We were a bit nervous about our trip to Nepal (with three young children) and had booked our flights on a bit of a whim. Google led us to iTour and Rabindra and a quick check on trip adviser made us want to contact him.
Rabi immediately put us completely at ease. Hedesigned our whole trip for us - recommending hotels, places to visist, places to stay, even places to eat. He was very conscious that we were traveling with children. We didn't want to trek but we did want to see some of the country. The thought and effort he put into designing the trip for us meant that we had the best holiday we have ever had. We visited places that were interesting to the children as well as the adults.
The drivers and cars were great - always on time, clean and tidy.
The guides were really superb. Ram and Probin who we started the holiday with took great care to ensure everything was fine and were great at explaining what was what. Rabindra was our guide in Kathmandu and his knowledge of the city was very evident. Siva who met us from the airport was great too.
Really, these guys are great at what they do. We would highly recommend them and we'll be using them again in a couple of years when we come back for our soft adventure trip.
I did a trek to the Langtang region around mid-February 2016. I went with a porter I had gone on a previous trek with in the Annapurnas (Mardi Himal) back in December 2015. Our intended route was: Lama Hotel- Langtang- Kyanjin Gompa (to meet a couple of friends who had started earlier), then return down. We realised that we were one of the first people to resume trekking in this region following the April 2015 earthquake, which had left Langtang badly damaged. As a result, there was not much information about the condition of the region.
Indeed, the couple of days leading up to the ascent to Kyanjin Gompa, we did not see any trekkers on the route, and on the way down I can count on my hand the number of people I saw. All we had to go on were the words of locals (and I am eternally grateful for my porter who did all the communicating!), whenever we were lucky enough to see them. We learned whilst already on the mountain that most of the guesthouses during this time were closed, either because it was low season or damaged by the earthquake. The only guesthouses open during this time were in Dunche, Sherpagaon, Mundu and Kyanjin Gompa.
Despite the natural beauty of Langtang, earthquake damage was apparent particularly after passing Lama Hotel (and heading toward Langtang village, which remains deserted). Up to that point, we did find ourselves trekking through 'ghost towns' and rocky terrain where landslides had occurred. I could not help but feel sadness thinking about what had happened in the beautiful valley. Once we started the ascent to Kyanjin Gompa, the landscape is absolutely breathtaking. For those considering trekking to Langtang, it is safe to trek and the it is a great opportunity to give back to the local Langtang community. It was certainly an incredible few days. However, I recommend getting information whilst on ground on the current conditions, and of course exercising necessary caution, particularly when making a pass where landslides had occurred.
I was a lone female traveller visiting Nepal in August. Having looked at a variety of
different tour companies, I was very impressed by the website of www.itournepal.com, as
well as their promotion of sustainable tourism through agricultural projects and homestays.
Rabi, my contact at the company, replied to all my enquiries swiftly and in great detail -
which was very much appreciated.
I decided to book a week’s stay in the Kathmandu homestay offered by the company, from which I would base myself for the beginning of my trip. I also booked a 10 day trek to
Annapurna Base Camp via Poon Hill. The homestay was a truly fantastic experience. Rabi, Kopila, Karuna and family were
incredibly welcoming, my room was beautiful, and the local bustle of Nayabazar provided a
wonderful alternative to touristy Thamel. I would recommend staying here 100%. My trek was also above and beyond what I could have expected. I had a lovely guide who spoke very good English and provided interesting, engaging company for the duration of
the trek. He was conscientious, kind, and looked after me very well indeed. Again, I was
highly impressed in the service offered by both my guide himself and I Tour Nepal.
All in all I can say that this is a tour company with a big heart, and a brain to match. The
tour operators genuinely want you to enjoy your trip as much as possible, and at the
same time they have a very forward-thinking approach to tourism in Nepal - promoting
agritourism and local-living.
They made my trip to Nepal a truly unforgettable experience, for which I will always be grateful.