Unique Adventure International [P] Ltd
Life is simply a unique adventure…or nothing!
Getting to know us the way we are…Ours is a story that stretches over two decades. We saw the light of day on 24th February, in the year 1998. It hasn’t been easy. We had simple beginnings while working as a guide hiking the length and breadth of the mountains; on the way we also discovered our beautiful country Nepal is not only about mountains. Our history, culture and heritage sites spoke volumes that interested an inquisitive world, attracting backpackers in hordes to Nepal. Experience also taught us to understand we live in the better of two worlds, the world we’re familiar with, and the world we’re not.
When you book a trip with Unique Adventure, you’ve probably crossed three continents to get to Nepal; and if you’re a greenhorn, you’d be discovering a world you’ve never known, and a world you will most likely never forget. Unique Adventure is all about the great Himalayan wilderness. We will introduce you to unique mountain cultures, environments, ancient heritage cities, skyline mountain ranges and extraordinary jungles as you discover an exceptional part of the planet we all live on.
Unique Adventure International is a complete Nepali owned adventure operator based centrally in Nepal’s famous tourist hub known the world over as ‘Thamel’. We are a small team, a core group of devoted professionals who have blended in well with the unpredictable vagaries of nature; we are geographically a seismically active country and sit on a shaky tectonic plate that makes us prone to earthquakes. However, we are trained and geared to react with any unpredictable circumstances that may occur when escorting our guests on the trails throughout the Himalayas. We are a licensed outfit and recognized by the Department of Tourism – Government of Nepal.
All our programmes are meticulously planned to the smallest detail. Check out our active itineraries: if you read about some specimen of flowers, some green hillocks, a particular ridge, off-track trail, an unknown village, or some unheard of monastery, you can be sure it’s there, just the way you read about it in our itineraries.
Responsible Tourism…Practicing what we preach
Tourism is one of the most happening and largest industries on earth. It gives work to more people worldwide than any other, with millions of families depending on tourism for their daily needs. In Nepal, tourism is the only breadwinner.
At Unique Adventure, we are highly devoted to safeguarding the natural environment and make sure the area we use is left clean when we move away. We generally bury or burn our bio-degradable trash and what’s not disposable is packed and deposited in a bin installed by conservation park authorities.
Our porters are always protected. We are always aware about the risks involved and ensure our guides and porters are well equipped and geared for you to enjoy hassle free services. We strictly follow rules and regulations of the International Porters Protection Group (www.ippg.net).
We avoid camp fires when on the trail and advise our guests to buy wood-fueled hot showers in lodges. On all our ventures we always make sure we give ‘something back’to the community. Unique Adventure has always been involved with helping build schools in mountain villages, assisting widows with an income source, helping educate porters’ children’ and assisting the disabled who have been injured while escorting guests on the mountains etcetera.
We have always been committed to the wellbeing of mountain communities. During the earthquakes that hit Nepal in 2015, we initiated a project called: ‘Hand in Hand Nepal’’ – with the aim to ‘Keep the Mountains Clean – Give back to the Community’’. The concept behind our Program is based on the culture of ‘Travel with a purpose’. We seek to make a difference to communities in need in areas we trek to… the purpose is to start from within and spread the dollar around. Your trips with us can make some differences…big differences in small ways.
Our Mission: is making differences with a purpose
Ours is always a constant search to provide trips in a league of its own.– we are always trying to offer something different, not exactly different things but things done in different ways as much as possible. We want our guests to explore nature and its non fictional myths while experiencing ancient religious beliefs and rich mountain culture in ways that are new and meaningful when visiting our country.
The purpose of our journeys is to avoid trails that are congested by tourists with systematic planning in peak seasons. It is always our desire to soak our clients into the rich culture of the places we visit. We are constantly striving to create a balance between routine sightseeing and real contact with local people and families, perhaps even share a meal with them, especially in areas we trek to.
