team

Our Team

founder

Chhewang N.Lama

Founder Director

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With his cross-cultural & International management experience Chhewang is the driving force behind the Responsible Treks initiative.

 Chhewang originated from the remote Nyinba Valley, located in Humla, West Nepal where the people are of Tibetan origin. Chhewang believes this rich cultural heritage is what links him with his passion for the mountains. As a young man Chhewang studied hard knowing that the future would take him much further than his small mountain town. After grade 3 he moved to Kathmandu for further studies and then gained his degree in business from a top Indian college. 

Chhewang has worked in the tourism industry for over 10 years & is now the founder of Responsible Treks. To this day Chhewang remains inspired by the magic of the mountains and its people. He is passionate about both his work & sharing the amazing experiences of Nepal, Tibet, Sikkim& Bhutan with others. 

Chhewang believes that in addition to his extensive trek-leading and operating experience, it is his close relationship and commitment to the many indigenous communities that gives Responsible Treks its unique signature.

Daniel

Daniel Mas de Xaxars - Adviser

Daniel has successfully developed two businesses in Barcelona & brings his extensive experience of Marketing & Communication to the Responsible Treks team. In 2002 Daniel set off to explore further his interest in dream practice & whilst travelling in India made contact with the Bon-Buddhist Menri Monastery. After a three year period of learning & practicing in the traditions of Bon, Daniel further concentrated his studies & now specializes in Tibetan Language & Culture. Throughout his journey Daniel has remained fascinated by Nepal; particularly the remote areas of the Tibetan border & remains passionate about preserving the traditional heritage of the Tibetan culture. Daniel will use his knowledge, expertise & business acumen to support Responsible Treks in achieving their innovative & sustainable marketing strategies.

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Emma

Emma Finney - UK Representative

Emma is passionate about wilderness landscapes and the mountain regions. She has extensive experience of trekking; mountaineering & healing practice in a number of countries, including Patagonia; Tien Shan (Kyrgyzstan), Tibet, Burma, China, Outer Mongolia, Indonesia & here in Nepal. It is the landscapes; cultural heritage & people of Nepal however that continue to touch & capture her imagination. With a passion to share & explore the remote regions of the Hidden Himalayas Emma will work to promote Nepal's traditional heritage & joins the Responsible Treks team as our UK representative.

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Ms. Pandabi Barakote- Customer Service & Reception

Ms. Barakote is new to the Responsible Treks team. We welcome her on board and respect her keen desire to estabilish a career in tourism. She is presently studying Bachelors of Travel and Tourism Management (BTTM) at the prestigious Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management. 

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Sonam

Sonam N. Lama – Co-Founder/ Trek Leader

Mr Sonam N. Lama Born in Bargaun-Humla, amidst the Himalayas. He is one of the most passionate and qualified young tourism professional that we have in Nepal today. He knows Mountains well and trekked almost every where in Nepal including the Great Himalaya trails West Section (Simikot-Rara-Dolpo-Mustang) Sonam has completed basic mountaineering and ice climbing training from Khumbu Climbing Center. He is also one of the 1st guide in Nepal to have completed ATTA (Adventure Travel Trade Association) guide training in Nepal.  In addition- Sonam is a licensed guide by the authority of Nepal government. He soon plans to climb Mount Everest. He has been at the helm of Responsible Treks since 2013.

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Rikzin

Rikjin Lama - General Manager & Senior Trek Leader

Rikjin was born & raised on the Tibetan Border deep within the hidden Himalayas. After graduating Rikjin moved to Kathmandu to further his studies and it was here that he obtained his first job as a Sherpa. After a year of carrying & fixing tents on long mountain treks Rikjin seized the opportunity to progress onto becoming a guide.

