During our stay in Nepal a couple of months ago, we were going to make trips to Nagarkot, Pokhara, and go trekking in the Annapurna region, so we went looking for a travel agency who could help us with that. A friend told us about the amazing experience they had with "Alpine Asian Treks and Expeditions", so we figured we'd try them, too. What can I say - we couldn't have made a better choice!!!
From our first moment with Alpine Asian Treks and Expeditions, we rather felt like we were around friends than at a general travel company. All of the staff we met were super nice and gave us a great experience every step of the way. Most of all, though, I remember the company owner Shekhar. Apart from being funny as hell, he is just an amazing guy who just really cares about giving you the best travelling experience you could possibly get. He supported us in everything we wanted to do, gave us advice and suggestions on activities that were really tailored to what WE wanted to do. That way, we got the comfort of having someone help us organize our trips - but at the same time, we never lost the feeling that it was actually US deciding what exactly we were gonna do when & how.
Because our first experience with Shekhar was so awesome, he ended up 'accompanying' our entire trip. Aside from Pokhara and the Annapurna area, he also gave us so many other suggestions of great activities in the Kathmandu valley. Because of his ideas, we really felt we didn't only get to do the stuff everybody else does, but got to see some amazing places quite off the beaten track.
All in all, Shekhar and his team helped giving us an unforgettable time in this wonderful place called Nepal. We can't wait to get back there again!!
And if any of my friends plan to go to Nepal in the future, and ask me about a good travel agency... I definitely give them this insider's tip to make sure their trip will be as unique and amazing as ours was. :)