At Earthbound Expeditions, we believe in teamwork and we work towards serving our clients with expertise and a hospitable approach.
Our company management along with our tour guides and staff have made Earthbound Expeditions an exceptional travel company in Nepal. Earthbound Expeditions maintains a solid work ethic and has build a track record of customer service, with many clients seeking our services time and again on their revisits to Nepal and other parts of Asia.
Our experienced guides, who have been selected for their ability and for having the passion and the dedication for the Himalayas and their surroundings, work towards making sure each trip exceeds the customers expectation.
All our staff are locally employed. Our guides and porters are always ensure our clients get to experience our local customs and culture. Our guides speak English, Chinese, and other major languages to serve clients from around the world. As an added option, we can provide guides from other countries for customized tours or for specific exploratory expeditions.
Our guides have worked with well known geologist, astrologers, lonely planet authors, actor, pilots, writers and many other high profile clientele. We are convinced that you will at all times, get an expert and personalized service with Earthbound Expeditions because we have proved to be the best within the travel industry for years.
Our guides are well-organized and will at all times provide you with the advice and information you require about the trip. Our guides carry out introductory sessions to brief you about the country and its customs, as well as, local places to eat, and will assist you with basic local phrases for your understanding and comfort.
Earthbound Expeditions guides are also trained professionals from Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management and are registered license holders.
Similarly our India, Tibet, Bhutan tour guides are also trained from their respected country’s National Tourist academy and are registered license holders. Everyone has general training about first aid medical course and eco – tourism.
• Nischal Kunwar- Founder and Managing Director
Nischal was born in Nepal, Kathmandu and resides in Thamel, the axis of tourism Kathmandu. He had witnessed the whereabouts about tourists in Nepal since his childhood days and still continues to do so! His passion for his country and the adventures it could offer, led him to inquire more about tourism in Nepal and the curiosity has only grown since then.
His personal travels as well as activities as a guide with Earthbound Expeditions Nepal clients to the Himalayan region such as Langtang and Annapurna Regions etc; have only heightened his passion over the years.
Learning and exploring has been his motto and he has managed to travel diverse countries and places where he familiarized himself to different people and cultures and discovered that he had to make the most of this and relate this knowledge to improve Nepal’s tourism.
All these factors eventually led him to establish a company today known as Earthbound Expeditions Nepal!
• Rajan Simkhada : Founder, Trip Planner, Manager and President Earthbound Expeditions Nepal
Rajan is the spine of Earthbound Expeditions Nepal. His dedication is infinite and all this started for him when he partnered with his friends and founded Earthbound Expeditions Nepal. He organizes and coordinates trips, where sometimes depending on clients request he jumps at the chance to lead a trip!
An added appealing characteristic about Rajan is that, he is also an acknowledged and a renowned comedian here in Nepal with radio and television programs to his credit.
A young tourism entrepreneur, Rajan today is the president of the company. A passionate professional, he started his life in tourism two decades back and continuously and ceaselessly thrived to become a successful travel planner with his broad and far sighted vision to develop the tourism in Nepal. His first venture, Earthbound Expeditions, is an immensely successful and award winning trekking company having a very high reputation in different travel media and sites. A business studies graduate from the university, he really means the business.
Born in the mountain region of Dhading, Rajan was a bright student in school. His strong wish to get better opportunities brought him to Kathmandu for his further education at the age of 14. Since then he has been living in Kathmandu. When he was in his village he would see many foreign tourists going for the trekking via his village and he would wonder if he could be one of those guides working with foreign people. Since then he had got an impression of tourism and as he grew up and studied in Kathmandu, he began to understand the business and was enlightened in the perspective that there is much more than becoming simply a guide. He started building up an ambition in him.
As an ambitious man, Rajan started his professional career working in a hotel as front desk assistant. But his interest, vision and ambition led him to take trekking guide training and work as a trekking guide. He led many trips to different parts of Himalayas and after three years of working as a guide he started his own trekking company, Earthbound Expeditions. As a hard working man, he dedicated his time to bring his company to a high level service provider and eventually became successful in doing so. But this success didn’t come to him in a flash of magic wand. He went through a lot of hardships in the initial days. There were lots of challenges to overcome, obstacles to be crossed but with his strong will power he managed to go over all those difficulties and now in todays date his company, Earthbound Expeditions, has a very highly reputable name in tourism industry. His company serves around 2500 people a year to travel to Nepal, India, Bhutan and Tibet in the most outstanding way possible. His dream, vision and hardworking nature established him in the market as a successful travel entrepreneur.
He thought he had a lot of great potential to far beyond what he had achieved so he started some new ventures in the forms of hotels, restaurants and yoga retreats. In today’s date he is not only a successful tour organizer but also a hugely successful businessman with a vision, enthusiasm, and courage.
A man of great sense of humor, Rajan is also a well – known comedian for Nepali Television viewers. Despite being busy with his work, he has a high regard for the social service so he gives away certain percent of his profit to some charity and philanthropy works. He has extensively helped in building schools in the remote areas of Nepal; has helped visually impaired, orphans and helpless children.
When asked Rajan what brought him in tourism he recalls that long ago while he was at the village of Darkha at foothills of Ganesh Himal mountain he saw many tourist going through his village to Ganesh Himal trek and thought at that time that may be he will become a trek guide or a business owner of some venture that is related to tourism. Because what tourist did that time was very interesting to curious young mind.
