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    Marc 5.0United KingdomFebruary 16, 2015logo

    Fantastic Trip

    A fantastic trip, well thought out, and led by a very competent team of employees. I can't recommend Mountain Monarch enough, and I hope to use them again in the future. Thanks to Nima and the rest of the team for getting us on the Mera Peak summit! An excellent company for peak climbing in the Himalayas.

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    Ross And Kenn Mcfarlane 5.0AustraliaFebruary 10, 2015logo

    Excellent cooks and comfortable base and high camps

    In September 2014, a group of seven Aussies went trekking and climbing with Mountain Monarch. The experience we all had was terrific. The trip was well organized 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 a 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 a fantastic trek and climb.

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    LawrenceE Coleman 5.0United KingdomJanuary 15, 2015logo

    Absolutely Amazing

    Have nothing but great things to say about Mountain Monarch! I recently completed a 15-day trip with them to Annapurna Base Camp / Sanctuary. The trip was absolutely amazing, mainly due to the fantastic guides and porters with Mountain Monarch.

Guides:
    The guides (we had one head guide and three assistant guides [+the four porters] for our eight-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 did not 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 the 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 it in plastic/seal it in bags) anything important. 

Teahouses: While all teahouses have relatively simple accommodations, I thought Dawa and our guides did an excellent 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, 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 who is 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 other options I considered. Happy travels!

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    Ken And Group 5.0AustraliaJanuary 03, 2015logo

    Well organised Trip

    In September 2014, a group of seven Aussies went trekking and climbing with Mountain Monarch. The experience we all had was terrific. The trip was well organized, 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 a 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

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    Lynne And Phil 5.0United KingdomDecember 20, 2014logo

    Mountain Monarch experience in Nepal was far superior

    During November, we undertook the above trek with Mountain Monarch. Apart from ourselves, there were our two friends plus a mother and daughter from Japan and man and wife from Sydney. The age range was the late twenties to late sixties, but everyone got on really well and supported one another – I could not have wished for a better group of people.

It was a trek using the Tea Houses' designated camping areas. The tents and equipment were of good quality, and the porters usually had them erected by the time we reached our destination each day.

Throughout the trek and tour, Mountain Monarch delivered everything that had been agreed upon and more. We had an excellent team of porters, cooks, guides, and a support crew led by Subash Rai. The other guides, Anil, Ananta, and BJ, divided themselves among the group, and were lots of fun. Their English and knowledge of the local wildlife, including birds, were very good. The cook and his team produced freshly made food three times a day and even baked three birthday cakes on the trek, complete with icing and decoration. 

There is no question that the Mountain Monarch team went the extra mile throughout our trip, including safe delivery on all transport and airport pick up and drop off.

 After the trek, we parted company with our Japanese and Australian friends and went on to see some more of Nepal with our two friends, which included two nights in Tansen, one night in Bandipur (staying in Homestays) plus more time in Pokhara. This meant considerably more drive time, accomplished with complete safety, considering the Nepalese roads is some achievement.

We would undoubtedly recommend Mountain Monarch to any prospective trekkers to Nepal.
I (Phil) have previously been on a trek in the Karakorum, which was both longer and more arduous but the Mountain Monarch experience in Nepal was far superior. 

I hope to return in the future.      Lynne and Phil

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    Carles J 5.0SpainDecember 16, 2014logo

    Enjoyed the experience

    I just returned from my second trek in Nepal with Mountain Monarch, and I have really enjoyed the experience. My father and I have been trekking for 15 days doing the Annapurna Base Camp, Khopra ridge, and Poon Hill trek on a customized basis with the guides cum porters Bijaya and Jaya. They brought us to the best lodges and always took care to call the tea houses in advance so we could have a private room. In some places where they did not have good cooks, they cooked delicious food for us, as they worked as cooks in India during the monsoon season. I also thank Pradip for being so patient in responding to the numerous emails I sent before my departure and giving me the best advice. I am already thinking about my next trek in Nepal, which will surely be with Mountain Monarch.
    Visited November 2014

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    William 5.0AustraliaDecember 10, 2014logo

    Great EBC Trek

    Highly appreciate Mountain Monarch for organizing a very successful and fun-filled trip to EBC. It was a wonderful and unforgettable experience with our four Sherpa guides and three porters, who accompanied six individual trekkers.

    Mr. Pradip, who is the owner, is a friendly and humble person. Things were well planned and arranged in advance, including our stays in very remote areas. These guys are also well-equipped in case of medical emergencies. Overall experience is excellent, and I recommend MM for trekking in the Himalayas.

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    Dan Quartly 5.0United KingdomDecember 08, 2014logo

    Climbing Island Peak was a great experience

    Thanks, mountain monarch, for a great holiday! Climbing Island Peak was a great experience and something that was made great fun by the hard work of the head guide (Sunil) along with the assistant guides and climbing Sherpa. Always felt safe climbing on a trek to climb. Hassle-free, the company provides all the branded climbing gear. I would recommend anyone to use them and would use them again.

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    Mark Eccles 5.0United KingdomDecember 07, 2014logo

    Enjoyable Trip

    On my first-ever trip to Nepal, I joined Mountain Monarch on three separate tours. On each occasion, the management staff or tour guides of Mountain Monarch gave us very detailed and informative briefs on our upcoming tours. Everything was clear about transport, accommodation, and equipment. There was hence no stress at all as everything was taken care of. It was an entirely enjoyable trip where we could relax, enjoy the scenery, and go out at our own pace. All the staff is very down to Earth, accommodating to our requests, and easy to get along with. They spoke good English and had in-depth knowledge of the country, especially the mountains' names and heights. I'd recommend Mountain Monarch; even though I haven't used any other tour companies in Nepal, I don't think there could be a better option.

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    Simon F 5.0United KingdomDecember 05, 2014logo

    Perfect Arrangement

    This was my first trip with Mountain Monarch and my first trip with a trekking company. Before this, my mountaineering arrangements had been made by myself and my climbing partner.

    So into the unknown. Well, I need not have worried. From the first contact with Pradip to the end of the trip at the airport, I have looked after them. If I go to Nepal again, and hope to, I will definitely use Mountain Monarch. The team going to Mera and onwards to Island Peak was very well organized, with good tents and sound equipment, and lots of tea to drink. The food was good, but after a while, I got a little tired of the same, so next time I will take along lots of energy drinks and energy bars. It's what I'm used to.

    The trip to Mera was beautiful, and as we took an out-of-the-way route, we had plenty of time to acclimatize. I was speechless, however, when I got to the top Of Mera after an early morning call.

    What a stunning view. I went to take some photos only to find that my camera had stopped working. Blast. So if the other team members read this, please get in touch with Pradip if you have some photos you would like to send me. I'm sure he will pass on my e-mail address.

    So if you want to go to Nepal and visit the stunning Himalayas.

    Give Mountain Monarch a call.

    Have a Happy Christmas