Everest Region 2003/2007 – Ganesh Himal Ruby valley 2007/2010 – Annapurna Region 2010 – Kanchenjunga 2015 (4 times in Nepal)
I met Jaya in April 2007, who guided me on the Gokyo – Cho La pass – Everest Base Camp Trek. As well as wanting to do this trek, I was also out there with a work colleague who was climbing Everest that season (he succeeded with Alpine Ascents). Jaya more than met my expectations and assisted me in my needs for the trek, ensuring I could meet up with my colleague at specific places, as we had different itineraries. My personal highlight was meeting him at Base Camp, where his group was carrying out a Puja ceremony, something I hadn’t seen before. Jaya found good accommodation in all of the villages and as a bonus, I paid extra to get us into the Eco Lodge at Lobuche. In addition, he will take account of your physical condition, primarily thinking about your walking speed and not allowing you to ascend the trail too quickly in order to aid acclimatization.
He noted that I had some time left on my holiday, which I had set aside for sightseeing and collecting souvenirs in Kathmandu. He asked if I would like to trek to his village, just south of the Ganesh Himal. It gave me further insight into Nepalese culture, a different way of life in comparison to the ‘commercialized’ regions of the Khumbu and Annapurna.
He is very friendly and is open, honest, and understanding with a great sense of humor. He always seems to be happy, but then he loves his job, which you can probably understand! He has a great knowledge of Nepal’s rich history and culture and was always quick to point this out along the way.
Jaya will pick you up from the airport and will ably assist you in looking for extra gear you may require for the trek.
Jaya is not just a guide to me, he is also a friend. We have stayed in contact since the Everest Base Camp trek and I visited Nepal again in October/November 2010. I was one of Jaya’s first customers since going freelance and I had intended to trek Kanchenjunga, as well as trekking back to his village. There were problems for me to fulfill this trek, so he suggested and detailed a new itinerary perfectly within my timescale. We first trekked in the Ganesh Himal area back to his village, this time via the start of the Langtang route, catching a bus to Syrabru Bensi and west over two passes. A further two days trekking, a Jeep, and two buses led me to the Annapurna Circuit. It also gave me the opportunity to visit Pokhara and carry out some sightseeing in Kathmandu’s districts of Bhaktapur and Patan.
In March/April 2015 I undertook a long-held ambition in trekking the Kanchenjunga region. Jaya was unable to accompany me due to other commitments and he assigned me a fantastic guide and porter. I trekked the north side and was unable to get over the Sele La due to snow conditions and consequently we had to come back down the same way. This area is rich in culture and flora and fauna and it is sparsely populated. However, it was possible to teahouse trek all the way and due diligence are important in ensuring the lodges are open at Kambachen and at Lhonak. The lodge owners live in Ghunsa and they need to trek up to open the teahouse. This is a difficult and strenuous trek that needs the utmost respect. There are many places from start to finish that need care where there are steep drops down the valley sides. There is also a dangerous landslide area, where rocks can fall at any time and a quick crossing is required. Those that have a nervous disposition of heights should seriously consider the trek and have a backup plan if you do not succeed.
I can thoroughly recommend Jaya as a guide and if you enjoy your trek as much as I, then you will have had one of your best experiences of a lifetime.
My experience with Unique Nepal Adventure Treks & Expedition Pvt Ltd.
