Wildlife & Nature
Himalayan Teenage Adventure
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Fantastic trip to and around Nepal - crammed full with experiences and sights. Everything went smoothly and we felt very well looked after. All the guides were excellent, knowledgable, friendly, helpful.
Kirsten Robinson, Mum
It was a bonding experience with all the family. Kids had never been anywhere quite like it. Sounds, smells, people, places all memorable. The monastery was the goal, the journey getting there was everything.
Best family trip we have ever done !
Efficient group leader. Kids bonded well with Sherpa leader.
Seeing the Himalayas
Our excellent guide'Kush'
[Least enjoyed] Leaving the beauty of the Himalayas and finishing the tour with Kathmandu sight seeing. We would have preferred to have done the sight seeing at the beginning and come straight back from Chitwan and gone home.
WE were very impressed by the porters and their standard of service and how well they worked as a whole group with our guide Kush and his assistant, despite their very different levels of responsibility.
WE really liked the Famous Farm guesthouse and food. The hotel in Bandipur was great but the food too western.
We couldn't fault our guide. He was friendly and informative and great with all ages. He really made the trip for us.
Mrs P - Travelled in March 2012
Fantastic trip to and around Nepal - crammed full with experiences and sights. Everything went smoothly and we felt very well looked after. All the guides were excellent - knowledgeable, friendly, helpful. The investment by Himalayan Encounters into local hotels, staff and community schemes was impressive and it made the holiday feel like part of something sustainable. Our main guide, Kush, was absolutely brilliant. He was the best possible family guide that could be imagined - he made friends with all the children and kept them busy and their spirits up, and he met all the questions and needs of the adults equally well. His enthusiasm, sense of humour and knowledge of his country and colleagues made the holiday a stand-out experience - way more than 10 out of 10!!
Would have happily spent another day or two on the trek to get a little further into the hills, and another day in the Chitwan for a longer jungle safari.
Kush is an outstanding group leader/guide, and especially for a family group. He kept everyone's spirits and energy up, he got to know all our names and things about us very quickly, he sorted all the arrangements quickly and efficiently, and he was an excellent representative for his country. We learned a great deal about Nepal and Nepalese life from Kush. His unfailing sense of humour, and the energy that he put into making everything go well, made the trip truly memorable.
Ms R - Travelled in March 2012
The whole cultural experience was excellent, brought together by an excellent and talented trip guide. The friendliness of the Nepalese people is remarkable and very welcoming.
[Least enjoyed] Not knowing who was not an adventure company member when being greeted at the airport.
The misty visibility obscuring the mountain views was disappointing.
The varied means of transport made it exciting.
The trekking through villages was the best way to get a feel of the local peoples as they were so ready to talk about their lives.
The guide was so apt at keeping the group positive and together when one member was struggling.
The accommodation is suitably pitched to provide you with a real experience of what its like in the real Nepal, in both the towns and the countryside, authentic.
It was fantastic to see in the villages a plaque acknowledging where the charity support money had come from . It is lovely to think that our tourist money is helping support the local staff and business because the adventure company use local people and they are grateful for it.
kush is an exceptional young man, he is a credit not only to the Adventure company and Himalayan adventures but as an ambassador to Nepal. He has the ability to keep the group together and inspired when flagging, to make every one feel special both child and adult. He entertains the kids and inspires the adults with local knowledge. He understand s what he is doing with tourists will enhance the lives of his local village people. Excellent and thank you for making our trip a life changes experience.
Mrs G - Travelled in march 2012
The trek - which could have benefitted from being another day longer. The efficiency of all staff on the trip - especially the porters and kitchen staff whilst trekking - how do they manage to cook a three course meal at 1400ft?
[Least enjoyed] Too many people were booked on the trip - the brochure states maximum of 16 where as there were 18 on our trip. This was too many, especially when it came to squeezing on the bus and seating at restaurants. I feel we should have been consulted regarding the extra people
The hotel in the first and last two nights was not in the h otel it was supposed to be due to refurbishment. This was not really explained to us, the Hotel we did stay at however was adequate
Kush was superb! The children in the group adored him, he was efficient at all times, and always had a smile on his face. When my son became ill, he was immediately at hand with first aid remedies and ensured his well being.
Mr L - Travelled in march 2012
The madness of Kathmandu
Walking through rice fields on the trek
Seeing rhinos from the back of an elephant
Talking with Buddhist monks
We were given too little time to explore places like Bodhnath on our own
We were expecting to rough it a bit, so the accommodation was overall better than anticipated
Our group leader was truly outstanding, and contributed hugely to making the trip so enjoyable. I cannot praise him enough
Mr S - Travelled in march 2012