Narayan Baniya (nature pathfinder) and Sumir Gyawali (yoga teacher) guide me in this
adventure. Actually they manage perfectly my short time and all the noisy burocratic
thinks like documents or Covid control. They makes me feel safely and had care of me
since the moment I reserved .. now I’m at home and still feel the power of their
experience, friendship and good nature. They makes me “enter” in the Nepali
lifestyle, from metropolitan Kathmandu until the top of the mountain were the vibes
are soo deep. Their good vibes are compatible with all, Sumir had a clinical yogi
eye and Narayan the calm you need to arrive over the clouds.. it was like a day
dreaming and I never forget this experience out of time. Thank you Antonio
A great & well organised experience. I highly recommend Himalayan
recreation to anyone planning to trek to the Annapurna Basecamp. Everything from
start to finish was all taken care of, taking away all of the stress of organisation
so that I could focus on enjoying the trek.
Ashok was very responsive on whatsapp at all times and was able to adapt the tour
when circumstances changed. For example, when my flight to Pokhara was cancelled,
Ashok arranged for a friendly driver to take me all the way there by private car
instead (I did have to wait 1.5 hours for the driver, but traffic in Kathmandu is
difficult). My guide Santosh and porter Bal were very friendly and accommodating and
were good company during the trek. They have the English skills required to answer
the majority of questions, particularly relating to the trek. Overall, a very good
The trek itself is very beautiful. It has everything, including rural villages with
rice terraces, bamboo forests, and epic mountains. The accommodation is basic but
everything you need for a trek (much better than camping). The weather forecast is
inaccurate - I enjoyed decent weather despite the forecast being constant
rain/thunder. I found the difficulty to be much easier than others state, and could
have completed the trek in 5-6 days. Almost anyone with a decent level of fitness
would be able to complete this trek (adjusting the duration to accommodate).
The Annupurna Poon Hill Trip is a lovely trek through the lower elevations of the
Annupurna range of the Himalayas. Starting from Pokhara, a 90 minute drive in a taxi
drops us off at the beginning of the trek and then goes up from there. My guide,
Raj, was absolutely awesome and provided a lot of great information about the area
during our trek over the several days that this trek takes place. The second day of
the climb takes us to the small town of Ghorepani, and then an early climb the next
morning to Poon Hill.
I went on this trip in the 2nd year of the virus. According to my guide, the number
of travelers was still way down from pre-pandemic years. So, in one way, it is a
great time to travel since you will have most of the trails to yourself. The tea
houses are also pretty empty. The negative side to this is that there are limited
menu items and several places didn't have WiFi.
There are a few recommendations I would make about this trip. The first is the ride
from Kathmandu to Pokhara. I took the bus and regretted it about halfway there.
While the distance is only 200 km, it took about 8 hours on the bus. If I were to do
this again, I would have opted for a 30 minute flight. It costs more, but is so
Second, make sure you bring toilet paper with you on the trek. The tea houses I
stayed in during my trek didn't have any. So, bringing a roll of your own is a huge
help. And speaking of bathrooms, most of the toilets along the route are not the
western style sit-down toilets. Rather they are the hole in the grounds. So, make
sure to use the bathroom before leaving the tea house since the next western-style
toilet isn't until the next guest house, which could be a half day hike away.
Finally, if you have time after the trek, spend an extra day in Pokhara. It is much
more interesting than Kathmandu.
Otherwise, the trek was wonderful and the folks at Himalayan Recreation did a great
job in staying in touch, picking me up at the airport when I arrived in Nepal, and
provided excellent service all the way through.
This trip was the first we took with those guys. It was very nice, guide was
interesting and gave us a lot information about Bhaktapur and Nepal itself.
After they arranged few more trips for us. First was Chitwan national park and jeep
safari. After Pokhara and paragliding. And then return to Kathmandu. It was very
helpful to have someone local there who can arrange flights, pick ups, all the
activities and return wherever needed.
We didn't have more time, but all the time we had, they managed to organize for us,
without stressing or worrying.
I truly recommend them, because they are very responsible and helpful for any
situation. I firstly met them in Kathmandu for our first trip and they helped us
with all the others.