Who We Are,
and how we do things differently.
Mountain Kora operates small-group active adventures for travelers seeking deep cultural connections and unique experiences through community-based travel. Simply put, we love to travel and designing once-in-a-lifetime adventures for the active traveler.
We travel away from the mainstream to offer unique access to less-visited regions and once-in-a-lifetime connections with local communities. We are constantly innovating our adventures to keep things fresh and relevant. By limiting our group sizes to 8-10 participants, we are able to uniquely tailor each trip according to the interest and abilities of your private group of friends and family. With the industry standard of 16-20 trekkers, we are proud to offer a more cohesive and personalized opportunity.
On our journeys we stay in charming, locally-run accommodations where our overnights turn into uniquely memorable experiences connecting with our hosts along the trail.
We offer low-impact and mindful travel experiences, where our footprint is light, our exchanges are rich, and our impact is positive. Supporting local economies directly, discouraging the purchase of single-use plastic water bottles, offering carbon-offsets, and directly supporting community organizations are just some of the ways in which we approach travel.
Lastly, our expert leadership is simply outstanding and the key to delivering unforgettable adventures every step of the way.
OUR APPROACH TO EXPLORATION
Active adventures: Mountain Kora believes that the ultimate satisfaction comes when you challenge yourself physically and push yourself outside your comfort zone. Each day provides participants with a sense of awe and accomplishment at every turn along the trail.
Connections: Whether it is a cohesive group camaraderie or a friendship with our guide or local host, we foster connections with the people and places we visit and form long-lasting friendships.
Top-notch leadership: Our guides, with their extensive local knowledge of the trails and communities we visit enables our groups to gain unique insights and experiences. They look after us in every way and are the key to providing our groups with outstanding experiences.
Meticulously planned and well-thought out trip design is only possible from years of experience hiking the trails of the regions where we travel.
Giving back through vetted partnerships with local community organizations and engaging with them along the trail.
Customer service: As a small company who prides itself on personalized attention for each traveler and adventure, you will be taken care of from the moment you contact us to the moment you return home from your adventure. Our custom trip planning gives every participant the opportunity to have a hand at planning their ultimate adventure.
Value: We keep our overhead low and maintain a consistent “boots on the ground” approach. Our staff are regularly traveling to each destination, so we keep things fresh, unique and exceptional in every way.
Safety: Our first priority is to ensure that our participants are in good hands and well-looked after - from the food we eat to our general health and safety on the trail. Each of our guides have undergone comprehensive guide training in their home countries and take safety and health seriously. You will undoubtedly feel at ease while they anticipate the needs of the group and ensure you are taken care of in a competent and thoughtful way.
Our overarching approach to travel is to engage with the communities we visit in a sensitive and meaningful way. This is imbued in every aspect of our journeys. We not only minimize our environmental impact, but our carefully-vetted and well-established local network of guides, porters, lodge owners and local organizations ensures that we foster culturally sensitive exchanges and contribute positively to the places we visit. As a Mountain Kora guest, you can be assured that your dollars go directly to the local mountain communities: whether it’s a family-run mountain lodge, nuns at a nunnery where we enjoy a meal, or local porters who have been hired at a fair wage.
We partner with reputable local companies and organizations actively working to promote responsible tourism and give back to local communities where we travel. Each of our trips directly support these partner organizations in the work that they do and provides our guests the opportunity to engage with their activities on the ground.
Some of our partners include:
Ashley Morton Nesbitt
Ashley Morton Nesbitt, founder and owner of Mountain Kora, was born in Vermont and raised hiking the trails of the Green Mountains and Swiss Alps. From an early age, Ashley spent summers on a Swiss family farm, while her parents led Swiss Challenge, a summer hiking, climbing and skiing camp for American students. Soon she hiked through the Bernese Oberland with Swiss Challenge groups on hut-to-hut trips that fostered a love of journeys and an appreciation for mountain cultures.
As an undergraduate at Middlebury College, Ashley spent a semester in Nepal and became enchanted with the rich cultures and thriving traditions in high mountain Himalayan communities. During her twenties, she trekked throughout the Himalaya of Nepal, India, Tibet and Bhutan before creating and leading trips for intrepid travelers to Ladakh, India. First she pioneered a trek with nomad groups along their annual migration to relocate herds high into the hills for grazing during the summer months. Come winter, she organized a cultural exchange to remote, western Ladakh where her background as a collegiate ice hockey player brought coaching and equipment to girls and young women. Through these firsthand experiences she felt the power and potential of intimate exchanges as incubators for meaningful connections.
Fast forward a decade and Ashley melds her passion for connections with her prowess for organization through Mountain Kora. Following six years of professional experience in the adventure travel industry, Ashley launched Mountain Kora to deliver engaging travel experiences to extraordinary travelers. With her eye towards details and boots on the ground, Ashley has cultivated a portfolio of experiences that foster enduring connections with unique mountain communities and wilderness areas. When home, she lives in Keene, New Hampshire with her husband and two young daughters.
Ashley Nesbitt: Ashley founded Mountain Kora in 2017 to offer active adventures unique from the mainstream adventure travel industry. Following years of in-depth experience developing and selling adventure tours, Ashley struck out on her own to offer trips that she really feels excited about and that give back to the communities she has visited over the years. Ashley directs day-to-day operations and development of Mountain Kora. Having been to each Mountain Kora destination, she brings intimate knowledge of each trip having designed every aspect of each Mountain Kora adventure. Clients interface directly with Ashley from time of inquiry to return from your adventure.
John Nesbitt: John joined the Mountain Kora team in 2019 as the marketing and sales manager, bringing in-depth experience in marketing, social media and sales to Mountain Kora. In the past, John has been an educator and guide for wilderness trips and mountain adventures and integrates his boots on the ground experience in trip development and leadership with his keen eye for design and knack for promotion. After joining his first Mountain Kora adventure hiking through the Swiss Alps in the summer of 2019, he has actively promoted Mountain Kora trips. Next on the docket for John is assisting in the development of Mountain Kora’s Wilderness Walking Safari as well as custom hiking and trekking adventures to Bhutan.
You are in expert hands with our guides and taken care of every step of the way. Their passion for sharing the local trails, cuisine, and cultural elements of their home communities is what makes the Mountain Kora experience outstanding in every way. You will undoubtedly form long lasting friendships with your Mountain Kora guide.
Meet our Nepal Guides
Meet our Switzerland Guides
Meet our Botswana Guides
Meet our Bhutan Guides