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This was my second trek with Arun, now with his newly founded company NEPALGRAM. Trip included also a Kathmandu valley tour.
If you are looking for a hassle free experience with a professional, knowledgeable guide, who is attentive, genuine, super nice, speaks perfect English and really goes the extra mile for his clients – Arun is your guy!
Arun has an exceptional ability to make people around him feel comfortable, safe and cared for. His insight of the Nepalese culture is priceless. Arun is very easy to talk to, and I really enjoyed the conversations we had and the stories he told. He is very safety oriented, and should there be any concerns about the weather conditions or your health during the trek, he will come up with plans b, c and even d, and you’ll evaluate together what is the best option to proceed.
Langtang trek is said to be one of the easiest ones, but don’t worry, there’s still enough uphill to be climbed.
Our amazing porter Mani took care of my backpack during the trek, so I got to focus on getting myself to the next village.
The Langtang valley is very beautiful and during the trek you get to see the landscape change from lush forests to snowy mountains, numerous villages and various kinds of wild life. The view from Kyanjing Ri is mind-blowing!
I would also recommend to opt for the Sherpa village route on the way back and stay in the village for a night – the views are amazing and the ambience in the village is really laid back and relaxed. After the trek, you can visit the hot springs in Syabrubesi to pamper your tired feet.
The accommodation during the trek is in teahouses, most of them equipped with western toilet and warm shower. Food is often simple, but good. Nights can be chilly, but I had a sleeping bag and I was never cold at night. After the day’s trek there is a lot of idle time as you usually reach the destination by 2 or 3pm, so it’s a good idea to bring books or other entertainment for the nights. Card games are also a popular way to pass time. There is wifi available in many villages (for an extra fee), from my experience it was working well at least in Langtang and Kyanjing Gompa villages. Charging was free in the teahouses we stayed.
After the trek we took a tour to see the UNESCO world heritage sites Pashupatinath temple in Kathmandu, Patan Durbar Square and Bhaktapur.
Again, Arun went out of his way to explain everything that was going on (it was a Holiday, so lots of ceremonies took place), to tell the stories and to answer the questions. We also visited a local attraction in Bhaktapur with no other western tourists, which was very special. I got to see amazing sights and learned a lot about the culture. Without a professional guide, I would have gotten very little to nothing out of the experience. I strongly recommend to hire a local guide for your treks and tours, their insight is just priceless!
I can’t thank Arun and Mani enough for their time and effort, and will be looking forward to doing another trek with them in the future.
If you’re planning a trip to Nepal, I wholeheartedly recommend to choose NEPALGRAM as your trek & tour operator!
I did 8 days Langtang trekking with Nepalgram, They managed the trip perfect from the beginning to the end. Arun at the office replied all my questions with cheering smile and he was the guide for the trekking himself.
He is a kind hearted man, took care of my food, accommodation, made sure we eat at the time. He made sure i got the good accommodation and gave me a perfect company throughout the entire trip. Trekking was not that hard but some uphills were not great. View from my room at Kyanjing gompa was unreal.
I will never forget that cozy room at Kyanjing with indoor toilet, they are the best. I would highly recommend them for your trip to Nepal. Arun will help you to find a trip that fits your interest.
My friend and I booked a 4 day trek through Langtang Valley with Arun and had a wonderful time. We were concerned about hiring a guide since we are very particular about our travel partners. But, by the end of the trek we considered Arun to be a friend. He was not only a knowledgeable guide but he was interesting, funny, and a pleasure to be around.
Arun took care to walk at a comfortable pace for us and when my friend continued to fall behind (due to inexperience at altitude) Arun was patient and good-humored. He made sure his oxygen levels were at a safe level and stopped as often as needed to make sure my friend continued to catch up.
The trip was exactly as described – the only surprise was just how stunningly beautiful and spiritual the experience would be for me. What a lovely trek – I cannot recommend it enough if you only have a short time in Kathmandu. And definitely book with Nepalgram – you will not be disappointed in the experience or kind company of Arun.
I will be returning to Nepal in the future for a higher elevation trek and will, without a doubt, will be booking through Nepalgram.
Arun – thank you for a wonderful trip and I look forward to seeing you in Himalaya in the future!