- IndiaNovember 14, 2022
Island Peak Climb
I’m so glad I had Mountain Monarch as my first expedition team and Chheten as my guide. The whole team was like a happy family and our lead guide Chheten planned the summit day like a boss. We were at the crampon point right when the sun came out which really helped us a lot with the body getting warmer and the ice wall got a lot easier once we got to see the summit (in my opinion). Mr.Pradip was great with the itinerary and Chheten and Mingma made sure everything else was taken care of.I know for sure I’m meeting all of you again very soon.
- CanadaNovember 13, 2022
Simply the best on many levels!
The company you chose makes a HUGE difference, and I'm so glad I decided on Mountain Monarch for many reasons.1) One to One porter to client ratio: Many people don't realize that numerous guiding companies treat their porters inhumanely by loading them up with unreasonable loads, often over 50kg. As clients, we have a social responsibility and should not allow companies to allow these wonderful people's horrible treatment for a few dollars. Mountain Monarch takes this seriously and treats their staff as well as their clients, and it was VERY noticeable on my trip! Kudos to them!2) Communication Transparency: Pradip (the company owner) always responded quickly and clearly from the first inquiry to the after-trip debriefing. He truly cares about his clients and wants to make the experience positive and memorable. 3) Local: The last time I was in Nepal, I used a Western company and quickly learned that ALL Westerners subcontract the locals to do the work for them anyway. This time, after a lot of research, I chose the best local Nepalese company I could find to put more money into the local economy rather than into Westerners' pockets which would grind down the wages local Nepalis earn. Nepal is a developing country, and I believe every dollar matters. So glad I did this!!4) Quality guides: I can say, without a doubt, that our guides were amongst the best anywhere on the trail or the mountain. The day before my climb, a large group returned from their summit attempt, and I heard them angrily announce to one of their friends at base camp that they were lucky to be alive. Only one set of fixed ropes on the mountain and a big traffic jam created some hazardous situations on the headwall. My guide Nigma and I discussed the situation and my concerns after hearing about the debacle. He quickly told me not to worry because he was bringing more than 80 meters of rope with him and would fix anchors along the way so we could bypass potentially dangerous areas. On summit day, that plan made all the difference in the world and allowed me to sail safely past others jammed up on the lines. I was NEVER concerned for a moment and was thankful I chose the right company. Also, our guides always read their clients well, ensuring we are at the right pace to achieve our objectives. That helped me slow down when I needed to and never pushed me beyond my abilities, not to mention supporting me by taking my trekking poles through tricky sections. Unlike other guides I saw, he was always there for me when I needed him. My wife's guide, Roshan, was also excellent and super supportive. These guys were the best by far, and so grateful to have them there to improve our experience.5) Food & Cook: At base camp, I was fed very well with quality food in a dedicated dining tent that was for me alone. I'm a fussy eater, and it was not a problem for the cook. I had hot drinks of every variety available to me and could eat as much as I wanted. Excellent service with a caring and supportive smile every time! Here are some tips for your trip: 1) Make sure you spend a night at Tengboche. It is a must-stay location.2) Bypass Pangboche if you can. They have a big problem with their out-of-control dog population. They bark, yelp, and howl all night, making it impossible to sleep. I highly recommend Mountain Monarch, and I can't say enough about them. You are in good hands with these guys!
- DenmarkNovember 10, 2022
Thanks to the Mountain Monarch staff for a perfect trip to the summit of Mera. I highly recommend MM, and my next trip to the Himalayas will surely be with Pradip and the team. Every detail was meticulously planned and worked out perfectly. Climbing boots, down jackets, and sleeping bags, all of good quality, were provided as part of the package. This made it possible for us to go on this adventure without the hassle and expense of costly equipment. I appreciate the policy of one porter to one trekker, which provides decent working conditions for the porters and has no extra cost for us compared to other companies. (Normally, companies only have one porter for every two trekkers)Special thanks to Dawa, our Sherpa guide, who not only was an excellent guide providing us with all needed mountaineering guidance but also shared his vast knowledge about local culture, history, and vegetation.
- United StatesOctober 28, 2022
Lower and Upper Dolpo trek and Nar Phu /circuit
I completed my seventh trip to Nepal, all with the experts at Mountain Monarch Adventures, this summer (2022). The Dolpo portion of the trek required tents and cooking staff. Upper Dolpo does not yet have the infrastructure to support staying in lodges past Phoksundo Lake. Despite the difficult logistics and unorthodox itinerary MMA provided a near-flawless experience with competent staff who always had my best interests first and foremost. They were responsive to my needs, flexible when necessary, but always positive and supportive. MMA is simply the best. If you are looking for a basic trek or a complex adventure, they will meet your every expectation. Five stars is not high enough for their rating.
