Tsum Valley Trek 13 Days

US$
990
per person
  • Nile villge and Mount Himalchuili
  • old Tibtan village
  • thressing barly
  • Hors walking along the river
  • Nile villge and Mount Himalchuili
  • old Tibtan village
  • thressing barly
  • Hors walking along the river
13
Days
$ 1120
US$ 990
Per Person (Group Size: 1-10)
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At a Glance

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Duration

13 days
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Destination

Nepal
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Trip Difficulty

Moderate

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Max altitude

3777m/12391 ft
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Group Size

1-10 Pax.
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Activity

Trekking,hiking & sightseeing

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Accommodation

Hotel in Kathmandu, lodge & tea houses during the trek.
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Meals

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner during the trek
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Vehicle

Private car/bus/jeep and flight

Overview of Tsum Valley Trek

Tsum Valley Trek situated close to the Manaslu range was only opened for trekking in 1992 and is now acknowledged as one of the finest trekking routes.

 Tsum Valley Trek is a sacred Himalayan pilgrimage valley situated in the trans-Himalayan region of Gorkha, Nepal. Tsum comes from the Tibetan work ‘Tsombo,’ which means vivid. The Tsum Valley’s acquaintance with Tibet, its natural beauty, and its pristine culture make this trekking unique. This serene Himalayan valley is rich in ancient art, culture, and religion, and insights into the Chortens and Mani walls. Tsum Valley is a well-known foundational region for Gumbas and Ringboche and amongst them is My-gumba. The local people are mostly of Tibetan origin and seek a unique dialect. The journey will have a high preference for Buddhist cultures and sightseeing of beautiful landscapes. People travel to Tibet during July/August to buy some basic needs to support their lifestyles for a year.


Highlights of Tsum Valley Trek

  • Trek provides the stunning views of the Ganesh Himal ranges,including Ganesh I,II,III and other surrounding peaks.
  • Explore ancient monasteries like MuGompa,Rachen Gomba and Milarepa’s Cave plus the sacred pilgrimage sites such as the Piren Phu cave,which is believed to have been visited by the Buddhist saint Milarepa.
  • Stunning alpine ,juniper and Rhododendron forest
  • Opportunity to explore the Tibetan lifestyle,culture and tradition.
  • Chances to spot various himalayan wildlife,including Himalayan Thar,blue sheep,musk deer and a variety of birds.

Route Map and Altitude Chart

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Itinerary

01

Day 01 Arrive at Kathmandu-Alt.1300m

We will escort you to your hotel after picking you up from the airport .Settle into your hotel and take some rest or explore the city if you have time .In the afternoon you will meet your guide and discuss the trek and if you have any concerns about the trek then you can ask your guide.

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Duration

30 min
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Max altitude

1300m/4265 ft
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Meals

Breakfast
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Accommodation

Local Teahouse

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Day 02 Drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khol via Arughat (alt.620m),6-7 hrs

After breakfast ,you will be picked up from your hotel and we will drive to Soti khola via Arughat enjoying the landscape.The journey takes around 6-7 hrs offering you a scenic drive through hills and villages.

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Duration

6-7 hrs
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Max altitude

620m/2034 ft
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Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Accommodation

Local Teahouse

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Day 03 Trek to Machhi Khola ,(alt.880m),4-5 hrs

Your trek begins from Soti Khola and you will follow the Budhi Gandaki river and make your way towards Macchi Khola.The trail takes you through a mix of lush forest,terraced fields and charming villages.

As you walk by the riverbank you’ll cross several suspension bridges over Budhi Gandaki river.The path may include some rocky and uneven sections and the trek passes through dense,green forest,terraced farmland and different small villages

.Macchi Khola- a small located at an altitude of 880m translates to “Fish River”referring to the river that flows through the village.

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Duration

4-5 hrs
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Max altitude

880m/2887 ft
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Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Accommodation

Lodge

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Day 04 Trek from Machha Khola -Dobhan(1000,)6-7 hrs

Today’s trek begins in Machhi Khola and follows the Budhi Gandaki river ascending gradually towards Doban.The trails includes ascends and descents with the terrain varying between well-trodden paths and more rugged narrower trails.

You’ll pass by few waterfalls,small village,dense forests with diverse flora and fauna.After walking for 3 hours we will take some rest and have some drink and lunch and then continue our trek it takes around 6-7 hrs and we will reach Dobhan.

