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Testimonials 2005

Comments by: Ms. Ria and Katrien (Annapurna Base camp trek, Nov. 2005)

-- Original Message -----
From: Katrien Provoost
To: Earthbound Expeditions
Sent: Wednesday, November 30, 2005 12:50 AM
Subject: Thanks.
Dear Rajan,
Namaste,
With this e-mail we would like to thank you for the good organization of our trek to the Annapurna Base Camp from 4th - 16th November 2005. We enjoyed it ever so much; you provided us with a reliable and good guide( Narendra and a nice porter, Arjun), who looked after us from the beginning to the end. It was completely hassle free, we never had to worry about anything, just enjoy the walking, the nature and the view of the mountains. Even the weather was clear! (how did you do that?). We are definitely thinking of coming back to Nepal in the future, and perhaps bring some friends along. Meanwhile, we wish you all the best, and hope to meet again.
Ria and Katrien, Brugge, Belgium , e-mail: katrien.provoost@versateladsl.be


Comments by: Mr. Bart and his girlfriend (Annapurna round trek, Chitwan & Bhote koshi rating Sept / Oct 2005)

Dear Rajan,
What should I say…it was very hard to get back to work again after the lovely time we had in Nepal. Everything was just perfect! trek, raft, safari all went fine. We had a really wonderful trip! We both enjoyed it very, very much and Bishnu and Hari (our guide and porter) where great. Trip was very well organized thanks again for that. I will send you a proper letter of recommendation soon. Actually a colleague of mine wants to visit Nepal (probably only in a years time, but anyway) and she’s very interested in Earthbound. So I’ll give her your e-mail and web address and who knows.
We will stay in touch! Kindest regards, Bart Thiel, from Holland : bthiel@dds.nl


Comments by: Mr. Allan Kipp (Langtang valley / Gosainkunda / Helambu trek Oct 27 - Nov 9, 2005)

Dear Rajan, Namaste!
Thank you for your excellent, efficient and courteous service in my recent trek to Langtang / Gosinkunda / Helambu in October / November 2005. It was a one-person trek with one guide / porter Kabi. He was very knowledgeable and is to be commanded. In the planning stages by e-mail, you stressed the need of possible flexibility to take into consideration local circumentences weather, illness, etc. This certainly worked well for me and made my experience that much more enjoyable. If any of your prospective client would like to contact me by e-mail regarding a recommendation for your trekking company I would happy to respond. Thank you again !

Allin Kipp , RRI, west Arichat, Nava Scote, Canada, e - mail: allankipp@yahoo.com


Comments by : Leonardo from Brazil did 6 days trips Kathmandu - Chitwan NP and Everest mountain flight

Dear Rajan, Hey my friend got back to Brazil yesterday. Thanks a lot for everything, I really enjoyed my stay in Nepal, and I will definitely make all effort to go back soon and visit one of the inhospitable and remote places of your amazing country. My boss really wanna go too, and will find more nice people to join. Maybe going to Dolpa, what do you think? Yesterday I watched the film Himalaya, it is a spectacular film! And yes, you can pass on my email to your potential customers from the Americas . All the best,
Leo,: leonardofleck@yahoo.com.br , 8th November, 2005


Comments by: Beth and George ( Kathmandu, Chitwan, Nagarkot and Pokhara tour , Nov 2005)

-- Original Message -----
From: "Beth Slavin" <bslavinphoto@yahoo.com>
To: "Earthbound"
Sent: Tuesday, November 29, 2005 10:37 PM
Subject: Re: Thank you! from USA
Dear Rajan
Namaste and greetings from the USA!
We are terribly sad to be home and our minds and hearts are still in Nepal. We had a wonderful time and cannot thank you enough for all your helpful planning to make our trip so great! I think we are both dreaming of our last dinner with you and I have come to discover only one Nepalese restaurant in all of New York City but we are excited to try! We don't imagine that it will be nearly as nice (nor as festive) as the Nepali Chulo but all the same, we're glad there is one!
Have not gone through the pictures yet, but when we do, we will be sure to send you a few! Will send a message to Dibash ( our guide) as well, but please let him know we are awaiting instructions for preparing the tea we bought! :)
Please keep in touch as well look forward to continuing our talk with you!
Cheers and all the best,
Beth and George, New York, USA


Comments by : Dezso and Angie, from USA about India - Nepal – Tibet Tour – 19 days ( August - Sept., 2005)

