Reviews on Annapurna base camp trekkking in Nepal
I have nothing but great things to say about Mountain Monarch! I recently completed a 15-day trip with them for Annapurna Base Camp / Sanctuary. The trip was absolutely amazing, due in large part to the fantastic guides and porters with Mountain Monarch. Guides:
The guides (we had 1 head guide, and 3 assistant guides [+the four porters] for our 8 person group) were excellent. Good English, great experience and credibility, and very fun to get to know! They managed our group very well (with different levels of fitness), so that there was always a guide nearby. The porters were excellent and friendly, and always arrived at the teahouse before we did.
Equipment: The guides traveled with an extensive medical kit, which surpassed my expectations. They also provide ponchos, sleeping bags, down jackets, etc. I didn’t need any of these and brought my own, but the quality looked pretty decent. You get to keep the duffel bag at the end of trip. Note: the duffel bag is not waterproof. The porters cover it when it rains, but some may leak through, so be sure to “waterproof” (e.g., wrap in plastic / seal in bags) anything important. Teahouses: While all teahouses have relatively simple accommodations, I thought Dawa and our guides did a very good job selecting nicer places. For the busier locations, an assistant guide went ahead to secure rooms (which is really important during high season).
Communication: Before and during the trip, the communication was very good. Pradip answered all of my questions before the trip. The night before our start, we met with our head guide, Dawa, who gave an “orientation” to answer our key questions. Each night on the trail, Dawa gathered us together post-dinner to discuss the next day’s events. I thought the communication far exceeded expectations. Hope this helps anyone thinking about going with Mountain Monarch. I was considering this company vs. many other international companies (often at a much higher price tag), and I can categorically say that I would select Mountain Monarch again for my next trip over any of the other options I considered. Happy travels!
Recently returned from the Annapurna Base Camp/Sanctuary trek with Mountain Monarch. I cannot recommend the company enough. Smooth booking and excellent communication before the trip; reliable meet & greet, transfers and hotels either end of the trek. The trek was led by friendly, competent guides and assisted by good porters. Excellent focus on safety, particularly food hygiene and first aid. I will use MM again. My previous experience trekking in Nepal was with a much larger, international company based in the UK; MM surpassed this experience quite comfortably.
The lead guide and 3 assistance were supportive, professional and had a fantastic sense of humour making the 10 day trek to ABC and back to Nayapul an amazing experience. Pradip and the MM crew insured that airport transfers were seamless, accommodation was sorted and assistance was provided for finding things in and around Kathmandu. Highly recommend! All in all ABC trek exceeded our expectations.