December 3, 2013
We returned yesterday from our trip to Nepal, followed by a short visit with our family in the Netherlands.
We cannot say enough about your company and the wonderful people who are part of Himalayan Glacier Trekking. From the moment we corresponded with you, we felt that we were in excellent hands. All this on very short notice!
Upon arrival in Kathmandu after three long flights, Tulsi was there with a big smile to greet us with beautiful garlands. The Shanker hotel was lovely and very accommodating. We were very happy with the comprehensive tour provided by your guide Buddi (spelling?) the following day. He was extremely knowledgeable and we even got to see the Kumari godess in Durbar Square!
Our stay in Pokhara at the Barahi Hotel was exceptional (it’s location is in fact nicer than the Kailash which was originally planned for us). I believe that Tulsi was instrumental in securing this reservation for us on very short notice when he found that there was no room at Kailash as we drove back from Nayapul. The setting provided a peaceful environment even though it was located in the center of town. When we returned from our trek, we also used the spa for a well deserved massage. The staff is truly welcoming and the restaurant offers excellent choices. I would strongly recommend this hotel over Kailash for your future clients.
Our trek was eventful as well as beautiful. Upon the recommendation of a Dutch fellow who was sitting next to me on the plane, Narayan made it possible for us to start the Annapurna Sunrise trek from Phedi so that we could ascend more slowly – rather than on the Nayapul side. This proved extremely helpful as when the route got steeper, I developed issues with my heart requiring me to stop frequently. This was totally unexpected and disconcerting to the four of us and I must say that in addition to Kirsten, Tulsi and Jay were extremely professional in dealing with this. They also took good care of us at our lodgings, making sure we were comfortable with extra blankets and masala tea. We developed a close relationship with them and we miss them! We thoroughly enjoyed seeing the sunrise over Annapurna South and Machhapuchare at Ghorepani. Kirsten also went with Tulsi to Poon hill.
During our trek, we met two other couples who were trekking with HGT and were just as enthusiastic as we were. We also met people who were alone or who were unhappy with their guides and who might have benefitted from your services. We gave them your information as well. (Just a thought: it might be helpful for HGT if your guides had business cards to hand out to individuals as appropriate).
As you know, Kirsten and I opted to take a tourist bus back to KTM. I had in mind the same, scenic tour, that my mother and I had experienced in 1987. Nothing was farther from the truth. Travelling through the valley just outside of Pokhara was a shock. The air pollution was so dense that one could barely see 500 feet. We were incredulous that in these terrible conditions, families and children live their lives. The road on the narrow, poorly maintained, mountainside was frightening beyond belief. Had we known that this was the the case, we would have readily opted to fly back to KTM instead. It may be wise to alert your clients to the fact that travel on the roads – even in KTM – is an experience that most visitors may want to avoid.
When we returned to KTM, we found that we needed to travel home one day earlier than expected. Narayan could not have been more helpful in allowing us the use of his cell phone to speak with the airline. As a consequence, we managed to get the last two seats via Abu Dhabi to Amsterdam! It was a huge surprise and big treat to be taken out to dinner at the Rum Doodle restaurant. This had been on my wish list but without HGT, we would have missed it.
Upon take off from Kathmandu, we could see the Boudnath stupa in the distance. We said farewell to Nepal with great appreciation but also with sadness for the extreme conditions that most people deal with daily: from extreme air pollution to unsanitary conditions, hunger and poverty.
Kirsten and I will be happy to recommend your company to any person looking for your services - in addition to our friends and acquaintances.
I will also write a glowing recommendation to Trip Advisor. If there is anything further that we can do, please do not hesitate to let us know.
With deep appreciation to you and your staff for having made our visit to Nepal unforgettable. We are so happy and grateful to have found you!
Charlotte and Kirsten
September 11, 2013
The top 7 ways of trekking in the Annapurna region are the extraordinary adventures to be in the company of some of the highest mountains on earth. Mt. Annapurna rises to 8091m and is the 10th highest mountain in the world. The Annapurna region lies in the foothill of Mt. Annapurna in North-central Nepal stretching along with Lamjung Himal from the Kali Gandaki in the west to the Marshyangdi in the east. Trekking in the Annapurna region involves walking through rice farms, forests and friendly ethnic villages in the lower realm of the Annapurna Conservation Area. The treks also provide a chance to visit the Hindu pilgrimage site – Muktinath. Besides, the 7 ways of trekking also cover Tatopani, Ghorepani, Ghandruk, Pokhara, and Kathmandu. Here are listed the top 7 ways of trekking in the Annapurna region.
