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 Mas de Xaxars - Adviser
Emma Finney - UK Representative
Pemba Yungdung Lama - Sales & Operation Manager
Sonam N. Lama – Co-Founder/ Trek Leader
Rikjin Lama - General Manager & Senior Trek Leader
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.
Thinley N. Lama – Customer Service/Trip Leader
Thinley is new to mountain guiding field. He is originally from Bargaun-Humla. In addition to English and Nepali He speaks fluent Tibetan and he is learning Chinese. He is a good singer so its great fun trekking with him. Thinley is a licensed guide by the authority of Nepal government.
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- 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. Basic and Advance climbing course (KCC)
4. Basic First Aid training conducted by Mr. Peter Anderson ( Sentinel Outdoor Research)
Trekking and Mountaineering Experience
1. IMG Everest expedition 2014
2. IMG Everest Expedition 2015
3. IMG Everest Expedition 2016 ( Summited )
4. IMG ChoOyu Expedition 2016 ( Summited )
5. Lobuche peak ( 4 summit )
6. Island peak ( 2 summit )
Dipak Kale Karki – Driver
Originating from Bhaktapur, He is our official driver. 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.