Feedback on Trekking in Manaslu and Everest Regon
We arrived in Kathmandu in October 2006 as part of a round-the-world-trip. We love the mountains and were keen to do as much trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas as time and money would allow us. We set our sights on trekking first in the Manaslu region and then in the Everest region. We visited several agencies in Kathmandu but were most impressed by Encounters Nepal. Rishi was always so friendly and helpful and spent a lot of time going through our options and helping us meet our budget. The 18 day Manaslu trek is not a tea-house trek. However we had our own camping and cooking equipment so to keep the cost down we wanted to be self-sufficient in terms of cooking and sleeping arrangements. This is an unusual request as most operators prefer to provide tentage and catering. Rishi understood our needs and kitted us out with an excellent, experienced, English speaking guide and three experienced porters. Rishi even managed to rush through our permits given we had arrived during a major public holiday this was great as any delay would have meant less time trekking!!
It was a fabulous trek our guide and porters were very attentive helping us pack up in the mornings and finding us good camping sites. We slightly underestimated our food requirements for the 18 days our porters and guide were great at procuring any extras we needed like eggs, tea and milk. Our guide was very knowledgeable in letting us know about how the villagers live, the mountains we would see and the terrain. Our safety was also important and we were given time to acclimatise properly and if we took a stumble we were always asked if we were okay. The service we received on this trek could not be faulted and it made for truly fantastic experience. The Manaslu trek was for us unforgettable because it is a restricted area and the permit is more expensive than other regions it is less visited. This means it is less affected by the demands of tourists and you feel like you are really seeing how rural Nepalis live in the mountains. We had some wonderful moments meeting local Nepalis. My favourite moment was walking in the company of a group of school children on their long walk home.
Because we had such great service on our first trek we asked Rishi to help organise our trip to Everest. We planned on three weeks in the Everest region and trekked up the Gokyo Valley over the Cho La to Everest Base Camp and then to Chhukung Ri and back out. Krishna organised our flights and yet another excellent guide with superb English and knowledge of the area. We incorporated several side trips and really enjoyed the stunning scenery. Our guide ensured we were well looked after at the tea-houses along the way and allowed us to decide how far we wanted to walk each day and if we wanted to rest without compromising our acclimatisation and well-being. Our only criticism would be that he was a pretty mean card-player just as well we weren't playing for money!! We'll forgive him because he kept our spirits up waiting out the flight to and from Lukla!!
We would definitely take-up Encounters Nepal's services again in the future and recommend them to anyone planning a trip to Nepal. Rishi became a good friend of ours and we keep in touch with him still. We are now having a baby and so future trekking is on hold.. In a few years time we hope to take our child to Nepal because it would be such a good experience for children to see how rural Nepalis live and Nepalis love children and I'm sure Rishi would find us staff that would look after our child brilliantly!! SO LOOK-OUT Encounters Nepal the Tubby family will be back...
Thank you for making our Nepal experience the favourite part of our trip of a life time in 2006!
Mr. Ben and Mrs. Kerry TUBBY (England)