San Francisco, California, USA Jan 1970Dream Trip to Nepal ( Dream Trip to Nepal)5 " " I was fortunate enough to book a last minute trip to Nepal through Windhorse for March/April 2017. I had confidence in them because I had a wonderful experience with them in Bhutan. Ugen and his team are really great at putting custom trips together. I was interested in wildlife and
Dream Trip to Nepal I was fortunate enough to book a last minute trip to Nepal through Windhorse for March/April 2017. I had confidence×
I was fortunate enough to book a last minute trip to Nepal through Windhorse for March/April 2017. I had confidence in them because I had a wonderful experience with them in Bhutan. Ugen and his team are really great at putting custom trips together. I was interested in wildlife and trekking, seeing the Himalaya, and every day was simply amazing!!! Three days in Chitwan National Park watching rhinos, elephants, crocodiles, and amazing array of birds. The hotel was beautiful and right on the river, and you could even see rhinos from the deck every day! Then off to a 5 day trek in the Annapurna region. I had never really done trekking before, and my guide, Hem Raj Bastola, was really helpful and kind. I learned so much about the region and stayed in fun trekker lodges with gorgeous views. The hiking was so diverse...with jungles, sweeping vistas, monkeys, and to top it off, sunrise with clear views of the himalaya from Poon Hill! Then it was off to the Everest region for a 10 day trek. My guide, Lhkpha Sherpa, was simply and amazing person and I felt very lucky to spend time with him and explore this spectacular region. I loved every town, every day, every minute of this part of the trip. Seeing Everest for the first time, and all the peaks around it and in this region was one of the highlights of my life, made so much more so by the amazing open and big hearted people of this region. I also got to see beautiful and important sites in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur thanks to Mahendra, my guide in Kathmandu and overall contact in Nepal. No matter where I was in the country, Mahendra was keeping track and making sure everything was going well. I really appreciate his outstanding efforts to provide an excellent and varied experience for me. I went on this trip solo, but I never felt alone.I highly recommend Windhorse Tours and am looking forward to my next adventure with them!! [gallery order="DESC" columns="5" ids="15086,15087,15088,15089,15090"]
- William McComas
Arkansas, USA Jan 1970Bhutan Tour and Nepal Trek ( Bhutan Tour and Nepal Trek)5 " " Bhutan Tour and Nepal Trek (Spring 2016) Ugen and Jambey, Michel and I want to thank you for the amazing job your team did in organizing our recent tour to Nepal and Bhutan. Every detail was perfectly arranged and exceeded our expectations. Our guides in Bhutan and Nepal were very knowledgeable and
Bhutan Tour and Nepal Trek Bhutan Tour and Nepal Trek (Spring 2016) Ugen and Jambey, Michel and I want to thank you for the amazing job your×
Bhutan Tour and Nepal Trek (Spring 2016)
Ugen and Jambey,
Michel and I want to thank you for the amazing job your team did in organizing our recent tour to Nepal and Bhutan. Every detail was perfectly arranged and exceeded our expectations. Our guides in Bhutan and Nepal were very knowledgeable and very pleasant and the pacing of the trip (even the trek in Nepal) was perfect. I have been traveling the world for almost 40 years (on organize trips and by myself) and your company did among the best jobs I have ever experienced. If future clients have questions about your company that I might answer, you should feel free to send them to me -- be assured that I will say very nice things about WindHorse!
- Bonnie V.S
Washington, USA Mar 2018Nepal Trek & Tour ( Nepal Trek & Tour)5 " " We were delighted to find a Bhutanese company with an office in the States that could help us plan trips to both Nepal and Bhutan. The fact that Ugen , a partner in the business and our stateside contact made the trip to both countries himself a month before our
Nepal Trek & Tour We were delighted to find a Bhutanese company with an office in the States that could help us plan trips×
We were delighted to find a Bhutanese company with an office in the States that could help us plan trips to both Nepal and Bhutan. The fact that Ugen , a partner in the business and our stateside contact made the trip to both countries himself a month before our trip, gave us current updates and information relevant to our itinerary.