Dear Rajan ,
This 3-country tour ( India, Nepal, Tibet) from 19th Aug. to 6th of Sept. 2005 was an exceptional experience for us.
We appreciated the hard work you put in getting us our travel permit to Tibet (while group travel was not possible at time of our travel). Our Tibet trip was not what we originally expected, but the experience let us with a lasting experience, that we could only have achieved visiting Tibet at their 40th Anniversary of the Chinese achievement ceremony.
Without you and with out your connections this trip would not have been possible, we will never forget it! Thank you !
Dezso and Angie, from USA (angieanunez@yahoo.com) , Sept 6, 2005
India- Nepal -Tibet trip from Aug 19 – Sept 6, 2005, book via website


Comments by: Shanti Megha x 4 pax from Japan [ Kathmandu - Kailash-Lhasa Trip May - June 2005]

---- Original Message-------------
From: Shanti Megha
To: earthbound
Sent: Monday, July 25, 2005 3:56 PM
Subject: Namaste from Japan

Dear Rajan and other staffs in Earthbound Expedition
Namaste!
This is Megha. I came back to my home on 11th safely. After that, I visited my parents' home and I stayed in their house more than one week. I could not send e-mail till now, because my parents do not have a computer in their house. The journey to Mt. Kailash and Lhasa tour was so great. And I had many interesting encounters while my staying in Nepal. My travel this time was fruitful. On the day I left Nepal, the car came to pick me up at my hotel just on time. Thank you very much for everything you took care of me. My flight to Japan was good. In Japan, the rainy season finished a few days after my coming back to Japan, and it is so hot every day now. The highest temperature of the day is about 34 - 36 in my city. How is it in Kathmandu now? Does the rainy season in Kathmandu continue till August? Please be careful of your health. I really hope to see you again. Namaste!
Sincerely : Shanti Megha from Japan


Comments by: Alexandra x 13 pax from Switzerland - A travel company [ Kathmandu - Lhasa Trip May 2005]

----- Original Message -----
From: alexandra schmid
To: earthbound
Sent: Thursday, June 23, 2005 5:30 PM
Subject: Thank you!

Dear Rajan
Thank you for you mail. Am terribly late with answering. My life is running faster than I can at the moment. As you know I have started the new radio job, next to my normal job. It is good fun, but a lot of work. I want to thank you again for your good organization and the work you have done for our Nepal and Tibet tour group. The entire 13 group members were very satisfied and went home with good memories. We were very lucky with a guide like Surendra. You and all involved people did a very good job. Thank you !

Sunny greetings from Switzerland : Alexandra


Comments from Andrew & Janet Steer - from England

---- Original Message -----
From: Andrew & Janet Steer
To: Earthbound Expeditions
Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2005 2:30 PM
Subject: RE: Namaste! Thanks
Hi Rajan
Just got back to work this morning, and I am in mourning! So many wonderful memories make work a really depressing place to be! I wish I was back in the Mountains of Nepal.
For future contact please use: 'steer_andrew@hotmail.com' as I will be leaving the company in the next 3 months or so. Thank you for all the smooth arrangements in the trip of Nepal from Dec. 23rd to Jan. 7th 2005.

All the best ! Andrew & Janet Steer - from England


Comments by: Andrea Ruggerone from Italy ( Kathmandu - Mustang Tiji Festival trek April - May 2005)

----- Original Message -----
From: "Andrea Ruggerone" <ruggeronea@yahoo.it>
To: "earthbound"
Sent: Friday, June 17, 2005 4:01 PM
Subject: A wonderful tour / trek in Nepal, thanks to Rajan!

Tiji Festival mustang TrekkingDear readers, I am Andrea, the tour leader of an Italian / Swiss group of 8 people who had a great luck this year, enjoying a 15 days Mustang trek and Ti Ji ( Tenchi) from April 28-May 13th , 2005 with Earthbound Expeditions, and sharing this great experience with Mr. Rajan Simkhada, who was our leader on that trip. Plus, we spent some more days in Kathmandu, before and after the trek, visiting the most important places in the valley, always with his helpful presence. Well, since when I began organizing the trip, I had a very good impression of Rajan and the agency, as I asked so many questions to him, about itinerary, organization, schedules, everything. That is usually exhausting for many people, not for him who was very efficient in fast answers, always helpful and so precise that just before the beginning I had quite a good idea of how the journey could be. But it wasn't exactly as I thought because, despite of my high expectations, the journey went far over those expectations: this is not only my opinion, it's the opinion of everybody in the group: the perfect tour. Just in making the itinerary he showed me his experience, as I could realize later. In fact nobody in the group suffered for altitude sickness or for tiredness, and I am pretty sure (I have quite a good experience in high altitude trips) that it wasn't just "good luck", because the different stages were studied very well, to give to all of us the time for getting acclimatized, and improve our shape day by day. Rajan came with us as a guide, this was an impression plus, and he deserves a special thank for that, because he dedicated to us part of the precious time of his busy schedule; plus, with his presence and the one of the second guide , we had great traveling companions and we shared many special moments together. We could dedicate time enjoying the visit of the so many interesting gompas that Mustang offers, full of history and culture, and Rajan was so great in being a guide and translator; well, he has a good experience of the area, and this helped very much in having an incredible time, enjoying what better Mustang can offer, out of the beaten tracks too.

