India has long been described as “a land of many diverse countries.” Senses rejoice in the experience of thriving bazaars, sights of women in bright-colored saris, the cool air at a mountain tea estate and the fragrant aroma of a bustling spice market. India strikes a fine balance between its modern amenities and rich historic traditions. Mark Twain may have said it best when he proclaimed, “So far as I am able to judge, nothing has been left undone, either by man or nature, to make India the most extraordinary country that the sun visits on his rounds. Nothing seems to have been forgotten, nothing overlooked.”
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I have trekked multiple times with Crystal Mountain Treks in the Kanchenjunga and Annapurna regions. Every trek has been well organized and professionally managed from start to finish. On each trek, the team worked with me to customize a great itinerary, and ensure I was seeing amazing parts of Nepal many never see. The guides have been, without exception, friendly, helpful, and extremely skilled. I simply cannot recommend this company enough.
We used Crystal Mountain Treks three times for different treks in different regions of Nepal. Each time we had wonderful experiences and everything went perfectly. One of the trip was crossing the whole Upper Dolpo from West to East, a 35 days tented trekking, involving 9 passes over 5000 meters (16000 ft), with no lodges and very little food supply on the way. Logistics was very complex, but they managed it perfectly. We are also aware of, and we do participate in some of Jwalant’s charity project
“I had the pleasure of enjoying an adventure to South India and it was spectacular. My favorite thing was the design of the trip, which felt personal even when traveling with a small group of virtual strangers. No big bus tours with name tags around your neck. Our group was diverse, but there was something for everyone from the colors, tastes, sounds and scents. Our local guide was extremely knowledgeable. It felt like I had taken a Hindu 101 course! I am in love with the people..they are genuine, generous, curious and kind. We had far too many adventures to choose a favorite, but the house boat trip in Kerala was unforgettable. I am already planning my next trip to Northern India! .”
“Pam and her in-country partner Jwalant listened to our desires and interests, learned our style and what we wanted to do, and introduced us to some new ideas we wouldn’t have wanted to miss. Pam helped us understand the options for making the most of our all-too-short 30 travel days, and when she – and we – were sure we knew what we wanted, she and her partners put it together with lightning speed and a sure hand.
Our journey – to the Golden Triangle of India, Kathmandu and the Annapurna Sanctuary Trek in Nepal, and the towns and countryside of Bhutan – was the trip of a lifetime. In taking this complex a trip in unfamiliar territory, it was great to know that everything was in place for us. We could then just focus on experiencing the wonders of these extraordinary places, without battling all the minutiae of keeping the trip on track. We were particularly grateful for the wonderful care we received on our 9-day Himalayan trek: our guide was incredibly conscientious and Jwalant’s Crystal Mountain Treks was 100% on top of the details. Thank you Pam and Jwalant… we would travel again with you in a heartbeat!”
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