TREKKING INTO THE SHERPA HEARTLAND
OUR SHERPA TEAM
Our guides are local to the upper Khumbu region and have years of experience leading trekking groups on these trails. They provide unique insights into the local culture and way of life with their extensive knowledge and deep connections in the area. Not only are they proficient in English, trained in first aid and CPR and adept at handling any kind of emergency, they are also in tune with each trekker’s abilities and interests and flexible in delivering unique experiences for each and every group. You will feel that you are traveling with a friend, as they take you into their family member’s homes for tea and share with you about Sherpa customs and way of life in these rugged mountains.
Tenzing Sherpa manages all of our on-the-ground operations in Nepal and is our lead guide. His family is from Thame, a small village in the Everest Region where we stay for a night along our trekking route. Along with his wife, Dadoma, he runs our Sherpa homestay in Kathmandu. Prior to founding Nima and Neema Treks, he worked for the World Wildlife Fund and The Sherpa Society Trekking Agency. He brings over twenty years of trekking experience, with an excellent knowledge in Nepalese wildlife and an extensive understanding of Sherpa culture and Buddhism. Tenzing is proficient in English and he goes above and beyond to ensure that our groups are well taken care of and that their interests and curiosities are peaked along the trail. When he is not trekking he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.
Dadoma Sherpa will be our hostess in Kathmandu and oversees the operations of our treks. With her outgoing personality, proficiency in English and over a decade of experience working in the trekking industry, she provides us with a warm welcome to her country. When not hosting trekking groups, she manages artisan groups that manufacture handmade Nepalese handicrafts for import to the U.S.A. Prior to this she worked with French Embassy in Nepal for ten years. Dadoma’s family is from Khumjung, one of the biggest villages in the Everest Region, and while on the trail we will have the opportunity to stay with and meet Dadoma’s extended family.
Growing up in Nepal, Ongyel Sherpa worked as a guide for Nima & Neema Treks and met people from around the world. This experience gave Ongyel a dream to leave Nepal, get an education and start a company. Ongyel’s uncle was a Sherpa guide and had led an American doctor, Dr. Geoff Tabin, to the summit of Everest in 1988. Dr. Tabin had gone on to establish the Himalayan Cataract Project, a foundation with a goal to end curable blindness in the Himalayan region, and came to know Ongyel as a young boy while working at a clinic nearby his family’s village of Khumjung. Eventually, Dr. Tabin sponsored Ongyel’s first trip to the U.S. where he stayed to complete his higher education. In 2005 Ongyel started his company, US Sherpa, bringing hand-made, natural fiber, artisan goods from Nepal to the US. He now lives in Burlington, Vermont with his wife and two young children.
Kumar Katuwal is a Sherpa guide with 15 years of trekking experience throughout the Nepal Himalaya. He works as a full time guide, and sometimes as a porter, and is skilled in trek cooking. He lives with his wife and two children.
We typically have one porter for every two trekkers. Our porters are local to the region and are well cared for. We adhere to all standards for the safe treatment and quality conditions for porters. They are provided with adequate accommodation, food, clothing and footwear, insurance, and adhere strictly to the weight limits as mandated by the Ministry of Tourism (30kg). You may visit Porters’ Progress to learn more about the safe treatment and care of porters in Nepal.