Our Guides


The role of a trekking/climbing guide massively determines to what extent you can enjoy your trek. A good guide guarantees great holiday while a bad guide spoils the fun for you. Guide and his team ensures that every aspect of your trip runs smoothly once you depart for your desired trekking and/or climbing destination.

At NVT, we recognize the vital importance of trekking and climbing guides and have some of the best guides around. Many of our guides have worked with us since our establishment 23 years back. Thus, they have, like us, more than a couple of decades of expertise to boost. As a responsible part of our core company values, our guides take our guest experience very seriously.

Our guides are passionate about what they do. For them, like us as a company, it is a never ending learning process. They are keen to further their skills and we are always open to providing them the right resources and platform to do so. The experience, coupled with updated national and international certifications, make our guides an asset for us.

Below is a list of our certified guides with their brief profile.

Hom Magar

Hom MagarBorn in Bungkot village of Gorkha, Hom Magar is cheerful mountain guide with more two decades of experience. Most of the guests who trek Nepal with him thinks that he is a "cool" guide. Mr. Magar's engagement in trekking started when he was 15 years old (in year 1995). He went to Annapurna Circuit Trek and his first salary was a modest NRs 75. Hom Magar is passionate about trekking in the Himalayas. He talks fondly of the mountains, the people and the cultural heritage of Nepal.

Hom Magar can play traditional Nepalese musical instruments like Madal and Flute. He is also fond of singing. He has a tiger face tattooed on his left arm and fondly tells his guests about the story behind it. He generally spends his free time with his family- cooking Momo and playing with his child.

He says that Nepal is a "small world with a lot to behold".

Keshar Gurung

Keshar GurungInitially, Keshar Gurung, one of the more experienced guides at NVT, wanted to join the army. However, after being unable to do so, he started assisting his cousin who was a river guide. Mr. Gurung's advent in tourism was as an assistant river guide.

His first experience of trekking was going to Annapurna Base Camp as a porter. A few seasons later, he started working as a porter cum guide before he was finally confident enough to be a full time guide. His first assignment as a guide was to take a Japanese guest to Langtang Gosaikunda Pass Trek.

Mr. Gurung lives with his parents, wife and a small daughter in Kathmandu. Travelling is his passion. He loves playing card games, and he loses more games than he wins.

Nepal is small yet diverse. The colors of diversity add charm to the majestic Himalayas. Mr. Gurung requests tourists to come to Nepal to experience that.

Kim Rana

Kim RanaBorn and raised in Gorkha, Kim Rana came into the tourism sector through his cousin Hom Rana. He started as a porter and fondly remembers his first every trip. He carried 45 kg weight all the way from Jomsom to the Annapurna Base camp as a porter for a group of 14 Hungarian trekkers.

The content faces of the trekkers after long and adventurous trek motivates him to become an even better guide. His first trip as a full time guide was a 12 days Everest Base Camp Trek from Lukla with a group of Australian tourists.

Kim lives with his spouse with whom he has a son and daughter together. He has a metal workshop and works there when he is not trekking. He learned his trade as an apprentice under a friend who was a good metal worker.

Kim does not know how he has a seemingly Korean name. He asked his priest who gave him the name; he even doesn't have an answer. Kim speaks some Korean too. Once, a group of four Koreans started talking to him in Korean language. He knows some Korean too and started conversing to them. They ended up thinking he was a Korean too.

Ram Krishna Timalsina

Ram Krishna TimalsinaRam Krishna Timalsina was born in Dhadhing. A very sincere guide, Ram believes that guides are like ambassadors of the country and should do everything thing possible to help the world learn their country in a positive way.

As a kid, he recalls seeing tourists camp in Thopo Khola and enjoy with campfire and songs. Watching those made him want to work with tourists. He came to Kathmandu after completing his school and started studying in Amrit Science College.

One of his relative offered him the opportunity to go on a trek as a porter while he was still a student. He took the opportunity and gradually started to think of making a career in tourism. The Singaporean tourist group had a tourist who gifted him a book that would help him learn English. That book helped him a lot in his quest to improve as a guide.

However the Maoist insurgency forced him out of the country in 2005. He went to Bahrain and worked three years in with Subway. After returning, he got married and continued working in trekking sector again. When he is on trek, he likes to buy and collect ancient Nepalese artifacts. He displays them proudly in his house. He also collects foreign currencies from his guests. He intends to exhibit his collections to the world someday.

Ram is a devoted family man and loves spending his free time with his wife and two kids.

Pem Chhotar Sherpa

Pem Chhotar SherpaPem Chhotar Sherpa was born in Solukhumbu. He lived in his village for 16 years and studied under a Lama called Tawa in local language. He used to work as a porter while in Solukhumbu. His maternal uncle has a trekking company and he worked as a porter for him for two years. He later worked as a cook in expeditions for three more years before working as a climbing assistant.

