Himalayan Guides Nepal is a well established, reliable and competitively priced company that has been in operation for the last 2 decades. During this period we have organized treks and expeditions for some of the most famous personalities in Himalayan climbing.
What makes us special is that we always try and go one step further to making sure that our clients receive the best treatment that can be offered. We also believe in doing our best for our staff and for the environment, areas that many other companies pay no attention to. We believe that this is why our clients come back time and again. It gives us great satisfaction that the majority of our business comes from the recommendations of past clients.
We offer first class equipment, excellent catering and some of the most friendly and experienced staff in the business. Our main office is in a prime location in Kathmandu and from this our professional and helpful staff is readily available to provide assistance and answer any inquiry.
The company does not believe in cutting corners in order to look ‘cheap and competitive’. When you are out there in the hills and mountains, sometimes experiencing harsh conditions, it is our belief that you need to be comfortable, well fed and looked after by people who really care.
We are aware that we have a responsibility to each place we visit and that our trips have an impact on the people, their local community and the environment. We always have an experienced sirdar (lead Guides) who works in conjunction with local staff in order to ensure that we have the best interest of the clients as well as the region at all times. We provide unmatched technical and safety expertise and the local staff provide invaluable intimate knowledge of the area. We learn from each other and regularly provide technical training. Our treks and expeditions are designed to have minimal impact on the environment - we operate in small groups, discourage the use of wood for fuel, avoid polluting water, remove all litter and where possible and practical human waste. We support the local economy as much as possible while making sure that the quality of service is not compromised.
All Himalayan Guides Nepal cooks are well trained and very experienced at preparing both Western and local cuisine. People are often amazed at the standard and variety of the food on treks. Health and hygiene are also a major priority. We ensure that you are well-fed and ready to face the challenges ahead and achieve your personal goals in the mountains.
The hotels that we use have long been favorites with tourists in Nepal. Our long-standing involvement with these hotels means that we receive priority treatment with bookings and services.
All of our guest relations’ officers speak fluent English as well as a few other languages. They are always ready to help you sort out a problem or answer an inquiry.
We have experienced drivers who have been driving the treacherous roads of the country for decades and as such are well prepared to react to a variety of situations that may arise in your travels. The vehicles we use are checked every year to keep in line with the pollution and safety requirements of the government.
All our tents are carefully inspected by our staff in the pre and post season. They are selected based on your requirements for the trip you are undertaking, not only to protect you from the weather but also to accommodate you in comfort. Sherpas and porters are all provided with the necessary gear that they need to stay warm and dry when at high altitude.
Himalayan Guides Nepal is your unbiased expert in helping you find the perfect adventure. We make it easy for you to find all adventure trip options "under one roof", so you only have to make one call to explore your Himalayan options. We help you navigate through countless trips to find the one that best matches your desired budget, timing, destination and activity level. And, if we cannot find the perfect preset package, we will help you customize one.
This varies with each trip of course. In the mountains we measure hikes in hours, rather than miles. On most treks, we hike 4–7 hours per day, with a lunch break of 1–2 hours in the middle. We encourage you to walk at your own pace. There is no need to rush or "stay up" with others during the daily hikes. There will always be a guide at the back of the group to make sure that you arrive safely to camp. We know that much of the fun of trekking is maintaining a pace which will allow you to fully enjoy your surroundings.
The peak trekking seasons are Spring (March to early May) and Autumn (late September to November). The winter months can provide great trekking but heavy snowfall, particularly in late winter, can block high passes. Generally, the monsoon is not the best time to come. Rain makes the trails slippery, there are leeches and cloud cover blankets the mountains for much of the time. Certain areas that receive little rainfall in summer are possible. Ask us for details.
Lodge trekking means staying and eating in local lodges. We stay in single rooms where possible, but often you will have to share. Rooms are basic, normally just a bed with a pillow, blankets. A few have electric lights and all have a spacious dining room-lounge.
We eat at lodges and, although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, the menu is not extensive. They offer a variety of potato, rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. Beers and local spirits are often available, but that will be at your own cost. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There are also snacks available such as basic biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season.
Camping means sleeping in tents, normally we provide a two person tent for one client, and large three person tents for a couple. These treks normally go to more remote regions where there are no tea house facilities. You will have a full staff of guides, cooks and porters to take care of you on these treks.
No. But you have to carry a light day-pack containing your water bottle, camera, an extra layer of clothing, sunglasses, a rain coat or wind breaker, and snacks. Porters or pack animals will carry all of the heavy gear.
If you are in good health and enjoy regular exercise such as jogging, tennis, or even long walks, we have a trip designed for you. The number one qualification is a positive attitude! We have had many years of experience of treks in high altitudes, so we know how to pace a trek or climb. Each person reacts to altitude in a different way, so it is difficult to predict how you will do. But in general, with the careful pacing of our trips, allowing proper rest days for acclimatization, most people adapt well. The potential problems with altitude stem from people going too high too fast. We make sure that this does not happen.
We will help you in your selection of equipment to bring, it depends a lot upon the season you arrive here or where you are going, so please see our basic equipment lists besides each tour or e-mail us for a complete gear list.
They act as a liaison between you and the people. You will visit the place but not be able to interact with the locals and their culture. The guides are trained regularly in first aid, issues related to Acute Mountain Sickness, and rescue protocol. Traveling in Nepal is not like in other countries where the altitudes are low. Once you cross the altitude of 3000m (and you will in almost every trek) you have to be extremely cautious.
The guides are knowledgeable in methods to reduce your impact in the environment and culture of Nepal. They will help you minimize the negative impacts of your travels. They will also inform you on small cultural nuances to make sure you are well versed in dealing with situations in a sensitive manner.
Finally, they also have a wealth of information about the area you are traveling in and about Nepal in general.
Normally we take groups of at least four people. If you want our services for a smaller group or if you want a customised itinerary, then please contact us.