I recently completed the Manaslu Circuit trek via the upper route with 'Nepal Trekking Experts' in October last year. It was an amazing experience, my first Himalayan trek. The owner Rajesh was very helpful with planning and advice both in Kathmandu and via email, making me feel very confident about this trip and giving good advice about the equipment I needed. It was especially nice to be picked up from the airport by him - arrival at night in a strange city can be quite daunting! Although bad weather conditions were being reported in the high valleys around Manaslu, he kept me updated and planned a safe trip. I joined a group of 11 other trekkers for this trip, and we shared jeeps up to the trailhead at Barpak. The trekking team, with guide Rabin in the lead, and guides/porters Gakul, Kritam and Santosh, were always helpful and cheerful and couldn't do enough for us during the trek. They liked to entertain us with dancing and song, and were all smiles despite their loads and liked to chat. Their local knowledge of Manaslu proved invaluable when we needed a quick change of plans due to changes in path conditions, they always seemed to know how to get round any obstacles we came upon. As a bonus their cooking skills meant we always had a tasty range of meals in the teahouses. Although members of our group walked at different speeds, we always managed to find the way, helped by the team who kept with us all day. Their encouragement was especially appreciated particularly on the long, long day crossing the snowy Larkye La pass. Great service all round from the company and team and good value for money too. There was so much to appreciate on this circuit, from the grand vistas of snowy peaks, deep valleys, airy bridges, smiling faces, giggling kids and colourful mountain villages. I will certainly use Nepal Trekking Experts again when I return to Nepal for more adventures.