OneSeed Expeditions

OneSeed Expeditions

About

OneSeed Expeditions operates hiking, trekking and backpacking trips around the world and offers a new way to travel. We partner with local communities to ensure that tourism revenue goes directly to the guides, porters, and local entrepreneurs. Through the OneSeed Fund, we invest 10 cents of every dollar into microfinance initiatives that provide start-up capital for women entrepreneurs. OneSeed practices Leave No Trace principles on all expeditions and we incentivize environmental best practices among our partners. In 2018, we were awarded Gold for "Best in Local Economic Benefit" at the World Responsible Tourism Awards for our innovative work with local communities. Above all, OneSeed Expeditions is committed to operating with respect and mindfulness everywhere we travel.

Reviews

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Karen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My husband and I planned an amazing 3 week program with OneSeed exploring Tanzania last fall. Wow, it was an adventure of a lifetime. The first 8 days was hiking Kilimanjaro on the Marangu Route. We had a small group of 10 and everyone was like-minded, excited, scared and ready for the climb. The OneSeed staff and local guides took excellent care of our personal safety and comfort. I wont sugar coat it, it was a hard trail due to the attitude and hours on trail; however, nothing can ever replace the extraordinary milky way that I witnessed on our last push up the mountain and the many rewards of being in nature. Unforgettable. I am 60 and my husband 58 and we love the richness of nature. OneSeed also organized the following week for us to enjoy a private safari and then on to spend 5 days in Zanzibar.

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing, it was perfect. I loved the food, the staff, the guides and the other travelers. No hitches.
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John
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Well organized, great staff, perfect time of year before it got too busy. I'd choose March 1st if I was to go again. Cold nights in the Tea houses were unexpected. Fine all day while hiking but once we arrived at our place for the night it was colder than expected. Beautiful views along entire route. We had perfectly clear days and relatively few people along the trail due to the early departure. Also the trail was not too dusty as it was still moist from the winter.
This did mean that some businesses were not open yet for the season so we missed out on certain bakeries and bars we thought we would be able to visit. Turned out to be fine but was unexpected. On way out more things were open, by the fifteenth of march most everything was open.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
It is cold in the tea houses, be prepared for that.
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Whitney
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Such an amazing experience, a trip of a lifetime for sure. The views are absolutely breathtaking, can't take your eyes off the impressive mountains. Coming from the USA, being exposed to Nepali culture was educational, interesting and enriching. The trip is physically demanding, but it is totally doable. I liked the physical challenge, a fun fitness test. Meeting and chatting with other travelers along the way was fun - there are people from all over the world coming to see the tallest mountain. OneSeed keeps the group size to ten or less, which is really nice. We saw some groups that were huge and that did not look appealing to us. With a smaller group, you really get time to know everyone, including the guides and guides in training. If you like hiking and new experiences, this trip is not to be missed.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Loss of appetite and having a hard time sleeping at high altitudes (> 16,000 for our group) is real, be ready for it!
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Matt
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This was my second trip with OneSeed and was seriously one of the best experiences of my life. The OneSeed team in Nepal is amazing, and the Denver team did a great job getting us prepared for the trek. The trek is long and difficult at times, and even though I never had any major issues with the elevation I definitely felt it as we got closer to Base Camp.The view of Everest from Kala Patthar is also awesome. Our guide, Goma, and assistant guide, Gelu, took great care of the entire group of 7 of us and we all made it to Base Camp.

Knowing that 10% of the trip went back to entrepreneurs in Nepal was a great feeling, and knowing that we were supporting local businesses and locals everywhere we traveled was another great factor. Cannot wait to go back to Nepal and when I do it will be with OneSeed.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take training for the trek seriously - you are trekking for a long time at elevation - and bring lots of warm clothes! Nights get cold and even though the Tea House common areas are heated the bedrooms are not. I was grateful to have layers to sleep in, even with a 0 degree sleeping bag (went in early March which is colder that other times of the season).
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Matt
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Everything about this trip - from our awesome guide, Edgar, to the delicious and plentiful food on the trail - was exceptional. I was mainly drawn to this trek because of Machu Picchu, which was incredible, but the guide's attention to detail, the trek up Salkantay Pass, camping under the Southern Sky, the visit to Freddy's coffee farm, and the people I met on the trip almost overshadowed the visit to Machu Picchu. Our guides kept morale high when the trek got more difficult and were all local to the area so they knew a ton about the culture and history.

Great to know that 10% of the trip also goes back to local entrepreneurs in Peru, and that OneSeed pays all of the guides and support staff a fair wage as well. You could really see how grateful the entire staff in Peru was to be working for OneSeed.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
We stopped by a brewery which sells a fermented corn beverage which I think was called Chicha. We had the option to try it (or not) and it was actually really good! The brewery also raised Guinea Pigs, 'cui,' which are roasted and eaten on special occassions. I did not try cui on the expedition, but did have a chance to try it in Lima after the trek. It was actually pretty good!

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