Welcome to Nepal, the land of Everest and the birthplace of Buddha! We are pleased to share the profiles of a few of our guides and porter guides who have been working with us since the beginning of Nepalgram Adventure. All our guides are legally licensed and trained to lead you on trekking tours as per regulations by the Nepalese government. We want our team to be continuously learning, so we have regular boost up camps for guides.
Meet our team
Er. Arun Karki
CEO/Founder/Tour Guide/Trekking Leader
Born and raised in the Everest region, mountains have always been part of Arun’s life; he grew up watching trekkers pass by his school and village. Life in Nepal is tough but beautiful and Arun spent his childhood and school life in the village at an altitude of 2500 meters surrounded by nature, trekking and farming. He would walk 4 hours every day to and from school, since that was the closest school to him. Even at that age, he was already a trekker at heart! Arun completed his high school from one of the top schools in Kathmandu, while working part-time as an assistant guide. One of his uncles inspired him to look into trekking as a full-time career given his natural aptitude and love of trekking; eventually, Arun would make the fateful decision to pursue a trekking guide license, while doing his bachelors degree in Civil Engineering. He finally attained his license and embarked on a professional career as a trekking guide in 2008. While his classmates went on vacation during school breaks, Arun would go trekking to remote parts of Nepal city-dwellers have never been to. Having an education helped him often bridge the gap in language and knowledge with his foreign clients, who were always curious about everything Nepal and loved to share stories from their own travels.
Coming from a small remote village with the ambition of becoming a successful engineer, Arun graduated from university and chose instead to follow his love for trekking and travelling into the tourism industry. The many stories and perspectives from people all around the world has taught him to dream big and not be afraid to forge his own path. He found a job as a trekking guide at a highly rated trekking company in Nepal and began building his skills not only in trekking, but also in social media advertising, content writing for websites and as a tour operator behind the scenes, answering client inquiries and helping to deal with complaints.
Although the work was often challenging, with long hours away from friends and family, it enabled him to finally open Nepalgram Adventures in 2018, ten years after he first attained his trekking license as a teenager.
Arun is interested in traveling (trekking, climbing & tour), sports (football/soccer) and to make friends around the world. He has been to all of the trekking trails of Nepal including Everest as a leader and many places as an explorer. He has climbed Mera peak (6500m) as his highest peak climbing in Nepal. He has been to India, China, Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore so far and wants to explore more. Arun speaks fluent English and Hindi, and is trying to learn Chinese.
Bal is a local guy from Bhaktapur (a heritage city) who used to be a chef at a restaurant at Bhaktapur Durbar Square before working as a tour guide for Nepalgram. Since that time, Bal has attained his tour guide license and has deep knowledge of not only the rich history of Bhaktapur but also all the other tourist attractions in Nepal.
Working in the restaurant industry for many years, Bal is no stranger to tourists or good customer service. He loves getting out of the city to explore the natural beauty of Nepal, often being nostalgic about the days when Kathmandu used to be a jungle. Despite the transition of his beloved city from trees to concrete buildings, Bal is not sad about urbanization, although some of modernization trends scare him.
Bal is a cheerful man to tour with; his information about the region will make a memorable travel in Nepal. He is a man of good character with cheerful attitude. Do not hesitate to be open with Bal. He loves trekking, riding Motor bikes and traveling. He can speak English, Hindi and Newari fluently.
Sandip is a trekking guide with a passion for travel and a wide smile on his face. His smiling face and easy-going nature is sure to make any trekking trip a great success. Sandip is a licensed guide and has been to the entire trekking region of Nepal. His favorite trails are in the Annapurna region, as well as the Langtang trail.
He has been working with Nepalgram since the beginning and brings with him 4 years of experience. He will show you the mountains and tell you about the many stories they hold. Sandip loves motorcycling, trekking, travel and making friends. Do not hesitate to ask him more about the mountains. He speaks English and Hindi fluently.
Binod started his trekking journey as a porter carrying the 15-30kg luggage of clients up the many trails of Nepal. After working as a porter for 2 years, while apprenticing under other tour guides, he received his trekking guide license and started his career as a professional guide. Binod is a regular presence in the most famous trekking regions of Nepal but specializes especially in the Larkey Pass trek of the Manaslu region.
His smiling face and talkative nature is sure to uplift any tired trekker on their journey.
Binod is a highschool graduate and done a bit of travelling to Malaysia and the UAE. He loves to make new friends, talk about anything and everything, and wants to do more travelling in his spare time. Feel free to ask about his family, personal life and his mountaineering experience. He speaks English, Hindi and Arabic.
Narayan is the eldest trekking guide of the company with more than 20 years of experience in mountaineering and trekking. He can tell you many stories of his fellow guides and porters making their way through the tourism industry to found successful businesses. Narayan’s many years in the mountains has seen stories of success, failure, death and survival. He has a long history of being a trekking guide for some of the most well-known local trekking companies, as well as a few international trekking companies, such as Exodus and Intrepid. We are proud to have someone with his wisdom and knowledge serving our clients.
Narayan has many life stories to share with his clients and loves to talk about his retirement plans, which is sure to be an interesting topic on any trekking trip. He speaks English, Hindi and little bit of Russian. He is also a very well-traveled Nepalese, having been to Russia, Uruguay, Thailand, Malaysia, India, China and France.
Mani has worked for Nepalgram since the inception of the company as a porter.Recently, he began working as a porter guide. He has been to most of the trekking trails as a porter and is actively learning more everyday. Mani has completed his high school degree and is currently working towards his trekking guide license.
Mani has prior experience of working for big travel companies in his teenage years but took a long break. He is now back to pursue a full-time trekking career, currently taking boost up class at our office, and will soon undertake his trekking guide training conducted by the Nepal Tourism Board to become a license guide.
He will lead your trek with a cheerful attitude. Speak gently and pronounce slow to communicate with Maniraj, as he is also actively working on his English. He has a good sense of humor and has great knowledge of national parks in Nepal.