In November 2014, my partner and I (who are Canadian) enjoyed an amazing trek up to Tengboche, Nepal for the annual Mani Rimdu festival. Swiss Family Treks made all the difference in our experience while traveling Nepal. From the moment I first emailed them to inquire about the trek, they were quick to respond and extremely helpful. I am so happy I stumbled across the company website while researching for our trip!
When we finally landed in Nepal, a company representative was right there to greet us (bottled water in hand...exactly what we needed after such a long flight!). They picked us up from the airport and off we went to start our adventure! Lee and I had planned for a day of bungee jumping and also the 11 day Mani Rimdu trek. Swiss Family had everything prepared for us including tickets, schedules, and an overview of tips and customs of the Nepali people (they thought of just about everything!).
The hotel they booked in Thamel was clean, staffs were friendly and it was in the perfect location. A company representative was also always on hand when they said they would be (like our 6am wake up call to head out for our bungee jumps, or when we needed to head back to the airport for a short domestic flight to Lukla).
We couldn't have been any happier with our porter and guide on our trek. Sonam (our guide) was an amazing gentleman; he was very knowledgeable about the mountains, the country and the sherpa people, a great person to talk to during our long trekking days. He was very punctual (as was our porter), and cared very much about our health and safety during our time with him (especially when I came down with abit of AMS). He also worked very hard at finding us tea houses with the best views of Mt Everest, and scooped up extra blankets for us as soon as we arrived, very thoughtful of him!
During our last few days in Kathmandu, we decided to do a last minute tour of some popular sites in the city. Swiss Family quickly organized (with in an hour) a driver just for us for an entire afternoon (for an amazing price too!). The driver was great, a young energetic man excited to tell us all about the sites and Buddhist and Hindu culture (even though he was just suppose to drive us, what a bonus!)
Thank you Swiss Family Treks (Stephan, and all the staff, guides and porters) for being so fantastic! We truly enjoyed our time spent in Nepal and would highly recommend your company to anyone who plans on visiting!
Many greetings from Canada,
Nicole & Lee