"Shoestring & Koning Aap been working with Shiva and Royal Mountain for over a decade now. We have consistently received excellent service: his office is very responsive to our every needs. Our clients have always given great feedback - Royal Mountain's local guides have taken care of them very well over the years and we look forward to continuing our business with them.
Beside his professional services, Mr. Shiva pays a lot of attention to the working conditions of his staff both at the Kathmandu office as well as in the field. We admire his support for quite a few micro development projects which is in line with our own company policy concerning sustainability and social responsibility."
Shoestring & Koning Aap
"We have been blessed to find an ideal partner for ourselves in the Himalayan region, the RMT (Royal Mountain Travel).
From years of collaboration in different frontiers namely Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, operating group and individual travel and special requests, our relationship has grown from business to friendship.
These years spent together have been eventful to say the least. The various challenges from bad weather, cancelled flights, smog, maoists, public strikes, volcano eruptions, landslides and heli evacuations have been dealt with utmost professionalism.
I am pleased to have the opportunity to put down a few words of appreciation for our long time partner RMT & Mr Shiva Dhakal. Thank you for going the extra mile always and having kept the highest priority to ensure the well being and comfort of our clients. We have been very happy with services provided by RMT, the guides have been great, vehicles used for our tour have been in good condition and it is pleasing to see that much attention has been put into detail and that there is strive for excellence.
Keep up the good work! Looking forward to see all RMT friends in Nepal and to get on the amazing trails again."
Managing Director | Mandala Travel Ltd.
"Intrepid has enjoyed working with Shiva and his dedicated team at Royal
Mountain Travel for many years and continues to be impressed with their
professionalism, communication, local knowledge, vision, and commitment
to the shared values of both of our companies. The Nepalese leaders they
use are outstanding and a constant highlight for all of our travellers.
Thanks guys, it's a pleasure working with you!"
'Global Product & Operations Manager'
"What I most liked about Gopal is, that he is a "quiet" person and not one of the guides how pushes you into going out/party etc.
Tibet isn't a place for this and therefore I liked that Gopal stayed "behind" and left us freedom. But I also had to say that even when he was "behind" he always got or sensed everything what was up within the group. He was just great!!! He also managed a critical situation excellently: due to a landslide in the gorge before Zangmou we got stocked in the middle of the night and didn't get any information from the Chinese Road workers.
Therefore we didn't know if we had to stay the night in the car. Gopal found a way over the landslide (bit dangerous) and organized taxis to Zangmou. He did a very good job in this critical situation and also the group was very easy about it. I would definitely recommend Royal Mountain Travel for trip to Tibet."
"Passionate, enthusiastic, knowledgeable when talking or explaining stuff to the group or person. Caring, thoughtful and conscientious when everyone suffered illness (AMS). Kept a close eye on each person for AMS symptoms and kept assessing our health. Clearly an intelligent leader with a great sense of humour. Never needed/wanted for anything. Also did something unusual for Royal Mountain Travel leaders - kept going into the kitchens and helped cook food to make sure no-one suffered food poisoning. Baikuntha is great leader !!!"
Rodney, New Zealand
"Puskar was very helpful in local customs and how to get around. He went beyond our expectations in Lhasa as we expected to have to go to monasteries etc by self organization. Puskar not only ensured that we were not ripped off by the taxi drivers, but organized one group activity for each day. Thank you Puskar and Royal Mountain Travel for great holiday !!!
"GAP is very lucky to be working with Royal Mountain Travel. Your dedication and passion in the adventure travel industry shows in the success of your company. We will be donning our "GAP Adventures - Trekking Annapurna" T-shirts proudly.
Sacha and Star, Star Statulevicius, Website Sales Supervisor, G.A.P Adventures
"Our groups have been working with Royal Mountain Travel for over 9 years in Nepal and Tibet and we have had consistently excellent service for all our travel and organizational needs. The service is wonderfully efficient, quick and nothing is ever impossible. I recommend Royal Mountain travel for all travel, permits, hotels, in fact just about everything; always done with a smile and Namaste! Nepalese hospitality at its best!"
Professor Michael P.Searle, Dept. Earth Sciences, Oxford University, UK
"Over some 25 years I have led small lightweight expeditions to the greater ranges of the world, including Antarctica, in order to make first ascents of peaks in remote areas.
