Our management team consists of individuals from various parts of Nepal with extensive experience in community development, eco-tourism and cultural studies. We also are committed to hiring local staff and crew wherever possible and have in our contacts people from all parts of the destination areas.
We are a team dedicated to the clients as well as the society in the destination areas.
Our Team Members
Nar Lama (Jigme)
Jigme Lama aka Nar Lama born in West Nepal has been a rural development worker since 1996 having worked with major development organizations in Nepal and overseas including Great Himalaya Trail Development Program. His quest for finding answers to the issues of societies and individuals at tough times led to deeper interactions with the meditation masters of his homeland, eventually becoming practitioner under their guidance. He continues his work as a social worker, and operator of charity and deep immersion tours. He is also a contributing author at Levekunst art of Life (http://levekunst.com) and OM Times. He studied MA, Rural Development, and BA with Buddhist studies major from Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
Lama Pema Topchen
Lama Pema was born and grew up in Humla. He became a Buddhist monk when he was eleven years old and spent thirteen years living in the monastery. He later began to teach the younger children in the monastery and this lead to his long-term passion to support the education of children in his area in Humla. He joined the company with the view to raise fund for his education projects to benefit the poor families and children in the area. He is committed to the betterment and improvement of Humla’s social, cultural, environmental, economic, and educational situation and believes that ethical tourism has the potential to benefit both locals as well as tourists.
Recommendations from some clients we worked in the past:
“Dear Jigme…we all look upon those days with you in Nepal as one of the great experiences of life.”
– Michael Wood, UK
Writer and presenter of many critically acclaimed series on television, including Art of the Western World, Legacy and In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great, also author of over sixty TV films and several best selling and highly praised books.
Our General Manager Jigme Lama joined him as a guide and local manager during the filming of BBC’s award winning documentary, In Search of Myths and Heroes in 2004
“Having Jigme Lama as a guide and translator for our documentary film project and trek through Humla, Nepal was invaluable. Jigme’s warm personality and knowledge of the culture, languages, and proper protocols for meeting the villagers, healers, and spiritual leaders of the region, helped to make our journey more meaningful. He has also contributed as a translator and guiding voice in the post-production process of our film-in-progress, Healing Planet (see www.healingplanetproject.org).”
– Marie-Rose Phan-Le
Director, Healing Planet Project
“I have worked with Jigme Lama trekking in Nepal/Tibet and while producing films in the Himalayas. Without any hesitation, I can recommend Jigme Lama as one of the top professional guides and trek operators in Nepal and Tibet.”
– Thomas L. Kelly, USA
“Certainly, as far as I’m concerned I reckon being in the Limi valley and Guge Kingdom was a very special experience for all of us. I would be happy to recommend (Jigme ) you as a very capable guide. For us in Humla your presence and experience was invaluable.”
– Sean Smith, UK
“Jigme is one of the most remarkable people I’ve ever met. He was born in a wildly remote Himalayan village unchanged for a thousand years, and yet now he is internationally conversant– in five languages, no less. His physical strength and strength of character amplify each other: compassion and tolerance derive from self-confidence. My widely translated books are about seeking truth at the edges of common experience. Jigme is a companion to those realms; I’d trust him with my childrens’ lives. But just as important on any trek, I trust him to reveal the mysteries and marvels in both the landscapes and human-scapes that he intimately knows, and which are requisite for any conscious traveler to explore.”
– Richard Leo, USA
“Jigme guided me for two weeks into the villages nestled in the mountain ranges bordering Nepal and Tibet in western Nepal. He is a trustworthy, honest, knowledgeable guide who went out of his way to ensure that I had a wonderful, memorable and enjoyable experience. I highly recommend him for anyone who wants to immerse themselves in the cultures of Nepal and Tibet.”
– Dr Aditi Sethi, USA