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Duration

6-7 hrs
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Max altitude

1,000m/3280 ft
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Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Accommodation

Lodge

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Day 05 Dobhan-Philim(1,590m),5-6 hrs

After having a hearty breakfast we will start our trek to reach Philim which will takes around 5-6 hrs.The path gradually ascends taking you through forests and terraced farmland where local farmers grow crops.

The trail also passes through a few small villages offering a chance to interact with local people and observe their traditional way of life.The trail is generally well-trodden with a mix of easy and moderate sections.You can expect some rocky and uneven trails.

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Duration

5-6 hrs
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Max altitude

1,590m/5216 ft
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Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Accommodation

Local Teahouse

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Day 06 Philim-lokpa(alt.2220m)-Chumling,(alt.2310m),6-7 hrs

For today’s trek you will start your day with an elevation of approximately 2220m in Philim and then gradually ascend to 2,310m in Chumling.The trail heads to north ,following budhi gandaki consists of well- defined paths,usually it takes around 6-7 hours depending on your pace and the stops on the way.

As you walk the paths leads to higher areas through the terraces of golden fields of wheat,barley and then climb on rocky ridge top into bamboo forest area to research Eklai Bhatti(Lonely Inn),where many shops are newly built.The Trail surface varies from dirt paths to stone steps in some sections and it’s well-marked with signs.

As you reach the high altitude you’ll have the glimpse of snow-capped peaks of Manaslu range ,depending on the weather.As you approach to chumling ,you will pass through the villages with Tibetian influence architecture and culture.Chumling itself is a charming village with a traditional monastery.

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Duration

6-7 hrs
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Max altitude

2310m/7578 ft
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Meals

Breakfast
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Accommodation

Local Teahouse

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Day 07 Chumling-Chhekamper(3,010m)-Nile,(alt.3480m)7-8 hrs

In today’s trek you will ending up at an elevation of around 3,480m to Nile which meanswe will have notable increase in elevation,so take your time to adjust to the altitude.The trek usually takes around 7-8 hrs.

The trails between Chumling-Chhekamper and Nile generally consist of a mix of well-trodden path and rugged terrain.We will encounter the several river which we will cross through the suspension bridges and the path passes through the dense forest where you can encounter different types of flora and fauna.

You’ll be treated to panoramic views of Budhi Gandaki River valley and its rugged beauty,with steep cliffs and lush green forests.the trek offers the stunning views of Manaslu(8,156m),Ganesh Himal ranges and surrounding peaks mainly when we approach to Nile.On the way you’ll also see the villages ,with unique architecture and chortens(Buddhist stupas),mani walls,and prayer flags.

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Duration

7-8 hrs
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Max altitude

3,480m/11417 ft
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Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Accommodation

Local Teahouse

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Day 08 Exploration day:Nile-Mu Gompa(3,709m)back to Chhekampar(3,010m) 7-8 hrs

For todays we will have an exploration day at our main destination which is Mu Gompa.The trail from Nile to Mu Gompa is well-trodden but can be rugged and steep in sections.The paths usually follows the Shiar Khola (river)valley and gradually ascends as you make your way towards the monastery.

You’ll experience gain about 229m from Nile to Mu Gompa.The trails offers the stunning views including the view of Ganesh Himal ranges and other himalayan peaks.
Mu Gompa is one of the oldest and important monasteries in the region.The monastery offers a fascinating glimpse into the Tibetan Buddhism culture and tradition .

You’ll see prayer wheels,intricate murals and ancient artifact.After admiring the beauty of monastery and we will return back to Chhekampar while returning back we will return by the same route.We will stop for the lunch at Nele and walk back to Chhekampar which will take about 2 hrs.

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Duration

7-8 hrs
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Max altitude

3,709m/12168 ft
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Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Accommodation

Local Teahouse

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Day 09 Chhekampar-Lokpa(2,240m)5-6 hrs.

The trek from Chhekampar(3,010m) to Lokpa(2,240m) is an exciting descents which will take you through the beautiful landscapes and culturally rich villages.The trek is typically completed in about 5-6 hrs.As we descend from Chhekampar to Lokpa,we’ll experience the drop of around 770m.

Todays trek will take you through lush forest including rhododendron and pine forests.As You descend you’ll notice an increase in a vegetation.After walking for like 3 to 4 hrs we will stop by to get the rest and after resting for a while we will continue our trek and after some hrs of walking we will reach Lokpa-a small village nested in the hill and is known for its beautiful views and traditional architecture.

