Iyad Alhaj Hammad, Jordan
It was one of the amazing trip to the base camp, the weather was amazing and the trip was not easy as we imagen, but the guide (Phinjo), also the portal and the full team management was helpful, and they tried to make everything easier for us.they had Pulse Oximeter In Your First Aid Kit to keep monitoring our health situation, even if we didn't feel something bad.They gave us some time to reset and pushing us with baby steps word :)at the end we had an amazing view of Mt.Everest, early morning since they wakes us up every day with coffee personally which is not required from them, but they were helpfull more than we expected.At the end, the helicopter cam at the exact hour we were agreed one, and they gave us a space to enjoy the trip with the helicopter and the views.I can't imagine better trip that this one ever.Thanks for Phinjo and Marvel Adventure management team.
Hal Roseman, United States
Young at 70- Trekking Langtang, a Marvel-ous Adventure
What is the first thing to come to mind when you think of Nepal? Trekking and Sherpas. When I decided to take a sabbatical from my work, at age 70, I decided to come to Nepal per recommendations of my Nepali students. I investigated many trekking companies and, after interviewing several operators, I decided upon Marvel Adventures, after speaking at length by phone and exchanging numerous emails to Nir Kirki, its owner, extending over several months (after an unexpected, but wonderful, diversion in India). A guide for many years, Nir Kirki is an experienced and knowledgeable tour operator. He listened intensely, responded quickly to my communications, and met me personally when I finally arrived in Kathmandu. I explained to him my level of physical conditioning and expectations. Based upon my available time and the late May period close to monsoon season, he suggested the Langtang National Park since it was about 19 miles north of Kathmandu. It proved to be the perfect fit. He then assigned an experienced guide, Phinjo Sherpa from the Sherpa clan of the Everest area (parents still reside there). Although in his early 30s, he had already summited Everest twice and serviced Camp Base One. (Later, I found out later that Phinjo is assisting a school in his community to educate children, who have no other formal education options.) He is known as a “super guide” with special medical training in high altitude sickness and other medical conditions associated with trekking. He was extremely gifted in preparing me to reach eventually the 4450 meter elevation during the trek. “Slow but steady” was his motto, facilitating my altitude acclimatization to complete the trek without any mishaps. My porter, Jiwan Bisnet, was able, friendly, and accommodating, carrying safely my heavy belongings, including sensitive electronics and photographic equipment. The actual daily itinerary was expertly decided by my guide, who attempted to make my trip as comfortable as possible. After a while, he anticipated my food preferences and even helped cooked them. The tea houses chosen by Phinjo were adequate and provided sufficient food and supplies, except one without electricity. I came to take pictures and was not disappointed. The three of us bonded. After the trek, Nir met with me to ensure that the trek met with my satisfaction, which it exceeded. I felt the spirit of the mountain, the Tibetan Buddhist influences and and the people who lived there- Tamang, Sherpa, and the Gurung. I was regretful that the trek came to an end.Let me offer more details. Initially, being skeptical about the offering, I negotiated with Nir Kirka to pay for all of the transportation, housing, food, and licensing costs individually, and to pay him a service fee for guide, porter, and permit services. My first questioning occurred when Nir offered private taxi travel to the trail head Syabrubesi (1,440m/ 4,750ft), about $100-120 USD, instead of the bus. I was wrong. The road is disrupted by large potholes and uneven surfaces, which in speaking to other travelers, resulted in an uncomfortable passage for 7-9 hours. The car service costing about $100 USD, which was operated by his relative, was less expensive than other companies. (Keep in mind, the customer is obligated to pay for all services of the team of the guide and porter.) Although I questioned initially the decision, it was the right decision. The opportunity to stop wherever for food and take photographs, a necessary respite from the constant rocking and jostling of the ride. Once the trek began, everything that Nir described about the trek, I found accurate. Most of all, I felt safe. My trusted guide Phinjo Sherpa was patient and even imposed a slowness of my movements; although my pride aside, I followed his lead, a dawdling pace, which proved to be essential to prevent high altitude illness and able to reach the 4450 meters destination. During the eight-day trek, my body, despite my age, became conditioned to the rigors of the trek. I was mystified by the beauty of the landscape and the people. The Tea Houses, some I have forgotten but include Travelers Guest House in LangTang Village, Bamboo (near Pairo), Rimche, Riverside) were ample with basic accommodations (outdoor toilets, luke-warm showers, spotty internet services). I chose private quarters, which allowed me to recharge my electronic (except for one stop without adequate electricity power) and bodily batteries. As an experience, I could not have wanted more- the wide variety of climatic zones, from subtropical to alpine; varied flora and landscape, from rhododendron (the national flower), to pine forests, to bamboo forests alongside thundering waterfalls and stunning snow-capped mountains; interesting fauna, including musk deer and bovines (Yaks and Naks, water buffalo, cows, and various cross-breeds); and most of all, the authentic culture and heartwarming hospitality of its inhabitants, marked by strong Tibetan Buddhist influences with mani-walls and stupas dotting the landscape. I appreciate the ample knowledge of Nir Kirki- it was truly a “Marvel-ous Adventure”! Although I was suspicious at first (there are 200 trekking companies), Nir Kirki earned my trust. He is an honest man, who listened and responded to my requests and needs, offering recommendations based upon extensive experience as a guide, and extended himself to ensure that I had a wonderful experience. It proved to be more- transformative!
