Experience with DWT & Annapurna Base Camp (ABC)
Rather than spend this review talking about the content of my trek (although please feel free to direct message me any questions about ABC as I am happy to help), I would instead like to talk about my experience working with Paul and DWT.
One thing that repeatedly stood out to me has been a very clear mission of making the experience as easy and customer friendly as possible. This held true from booking through their website, to the actual logistics of the trek. Some personal examples of this include:
- Arrive at the airport in Kathmandu, I walk outside and right there is a member of the DWT team with my name on a piece of paper. We get into a waiting vehicle and I'm at my hotel in no time. No having to negotiate or deal with a taxi.
- Prior to the trek starting, I met with Paul to talk through the schedule (which was very helpful). But before that, someone from Paul's team met me at the hotel to walk over to their office - easy.
- Permits and licenses to trek through the Annapura sanctuary - all handled by DWT
- Transportation to get to and from Kathmandu for the trek - all handled by DWT
- Booking where we would be staying each night - all handled by DWT
For someone who is a busy professional with extremely limited free time, this level of service is incredibly appreciated.
Additionally, when I met with Paul he gave me a heads up on what to eat and what to avoid on the trek, guidance on tipping, and DWT also loaned me a down jacket to wear in the event it got really cold (didn't end up needing it, but it's better to have and not need than need and not have).
As for the guide and porter on my trek, Dol and Amrit were both outstanding. If Dol made a recommendation about something on the trek, it worked out. I understand this isn't going to be the case with everyone, but Dol certainly earned my trust. Additionally, Dol's pace was as constant and steady as the sun rising in the East and setting in the West. Superb.
I feel no reservations in giving this five-star review. Paul and DWT truly are the best in the world.
Excellent Poon hill trekking
Our initial plan is to go tengbouche for panoramic trek due to bad weather there is no flight to lukla. Many thanks to discovery world trekking for quick arrangement by Paul. We switch to Poon hill panoramic trek. The trekking guide Mr Siddhanta and also Hari (Potter & going to be guide) lead to wonderful Poon hill with a great view of annapurna range mountain. The best part of both the guide and Porter is that they really understand your trekking pace and physical condition and making necessary stop and push, hence making our trekking a very pleasant and memorable one. We definitely will come back in future for everest panorama trek with discovery world trekking again.
experienced and competent guide and porter (ghorepani poon hill trek)
weather has been rough since day one of hike. it has been drizzling and raining thus we faced fierce river flow, slippery roads, leeches attack, landslide. thank to the expertise of guide Siddanta and porter Hari, our 5-day trek went smooth. and it was an adventurous and exciting one. appreciate how our guide actually carry fruits and energy bar into the mountain for us, very grateful. and i guess we brought sunshine to Poon Hill as it was Sunny and the Peaks showed up on the day we hiked,lucky. :)
Annapurna Circuit with Lake Tilicho
This was an amazing trek, right from when I booked it Paul Gurung the CEO, who fasilitated the booing of this trek. The trek was amazing with my Guide Kerean Gurung and Porter Suresh Gurung. As with all high altitude trekking there are risks, and I could go no further than Thorung High Camp (4925m). Thanks to the professionalism and knowledge of both Kerean Gurung and Suresh Gurung I reached the Manang and was sen by a Dr and then on to Kathmandu. I would like to say a huge thank you to Paul, Kerean, and Suresh for all your help and support both. Encore and after Thorung High Camp. I will defentley use you again
7 Days ABC Trek
We had the best trekking experience. Thank you so much Paul for helping to arrange all the details and answering all the questions. You made it easy to enjoy our trip without the worries. We had the best guide and porter. Thank you Soroz and Man Sing you had great knowledge of the area and help answer all the questions about the itenerary for the day. Thanks for teaching me a my daughter the wonderful Nepal Language. Would highly recommend Discovery Treking and would Book a trip with them again
Amazing trip with Discovery!
