Draped along the greatest heights of the Himalaya, the kingdom of Nepal is where the ice-cold of the mountains meets the steamy heat of the Indian plains. It's a land of yaks and yetis, stupas and sherpas, some of the best trekking on earth and the closest thing that backpackers have to Disneyland.
- Lonely Planet
Holidays that make a Difference
Ethical Trekking Nepal will take you on the adventure of your lifetime, while the money you spend benefits orphaned and abandoned children. We are a small and friendly Nepali agency, based in the beautiful town of Pokhara in the foothills of the Himalayas. We provide tailor-made treks, tours and sightseeing all over Nepal and as far as Tibet and India. Guests are welcome to visit our home stay in Pokhara, at the Children's Home that Ethical Trekking Nepal supports. We hope you will enjoy finding out more about the opportunities we have to offer and we are looking forward to plan your trip!
Warm greetings, Krishna Acharya
Krishna made my trip to Nepal. From the moment I stepped from Kathmandu airport I was made to feel at home. The warmth of his character and his instant friendliness soon made us close friends. The depth and variety of his knowledge never ceased to amaze me and keep me entertained; he looked after me so well and on the occasion that I became unwell, I was particularly impressed with his sensitivity to my condition. My time with Krishna will always remain in my heart and I cannot recommend him more highly as a travel companion.
- E. Dobson (22), UK
Why Choose Ethical Trekking Nepal?
We will Design Your Trip for You
We pride ourselves in offering a personal, friendly and meaningful experience. We want you to have the holiday you want and we will work it out according to your preferences, time, budget, etc. Let us take care of the details to give you an enjoyable and stress-free experience.
- All our packages include:
- Flight reservation
- Airport collection and drop-off
- Hotel reservation
- In-country travel reservation
- Experienced guide
- Porters (if you wish)
- Kind treatment
- Smart planning
- We can also arrange:
- Everest Mountain flight
- Horse riding
- Bungee jumping
- Car/jeep hire
- Helicopter rescue
- Medical assistance
Krishna Dhai (older brother) is a motivated, passionate man with a kind heart and a cheeky smile. I met Krishna on my second visit to Nepal. Over the 3.5 months that I was living in Nepal I formed a deep trust with Krishna and also had a lot of fun, particularly scooting around town on the back of his motorbike while running errands for the orphanage. Krishna will continue to do great things in life; he is a true inspiration.
Krishna's knowledge of trekking is amazing and was very helpful for when I went trekking to Annapurna Base Camp. He was too busy with his work at home to come trekking but organised a guide/ porter for my father and I. When we both fell ill before our trek Krishna came to visit us to make sure we were okay. I will return to Nepal one day to trek with Krishna. With a sweet, caring disposition, a great sense of humour and a positive outlook he is everything you want from a guide... and a friend. Thanks Krishna!
- Iona Krefel (26), Australia
Help Orphaned and Abandoned Children
100% of the profits we receive from your holiday will go directly to Shangri-La New Dawn Children's Home. Which is a small, loving family for 11 orphaned and abandoned children from across Nepal. Once begging on the streets, living off rubbish dumps or working as servants, these beautiful children now have a second chance in life through an education and training. Our vision is for them to return to their original communities to provide the help they need, in professions such as medical professionals, social workers or teachers.
Whilst, Shangri-la New Dawn Children House is supported by MDMAM - Cassie and personal donations, contributions from Ethical Trekking Nepal are a fundamental part to the home becoming self sustainable. Shangri-La New Dawn is run by Krishna, who also manages Ethical Trekking Nepal.
"Main Dans La Main autour du monde-cassis" is an NGO based in Cassis, France. MDMAM provide funding and training to local humanitarian projects while upholding a profound respect for the local culture, religion and tradition. MDMAM Association was created to provide adequate and sustainable solutions for the poorest populations. Set up in 2004, after a partial activity of 8 years and on the eve of a trip of 27 months. We encourage a discussion on humanitarian aid, take time to observe, discuss and understand why and how to help? Empowering the best people to give them autonomy and management of their future projects.