Knowing the importance of English Rikjin studied hard in both Kathmandu and out in the field with the help of his international clients. Today Rikjin is not only an incredible speaker of the English language but he is also widely recognized as being one of Nepal's premium Trek Leaders; visiting Mt Kailash in Tibet some 50 times. He can be seen regularly leading treks in Nepal & Tibet on a multitude of terrains and at altitudes reaching 6,000m. Rikjin is passionate about his work & strives to ensure every aspect of the trekking/mountaineering experience is enjoyable & runs smoothly. Now he is more in the office working on Sales and Marketing. Rikjin is in charge of the daily operations in the office. He has very deep knowledge about Himalayas and will definitely customize you a dream trip.

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Bikram Shamser Kunwar

Bikram Shamser Kunwar – Accountant/Customer Service

Bikram studied commerce. Mr. Kunwar joined responsible treks in Jan 2012. He is in charge of all the financial aspects of our company.

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Kunchok Nima

Kunchok Nima – Sales and Operation Manager

Kunchok Nima is our newest sales and operation manager we have sought out to hire and very happy to have on the team. Specialized in tourism and marketing through his background, Nima is a perfect fit for our needs. Based out of Kathmandu, Nima is originally from Himalayas (Limi, Humla).

Though he is International Business graduated from Islington College, he was always interested in tourism. He has seven years experience in hotel management where he worked as Manager. He brings very special talent to the team, he is very fluent in English, Tibetan and Nepali and he is very sales oriented, focused and very flexible.

Nima will be responsible for the overall leadership of the marketing and sales department and the products respectively.

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Rinzin Phunjok Lama

Rinzin Phunjok Lama – Sustainable Manager

Rinzin P. Lama is from Humla. He has extensively traveled throughout Himalayas.

Mr. Lama received scholarship from WWF Nepal to pursue his B.Sc. Forestry at the Institute of Forestry Pokhara. He completed a six month long training program in leadership and restoration ecology with non-profit organization EarthCorps based in Seattle, USA. Currently, he is working as Coordinator for Division of High - Altitude Mammals Research and Conservation at Global Primate Network-Nepal. Meanwhile, he is leading field project on Pallas's cat Research and Conservation in Annapurna Conservation Area, Nepal and Snow Leopard Research and Conservation Project in Humla district. Most recently has been awarded with Sidney Byers Scholarship for Wildlife Conservation though the WCN Scholarship Program to pursue his M.Sc. at the J.F. Blumenbach Institute of Zoology and Anthropology at Georg-August- Universität Göttingen, Germany. This Scholarship recognizes dedicated individuals who have demonstrated exceptional promise for lifelong leadership as wildlife conservationists.

Rinzin will be leading our life time conservation related trips, whilst developing & sharing his insight & knowledge of local flora and fauna.

Pemba Gyaltsen Sherpa

Pemba Gyaltsen Sherpa- Trekking/Mountaineering Guide

One of our best guide, Pemba Sherpa hails from Phortse in Khumbu Region. He started his guiding career in 2010 and has been with Rt since our inception. He is wilderness first-aid trained. Mr. Sherpa is a licensed guide. He loves climbing and also he is trained with ice and mountaineering.

Qualification and Training

1. Education : Bachelor in Social Work

2. Certified Trekking Guide License (NATHM)

3. IMG Everest Expedition 2017 (Summited)

4. IMG Everest Expedition 2016 ( Summited )

5. IMG ChoOyu Expedition 2016 ( Summited )

Dawa Singhi Hyolmo– Guide

Originating from Helambu, He is tourism graduate and trained guide. His smile, big heart, wonderful sense of hospitality and friendliness is certain to swoon all who travel with him.

Additional Trek Guide and Tours Guides:

Here at Responsible Treks our guides are our biggest asset. They are responsible for the successful delivery of our trips and the enjoyment and safety of our clients, whether in the mountains, the city, the jungle or on the river. All our mountain guides are carefully chosen. They are safety conscious and are trained in high altitude sickness and emergency protocol. They play an important role in the liaison between client and culture, providing useful insights into the Nepali way of life. All guides are licensed by the government and are trained in responsible travel, first aid and high altitude sickness.