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Our experience with Environmental Trekking was great - Nava was amazing in communicating online with us, and showed us a range of possible trekking routes and different prizes before we chose one, with great patience and detail. The actual trek was superb and the route challenging, but rewarding overall. Our guide, Pancha, was amazing (ask for him if you can!), both confidently navigating the Himalaya while also accommodating our interests us we travelled up the valley, allowing us to stop off at a few gompas and explaining Buddhist theory/architecture to us too! Our porter, Combo, was also great, always cheery and polite, raising spirits throughout the trip. The accommodation varied a little, some with hot water and amazing views, others with some thin beds and dauntingly large spiders, but we did go for a cheaper package, and I'm sure if you were a bit pushy you could ensure consistently good accommodation. Overall, however, a brilliant experience and I'll be sure to return to Nava and his team for future treks here!
Just a note: If possible, avoid using the main road with the cars and take the old route - we had to use the former, partly due to poor weather conditions and partly due to a lack of time so the road offered a faster alternative, but next time we'll definitely stick to the older paths.
Visited July 2016
I've just returned from the Langtang Classic hike and what an amazing experience!
From the beginning, Nava was quick to reply to emails, friendly and flexible with my plans. Couldn't have asked for an easier booking process.
Hari, my guide is the most wonderful and lovely man. Very experienced guide who was knowledgable and friendly. If you have the opportunity to request him, you won't regret it.
The Langtang region was just spectacular. Having only just reopened recently after the devastating aftermath of last year's earthquake, it was a real pleasure and humbling experience to visit the area with someone as experienced as Hari.
Thank you to the whole team for such a great trip!
Visited May 2016
We were unsure about our trekking plans right up to arriving in Kathmandu mainly because of our fitness level, the weather and the severe kerosene and gas shortage that Nepal was facing arising from its political situation. But our family of five with three teenagers were in good hands as soon as we met Nava who owns and runs Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition when we arrived in Kathmandu. His deep knowledge, experience and even patience was a tremendous help in planning our trip knowing we had come from a busy life with limited time for preparation. He made sure we had a great support team and indeed we did! Leading up for the trek was our experienced, able, knowledgeable guide Ratna, who's regular backyard is the ECB. He was able to answer all of our questions from Nepal's history, landscape and its people to 'how much longer' and 'how hard will today be' :) He was good in reacting to our needs on a daily basis including the various changes in our trekking plans! Assisting us was two excellent and great spirited porters, Chaitee and BJay. Such kind and open souls, we could not have asked for better help. They were attentive, intuitive and ready to respond to our needs and great support. It was a great journey for the family, memorable for the time the family got to spend together going through some challenging day and made more so because of the folks at Nepal Environmental Treks. The food was also a joy. We would say Nepal is a must and don't worry too much about the negative news that may come out from the country sometimes. Do go.We will certainly be back and no doubt who will be our first choice!
Visited December 2015
This is the second time we've used Environmental Treks and Expeditions for a family trek in Nepal. The first time was in December 2010 (2 adults 2 children aged 6 and 8) when we trekked to Annapurna Sanctuary. This most recent trek in December 2015 was with another family (see AndrewJR105 review below) to Gokyo and Everest Base Camp. Although there was an earthquake earlier in 2015, the Everest region received only a little damage, and the overwhelming majority of the places we saw on our 18 day trek were in excellent condition - the lodges were clean and well maintained, with food very well prepared. Our guide (Hari Krishna Sapkota), with more than 30 years experience, selected outstanding places to stay, gave advice on food and walking, and managed the porters and logistics. Nava, the owner of the trekking company, was professional, gave good advice and briefing before and after the trek, making sure personally that everything was properly taken care of. Email interactions with them are fast and comprehensive. We've trekked in Nepal 7+ times over the past 25 years, and have seen many different organisations and guides over the years. We returned to Environmental Treks & Expeditions because of their high professionalism and organisation, experience and advice and quality of guides - Nava really cares about his clients, and for family groups he and his guides pay special attention re safety and enjoyment. We'll never forget the special Christmas meal of chicken curry that Hari arranged, or his gentle but firm guiding and leadership. Thanks for a fantastic trek!
Visited December 2015
We have just returned from an 18 day trek to Gokyo and Everest Base Camp. We travelled as two families with four children aged from 10 years to 15 years old. We had originally planned to trek from Gokyo to Lobuche via the Cho La Pass, but on the advise of our wonderful guide we amended our plans and trekked via Phortse, Pangboche and Dingboche instead. Definitely the right choice when we spoke to others who had attempted the pass - very icy.