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Duration

5-6 hrs
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Max altitude

2,240m/7349 ft
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Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Accommodation

Local Teahouse

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Day 10 Trek back to Dovan,(alt.1590m)6-7hrs

We will trek back through the same route a we went up.From the Lokpa to Philim it will take around 2 hrs and from the Philim to Jagat it will takes about 1.5 hrs and in Jagat we will stop by to have some lunch and rest in some teahouse and after resting and enjoying the lunch and view for a while we will trek back to our destination for today which is dovan and it takes about 2.5 hrs walking alongside with Budhigandaki river.

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Duration

5-6 hrs
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Max altitude

1590m/5216 ft
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Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Accommodation

Local Teahouse

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Day 11 Trek back to Machhi Khola (alt.890m),6 hrs

After having breakfast ,we will trek back to Machhi Khola.we will walk through the same route from which we went up and after walking for almost like 3 hrs continuously we will stop by to have lunch in some teahouse and continue our walk until we reach Machhi Khola.

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Duration

6 hrs
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Max altitude

890m/2919 ft
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Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Accommodation

Local Teahouse

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Day 12 Trek back to Soti Khola(alt.710m)5-6 hrs

We will begin our trek after having the hearty breakfast and ,it takes 5 to 6 hrs .We will descend slowly admiring the beauty and enjoying .We will take the same route as we went up .We will stop by to have the lunch and continue our walk until we reach to Soti Khola.
Options:
Near Khorla Besi-Machhikhola,you can choose to take a drive instead of walking, however if the road conditions are okay then only.In early autumn to late spring season ,the road condition might not be as good to drive because of the landslides.

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Duration

5-6 hrs
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Max altitude

710m/2329 ft
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Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Accommodation

Local Teahouse

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Day 13 Drive Back to Kathmandu from Soti Khola-Aru ghat(alt.1300m)6-7 hrs

After Having breakfast we will drive back to Kathmandu by car,jeep or bus depending upon the group size and it takes around 6-7 hrs to reach kathmandu but it also depends upon the road conditions traffic .

While we are on our way back we will stop by to have the lunch and once we reach to Kathmandu we will take you at your hotel and bid the farewell with your guide and porter .

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Duration

6-7 hrs
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Max altitude

1300m/4265 ft
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Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Accommodation

Local Teahouse
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Inclusion/Exclusion

What's Included?

  • Airport Pick and drop by private (Car/Jeep/Buss as per the Group size)
  • Three nights Hotel in Kathmandu before trek and after end of the trek including breakfast.
  • Three times meals a day during the trek(Breakfast,Lunch and Dinner)
  • Hot drinks(Tea or Coffee)
  • Seasonal Fresh fruits.
  • All necessary ground transportation during the trip.
  • Accommodation on trek normal twin sharing basic rooms.
  • Professional guide.
  • Manaslu Conservation fee.
  • Tsum Valley restricts area permits.
  • Rural municipality entrance fee.
  • Porter (each 2 people 1 porter and max weight limit is 25 kg)
  • Duffle bag for keeping your goods during the trek(refundable after the trek).
  • Nature Explore Trek T-shirt gift.
  • Basic medical kit bag.
  • Treat drinking water.
  • Tsum Valley Trek Map.
  • All necessary trip arrangements.

What's Excluded?

  • International airfare
  • Personal Insurance (For emergency only)
  • Trekking equipment.
  • Extra cold drinks
  • Personal expenses such as Wi-fi,extra snacks,laundry,battery charges etc.
  • Not mentioned in the itinerary or in the include section.
  • Tipping for Guide and Porter.

Trip Information

Best seasons:

Best season to trek in Tsum Valley are spring(March to May) and autumn(september to November).These  time of the year offers the most favorable weather conditions for trekking,ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience.

Spring (March to May): Spring is wonderful time to trek in Tsum Valley.The temperatures are mild during the day,making it pleasant for trekking.The trails come alive with the vibrant colors of blooming rhododendrons and with other wildflowers.This season provides clear skies and excellent visibility ,allowing trekkers to enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains and landscapes.

Autumn(September to November):Autumn is another ideal season for the Tsum valley Trek.The weather is stable with sunny days and cooler nights.The crisp,clear air offers excellent visibility,providing breathtaking views of the himalayan peaks.As the season starts right after the monsoon season ,the landscapes gets greenery and the rains brings out the fresh air.

