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”
“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 ”
“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 ***** ”
“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 **** ”
"Most memorable my holiday Seeing the Potala Palace in Tibet and completing the hike to the Tiger's Nest Monastery in Bhutan have been on my list of places to see and do for many years. I thoroughly enjoyed both.Be certain about the Visa information you receive. I was informed that my visa for Tibet could also be used for a stop in China on my return trip. That proved not to be the case and I had to apply for and purchase a second Visa for China. I ended up paying over $400 for the 2 visa's through the company the tour company contracts with. I have since learned that had I made my own Visa arrangement it would have cost $140 for US citizens to obtain a visa for China. I do not know if I could have used that same visa for Tibet, however. I appreciated how well organized Manakamana Treks were. Someone was always there at the airport(s) for pick up and got us back on time for departures. I was impressed with the way Achut and his team handled all of the trip details. With the exception of the visa issues, I am very pleased with my trip and with the tour company. Visited Nepal- Bhutan and Tibet September 04th 2017.I want rate 4 **** "
"My holiday It was fascinating to see all the different temples and hear the histories and about the religions of the three countries. Everyone we met was very friendly. Nepal is the easiest to get about with so many travellers there. It was more chaotic but we loved the energy of the place. Its also easy to find plenty of decent restaurants and to get away from crowded streets if you want to. The mountains are stunning and we definitely want to go back. Bhutan was fascinating and the country I knew the least about before hand. The scenery is lovely but the last hotel was probably a bit far out for less benefit (given the roads aren't brilliant in this part of Bhutan). Be warned, the food has lots of chills! Tibet was great to see but obviously such a shame how much damage has been done since the occupation by the Chinese. Thankfully there is more Tibetan culture to see than there was 15 years ago, but having spoken to other people, I'd recommend a longer trip to get out of Lhasa and Shi gatse if you want to see more of the traditional Tibetan culture. It was perfect to have a few days at the end of the trip to go to Pokahra and have a few relaxing days. I'd recommend reading as much as possible about the countries before going to have some of the background to their history - particularly Tibet and the details of the country prior to 1950. Having a bit more background from people who have been to these countries before helps you to see more, ask more questions etc and get the most of out of being there. We used All the guides were local people and therefore knew the areas and the history well. It was much better than foreign guides. KK was very friendly and Achut was always around to make sure we had everything we needed/could ask questions about any part of the trip. He helped us find local shops and medicines when we weren't well. He was also quick to answer any questions before the trip. Excellent, we really enjoyed it and definitely want to go back to spend longer in each country and spend some time trekking. I'd highly recommend this trip as a great introduction to the three countries and good inspiration for the next trips we want to book! Visited May 15 2017. I would like to rate this holiday 5 ***** "
“It was so many really memorable moments, but perhaps the most memorable day as the trek to The Tiger's Nest in Bhutan. The trek was tough, for me at least, but really enjoyable. Once we reached the Tiger's Nest the pain melted away and was replaced by equal measures of awe and exhilaration. It truly is wonderful! The way down is much easier! Don't even hesitate for a moment just do it.,you won't regret it. Manakamana Treks organise everything and they organise it extraordinarily well. The guides and drivers in each of the countries are fantastic. This holiday was truly wonderful. We have the most treasured memories that will stay with us for the rest of our days. Not only that but the trip was was really great value, considering everything we got to see and do. We are looking forward to going back and spending more time there I visited Himalayan culture tour Nepal-Bhutan and Tibet August 05 2017. I rate 5 ***** for this holiday”
“It was most exciting part of my Bhutan Culture tour holiday ,Tiger's Nest Monastery .. it was the place I was most looking forward to visiting, and was every bit as good as I hoped. However, all of Bhutan was magical .. it's a such a remarkable, pristine country, comparatively untouched by mass tourism. From the moment of landing in Paro valley (it felt like the wings of the plane almost clipped the mountains!) it was an amazing experience. I would like give some other travel,The climb up to Tiger's Nest is hard, but you can take it at your own pace. Plenty of senior tourists were doing it. I went in August - low season, and end of the monsoon - don't be afraid of going at this time, there was rain, but not all the time and it had no bad effect on the holiday. I tailored my holiday slightly and did the Nepal bit independently (I had been there before, and don't usually travel with a tour group) and Achut Manakamana Treks and Expedition was helpful in letting me do this. It is marvelous; well organized beforehand and well paced once I was there. Visited August 15th 2017. I would like rate 5 ***** “