Evan B, Australia
In safe hands
Nir (who runs Marvel Adventures) led an outstanding trek to Everest Base camp, Chola Pass and Gokyo Lake and peak that I went on. He's professional, highly safety-conscious, organised, and fun - can't recommend him highly enough. A trip with Nir is a trip in safe hands!
Evan B, Australia
In Nir's safe hands
Nir guided 5 of us on an unforgettable trip to Everest Base Camp, Chola Pass and Gokyo Lakes Region. He was outstanding - super professional, highly safety conscious, great fun to be around, very knowledgeable and full of very insightful advice. A trip with Nir is a trip in safe hands! 5 stars.
Alan R, Nepal
Nir was our guide for the Annapurnna Circuit, which we completed this December (2018). We had a fantastic time and would really recommend this trek.Nir was a very informative guide, nothing was too much trouble and he and the team really went out of their way to look after us. Especially making sure we ate well and looking after our health. He made sure the kitchen each night prepared fresh food and no-one had any stomach trouble (something which can't be said for many of the other hikers we met). We felt in good shape for the big day hiking over the pass and we were confident of making it over with Nir as the guide. Kumar was a great co-guide, very cheerful and Anup, Mr Lok and Prem were really great porters. So helpful and always with big smiles despite trekking while carrying so much stuff.Thank you so much!
Johan B, Belgium
EBC-Trek in monsoon
I have just completed the Everest Basecamp with Marvel Adventure and Nir and it was nothing but awesome! I’ve enjoyed every minute of the trek and could advise anyone to do it, even in Monsoon! Up near the camp we have had beautiful scenery of the Himalayan peaks and there were almost no tourists on the way to the top during this season! Nir is very knowledgable and experienced, he pays attention and gives advice on what to eat and what not, when and where to rest and acclimatize - he even made sure we could watch most of the worldcup games!Thank you Nir for a very good trip and the (marvel) adventure of a lifetime!
The best adventure to Gokyo Ri!
What an amazing experience we had!! I can’t recommend Marvel Adventures enough if you are thinking about doing a trek through Nepal! We felt so lucky to have had Nir as our guide to Gokyo Ri, not only does he have a wealth of Information he was one of the funnest guides to have! He truly made our experience so memorable and we honestly can’t wait to come back and trek again. If you are thinking of doing EBC I would highly recommend to do Gokyo Ri instead as the views are by far the best in Nepal! Nir worked so well with us and I’m glad to have met him as we now have a friend for life! Thank you for our adventure and for a wonderful experience!
Littledoo1984, United Kingdom
Everest base camp + Chola pass extension, Amazing!!
What can i say, absolutely fantastic experience from start to finish! myself and my partner decided to trek base camp and the chola pass, what an amazing time we had. Our guide Nir was a wealth of knowledge throughout the trip. Always prepared to go above and beyond to accommodate anything we needed during the trek. A high level of professionalism and knowledge was constantly provided, even when i felt ill due to the altitude i was taken care of. I could not have asked for a better guide, the tea houses were excellent and i felt that Nir became a friend that i felt i had known for years! the trek itself was amazing, stunning scenery and memories i will treasure for a lifetime! these guys are professionals at what they do and i would not have wanted to travel with anybody else. thanks again.