We were in Mustang, Nepal from 31 Dec 14 - 04 Jan 15. Pathak was very prompt in email replies. He paid attention to our itinerary tweaks we wanted in our itinerary. Even though, he was sending out itineraries templates, he addressed and was meticulous in changing to address our concerns.
We are a group of 3 girls from Singapore and met our guide Ram Kumarai. He is such a caring, kind, resourceful guide. The weather took a bad turn when we reached jomsom and our itinerary changed entirely. RamK was always thinking of solutions e.g. by jeep, running around in the wet, cold morning (strong winds and melted snow) to source for porters / public buses for us. He is amazing. He always takes care to remind us to get some hot soups, hot coffee and lemon honey to warm our lungs in the cold. He is like a brother, family. There was never a single moment where we felt we were left behind to think of think of solutions for ourselves. Always, RamK will seek our opinions before proceeding with what he had in mind, you should definitely request for his service with the trekking team.
Pathak was lovely too, calling us everyday to check if we were okay and always apologizes because of the weather. We took a chance and insisted on mustang (in winter) so really, there was no one to blame.
When it was time to leave Nepal, it was really hard because of the friendships we formed just over 6 days. RamK takes team for trekking too, he's our superman from the Everest (his hometown). You can take a look at him in the photo posted. RamK speaks VERY good English, so don't worry,
Conditions at Mustang was far from comfortable i.e. the bumpy public bus ride was dangerous (overpacked and top loaded with luggages on extremely bumpy mountain roads with hairpin turns), only cold water, long hours of electrical downtime. so I would request for you to specify for a jeepney or flight to get into jomsom, just let Pathak know. Don't get me wrong, I'm an adventure seeker but I think the balance is tipped here :D
The long journey in revealed a lost kingdom, a place that sets my mind and heart at peace. I am sure when you visit during the optimal months (spring), you will receive more than what you expect. Remember to tip your guide generously if they are really good :D
Mustang will always have a special place in our heart and I look forward we would go back to meet RamK and his team. :D I actually did not regret missing out Kathmandu and Pokhara. Hurry pack your bags now!
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