What Others Say About Us
Who to go with? According to regulations you cannot go [to Kailash] alone and shouldn’t anyway. Nowadays, every major and many of the minor travel agencies offer to get you to Kailash. But whom to choose? I talked to all travel agents in Kathmandu and picked the Karnali Excursions, a Sherpa co-operative. They have knowledgeable guides on both sides of the Nepal/Tibetan border and arranged the right trek, with the right Sherpas, on the right route, at the right time of the year. We reached the mountain in safety, they treated us very well, even pampered us along the way, and it was the trip of my life.
To appease stalwart Western pilgrims searching for the Old Tibet, a handful of companies in Nepal, such as Karnali Excursions (www.trekkinginnepal.com), are taking advantage of relaxed border regulations and offering tours to the far west of the region, which few outsiders have ever visited. It’s the wild west of Tibet where distances are vast, Chinese influence is minimal and visitors can see traditional Tibetan culture intact.
Karnali Excursions has been taking pilgrims and tourists to Mt. Kailash and Lake Manasarovar for over 10 years and is the leading agency for this particular tour. The executive director, Mr. Hira Dhamala, is one of the most knowledgeable persons of Mt. Kailash, Lake Manasarovar and the region.
Kailash-the mountain is in the far west of Tibet and the easiest way of visiting it is with an organized tour… The much cheaper alternative [to other major travel agencies] is to make your way to Kathmandu (where almost all treks to Tibet begin) and contact (www.trekkinginnepal.com) the excellent and reliable Karnali Excursions who are specialists in Kailash and Western Tibet.
Dear Hira, Ramesh and Karnali family,
We remember you and what you allowed us to live with great gratitude.
The effects of the Pilgrimage are unfolding moment after moment within us, and obviously who we are in truth is flowering ever more since we had the great privileged and blessing to imbibe the absolute presence of the Mountain and the lakes.
We also wish for all of you life in peace, in beauty and in love.
Thank you very much for arranging a tour for Mt. Kailash and Manasarovar. Mt. Kailash was the last word in our Hindu pilgrimage.. I was much impressed with the arrangements, food and all other facilities provided by you and staff, and is highly appreciated. Along with me were Rotarians, Industrialists, business people and ladies traveled and all were very much comfortable. I congratulate you and your Karnali team for giving us such a lifetime memorable pilgrimage trip.
I love Karnali Excursions! I used their services for four years while living in Nepal and have recommended them to all of my friends and colleagues. They have organized a variety of trips for both groups and individuals and I have yet to hear a negative comment from anyone who has planned a trip with them. Hira and his staff are professional, friendly and resourceful. They are committed to providing a quality service in a country saturated with travel agencies. Their trips are personalized to fit your needs, they are timely with their correspondence which can be done by email, and they can manage all aspects of your travel including hotel reservations, domestic plane tickets, trekking gear and the rest. Karnali Excursions is a responsible agency that will support your trip from beginning to end – even when the going gets tough which is likely to happen in a fluid environment like Nepal!
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