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Cherishing memories -Pilgrimage Tour
May 09, 2019
Value for Money
Cherishing memories -Pilgrimage Tour
Being a Buddhist I always wanted to go on a pilgrimage tour of Nepal and Bhutan. Me and my mom started this tour with Swoyambhu and Bouddhanath and then went to the birth place of Gautam Buddha, Lumbini of Nepal. Lumbini overwhelmed me - experience one of a kind difficult to describe in words. We had an amazing flight to Bhutan. Sunrise and the hike to Tastang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest with chilly breeze- pure bliss. Enjoyed the visit to other iconic places like King’s Memorial Chorten, Buddha Dordenma, Tashichho Dzong and others. All in all well planned and organized trip.
I highly recommend visiting Nepal and Bhutan; I came back with a lot of beautiful memories to cherish!!!
Just came back from an amazing Manaslu Circuit Trek. It’s my first trek in the wilderness of Nepal with friends and I had a blast. With old friends walking and talking like old days without smartphones. The trek is definitely challenging. We started the trek from Gorkha which was the epicentre of earthquake 2015. People are rebuilding and coping. Enjoyed the panoramic vista of mountains in the acclimatization day in Sama Gao. Lake Biraindra is beautiful. Crossing the pass over 5000 metres was rewarding. Taking home many good memories….
If you are looking for off-beaten and challenging trek then do Manaslu Circuit trek.
Bhutan is a place where happiness is given priority. Tradition and culture aren’t simply followed but celebrated. Nature remains un-spoilt and isn’t overcrowded with tourist. In today’s time, when being busy is in trend and social media shows ‘how happening is your life?’. You see these people happy in small things of life; people, culture, and nature really impacted me. The cultural heritages of Nepal are fascinating and their craftsmanship is amazing. A few kilometers from the hustle and bustle of the city you feel like you are in a different palace. A stunning sunrise from Nagarkot and we hiked too. Warm hospitality. Overall an awesome experience.
If you are planning to visit Bhutan and Nepal then don’t delay any further…. it will be an experience to cherish!!!
The beautiful mountains, hill, Nepalese villages and its culture make the long walk feel short. Climbing the never ending steps to Ulleri is the only excruciating part of the trek. Rest of the trek is comparatively far easier. The chilly breeze as you trek to higher elevation was wonderful. We saw a beautiful sunrise over the snowcapped mountains. It’s one of the best I have seen till date and worth the entire climb.
Wanted to enjoy the mountains and sunrises in short period
Take trekking poles it will become your best friend. Foreign dishes with Nepali touch; keep your expectation low. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the mountains.
I had wonderful time exploring the scenic trail of Langtang area and the Tamang culture. Trek was challenging but was worth the scenery. Cherish my time in Kyangin Gompa; warm, welcoming locals and scenic vistas. People faced life-threating earthquake, survived and coping well. Also trekking routes are in good conditions and tea houses are rebuilt. Let’s help those in need by trekking in this beautiful region. Exploring Langtang National park was fun!
I saw plastic litter so want to urge people to litter less and carry all your plastic waste with yourself to dump in Kathmandhu.
It is less crowded with awesome mountains!!!
I've always wanted to visit the beautiful Manaslu mountain especially after completing all the major treks of Nepal. I had done extensive research about the trek route and other logistics. Finally the itinerary i was looking for was provided by TRA and it was more than perfect. They customized it to my liking and even added an extra day as requested. I must say this is one of the most intrepid i've ever been as the trail was tough and there weren't many trekkers on the route. I must say i was a little scared, but i was well looked after from the beginning to the end. Enjoyed this new experience and new Himalayan mountains thoroughly. Now that it's over and I'm writing about it, i totally want to come back to Nepal and hit a new trail, there is just too much to explore in this beautiful country.
I like itinerary,Recommended by Friend,
always have a guide with you, especially for the Manaslu trek.