So where to begin? After sending my first email to Jaya and promptly receiving friendly and helpful feedback I was assured that I had chosen the right travel agency. Corresponding with Jaya was easy and he added the professional touch. After organizing my travels with his guidance I departed from South Africa and after a long journey, it was so good to be welcomed in a traditional Nepali manner by a very friendly guide, Jaya. I stayed in Blue Mountain Homestay in Kathmandu for 2 nights before leaving for Pokhara. The accommodation was very good and I had a very pleasant stay. Jaya arranged for me to transport and a guide, Laxman, to Pokhara from where we would depart to our trekking destination. I never felt unorganized or unsafe. Everything was planned very professionally and we experienced no problems. During the trek, I was accompanied by Laxman. He was a really pleasant personality and it was good to have him by my side. The trekking to the Annapurna Base Camp was spectacular. During the 10 days of trekking, I was spoilt with good food, good accommodation, and even better company. We had very good weather and the highlights of the trek Were Poon Hill, the base camp, and the hot springs. My guide, Laxman, provided me with excellent service and taught me some Nepali language and more about the mountains and surrounding areas. After our trekking expedition, Laxman invited me to stay in his home in Chitwan (an area in Nepal). This was truly a special experience. His brother accompanied me to the national game reserve where we did an elephant safari. Laxman’s family made me feel right at home and spoilt me with good food and shared many of their traditions with me. During the last night of my stay in Chitwan, Laxman’s mother did me the honor of blessing me in a Buddhist fashion, and after we feasted on fresh goat’s meat and Dahl bath. Back in Kathmandu, I lodged in the Blue Mountain Homestay. Once again I had a very pleasant stay and it was reassuring to know that my personal belongings were safe while I explored Thamel and the magnificent temples and scenery. Here Jaya took care of me and transported me on his motorbike to my chosen destinations. He taught me a lot and I am very thankful that he was around to help me understand the ins and outs of this beautiful country, Nepal. During the last day of my visit, Jaya treated me by taking me to a local woman’s volleyball match which was a good ending to a really good experience. Not once did I encounter any problems during my 18-day adventure in Nepal and I would recommend Unique Nepal Adventure Treks & Expedition to anyone who is interested in exploring the cultures, trekking, and people of Nepal.
Thank you Jaya and Laxman for giving me a full Nepali experience
Annapurna Circuit Trekking in 2013
I have trekked with Jaya in Nepal twice now, and they are amongst the best experiences of my life. Five years ago we trekked to Everest base camp, including an extended walk from Jiri instead of flying into Lukla. We also took the Cho La pass to the Gokyo lakes. Jaya was a great guide then, making the trip run smoothly whilst also staying fun. I kept in touch with Jaya after this trip and did not hesitate to get back in touch when I decided on a second trip to Nepal this year. With time being tight on this trip Jaya created an itinerary to take us around the Annapurna circuit. This was expertly planned again and worked perfectly for our needs. Jaya is not just a good guide, but also a fun and trustworthy person to be around who seems to have friends at every turn. I would love to have the chance to travel with him again in the future.
Annapurna Circuit Trekking in 2014
Jaya Gurung is a warm, friendly, and trustworthy man. I thoroughly recommend him as a Trekking Guide. I recently employed Jaya to lead me around the Annapurna Circuit and he exceeded all of my expectations. His fee was much more competitive than many other Guides and the service he provided was exemplary. All internal administration was dealt with by Jaya prior to my arrival. This removed any additional stress for me and included tasks such as booking trekking permits, arranging airport transfers, hotel bookings, and internal flights. During the trek, Jaya was extremely attentive to our every need and provided an excellent porter. Jaya arranged all of our lodgings, ordered all of our meals, paid the bills each evening, and removed any language barriers. His English is proficient and he is about to receive his degree in Tourism. His knowledge of Nepali history, culture, religion, and geography is extensive. He has been involved in trekking since 1998 and has completed most treks and summits in Nepal countless times. I hope to return to Nepal soon. If I do, I will not hesitate to choose Jaya as my Guide.
Kevin & James from Scotland UK
Ghorepani Trekking on 2008
Jaya was such an excellent guide on our first trekking trip in Nepal, we asked him to guide us on our second trip, one year later. He is a delightful person to travel with – full of information about the surrounding area, extremely polite and friendly, trustworthy, and with a great sense of humor. He took care of absolutely everything on our trip – not just the porters, airline tickets, ground transport, tea-houses, and meals, but also taking photos and giving tips about where best to do that, providing snacks on the trail, and sharing stories of life in Nepal. He gives the personal touch that makes the trek so incredible. We recommend him to all our friends, and we’re just waiting until we get enough vacation time to trek with him again! Thanks for everything, Jaya!!
Jennifer and Bruce McCoy
Mera peak top on October 2009
With Jaya Gurung! On our climbing expedition to Mera Peak, we had Jaya Gurung as our guide. He was the absolute best in every manner! A pure joy to be around. He was hard-working, efficient, knowledgeable, and took extremely good care of us, looking after every detail. I would never again go to Nepal without Jaya Gurung as my guide.
Tim Peterson USA.
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Jiri to Mera Peak Trek/climb via Lukla 2009
Our trek was starting from Jiri to Mera peak top 6475 m With Guide Jaya.
It is with much joy and enthusiasm that I write this recommendation for Nepal Adventure Guides. Last summer (2009) I participated in a trek and climb from Jiri to Mera Peak via Lukla in the Everest region of Nepal. My guide, Jaya Gurung, impressed me greatly with both his professionalism and boundless optimism throughout the trip.