The Vision: Exploring new frontiers with safety a priority
Since mountaineering has always been the core of our strength from the time of our establishment, our Vision has always been to show you the real Himalayan world for what it is; we do not just pass by some harsh isolated spots that would otherwise be ignored by others; because this helps you to understand the beauty within of certain remote regions where local folks live by traditions unknown to the known world. The forethought is to make sure we go the mile to ensure our guests are given a standard of service and care that ensures safety without forgetting the fun, camaraderie and spirit of stimulating adventure, when above the timberline. Our painstaking detailed planning which goes into preparing your expeditions is sometimes worked out months in advance prior to your arrival in Nepal. Unique Adventure, over the years, has learnt the hard way to believe that ‘somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb, taking risks that can be fatal’’…
Nevertheless, at Unique Adventure, the vision will always be to explore new frontiers with safety being our top priority.
Welcome to the Himalayan state of Nepal! Explore a new world so different from the others you’ve known…it’s a Unique Adventurous world you will never forget in a hurry…
Why book with Us
Why us? Is a conscientious question that requires an honest answer of integrity and devotion of the highest standards.
We are what we were from the very beginning: Read on to know us the way we are…
At Unique Adventure International, We do not pretend to be what we are not, ours is a simple ethic, hospitality straight from the heart. When doing trips with us, you will soon find out excellence with us is not just a norm, it’s more a habit.
We have walked the length and breadth of the Himalaya across Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan for over two decades…and still counting, we have enjoyed all of it so much; right to the hilt. We love our mountains and enjoy it so much when we tread its trails with our trekking guests, who also love these mountains as much as us or maybe even more. We have much knowledge of the land and meticulously plan things so our guests get the utmost from their sojourns with us; we know how chaotic it can be for our guests when they organise holidays so far from home…keeping this in mind, we sort out for the long haul and ensure our guests do not only have fun on the way but also get value for money with purposeful journeys. We know and understand that this may probably be a once in a lifetime holiday where you will explore a world not too familiar and its binding for us to make doubly sure you are completely safe throughout the whole course of your expedition when you are in Nepal. With each trip we do with you, we are constantly searching for ways to improve our services so that your expectations of us are met beyond what you could have ever expected on all fronts. We want that you go home with a happy heart and unforgettable memories of an odyssey well done. With Unique Adventure, this is central to all our thoughts when we meet you.
A small business with big ideals…
We are a small outfit with big ideas and we know how complex human nature can be; its only but human to understand your weaknesses and respect your strengths, both of which will be put to the test on the punishing trails of Nepal, but it’s always our mission to understand you and make your journey as calm as possible.
This is the whole reason why we get repeat clients who never seem to get drained with the Himalayas and enjoy the way we guide them throughout the trip…
We know how worrisome it can be when you choose to live life on the edge… so we go the mile to make sure your holidays become more purposeful, more significant…
We do not push you, no matter what the circumstances…
We know you want it slow and easy the moment your plane hits the tarmac in Kathmandu. We understand your instinctive curiosities and ensure you are left alone with enough space to do what we have planned for you – ‘your way’’. You call the shots – it’s your trip – and we provide you enough freedom to make your own decisions in harmony with your group. We help you to become friends and bridge gaps; it’s a matter of pride for us to mention here that we created some of the best friendships where some morphed into lifetime partnerships and this is how things shape out with us when you assemble in our country. And when we are out with you in the country at high elevations, we ensure that our crew leads you in ways comfortable to your body and physical needs.
Our ‘True-to-Life’ practical itineraries…
Our itineraries are meticulously planned and based on the way you see it when your trip commences. Our themes are hands-on and we take you to some difficult but extraordinary places where some would likely pass by. We know you thirst for the unknown and interesting; your search for things that will ignite your emotions and imaginations, seeking for the ‘whys’, how’s and when’s’ into the mountain culture, lifestyles and traditions that you witness in territory you have never been familiar with. We put in a lot of effort to create astonishing one-off experiences which would make great notes for memorable stories to pass down to the coming generations. Each trip we design opens up new avenues to a whole new world that you are not familiar with…and when you discover the answers, it could be a life changing experience you would have never expected.
