This year we made our 4th time visit in Nepal with Nepal Hiking and their super professional team! This time we had been to Manaslu Circuit and Tsum Valley. It was really excellent adventure with stunning views, long treks, white mountains and we met people from all over the world.
Firstly, in Kathmandu we stayed in super new hotel Kathmandu Suite Home with big roof top terrace, hot shower, clean rooms and excellent breakfast. Then we were dropped off by jeep to Soti Khola from were we started our trek. We spent 16 days in the mountains. Every day it was different scenery. First week till Chhekampar it was very hot and humid in the beginning, then only hot. Then, with altitude, it became colder but never it was extremely cold.
Our guide Mahindra did the best for us. We were always served hot tea and all meals earlier than other guests in the guesthouses; he used to run ahead early morning to make room reservation for us.
Nature was perfect there. It was nice to make a small side trip to Tsum valley – this helped us with acclimatization. We made another side trips to Pung Guing Gompa, the Tibetan Border near Samdo and monastery in Chhekampar. Food in the lodges was tasty and we had no problems when asked something another than Dal Bhat.
Till Dharmasala it was possibility to charge cameras and phones, but there were no phone connection for international mobile phones. Only in Deng we received unlimited WiFi connection in the price of US$ 3 and we could speak with our children. Hot boiled water usually for additional payment; shower as well. We took shower till Dharmasala. And Dharmasala is not so bad as described in internet. It has nice camp area with two small hotels and warm tents. Views are very nice there.
We drank not-purified water all the time directly from pipe lines, it was tasty and we had no problems. We spent US$ 200 for tea, shower and hot water. But we do not drink any alcohol.
It was excellent adventure for us which gave us so many pleasure! Thanks to all team of Nepal Hiking! We are thinking about our 5th trip and as usual with Mr. Tilak and his team!