The trip began as a logistical nightmare for any guiding organization; nation-wide bus strikes had crippled public transit. Working around this problem by hiring a private van, we then ran into an unrelated roadblock en route to Jiri (due to a local dispute.) Jaya, undaunted by these obstacles, impressed me with his resilience and quick thinking. We lost little time and our adventure was soon underway.
Perhaps I was most impressed by the way Jaya treated us during the trek. Raining almost constantly throughout the trip, often in cold temperatures, Jaya managed to keep our spirits high, always smiling, joking, and ensuring we were as warm and comfortable as possible; he treated us like his family.
So, it is my absolute pleasure to provide this recommendation. I can wholeheartedly say that, should I be fortunate enough to return to Nepal, I want no one else to be by my side exploring the different regions of Nepal than Jaya.
Please, feel free to email me with any questions you may have. If you wish to talk in person, let me know and we can arrange a time to chat.
Annapurna Base Camp Trekking 2008
Our group of 9 persons went to Nepal for 16 days in 2008. The trip was really happy and had many unforgettable memories, especially trekking to Annapurna Base Camp with Jaya. Luckily, we saw the beautiful view of the mountain in Poonhill and ABC, such as Fish Tail, Annapurna South, Hiun Chuli, etc. The guides and porters were very friendly and helpful. They took care of our food, accommodation, and transportation. We didn’t have to worry about anything. We just enjoyed the trek. Someone says Nepal means Never Ending Peace And Love. I have the same feelings after traveling in Nepal, where is a country combined with a rich cultural heritage and natural environment. It was a great experience for me.
Tina From Hongkong!
Mera Peak Climbing Oct 2009
Jaya Gurung was our guide on our climb of Mera Peak. Jaya managed the logistics of our trek in a skillful, efficient, and a very caring manner. Jaya is a very positive person and is just fun to be around, he made my Nepal Trek a truly wonderful experience. I absolutely recommend Jaya Gurung. Jeff Orr the USA
We had a really great time on the Ruby Valley trek organized by Unique Nepal Adventure Treks. The agency was recommended by a friend and we only had 2 weeks in Nepal so we got in touch with Jay before we arrived. He made sure that we had a comfortable stay in Kathmandu (including 2 delicious meals made by his lovely wife) and a smooth journey to and from the trekking area. The trek itself was everything we hoped for; fantastic scenery, interesting cultures and villages, nice food, and a great local guide who loves to dance! The last 4 days of the trek, taking us over the highest pass were breathtaking. If I could have I would have walked for another month, can’t wait to go again.
Annapurna Ghorepani Poonhill Trekking 2007
We are a German/British family living in Goa and we went trekking with Jaya in April/May 2009 in the Annapurna range. It was our first trekking experience and we had an amazing and very adventurous time. Jaya was our guide during the whole week of trekking a he proved to be the best possible companion for us and our two sons (8 and 10 years old at the time). He is not only wonderfully knowledgeable about the flora and fauna of the Himalayas but moreover is reliable, organized, and adequately cautious. He knows all about the dangers of the mountains and how to avoid them We felt totally safe with him and at the same time we all had great fun and we were laughing so much throughout the time! At the end of the trekking days, we had to split up and my husband carried on with one porter, and the boys and I wanted to return back. Our younger son had very bad knee ache and Jaya carried him down the mountain for almost a whole day! He kept smiling all the time although it must have been very tiring. Jaya has a beautiful positive spirit and is a top guide who I would recommend to anyone at any time – in particular, families as he is great with children too!
Ali von Moltke, Goa, India
Alexandra von Moltke
My Trek to Everest Base Camp (April – May 2010)
My adventure started on April 22nd when I flew to Kathmandu from Calgary, Canada.
My plan was to meet 2 Canadian friends on the 27th in Kathmandu and trek “unsupported” from Lukla to the Everest Base camp. I arrived safely in Kathmandu on April 24th, but my luggage did not. Finding my backpack in time to leave with my friends was getting a little complicated but with the help of a local Nepalese trekking company, my bag was found in time for me to leave for Lukla with my friends. Actually, something even better happened. I was so happy to get my backpack on time and I felt I had some sort of a debt to the trekking company that I decided to hire a trekking guide from them That was the best decision I made in Nepal. That guide happened to be Jaya!!
The best way to describe Jaya is by what other trekkers I met had to say. Most said: Wow!! Where did you get this guy?