We cannot speak highly enough of Hari - he was an amazing guide. Always willing to share his expertise, with over 30 years of guiding. He knew all the best places to stay, and acquired the best rooms for us (some even with an ensuite toilet!!). He gave wise advice on staying fit and healthy, to the extent that no-one went down with gastro, and we all acclimatised well to the altitude with a sensible pace. We would absolutely recommend taking Environmental Treks - Nava gave great advice before we left, as there were concerns regarding the aftermath of the earthquake. We needn't have worried as lodges and tracks to Gokyo and EBC were all in excellent condition. Hari somehow engineered a special meal for us to celebrate Christmas - greatly appreciated and fondly remembered. Thanks for your leadership and friendship Hari - if you're travelling with kids then your best move would be to ask for Hari.
Visited December 2015
I organized a relatively last minute trip with the team late this year. Everything was fantastic - from speed of response via e-mail, the options offered for trekking to the team on the ground. My guide (Kaji) was amazing - more of an ambassador for Nepal than just a guide and the whole experience was amazing. I'll be back soon, and would happily book with these guys again.
Visited December 2015
We had the excellent work of team Nepal Environmental Treks & Expedition. We had a wonderful trip around Manaslu.Karma and Ohm were the best guide and porter what might have been
imagined! And we were lucky with the weather !
Visited November 2015
The experience was super and once in a lifetime. The group was made up of 10 men and 1 woman (me). 8 of us have summited Mount Kilimanjaro in 2013 together so we have been planning this trip for over a year. We were in regular contact with Nava and he was super helpful in keeping us updated especially since the earthquake back in April. Of course we had concerns to continue with the planned trek for October 2015 but since Nava kept us informed of the situation in Nepal we felt it was safe to continue with the planned trip. The age of the group ranges from 32 to 65! All 11 of us made it to EBC and 6 of us made it to Kala Patthar. Key is to go slow to give your body the best chance to acclimatize. Of course all of us are avid hikers and have been staying fit to prepare. We had a great time taking in the Himalayas but we were getting tired of the same food. We shortened our trek from Lukla to EBC and Kalapatthar and back to Lukla to 11 days. We were originally scheduled for a 14 day hike but we requested our guide to help make changes to our flight back to Kathmandu so we can come down sooner. Hari and the porters were able to make the adjustments to shorten our trek and we of course provided extra tips for the effort.
One side note, most of us had delays to our flight into Kathmandu from USA. Nava was able to accommodate all of us to start the trek together. He rebooked the flights to Lukla for all 11 of us and helped track down what happened to our lost luggage. :)
Visited October 2015
I was lucky enough to have done the circuit with an excellent guide called Ratna. He was extremely knowledgeable, very intelligent, kind, helpful and perceptive. I think with all these qualities he has enhanced my experience of the Annapurna circuit tenfold. Ratna knows a great deal of many things to do with trekking and an equal measure of knowledge outside of it. I would personally recommend him and the company to my friends and anyone interested in doing treks in Nepal as the experience does not get better than this.
The company is very professional, honest and provides the trekking experience you ask for. I asked for a "non-touristy" package that was gritty and I certaintly received it in way of the routes we took.
There are no attempts by the company to steer you one direction over another. They are not pushy and respect your decision of choosing a particular trek (a quality not so easily found in the tourist district of Thamel) and guides who are extremely sociable, professional and knowledgable.
What more could you ask for?
Visited November 2015
From the first day we had contact with Nava Raj Dahal (owner of Nepal Environmental Treks & Expeditions), we were truly impressed with how he accommodated us and arranged everything. Even after the earthquakes he was so helpful and kind to change our whole itinerary and nothing was ever too much trouble. Then at the end when it was just us 2 South African ladies, of an initial group of 6, who continued with our visit to Nepal, Nava ensured us that he will give us a guide and porter that will look after us. Our expectation was blown away, as Dinesh, our guide and Gopal, our porter, treated us as queens and our happiness was the most important thing to them. They made a life-long impression on us and we treasure the time we spend together on the trek. The trek itself was absolutely beautiful and every day was just so wonderful. To see and experience Nepal on a trek like this, is the most amazing thing one can do for yourself and I can with all honesty recommend all who will ever read this, DO IT!! Contact Nava today! Visit Nepal soon! It is safe, beautiful and life changing!
In addition to this (all arranged by Nava):
Our One Day Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu, with our guide Suraj Amgain and driver Kumar, was also a great experience and we enjoyed Suraj very much, as he is so friendly, caring and very knowledgeable.
Pokhara was also a great experience and a beautiful place to relax after 10days of trekking.
Chitwan National Park (Hotel Parkland) we were welcomed very friendly and as all activities and meals were included, it was also a treat.
My words are too limited to express what wonderful experience this was for me and I can just hope that somebody will read this and be inspired to also visit Nepal and also have an Amazing time in Nepal.
RonelGreetings from South Africa