Whenever I have climbed in Nepal or Tibet, Shiva Dhakal at Royal Mountain Travel has provided an invaluable and very professional service at competitive prices. His expertise in dealing with and obtaining China visas and travel permits for Tibet, has meant that I have been able to visit and climb in Tibet on 7 different occasions over 10 years without bureaucratic problems. Shiva and his team have always been very helpful with transportation, whether by air or road, and rebooking flights home at the end of a trip. Royal Mountain Travel is one of the most conscientious companies involved in Nepalese and Tibetan tourism.
Besides my mountaineering trips, Shiva Dhakal has expertly organized a recent family trek to Langtang. Very good quality tents, cook and Sirdar were provided and the porterage system was free of problems.
He provided porters for small children to be carried as required.
I highly recommend that you use Royal Mountain Travel for your next trip, however small or large group it may involve."
Julian Freeman-Attwood, UK
"We recently returned from holiday and would like to let you know how much we enjoyed Nepal.
All the elements of our tour were organized very well. We want to thank you for that and especially for my birthday dinner at Krishnarpan restaurant at 4 May.
We enjoyed the atmosphere and the personal attention very much. The food was the best food we had during our whole trip and the birthday cake was delicious! The team at the restaurant made it a very special (birth) day for us."
Caroline Rodenburg, Holland
"The filming went extremely well and we have now viewed the footage and are all very pleased with it! However, none of the filming would have been possible without the amazing help of you and your team. Everything organised by RMT was incredibly well done, there were no problems at all – a superbly run organisation. Throughout our filming in Nepal, every factor was organised to exact schedules and with amazing accuracy and efficiency. It is also quite incredible that you managed to turn around permits and visas so quickly – I am aware that this was no easy task! Thank you!"
Lou Astbury, Pioneer Productions, UK
After our Langtang trek in April, we promised to send our feedback, and we are happy to do so.From beginning to end, we received an excellent service from Royal Mountain Travel. Booking was easy, and we felt that we were taken care of in a professional and friendly manner in every step of our trip.We had a great trek in Langtang with Bisnu Tamang as our guide. He is an excellent and skilled guide. He showed a comprehensive knowledge about trails, lodging, mountains and nature. He was very good at estimating the time from where we were at any given time to the next destination. It is very encouraging to know when you will get a rest when you are tired from hours of trekking.Furthermore, he considered our shape and gave good advice on what to do next according to our shape. On top of that he has a fine sense for humour!
Thank you very much for a fantastic trek!
From 27 march to 19 april 2012 we've been in Nepal. Our holiday was organised by Royal Mountain. With this mail we would like to compliment you on the organization of our trip. Everbody always on time, a good guide, nice porters and good and nice drivers. As accomodation we were very pleased with Sapana Lodge (Chitwan)
Alexandra Mispelblom and Jan Zonjee
On behalf of myself and Anja, we want to thank and congratulate you for the excellent services provided by both your agencies regarding our travel to Upper Mustang.It was above expectations, from A to Z all was taken care of, all was perfect.We are happy to have been able to attend the 3 full days of Tenji festival ; the homestay arranged for us in the prayer room of the Lo Manthang family was the cherry on the cake. Like a dream.
To be honest, if we travel to Nepal again for a next mountain adventure (e.g. Dolpo is still on our list), we would immediately take both your agencies again, including the excellent services of both Padam and Partik. Both boys were top !
Thank you for this wonderful holiday
The last two weeks we had the opportunity to travel with your company. Included in our package was a driver, the Chitwan experience, a six day hike through the Annapurna area including porter and guide, and a scenic mountain flight. Hereby we want to give big compliments to the Royal Mountain Travel staff as we experienced all of them as very friendly and experts in their respective areas.
We would like to give special thanks to our driver Megh Raj who always was really friendly, drove very, very responsibly and carefully and always was willing to wait for us. After having a Greenline-experience we even valued the driving skills of Megh more as we always felt safe with him. That was unfortunately not the case with our Greenline bus driver who almost crashed multiple times in the bus drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
We would also like to give special thanks to our guide and porter during our Annapurna trek: Jagat Tamang and Pema Tamang. They were very friendly, helpfull, professional, had a lot of expertise about the area and were most importantly just a lot of fun to hike with! Once again the difference became even more apparent when we saw another tourist walking around 'with' his guide (clearly not from Royal Mountain). Either the guide walked way ahead of the lonesome tourist, or he walked way behind him. In either case, definitely not the right way.
Once again we would like to thank you for our unforgettable holiday and we will most certainly recommend you to friends who consider travelling to Nepal.
Patrick Just de la Paisières.