The reasons they all said that is because Jaya speaks English better than most guides, is always smiling even when things get rough, he is very knowledgeable and more social than most guides. He is also very well known and respected throughout the mountains. My trekking experience was completely enhanced because of his presence. I strongly recommend his services to anyone interested in having a profound Himalayan trekking experience. Thanks, Jaya!!
Everest Base Camp Trekking 2011
My wife Katy and I were fortunate to have Jaya recommended to us by Steve Cole at a charity presentation on Everest given by James Ogilvy who had himself summited Everest. Steve had trekked many times with Jaya and they are now very good friends through their trekking experience together.
We are both very thankful for this introduction. We had planned our trek around 5-6 months before arriving in Nepal and Jaya was constantly in touch throughout this time by email and even called us from Nepal to ensure that we were happy with all of the arrangements for our trek. By the time we arrived in Nepal Jaya did feel like a friend that we had known for a long time.
With Jaya, you very much get the personal touch. From picking us up at the airport to our onward bus to Pokhara, Jaya took care of all of our arrangements. Despite 6 days of no flights to or from Lukla, Jaya ensured that we left Kathmandu on the day that we had booked, ahead of thousands who had been waiting for days!!
Our standard of Tea House on the way was always of a good standard throughout our trek to Base Camp with a good standard of food also.
But it is with the trek itself that Jaya looks after you. With my wife and I not being the most proficient of hill walkers, Jaya ensured that we went slowly, slowly all the way keeping us in snacks and hot drinks all the way. His knowledge of all of the surrounding peaks and genuine love of his job makes for the most amazing experience with scenery that has to be seen to be believed. A very unique experience.
We would strongly recommend Jaya Gurung as a guide in any of the trekking regions of Nepal. With Jaya, you get a guide and a friend who goes just that bit further to ensure that you have an outstanding experience on top of the world.
Dougie and Katy Twycross
Manaslu – Tsum Valley Trekking 2010
I went on a month-long trek with Jaya through the Tsum Valley and Manaslu in April-May of 2010. The scenery and surrounding area are simply mind-blowing. It was truly an amazing, unique, and special experience. I highly recommend the trek to those who are interested in visiting a remote, less-developed, quiet, peaceful, more off-the-beaten-track sort of place.
As a guide, Jaya is extremely competent; my safety, comfort, and well-being were always of prime importance. He has a very positive attitude and is very interested in helping his clients learn more about Nepal. His enthusiasm for his country is evident as he speaks with pride about Nepal, its people, and the customs and culture of the land. Ever-smiling, Jaya is a pleasure to be around and was also very interested in learning all about me.
To those looking for a guide who is competent, personable, look after your every need, and is enthusiastic about helping you learn more about Nepal than Jaya is the right guide for you!
Upper Mustang Trekking 2011
We spent four weeks trekking with Jaya Gurung, completing both the Everest base camp trek and Lo-Manthang trek. We highly recommend Jaya as a trekking guide in Nepal. He has great English skills and an extensive knowledge base in regards to Nepali landscape and culture and was able to answer all the questions that we had. His endless supply of biscuits provided by his lovely wife and produced at the most opportune moments was fantastic! The after-dinner apple dessert was a lovely touch too! When things didn’t go to plan, Jaya was always well prepared, willing to carry extra luggage in times of sickness, and act as a resident doctor when needed. Thank you so much, Jaya for all our fantastic times trekking!!!
Tom & Emily
Annapurna Circuit Thorang La Pass 2005
We did the 12 day Annapurna circuit trek. It is a beautiful trek and a great way to escape from all that can make you think of home. We were guided on our trek by Jaya which was a blessing. He is very knowledgeable and likes to share this knowledge about his country and the surroundings. He’s in for a good laugh and is very caring.
Going up this trek, don’t expect three-star hotels and a large menu to choose from But in the absence of western luxury, we found that Jaya was going through great lengths to make sure that we were as comfortable as possible.
Jaya accompanied us more and in conversations with other trekkers, we seemed to have gained more knowledge than those other trekkers. From our perspective, Jaya was more concerned with our pleasure than other guides were with their guests. As a point in the case, on one of the trekking days, we took a different path than other trekkers. It was a detour that offered us some great views the other trekkers missed. Also, on a resting day to acclimatize, he took us up a hill to meet a local Buddhist monk. All in all, we would really recommend his services to others planning trekking in Nepal!
Remco & Melika (The Netherlands)