Both season offer the best overall experience in terms of climate,natural beauty ad trail conditions.Trekking during these times allows you to appreciate the Tsum Valley’s scenic beauty and immerse yourself in its rich cultural heritage.

Accommodation 

During The Tsum Valley Trek ,trekkers will primarily stay in teahouses and lodges along the trekking routes.These types of accommodation are simple but comfortable,providing the unique way to experience the local culture and the hospitality.Teahouses and lodges offer basic facilities like bed,blanket and pillow .Rooms are typically twin sharing and common toilet and bathrooms depends on the teahouses.These teahouse provides meals,usually featuring Nepali cuisine such as dal bhat (rice and lentils),noodles,mooms(dumplings) and other local dishes.Wifi service may be available in some tea houses,especially in more popular areas of the route.These teahouses owners and staff are generally friendly and welcoming offering trekkers a chance to interact with local people and learn more about their culture and way of life.

Physical Fitness

The Tsum Valley Trek is a moderate trek that requires a reasonable level of physical fitness and stamina.The trek involves a mix of ascents and descents with some challenging sections, particularly at higher altitudes.Daily walking of about 4-7 hrs ,depending on the days and terrain.The trails are varied ,with some rocky paths and uneven terrain.Tsum Valley Trek reaches a maximum altitude of approximately 3,709m(12,168 ft).While this altitude is not extremely high as compared to some other treks in Nepal,it is still important to take proper precautions and acclimatize properly to avoid altitude sickness.In order to ensure you are physically prepared for the trek make sure you do some cardiovascular exercises activities like running,cycling and hiking can help your cardiovascular fitness.While you are creating the itinerary for the trek make sure you have at least one day as acclimatization day.

Transportation:

We will pick you up in private jeep or car or bus depending on the group size and drive from Kathmandu to Soti Khola via Arughat.It is a comfortable and scenic drive which you will enjoy and relax while admiring the beautiful landscapes.And after completing the trek,we will also arrange return transportation through the same route.

Meals during the trek

During the Tsum Valley trek,you will find a variety of meals available at the teahouses and the lodges along the routes.These accommodations offer simple yet hearty meals that provides you with the necessary energy and nutrition during the trek.For the breakfast option usually include items like pancakes,toast with jam or butter,eggs,porridge.Hot beverages such as tea,coffee and hot chocolate and for lunch the menu option commonly includes:noodle soup,fried noodles,Dalbhat or vegetable curries.For dinner tea houses have the menu options dal-bhat,noodles,momos(dumplings)and other local or Nepali-style dishes.We always recommend our client to eat healthy food or foods from local teahouses as these teahouses serves the green vegetables which are freshly picked from their own garden and it’s healthy too.While trekking it’s important to eat healthy foods and get the energy to trek.

 

