Mike and I had a great time in Nepal. From getting off the plane in Kathmandu, to meeting Rashmila and getting us to Holy Himalaya and then getting all the information and the transfers set up from the drivers to the bus to the hotels. Everything connected perfectly.
Everyone was great at Holy Himalaya. Ram and his staff at Hotel Kantipur were all so nice and informational. The people there at the front desk were kind and helpful. The breakfast buffets were the best. Thank you for the really nice rooms. The view of the Annapurna Range from the rooftop was spectacular.
Of course, Dhiren, was the highlight of our trip. His warm and outgoing personality made us feel at home. His positive energy was heart-felt and special. His true love of the mountains, the people and his wealth of knowledge of the culture and land was inspiring and very enjoyable. His laugh is infectious. A funny guy. We enjoyed Renuka’s quiet personality as well. Though Mike got sick on the first day of the trek was unfortunate, Dhiren took good care of him and of me (as I was the slowest trekker possible). It’s something I’ve never done before and I know I couldn’t have made it to the top without him. I was happy to make it to our first destination at Tikedungha. Another spectacular view. The 2nd day was long as expected but we had unexpected weather as the rains never seemed to stop. But we had an opportunity to stop into a village to wait for the rain to slow down. They fed us a little and seemed to be celebrating a 7th year of a child so everyone was happy. Then it started to snow. As you probably already know that we took an extra day at Ghorepani due to Mike’s dehydration and exhaustion but that’s ok. We needed the extra day. We were lucky the weather changed and we got to see the end of the sunrise at the top of Poon Hill. Blue skies and sunshine. Beautiful. The next day, we’re off to Tadapani. The steps were slick, wet, icy, snowy, and muddy but we made it. Again, more rain and fog. But the people and the food were great. Mike was starting to feel better by then. Once we got to Ghandruk it started to thunder and lightning but we still had fun. We went to the little museum there and then tried on costumes. I will send you pictures. We loved the view from our window though we were still very cold. All and all, it was truly an adventure.
It was sad to say goodbye to Dhiren and Renuka, though. We found out later that Rashmila had been communicating to Dhiren during our entire trek, checking up on how sick Mike was. She called Dhiren several times. We’re glad your team kept a close eye on us. We really appreciated that. Ram (and the front desk receptionists) recommended a few places to see while we were in Pokhara and they found a really nice driver to take us around Devi Falls, the bat cave, Mehendra Cave, and the Mountaineers Museum. We did the little boat ride on Phewa Lake, did another hike up to Sarangkot and did some shopping later. It’s a beautiful place.
The lunches that were arranged between Kathmandu to Pokhara and then to Chitwan (at the bus transfer area)…were also very good. As we traveled on to Chitwan, our Nature Guide, Sisir, was great, too. We loved the river boat ride on the Rupti River but didn’t see any crocs. Absolutely fell in love with all the elephants and petted the baby elephant and of course riding an elephant was so exciting. What an experience!! The people at the Tiger Resort were all so nice and the food was great. We enjoyed the Tharu dancing and performance, too.
I actually enjoyed the bus ride as we watched the busy traffic along the way and viewed the mountainous and landscaped areas. As we traveled on back to Kathmandu, we met up again with Rashmila at the bus station, making sure we had a ride and that we were good to go. We then met our Kathmandu Tour Guide, Krishna, who too, was very warm and gracious. I liked our driver, too but I forgot his name. He was always smiling. Krishna was very knowledgeable and informative and made us feel very comfortable. We enjoyed the sight-seeing. We had fun taking the rickshaw back to our hotel, too. Krishna accompanied us in another rickshaw and made sure we got to our hotel safely. A true gentleman with a warm soul. Another great guy.
We were blessed to meet so many nice people along our journey. Thank you so much for taking care of us.
Your Travel Company and the people that make it successful will truly be recommended to both Mike and my friends for future travel. Mike plans to go back to Nepal and trek Dhaulagiri mountain with Dhiren sometime next year in March.
Sometimes Mike and I felt a little lost but glad your team was there to help us out. Everything was very well organized and felt we were in trustful hands.
Nepal Ghorepani Poon Hill Trekking, 28 Jan-15 Feb, 2013, Renton, WA, USA