I've always wanted to visit the two Himalayan nations Nepal and Bhutan. Found the perfect itinerary on their website, booked it and flew to Nepal this spring. After two days, flew to Paro and then to Thimpu and Punakha. Paro was my favorite as I get to hike to Tiger Monastery. Nepal was equally beautiful with gigantic mountains, much higher and bigger then what we have in Germany. The road conditions were a little bad but the people were the best along with food. Everything was arranged perfectly and i am very satisfied with the overall service given
Best Destination,I like itinerary,
Tigers Nest and Bhaktapur
Come and Visit Nepal and Bhutan, you will be amazed by these Himalayan Nations.
Third Rock Adventures trip to Bhutan and Kathmandu was a wonderful and very well organized trip. Our Bhutanese guide Sonam Dawa was caring, flexible and very knowledgeable. The Kathmandu portion of the trip was very enjoyable and we liked our guide.
Although the trek is physically demanding there isn’t any dramatic climb over boulders. The altitude hits you as you trek higher in elevation and makes a non-intimidating ascend difficult. The trek from Thorongla pass to Muktenath is excruciating but rewarding as well. The scenery with astounding snowcapped mountains was amazing and the locals were warm and welcoming. Lake Tilicho was stunning! Waterfalls, lakes, monasterary, suspension bridges and ancient villages are the added bonus to then trek in the wilderness.
Best Destination,I like itinerary,
Crossing Thorongla pass and that feeling of being on top of the world is still fresh.
Since I couldn’t decide either to trek to Everest Base Camp or take a helicopter tour I decided to do both. Once in a lifetime opportunity of trekking amidst the majestic mountains. The trek was strenuous but rewarding as well. The sight of Everest from Kalapatar is breathtaking! The helicopter ride was out of this world- flying so so so close to mountains was a dream come true…. The amphitheater of high mountains, kumbu glacier is overwhelming. Felt lucky to have safely arrived and departed from one of the dangerous airports in the world, Lukla. Sad part: The menus in the mountains have pizzas and pasta but with a Nepali TWIST. Of course, I didn’t expect this so was completely surprised with the food. I had a mild altitude sickness with headache so I didn’t enjoy food much as others did.
As i could trek to mountains as well as enjoy the beauty of Everest from the helicopter
Trek and Helicopter - Good Combination, amazing trip
Apr 30, 2019
United States of America
Value for Money
Trek and Helicopter - Good Combination, amazing trip
We finally hit the last home run when we completed booking our trip with Third Rock Adventures. This was our first time in Nepal and we were expecting snow and mountains right away, but Kathmandu was completely opposite to what we imagined. Getting away into the mountains was again another story, everything was well organized and we were taken care as promised in the emails. This trip was amazing and TRA made it even more exciting and fun.
Since I had a few days extra, I decided to go on a day tour of heritage sites of Kathmandu. After a bit of research, I decided upon Kathmandu heritage site tour by Third Rock Adventures. My emails were responded quickly and they answered my queries with care. My guide Ishwor was pleasant, informative and intelligent. Not to forget the driver was very skilled and drove us through the chaotic city. We explored UNESCO World Heritage sites of Kathmandu; visited Kathmandu Durbar Square, Swayambhunath, Boudhanath and Pashupati temple. I am really happy with their service and I will be planning trips with them on my next visit!!!
I enjoyed the mystical aura of these heritage sites have and you need to visit to understand what I mean!
Don’t miss out on these wonderful sites of Kathmandu; it’s worth a visit!
We booked the Nepal and Bhutan Buddhist Pilgrimage Tour with Third Rock Adventures and we had a great trip. This was the first time that our family (parents, wife, uncles, aunts and cousins – altogether 17 people) travelled together. As we were a large group, we were expecting some confusion or glitches on the part of the company, but to our surprise everything went as planned. Thanks to the team at Third Rock for taking care of the minute details. The visit to Lumbini, birthplace of Sakyamuni Buddha was a spiritual experience. I personally enjoyed exploring Bhutan. After living in a city that seems like a concrete jungle, the abundant greenery in Bhutan felt like a warm embrace from mother nature. Thank you Thupten (guide) and Sonam (driver) in Bhutan and Kamal (guide) in Nepal for your patience, warmth and friendliness. This is a trip all of us will remember for a lifetime!
