I do not hesitate to recommend Kumar and the team at Tailored Treks to anyone thinking of visiting Nepal. There can be few trekking guides with the experience, resourcefulness, thoughtfulness and commitment of Nir Kumar Karki.
Since first trekking with Kumar in Humla 4 years ago I have undertaken several further treks visiting the Rolwaling Valley in Dolkha District and Solu Khumbu (on and off the tourist trail). These are customised trips and with Kumar’s knowledge and enthusiasm it has not been difficult to organise a trip that meets all requirements but is flexible enough to cater for unforeseen circumstances.
The highest regard is given to the safety and well-being of clients and any queries or problems are quickly and fully addressed. Important consideration is given to the well-being of staff and to the local people and communities which are visited. Regard is given to the sourcing of goods and services locally to ensure the benefits of tourism reach those who most need it. Kumar has an extensive knowledge of Nepal’s natural and cultural heritage which he is always happy to share, along with discrete guidance on cultural etiquette when required.
I fall within the category of Volunteer tourist; assisting Kumar and his colleagues in the sustainable development work they undertake through the Nepali NGO “Community Building for Sustainable Development”, CBSD. Through practical and financial support CBSD works with communities to open up opportunities for improved well-being. These community driven initiatives include support for schools and health posts, renewable energy and income generating projects.
Through all aspects of their trekking service Kumar, Jigme and their colleagues strive to achieve both excellent customer satisfaction and to bring positive benefits to the disadvantaged communities of rural Nepal. In my experience, they are succeeding in doing both. Trekking with Tailored Treks offers an opportunity to immerse oneself in the Nepal which most tourists only scratch the surface of knowing that you are in the hands of one the best in the business.