Jon Elson and Tom Woods
We chose Mountain Monarch primarily because they were a local company and plenty of time was allocated to allow for acclimatization. Unlike some other companies MM allowed plenty of time to acclimatize which therefore maximized our chances of a successful trek and climb. The trek and climb were well organized and the equipment provided (4-season sleeping bag, 2 man tent, ice axe, etc.) was more than adequate.
Whilst trekking we stayed in tea houses, which were mostly of a high standard and were clean and comfortable. Food was good and there was plenty of it. We followed our guides advice avoided certain foods and as a result experienced no stomach complaints. During the climb of Chulu West we moved away from the main trekking route and we stayed in tents. We had an excellent cook and assistant who produced a variety of tasty meals. Our climbing Sherpa Sange was a great character with many years experience.
He ensured that our climb went without incident and it was a real pleasure to spend time with him. Dawa, our guide, looked after our daily needs and ensured that our trekking was hassle free. Our MM crews were a great bunch who looked after us well. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in Nepal and wouldn\’t hesitate to recommend Mountain Monarch to others.
Ross and Kenn Mcfarlane
In September 2014 a group of seven Aussie’s went trekking and climbing with Mountain Monarch. The experience we all had was amazing. The trip was well organised and all of us enjoyed the friendship and company of the Mountain Monarch team. They were always helpful and willing to adapt to any changes and had good knowledge and experience of the Annapurna circuit. Two of us split from the original group and climbed Mt Chulu West. Climbing and camping gear was provided.
We had excellent cooks and comfortable base and high camps. The skill of our climbing guides Prakash and Santa gave us a lot of confidence to tackle this peak. This climb was one of the most rewarding challenges that both of us have experienced. Thank you Pradip and your Mountain Monarch team for an amazing trek and climb.
It is not easy finding a reliable agency to go trekking with in Nepal, since there are so many to choose from. I chose Mountain Monarch because it is a Nepali owned company that not only provides an excellent service, but also looks after its staff and their families! In spring 2007 I joined Mountain Monarch on a 23 day trek in the Khumbu including the climb of Island Peak.
It was a wonderful experience and a trek I can highly recommend. I would chose Mountain Monarch again, because I enjoyed trekking in a small group and because I found their guides and porters to be friendly and professional. In that way not only was able to experience to beautiful landscape, but I also made new friends.
Ang Gek Joo
I would like to thank all at Mountain Monarch for the fantastic Island Peak adventure I had. The trek was such great fun and this was in no small part attributable to the friendly, attentive and supremely knowledgeable Mountain Monarch staff.
While I had been informed prior to departure that a medical box and a gammow bag will accompany the group on the entire trek, I was still hugely surprised when i actually saw for myself just how comprehensive the medical provisions were. I am impressed.
I would particularly like to highlight that the trek leaders of Mountain Monarch really knew their stuff, from the conditions on the trek, to the wealth of information and insight into lifestyle and culture, and the appropriate medicine to be administered for any health condition, and so much much more.
Knowing that I was in good hands greatly enhanced my enjoyment of the adventure. Mountain Monarch also proved to be reliable and responsible, and in fact, the staffs were ever ready to go the extra mile to make my trip so unforgettable. Mountain Monarch has won me over in every way. I will be taking all future treks in the region with Mountain Monarch.
In terms of the trek, everything went really well…..Karma is an excellent guide, one of the best I have had on all of my trekking trips so we were very happy with everything and for that thank you. I will certainly recommend you to friends and will be back to Nepal again with your team in the next 2 years
Trek leader and staff were very accommodating + caring especially when I was ill. One highlight was the ice cave at Everest base camp and also the views from the top of Island peak. Every thing went smoothly and I enjoyed every minutes.
Thanks for great trip.
I can not properly express how completely satisfied I was with not only choosing MM. From the first days of constant emailing my questions and your patient responses but also from Day 1 at the airport seeing our guide Prakash ever smiling face to the sad day he took us back. It was the most wonderful experience and I honestly put that down to the team of Sherpas, guides, helpers – everyone at MM who made it a success and a special trip for me.
I travelled last year with another much larger, non Nepalese based company and I really felt the difference this time around both in professionalism and in really getting to know Prakash and his team – and that was one of the major parts of my trip I will treasure for my life. These guys are local people who not only know the area so well but were just happy to share 3 weeks of their lives with us.
Dr. Harold Pine and Allison Martin
Allison and I joined Mountain Monarch for 6 weeks in Nepal. Our Everest Base Camp Trek was OUTSTANDING. I was extremely impressed with our guide English and his knowledge of the area. He really loves Nepal and took the time to show us so many things that the average trekkers over never gets to see. Like most AMERICANS we are concerned about the political unrest and the ongoing Maoist problems.
There are NO Maoist in the Everest region and that area should be considered totally safe for tourists. — We also joined Mountain Monarch for an attempt of Island peak climbing; the Climbing Sherpas were exceptionally professional and treated us to a day of ice climbing. — Overall I was 100% satisfied with Mountain Monarch, they treated us well and I will return again.
I, Mark Squirrell, along with three other friends, employed the services of Mountain Monarch to guide and support our efforts to climb Imja Tse (Island Peak) in the Solo Khumbu District of Nepal. Mountain Monarch provided pre mission advice, catering, accommodation, training and guiding in order to allow our team to reach the summit of the 6189-meter peak. The quality of service provided by the Mountain Monarch staff was extremely high and of a professional standard.
In particular they showed immense care and motivation towards our endeavor to reach the top. Without their help and guidance it is clear that we would not have all made it to the top. I recommend Mountain Monarch to any individual or group that may wish to climb Imja Tse or similar such mountains.
I initially chose Mountain Monarch because they seemed to be more professional than the other agencies. Now that from my Island Peak trek, I can only say that everything was perfectly organized. I had an excellent time, no only thanks to the professionalism of Pradip, his guides and porters, but also thanks to their great friendliness. Next time I go to Nepal, I will know where to go!