Hari Dharel – Managing Director
Hari Dharel is in charge of the daily operations of the office and moreover, he deals with all the correspondence to the customers. He has been in the tourism industry for over 20 years and he is also heavily involved in our community work.




Mads – Advisor, Himalayan Adventures
Born in Denmark, Mads has spent most of his time since 1996 in Nepal and the wider Himalayan region. He began his career as a mountain bike and hiking guide in the Kathmandu Valley, but soon he found himself not only guiding trips all over the Himalayas from Ladakh to Bhutan but also personally arranging them. For many people it’s the adventure of altitude or climbing a peak that takes them to the world’s highest mountains but for Mads it’s the people and their cultures that keep him exploring. A veteran in the adventure travel business he has organized and led trips in Turkey, Morocco, Tibet, India, Cambodia and Sri Lanka but Nepal remains his true love, where he spends half his time trekking, biking and guiding people through Kathmandu’s narrow alleys.


Clare – Advisor, Community Programs
Originally from Australia, Clare was an unlikely candidate for living in Nepal – she studied business and worked in rural Australia. However, when she did come to Nepal in 2002 working as a volunteer in an inspirational little Nepali Community Development NGO she realised she was going to have to stay. Clare has experience working in community development, mainly in rural settings, having worked in Aboriginal affairs, environmental organisations and in training and development. Funnily enough all of this comes together when looking at ways to work with local communities and Clare’s passion is to share her love of the Himalayas while ensuring that business contributes to community and the environment.


Raj - Office Manager
Raj was born in a rural village in the Dhading district of Nepal, and moved to Kathmandu with his family around 20 years ago. He started his career in tourism as a steward, working in a couple of good hotels in Kathmandu for around four years. He always used to be attracted by the big groups of foreigners coming into his hotel and was very keen to know how the tours were organized. So, he decided to join the tourism school and learn about tour operation. He completed his bachelor's in tourism education from KATH (Kathmandu Academy of Tourism and Hospitality) in 2009 which is a renowned institute among the tourism fraternity. After the completion of his bachelor's, he joined Himalayan Trails and started to operate tours in the Himalayas. While working with Himalayan Trails he completed his master's in tourism management from IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University), graduating in 2012. During his academic and professional life he has travelled to different parts of the country, discovering ample culture and diversity. He now works as the office manager, and has got both academic and technical excellence in handling guests and providing various travel related service.


Ankit - Operations Manager
Ankit grew up in Bhairahawa in West Nepal, situated in the Lumbini Zone near the birthplace of Buddha. Regarding his academic qualification, he passed his university level in 2010, achieving a bachelor's degree from Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu. He then started his career in tourism working for Himalayan Trails Adventure Travel and Tours, as he was very interested in the field. He works as the operations manager, looking after all the reservations and providing quality service to our guests. Besides that he loves to go trekking and mountain biking in the Himalayas.


Santosh - Bookkeeper
Born in 1988 in Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, Santosh has been familiar with lots of cultural heritage sites from childhood. He was a student of business studies and is currently completing a master's in business studies from NCC (Nepal Commerce Campus). He wanted to get to know people from abroad who had differing backgrounds, to learn about different religions and cultures, so joined Himalayan Trails in the spring of 2011. He works as the bookkeeper for the company, and enjoys travelling, trekking, biking and other activities where he can combine his work with having fun!


Surendra - Operations
Surendra , known as the cheery guy in Himalayan Trails because of his smiley face, is an inhabitant of Kathmandu. He joined the company in 2012 to help with the operations department and his job is to make sure everything operates on time. He is currently completing a master’s in business studies in Tribhuwan University and he will be graduating in 2013. He enjoys working in tourism because the main responsibility of people working in this field is to do whatever is necessary to make guests happy, and it feels great to be a part of other people’s happiness.


Our Guides
Our guides are all experts in the art of ensuring that you have a great time while ensuring your wellbeing. They are highly valued, highly informative, fun and most of all professional and responsible people. We only use accredited trekking guides and they must have their wilderness first aid qualifications up to date to lead treks with us. Our cultural and multi adventure tour guides are highly educated in the history and culture of the Himalayan region and they can also point out the myriad of fascinating elements of daily life that make a visit to this region so memorable.