I’ve just returned from a fantastic ‘once in a lifetime’ experience exploring Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. Achut and Kershav of Manakamana Treks are most professional and well organised and I would recommend them without hesitation. One of the reasons I chose Manakamana Treks was because they didn't have a single bad review that I could find. I had concerns as a solo traveller but there was no need for any anxiety. For Tibet and part of Nepal, Manakamana paired me up with a lovely fellow traveller to form a ‘group’. Throughout my trip the guides and drivers were superb, most knowledgeable, helpful and great fun specifically Tan Zin in Tibet. On the trip from Lhasa to Everest Base Camp (Qomolancma), Xigatse to the Friendship bridge we saw some of the most amazing landscapes on earth passing small Tibetan settlements, nomadic herdsmen wandering across wide arid plains and awe-inspiring peaks plus beautiful monasteries. The drive is slow which helped with acclimatisation however I’d taken Diamox and Ibuprofen as live at sea level and had no altitude problems at all.
Bhutan is a remarkable place to visit with its spectacular mountain scenery and rich Buddhist culture with one of the highlights being a hike to Tiger’s Nest monastery with my amazing guide, Tashi. In Kathamandu and Pokhara, Nepal I visited beautiful historic sites, ancient temples and shrines, golden pagodas and fascinating villages. I was lucky as travelling in July was hot with surprisingly little rainfall in spite of it being the rainy season. I was rewarded with fabulous views of Everest and Annapurna peaks. Generally the hotels were fair and well located; toilets were the squat type with few western types
I would recommend you going to Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan with an open heart and an open mind respectful of customs and dress code. The entire trip, the beauty of the countries, the contrasting Hindu / Buddhist cultures, food, temples, everything, made this trip a most memorable experience. Manakamana is an excellent travel company!
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