Explore Himalaya recently organized an incentive trip to Nepal for mid to high level employees of a Russian company, MTS. The group trekked through the hills of Sindhupalchowk, rounding up their trek with an exciting bungee and swinging adventure at ‘The Last Resort’ located near Kodari, the Nepal-Tibet border. Explore Himalaya caught up with the group on their return to Kathmandu and talked with some of the group leaders. Here’s what they had to say:
– Konstantin, Moscow
“Explore Himalaya did a very good job of organizing this trip. The staff were very friendly and the trek was an unforgettable experience! I can talk about it for hours!! Our guide was very polite, friendly, told us many interesting things about the life of the Nepalese. We really enjoyed it, and had the most favorable impression. The bungee jump and the subsequent tour of Kathmandu were very impressive. I jumped twice – swing and bungee.
The support staff and guides from Explore Himalaya were all very polite, alert and did their best to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable.After the completion of the trip, I realized how difficult it must have been for Explore Himalaya to organize this trek. Obviously a lot of hard work has gone into organizing this trip and I commend Explore Himalaya for organizing it so smoothly. Surprises were at every turn – in the city, and during the trek but everything got solved. Trekking was a pleasant experience for me. The weather helped us and we were able to see the snow capped Himalayan mountains. It was a daunting organizational challenge, but kudos to Explore Himalaya for making a success of it. With so many uncontrollable factors, everything was organized perfectly!”
– Mikhail, Rostov-na-Donu
“To get on this “Big Game” and experience the emotions with such a force is something I will not experience anywhere else. The huge adrenaline rush while bungeeing and swinging at the ‘The Last Resort’, is unforgettable. Trekking was great too! Nepal is an amazing country with its culture, and vivid contrasts, everywhere you look there is something interesting and unusual. The people are very friendly. Our trip was organized very well and I really enjoyed it.”
– Andrey, Moscow
“The program was very well organized. I have extensive experience traveling in Asia and I was very cautious initially. I was pleasantly surprised to find many things were better than I expected. I know it’s hard to plan something and follow the exact schedule. I constantly checked by our coordinating team all the circumstances of the way. I was very pleasantly surprised that, despite all the extreme conditions everything was organized so well. During the trek the meals were adapted to European taste, which I liked very much. I would recommend my friends to visit Nepal to participate in the treks, go for rafting, and learn more about the Himalayan flora and fauna. There are amazing changes in temperature at different altitudes. Nepal is ideal for family holidays. I would recommend people to come here with their families and children.”
– Mariya, Moscow
“I have a lot of impressions! It’s like a kaleidoscope, which adds up a new picture each time. It is an unusual country and I am glad that I managed to experience the culture. Through this journey I was able to learn the new capabilities of participants and my own. Thanks to the trekking and the final challenge – bungee jumping, we were all tried and tested. We visited a Buddhist nunnery in the morning and was very impressed with Pashupatinath and the cremation site. We ended our trek by bungee jumping and swinging. From our group (74 people) nearly all jumped, only a few people for obvious reasons could not make the jump. This is a good result for such a large group. During the trip, many people overcame their difficulties and fear and I am grateful to Explore Himalaya. I was struck by the fact that the President of your company personally accompanied us during the entire route. I do respect his gesture. I personally have a desire to come here with my family. I was not intimately familiar with Nepal and I have no experience in mountain travel, but this experience has made me return to Nepal again!”
On the first week of March (10th to 13th, March, 2011), Explore Himalaya organized a Team Building Programme (3 days & 4 nights) for a corporate group from the Middle – East, whose main office is based in the UK. Altogether there were 14 members of seven different nationalities. Explore Himalaya had signed up the group for Team Building activities at Gokarna Forest Resort at Sankhu and at The Last Resort in Kodari. Popular with corporate groups, these activities help team members bond, build trust, improve communication, instill leadership qualities and learn how to work in coordination.
Warm welcome to the group – At the airport
After arriving in Kathmandu the group was driven to Gokarna Forest Resort. Fully rested, after lunch they were divided into four different groups and the Team Building session commenced. Each group was given a different task to complete within a stipulated time. There was fun and laughter all around, as each group tried its best to complete the task. A BBQ dinner with a Nepali cultural program served as a fitting finale for the team’s first day.
Team Building Activity
Early next morning, the group was escorted for a guided sightseeing tour to Bhaktapur- a medieval Malla kingdom. After an insightful tour they were driven to Dhulikhel for lunch. Enjoying the Himalayan panorama from a hill-side resort the group was served a sumptuous lunch. The next stop for them was the Last resort. Driving along the Nepal- Tibet border, the group reached The Last Resort, located in Kodari the Nepalese border town. After some more group activities it was time for dinner. A live band played while dinner was served.This made the experience doubly pleasurable.
Rafting on the rapids of Bhote Koshi
The next morning the team hiked up to the woods surrounding the resort and later cooled down by rafting at the Bhote Koshi river. After spending an enjoyable day, the group checked out of the resort and headed to Dhulikhel. Post lunch they were taken for a short hike to Chandaswori. The group’s trip ended as they were driven back to the hotel for final pack-up and departure.
Comments by the group: "Our trip in Nepal with Explore Himalaya was really amazing. It was a great experience for all of us and we will never forget it. In our case: a group of 14 people, 7 nationalities, 3 different religions, team building is more than a fun trip with the colleagues. It is really important, strategic and needed: to understand each other and manage to work together efficiently on a daily basis in the office, whatever our differences.
Your program helped us to reach this goal, and also gave us the chance to better know the new joiners, to discover some people’s personality, to improve the communication and the trust within the team and to understand how important the team work is.Thank you again for everything!!"
"Definitely don’t regret my choice to have selected your company for our team building trip 2011 and will recommend it! Good luck to all the staff for the future: to our guides, driver, cameraman, Prabhakar, Maya, and everyone we had the chance to meet during our trip!"
-Audrey, Marketing & Events Manager in the Middle-East
According to a news item posted on NTB’s website the Government of Nepal is offering NRS 500,000/- to any organizer holding a MICE event with more than 100 foreign participants in Nepal. The participants should enter Nepal via air. The report further says that the government would offer the cash to the organization upon submission of relevant documents as evidence within seven days of completion of the event.
Best memory of the trip was helicopter ride to Everest. I would recommend fellow travelers to include the helicopter ride to Mt. Everest during their trip to Nepal.