We have different projects around the world and Shangri-la New Dawn Children home is one of the supported subjects in Nepal. Knowing Krishna from 2006, we have decided to fund the Shangri-la New Dawn Children Home Since 2009.
Our motto and aim for Ethical Trekking Nepal could make Shangri-la self running in the near future and give opportunity and job to our children. If you are interested to know more about us, please don't hesitate to contract us.
We look forward to hear from you.
Contact address in France
Main Dans Main Autour du Monde (MDMAM)
MEVA rue Severin Icard 13260-Cassie, France
We know Krishna so long ago and went to Annunapurna Base camp in 2006. He is a very good guide, knowing so many things about his country, culture, diversity, people, flora, fauna, etc...
As we are not young, by his knowledge of walking in the mountains, we could go without any problems to our destination. We have easily been to Mustang/Mukthinath trek without any problem in our second trekking in Nepal and had a great time. Krishna is like our son/brother and without fear, we could go anywhere in Nepal. We trust him and decided to support Shangri-la and big family.
- Anne and Louis, Cassie - France
Enjoy our Hospitality
Guests visiting the Annapurnas are invited to stay with Shangri-La Family before and after trekking. We offer home stay accommodation with four comfortable rooms (3 with attached bathrooms) and delicious, Nepali style meals.
Krishna and his family would love the opportunity to get to know you and the children are delightful company! For pictures and more information, please see next section - Home Stay.
Let our Experienced Staff take Care of You
With nearly two decades experience in the trekking industry, Krishna Acharya is heading the team with his down-to-earth organisational skills and hearty sense of humour. He will plan your holiday and if he is unable to be your guide he will pair you up with another member of our friendly and capable team.
Staying at Shangri-La Children's home really made an impression on me, and I surely will not ever forget it. A big part of the experience was being so warmly received by Krishna and his family. It was a "home away from home" feeling. I loved the kids, and it was incredibly sad to leave them!
Krishna is an expert at making trekking trips, and when he is your trekking company one feels safe and protected. He has a good mood and will always do his best to make you have an unforgettable nature experience. I hope I'll visit this wonderful family some other time in life.
- Elisabeth Gjarum Dub (35), Norway
Shangri-la New Dawn Home Stay offers guests a wonderful chance to experience everyday Nepali life and culture. Shangri-La New Dawn Children's Home offers four comfortable guest rooms (3 with attached bathrooms) and delicious, Nepali style meals. Those visiting the Annapurnas are invited to stay with Shangri-La Family before and after trekking, or whilst sightseeing in Pokhara.
- Some of the highlights include:
- Organic vegetables, eggs, honey and milk produced by the family
- Panoramic views of snow-capped peaks from the balconies and rooftop
- Meet the children your money will be supporting!
There are a total of 13 beds and guests are welcome to stay for any amount of time up to a month. Facilities include free Wi-Fi and solar hot water.
Shangri-La Children's Home is run by Krishna, who also manages Ethical Trekking Nepal. To find out more about the Children's Home, please see About Us - Help Orphaned and Abandoned Children.
It was a pleasure for me to build this website for you - man of a big soul. I like the way you treat and help children from streets as well as your life attitude and diligence. Together with Jana we spent wonderful holiday in Nepal and enjoyed our stay in your home. It is by chance that we met, by choice that we became friends. Thank you very much for everything, I wish you all the best! Krishna, take care of your lovely family. I will never forget and wish to visit you again one day.
- David Novak (30), Czech Rep.
Nepal is the land of Great Himalayas, Lord Buddha and the land of perfect blends of ancient beauty and modernity; with so many geographical and cultural diversities. Nepal as "a yam between two boulders", that separates the Asian giants of China and India.
