Our Team Members
We at Hike Himalaya Adventure have always tried to live up to our responsibilities for creating programs that match our superb destinations. That is why our striving for excellence never ceases to continue. It is a way that we give back to the places we love by bringing in enthusiastic travelers to these amazing destinations. And that’s what we do best.
Our tour leaders and staff are among the “select few” from the regions you will be visiting. They are here because of their native experience, knowledge, their wide international exposure and education. Most of our guides were born on the rugged mountains that you seek to trek in on your holidays. They share the experiences of their own lives and families, along with their influences and beliefs, which provides a deeper understanding of the local culture and people. Many lasting friendships have been formed between our travelers and local guides. They are a central part of what we call the ‘Live your dream!’ Travel experience. Perhaps, what’s more important is that our team as a whole is a group of people who simply enjoy their jobs…& enjoy it to the hilt.
We are extremely committed to preserving the natural environment when we plan your holidays and make doubly sure that the area is kept clean on the conclusion of our programs. We strictly adhere to the norms of the International Porters Protection Group (www.ippg.net) and make sure our guides and porters are well equipped and geared to providing you flawless services, always keeping in mind at all times first and foremost; your safety and protection throughout your program.
Our Passion…Join us & become a part of it…!!
At ‘Hike Himalaya’, it is the whole concept of travel that we love because we believe that getting there is as much fun as being there which is why we use the best in transport, eat out at great local restaurants and hold up at luxurious as well as family run hotels. At Hike Himalaya Adventure, we talk a lot about experience. It isn’t just talk. For us, travel is about experience – true experience – becoming involved with a place and its people. Great travel is an experience of combining cultures, cuisines, history, people, natural beauty and change.
It is here where we want you to be familiar with the cultures of a destination and all of it with comfort and planning which will always help you stay fresh and free. When we started off in the month of March 2011; it was our vision to provide our guests with extraordinary holiday experiences. Despite our having come a long way today; our approach to travel remains the same and we are just as passionate like the way we were in the very beginning.
Come & Share this passion of ours and embark on the journeys of a lifetime!
Prakash AryalExecutive Director and Co-Chief Mountaineer
Prakash grew up in a little village called Maidi in the Dhading region of Nepal, approximately 100 kms west of Kathmandu. The village which is difficult to reach and isolated from larger towns wakes up every morning to the full splendor of the Himalaya; the mighty Himalayas even looks down upon the village Maidi.
Growing up in Maidi, Prakash was exposed early on to trekkers and guides. A number of people in his village and region operated as porters and guides. This was how he first witnessed the impact Nepal has on tourists. He watched in inspired delight how guides in his community could speak to tourists in fluent English and the way the guides were able to share the beauty of Nepal with visitors. This inspired his dream ever since of owning and operating a mountain expedition company so he could one day share Nepal and her mountains with the outside world. After school, he completed a bachelor in Humanities and Social Science with an English Major before beginning his first Masters Degree in Kathmandu at Tribhuwan University. Along with his University, he applied for a Training of Tourist Guide in 2007 and officially started working in tourism from the same year. He then worked as a freelance guide for different tourism organizations for a year. During this time he trekked and travelled to many places in Nepal and witnessed his country from many different perspectives.
In 2008, Prakash joined a major trekking agency in Kathmandu, where he started working as a Correspondent cum Tour Leader for 4 years. At the same time, he was also volunteering as a relationship manager for Non-Profit Organization based in the Gorkha region, Nepal. During his time at the trekking agency in Kathmandu Prakash further explored his country by taking trekkers to many different locations. This proved Prakash to be experienced leader and significant social server.
Prakash never felt tired about exploring tourism of his country. He always advocates on the essentialness of proper education in tourism which inspired him to join for another Masters Degree in Travel and Tourism Management. He is now due to achieve his degree in few months time.
Evaluating all his experiences and achievements, Prakash has seen the benefit that tourism can be to developing communities, under privileged children and his country more broadly. His aim with HHA is to ensure tourism benefits flow into sustainable community development programs without the errors which he has found existing in other organizations. As a result he has implemented some amazing initiatives throughout Nepal in the education, health and community development projects.
Prakash now aims to implement 100% fairness in the tourism business. He assures you to provide high standard personalized services with his well equipped, well experienced crews."
