The man behind the inspiration. Rajesh Kumar Tamang ( Raj ) has been leading treks/tours and adventure holidays since 1988.He specializes in treks throughout the Himalayas of Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. He has been involved in local charities for many years, and has great love and passion, for his country and his job. In 2003, he became the liaison officer for the Royal Marines expedition of Everest in Tibet and even coordinated a wedding for an officer at base camp. He has led many high altitude training camps for expedition groups wanting to go that extra mile and loves leading small trekking groups on holiday.He has great respect for the world around him and loves sharing his knowledge and amusing experiences with others.
Raj was born in Singapore to Nepalese parents. He spent his childhood and was educated there till 1988. His father was with the Singapore Police Gurkhas and upon his retirement in 1988, the family returned to their native land: Nepal. With learning from his family background and the education he received, the return home was an opportunity to put into place his aspirations: to be with his people.
In the past twenty eight years, he has gained valuable working experience, from Tour Consultant for World Travels (Nepal) to trek leader for World Expeditions, an Australian Company. He has also traveled extensively in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Tibet, India, Bhutan, Australia, United Kingdom, Ireland, Switzerland, France and Spain. He is multilingual and speaks fluent Nepali, English, Hindi, Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Indonesia, Hokkien (a Chinese Dialect) and Thai. He is also capable of getting by in several other languages.
In 1991, he joined International Trekkers (Nepal) as a Sirdar. This was one of his most valuable experiences. For the next 5 years, he trekked all over the Himalayan region - Nepal, India, Tibet and Bhutan - learning more about the region and his roots. He learnt how to run treks for small to large teams, and prepare for the future.
In 1996, he left International Trekkers to work as a freelance leader until 2000. Since then he has continued to work as an independent trek leader, as well as working as a trek leader for Explore Worldwide and Imaginative Traveler, both UK based firms. The past twenty eight years of hard work have helped him develop a good understanding of international trekkers’ needs. He now provides unparralleled experiences in the Himalayas for his clients.
Raj comes from Rai community of the Kirant ethnic group in Eastern Nepal. He is a son of a retired military officer who served with The Brigade of Gurkhas in the Indian Army for 28 years. He went to Budhanilkanth School, Kathmandu and graduated from Trivuban University (Nepal).
His career in tourism industry began as a Trek leader in 1989. Apart from leading treks, he has participated in various activities like campaigning for environmental awareness and assisting locals in infrastructure development for income generation. As a keen explorer, he loves exploring the least travelled regions of Nepal. He undertook a 30 day solo back-packing exploration trip' of the far western Nepal in 1991, which included Rara and Dolpo regions. In the same year, he worked as a liaison person for Venezuelan Expedition in Mount Pumori (7161m), one of the neighboring peaks of Mount Everest. Mount Pumori literally meaning "Daughter Mountain" is his favorite peak.
Now, he spends more time designing travel itineraries, compiling vital tour information and handling the trip logistics.
Raj Bahadur Rai says:
"I get energised by the enthusiasm of our founder along with the younger team members during their training, while getting ready for a trek and when they return from a trek. They are always ready to serve our ever growing trekking customers."
Kamal Bhandari was brought up and educated in Darjeeling. He is a graduate of Botany. Kamal has attained both basic and advance mountaineering course from The Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling. Besides having acquired excellent results in Wilderness medical training, he is also trained in Community Medical Services which includes first aid.
He has been leading adventures tours in the Himalayan regions of Nepal, India, Tibet and Bhutan since 1999 for various Foreign Tour operators. His field of expertise lies in leading Himalayan treks, Mountaineering expeditions and Cultural tours. He has an excellent record from more than 1200 clients from different organizations from commercial tour operators to charity groups to the physically challenged.
Bhakta is from the Newar community which makes up the largest ethnic group in the Kathmandu valley. Newari people are skilled craftsman and the prolific and stunningly beautiful wood carving, metalwork, stone sculptures and temple structures in Kathmandu were created by Newars in 17th century.
Bhakta is a holder of a Diploma in Political Science and Economic. His first job was relating to setting up of the Coca Cola factory in Chitwan. He spent 3 years there but found that the stress involved with working in that field didn't really suit him.
In 1989 he joined one of the jungle lodges in the Chitwan National Park as a nature guide trainee. He remained at the lodge for 11 years reaching the position of overall in-charge of operation and wildlife activities. He has spent 3 months in South Africa undergoing training is bush management with particular emphasis on the rhinoceros.
He became a Tour leader in October 2000. Since then he has led many groups to destinations in Nepal, India and Tibet.
Prasan served in Nepal's National junior soccer team when he was growing up. Prasan started out in the tourism sector as a white water river guide for a reputed Australian company. He has been involved in tourism since 1983. He was trained as a trek leader by Raj Tamang in 1992. He is the first to lead an exploration trek to Mount Saipal in 1998. Only very few mountaineering expedition teams have been up there which lies in a very remote far west Nepal.
