Machhendra Tamang


Feb. 19, 2011.

To Whom it may concern,

Having trekked in Nepal on several occasions and used the guiding services of Machendra Tamang, we wish to recommend him to prospective clients. Machendra's vast experience, professionalism, knowledge, familiarity with the region and his care for his clients is exceptional.

Trekking in Nepal is always something of a spiritual journey for us, but it is made even more special by experiencing the genuine friendship and companionship Machendra shared with us. We encourage prospective clients to utilize his services and ensure continuing employment for him. We believe that your enjoyment of Nepal will be maximized if Machendra is your guide.

On our most recent trek, our small group of four also used the services of Machendra's brother Changba and brother-in-law Kimba. Both of these porters were delightfully cheerful company who voluntarily attended to our every need.

On our latest trek in the Solu Khumbu, we travelled in a clockwise direction from Lukla to Namchee, Thame, across the Renjo La, Gokyo, across the Cho La, Dhzongla, Gorak Shep (Kalla Patthar and EBC), Dinboche to Lukla with many side trips while acclimatizing. This involved crossing a number of high passes and peaks between 5 000 and 6 000 metres. However, Machendra's careful planning ensured excellent acclimatization where no-one experienced even a minor headache. Machendra is highly attuned to the abilities of clients and balances that with the altitude to tailor a sensible pace and ensure everyone's safety. This includes carrying a client's pack if they are struggling on a particular day.

If necessary, Machendra will organize everything including internal flights, permits, accommodation, side tours, visas, etc, and he does so without any commission. He is a highly principled man whose honesty and integrity are beyond question. He has a great depth of character and an absolutely delightful nature and his wonderful sense of humour is another bonus. His dignity and sensitivity is displayed in a quiet, caring manner while he goes about the business of guiding, communicating and negotiating, always in a very unobtrusive manner. Everything on the trek works smoothly because of the efficiency and diplomacy that characterizes him.

Machendra is especially alert, observant and attentive to your condition and he shows a genuine, heartfelt concern for your comfort and welfare. Always, he ensured our needs (meals, lodging, warmth, security, etc.) were met first before he attended to his own. Nothing was too much trouble for him and he communicated his ideas readily and showed flexibility in discussing alternative agendas as they arose. Machendra is an experienced cook and if lodges are busy at meal times, he also cooks excellent meals.

It was a privilege for us to once again enjoy the genuine friendship and sincerity Machendra so readily established with us. Because of his forthright honesty and integrity, we developed a very strong attachment and respect for him. He is an absolute credit to the Trekking Industry of Nepal and we recommend him to you most highly. Without a doubt, when next we visit Nepal, we will ensure that Machendra is our guide.

Thank you again Machendra, for your friendship, efficiency and care. The trek was wonderful but your company added to the enjoyment and the great memories of Nepal.

Best wishes,

Your Friends,

Peter & Kim Cook



March, 2010

I found Machhendra Tamang through an internet search, thanks to the precise and warm recommendations posted by his previous customers. I was impressed by how quickly he answered to emails and by how easily we could talk by phone and set up the program of the “three pass” trek I wanted to do (March 2010). During the trek, I had the great advantage of an experienced independent guide and I got a wonderful personal service. Machhendra has a deep knowledge of the itinerary, the passes and he arranges accommodation and food according to the wishes of his customer in any place. He was so careful about cooking and tableware that I had the great advantage of a diarrhea-free trek! Moreover he knows to guess the physical potential of his customer and thus adapts the schedule to the fitness of his client, if necessary.. He is a friendly individual, thoughtful, respectful, and patient. He is very professional and made me feel safe at all times, even in heavy snow conditions. I always travelled at the pace I liked.

I had a wonderful experience trekking with Machhendra and I thus recommend him without any reservation. I can answer any questions about him at



My husband and I have used Machhendra Tamang three times. Annapurna Circuit & Santuary 2006 (26 days), Annapurna Circuit 2008 (18 days), and Everest region 2008 starting from Jiri (30 days) including Gokyo, Kala Patar, Chhamlang, over Cho La and Kongma La passes, up Gokyo Ri, Kala Patar and Chhukhung Ri.

Machhendra speaks very good English and is both a professional trekking and climbing guide. He has experience trekking throughout Nepal and organizing and leading expeditions to many trekking peaks (Island, Mera, and Pisang Peaks). He was an excellent guide for us trekking in Everest and Annapurna regions.

Some examples of his proactiveness includes asking porter friends to secure lodging for us when conditions were crowded, cooking for us when the kitchen staff was running late (he is an outstanding cook), and making recommendations on avoiding any AMS (altitude sickness). Machhendra carried about 15 kilos for me in the Everest region. Machhendra helped us to plan and implement the treks we envisioned and we highly recommend him.

Barb B., Encinitas CA


As a single woman trekking in Nepal, I was a little concerned that I might not find a reliable or trustworthy guide. Luckily I found Machhendra.

In November/December 2008 I trekked with Machhendra in the Annapurna region for 18 days. It was a trip of a lifetime, and mostly due to Machhendra's guidance. Each day of our trip held new wonders, pointed out by his keen eyes and kind heart. We toured temples most trekkers might have missed had they been on their own, or with a guide of less experience. Even when temples were closed he would seek out the caretaker to open the doors and give us a tour.

Our pace while trekking was perfect, not too fast to miss the sights and not too slow to arrive after dark. There are many ways to trek through Nepal, but none better than with an experienced and caring guide like Machhendra. I am planning to return to Nepal and when I do, I will most certainly hire Machhendra as my guide, my friend, to tour the Everest region.  

Kelly Byron, age 45, Florida, USA