My holiday in Bhutan memorable or exciting part trip Tiger Nest and well Trip to Bhutan . Excellent and I would Like to rate 5**** Ms Sharon and Linda – Travel date from 16 October to 29 October 2019.
It most memorable or exciting my holiday Bhutan in total and Tiger's Nest hike in particular. Plus Ganden Monastery in Tibet Extra day in Tibet to get out into the countryside from Lhasa (Ganden Monastery) was very much worthwhile!Absolutel! Achut of Manakamana Treks used small LOCAL companies in each of Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. Plus, when asked about recommendations for restaurants and small gift shops, he invariably sent us to small, locally owned and operated locations.Absolutely outstanding! The perfect balance of outstanding guides and guiding without the 24 hour hand-holding and big tourist buses which come with some travel packages. I would like to rate 5 ***** Travel date from October 14 2019 to 30 October 2019
The sheer joy of the sights and experiences of Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet. 5 gold stars to Manakamana Treks and Achut! A fantastic ADVENTURE through Nepal (including Pokhara) Bhutan and Tibet. So many sights, the snowcapped Himalayas, Hindu Festivals, horse riding, Buddhist temples-including the Tigers Nest and the sheer joy of visiting these lands (not to mention the sheer riot that is Kathmandu!). The Guides are wonderful and the drivers are brilliant, we felt soooooo safe. Allow for lots of tipping when planning money. We did not mind as the service was brilliant and if you can afford to travel here it's not unreasonable. We are using local guides and drivers, buying from local people having made sure the goods were authentic. I rate this holidays 5 ***** Visited April 02 2019 Ms Kim and Graeme Armstrong
Nepal 1. Visit to Pashupatinah Temple and the sacred Bagmati River, we were able to view a cremation from a distance which gave us a insight into the importance of this to the Hindu faith. 2. Visit to Bodhnath Stupa and the surrounding houses and monastries. This was really a very beautiful area steeped in history. Visit to Monkey Temple high on the hill above Kathmandu. 4. Visit to Durbar square and the museum on the earthwake. It was fascinating to see the damaged buildings and also the extensive reconstruction work that is underway. This was truly a memorable day. 5. Visit to Bhaktapur, this was a fascinating day were we explored the village of beautiful houses and temples, the wooden structures and architectures were truly tremendous 6. The road from the Tibet border to Kathmandu was tremendous it was a real off road track the drivers skills were excellent as he manoeuvred the deep ruts , mud, rivers and the many lorries and other traffic. The scenery was spectacular. 7. Our overnight stay at Nagakot high on the hills above Kathmandu. This was a beautiful resort and the location with the Himalayas to the north was breathtaking. 8. Shopping in Thamel, what can one say but this was truly one of life's greatest moments, our bartering skills were honed and we made good friends with many shop keepers. At the end of the day they were happy with the deal and so were we. We became familiar with many of the local bars and cafes although only had time to sample a few, the food and service was world class. 9. Dinner with the Tour Manger on the final evening where we were introduced to an evening of not just fine food and company but to local music and dancing. Bhutan 1. The Douchala pass at 3140m on the road to Punakha where the view of the snow covered mountains was breathtaking. We felt as if we were really standing on top of the world. We were so fortunate as on the return journey there was no visibility. 2. Taktsang Monastry visit which was very interesting and we were able to view the Abbot lead the monks to prayer. 3. The highlight was definitely the trek up to the Tiger Nest Monastry, it was wet when we set off but the sun appeared midway. The climb was challenging at times but our guide was excellent at coaching and encouraging us. The cup of tea mid way was very welcome. The tour of the many temples in the Monastry was also very enlightening. 4. The tour of Thimphu and the Monastry and views of the Royal palace were very good. 5. Visit to the golden Buddha high on the hill above Thimphu was magnificent standing some 54 m high. 6. The culture of Bhutan was most interesting where they don't appear to have the same pressures as the rest of the world. The pace of life was much slower and they had a tremendous pride in their country and Royal family. Tibet 1. The Sera monastery visit which is the second largest in Tibet where we were able to view the monks debating philosophy 2. The Potala palace after coping with the 500 steps to reach the entrance this really was a most interesting palace dating back to the 7 th century. It was certainly one of the major tourist attractions. 3. The drive across Tibet towards Everest base camp over the many high passes was breathtaking. The highest pass being 5248m. The sheer challenge of building roads and the many hairpin bends over these passes was impressive to say the least. The skill of the driver was without question. 4. Rongbuk monastery and Everest base camp at 5200m. What can one say but to see Everest was one of life's greatest moments. It was as if you could reach out and touch it. Its a once in a lifetime experience and don't be concerned about the visiting such unusual countries. The people are so friendly and at all times we felt safe and comfortable. Go ahead and book you will not regret it. And The standard of living is far lower than we are accustomed to so any money we put into the local economy will help, the countries visited particularly Bhutan have strong conservation policies I was fantastic experience and we were so well looked after by Manakamana Treks and the various guides and drivers. I want rate this holidays 5 ***** Visited April 2019 – Mr John Brechin and Linda
We booked a 10 day package trip to Bhutan through makanamana treks. Achut was very professional providing lots of useful information and advice. Highly recommended. We also stayed at his Homestay with his family. Very nice.