The time spent in Lo Manthang for the Ti Ji Festival (held there every year in May) was really amazing, showing us how beautiful and interesting could be a Buddhist festival; moreover, we had the opportunity to meet the King of Mustang, always thanks to Rajan.

The cook (Mr. Mingmar) and his staff were simply wonderful: in such difficult "conditions", with such that shortage of time to cook (considering the fact that they were on trekking too, with the tiredness that this involves): every day we had different hot meals, most of them freshly prepared: we had momos (made by hand just before the meal), spaghetti, pasta, wonderful pizza and cakes (both made without having an oven!!), many typical dishes, vegetables, meat, rice, potatoes, French fries (in a simple word, everything, like we were in Kathmandu and not inside the mountains, far from the beaten roads).
Please do consider (just to explain how good and how much was the food) that despite the about 180 kms of trek, many people of the group were "worried" about gaining weight. Plus we had hot beverages many times per day and hot water anytime we required it. All the equipment provided for the tour was perfect (tents, mattresses). The staff was always helpful and very eager to please, in any small matter regarding anybody of us, helping us for washing, preparing tents for the night, boiling water.
So, I use this opportunity to thank Rajan again, for everything.
We will have an unforgettable memory of the trip; the landscapes of Mustang are simply amazing, plus the culture, the people met during the tour, and the great, really great organization of Earthbound Expeditions as an impressive plus.
For sure I will use their services in the future, in my treks in Nepal and around (Tibet, Kailash Ladakh), where he has a great experience too. Namaste to everybody!

Andrea Ruggerone from Italy, 38 years a tour leader of Easy moving companywww.easymoving.it


Comments from Tanco van Kessel

----- Original Message -----
From: Tanco van Kessel
To: <simkhadar@yahoo.com>
Cc: <earthbound
Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2005 2:16 AM
Subject: Namaste !
Dear Rajan,
How are you? And how are your ideas going to the Holiday Fare in Holland?

I would like to thank you and your guide Gomba for the amazing trekking tot the Annapurna Basecamp, and of course the other trekking. During the trekking to ABC I had 12 wonderful days. The feeling you get at the basecamp when surrounded by the mountains is hard to describe. Those mountains are so big and tall when you stand in front of them. And the trail to the base camp is also very beautiful; the small villages, the green forest, the valleys. An amazing trip!
I appreciate your excellent service and your flexibility. And I am sure I also speak for my friends from the care house.Well, see you next time when I visit Nepal and let me know when you start your advertising campaign in the Dutch newspaper.
Tanco van Kessel, From Holland


Comments by : Tarryn Bennett who did Everest Base camp trek with Rafting and Jungle Safari in April 2005

--------------Original Message -------------------
From: Tarryn Bennett
To: Earthbound
Sent: Tuesday, May 03, 2005 9:13 PM
Subject: RE: Greetings from Nepal- Rajan
Hello Rajan!
Thank-you for your e-mail. I got back to London safely and looking for work at the moment. Thanks again for organizing our trip in Nepal - it really was a trip of a lifetime for me... memories that I'll never forget.
I would love to write something for your web site... please refer to below....
Hello Every one!
In April 2005, a couple of friends and I did the Mt.Everest package deal through Earthbound Expeditions. This experience was one I'll never forget. First and foremost, I got to achieve my dream of reaching Base Camp - thanks to our fantastic guide and porter, Ram. The trek was very well organised and the friendly staff really helped me out. They went out of their way to find me a pair of trekking boats (as mine had been stollen in India) and they leant me a sleeping bag and down-jacket free of charge. During the trek I felt that I was in very safe hands and was treated like a queen! The rafting and Jungle Safari was equally amazing. I would definately recommend Earthbound Expeditions to anyone wanting to trek in Nepal - their prices are very competitive and they provide the value-added benefits that other companies don't. Enjoy your travels.
From Tarryn Bennett ( Australia) - tazza54@hotmail.com