I was very happy with my trip with Satori Adventures. They went out of their way to help with anything we needed, and were very professional and organized with planning and logistics.
I was extremely happy with our head climbing sherpa Phurba who was always happy and flexible on the itinery, not to mention his strength and experience on the mountain.
Everything ran smoothly and i would absolutely recommend Satori to anyone heading to Nepal.
I'm so happy I choose Satori Adventure to my trekking to EBC. Everything was so well organised. They were waiting for me at the airport, took me the hotel, i always got proper information what is the next checkpoint. They arranged everything. On the hike they were taking care of us (especially the altitude sickness topic) so we felt ourself in 100% safe. We were served maximally. Our flight was cancel from Lukla to Kathmandu (cloudy weather), but with the Satori help they arranged me helicopter flight to take me down. I can't imagine how i could arrange it without their help (I organised several trip for me, but here in Nepal it's harder). They provided sleeping bag, duffel bag ... everything was perfect. Thanks Satori!
Two of my best friends and I trekked to Everest Base Camp in late September - early October of 2017. Everything, from start to finish, was impeccable. Rishi puts his heart and soul into his business, and stops at nothing to make sure everyone is safe and happy. Since this trip was a life dream of mine, I was the point person amongst my friends to book everything. I chose Satori since Rishi answered my (literally) ENDLESS questions promptly, patiently, and thoroughly. I can't stress enough how thoughtful he was: he emailed back and forth with me for months before I even booked anything with his company, placating all my fears and getting me really excited about the trip. So when the time came to select a trekking company, the choice was easy: Satori.
From the moment we arrived in Nepal, we were all blown away by the kindness of everyone around us. I've been to many countries and there's something indefinable and special about Nepal.
Rishi picked us up from the airport at midnight, putting scarves around our necks. From there, we were dropped off at the hotel that he owns, The Garden Hotel. The accommodations were nicer than we expected, and the staff was very attentive and polite.
We met our guide, Ganga, and after a couple nights in Kathmandu we took off for the Everest region. Satori booked our plane tickets and our flight was only delayed by an hour or so - which is insanely lucky, considering the fact that it's not uncommon for flights to be delayed for days at a time due to bad weather. I was VERY nervous about the flight in such a tiny plane, but there was no turbulence at all, just beautiful views of the Himalayas, and a smooth landing into Lukla.
We hit it off with our guide almost immediately - we couldn't have asked for better support. He answered all of our questions, goofed around with us, and gave us encouragement when we needed it most - I would not have made it up Kala Pattar without him. Our porters were also insanely helpful - we would not have made it up there without them, either.
Ganga organized all the logistics for us, making the trek a seamless experience. The Everest region doesn't have roads, and the trail winds through the Khumbu River Valley as you hike through villages. It was so cool to walk through all those villages, see and talk to the local people, and get a feel for the country. I hike in most places I travel, but I've never had an experience like this before, and I can't recommend it enough. There's also something to be said for hiking all day and then eating a hot dinner, taking a shower, and sleeping in a bed. And, to top it all off, we didn't have to worry about bills or bookings - Ganga handled everything.That's pretty much heaven to me.
One of my friends got sick during the trip, and we were all worried it was altitude sickness. Luckily, it was just a stomach bug, and Ganga took us to the local doctor where she got meds and was as good as new in a couple days. Satori gives 2 acclimatization days in their standard EBC trek, but we paid for an extra one since we wanted a cushion. This ended up being vital to our success, since we needed that rest day for my friend to recover. My other friend and I were also happy we had a rest day, since the trek is pretty hard and it's nice to have a day to read, lounge, do yoga, etc. If you have the time and it's in your budget to do so, I recommend having an extra day during your trek. You can always push on if you don't feel like you need it, and then you just have one more free day in Nepal after your trip, which is a win win.
Before I move to the next section of our trip, I want to sing the praises of Ganga one last time. When we were hiking up Kala Patar, I was struggling a lot. There were many moments when I didn't think I'd be able to make it up - I was having a lot of trouble breathing (I have asthma, so I suffer more from shortness of breath at high altitude). Ganga saw me clearly in pain and offered to take my backpack, which I gratefully gave to him. Without him carrying that weight for me, there is no way I would have made it up the last mile. None. He also ended up carrying one of my friend's backpacks as well, and he is the reason we all had the most magical moment of my life: seeing the sun rise over Everest, on a clear beautiful day. I printed and hung one of the photos that we took at sunrise, and look at it every day to remind me of that moment.
Since we had no weather delays, we ended up having a good chunk of time left in Nepal after our trek. Rishi booked an amazing trip to Pokhara for us, really spoiling us by taking care of every detail, no matter how small. We got a tour through the city, and even went paragliding! It was such a fun experience, and we all had an amazing time kicking back and relaxing after the strenuous trek.
I don't think it's possible to have had a better experience, and I can't recommend Satori enough. I am the kind of person who likes to research a topic to death, as a means of placating my anxiety, and I felt 100% safe and happy with Rishi and Satori. Thank you Satori for helping me accomplish my life dream of touching the mountain that has inspired women and men for centuries. I still can't believe I went there, and will treasure the memories forever!
