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Simbir was great (and easy) to communicate with as I planned my 9 day trip to Nepal. I was looking for a private guide to hike to Annapurna Base Camp with me and given my limited time, I also wanted someone to get my TIMS hiking permit so that I wouldn't have to deal with it. Simbir arranged everything ahead of time and met me at the KTM airport (during my layover, before flying to Pokhara) and gave me my permit and introduced me to my guide, Purna (full name = Abhisek Kumar).
The rest of my review is for my guide, Purna, who truly made my trip unforgettable. I'm already planning my next trip to Nepal and will 100% be using him as my guide again, no matter where I go.
He was respectful, generous, kind, funny, down to earth... so who wouldn't want to spend a week hiking in the most gorgeous place with him?! He met me at my hotel at 6am the first morning of our trek, arranged for a cab to come pick us up and bring us to the starting point of our hike. He then proceeded to arrange every night's accommodations for me (which I hadn't booked through the company or planned in advance). Without Purna I would have likely ended up sleeping in the dining halls of the guest houses with 10-20 other people because it was busy season... He knew people at the guest houses and was able to call ahead and ensure that I had my own bed every night in a room with no more than 3 other people (which is a luxury, let me tell you)! On our last night we stayed at my favorite guest house of the trip (Allurey Hill Guest House & Restaurant), where we were the only trekkers. I would have never gone on the road that passed that guest house if I had been on my own. The family run place had the most incredible views of fishtail and the annapurna mountains and was one of the highlights of my trip. Without local insight those places are too often missed.
Some other reasons why I loved my guide and experience: Purna made sure I got my meals in a timely fashion at breakfast, lunch and dinner (which again, doesn't happen if you don't have a good guide who knows people at the guest houses). He monitored how I was feeling and made sure I was adjusting properly to the altitude. He told me about the mountains and his experience growing up in a mountain village in Nepal. He taught me Nepali and made the long hikes so much more enjoyable than they would have been had I been on my own. He also made me feel very safe as a single, young-ish, female traveler (not once did I feel uncomfortable while on the trek, let alone in Nepal).
I could go on and on about Purna... do yourself a favor and request him as your guide if you're planning a trip to ABC or the Everest Region and I promise that YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!
Simbir coordinated two treks Everest View Trek and Annapurna Loop Trek for my family, including flights, transport, porters, meals and accommodation. His knowledge of the areas truly enriched our visit, and he was fantastic with the kids. Before we left we already knew that we would be back again in a few years,Thank you for your Great help Simbir
we (a group of six) wanted to hire porter guides to accompany us on a two week 3 high passes trek in the (solukhumbu) Everest region. we found simbir's homepage on the internet and it appealed to us as we wanted to spend our money with a small local enterprise. we were not disappointed in any way: the communication with simbir before the trip was very helpful and on meeting simbir in his small office in a busy corner of kathmandu we knew we would be with the right people.
after flying into lukla, we were met by a guide who introduced us to our three porter guides who would be our valuable friends and helpers. we called one of them "strongman" which proved to be a very good name over the next couple of days. mister strongman always walked a little in front of us and reserved our accommodation for the night. even though the communication was not always easy, as the porterguides spoke very little english, we managed to transport what we needed them to know.
for people who are less experienced in mountaineering or really interested in receiving tons of cultural information on the way, i would recommend to hire a guide as well as porters. for us more independent travelers, the three porterguides were the ideal solution.
we loved every bit of our unforgettable trip to nepal and are very grateful for this experience! highly recommended! thank you simbir!
I have been trekking with Simbir in the Everest area (Everest Base Camp and Kala Patthar) during October 2012. I can only recommend Simbir hardly enough. He is a super good guide. He has many years of experience doing trekking around Nepal, and he is extremely prepared for doing your trip, the best trip in the world.
Besides that, I have passed really good moments with him. He is always smiling and happy, so it is easy to be always in a good mood even during the hardest part of the trekking.
If I would do another trekking in Nepal, without any doubts, I will choose Simbir as my guide again.