100%! My boyfriend and I did the 9-day Annapurna Sanctuary Trek and had a blast thanks to Discovery! Paul, the founder, is very professional and responsive. He answered all of my questions before the trip and made me feel very taken care of. He also set us up with an AMAZING guide, Simbir, and a fantastic porter, Umess. They were a perfect duo for taking us through the mountains - they were knowledge, friendly, and always positive (even during the tough parts of the trek!). We saw many guides along the way, and I truly think we lucked out with Simbir. He is so nice, his English was great, he knew everything about the mountains and terrain, and he was thoughtful and checked in with us throughout the trek to make sure we were doing ok.
I can’t recommend Discovery enough - go through them for all of your trekking adventures!!
Annapurna Base Camp Trek
We had the best trekking experience. Thank you so much Paul for helping to arrange all the details and answering all the questions. You made it easy to enjoy our trip without the worries. We had the best guide and porter. Thank you Soroz and Man Sing you had great knowledge of the area and help answer all the questions about the itenerary for the day. Thanks for teaching me a my daughter the wonderful Nepal Language. Would highly recommend Discovery Treking and would Book a trip with them again.
Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Trek
The entire trip was very well facilitated from the start to end by discovery world trekking. We had many changes in our route planning at the start and Paul was very helpful with helping us throughout. We were very well taken care of during the course of the entire trip, sufficient food, best accommodations possible and well planned routes. The guide and porter we were trekking with were both very enthusiastic and helpful, which made the trip extremely enjoyable! Would highly recommend anyone considering a trek in Nepal to go with Discovery World Trekking!
I had a really great experience with DWT! Paul was very responsive to all my emails before the trek and also went through the whole itinerary once I got there. My luggage got lost on the way to Nepal, so Paul was very helpful in helping to track it while I was on the trek and even waited at the airport to pick it up when it arrived! The staff also were very helpful and flexible with pushing back the itinerary when my flight was delayed. A very professional company and would really recommend them/use them in the future.
EBC via Gokyo
I hiked EBC with Discovery World Trekking mid June for the 15 day trek via Gokyo and the Cho La Pass with my guide Karan and porter Rohit.
I contacted Paul, the owner via email when I arrived in Kathmandu enquiring about solo travellers. He replied swiftly and told me the exact location of his office so I could discuss it further face to face. As this was my first trek of this size we agreed on a porter and guide. Paul talked me through the itinerary and answered any questions I had with passion and enthusiasm. You could tell he loves his job, and that is what you are after when choosing someone to organise this kind of thing!
Karan, my guide, picked me up directly outside where I was staying and we got a taxi to the airport togehter. This made the early morning start alot easier and put me at ease straight away.
Throughout the whole trek Karan was the perfect guide. He was attentive, kind and funny; always making sure I had everything I needed food and waterwise. He checked my oxygen levels for early signs of acclimatisation sickness and played a lot of card games with me to keep me company.
Rohit my porter was also great. Making sure my bag was in my room when we arrived for the night and also joining in on countless card games.
Right at the very top I got abit of acclimatisation sickness. Karan was very quick to help offering water, garlic soup and medicene. Paul also called me to make sure I was ok and talk me through my options if I needed them. Luckily for me, the only way was down from here so by the end of the day I felt a lot better. However this may not be the case for everyone so it's good to know how quick and responsive the team is when you need it.
When I did finally make it to Base Camp it felt a massive relief and achievement. Karan gave me a little medal as a gift. This was a nice personal touch from the company and I really appreciated it.
Unfortunately for me, due to the time of year (now late June) the weather at Lukla was not ideal and flights out at this point we're very irregular and scarce (factor this in moneywise if you come a similar time). I ended up being there for 3 extra days waiting it out. During this time I had calls from Paul checking up on me and making sure everything was ok. Eventually I decided to get a helicopter back to Kathmandu as we didn't know how long i'd be waiting in Lukla. Karan was great at arranging this for me, organising everything and finding other passengers to make sure I got the best deal I could.
Thanks again to Paul, Karan and Rohit for making this achievement a great achievement. The level of care this company has is what you are after when choosing someone to organise this trek for you, and I would highly recommend them to anyone!!
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