1. Annapurna Circuit Trek, a magical trek, takes you around the entire Annapurna massif reaching the Zenith at Thorong La Pass (5,416m). Annapurna Circuit Trek, one of the most popular classic treks in the world takes you within the world’s tenth highest mountain, the Annapurna. From a mere height of 800 meters to the high altitude of 5, 416 meters, you will pass through a diverse geographical and cultural variation with an amazing range of flora and fauna in between. The initial days of the trek involves walking through rice farms, forests and friendly villages in the lower realms of the Annapurna Conservation Area. Just imagine the thrills of walking through world’s deepest Kali Gandaki Gorge, with Annapurna I rising to 8091m to the east and Dhaulagiri hovering at 8167m to the west! Cross the highest pass, Thorong La on the way from Manang to Muktinath, savor the fabulous mountain views from the summit of Poon Hill at 3,210m and discover more than ten different culturally rich ethnic groups that reside in different climate zones of Annapurna Circuit.
2. Annapurna Base Camp Trek is believed to be one of our most popular treks in the world. The trek is suitable for those trekkers who would like to get to Annapurna Base Camp but are restricted time-wise. This invigorating trek to Annapurna Base Camp passes through waterfalls, villages, farmlands, rhododendron forests, and mountain vistas. The base camp trek, like others in the Annapurna region, takes off from the lake city of Pokhara at a mere height of around 800 meters to a high altitude of over 4,000 meters with gradual acclimatization process. You also pass through a diverse geographical and cultural variation with amazing ranges of flora and fauna in between. Needless to say that throughout this trekking journey you get to enjoy the sheer magnificence of the Himalayas, including two mountains that are above eight thousand meters – Mt. Annapurna (8091 m) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m); hospitality and rich culture of the local community and the brilliance of nature.
3. Annapurna Circle Trek is one of the most popular classic treks in the world that takes you from 830m to 5,416m through the deep valleys and high mountains encircling the giant Annapurna Himal. The most enchanting trek further provides you a chance to meet with wide range of culturally rich ethnic groups and walk in a diverse terrain, from subtropical jungle to a high and dry landscape resembling the Tibetan plateau. While experiencing an opportunity to interact with assorted ethnic groups, it will be a walk by the world’s deepest Kali Gandaki gorge, an exciting triumph over one of the world’s highest pass -Thorong La, the Manang valley, the spiritual Muktinath and the most fantastic viewpoint-Poon Hill. Upon the completion of this magical trek, you will find you have gone through the entire Annapurna massif and reached the Zenith.
4. Annapurna Sanctuary Trek is a spectacular journey on foot to the South Face of Annapurna I – a pleasant hike through the ethnically diversified villages and forests assorted by flora and fauna. Explore the way upstream along the Modi Khola into the Annapurna Sanctuary, a valley surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks including the breathtaking Machhapuchhare (6,993m). Experience the opportunity of watching sunrise over the Dhaulagiri and Annapurna ranges from Poon Hill as the bequest of the trip. Traversing through valleys, villages, rivers, waterfalls, and forests and enjoying the magnificence view of nature, you continue your journey passing through more crystal clear views of the unconquered Machhapuchhare peak (6,993m) – tip of which resembles a fishtail. Your journey gets slightly more difficult during the ascent to the Machhapuchhare Base Camp (3,700m). The peaks of Annapurna-III (7,600m) and Annapurna-IV (7,400m) are visible from this point and the gigantic glacier of Machhapuchhare makes its presence felt. The next leg of the trek will take you to Annapurna Base Camp (4,130m), a natural amphitheatre, a picture that will remain with you forever. The sunrise is another view of note as it gradually illuminates the peak of Annapurna-I (8,091m). The vicinity is also popular for its natural hot springs.
5. Annapurna Sunrise Trek (Poon Hill Trek) is a relatively easy walk meandering through villages and rhododendron forests. This invigorating trek reveals some of the best views of the Himalayas especially from the Poon Hill which is considered as the best viewpoint in the Annapurna region. Just behold the magnificence of the sunrise over the snow-capped Himalayas that illuminate the peaks of the entire range and leaving you spellbound! While trekking along to Ghorepani, you marvel at colorful orchids and clear views of the splendid high mountains including the two eight-thousanders – Mt. Annapurna (8091 m) and Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167m). Upon reaching the final destination, Poon Hill (3210m) is a reward in itself, perhaps one of the most beautiful viewpoints on earth. The added presence of rice terraces completes the picture making it a photographer’s paradise. Then, you trek to the beautiful Gurung village of Ghandruk and enjoy the ethnic hospitality along with the cultural magnificence of Gurung Museum. Overall, the beautiful trek is suitable for those travelers who desire to have family fun in the rural mountainside with up-close Himalayan views.