My husband and I are both seniors (he is 65 and I am 72) . I had some concerns about the Nepal leg of this trip; concern about my physical fitness to take it on after some serious spinal surgeries and knee replacement in my 60’s, US State Department warnings regarding an Indian oil embargo , border closures, and Maoist activity, as well as the effects to Nepal’s infrastructure as a result of the disastrous earthquake just one year ago. Added to this, and most scary of all to me. was the fatal plane crash of a Tara Airlines flight between Kathmandu and Johmson- a route we were scheduled to fly. The crash happened about a week before we were to fly through the same narrow Himalayan pass. When I checked the safety record of the smaller Nepalese airlines, they had the lowest of safety records-on par with Air Congo and Air Kazakhstan! Yikes!
Wind Horse and Sixth Sense, it’s Nepalese affiliate worked with us at every turn. Our Indigo flight from New Delhi was met by one of the owners of Sixth Sense, Mahendra. Our 4th floor corner room in the Shambala Hotel couldn’t have been nicer. We found the air quality Kathmandu to be nearly as polluted as we remember Beijing. As a person who suffers from asthma, it felt a bit alarming to me. We stopped immediately and brought face masks to help filter out particulate. We did some light sightseeing, had a welcome dinner in a restaurant featuring folkloric dancing and looked forward to getting back to the hotel to downsize our packing to trekking only gear. Sixth Sense provided us with duffels, trekking poles, and -10 degree North Face (or knockoff) down sleeping bags. They were happy to store things from the Indian leg of our trip until our return. While guide, driver and accommodations were all excellent, we were happy to leave Kathmandu and hopefully find the clean, fresh air of the mountains! We changed our trekking itinerary to a route , still part of the Annapurna Circuit that did not require the risky flight. Air Buddha, which flies larger planes on safer routes took us to Pokhara where we started our trek. Here where the magic began. Our new guide, Hem Raj Bastola, and, porter, Rajendra Bahadur Singh met us, ready to head to the mountains. I was immediately comforted when Hem told me he had recommended we alter our trekking route to a safer alternative, even before David and I came to that decision. The roads to our ‘put in’ spot were primitive at best, often narrow with huge rocks and potholes. Our vehicle felt sturdy and our driver, careful. We carried our day packs, while Rajendra carried our combined gear (which we think came to about 40 lbs or less.) A few pace out of the car and we were met with our first ‘up’- 3600 stairs !
The magic I referred to earlier was really a lovely marriage between exquisite scenery, well paced physical exertion , deep gratitude on our part and the lovely old souls , Hem and Rajendra who would be our guides, hosts, teachers, coaches, historians, and friends for the next seven days and whom we will hold in our hearts forever! Their mutual respect toward one another, toward us (always Sir and Madam), love of their country and tight choreography was no less than inspirational! Both are culturally Hindu, our discussions were deep, interesting and stimulating. Hem, a passionate , published poet, quoted from the giants of Western literature when it was appropriate on the trail. He read his original poetry to us at breakfast and dinner. He wrote poetry in our honour about our specific journey.
Both men are conversationally fluent in English. I could write volumes on each of them! At the end of our trip, Hem scaled a 40 foot rhododendron tree to pluck a blossom to congratulate me on our successful trek!
We were met at the first vehicle accessible road by our car and driver, delivered to the airport and whisked back to Kathmandu. Here, we were met by a new face, Kumar. I was not excited to breathe the polluted air and ready to excuse myself from our scheduled outing. I was so glad that I changed my mind. Kumar took us to the UNESCOWorld Heritage Site at Dunbar Square. While damage from the 2015 Earthquake was evident, the intact buildings are magnificent. Later we climbed more stairs to the Buddhist Stupa and saw hordes of monkeys, people and magnificent views!
From planning to execution, Wind Horse and Sixth Sense were collaborative and cooperative They personalised our trip and made it comfortable at every turn. To the very end, the guides actually waited at the airport until our planes took off to make sure we were safely in route to our next adventure. We feel we chose well and enthusiastically recommend Wind Horse and Sixth Sense to our friends and fellow adventure travellers![caption id="attachment_12861" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Hem (Guide)[/caption]
• Sightseeing tour of UNESCO world heritage sites in Kathmandu
• Walking and visiting villages in the lower foot hills of Annapurna
• Superb 260’ panorama of Annapurnas, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu ranges from Poon Hill
• Stop at Tatopani natural Hot spring
• Walking along Kali Gandaki gorge that opens to a spectacular lunar landscape, surrounded by snow capped peaks.