The reason Rajan want to stay in his country is that he want to be the part of the positive change in the society, today although many of Nepalese people looking their career abroad including his 15 cousins around the world he love his land so much he decided to stay in his own land creating opportunities to the youth and give hope. Nepal’s tourism is blessed to have such a positive mind in the country.
• Mrs.Anupa Adhikari Simkhada: Guest Relation Manager
Anupa was born and raised in Kalaiya – Bara south of Nepal, near the Indian border. She joined Earthbound Expeditions Nepal in 2009, as a guest relations manager and she coordinates and manages communications between the guests and the staff. She is always on a roll to follow up with our clients to ensure complete service revitalization and helps with Earthbound Expeditions Nepal, client operations and issues. She has been known to provide above and beyond excellent service to our clients and is a cache for this company.
In addition, she has portrayed a keen interest in social work, which is her passion. Anupa is the member of Lions club in Nepal, which is an organization that works towards social issues .When it comes to travelling she has visited parts of Europe like France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, and Netherlands plus parts of Asia.
• Jenna Markowick -Director, North America
Based in Los Angeles, California and Portland, Oregon, Jenna is an avid world traveler and an outdoor enthusiast. Jenna received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park and Master’s degree in Strategic Public Relations from the University of Southern California.
With several years of tourism industry experience in marketing and public relations, Jenna has worked with clients spanning the globe.
Her travels have led her all over the world, from earning a TESOL Certification in Thailand to working in Shanghai, China, at the 2010 World Expo.
At Earthbound Expeditions Nepal, she works directly for USA market promotions and its tour destinations.
She most recently visited Nepal and completely fell in love with the country and culture.
In her free time, she enjoys yoga, meditation, scuba diving, camping, photography and spending time with her husband Chris.
• Tarek Lughod: International Representative
He has taught Bhakti Yoga, Hindu philosophy and Mantra Meditation for the last 25 years. He lived and traveled within Nepal and India for six (6) years where he studied with numerous Gurus and Swamis. He is a certified Laughter Yoga instructor and an expert storyteller. He is also a certified guide who executes Indian tours for Earthbound Expeditions Nepal.
• Kedar Gajurel- General Manager
A student of management and having an experience of over 10 years, he is in charge of supervising the operations at Earthbound Expeditions Nepal.
Mr. Gajurel takes care of operations like booking tickets and factors associated to it. He furthermore takes care of itineraries and promotional / marketing activities associated with Earthbound Expedition Nepal which has led him to make trips overseas to countries like UK, Europe, Austria, Spain, Germany and Asia.
Being a travel enthusiast as everyone else in the company it is also obvious to state that he has occasionally led trips and treks to Nepal, Tibet (Kailash), Mt.Everest Base camp, Annapurna Base Camp and Chitwan.
• Gambu Sherpa -Trekking Guide / High altitude cook (English)
Mr.Sherpas journey as a guide started back in 1989. He is the chief guide at Earthbound Expeditions Nepal, specializing in high altitudes treks. He is well experienced and has led groups to Mt. Everest.
• Shree Ram Adhikari – Trekking Guide (English / Japanese)
Shree has been guiding many of trips to the Himalayas since 1998 and joined us since 2002. He is a very compliant person and a good acquaintance to travel with.
He has successfully trekked more or less to all of Nepal’s Himalayas.
He has also been to India (Ladakh), Tibet (Kailash) several times.
His hobby is photography and to travel and has travelled to Europe on occasions
• Mr. Sudip Baral – Trekking Guide (English)
Sudip has guided many treks since 2005 with Earthbound Expeditions Nepal.
He has successfully trekked almost all of the Himalayas like Mt.Everest, Langtang, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Tilicho Lake and Tibet (Kailash). He furthermore worked with lonely planet authors to discover new trekking routes in Nepal’s unmarked areas.
• Mr. Gopal Tamang – Trekking Guide (English)
Mr. Gopal joined us in 1999 as a trekking porter and worked with us until 2003 where he excelled as a guide working for Earthbound Expeditions Nepal.
In the due course he left for Malaysia where he was offered a job in a restaurant. But then, he eventually came back to Nepal and joined Earthbound Expeditions Nepal, for a second time in 2007.
A Buddhist and a soft spoken man he has been successful in scaling Mt. Everest, Langtang, Mera Peak, Annapurna and Ganesh Himal.
• Gokul Prasad Adhikari
He is a cheerful man and is an exceptionally experienced cook and an excellent assist all through the trek. He is always very friendly and believes in smiling a lot! He is very polite and hospitable and has trekked to Mt.Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, Mustang, Dolpo and Tibet (Kailash).
• Maule Tamang – Trekking / Climbing Guide (English)
He has guided many trips within Nepal since 1994. He has effectively trekked all over Nepal and Tibet Himalayas. He has been up to the North col. of Mt. Everest and is recognized for being a good climber as well.
• Kaji / Nabin, Gambu, Sarki, Hari, Sabin, Puskar, Mitra, are Earthbound Expeditions Nepal’s, regular supporters (porters) and cook assistants.
Supplementary on hand Guides:-
- Bharat Tamang
- Hari Adhikari
- Thakur Sapkota
- Gopal Naupane
- Navaraj Sapkota
- Arjun Adhikari
- Ratna Tamang
- Bidur Amgai
- Chandra Tamang
P.S: We do hire other porters, cooks and guides when required and to meet our clients demands.