I used satori adventure for my trip to Lobuche east summit.
It was my first peak climb and I felt like I was in good hands from the beginning. Logistically everything was excellent and went on smoothly without any problems. Rishi, the CO of the company, is very caring and made sure that I felt welcome even before I landed in Nepal!
They were very flexible with the Initiary, making sure that I was happy with the layup for the trip, always answered all my questions within a day and kept me well informed.
Even though I stayed in the country more than a week after I came back from Khumbu and theoretically wasn't "with" the company anymore Rishi made sure that I was doing good and had a place to stay when coming back to Kathmandu after a short trip to south Nepal.
I can warmly recommend satori adventure based on my own experience, trekking and mountaineering with them. I will also use them again for future expeditions in Nepal!
i usually trek completely independently, the time my father was joining me and i wanted some support just incase .
I was initially hesitant to hire a agency fearing flexibility but Rishi is extremely professional and flexible, i started enquiring about just a porter service and ended up booking the end to end package from KTM landing to departure with them and it was arranged as per my itinerary.The staff arranged to accompany us were very helpful as well .
I cannot give enough praise for Satori Adventures.
Rishi is an absolutely incredible host and guide, and now friend! He was extremely helpful in responding to our million questions before the trip. My friends and I like to be very prepared and Rishi thoughtfully and promptly responded to every question we had, whether small or big. He made us feel calm and ready for our trek to Everest Base Camp, and was more than willing to accommodate our request for an extra acclimatization day built into our itinerary. We couldn’t wait to meet him.
Upon arrival to Nepal, Rishi greeted us personally at the airport and immediately made us feel right at home. He took us to the hotel that he owns – the Kathmandu Garden Hotel – which is quite luxurious (air conditioning that works extremely well; crisp, clean sheets; and a clean bathroom). The following day we met our guide for the trip – Ganga – and he brought us around Thamel to pick up a few last-minute supplies and showed us some awesome cultural sites in the city, including the monkey temple and the great Buddha Stupa.
The next day we were picked up bright and early and we started our trek. Again, all the details of our transport and other logistics were taken care of seamlessly by Rishi, which was true of our entire stay in Nepal.
Our entire trek went off without a hitch – all thanks to the careful organization and attentive care by Rishi, the friendly and competent guidance by Ganga, and the strength and tenacity of our porters. We chose the mid-level accommodations, and they were generally wonderful. We got private rooms in every hotel along the trail, and private restrooms in most. We also were extremely grateful to have Ganga as our guide – he was patient, knowledgeable, and very goofy – just like me and my friends.
After our trek was over, we had a few extra days before we had to fly home, so Rishi organized a last-minute trip to Pokhara. We had a blast taking a tour of the city, visiting the World Peace Pagoda, and paragliding (!). Rishi organized everything for us including stay and travel to and from, so everything was a breeze.
Traveling with Satori is the way to go when trekking in the Himalayas – for a reasonable and fair price, you get treated with the utmost care and respect, every last detail is thought through and taken care of, and you will be safe and happy throughout your entire trip! I am very impressed with Rishi and his entire staff. Sending a big DHANYABAD from America! Hugs
First climbers of Cho Oyu were Austrians. Not Australians. Austria in Europe. Also Herbert Tichy was from Austria (Vienna), not from Italy. Best regards, Martina from Austria
I am very satisfied with the service received from Satori Adventure during my successful climb to Mount Everest expedition. Good food, facilities, logistic and overall organization. The entire team has been reliable, very skilled, cooperative and trustful. I would recommend Satori Adventure. Thanks to you all!
I made in the beginning of March 2017 the Everest trek in eleven days and with one guide who was very kindly and cool, but also very slow and weak and he was a smoker, what is for me the opposide of hiking...
And I did the small Annapurna trek in 4 days (over Poonhill) with a other guide, but with him was it excactly same, like with the first one...
And I did also a Safari in Chitwan, that was very cool to see and do.
Everything I got with the Satori agency, who is very reliable, friendly and in compared not to expensive.
The Satori Company made good and reliable job, but they gave me unfortunately to weak mountain guides.
After an impressive Annapurna Circuit Trek with a side visit to Tilicho Lake that my daughter and I enjoyed four years ago (also organized by Satori Adventures) my next dream was to experience Manaslu Trek.
Rishi and his company provided an excellent guide for Manaslu Trek, Mr M.B.T. Magar, a highly experienced, and one of the most helpful guides I ever met. Despite general time limitations (12 days for trek), uncertain weather, and trekker's tendency to stop often, presumably for photo taking, the trek was an absolute success culminating with the passage of Larkya-La.
Very good arrangement and facilities. The food options were superb. I will definitely book more expeditions with Satori.