He was also in charge of managing the ground logistics for BBC's documentary on 2 paragliders' adventure to fly from the Far West end of Nepal to Pokhara. He has been leading treks for several International tour operators until 2005, he is now a proud member of the Responsible Adventures' family.
Yusha Pun is one of our most versatile team members.
She is a free willed seeker on a quest for spiritual enlightenment. She has a background on art and photography. She used to be a fashion photographer for a Nepalese magazine. She is keen on finding out about local traditions, cultures and practices in depth. She has led many photography tours and trekking holidays. Her newfound passion is Yoga. Ever since she discovered yoga, she knew that it was her calling and follows the path with a deep spiritual drive, by practicing it regularly. In recent years she has started practicing Ashtanga Primary series and is a certified Asthanga Vinyasa instructor. She got her certification from Sachidananda Asthanga Yog Shala in Mysore.
She is a compassionate and accommodating yoga instructor.
Peter Chettri was born in Sadam, Sikkim, India. His father had left their ancestral home in Taplejung Nepal to seek better fortune in India. Peter has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Sikkim University.
Peter returned to Nepal in 2000 and took on teaching at private institutions until 2004. He lead trekking tours as a freelancer for several companies. He has been leading treks with Responsible Adventures since the inception of this company. He is passionate about outdoors, loves sharing his knowledge about the people, their cultures and the mountains. Because of his well-rounded knowledge of people, culture and the geography, our clients love him. His calm, cool and soft-spoken nature has helped our clients achieve their goals on their trekking vacations.
"Raj the founder of Responsible Adventures has taught me a lot since the moment i met him and keep learning from him. He is truly a world class educator. I am so privillaged to be part of team that is proud to provide unique experiences to all our esteemed trekking clients."
Sundar was born in a remote village of Namlung, Gudel V.D.C in the Solu Khumbu ( Everest region ) district in 1985. He only managed to attend till year 7 in school due to poverty. He had to quit school to support his family.He started working for a medium sized company by basing himself at Lukla in the Everest region at a tender age of 16. He started working as an assistant guide for this company and was later promoted to a cook for camping treks.
Sundar started working for Responsible Adventures from 2008. He is now a trekking chef for our organization. Since joining our company, he has trekked in the Everest, Manaslu, Annapurna and Makalu regions of Nepal. He will be trekking in Ladakh of Jammu and Kashmir state in India from the summer of 2017.
Here is what Sundar has to say about working for us:
“I know Raj sir, from the year 2000 when he worked as a tour leader for an English company. I was fortunate to meet him again in 2008 after the Everest marathon in the Everest region. He asked me to join his team, which I accepted without a second thought. Since joining the Responsible Adventures Family, I have been taught to prepare new international cuisines, healthy food and to taste it, to meet wonderful clients from around the world who trek with us. I love being given the opportunity to see new places within my country and soon in India as well. My boss unlike owners of other companies treat us like family, he is more of a friend / father figure than a boss, very down to earth and we can approach him at anytime. He even gave me an opportunity to go paragliding in Pokhara in September 2016. I hang the paragliding certificate in my living room in my village home with pride. In fact I am the first person from my village to have paraglided. My current favourite food that I can prepare and enjoy eating it too are pancakes, waffles with goji berries and maple syrup and Chicken Thai Green curry.
I love the fact that we are always learning new things. We were the first team to serve Responsible Adventure’s first Yoga trek. I loved being able to participate and learn new things about yoga and practice the Asanas.
I look forward to trekking for many more years to come with the RA team and hope to serve you one day soon, Namaste.
Dil Bahadur Waiba
Dil was born in Budha Khani village of Kavre Palanchok district. He was born in a farming family and had to quit school after only studying for 4 years to help support his family.Dil started trekking in the year 2000 as a porter for one of the pioneer trekking agencies in Nepal. He got promoted to being a Sirdar after 10 years at that company. Dil was introduced to Responsible Adventures by Chandra Rai.
Dil is one of our pioneer trekking chefs. He has trekked quite extensively in Nepal’s Everest, Makalu, Kanchenjunga, Manaslu, Upper Mustang, Annapurna, Langtang and Helambu regions. He has also been trekking in various places of Ladakh from 2005. He joined our team from September 2011.
This is what Dil has to say about his experiences while working for RA:
Namaste, I am so honoured to be part of this wonderful team, which is more like a family to me. There is so much mutual respect amongst us all for each other and pride of the work we do. Our boss, Raj is so down to earth, humble yet his enthusiasm and energy to teach us new dishes never ceases to amaze me. Our team is so fortunate to have a mentor like him.
I had difficulties learning the new dishes but after being patiently taught by Raj personally, now it comes easily to me. I now love preparing the dishes that are delicious, nourishing and healthy for our trekkers which I love eating myself too. Thai food and gluten free waffles with goji berries (the latest addition) are my favourite. I look forward to learning more dishes using super food so our trekkers can reach their high altitude destinations in relative ease. Looking forward to taking you on your Himalayan Hiking vacations.
Nominated in the category "Best in Mountain Environment" on "Virgin Holidays, Responsible Tourism Awards 2010, 2011"