Be culturally sensitive and dress appropriately while visiting religious monuments.
I am not athletic in real life and my trek to Everest Base Camp was a questionable act. With the guidance of our guide, I successfully made it to Everest Base Camp and I added it to the list of my accomplishments. I have fear of heights and suspension bridges really scare me. Initially, I was very scared to walk on the bridge and I only used to look down while crossing it. Instead, our guide told me to look ahead which really made a difference. I started enjoying the suspension bridges. It was much more amazing than I envisioned. I loved the chocolate cake they served in Namche Bazzar. If I ever trek in Nepal again it will surely be with Third Rock Adventures!
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It was in my bucket list for a long time
Conquering my fear of walking on suspension bridges
Me and my wife walked the Annapurna Sanctuary with Third Rock Adventures. At first we were a little weary about taking the services of a local company instead of going with a travel company in Manchester. Turns out, we made the best decision of our lives. The services provided by them was excellent. We were taken care like we were family and they left us completely satisfied. We must advise everyone travelling to Nepal for trekking to choose a local company like Third Rock Adventures, you will get a whole lot more than what you paid for. Three cheers for Third Rock Adventures....
The trek was challenging for me; the uphill climb and descend took a toll on me. However, the encouraging words of my guide kept me going. The weather wasn’t much in our favor but we didn’t miss the amazing sunrise from Annapurna Base Camp. Firstly, I was surprised at being surrounded by mountains which I couldn’t see earlier due to low visibility; we were in the amphitheater of mountains. The Himalayas were so close I felt it could be touched. With sunrise, the snowcapped mountains slowly turned into sheer gold; it is one of the most prized memories from the Annapurna Base Camp trek. Felt like living a quote which says difficult road leads to beautiful destinations. A big thank you to the team of Third Rock Adventures for turning my dream of trekking high in mountains a beautiful reality!
Recommended by my friend who did this trek
The entire trip is full of memories but the panorama of Annapurna Base Camp and sunrise from here will hold a special memory.
Bring a hard drive with good capacity so that you don't have to think before clicking pictures or videos.
For the first time trekkers like me I felt Ghorepani Poon Hill would be perfect. The team of Third Rock adventures was quick to reply and assured me that this trek would be prefect for beginners. The team was attentive towards my demands and made me feel comfortable. Indeed, it turned out to be one of the most amazing experiences which will remain with me for a lifetime. We shared the trail with mules which were transporting supplies to the villages. We had pretty decent weather with few rainfalls and hails. The weather got me worried for the sunrise but lucked out to witness awesome sunrise from the vantage point of Poon Hill. The hike up to Poon Hill was quite demanding but the sight was worth it. You could see the reddish orange sky and the sight of rays of early sun falling onto the snowcapped mountains was breathtaking. We spend almost an hour there basking in the serenity of the place. We got awesome views on the way to Ghandruk which compelled me to stop and enjoy the serenity. Rhododendron blooms added color to the otherwise green trail.
Memorable: Sunrise from Poon Hill
Enjoyable: sipping hot tea beside fire while hail was falling outside.
I was worried about weather which wasn't in my control so would like to tell you to embrace everything as it comes. Don't worry much just live in the moment
I choose off-beaten trek of Manaslu Circuit trek as other trekking felt too mainstream. The trekking route passed through the epicenter of earthquake 2015, Barpark of Gorkha. The wonderful views of mountains and the interaction with locals added new dimension.
The hike to Jagat through way carved on huge rock was thrilling. On the day of acclimatization in Sama Gao, we hiked up to the beautiful Birendra Tal with pristine water. Early morning we went to Larkya Pass. I was overwhelmed to see mountains surrounding us from all sides. The trek proved to be strenuous and challenging but it was equally fulfilling. Overall, it was an amazing experience. I have learned to become grateful for the luxuries I take for granted.