- United StatesJuly 22, 2022
Climbed Mera at the age of 70 with Mountain Monarch
In April 2022, I joined a group with Mountain Monarch going to Mera Peak with four other independent trekkers. The owner Pradip had assembled an excellent crew of guides and porters for our adventure journey above 6000 meters. Everyone went out of their way to ensure the safety of each participant. Everything was well planned from Kathmandu to Kathmandu, with nothing to worry about. All equipment, down jackets, sleeping bags, high altitude boots, and crampons were of excellent quality and included in the price; a hassle-free adventure. Our guide Nima and assistant, Pasan, were proficient in guiding us up to the top and safely back down. I was provided excellent support in helping me make it to the summit at the age of 70 years. In addition, my guide sometimes assisted me in completing the trek and climb. I would definitely recommend MM to anyone planning a trip to Nepal. I know my next tour to Nepal will be with them.
- United KingdomJune 30, 2022
Three Pass Trek - an amazing experience with Mountain Monarch
I trekked the Three Pass route + Everest Base camp with Mountain Monarch in May 2022. The trip was one of the most rewarding and inspiring experiences of my life and couldn't have been better organized and run by the Mountain Monarch team. Despite some challenges along the way (one of our group suffered from altitude sickness), the trip was a safe, well-planned, and enriching experience. Our Sherpa (MingMa) was terrific - knowledgable, inspiring, and always on hand with anything we might need. His knowledge, stories, and openness to share were one of the trip's highlights - we felt like family for the 21 days we trekked together. The Three Pass route is awe-inspiring - amazing, varied scenery, some challenging but achievable climbs, and more impressive views and mountainous landscapes than I could have imagined. Having a local share their knowledge and wisdom of the area was a true highlight and made the trip what it was. Mountain Monarch arranged a seamless, safe, inspiring journey from start to finish, and I can't wait to be back to take on the next challenge.
- United StatesJune 12, 2022
wonderful EBC trek with Heli ride out
I traveled in a group of 7 total, with ages ranging from 38 to 56. We all completed the trek to Everest Base Camp and returned hike to Pheriche, where we took a helicopter back to Kathmandu. The entire trip was stress-free, thanks to our excellent guides and porters. All our accommodations and meals on the trek were included, and arrangements to visit cultural sites along the way, such as a Buddhist monastery in Tengboche and the Sherpa Culture Museum near Namche Bazaar. I would 100% recommend Mountain Monarchs for this trek, and they will be the first place I look to if we decide to return to do another trek in this region.
- CanadaJune 07, 2022
Life changing experience!
This trip was a life-changing experience. Mountain Monarch was perfect, from the pickup at the airport to the drop-off at the journey's end. The owner Pradip was an excellent host at every level, from grating at my arrival to answering all my questions before, during, and after the trip. The guides and the porters during the trek were also excellent; I felt secure during all technical parts of the climbing. Ngimaand his brother was great guide and taught us a lot about Sherpa's culture since there are both from the region. I did Mera, Amphu Lapcha Pass, and Island Peak during this trek. The route for those peaks was a healthy design by Mountain Monarch, so much so that we didn't feel any altitude sickness. I highly recommend this local company for any trek in Nepal. Thank you again for this fantastic experience. Leo.
- United StatesJune 05, 2022
EBC Trek and Island Peak - April and May 2022
Wow, where to start? We had such a fantastic adventure, and Mountain Monarch made it all happen. We trekked to Everest Base Camp and paired with Island Peak. I climbed Island Peak while my wife stayed at the Island Peak base camp. Mountain Monarch was a great company, and we felt completely taken care of the whole way. As promised, they patiently waited at the airport when we arrived in Kathmandu and took us straight to the hotel, which was great and comfortable! We had a half-day tour of Kathmandu, and our tour guide Ram was amazing and super knowledgeable. Our flight to Lukla to start the trip was smooth, and they helped make everything easy. Along the trek, all of the accommodations were set up for us, and we didn't have to do a thing! The accommodations along the way were great. Our guide Netra provided so much peace of mind in keeping us healthy along the way and watching out for our health and wellbeing (like carrying oxygen the whole way)...such a wealth of knowledge around everything from first aid, knowledge of the region, etc, we felt lucky to have him. The assistant guides were also fantastic; we loved Santosh and LB, as they took great care of us. Our Porters were also fantastic, friendly, and timely. They always were one step ahead and getting our gear to the next stop. At Island Peak, the camping setup was plush, and the food was excellent. The climb was super cool, and my climbing guide was right there alongside me the whole time.
All in all, it was a fantastic experience, and Mountain Monarch delivered everything it said. We felt so good about everything, especially compared to other trekking companies that didn't seem as put together. I would absolutely recommend Mountain Monarch to anybody, and I would absolutely use them again for future trips to Nepal!!! 5 stars all around!