It was exciting holiday Observing the Buddhist ceremonies in the beautiful Dzongs of Bhutan. Experiencing Tibet - truly the Roof of the World, from the air as well as on the ground. I like to give travellers booking this holiday with Achut at Manakamana Treks and Expeditions can tailor make your trip. My daughter went trekking while I went to Tibet. She has a terrific 6 day trek with a very experienced trekking guide - all organised by Achut. Knowing that there was this flexibility I would have choosen to have more time in Tibet and travel outside of Lhasa, rather than back in Kathmandu. We drove to Pokhara which I wouldnt have missed but the road was very bad and one way was enough, Achut arranged for flights back from Pokhara to Kathmandu. It was very evident in all the countries that we visited. Local travel companies, guides, porters and hotels were used which suggests that the money went back into the local economy. Excellent - A trip that will be remembered forever I would like rate this holiday 5 ***** Visited from 04 October 2018 – 19 October 2018
It was amazing and all the holiday was excellent, but we particularly enjoyed our visit to Lhasa (Tibet) and our Bhutan trek to Tiger's Nest .Our organizer (Manakamana Treks and expedition) was excellent and organised the entire holiday really well; they gave more than we expected; even organizing a variety of cultural shows for us to enjoy local culture. Manakamana treks used local services and guides throughout the trip, which we had particularly wanted, so great holiday and it was Brilliant . I would like rate this holiday 5***** Visited from 19 September 2018 – 08 October 2018, Sarah. Fisher and Steve. Fisher
It was the most memorable or exciting part of our holiday Rafting & dinner at our guide's house. Please be aware that the Nepali skies are often unclear for viewing mountains; anecdotally, locals told us mountains can only be seen ~10-15% of the year. Only bring USD for the Nepal airport visa - Nepali rupees are fine when in country. IT WAS GREAT! One of the best I've taken. The tour operator (Manakamana Treks and Expedition ) was flexible and accommodating. Guides and accommodation were genuine. I would you rate our holiday 5 ***** Ms Kristine Daniels and Brian Visited 22/9/2018 to 06/9/2018
It was fascinating to visit the various temples and forts with the history of religion , culture and country.Bhutan was an especially intriguing place to visit with its philosophy on its culture, people and politics with the Eastern more rural side of the country been more interesting and worth visiting. and I would like to suggested other traveler take some cash money during the Tibet tour I tried make cash in ATMs, but ATMs not work with either a visa debut card or master card travel card.--either US dollars or local currency. Yes it seemed to benefit the locals, help the environment and support conservation with each respective guide aware of all of the above. Tibet trip was worth it in a lot of ways while at the same time giving one lots to think about regarding the state of the country and it inhabitants.Bhutan was well worth the trip an experience in itself with your own guide and driver and a country that is unique in so many ways and one that one would like to return to. “I would like to rate this holiday 4 **** Mr. Shane Kennedy -Australia Visited from 26th July – 29th August 2018.Visited Tibet 7 days and Bhutan 17 days and Nepal”
It was an amazing experience visiting Tibet . Our guide was also terrific. and please be fully equipped for the monsoon if you travel during that time.I believe that our financial contribution to visit the site will help for the reconstruction of the buildings that were severely damaged by the 2015 earthquake in Nepal.Fantastic. Amazing experience. I highly recommend to book a Holiday with Manamaka treks and Expedition. Achut and his guide in Tibet were amazing. “Finally, I would like rate this holiday 5 ***** Visited 29 July 2018”
“We had really EXCELLENT our holiday Himalayana culture Tour Nepal,Bhutan and Tibet . However, the most memorable part of the trip for us was the trek up to the Tiger's Nest. And Manakamana Treks Group is a very well organised and experienced company. Our holiday benefited local people in all three countries. Achut Manakamana treks looked very well, who went to great lengths to make sure we had an excellent holiday. He was there to meet us at every stage of the tour and in constant contact. And All local guides were very informative and experienced and were good English speakers. We visited 15th may 2018. I would like to rate 5 ***** ”