Thank you Third Rock Adventures for making my trip memorable for a lifetime. I recommend booking trek with these guys!!!
I like itinerary,
It was an off-beat trek and I wanted to avoid crowd.
Hike to Birendra Tal and Larkya Pass
If you want more adventure and less crowd do this trek.
The medieval temples of Nepal are a treat to visit. I like to watch sunrises and the one from Nagarkot was a sight to behold. Bhutan is expensive agreed but it’s worth it!!! Bhutan is still so unscathed. People are really nice and warm. Locals wear their traditional dresses and more than that they treasure their culture. The roads with sharp turns were a thrill in itself. You wouldn’t find any traffic lights in the city and it doesn’t have any famous fast food chains like Pizza Hut or KFC or others. It’s a different world a better one where happiness is given a priority. Amidst the hustle and bustle of my life, I shall remember the peace and tranquility of Bhutan.
Leaving these beautiful countries with a heart full of beautiful memories and want to thank Third Rock Adventures for handling this tour so well!
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The peace and tranquility of Bhutan and their warm people overwhelmed me!
The tour of these mystical counties was in my bucket list for a long time. After a few email exchange with the team of Third Rock Adventures, I booked my trip with them for me and my friend. I appreciate their patience in answering my queries and making my trip a memorable one.
We had an amazing flight to Paro, Bhutan considering its one of the most dangerous airports in the world. Takstang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest was magical but the one I loved the most was Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. Hiking past the golden rice fields to the top of the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten was awesome. It overlooks Punakha valley and has some breathtaking views. Don’t miss this place guys!!!
Kathmandu has its ancient craftsmanship to boast while Pokhara has its natural beauty. The hike of Naudanda was fun with amazing mountain views which made me think if I should do trekking in Annapurna region? Who knows I may be back in few years for a trek in Nepal! The peaceful ambience of monasteries and Jokhang temple of Lhasa overwhelmed me.
I and a couple of my friends booked a multi-country tour to Nepal Bhutan and Tibet with Third Rock Adventures. They were quick to respond to my emails and were co-operative with queries which made me feel we were in capable hands. The flight to Bhutan was scenic and we flew amidst the highest mountains in the world including Everest. Hike to Taktsang Monastery was wonderful and words won’t be enough to describe the experience. It’s vivid as I write and the peace you get there is incomparable. One word which describes Nepal was diverse. The three Durbar squares easily transported me to the medieval era. Away from the chaotic capital, Kathmandu is Pokhara. Its scenic beauty of mountains, lakes, caves allures you. Sunrise from Sarangkot was worth the hike. I wanted to chill some more days in Pokhara but Lhasa was calling us. I was stunned by the grandeur of the iconic Potala Palace and Norbulingka palace. I was overwhelmed by the sight of devotes paying near Jokhang Temple in the Barkhor Bazaar. At this day and age where there isn’t a shortage of cynical people, it was amazing to see such devotion of people. Thank you to the team of Third Rock for making my trip wonderful!
I discovered Third Rock Adventures’ website while searching for a good trekking agency on the internet. I decided to book the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek with them as they were quick with their responses and the only company who took the trouble to call. Because I am 68 years old, I needed a lot of help in preparing for my trip. The communication before and during the trip was excellent. Their wise advice and expert guidance proved to be invaluable. My guide Deepak and the porter Ram, helped me a lot along the difficult trail. I am forever grateful to them as they made this adventure happen. It was hard work and not easy for 60 plus me and there were moments when I doubted that I would ever make it to Base Camp. But these humble mountain men gently encouraged me and helped me through the most difficult trails. It was a dream come true when I finally stood at the Sanctuary. It was a beautiful journey. Thank you to all the team at TRA for a memorable trip. Thank you so much Deepak and Ram for taking such good care of me. I give my highest recommendation to Third Rock Adventures and their guides.
I wanted to walk to the Annapurna Sanctuary.
The whole trip was memorable, but I shall never forget the sunrise from the Annapurna Sanctuary. It was spectacular!
Get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself. You won't regret it!