Trips to match your time frames…
We are flexible in the way we operate our trips based on your exclusive needs. We understand the kind of pressure ridden world you hail from and know you have worked hard for your dream holidays. Our programs are typically designed to give you the most and the best based on your time limitations without any blemishes on the joys that come with your venture.
You could be planning a budget trek or a luxury tour, maybe even a trekking peak; whatever the choice, we give you an extension combo so you have a scintillating mix of history, the outdoors and even jell in a jungle safari into the potpourri so you have varied experiences within the timeframe you’ve chosen. Our website is programmed to give you a host of options to make you smile…
Accommodation: They say Home is where the Hearth is…and yes, the Pillow!!
We are extra wary when arranging your accommodation before you enter our country. We know we’ve got to give you something that’s closest to home. After consulting with you and being twice as sure about what you’re expecting when it comes down to that most important part of life: resting your body and mind at night, we make sure we give you the best accommodating facilities available at a hotel that’s not only comfortable but also a place that is spanking clean with fresh linen and staff who understand your needs and go the length in making sure you feel at home, no matter what the length of your stay with us.
This also includes the sanitized conditions of the food you are served. Even when on the trails, we go the mile to make sure you find a cosy teahouse with no dampness and enough ventilation to keep you healthy and warm with food that’s organic and clean. We know how important the hearth is wherever you stay. With us, be sure that all your personal needs are taken care of well. Ours is the kind of hospitality that comes straight from the heart…
Safety and Security: This is mandatory and imperative…
Our safety and security arrangements for all our inbound guests cross all boundaries; from the moment your jet hits the tarmac at the airport in Kathmandu. This is a process that begins prior to your arrival in Kathmandu, when we design your itinerary based on the program you have chosen. It begins with choosing the right team for you, especially if it’s a trek. We make sure your crew is primed for any contingency when at altitude. We believe in following firm standards with focus on risk assessment knowing mountain climbing is always a risky business despite the excitement it offers. All the planning is done prior to your arrival so you have a carefree, footloose and fancy free journey, without any hassles.
We always advise our guests to go through medical routines in their home countries before embarking on trips above 3000m. We also encourage our guests to get insured before coming to Nepal.
Your entire stay in Nepal is monitored from day one, especially when you are on the mountains. We take nothing for granted, nature can be a monster when least expected. When booking your trip through ‘Unique Adventure, you are not just a client – you are more than all that - you are a parent, a brother/sister, a close colleague – in a word – ‘family’; and all our safety precautions and personalized services are purely based on this relationship.
We Respect and Care for the local folks and Love the Environment we operate in…
We are conscious in the importance of preserving the natural beauty and culture of Nepal, so that future visitors can also enjoy the wonders of this beautiful but fragile environment. We are sensitive and devoted to responsible travel with minimum impact on the environment and local communities. The planet is large enough for everyone to explore and it’s the curiosity of human nature to explore and discover the unknown. We are always careful about the ecosystems that surround us when we are on the mountains, but we don’t let this spoil the spirit for adventure. We seek to enjoy in ways beneficial to others and wish to respect this beauty that God created for us to appreciate; and we want to keep it that way. Equally important, we instruct our crew and travellers to be aware of the values of responsible travel, by: respecting people, cultures and local environments, in creating goodwill; with cross-cultural sharing and experiences; and helping make sustainable development practical, where we put in efforts to give back more than we take.
Our Trekking crews are Principal to the Company…we’re Family…
One paramount issue for trekking companies in Nepal are employees directly connected to guests when trekking in the Himalayas and this is key to any trip conducted anywhere on the Himalayas. Our staffs in general receive fixed monthly salaries and our trekking crews get special rates as defined by the Ministry of Labour in consultation with the Ministry of Tourism - Government of Nepal.