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132 Excellence Reviews
Moira L
Moira L
7 April 2024
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A special experience I never dreamt I would achieve… on crutches! On our visit to Pokhara my friend arranged a trip by jeep via the Tatopani hot springs, The World Heritage Town of Marpha, Jomsom 2700 meters to Mukinath Temple 3500 meters. This was all arranged with advice from Dinersh. Dinersh has looked after three of my dear friend’s four children. All who have been with him to Everest Base camp & various treks. These were all hugely successful & lead by Dinersh himself. We were not on a trek but his input & advice was invaluable. He found us an experienced driver, Kumar to take us on our mountain adventure. He was wonderful so kind & caring. Slightly unusual circumstances to consider was my injury. I was recovering from a complex fracture of the lower leg & ankle & on crutches! However, it was an amazing experience for me. I achieved far more than I ever expected & now have such precious memories. Through the advice from Dinersh & the careful consideration of our driver I cannot rate this company & all their contacts more highly. Throughout our travels in Nepal I have met such very special people. Dinersh & his team are very much a part of this special band. They were just “1st class”
Alison D
Alison D
5 April 2024
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Absolutely incredible experience! Highly recommend! I met Dinesh 13 years ago, when he was working as a Guide. I am so proud of him for setting up such an amazing company. During the booking phase of my Nepal trip Dinesh was always available to answer all my questions. He was so helpful. In March 2024 I headed to Nepal to complete the Mardi Himal trek. My Guide Chhabin and Porter Santosh from Nature Explore Trek made this such a wonderful experience for me. I always felt happy, safe and confident trekking with them. They were both so helpful and so kind. Dinesh personally met me at the airport to welcome me back to Nepal and was in contact with me throughout my stay. I would 100% recommend trekking with Nature Explore Trek. I am already very excited to return to Nepal and trek with them again, thank you so much for building amazing memories with me!
Luis M
Luis M
3 April 2024
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Excellent Langtang Trek My trek with Nature Explore in Langtang Valley was an unforgettable experience. Deepak, our guide, was knowledgeable, friendly, and ensured our safety throughout the journey. He responded well to our requests and was very proactive in meeting our needs. The scenic beauty of Langtang Valley is breathtaking, and the trek was well-organized. I highly recommend Nature Explore for anyone looking for an adventure in the Himalayas.
Geoff F
Geoff F
24 March 2024
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Trip to Muktinath and earlier Family Treks Dinesh has been a guide to my family over many years. Two daughters trekked to Everest Base camp. One returned for second trek. Son has done three separate treks, including the Annapurna Trail. He then took on ‘Dad’ and arranged a 4 day trip to Muktinath, with an excellent driver, Kumar. Everything thought through, including extra care re altitude sickness What an amazing Quality of Service my family and I have received from Dinesh and his company, Nature Explore over these many years, Inc. March 2024. I cannot recommend Dinesh more highly. Definitely 5Stars.
dswwilson
dswwilson
8 February 2024
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Great beginner trek in Nepal We did the Pikey Peak trek in January. This is an excellent walk with some of the best views I’ve had in Nepal. Dinesh and his team at Nature Explore organized the trip
Matt M
Matt M
5 February 2024
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Once in a lifetime trip with a stellar crew This trip was hands-down one of the best trips I've ever been on. It was definitely challenging (~13,000 ft is no joke) but the food, the views, the hikes, the views, the company, did I mention the views, all of it was fantastic. Dinesh and his crew were amazing: they clearly have deep experience and training to be as safe and competent as they are, but they go the extra mile to make sure people are getting what they need, when they need it. If we go back to Nepal, you can be sure we'll be calling Dinesh.
Tammykatz
Tammykatz
28 January 2024
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Incredible experience in Nepal We had a incredible experience with Dinesh , from the first time we contact him he answer us very quickly and gave us all the information we wanted he organize us our trip to Nepal (Katmandu, Pokhara and also a safari in chitwan ) not only the nice trek he recommend us because we are beginners (poonhill) Poonhill was amazing to see the sunrise speechless They made sure that all the time everything was ok with us He has an exelent service and all what he recommend us was very worthy He couldn’t go with us to the trek so he send Deepak who was also very nice and always taking care of us we had a great time with him We really recommend nature explore and his team Next time we come to Nepal no doubt about it we’ll again organize everything wit dinesh
andyoyellow
andyoyellow
27 December 2023
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Amazing trip to ABC I joined the trip solo, but made a bunch of amazing friends on this trip, and a lot of that is owed to Dinesh and his team of guides and porters helping us all along the way. They were warm and generous with every part of the trip. Dinesh was super thoughtful as he captured moments to be remembered, such as sunrise at Poonhill and ABC, and even our group yoga classes. I would love to go on another trek with the guides of Nature Explore
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DayTrip40868
25 December 2023
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Wonderful and Trustworthy Guide Company Dinesh and his team were just wonderful! They were well organized throughout our trekking and were always nice and friendly. The hike was out of this world. The combination of amazing scenery, high elevation, physical and mental obstacles, beautiful souls in our group, delicious food, and expert guides created a special experience that will stay with us forever. We'll go back to Nepal for sure, and this time will be Everest base camp with Dinesh. 🤞
phinkley7
phinkley7
18 December 2023
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Best trek experience, best guides Thanks so much to Dinesh and his team for their warm, engaged, thoughtful and consistent assistance on our ABC trek this past October. There are a couple other reviews here of that trip and their wonderful support. I’ll add that Dinesh was available as well in addressing questions I had prior to the start of the trip to help put my mind at ease. From those moments going forward and through the entirety of the trip, I felt I was in good hands. Everything was well planned and communicated. Where there were surprises, they easily and calmly helped with a solution, such as when I’d somehow lost my rain layer mid-trip and they helped me set up a DIY trash bag rain layer which worked fantastic. Since many or most of us (~20 total) were new to high altitude hut-to-hut trekking there were of course a lot of expressed nerves about how things would go. The team’s support kept us at ease. Plus these guys were kind and funny. A pleasure to be around. A big thank you to them!
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