- An excellent varied tour that had so many highlights: whitewater rafting, early morning sunrise over the Himalayas, Manakamana temple and cable car, Bhaktapur...Kiran was brilliant: he was knowledgeable, took control of the group as and when required, is clearly experienced in leading both cultural and trekking tours (my partner having previously travelled with Kiran in the Annapurnas) and was a constant source of information. The way he shared his personal experiences with us gave us a greater insight into Nepal as well. I also observed that he encouraged those who felt less able to participate in some of the physical activities to join in as much as possible, helped out those who felt unwell and was a friend to those travelling alone. He was also respectful of the local people and how they leave; it must be a tough job to be the go-between between East and West and strike the right balance, but Kiran was able to joke with the locals as well as us. Of particular note was the way he communicated with a deaf and dumb lady in Gorkha by spontaneously signing with her; her laughter suggested he was flirting outrageously with her! He also didn't get too agitated when some of us walked on ahead when the pace was a little slow, and he strongly encouraged us to go whitewater rafting (presumably to make up the numbers on the raft) although we were uncertain, and we both thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published on: 12 March 2016