My friend and I went to ABC with Satori on the end of March. I really had a wonderful trip. Satori teams and Rishi took care of us very nicely. Our guide is one of the kindest person that we have met. Also, he was an experienced guide which I have learn a lot about Nepal from him. Our porter was very lively and fun person. He taught us how to play Nepali cards which made us very relaxed after a long walking day. If you are thinking about trekking in Nepal, I cannot say more than " Don't hesitate to go with Satori".
We did Annapurna base camp trek with Satori company on 22-31 March 2017. It was wonderful trip ever! This was my first trek in Nepal and I had a very great experience there. Rishi planned everything for us very very well. Satori company is very professional service company. Our guide,Laxman is very best guide and take care of us perfectly. He behaved like our older brother. Our trip would never be successful without him. We had a very great time there and will come back trekking in Nepal again with Satori company! Thanks to all of the team :)
I had spoken to some friends who had already trekked and climbed with Satori Adventures. They had nothing but good things to say about their experiences and the company Managing Director Rishi Bandhari. I decided to book my own trek and climb of Mera Peak. As it turned out, the people who were supposed to be part of my group upon arrival in Kathmandu cancelled their trip last minute do to serious health complications. This was totally beyond the control of Rishi Bhandari and his excellent team at Satori Adventures. Against my better judgement, I started the journey on my own and after a few days on the mountain with my "private" guide and porter, I decided to come back down and abandon my journey. My trip could have ended very badly but it was not the case. Rishi proposed a new trip agenda that would allow me to see other parts of the country including the Chitwan National Park and also visit Pokhara and do some nice trekking on the start of the Annapurna Trail. I didn't end up on the top of Mera Peak as originally planned but my trip was a great success nonetheless. The people at Satori Adventures are amazing and I wouldn't hesitate to book another trip through them or highly recommend this company to friends and people who may be looking for a great company to organize their next trip or adventure.
Experinced guides?Tick.Safety first?Tick.Value for money?Tick. Ease of booking?.Tick. Just a great experience..again...with Rishi and his team.Bibek Panday our guide for the second time.What a man....experienced,sensible,good sense of humour.Beautifully organised. I cannot recommend this group more highly.
I had been to climb Naya Kanga mountain in the Langregion 4 years ago with Satori so decided to use them again for This climb. Everything was organised perfectly and even managed to spend a couple of nights at Everest Base camp after the climb hanging out with Everest climbers.
All in all an amazing experience and there really is no other trip quite like it
An excellent trek with our guide bibek, from the moment we were picked up at the Kathmandu airport on arrival to our return the whole trip was without fault, our guide and the company was willing to arrange changes to our itinerary to suit rapid changes in weather conditions, could not hope fro a better guide or company to go trekking with
Very quick to respond and always willing to go the extra mile. Fluent in English which is very helpful.
Satori took care of the organisation of our trip to Nepal from start to finish, so everything work perfectly, without any worries for us.
They picked us up from the airport, drove us to their hotel, which is nice and peaceful. They organized for us sightseeing trips, in which we were picked up directly from the hotel, guided around the sights, and brought back to the hotel. They also suggested some local restaurants were we could eat safe.
They drove us from the hotel to the airport, where our mountain guide was waiting for us. He took care or all the formalities in the airport, we didn't have to worry about anything, just enjoy. The trek on the mountain was amazing, and our mountain guide Sunil was really helpful, he took care of everything. He was especially helpful with the food, since we are vegan, and he made sure we always got vegan food. The porters were also helpful, carrying our big bags which allowed us to enjoy our trek more. Several times when we needed support on the trek both the mountain guide and some of the porters helped us out. When our trek was over, again the mountain guide took care of everything in the airport, and back in Kathmandu we were taken to the hotel. They took us to a lovely cultural dinner, a really nice place, with local music and dancing. A nice activity to round up our trip. In the end they drove us to the airport, and from there we went home.
So Satori took care of everything we ever needed on our trip in Nepal, and we just enjoyed our trip, having nothing to worry about.
They are serious and trust worthy.
We fullyrecommend them!
Satori Adventures was the outfitters I chose for my EBC and Lobuche east expedition and i am really happy with the professionalism and the services they provided. Starting from arrival in Kathmandu to departure from Kathmandu, this team took care of everything. This was my first time in Nepal and first expedition in Himalayas, and Rishi and team made sure that my first trip to Himalayas becomes memorable.. I was very much impressed with the leader and main guide of the team Mingma Dai( Mingma Tenzing Sherpa), amazing personality with such a kind, calm and positive attitude. He was highly professional in his manners.He not even once got irritated with our frequent stupid questions on the trail and very patiently answered all the questions.Everyday he would inquire about our health and would take care of everything that we needed.Other team members were also great. Rinji and Mingma bahini took very good care of us on the trail. Anoop Dai was the awesomest cook at the high camp. Also he was my Sherpa who never left my side during the climb.Porters were amazing. They were the powerhouse of the team. I was amazed to see them carrying 50 kg effortlessly when I was huffing and puffing with my daypack.
Overall,I am super happy with the team and services they provided and would definitely consider Satori adventures for my future expeditions.Also I highly recommend this team if you are looking for an outstanding experience in Nepal.Keep up the good work Team Satori!!