Nepal is one of the most beautiful dreamlands in Asia. Impregnable and enchanting Snowy Himalayas including the highest Mt. Everest (8848 M/ 29,028 ft), flat lowlands, lush tropical jungles full of wildlife and with varieties of flora and fauna, all lies within a distance of 150 miles/240 kilometers of each other. Nepal is a paradise for the tourists and a visitor's dream come true.
Kathmandu, the capital with its rich cultural heritage, exquisite temples and Pagodas dedicated to the Hindu Gods & Goddess, Buddhist Chaityas and old palaces with carved windows and doors are a sculptor's dream and an architect's delight. It is a land of incredible contrasts.
Its cultural landscape is every bit as diverse: a dozen major ethnic groups, speaking as many as fifty languages and dialects, coexist in this narrow, jumbled buffer state, while two of the world's great religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, overlap and mingle with older tribal traditions - yet it's a testimony to the Nepalis' tolerance and good humour that there is no tradition of ethnic or religious strife.
Nepal is a nation of unaffected villages and terraced hillsides - more than eighty percent of the population lives off the land - and whether you're trekking, biking or bouncing around in packed buses, sampling this simple lifestyle is perhaps the greatest pleasure of all.
Nepal is probably the most famous destination in the world for a growing range of outdoor activities, covered in a separate section of this guide. Trekking from village to village through the hills and up into high Himalayan valleys is an experience not to be missed. The scenery varies from cultivated terraces to lush rhododendron forests to glacier-capped peaks.
Mother Nature has showered her infinite love and gifts to this land and the visitors can witness these while trekking in the mountains, rafting in the thundering rivers and on elephant back safaris in the jungles.
Ethical trekking has prepared a set of information and itineraries for our valued clients who would like to enjoy the adventure of a lifetime and after this is over they would definitely carry a sweet memory of a lifetime back home.
Krishna Kaka (uncle) is not only our guide through Himalaya, he is a gentle soul that we've met in our past life, at least that's what we think. What we admire the most from him is his passion, and of course his radiant eyes that is full of life. Almost every aspect of his life is driven by his passion. He is the kind of person who could jump through the hill only to be able to say that he loves you. His passion on humankind is the force that lead him to become a guide, and later on Coordinator in an orphanage. He will not stop by introducing you to his mountain, he will go further until suddenly you realize that you have been in love with the country itself. And then he will send you back to your real life with a pocket full of love and believe, that a journey through the Himalayan is merely a way to regain your believes in others.
- Ista, Asih and their son Jojo, Indonesian family who met Krishna in 2005 and came back in 2007
We offer wide palette of services including planning and support for mountain trekking, organized tours and variety of activities.
Underneath follows the table of common treks in three world famous regions, which are well described, having carefully prepared itinerary. However, we are open to consult any specific requests and ready to prepare the trip right according to your needs.
|Region||Trek||Days||Accom.||Max. Altitude||Grade (A=easy)||Seasons|
|Everest||Everest Base Camp||14||Lodge||5545||C||Sep-May|
|Everest Panorama||8||Lodge||3867||B||All year round|
|Long Classic Everest
(Jiri - Gokyo - Kalapattar)
|Gokyo - EBC - Kalapattar||24||Lodge||5545||C||Sep-May|
|Langtang||Langtang Valley||9||Lodge||3900||C||All year round|
|Langtang / Gosainkunda||14||Lodge||4381||C|
|Langtang + Gosainkunda + Helambu||14||Lodge||4381||C||Oct-May|
|Ganesh Himal + Langtang||17||Camp||4600||C||Oct-May|
|Annapurna Base Camp||10-14||Lodge||4130||B||All year round|
|Jomsom / Muktinath||7-10||Lodge||3800||A-B|
|Ghorepani / Poonhill||8||Lodge/Camp||3194||A|
I just loved my stay at Shangri-La! Krishna and his wife Bishnu took such good care of us and it was really relaxing there. You feel like you are a part of the family, the children are great and the food is tasty. Krishna came with us on one trek and helped us organize another. He knows everything about trekking and Nepal! He is also great company, always with a smile and a funny story. We laughed a lot! I will also never forget his scary stories around the fire place late at night... Krishna and his familly will always be in my hearth and I truly hope to get back there someday soon.