• Visiting remote villages of lower Mustang District with Buddhist cultures
• Spectacular mountain flight from Jomsom to Pokhara
• Relaxing two day stay in Pokhara valley surrounded by lakes and mountains
This itinerary provides moderate walk that introduces trekking in Nepal, while staying at the decent trek lodges with attached bath, suitable even for first time trekkers
Jomsom Kagbeni via Poonhill trek with option to visit Muktinath is our new program that incorporates easy to moderate trek using lodges.
Starting at the foot hills, climb through the forests up to Gorepani for incredible panorama from Poonhill. The trek then gradually winds north along the Kali Gandki gorge into the desolate landscape of lower mustang region. The deep valleys and high mountains encircling the giant Annapurna mountains embrace a wide range of peoples and terrain, from subtropical jungle to a high, dry landscape resembling the Tibetan Plateau.
This trek is part of the famous Annapurna Circuit trek, modified carefully so that even the first time trekkers can take it up. In recent years the development of a dirt road along the Kali Gandaki has garnered negative press on this otherwise great treks. But in this itinerary we have taken advantage of this road to cover the distance when needed and avoided it when possible to retain the allure of trekking.
On the trek we select the best available trekkers lodge, mostly with attached bath, so that you don’t have to totally rough your holiday. It combines variety of landscapes, from hills to panoramic view, to even being near the majestic peaks themselves. It covers wide range of people, their cultures, arts, and architecture. There is no concern for altitude sickness because the few high altitude walks that it incorporates are optional only and best of all is that we can do this all within a short period.
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu:
Upon arrival at the airport, meet and transfer to the hotel. In the afternoon, you have an option to be escorted for stroll around Thamel. In the evening, briefing about your trip, followed by welcome dinner with Nepali cultural program in a local restaurant
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing & Trek Preparation:
Full day sightseeing tour and evening is free to shop and prepare for the trek. Overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu
Day 3: Fly to Pokhara – Trek to Ulleri Transfer to the airport and fly to Pokhara:
Upon arrival, meet your trekking guide and drive for about 2hrs to the trek start point and trek to Ulleri. Overnight in trek lodge.
Day 4: Trek Ulleri to Gorepani:
Trek to Ghorepani and free afternoon or visit Poonhill. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 5: Ghorepani – Tatopani:
Before dawn, you have an option to embark on the hike to Poon Hill to see the the stunning 260′ panorama of peaks that come alive as sunrises over the horizon. After breakfast walk to Tatopani Hotsprings, descending through Sikha and other villages.Overnight in Trekker’s Lodge
Day 6: Tatopani – Ghasa- Marpha Today, instead of trekking:
We will hitch a ride on the local bus or shared taxi from Tatopani to Marpha. Along the way we will stop for pictures in villages such as Tethe and Ghasa. Overnight in Trekker’s Lodge.
Day 7: Marpha -Kagbeni:
Walk up the valley past Shyang village to Jomsom and further north following the valley to Kagbeni. Overnight in Trekkers Lodge
Day 8: Kagbeni – Jomsom (Option for excursion to Muktinath)
Morning in Kagbeni for further exploration and towards noon, drive from Kagbeni to Jomsom. Option to hike or trek to Muktinath. Overnight in Jomsom at Om’s Home Lodge.
Day 9: Fly Jomsom to Pokhara:
In the morning transfer to airport and take spectacular 20-min flight to Pokhara. Upon arrival meet and transfer to the hotel. Free to roam, stroll, and do your own things.
Overnight Hotel in Pokhara.
Day 10: In Pokhara:
Full day in Pokhara at leisure on your own. This is an extra contingent day, in case of flight cancellation or delay from Jomsom. Overnight hotel in Pokhara
Day 11: Pokhara to Kathmandu:
Transfer to the airport and take a short 25 min flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival meet and transfer to the hotel. Free to do your own things for the rest of the day. If you need additional tours, contact our office when you are in Kathmandu.
Overnight hotel in Kathmandu. (Option available for drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by private vehicle, take a tourist coach luxury tourist coach to save costs)
Day 12: Departure:
Transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight.
