I spent 3 weeks with the Annapurna Foothills team climbing Mera Peak, Amphu Labtsa pass, and Island Peak. Such a unique and incredible experience! The management, guides and porters were so organized, friendly, and helpful. When our flight to Lukla was cancelled, they quickly pivoted by getting us a Jeep and re-routing the first few days of the trip. Throughout, they were very attentive, making sure that we were comfortable and well fed. The acclimatization schedule was well thought out, enabling two successful summits. However, this trek is not for the faint hearted! Definitely ensure that you are healthy, fit, and have trekking experience before attempting two 6000m peaks. Reaching the top was truly awe-inspiring! One of the best trips that I've ever done.I was really overwhelmed when picking a trekking company (there are so many options!), but I am SO glad that I chose Annapurna Foothills. They are a local company who do a good job supporting their staff. It was also really nice to have an all-inclusive experience--all travel, accomodation, food, climbing gear, etc. included in the price. I never had to worry about where I was going or what the plan was. They always took my opinion into account, but made me feel that I was well taken care of (especially as a women traveling alone).Thank you for a beautiful first experience in the Himalayas!
My partner and I booked the Mera Peak Climb in April this year. It was an amazing experience and we were well looked after. The days at lower altitude were a great warm up for what was ahead. Now I must admit due to altitude sickness I only made it as far as High Camp, but considering I had never even see snow fall, let alone try to summit a mountain before I was pretty impressed by my effort. We come from the driest state in the driest continent! The views were breathtaking and the trail was nowhere near as crowded as our previous treks in Everest and Annapurna. Would have given 5 stars had I made it to the summit. But hey there's always next time.
We climbed Lobuche East with Ngima & his team back in April 2015. The whole planning phase from back home was smooth & easy, Ngima was very responsive, informative and flexible with regards to our wishes and requirements. We trekked individually in Khumbu valley region and only met with our sherpa and cook in Lobuche East base camp. The whole climb took 3 days in total and we felt well looked after, taken care of and listened to at all times. Guys were amazing, safety conscious, adjusted to our needs and we succesfuly reached the summit as planned. Truly experience of a life time made possible also thanks to our (now) friends at Annapurna Foothills. If you want a unique experience with great proffesionals, look no further. Ngima will take care of all your needs.
Everybody thinks of Nepal as a country full of big mountains and a place to trek and climb, but Ngima showed us that it´s much more than that.Thanks to him we discovered the Chitwan jungle, where we could see elephants, rhinos, crocodiles, buffalos and lots of birds. Also the beautiful lake of Pokhara, surrounded by the Annapurnas, and one of the best places to meditate and relax. Ancestral cities like Bhaktapur, Patan or Gorkha, full of temples and history, where you can breath "the real Nepal". And one of the most unique trails in the world, the Siddharta Road, going through mountains, gorges, villages and the most astounding views ever. Ngima and his crew are definitely the BEST guides we´ve ever met in any country, so we highly recommend to organise your trip to Nepal with them. All the best and Namasté ! Gerardo & Rubén
This is my first time travelling with Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition. We were in a group of 13 trekkers and touched by warm welcome from Ngima and Tenzin with a garland of marigold and their hospitality during the stay in Kathmandu.On the trek, we were well looked after by our Sherpa guides Tashi, Nigma, Mingmar and Dawa in terms of guidance of trail/safety, accommodation and food drink. They were reliable and super friendly, not to mention meticulous. Remembered the night in Dingboche was so cold and been served with a warm bowl of fruit cocktail which really warmed up my heart.Thank you to the great team at Annapurna Foothills Treks & Expedition for a great experience.
We did Annapurna circuit and it was one of the best experiences of our lifes.We felt really good in our treks and we had the best guide/porter by our side. Pasang Sherpa was take care of us every time, showing all about the nature and also about Nepal, we felt Nepali culture and we could see things and discovered places we couldn’t imagine. We are so thankful to Pasang and Ngma because they help us since our first day in Nepal, they did our journey incredible.Also they managed us very good accommodations in our trek.We reached Thorong La Pass, we really recommend this trek!Marcos & Tania
We just finished a fabulous week-long trek to Pikey Peak and other wonderful sights in east central Nepal. This was our second trek with Annapurna Foothills...they are wonderful! Ngima worked with us to ensure that the trek met all of our needs, and everything was taken care of from the moment we arrived at the airport until we departed Nepal. Our guide, Dawa, and our porter, Pasang, were both friendly and as helpful as could be. This trek is in Sherpa country, and is as much about local culture as it is stunning views and good hiking.
When my husband and I decided we wanted to trek the Himalayas we did a lot of research to determine the best guides, best itinerary and best route to attempt the summit of Mt Mera. After extensive research we decided on Annapurna Foothills Treks and Expeditions located in Kathmandu. The reviews were all positive and we believe in supporting the local guides, not the larger, well known and more expensive outfitters. Using a local company was the best decision we made in our planning.From the very first contact with Annapurna Foothills we were confident we chose the right guides. Ngima Nuru Sherpa was always quick to respond to my questions and requests for information. When we arrived in Nepal we were anxious about the adventure we were about to embark on but once we met Ngima and our guide, Dawa Sherpa, we knew we were in good hands. Ngima put us in a nice hotel in the heart of Thamel. We met to discuss our route, equipment and itinerary. Getting into Lukla is always an adventure, but our guide Dawa, had experience to get us smoothly through the stressful check-in and boarding process of a very early morning flight. Once we were in Lukla we met our two sherpas and were more than ready to start our trek to Mt. Mera. I was happy that our guide and sherpas were able to adjust to our hiking pace. They were always accommodating and went above and beyond to make us comfortable and help us along the physically demanding route. Each night as we checked into our tea house or mountain lodge it was apparent that Dawa knew the families that owned each location and they knew him. Each night we discussed the next days route and what to expect.On such a physically and mentally demanding trek you have to keep your sense of humor. Dawa and our sherpas, Pasang and Chitra all had a sense of humor and had great patience with us as we struggled with loss of appetite, very cold temperatures, exhaustion and high altitude issues. We found great friendship with Dawa, Pasang and Chitra. We were grateful for their knowledge of the terrain, weather and culture of Nepal. When we reached Khare, the last town before the Mt Mera high camp, Annapurna Foothills had all arrangements made with the mountain guide as well as all the equipment we would need to summit. As with any summit attempt there are things out of your control, the weather took a bad turn, (dangerous high winds and very low temperatures), and we were unsuccessful in our bid for the summit. We were not disappointed because the view from high camp was spectacular and we were proud of our accomplishment. Getting out of Lukla airport proved to be very difficult and we were forced to stay an extra day but Dawa, using his contacts in Lukla, was able to get us on the last flight out the next day. Because we had extra days in Kathmandu Ngima arranged a private city tour which was an awesome opportunity to see a more in-depth look at Kathmandu.On our last night Ngima took us out to dinner to a local restaurant, it was a very special send-off. If you are looking to plan a trek through the Himalayas I highly recommend Annapurna Foothills. They know the business of trekking and mountaineering, they understand the mountains, the people and the unique culture of Nepal. They will become your friends and make you feel comfortable. They are wonderful to work with. You will be in expert hands and will come home with incredible stories, photographs and the experience of a lifetime. Namaste!