“It was absolutely amazing,beautiful sites to see,lovely people..Manakanama tour treks operators very helpful and treated us very well and I was planning to book holiday through the agency which is not based in the UK-.but was very reassured that Manakanama is partner of the UK company,so ABTA protected, The Manakanama treksand Expedition organised very good tours but much cheaper than the other agencies. Please go Nepal need tourist to help jobs and rebuild and restore damaged buildings after earthquake. Our holiday was EXCELLENT and I would like to rate 5 *****- Visited May 2018 ”
“Just returned great adventure holiday 3 week tour including Bhutan, Tibet and Nepal combined Annapurna Poon Hill trek with Manakamana treks and Expedition. We had a very memorable trip. Our trip started with a night in Kathmandu, then the following day off to the airport for our flight to Paro, Bhutan. Met by the local Bhutanese guide, a wonderful local chap who looked after our every need, with an excellent local knowledge of everything, plus a great twitcher. Visited a range of temples/ dzongs before the highlight of the trip, the walk up to the Tigers Nest monastery, truly inspiring and better than any photo. The walk is a challenge, but if you're fit and healthy easily manageable by anybody, and really very pleasant up through the trees, despite the numbers of visitors. We went Pokhara by bus, roads are a disaster, as is the driving, would advise returning by air, one way on this road is enough of an experience for anyone!! Pokhara was great, clean air, spectacular lake,and when the clouds rolled back, fantastic views of Annapurna South and the Fish Tail mountains, truly breathtaking. Annapurna poon Hill trek is very beautiful and The lodges are very basic but comfortable, there were clearly better lodges around with better facilities, and Did the early morning walk up to Poon Hill, the clouds were against us, so saw nothing - clouds all round. However, later in the morning the clouds did clear to reveal Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna range in full - magnificent. Headed down the next day to be collected by the jeep, one of the party being the worse for wear full of cold and Delibelly to boot. Overnight in Pokhara, We flew over the Himalayas and to Tibet. Lhasa - very Chinese and full of them. Our Tibetan guide - Tashi was again very knowledgeable, we did need to take the fees in cash for the guides - not a problem. Showed us around Lhasa and the main temple in the centre, and allowed us our own time, which was great to do our own sightseeing and eating on his recommendation. Again you are at 12,000 ft, the altitude does effect you, not everyone the same way,so be prepared for headaches and occasional short breaths when sleeping. he highlight here was the Potala Palace, a Buddhist temple, , he arranged for the mini bus to take us up to the local pass and visit a blue coloured lake, containing high levels of iron oxide, views were magnificent - 13,500 ft, as was the lake, and some odd Tibetan Mastiff dogs by the side of the road for photo opportunities, the locals never missed a trick! Achut - Mr Manakama Treks arranged for us to be returned to the hotel until the airport reopened. It was a fantastic experience 3 different cultures in one, and enough left to do a return trip in the future. Would thoroughly recommend this tour company for a truly fantastic experience, you will need to negotiate with Achut by email who always responded quickly and with the details requested. Good luck! “
“My exciting part Bhutan holiday “Climbing to Tigers nest” and make sure you know if there are any elections and holidays as things close. Most things also closed on Saturday afternoon. plan your itinerary to avoid this. Our guide was brilliant as he managed to fit everything in we wanted to see despite losing 1.5 days due to closure. It helped we had built ina free day for the rhododendron festival which gave us a little extra time. I felt it benefited locla people as we bought goods from local stalls and bought goods from a disabled foot painter. The tourist industry provides work for local people and in Bhutan it appears that the whole economy is now geared for tourism.. In the time available we were not able to reduce envirnomental impact. We had a fantastic time. Achut, Manakamana treks the tour operator was very good and attentive. the guides and drivers he used were also excellent. Susan in Kathmandu and very flexible to our wishes. Sonam and Tenzin in Bhutan. They all helped to make the trip a never forget experience”
“Just we returned Nepal and Bhutan tour with Manakamana Treks ,The trip to the Tiger's Nest Monastery was tough but well worth the effort. Bhutan is a fabulous country, and the people are lovely. Coupled with the more hectic pace of Kathmandu, this was a perfect two centre trip. We are Six people for this big holiday and we think that our tourist dollars helped the local economy. We really enjoyed it and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone seeking something a little different to the normal package holiday. We rate this holiday 4 **** ”