I'm Moira Ní Ghallachóir, and my story in a nut shell is, I moved back home to Donegal four year ago having lived away for 18 years. Inspired by my culture, the landscape and concerned for the economy in my community, I started a sustainable tourism enterprise that’s about giving back, nurturing what exists and creating customised packages that are both authentic and valuable.
And I'm proudly not funded by any government body, we are independent! HALALOOYAH!
If someone had told me three years ago that starting this business would be the life changing adventure it is and continues to be, I would have said. "that's impossible", I've traveled the world, I've seen it all. How do! The word "impossible" should be removed from the dictionary.
Mohan Nepal was born in India, a Himalayan Trekker for more than 20 years. He met his wife Carol, from Donegal, at an Everest base camp fell in love and now lives here in Donegal with their three beautiful children.
When Mohan came to me last year and said "what do you think about organising a trip to India with your Rock agus Roam brand? I was like – Yes absolutely! Not just because I want to go to India, it's deeper than that. I want to see how another indigenous culture can survive on tourism alone, in a country with very few services and no corporate bodies ruling the show. Imagine Ireland this way! No corporate bodies running the show! It sounds nice right... And Mohan himself, what an inspiring man of honour and integrity who wants to make a difference in the world, he certainly has in our community, in so many ways. He has inspired me in both my personal life and in business and without him this trip would not be happening, so thank you Mohan, go raibh míle maith agat as an deis seo!
Mohan has customised and personalised this tour in such a way that you just cannot buy this online. It is totally unique, authentic and incredible value for money. We’re going to meet the people who live in the Himalayas, get to know and feel connected with the the places we visit and many other secret places that you would just never find if it weren't for our expert. It really doesn't get more authentic than this. I know I'm going to learn so much on this trip, not just about India but culture and people, the world and myself.
Visiting remote mountain villages, trekking through the world renowned Himalayan range, with an entourage of locals to look after us throughout. We'll have cooks, yaksman, guides, literally everything we could possibly need, all we have to do is take it all in, immerse ourselves in the culture, feel the sun in our faces. Just enjoy the people and go with the flow. We don't even have to carry bags. We advise a moderate level of fitness, there's no climbing, nothing strenuous and you can also take your own pace.
I live by saying "Yes" it has never let me down! If you're thinking of coming on this tour, say yes to yourself right now, and just do it, contact me here for a chat. I'll be there with you. I have never regretted saying yes.
Of course we shall see some of the famous sites, I can't wait to visit the Pink City - Jaipur, but with a local guide like Mohan, we’ll be dipping in and out and avoiding the mayhem, the queues and all the touristy stuff, which I hate. Anyone agree? Savvy travellers! I love this aspect. And for the 15 people who've signed up for this ultimate adventure, you're going to have the time of your lives, an unforgettable experience that will be both a life changing and inspiring adventure which will stay with you forever. I feel so lucky to be part of this and know the experience will enhance my ability to build an independent tour business here in Donegal.
I love Donegal, and like Ladakh, it is untouched by predictable tourism, we’re the only Irish speaking area in Ulster, ancient traditions and crafts survive here, our musical talent is incredible, it's simply world class. It pisses me off that the government doesn't value our culture or our language. mng Tours value culture. mng Tours value language and we care for our communities and the people who work hard everyday to make Donegal and Ireland such an incredible place to experience. It pisses me off that the best workshop for tourism businesses give us more tips on how to be friendly than to actually growing our businesses. My promise is to work hard to nurture our culture, give back to the community and support other local businesses - no Paddy Whackery, just authentic experiences that grow the local economy. For the people by the people. If you need advice in your start up tourism business, give me a call anytime.
The cool thing is that even though you may have missed the boat for this trip we are planning another one...watch this space. We leave Dublin on the 17th August and return on the 2nd September, we have thought of everything, so you don't have to. This really is the ultimate package and includes all your international and domestic flights all your accommodation, each day is carefully planned, all transfers, a 6 day trek with all your meals, expert guides, white water rafting, city visits, hotels and lots of other surprises. It's incredible value at only €2,250 or £1,640. Around €20 a day pocket money, unless like me, you're going to be shopping, I cannot wait!
http://mng.ie/tineraryladakh/ - View the awesome itinerary here.