Choosing Himalayan Unforgettable Adventure and Durga Tamang as our (local!) travel company and trekking guide was definitly the best decision for our Nepal trip. Not only that the trekking was organized in a thoughtful way! Durga showed us through spectacular landscapes and beautiful villages, led us to old monasteries in remote valleys and guided us on small paths off the beaten track (sometimes even on the horseback). We really enjoyed his caring company and his humorous kind. If we come back to Nepal one day we will definitly go on a trek with Himalayan Unforgettable Adventure again! Mirjam & Leo
Review By: Leonhard Jungwirth, Austria
Posted on: December 02, 2018
I came to Kathmandu with the idea in mind to do some trekking, but without having anything planned. When I first arrived there I got in touch with some agencies in Thamel but I didn't trust them much because they seemed to care much more about the business rather than the experience of the client. There are a lot of those around. So I found Himalayan Unforgettable Adventure raccomandation on Rough Guides, and I immediately called Durga. We met each other and in one day we planned a trek of 13 days, going around the Tamang Heritage trail and then up to the Goisakund lake and down again to Kathmandu through Helambu. It was a wonderful trip that offered many different things: beautiful nature and landscapes of white tops and hills, the authenticity and simplicity of life in the Tamang villages, and surreal silence and views of the lakes above 4000m. I was travelling with a Sherpa that was born in Gatlang, one of the Tamang villages, so he was able to introduce me as close as possible to the culture, and to go off the beaten track. He is an awesome guy full of energy and smiles who speaks very good English and who is very eager to share the beauty of the places with anyone. I definitely recommend this trekking agency to everyone looking for trekking in Nepal. They also offer treks in Tibet, Bhutan and India.
Review By: Allen, Italy
Posted on: November 25, 2018
Choosing to have Durga guide my trekking partner and I was one of the best decisions Ive ever made. We trekked Langtang valley at the end of monsoon season and truly experienced the culture of the Nepali and Tibetan. Plus, you can't beat looking and hiking through those peaks 10/10 all the way!
I have recently completed one of the most memorable adventures of my life. I do not say this lightly because I am one for exploring my limits and discovering new ways to adventure. This adventure entailed journeying off into the Himalayan Mountains of the Langtang region in Nepal.
My trekking partner and I originally planned to do the trek solo with no guides and a loose schedule on a tight time frame. This plan indeed would’ve given us an adventure, but it wouldn’t have even compared to the guided trek we eventually went on. As we arrived into Kathmandu, we realized that we were really intrigued with the culture and activities put on by the Nepali people and we began exploring the option of having a guide on our trek. As college students, we already had a small budget and every agency we came across had rates that were way to expensive. We were about to give up and go solo until we met Durga Tamang, owner of Himalayan Unforgettable Adventures. As we explained our situation to Durga, he became very understanding of our situation and gave us a rate we couldn’t refuse. Immediately we saw that Durga cared and wanted to give us an adventure of a lifetime, as well as show off his beautiful country to some scruffy college guys who had a passion for the mountains.
Durga took care of everything that would’ve caused stress on our adventure. He took care of bus tickets, securing rooms at teahouses at various villages and helped translate in various situations. Not only that but because he was a local from the Langtang region, he happened to have various connections that gave us further insight towards the Nepali culture. As we hiked he taught us the language, taught us traditions, taught us about his religion, as well as the history of the land we were hiking through.
Durga became part of our family on this trek, we shared every experience together, and where most guides walk you through the experiences, Durga became part of the experience, he made every scenario special by becoming part of our team. He too experienced our adventures through our eyes. It almost felt like he was experiencing our trek for the very first time. He never took away from the adventure, only added to it.
Durga also adapted the trek to our physical abilities. Having a guide meant we always knew how far our next destination and weather or not we could go further. When trekking through a foreign land, multiple questions arise and with a guide, those answers are always fulfilled with an authentic answer rather than looking in any book.
To prove how much I knew Durga Tamang cared about us, our experience, and our quest for an unforgettable adventure I am going to share my most memorable experience. Before coming to Nepal, my father passed away, and one of my goals on the trek was to make peace with this fact, I was able to accomplish this because of Durga. Towards the end of the trek we hiked to Gosainkunda lake (about 4200 meters) this sacred lake was breathtaking, and I knew this was the place I was going to make my peace, but I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to do this. Durga had known my situation and came up with the Idea that I should hang some prayer flags for him, and he had the perfect spot. So at 5am the next morning Durga and I hiked up to a peak above the lake (about 4600 Meters) and hung flags at the top. On top of that Durga began to preform a ceremony that the Buddhist
religion uses, and it was beautiful, he also said kind words and allowed me to say some as well. This single experience made my trip, I felt so loved, and so happy to be in this beautiful land. Without Durga, I would’ve never experience that peace I was looking for, and for that I am truly grateful.
After the trek, Durga continued to guide us. Now that may sound weird but he wanted to continue our unforgettable experience, by taking us to hidden gems within Kathmandu, that we would’ve never seen. This was a sign of true friendship and genuine excellence as a human being. Furthermore he even brought us to his home and introduced us to his family and offered us a seat at his table.
Through his dedication, his personality, and the longing desire of creating the perfect trip, Durga Tamang truly gave us an UNFORGETTABLE adventure. And with that said I highly recommend and hope you chose Himalayan Unforgettable Adventures as your agency for the beautiful land of Nepal.
For those of you who have questions about the effects of the 2015 Earthquake, you can obviously see the destruction and damage it caused; yet you can also see the determination of the community to rebuild and regain a quality of life. Because tourism is their main source of income, trekkers are needed more than ever, and they all strive to make your experience unforgettable. The trails are clear and the people are happy, so go out and adventure!
-Noah Willison, Age 20
Review By: Noah Willison, United States
Posted on: February 23, 2017
"Langtang valley Trek"
Mar 28th 2016 Namaste: We really enjoyed out trip to Langtang with you Durga Tamang. Everything was planned perfectly and we were thrilled to get the whole family onto the top of Kyanjin Ri. Langtang is safe now.
Stuart, Belinda Family
Review By: Stuart, Belinda Family, Singapore
Posted on: June 08, 2016
"Tamang Heritage Trek"
May 17 2016 Namaste: Overall our experience in Nepal with you was really amazing, the days we spend in the Tamang Valley, walking around that beautiful views of mountain peaks, forests and little villages were the best part of our trip. It felt amazing that after the earthquake we were practically the only ones there and also to have the opportunity to meet the people that offered their roof to sleep. All families were really kind to us, and offered anything we need and a chance to get a glimpse of what it is to live in such place. Sure Nepal is quite a hard experience and we needed some time to adapt, but thanks to you and Nima it was a lot more easier. So I totally recommend it to anyone! and for sure walking around the mountains is something people shouldn't miss! Oriol fonos, Susanna Roca, Marc Caixas.
Review By: Oriol Fonos, Spain
Posted on: June 08, 2016