- Stine Ose (32), Norway
Phewa lake, Annapurna panorama and Stupa - 1 day
This is a short day trek from Pokhara, during around 5 hours, that combines a beautiful mountain panorama, a Buddhist temple and boating on the Phewa Lake. A day trip with a guide with packed lunch and water included. Throughout the journey one can get the great opportunity to see Himalayan view of Mount Dhaulageri, Annapurna 1 and Manasulu with experience of traditional and cultural local village life like Pheme and Pumdi villages.
Royal Chitwan National Park - 3 days
This is a paradise for nature lovers and the perfect place to come and relax after trekking. Over 50 species of mammals, 450 of birds and 67 of butterflies live in the 932sq km of forest, water marshes and grassland. Spot tigers, leopards and rhinos as you ride an elephant through the jungle, and paddle down a river to see crocodiles and dolphins. Meet baby elephants at the elephant breeding centre and learn about the original Tharu culture at the cultural show.
Lumbini - 3 days
Visit the birth place of Lord Buddha, and relax in the peaceful surroundings. Marvel at the impressive architecture and enlighten yourself with yoga and meditation at a place of pilgrimage for Buddhist as well as reverence for peace lovers of any religious faith throughout the world.
- Mountain Flight
- Pony Trekking
- Cultural Tour
- Bungee Jumping
At the beginning of my first trekking in Nepal, Krishna was my trekking guide, but after three weeks I have left Nepal and Krishna as a good friend. I have to thank him, that he has made this amazing experience possible - I had the chance to see Nepal and its people from a very closed point of view. He was always willed to fullfil my wishes and his humor was good encouragement at the various steps (Namche, Tengboche, Lobuche, etc.).
- F. Krause (23), Germany
Sight Seeing Tours
For detailed description please visit our separate sightseeing page.
You can click the itinerary of your choice for detail information. The combination of any Tour itineraries with other adventure itineraries are Tailor made to suit your interest, time, and budget. Hence we welcome your inquiries for any combination or individual itineraries.
- Itinerary list
- Kathmandu/Nagarkot 3 night/4 days
- Kathmandu/Pokhara 6 night/7 days
- Pashupati and Mukti Nath Darshan 5 night/6 days
- Kathmandu/Nagarkot/Pokhara Chitwan 7 night/8 days
- Kathmandu/Nagarkot/Chitwan Jungle Safari 6 night/7 days
- Kathmandu/ Lumbini/ Pokhara/7 nights/8 days
- Kathmandu Valley Tantrik Tour 6 nights/ 7 days
- Nepal Honeymoon Tour 9 night/10 days
- Kathmandu/Pokhara/Chitwan Jungle Safari 8 night/9 days
- Kathmandu/Chitwan/Lumbini/Pokhara 9 night/10 days
- Kathmandu/Chitwan/Lumbini/Pokhara 10 night/11 days
- Kathmandu/Nagarkot/Gorakha/ Manakamana/ Pokhara/Bardiya Safari /Lumbini 14 night/15 Days
We spent with Krishna and all his family great time, that I will never forget! Krishna helped us to organize our trip to mountains. His knowledge of Annapurna region mountains is amazing! Hospitality of all members of family caused that I didn't want to leave Nepal :-)
Thank you for everything, Krishna, Bishnu and all from Shangri-La New Dawn Children's Home! You all made our trip! Hope to see you soon!
- Jana Kocianova (31), Czech Rep.
Address & Contacts
Ethical Trekking Nepal Pvt. Ltd
Pokhara (show map)
PO Box 213
GPS 28°12'41.1"N 83°57'25.8"E
Do not hesitate asking if you have any questions, feel free to contact us and we help you as much as we can. Will you join our international friendship of people who care about nature and future sustainability of turism development?
We are looking forward to welcome you here in Pokhara,
Krishna Acharya & Family