Meet our guides & everyone involved
Asha has been guiding in the Himalayas since 2013. He has all the certifications needed – a license from the National Academy of Tourism and Hospitality Management (NATHM), Nepal Tourism Board (NTB) as well as a member of Trekking Guide Association of Nepal (TGAN).
After high school graduation in science from Kathmandu Valley College, he found more interest and fascination in the corners of the hills and mountains rather than in the lab.
Asha had joined the industry first as a porter and then gradually turned into a guide. He possesses an excellent verbal and written English skills and he also manages to get by in Korean.
He has done all the major treks such as Everest, Annapurna, and Manaslu several times over the years. He has also been to more remote areas such as the Kanchenjunga district and Upper Mustang. He has worked with people from all over the world including Europe, the United States, Australia, Korea, China, Russia, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan and many more.
What Asha is the most praised for are his responsible and gentle manners. He is probably one of the nicest guys you will ever meet and we could not have been prouder to have such a young, energetic, and likable guide as a part of our team.
Apart from guiding, Asha is in charge of all the correspondence with clients due to his great communication skills.
When he is not trekking he likes to read motivational books and is interested in the Nepali fauna – especially the Chitwan tigers.
Lila Bahadur Gurung
“Every time I trek, I find something new and charming. That is the reason I fell in love with trekking.”
Lila has been guiding since 2000. He is an authorized and government approved trekking guide. Over the years of working in the industry has gained invaluable experience making him an expert in this field.
Lila has started first started like many other guides first as a porter and worked his way up to being one of the most accomplished guides in this region. There pretty much isn’t a trek in the Himalayas which Lila hasn’t been to make him one of the most versatile guides out there.
But it is not just his knowledge and guiding skills that he is good at. His simple, friendly and helpful nature has won over many clients hearts.
Lila has worked with clients from all over the world over the years. He speaks English well and also manages to get by in Japanese.
In spare time he likes to do carpentry and finds serenity while working on the fields around his home near Kathmandu.
His reliability, kind nature, and a good attitude are making him a vital member of our team and we couldn’t be happier to have him on board.
Khusang Tamang ” Laughing Buddha”
“The beauty of this country never fails to impress me. The more I trek here the more I think of how lucky I am.”
Khusang has spent almost two decades exploring all Himalayan trekking trails. Like all of our guides he has got authorized license from the government of Nepal, and he has a guide training from National Academy of Tourism and Hospitality Management (NATHM).
In his early days, he started as an altitude worker. Over time with added experience and head strong dedication he turned into an excellent and renowned guide in the city. Being born and bread in the Annapurna Region he knows the area upside down which is making him an expert trekking guide for Annapurna treks as well as Manaslu. Over all these years her has worked with clients from all over the world. His English is great making him a suitable guide for anyone.
What is his biggest charm is his sense of humor? He is one of the funniest people you will ever meet and he sees the positive and fun side of things in every occasion. With his hard work nature, unbeatable knowledge of all the trails and fun personality he makes a great guide for anyone and we couldn’t be prouder to have as one of our guides.
During his free time, Khusang loves to enjoy a fun time with his family and he expanding his skills with learning Dutch.
Marcel Zitnik, Coordinator
“Nepal is not only about the mountains, but it’s also mainly about the people.”
I have been working in the travel industry for more than ten years traveling the world. Even though I have seen many places Nepal has become my heart destination a long time ago.
In the beginning, I started trekking with Khushang, later one I have done several treks with Asha.
As a professional in this industry, I know these guides offer excellent service and their knowledge of the treks and the country itself is incomparable with other guides around. Trekking with them makes takes a trip in the Himalayas to a whole different level.
As a person who can not stand crowds, likes a private experience and takes things at my own pace, I found the help of local guys in Nepal vital for a great trekking experience. Furthermore, guides’ knowledge and expertise make the trek more informative, authentic and fun compared to trekking alone or in a large group.
After spending time with the guys and knowing how much potential they have I thought that I can advise them on how to compete with large international travel. These guys have so much more to offer to people with a fracture of the price. I try to assist them in preparing their services for clients who look for independent, reliable and affordable guides in Nepal.
Darina Bobalova, Marketing, Photography & Client communication
It all started nearly 10 years ago when I volunteered for 3 months in the capital Kathmandu in a local orphanage when I felt in love with this place. I have been coming back ever since. In all those years I have done numerous treks in the Himalayas such as Everest Base Camp, Poon Hill, Gokyo, Upper Mustang and others. The Himalayas is just my happy place. Nowhere in the world I can feel so calm and grounded such as in these giant mountains.
For Himalayan Independent Guides I take photos along the trek for various marketing purposes, manage the website as well as their social media. This is a volunteer work for me, ensuring the all the money made goes to those who need & deserve it the most.