Shiva is an excellent guide. He was waiting for us in front of Gaden of Dreams at the same time indicated in the booking. He is a good English speaker. I was very happy to know that he is the one that initiated the free tour concept in Kathmandu.
Its the best tour in Kathmandu and highly recommended. You will get a full explanation on every part that you pass through. In addition, if you get tired, Shiva will find for you the best place to take rest and drink whatever you want.
Many thanks to Shiva and good luck!
July 31, 2017
Shiva was an amazing guide, we werent in town on the normal days he runs the tour so he offered to meet just the two of us for his walking tour on a Sunday. The walking tour itself was incredible, Shiva is incredibly knowledgable on the streets of Kathmandu and all the history of both the city itself and the different cultures that make it up. We went places we would have never thought we were actually allowed, got information on the ins and outs of the city and saw great little tucked away gems that we would have just walked past had we been on our own. Such a great way to be introduced to a city and get some context for your stay, highly recommended. If you are in a smaller group Shiva is also happy to tailor the tour to your interests. Complete legend and cannot recommend enough.
July 30, 2017
Shiva is a legend! One of the nicest people we have met during our stay in Nepal. He runs the only free walking tour in Nepal and is full of knowledge about the sites and history of the Nepalese people. We booked the day before as a last minute thing but was pleasantly surprise with how amazing the tour was. Nice to have a local to take us off the beaten track, we can say we are very lucky to have had shiva as our guide! If we knew shiva before we booked our poon hill trek we would definitely have had him as our guide! Keep up the good work shiva :)
July 13, 2017
A stunning way to explore the surrounding mountains of Kathmandu! Shiva was a wonderful tour guide with deep knowledge of the area and people.
Our trip began in Kathmandu where we were picked up by Shiva, then drove high up into the mountains. We began our hike down, trekking through the mountainside. We were greeted with "Namaste" by the adorable school children and local farmers. The trip took us trekking through the mountains to the ancient temples and sacred sites! We were awarded with amazing views of the valley and rice fields below. It was humbling to see the way of life of the local mountain people. They live quite differently from the western world—a truly eye opening experience.
The day tour was one of the best experiences from the trip, truly unforgettable. A must do for anyone visiting Nepal. I cant say enough about Shiva. He was so kind, personable, and an all around wonderful tour guide. Thank you Shiva!!
May 30, 2017
I am a travel agent from Michigan, and took my group of 12 adults to India and Nepal for 12 days. In Kathmandu, we hired the services of Himkala Adventures. From the start, I knew everything was going to be smooth. I sent an email to Shiva, the owner, and got a response back immediately! He agreed to arrange a walking tour of Kathmandu along with a full day guided tour of Patan and Bhaktapur. Shiva met us at the airport with a kind smile and helped us with our luggage. His English was absolutely fantastic and we could tell he was very passionate about Nepal. He took us to our hotel to check in and was very patient with us as we took our time. His walking tour was VERY informative! We all learned so much and Shiva had an answer to all of our questions. On the following day, our bus tour was equally as good-- with lots of great sites included and absolutely impeccable leadership from Shiva. I just cannot speak highly enough of him. I have traveled to 63 countries and have had so many guides, but Shiva is one of a kind. You can tell he is not in the business for the money, but he really cares about spreading education about Nepal. I cannot wait to book another tour with him next year. Thanks so much, Shiva!!
May 23, 2017