I would like to express my gratitude to Third Rock Adventures’ team for their wonderful service during our Annapurna Circuit Trek. We had a fantastic trek with our man Shiva, guiding our group. An experienced guide, he was prudent enough to adjust the itinerary when a couple of our group members felt a little unwell. We had brief spells of bad weather up in the mountains, but the crew’s enthusiasm and encouragement buoyed our spirits and motivated us to carry on. All in all it was an outstanding trek. I have come away a stash of great pictures and memories that will last a lifetime. Our group started off as a bunch of strangers, but by the end of the trek all of us became good friends. Thank you for a well-organized and safe trek. I have no hesitation in recommending Third Rock to anyone considering a trip to Nepal!
Because I had been meaning to do the Annapurna Circuit for a pretty long long time.
Meeting all the members during trip briefing, swapping stories after dinner at the end of each day's trek and experiencing the cultural as well as geographical diversity of this tiny country.
Wear a wide brimmed hat if you suffer from sunburns easily, like I do.
Ghorepani-Poon Hill Trek - An adventure in the mountains
Mar 22, 2019
Value for Money
Ghorepani-Poon Hill Trek - An adventure in the mountains
Though I would have loved to do the Annapurna Circuit, I did not have time. The team at Third rock Adventures suggested Ghorepani-Poon Hill Trek, so I settled for this short trek. I was not disappointed as I got to enjoy some stellar views of Annapurna, Fishtail and other Himalayan giants. I had a really good guide, Pemba, who let me walk at my own pace. The highlight was supposed to be the sunrise from Poon Hill, but unfortunately weather was not on our side. It was cloudy but then we had a brief glimpse of the grand panorama as the clouds cleared a bit just as we were about to descend. But there were other places on the trail from where we had some spectacular mountain views. I enjoyed my stay at the Gurung villages. At one of the teahouses my guide introduced me to a person who is part of a group of Gurung ‘Honey Hunters’. It was interesting to chat with him. He had some pictures from his recent honey hunting expedition which looked kind of scary. It would be an interesting experience and I am already planning to be back with my friends for a ‘Honey Hunting’ experience. Pemba from Third Rock Adventures has agreed to be my guide for this next adventure too. I am already looking forward to my next Himalayan adventure! By the way, if anyone is searching for a tour company, I would highly recommend Third Rock Adventures. These guys know how to look after their clients!
I wanted to trek in the Himalayas.
Meeting people en route, chatting with lodge owners and locals, and of course the stupendous mountain views.
Before traveling to Nepal we toured India (Delhi, Varanasi and Bodh Gaya). Although the places we visited were amazing, our group had some issues with the hygiene and cleanliness at the places we had stayed. Since we had travelled independently in India, we decided to book our Nepal tour through an agency. We chose Third Rock Adventure’s ‘Best of Nepal’ itinerary as it was pretty close to what we had in mind. The accommodation was booked by the company, so we did not have the hassle of booking the hotels. Before booking this trip we specified clearly that we wanted to stay in ‘clean’ hotels. Though the travel consultant assured us that about the hygiene and cleanliness of the hotels they use, we wouldn’t help feeling a bit apprehensive. But all our doubts were laid to rest and we had a pretty good stay at all the hotels. It was great to rest our heads on clean linen and use a spick and span bathroom after a long day of sightseeing. The places we visited were amazing and we had a great guide. While he explained the significance of the places we visited, he gave us enough space to take in the beauty of the places. If our international flights weren’t pre-booked we would have loved to spend some more days in Pokhara (one of the most picturesque cities that I have visited). All in all we had a great Nepal tour. Hopefully we will find time to visit this country again. When this happens we will book our tour with Third Rock Adventures again. We highly recommend this company!
I liked the itinerary.
Because the itinerary matched ours.
Pokhara, sunrise from Sarangkot, Bhaktapur, Patan, elepahant ride in Chitwan etc.
When you visit Swoyambhunath Temple, hold on tightly to your belongings. Had my sunglasses snatched by a monkey. I did not get it back!
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