I enjoyed spending six weeks in Nepal during April and May and it was good to see travellers and trekkers returning this Spring season after 2015 earthquake. We had a busy season organising three camping treks and a number of Sherpa led groups staying at lodges in Everest and Annapurna regions. Please take a look at the Trip Reports further down this newsletter for Dhaulagiri Circuit, Kanchenjunga Circuit and Upper Dolpo to Jomsom GHT to find out how they got along. The exciting news to share is that our Upper Dolpo to Jomsom GHT group saw two snow leopards along the way!
Now our Spring season in Nepal is winding down with our last group returning to Kathmandu tomorrow we are turning our thoughts to the fast approaching summer season in Pakistan and Ladakh (India). In mid-July Ade Summers is leading Snow Lake via Hispar La and then at end of July he will be leading our combined K2 Base Camp & Concordia and K2 Base Camp & Gondogoro La treks in Pakistan.
If you are considering joining one of our treks in Pakistan then I suggest you make a decision soon as you need to allow some time to obtain your Pakistan visa. Also the internal flights in Pakistan to and from Skardu and Gilgit are getting booked up for the summer months.
In mid-August Almas Khan is leading our Ladakh Sky Trail GHT in India and I know he is very much looking forwarding to walking this beautiful trek for the third time.
We have redesigned and updated all of our tours to Burma based on feedback from groups that came out earlier this year. We feel with our new itineraries we have incorporated the best of Burma and focusing on the places less frequented by other tourists.
For example when at Inle Lake we take a boat trip to Sankar in the far south of Inle Lake. You will see the traditional lifestyle in the small villages of Paâ€™O, Shan and Inthar people going about their daily business. When you get to Sankar you will visit the 108 'sunken' stupas from the 16-17th centuries -----> to find out more about our Burma tours
Cultural tours of Nepal
During Spring season I went on an eight day recce tour inspecting fifteen hotels and lodges in Pokhara, Bandipur and Chitwan. I am impressed as over the last few years a number of high end properties have been constructed in Nepal and several existing ones have been been upgraded.
I will update the itineraries for our Cultural Tours of Nepal on TMC website soon. If you are interested in joining a tour of Nepal or extending your holiday after a trek please get in touch for the options available. I will give you my suggestions based on this recent, first-hand experience.
Top book recommendation for our Summer newsletter
Colliding Continents written by Mike Searle
This book was recommended to me today by one of our trekkers heading out to Pakistan this summer (thanks, Mick!). I have not yet read this book however I have full confidence it will be an excellent choice and I have already ordered my copy through Amazon.
This book was written by Mike Searle who is a geologist from University of Oxford and also an experienced mountaineer. Colliding Continents presents a rich account of the geological forces that were involved in creating the Himalayan and Karakoram mountain ranges by piecing together the geological processes that formed such impressive peaks
Top hotel recommendation for our Summer newsletter
Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge near Pokhara (Nepal)
We had several clients stay at Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge (â€œTMPLâ€) in Spring and their feedback was very positive. After reading their comments about TMPL I realised had not been to inspect this property since 2007 so I got in touch with the owner Marcus Cotton and he kindly invited me for breakfast.
TMPL is located about Â½ hour from Pokhara on a hillside with superb Himalayan views including Fishtail mountain. With a central lodge, bar and dining room, the comfortable rooms are arranged in clusters of cottages resembling a Nepali village. The food is home cooked and delicious and most the vegetables come from the propertyâ€™s own organic gardens. Please take a look at TMPL website
We highly recommend TMPL and over the years our clients have enjoyed staying there to relax after a trek as well as for one of the stops on a cultural tour of Nepal.
Press coverage for The Mountain Co
London Evening Standard
In Spring we invited journalist, Robin De Peyer, from London Evening Standard to join one of our treks in Nepal. Robin trekked to Ama Dablam Base Camp in Everest region with one of our groups in April and on meeting him afterwards in Kathmandu he certainly had a good time. You can read his article by clicking the link below:
The Mountain Co is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators
Independent traveller reviews AITO website
The Mountain Company is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators ("AITO").
On AITO's website, so far we have received 40 reviews and of those 39 were "Excellent" and 1 review "Good". Based on this feedback on AITO website we were awarded Bronze Award for AITO Tour Operator of the Year earlier this year.