We were recommended Padam as a guide by some friends this year (november 2010) as we planned our trip to Nepal. Originally we thought we’d be fine to trek alone until some insurance companies got fussy and insisted on it (You can get independant trekking insurance through the British Mountaineering Club though). We decided that we’d learn more about the country if we had a guide and therefore booked Padam still… the best decision we made
Padam kept in email contact thoughout our planning and on arrival met us at the airport, sorted our taxi, found us accomadation, sorted trekking passes and permits whilst we were able to recover from the travel.
Our trek was the Annapurna Sanctury route upto Base Camp with the inclusion of Poon Hill (9-10 Days).
This Comment could go on and on about how great the trek was but i’ll save the precise detail for friends and family. What you need to know is that trekking in Nepal if you embrase the culture is deeply rewarding, with spectacular views, great company and some life changing experiences.
Without Padam we’d have had the spectacular views but not understood the culture, got to know as many people and would have never been able to identify the mountains from the sketchy maps you can buy.
We met many groups, couples and individuals most with guides. None were a patch on Padam. His professionalism as a trekking guide and enthusiam to give you information about his beloved country was noticed by so many others that at least 4 people took his contacts to pass onto their friends.
We employed Padam to be our guide but essentailly found a friend in Nepal. He’s also not a bad ‘Personal Shopper’ as he accompanied us the day after our trek to help us find the best offers.
We’d love to return to Nepal and with the experience we now have we could manage ourselves on a similar trek but we’d employ Padam every time.
Any questions email me and i’m happy to answer any questions