As a climbing assistant, he climbed Lakpa Ri in Tibet and covered numerous 7000 meter peaks. He also assisted in Everest expedition. As a full time climbing guide, he took a team of Australian climbers to climb Mera peak in year 2004. His second trip was climbing Ama Dablam peak.

Pem also works as a climbing instructor and trains climbers in Kathmandu and Langtang. He also organizes some of his trainings in Base Camps.

He says that the mountains of Nepal have their own stories. Those tales are fascinatingly engaging. He invites tourists to come to Nepal and experience those tales themselves. He intends to invest his vast experience in climbing and expedition to do something meaningful and looks forward to it.

He and his wife live with their son and daughter in Kathmandu. He loves cooking for his family and friends in his free time.

Iswor Prasad Lamichhane

Iswor Prasad LamichhaneBorn in Burlang, Gorkha District, Ishwor first came to Kathmandu in 1999 to get enrolled in a college to complete his under-graduation.

It was during the final year of his under-graduation that he got into tourism to support his financial instability. A novice, he first went to the Annapurna Circuit as a porter carrying a 30 kg goods on his back. He did the same for half a dozen trips, An earnest man, he waspromoted to be the porter cum guide for Annapurna trek and later guided a trek to Everest Base Camp.

He lives with his family in Kathmandu. A family guy, he loves to cook at home and help with other household chores along with assisting his children with school assignments.

His friends call him a jolly fellow. He loves dancing to folk tunes...and occasionally sings during the recreational activities in trek. He says, "If we consider going to Everest Base Camp to trek, it is not just about Everest, the cultural and natural extravanza along the way is what make the trip special [...] The fun of the trek is not in the destination but in what you meet along that way…and in Nepal one meets a lot!"

He is a man of various stories and you can talk about a variety of topics with him.

Bhim Rai

Bhim Rai was born in the lowlands of Solukhumbu in the Everest Region. Mountain, thus, is a huge part of his identity. He went to school in Solukhumbu and was involved in tourism as a porter long before he moved his base to Kathmandu. When he went on a trek as a porter for the first time, he was carrying a load in excess of 30 Kg. But the mesmerizing natural beauty around him captivated him so much that he says that load felt like a mere 2 Kg. Such is his love for the mountains and nature.

He loves to share his love for the mountains to his guests and make opportunities for them to enjoy the Himalayas. Do not let his serious outlook mislead you- there is a fun loving and jocular person hidden behind the face.

Bhim Rai is very enthusiastic about sports, especially football. In his free time, he likes to play football, cricket and table tennis. He also loves playing chess with interested guests high up in the mountains in free time during the trek.

Nir Kumar Tamang

Nir Kumar Tamang was born in Solukhumbu in a poor family. He did not opportunities to get proper education and has to resort to manual labor from a small age to address the needs of this family.

His entry into the trekking sector was as a porter who would carry cooking stoves to trekkers' camp sites. Later he was promoted to a kitchen helper which required him to wake up the earliest of all and sleep at last.

Because of this lack of schooling, he had to work extra hard to improve his English skills. He did so by buying books and attending English lessons. His first trekking experience as a guide was the 12 days' Everest Base Camp trek. While on trek, he was asked by his guests about the garbage in the trails of Lobuche. He never forgets that one question and does everything from his side to keep trails clean.

He believes that the mountains of Nepal are extraordinary. He loves trekking the Annapurna and Everest for their sheer beauty and emotional connection. Nir Bahadur loves singing and dancing. He can play the traditional musical instruments flute and madal.

Chuth Bahadur Khan

Chuth Bahadur Khan was born in a remote village of Dhadhing district named Agnichowk. He completed his 7th grade from a local primary school and then went to a neighboring village of Arughat from where he completed his schools.

He then came to Kathmandu and started studying Commerce in Sarswati Campus. After completing Intermediate in Commerce, he worked in Lalitpur Post Office for a year. But he was always in search for better opportunities. Trekking and tourism offered him the opportunity he was craving for.

People from his village were in trekking profession and from them he got the chance to work as a porter. Porter is not an easy job, but the opportunity to spend time in the mountains and with people from different parts of the world were good incentives for him.

After working as a porter in some three or four treks, his first break as a guide came about. He was given the responsibility to be in charge of a trekking group consisting of two Americans and an Australian to Annapurna Round Circuit trek. This provided a whole new level of exposure and learning experience for him.

Chuth lives in Kathmandu with his wife and three kids. During his free time, he goes to his village and assists his parents with agricultural works and spends time with his villagers. He is a teetotaler who takes great satisfaction in being able to guide tourists from around the world through the cultural, natural, traditional and architectural diversity of this Himalayan country.

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