Administrative Assistant/ Tour Assistant
Animesh is a young and dynamic fellow working for Hike Himalaya Adventure and Himalayan Schoolies since 2015 as a General Administrator/Tour Assistant, Reservation Officer and many more. Originally, hailed from Chitwan region, just a few kilometres from worldly renowned Chitwan National Park, he develops many different ways to entertain each and every tour groups and the trekkers. Working closely with Prakash, as well as being a Uni student, Animesh has seen a very bright career in tourism and hospitality and shares his impression that many things can be done for the better tourism and better hospitality of Nepal. He is a very passionate in trekking, travelling, cycling and football. He does his job with great dedication. He has been working very closely with the schoolies groups and some humanitarian projects run by Rotary Club of Orange Daybreak and Hike Himalaya Adventure. He has trekked Annapurna Base Camp, Mardi Himal Base Camp and few short trips to Everest region.
Tatiana De WéeMountain Lover and Cultural Explorer(HHA Europe Representative)
Tatiana is a travel buff, having travelled throughout the world. She first travelled to Nepal in 2010 and fell under its spell. Immediately she fell in love with the country and everything it offers. This was also the same time the HHA team met Tatiana and we enjoyed trekking the Annapurna circuit with her. Tatiana has undertaken treks throughout the Himalaya, in particular an enlightening crossing of the Thorong La pass at 5,416m, in cold and testing conditions. She has also undertaken an enchanting period meditating in Lumbini, Buddhas birth place. Since this time Tatiana has been inspired ever since to spread the word about Nepal being a marvellous place to visit.
The team at HHA is extremely pleased that Tatiana has come on board and will be acting as a European representative, with a particular focus on Belgium. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with her and help meet the personalised needs of European clients. Also of importance is Tatianas desire to help local Nepalese communities. She’s also an important member of our corporate social responsibility program.
During the times when Tatiana is not organising Nepalese travel adventures, she provides communication strategy advice to a 3D printing company in Belgium and enjoys tasting many of Belgiums chocolates and waffles."
Ashok AryalOperations Manager and Trekking Guide
Ashok Aryal, one who joined Hike Himalaya since the establishment now has had a wide range of experience as a trekking guide. He started his career in 2009 as a Sherpa helping the trekkers from various countries. Having guided as a trekking assistant guide from 2011, Ashok, now has become a guide. He has been a favourite guide of the trekkers of any countries he take with. Ashok is also rich of a melodious voice, loves singing and dancing. There is now doubt that your trip is going to be a wonderful experience if Ashok is there in the team. Besides, he is equally fond of cricket and football.
Apart from trekking, Ashok also holds the responsibility of the company as the Operation Manager. During the rural educational training programmes at different places, he deserves a sincere appreciation from the company and the visitors.
Rinji SherpaTrekking/ Climbing Leader/ Tour Guide
Rinji, from Khumbu region of Nepal, joined Hike Himalaya Adventure in the early 2013. He is a great asset of HHA, has also been in many of the peaks below 7000m above the sea level. Born in Khumbu region and even from Sherpa family, high mountains and its challenging steps are just day to day life of Rinji.
Besides his lifelong experience in the high mountains, Rinji is a well educated Sherpa who is about to complete his masters degree in Travel and Tourism Management shortly. In the tourism career, he has completed the training of Trekking and Climbing Guide, Tourist Guide. He speaks fluent English and broken Chinese. One can have an incredible experience being guided by Rinji.
Rajendra is a highly experienced Trekking Leader of Hike Himalaya Adventure. He is originally from Ganesh Himal Region of Nepal in Dhading district of Nepal. Rajendra started his career in tourism around early 1997 as a trekking porter and after having 2-3 years experience in the different Himalaya region of Nepal and Tibet, he became a guide in 2003. Rajendra has led as many as about 200 smaller or bigger groups in the Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, Kanchenjungha, Ganesh Himal, Dolpo and Mustang region of Nepal.
HHA is very proud to employ such a highly experienced guide who has had a long experience of working in some of the major trekking companies of Nepal till 2011. Besides trekking, Rajendra is also an occasional mount biking guide as paddling around the valley and the lower mountains are his hobbies. Apart from these, Rajendra is equally a popular guide for village tours. He can speak fluent English and broken French. He always promotes sustainable and eco tourism wherever he wonders with our clients.