so friendly. All round a great experience.

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

Yes, tried to minimise the impact on the locals by living the same way as they do in the mountains.

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

Brilliant.

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