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Our trekking staff is among the most experienced in Nepal. With more than 50 years on the market, our guides, porters, and chefs have up to three decades of experience and history with the company.

Experienced trekking staffs


The guides’ main concern is to get you safely through the Himalayas while giving you an unforgettable encounter with nature and the Nepalese people. They also manage the camp and monitor the staff to make sure that all procedures are followed and that everyone is in good condition.

The chefs are in charge of the kitchen and they often have one or two kitchen staff to help them. They go through continuous training to maintain and develop their skills, and they are proud to serve you the tastiest Himalayan dishes.

Our porters are exceptionally strong and hard working. They are most often found way ahead of our guests and they are always willing to give a helpful hand when trails are challenging. Apart from carrying food loads and equipment, their job is to prepare the camp for your arrival.

Surendra Prasad Bastola

Trekking guide
Surendra is from the village Necha, located in Solukhumbu district. He has a great love for trekking, and started his career as a porter. He is now a very experienced guide with more than 23 years of guiding experience under his belt. Surendra has trekked extensively throughout the most famous trekking areas of Nepal, including Everest, Annapurna, Nar Phu Valley, Langtang, Helambu, Dolpo, Manaslu, Tsum valley, Dudha Kunda, Tamang heritage trails and has ample knowledge of these regions.

“Saila” Jagan Prasad Gurung

Trekking guide
Saila is originally from the famous village Ghandruk in the Annapurna Foothills. Being his home, the Annapurnas are also his favorite area to show to our guests. Saila started his career as an assistant trekking guide, and today he has more than 30 years of experience in the trekking industry. He enjoys sharing his knowledge of all the amazing places in Annapurna region with his guests from around the world, with whom he also loves to exchange experiences of cultures and traditions.

Lopsang Dorjee Sherpa

Operations Manager, Pokhara
Originally from Namche Bazaar, Lopsang is now settled in Pokhara with his family. He has been working with Mountain Travel for more than 30 years and was worked closely with our founder, Jimmy Roberts, until his passing in 1999. Lopsang started his career as a porter, and like many other Sherpas who worked with Mountain Travel, became an experienced guide. Today, he is our “man on the ground” in Pokhara, where he is in charge of all operations out of treks out of Pokhara. Lopsang highly recommends Manaslu and Ganesh Himal as the best off-the beaten track trekking destination.

”Nima” Ang Kami Tamang

Trekking guide
Nima Tamang is from Khotang district close to the Khumbu Region (Everest). He has been working with Mountain Travel Nepal for more than 32 years. He started his career in the Himalayas as a porter and has gradually worked his way up to become a Senior Guide. Through the years he has worked as a cook assistant, cook, assistant guide and guide. The longest trek Nima has participated on was 45 days through Dolpo, Jumla and Humla. His favorite destination for trekking in Nepal is Kanchenjunga in the far East of Nepal, because of the breathtaking views and remoteness, the people and their culture.

Tamding Sherpa

Head Cook and Guide
Tamding was born in Harelo village in the area of Makalu-Barun National Park in East Nepal. As one of our longest serving staff, he has been working with Mountain Travel for over 35 years. Starting his career as a kitchen helper, Tamding still enjoys and puts a lot of pride in cooking the perfect meal for our guests as the head cook. He has since taken his guide license and guided in all corners of Nepal. Though his favorite destination for trekking is his home in Makalu-Barun, he loves to explore new places, meet new people.

Marie Stissing Jensen

General Manager
Originally from Denmark, Marie has spent more than five years working in tourism in Nepal. She is in charge of Mountain Travel’s head office in Kathmandu and oversees communication, operations, and product development. During the off-season, Marie spends her time in the mountains to scout for new trekking routes and the best camp sites and lodges together with the team. With a passion for the outdoors since childhood and many years of hiking and trekking experience in Scandinavia, she has now trekked extensively through the Himalayas and is ready to help you with any queries you may have about your trek in Nepal.

Ashok Awal

Junior Assistant
Ashok is from the ancient city of Bhaktapur just outside of Kathmandu. He is part of a new generation in Mountain Travel, keen to take the company to new places while learning from the experienced staff. Whenever he gets the chance, Ashok is in the mountains for work or in his free time, exploring new places. He is a certified trekking guide as well as city guide, and works in the head office in Kathmandu with communication as well as operations. With a passion for tourism, highly service oriented, and with pride of his country, Ashok tailors bespoke itineraries and experiences to our guests.

Shiva Katel

Trek Coordinator
Shiva is originally from the village Necha in Solukhumbu near Everest. Now settled in Kathmandu and with more than 37 years of experience in Mountain Travel, Shiva works in our head office, and knows his craft as a Trekking Coordinator inside out. Having worked in all departments of our trekking operations as Porter, Assistant Guide and Senior Guide, he has immense experience and an extensive network, which is put to work when organization, logistics, and team work needs to come together

Mingma Dorjee Sherpa

Guide

Mingma Dorjee Sherpa is from Kurima, Solukhumbhu district (Everest Region). He has been working with Mountain Travel Nepal for more than 10 years.He started his career in the Himalayas as a Trekking Assistant and Trainee Guide and has gradually worked his way up to become a fully-fledged Mountain Travel Nepal Guide. His favorite destination for trekking in Nepal is the Annapurna area, because of the breathtaking views, the people and their culture.

Ramu Tamang

Cook
Ramu was born in Ramechhap District near Solukhumbhu. He has been working with Mountain Travel Nepal for more than 18 years. Ramu started his career with Mountain Travel as a kitchen boy and quickly advanced to become a cook. He is an exceptionally strong person, and always there to help his guests with a hand when the going gets tough. His favorite trekking destination is around Manaslu in the foothills of this eighth highest mountain in the world (8,163 meters) located in Gorkha district.

Saugat Katel

Assistant Guide and Store Keeper
Coming from Solu Khumbu, Saugat has already been working with Mountain Travel Nepal for more than 2 years. Following his father's footsteps, Saugat is the second generation working with Mountain Travel Nepal. He started his career as an Assistant Guide and is now working as the main Store Keeper of the company. Saugat will still join treks whenever he gets the chance and he loves the outdoors. In particular, he enjoys when the destination is the Annapurna Region where you get the panorama view of mountains like Annapurna South, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Fishtail (Machhapuchre), and Hinchuli.

Birey Tamang

Head Cook
Birey was born in Solu Khumbu District and has been working with Mountain Travel Nepal for more than 20 years. Birey started his career with Mountain Travel as a porter and with a passion for cooking and for all delicious Himalayan foods he quickly became a preferred cook of Mountain Travel. Birey loves it when treks are long and challenging, and his favorite trekking destinations reflect this: Upper Dolpa, which usually takes a month to complete, and Rara Lake, Nepal's biggest lake located in one of the most remote area in Far Western Nepal.
Surendra Prasad Bastola
Trekking guide
“Saila” Jagan Prasad Gurung
Trekking guide
Lopsang Dorjee Sherpa
Operations Manager, Pokhara
”Nima” Ang Kami Tamang
Trekking guide
Tamding Sherpa
Head Cook and Guide
Marie Stissing Jensen
General Manager
Ashok Awal
Junior Assistant
Shiva Katel
Trek Coordinator
Mingma Dorjee Sherpa
Guide
Ramu Tamang
Cook
Saugat Katel
Assistant Guide and Store Keeper
Birey Tamang
Head Cook

Mountain Travel Nepal

539/61, Subarna Shamsher Marg
Baluwatar – Kathmandu – Nepal

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