This also includes the provision of Social Security for mountain workers as per government directives. In addition to this, we also provide climbing training to new comers listed on our payroll. All our seasoned guides are well trained in the use and application of First Aid in the event of any unexpected injuries that may occur in the course of the journey when at altitude.
Field Employees are constantly upgraded for personal development, delivered via courses in English, about nature, history, and ongoing training as mountain guides with techniques based on safety precautions...along with this, our mountain crews are insured and covered against any eventualities. The insurance package covers the cost of health care if injured or sick and provides a lifetime gratuity if any employee is physically disabled. We treat our employees as valuable assets. We know their security and happiness is vital to ensure yours throughout your stay in Nepal…
Innovation: We are constantly juggling new Products…
Ours is a constant search for new trails in the great wilderness. We’re always innovating new areas for travel within and around the city limits and out on the mountains. Nepal has so much to offer in her ancient heritage cities and within the vast expanse of her Himalayas. We ceaselessly research new products in order to give our old clients new thrills; this has always been part of our company’s policies for giving more value for money. We know that many of our guests rarely get time to travel and when they do, they’d sure like to make the best of it; besides Nepal, we even cut across borders giving our guests unbelievable historical and cultural highlights of Tibet, Bhutan and India. We even design divine spiritual tours for the holy who’d sure like to hike down footsteps of ancient ancestors along the Mount Kailash Mountains so that they could come face-to-face with the gods. You even get opportunities to stroll down the cobbled stone Squares of Patan and Bhaktapur and slip into the Forbidden Temple of Pashupatinath. Beyond the spiritual of Kailash in Tibet, our programs take you to the highest region on earth, at an elevation of 4,900 meters (16,000 ft). Very much noted as the ‘roof of the world’, Tibet is symbolic of a mesmerizing culture seeped in spirituality and nature. From superb temples and tranquil monasteries to the Yangtze River and adorable Pandas, our products are molded in a way that ensures you experience a whole new world of amazing discoveries that tells you about God’s gift of a wonderful planet we all live in.
We give you Mountain Yoga
The Mountain Yoga we offer on the trail is an earthy, friendly and unassuming space, dedicated to healing and transformation as your mind battles the vagaries of nature while on your journey in the wild. When you decide to holiday on the mountains; it’s like a calling into the high and wild to experience Mother Nature at a higher level and to explore her true beauty. But there’s another calling that wants you to find release from your inner demons. It might be seen as the feeling that there has to be more to life than our day-to-day routines in the machine of modern day society. As you go higher above the tree-lines, our certified yoga guides give you the kind of alignment helpful to your body’s needs when adjusting to the thin air at altitude. They are compassionate, knowledgeable and guide you with postures and breathing exercises that promote physical fitness at higher elevations, keeping the mind calmer, making your self-awareness more acute, and help you get more balanced, while preventing you from having any problems with altitude mountain sickness. Yoga is an ancient practice known for thousands of years to clean out even the deepest mental grooves and rigid mindsets which may hamper your trip and spoil the fun on your trek.
We are the only adventure company in Nepal offering our guests mountain yoga which enhances hassle free trips and keeps our guests safe from common altitude problems.
Our Success Ratio…
We’ve been through it all – the ups and downs have been full and plenty. The series of earthquakes of 2015 affected us bitterly; however, we kept the faith. We knew this was nature at its best and worst. We do not take anything for granted when it’s a tryst with Mother Nature, especially in the wilderness above the tree-lines. We knew we would still need these mountains more than they need us...These mountains teach us so much about life. It was Almighty God that created these mountains with all its stark beauty, but then a natural calamity can be lurking somewhere around the bend, and we must always be aware of the environment - and this comes with respect, consciousness and faith.
Despite the hurdles and hiccups, our Success Ratio has been over 98%, why? Because experience has taught us the hard way to Love God, respect the mountains, to learn from our mistakes, and to always, at all times, be Honest with our Guests…and let God do the rest.
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