Thanks to Ashok and his team I was able to complete my dream solo adventure. Ashok was very thorough in his recommendations and arranged everything that I could possibly need for my 20 degree winter journey. My guide Badal was the best and being a local from Solukhumbu, I enjoyed immensely learning about his experiences growing up in the Hamalayas. I look forward to my next adventure with Destination Unlimited Treks & Expeditions.
Asked a close of friend of mine who came trekking in Nepal one year ago which travel agent she used, and she said that she joined a 6-day trekking tour organized by Destination Unlimited. We were really only going to "trek" through Dhampus/Australian Base Camp/Sarangkot on a 3D2N thing and wanted someone to help us organize tours around Kathmandu and Pokhara as well, and honestly we were not sure whether Destination Unlimited would be a one-stop shop, but my friend suggested that we approach Ashok anyway just to see what he could come up with. We actually already had a list of places we wanted to visit in mind. So corresponded with Ashok via whatsapp and we were impressed with his speed of response. He mentioned that he could help us 1) organize the trek 2) organize tours around Kathmandu and Pokhara 3) get us a car and driver and 4) buy the domestic air ticket between Kathmandu and Pokhara. He also said that other than the accommodation during the trek, he would likely provide little value so suggested us to book our other accommodation online (where often we can get some good deals and indeed we did in both Kathmandu and Pokhara). He even got our air tickets issued in good faith and simply asked us to pay him in cash in USD when we arrived in Kathmandu. On the night when we arrived in Kathmandu, Ashok was there at the airport himself to greet us, and gave us local Nepal SIM cards that we had asked him to arrange. He again came to our hotel the next morning to double-confirm our itinerary, and that was when we paid him. All transportation / driver / guides were taken care of. We remained in contact with him throughout our trip, as he would tell us who the driver/guide would be for subsequent stops. Hari was with us during our trek (more like a simple hike/ walk). Hari was a great guy to spend three days with. We had great conversations and he took good care of us. There was a general "strike" when we were getting back to Pokhara from Sarangkot where only cars with "tourist" plates could be seen on the road, and between Ashok/Hari and Padam our driver in Pokhara, they sorted out the logistics behind the scene to get us back to Pokhara airport. As we were checking out of our Kathmandu hotel on our last day, again Ashok came to see us off. What we were impressed was that Ashok made sure that everyone was well looked after, whether you are a group or 2 or a group of 45, whether you are doing a 17-day trek or just city tours around Kathmandu. The services were warm and personal. Everything ran smoothly, and you can just rely on him to get things sorted out, no matter how big or small.
I feel great to have Mr Ashok, Ganga and the team as my trek agent to Annapurna Base Camp (ABC). They are professional, experience and caring. They also concern on our safety and health. We had not much problem to go through avalanches and bad weather (snowing) with the team assisting. They are providing servicing with their “heart”, I will definitely recommend and return for other treks with them.
Destination Unlimited came through with flying colors again for us!!! Great job!!!! Helmed by Ashok Niroula, everything was well organized — good lodgings, a wonderful, amicable, responsible guide — in the person of a young man named Badal Rai, who made sure we were safe, comfortable & well fed all the way. It was a wonderful trek — despite rain, hail, snow & a near avalanche above us (Badal reacted very quickly & whisked us to safety to wait it out before continuing onward). Many Thanks Ashok & Badal!!!
I spent very memorable days in the Everest region in Nepal. I used to dream to see this highest peak of the world and now I arrested it in my camera. My guide arranged everything and helped me a lot. He did not let me feel tired and boring.