If you want to know more about my experience in Nepal and about Simbir and the services he offers, do not hesitate to contact me on the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mel and Rhonda
We are Mel and Rhonda, traveled with Simbir over a 10-days period from Pokhara in Nepal through breathtakingly beautiful country along Mardi Himal trails that only allowed foot access. Simbir is a very thoughtful guide, Considerate of our age and fitness in setting an appropriate pace.
He always ensured our safety and well being and was highly knowledgeable of the district, its history and people. The remote village accommodation and food was fabulous and his service to us first-class.
For a fantastic trekking experience we have no hesitation in recommending Simbir as a guide.
Murray & Shirley Mitchell
My wife and i enjoyed a great trip with meandering in along the tracks in the Annapurna area. Wetaliored our trip and modified it en route to suite us. Simbir supported by Dil (porter) provided great service and was a fabulous guide. As well as providing a very professional guide service he tirelessly worked to meet any requests and make out trip a wonderful experience. I have no hesitation in recommending him to other trekkers looking for a high standard of guiding service combined with a very good travel companion.
I took this trip in October 2013 and I can't recommend this trip enough. Breathtaking scenery and wonderful friendly people, everything was organized before my arrival. Thanks to Simbir, Lok & Ambar & Mohan for making my trip an unforgettable experience. The video link I have attached speaks for itself.
Christy Inhulsen & Suzanne struble
Our ghorepani trek with simbir & kul was A great time. I greatly appreciated their thoughtfulness along the trek, At meal times, I will be back and hope to do some more trek with Simbir from his new Company Himalaya View Treks Pvt. Ltd., I would highly recommend them to A friend thanks
Had a wonderful, funny and beautiful trek with simbir ghale, simbir is a lovely guy and provides great service, porter kul was really cool and mellow too, we will be back and hope to travel with those two guys again from Simbir's New Company Himalaya View Treks, they always made sure we were doing well, and even helped a new friend we met on the trail, you wont go wrong with these guys by your side thanks,
Alex, Anke, Steffi & Mischa
We went on the Annapurna Circuit Trek with Simbir in April 2014. Simbir and our porters Nasing and Mane did a great job and made our time in Nepal special and unforgettable. They prepared us perfectly for accomplishing the Thorong La Pass (5416 m) and gave us the chance to really get to know country, people and culture. We enjoyed every minute and highly recommend to organize your trip with Simbir Ghale Through Himalaya View Treks Pvt. Ltd, if you ever go to beautiful Nepal. We will definitely come back.
These guys are awesome. It was a wonderful experience as my guide Simbir Ghale put safety above everything. Not to mention he made sure I had a lot of fun along the way. I'm coming back to do another trek in another route this near future and I'm going with them again through Himalaya View Treks! Furthermore My email: contact@josuaalessandro and my website : www.josuaalessandro.com
it was a friendship from the beginning. Simbir and his colleague Chitra led us 16 germans through the amazing landscape, handled wonderful the little and bigger problems, was totally flexible when necessary. Above all is to be mentioned the humorous and always empathetic character of Simbir. I came as stranger - and left as a friend!
if we go back to Nepal we definitely use his company Himalaya View Treks that for sure!
In October/November of 2016 we trekked to the wonderful and amazing Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp. This experience was extraordinary and definitely unforgettable. Simbir, the Managing Director of Himalaya View Treks Pvt. Ltd, could not have organized our stay in Nepal better. Our guides and porters cared in such a good and lovely way about us, and made it possible to reach both base camps safe and sound. We learned so much about the local people and their interesting culture, life in those amazing mountains, and also about ourselves. At the end of our stay in Nepal we thought about a special treat to ourselves after trekking for some weeks, and decided to book an one hour panoramic flight along the Himalayas. Simbir immediately made it possible! This flight was beautiful! A big THANK YOU to Simbir for being such a professional organizer and great person fulfilling other persons dreams and your fast responses! We will definitely come back to Nepal and highly recommend the agency Himalaya View Treks Pvt. Ltd !