Group SizeMinimum 2 Pax.
MealsAll meals during the trek, daily breakfast during the stay in Kathmandu and Pokhara with one welcome or farewell dinner in Kathmandu
Trip AccommodationCity hotels with swimming pool in Kathmandu and Pokhara (rated 4 star +) and in best available simple lodges during the trek with attached bath.
RouteKathmandu – Pokhara- Tikhedhunga – Ghorepani- Tatopani- Ghasa - Marpha- Jomsom- Muktinath- Jomsom- Pokhara- Kathmandu
Trip SeasonsThe trek can be done through-out the year. Best is during March, April, Oct & Nov but equally great to do it in Winter months from Dec till Feb when skies are clear, air is dry and there are fewer trekkers. First three days of the trek areas can be wet during summer months such as June till September but generally other areas remain dry.
Best MonthsMarch, April, May, October, November
Good MonthsJanuary, February, December
Lean MonthsJune, July, August, September
Prices & Dates
To offer the lowest possible cost, our trips are tier priced according to the number of participants or members on the trip. Cost starts at $1400 per person. Contact us for details.
Available as Small Join-in Group or Independent travel
- All transfers by private vehicle (except where indicated in the itinerary)
- Accommodation in hotels (city hotels with swimming pool in Kathmandu & Pokhara) & Guest House/Lodges during the trek
- Daily breakfast during the tour, one dinner in Kathmandu, all meals during the trek.
- Domestic flight Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu
- Domestic flight Jomsom to Pokhara
- Local English Speaking Guide through-out the tour
- One Porter for every two trekkers to carry your luggage
- Sightseeing with entrance fees as per itinerary
- All necessary permits required for trekking paper work and permits (ACAP /Trekking entry fees).
- A basic medical kit for the trek
- All government and local taxes for above services
- Nepal Visa fees ($30 for 2 weeks upon arrival)
- International airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Excess baggage charges
- Meals other than listed (lunch and dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara is not included)
- Battery charge, extra porters, mineral water or boiled water & hot shower
- Personal expenses. (Tips, Laundry, Telephone, bar, beverages)
- Travel & Rescue Insurance
- All other personal expenses not listed in the “Included Section”
Kathmandu : Shambala hotel 4 star (upgrade available at extra cost)
On the trek: Best available lodges are used on the trek, however in many cases they are just a basic tea house type lodge. Attached bathroom is provided but in some rare cases one must be willing share toilet/bath due to limited number of such room.
Pokhara : Temple Tree Hotel 4 star
Hotels in Pokhara
Hotels in Jomsom
Hotels in Kathmandu
Hotels in Ghorepani
Hotels in Marpha
Hotels in Tatopani
Hotels in Ulleri
After completing college from Kathmandu University, Mahindra pursued Post Graduate In Community Welfare and MBA from Australia, where he also worked as Social and Community Care Coordinator in Royal Darwin Hospital for 1 and half years and as a Community Service Worker and Disability Service Coordinator in Somerville Community Services. He returned to Nepal and has been Consultant/Manager of Health Care International for 2 years and finally left to join the exciting career in promotion of Tourism in Nepal.
Hem Raj Bastola is a permanent inhabitant of Pokhara-25. He has been working as a tour and trekking guide since 2010. Formerly he has worked as a guest service agent at the hotel Pokara Grande. He started his career as a Cave guide, ticket sales man at Gupteshwor Mahadev Cave in Pokhara. So must of his working experience is related to tourism and hospitality industry. Beside his guiding profession, he enjoys reading and writing poetry. His poets have been published in different forums and medias. When get free time loves to work in the field as well.
Reviews / Testimonials
San Francisco, California, USA Jan 1970
Dream Trip to Nepal I was fortunate enough to book a last minute trip to Nepal through Windhorse for March/April 2017. I had confidence
- William McComas
Arkansas, USA Jan 1970
Bhutan Tour and Nepal Trek Bhutan Tour and Nepal Trek (Spring 2016) Ugen and Jambey, Michel and I want to thank you for the amazing job your
- Bonnie V.S
Washington, USA Mar 2018
Nepal Trek & Tour We were delighted to find a Bhutanese company with an office in the States that could help us plan trips