Recently came back from a 2 nights-3 days trek with Ashmita Trek and Tours. We actually booked via e-mail after communicating directly with the owner, Subash. After my first e-mail exchanges with Subash, I decided to stop checking anywhere else and settled on his company. Why? Subash's e-mail responses were straight forward, prompt and very informative. We were also on a very tight schedule and Subash designed an itinerary tailored to our needs. This is truly one of Ashimita's strong points: the adaptability and customization of its services. It is one thing to chase after the lower price possible on the market, but it is another to find a company that is truly there to listen to and satisfy your needs.
The trek itself was MAGNIFICENT. We had booked to start our trek at Gairibas and make our way to Phalut. This meant that we hired a jeep for the distance between Darjeeling and Gairibas as well as for the return from Phalut. Every aspect of the trek was perfect - from our guide who was always so friendly and ready to help, to the drivers who ensured a safe journey on the bumpy roads, to the lodges which while minimal, more than satisfied our needs for food and sleep.
The highlight of the trek was the view of the Himalaya and Mount Everest. No words can explain the feeling of standing in front of this natural wonder. It is a must see for anyone traveling to the Darjeeling region.
Finally, I want to highlight the wonderful human being that is the owner, Subash. Upon returning to Darjeeling on the last day of our trek, Subash made it a point to meet with us in Darjeeling to show us around town (the tea estate, the main market, etc.) He even invited us for beer and food later in the evening. This gave us the opportunity to learn more about the man behind this company. He is a generous, kind and funny man as well as a loving father. It was wonderful getting to know his life story as well as his reasons/sources of motivation behind Ashmita Trek and Tours. Subash is not in the business solely for the money; he is here to provide for his children and ensure their future. It truly is a wonderful thing.
I could not recommend this company enough to anyone traveling to Darjeeling. Please, make it a point to communicate with Subash by e-mail or in person if you decide to trek around the area. You will not be disappointed.
Thank you Subash for everything!