6. Jomsom Muktinath Trek starts from world’s deepest Kali Gandaki gorge and passes through an almost tree-less barren landscape, a steep rocky trail up and down hill and panoramic views of Nilgiri, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and several other peaks. The initial days of the trek through the Annapurna region ascends through rice terraces and villages inhabited by the indigenous people. Continuing along the Kali Gandaki River Gorge, marvel at the splendid peaks of Annapurna-I and Dhaulagiri both of which reach heights in excess of 8000m. The trek gets interesting in Tatopani where you will have the opportunity to relax in natural hot springs! Then the trek passes through Jomsom and Kagbeni, the entry point of upper Mustang Region. Explore the hundreds of years old monastery, caves, local tribes and scenic beauties of the different landscapes. The grandeur of the Dhaulagiri Glacier is on show a little further up along with the first glimpse of the windy Tibetan Plateau on the way to the holy Hindu pilgrimage site of Muktinath (3800m). From Muktinath, you trek downhill to Jomsom village on the Tibetan Plateau where you can look around at the gateway to the “Forbidden Kingdom of Mustang”, and get a glimpse of the ancient traditions still in practice.
7. Annapurna Sunrise and Everest View Trek combines nature, adventure, culture, and hospitality – the best that Nepal has to offer. It is an opportunity to trek in the two of the most popular trekking regions in the world – the Annapurna and Everest. This trek features a wide range of spectacular scenery combined with unique cultural encounters. From mesmerizing views from one of the most beautiful viewpoints on earth, the Poon Hill of Annapurna to one of the world’s highest monasteries in Tengboche of Everest region, the trek combines a magnificent galore of both the natural and cultural panorama that Nepal offers. Moreover, the opportunity to capitalize an awesome beauty of Mt. Everest and other eight-thousanders would certainly make this trek a memorable experience of the lifetime. Besides, Kathmandu, Pokhara, Poon Hill, Ghandruk, Sagarmatha National Park, Namche Bazaar, and Tengboche are also tailored in this trek.
June 14, 2012
“We came to Himalayan Glacier with the idea that we couldn’t do a lot of walking because we weren’t fit and hadn’t have lots of exercise lately. So we choosed Poonhill to be our destination. At the start, we didn’t know that our legs strength can made it to Poonhill and back in 5 days, but we decided to try.
In these 5 days, we experienced many things. Many things that was once in a lifetime!!!! Everything we’ve seen and met was just wonderful. Breathtaking long walk mountains by mountains that we couldn’t imagine how could we did it, beautiful nature and stunning Himalayas view, nice people that we met along the way, everything was so great.
These couldn’t be happened without you “Himalayan Glacier”. Our guide and porters were so helpful and friendly. They made our first trekking experience turned into the most memorable trip we ever had.
Now, we have a look of the picture of your other trekking trips on your website and we think about to go back to have another nice trekking experience with you for sure. But we need more exercise!!!!!
Thank you for create such a nice trip for us.
From Thailand ”
June 1, 2012
Thank you very much for all that you did for us over December 2010 and January 2011 to organise our school’s second trip to Nepal. We appreciate the personal interest that you take in our group, and this personal touch is evident in all of the people who work for Himalayan Glacier Trekking. In particular we appreciate how flexible you are in meeting our special requests. We understand that our group undertakes a unique experience in terms of our timings but you have been unfailing in meeting our requests.
I have posted a review on Trip Advisor.
I must mention our trek leader Hom Nath in particular. He has a very good understanding of what we are trying to achieve in our immersion program, so not only is he a thorough professional in the way he acts as Trek leader, he is able to contribute to the whole experience and bring his story to our students as well.
We will be in contact with you shortly to begin arrangements for our 2011/12 trip.
Director of Senior Schooling,
Saint Ignatius’ College
October 19, 2009
The staff at Himalayan Glacier are exceptional. Within 4 hours of my email query, I had a telephone call from Naba who answered all my questions and helped me plan a fantastic Annapurna sunrise trek to the Annapurna area. My leader and supporter, Homnath and Ramchandra took very good care of me through out my time in Nepal and even deviated from the itinerary so I could see more of the beautiful mountains and hot springs. If you are planning a trekking holiday in Nepal, why trek with the rest when you can trek with the best - Himalayan Glacier Trekking!
Thanks so much for a fantastic time Naba and you can be sure that when I return to Nepal, I’ll travel with you again, and I’ll recommend you to everyone I know.
New York USA
23 June 2009