I literally woke up one morning in the middle of February of 2014 and decided to go to Nepal. Having no idea what I would like to do, be it trekking, base camp or what ever. So, I had to do my research and that came in the form of YouTube videos. I learned quickly that Nepal was a beautiful country outside of the cities so, I decided on trekking the Annapurna Circuit (18-20 days). I had first planned on going solo; however, I came across a video of a Canadian who had used Asahi Treks & Expedition based in Kathmandu. I should also mention that I contacted a few American Expedition Companies and a British Company. These companies were charging from $1,800.00 (USD) per person and as much as $2,500.00 per person. When I contacted Asahi they immediately responded (Kumar-owner). For just under $1.100.00 (USD) they supplied a guild and porter. Not to mention that all of the meals (B-L-D) were also supplied each day of the trek. Trust me, you will eat the same food that these other higher priced companies offer. My guide, Bikram Khadka aka BK was great! He knew the best and cleanest "Tea Houses" to stay. He knew how to trek in the Himalayan Mountains and I really learned a lot from him. I guess what I'm really saying is if you want to go solo and trek, you can do this very easily with Asahi. You can always go solo and not hire a guide but, after figuring the price of permits, passes, food and lodging you will spend at least $1,100.00 was what I was thinking. I was in Nepal for a month so, I had a lot of free time. Kumar and BK were always there with advice and suggestions on things to do in Kathmandu and Pokhara when I arrived back from my trek. Kumar and his staff picked me up at the airport (they were there waiting even after my flight was delayed for three hours) and took me to the hotel. They also took me back to the airport when I departed. I think my next adventure will be either Tibet or Bhutan and can assure you I will use Asahi. I would suggest you check the other companies and see what they have to offer first, then contact Asahi----trust me, you will be surprised.