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Chhewang Lama

Chhewang originated from the remote Nyinba Valley, located in Simikot-Humla, West Nepal where the people are of Tibetan origin. I believe the rich cultural heritage is what links me with my passion for the Mountains. I have worked in the tourism industry for over 14 years. It is my close relationship and commitment to the many indigenous communities that gives us our unique signature.

To this day I remain inspired by the magic of the mountains and our people. I am passionate about both my work & sharing the amazing experiences of Nepal, Tibet, Sikkim& Bhutan with others.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Nepal, Tibet & Boudha-Kathmandu. particularly trekking in the remote areas of the Tibetan border- Mustang, Manang, Dolpo, Humla. Kailash and Tibet. I remain passionate about preserving the traditional heritage of the Tibetan culture and creating more opportunities for the younger generations. Further, I also like Hiking so I have started myself leading weekend eco hikes from Kathmandu to Nagarkot every Saturday and our regular Thursday walk to Pullahari and Kopan Monastery are also going on."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I was born in a very remote area in Humla, West Nepal. As a young child, I studied hard knowing that the future would take me further than my small mountain town. After Grade 3 I moved to Kathmandu for further studies. Then I went to Chandigarh in India. After college degree in Business, I return back to Kathmandu. I was processing for my further studies to USA in 2004 but in the meantime, I got a part-time job at one of the leading trekking company based in Thamel, Kathmandu.

One Familiarization trek to Tamang heritage trails and Langtang in November 2005 changed my life. After that, there was no turning back and it’s still today the magic of the mountains and its people that inspires me."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"There are so many but when I first established my own company- I went with a British friend on a 25 days’ expeditions starting from my village in Simikot to Limi valley and crossed the border to Tibet into Mount Kailash then we headed towards Everest North Face and returned back to Kathmandu. That was an epic- I lost 10 Kg- our adventures were featured in popular British travel Magazine and also in Nepal ECS. it was hard but very memorable."

Featured trips & expertise

Phoksundo Lake in  Dolpo District
Phoksundo Lake Trek – 10 Days

Discover Nepal's majestic region of Dolpo. This remote area, made famous by Peter Matthiessen’s book 'The Snow Leopard,' has only been open to trekkers since 1989. Its most alluring attraction, Phoksundo Lake, is sacred to Buddhists and followers of the Bonpo religion. This relatively easy trek involves no high passes, and winds through Himalayan forests and traditional Tibetan villages.

Yamdruk Tso-Lake
Discover Tibet - 6 Days

Go on an adventure at the top of the world and let ancient Tibetan myths and mysteries enchant you. This 6-day tour includes a thorough cultural and historical exploration of Tibet's capital, Lhasa, and surrounding areas. You'll also get a taste of nature with a trip south to the pristine freshwaters of Yamdrok Lake.

Nyinba valley with Karnali River
Western Nepal Homestay Trek with Bardia Safari - 12 Days

Humla is a remote region of Western Nepal, and this trip takes you trekking through its river valleys and high peaks, with homestays in traditional Buddhist villages along the way. After your memorable trekking adventures, experience a change of pace in Bardia National Park, where you'll spend your time spotting native wildlife species, before ending your trip in bustling Kathmandu.

Kiang roam in Limi Valley  (Pic by:Tashi R. Ghale)
Limi Valley Trek - 20 Days

Hidden deep within the Himalaya is Humla: the highest, most northern and remote district of Nepal. Humla is culturally diverse, occupied in the northern highlands by Bhotias, and in the southern valleys and riverbeds by the Khasas (Hindus). You will experience these rich and varied cultures as you trek over 16,000 ft passes, through remote villages, and explore ancient monasteries in the vivid Limi Valley.

Evenings views of Mt. Machapuchare
Mardi Himal Trek - 12 Days

Few trekkers make their way to the base of spectacular Mardi Himal and the beautiful and imposing Machapuchhre, but this stunning route is quickly gaining popularity. Less challenging than the trek to nearby Annapurna Base Camp yet just as beautiful, this 12-day adventure belongs on the itinerary of anyone looking for a literal off-the-beaten-path trek in Nepal.

Tamang Heritage Trail - 7 Days

On this moderate seven-day trek just North of Kathmandu Valley in Nepal, get up close with the Tamang people while trekking amid green valleys and snow-capped mountains. The Tamang Heritage trail has the added benefit of providing sustainable economic benefit to the local community.

Recent trip reviews for Chhewang

Jomsom muktinath trek, Nepal - Jul 29 - Aug 6, 2018

Traveler: Shawn C. - Local specialist: Chhewang Lama

My wife and I recently traveled to Nepal on our honeymoon to explore part of the mustang region. We were looking for adventure, culture and scenery. Our guide Thinley and the whole team from Responsible Treks gave us a wonderful adventure. Nepal is such a beautiful country rich in history, culture and spirit, and the mustang region was just as breathtaking as we had hoped it would be. Even with the monsoon weather providing us with a range of obstacles, the Responsible Treks team worked... read more

My wife and I recently traveled to Nepal on our honeymoon to explore part of the mustang region. We were looking for adventure, culture and scenery. Our guide Thinley and the whole team from Responsible Treks gave us a wonderful adventure. Nepal is such a beautiful country rich in history, culture and spirit, and the mustang region was just as breathtaking as we had hoped it would be. Even with the monsoon weather providing us with a range of obstacles, the Responsible Treks team worked diligently to find solutions to each obstacle and succeeded in giving us an adventure that we will always remember.

Chhewang Lama, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Shawn,
Thank you for your sincere and marvelous review.

On behalf of the entire Responsible Trek team, I thank you for taking time to share your kind opinion of your trip. It was such a pleasure to read that you had a great service experience with us. Our priority is to always make our guest’s holiday smooth and relaxing in as far as possible, even in the most difficult situation. Sorry as I was not there at the end to meet you.

Be assured that your warm review has been relayed to... read more

Hi Shawn,
Thank you for your sincere and marvelous review.

On behalf of the entire Responsible Trek team, I thank you for taking time to share your kind opinion of your trip. It was such a pleasure to read that you had a great service experience with us. Our priority is to always make our guest’s holiday smooth and relaxing in as far as possible, even in the most difficult situation. Sorry as I was not there at the end to meet you.

Be assured that your warm review has been relayed to our staff Nima, Thinley and all the staffs.

It was our pleasure to meet you both and host your adventure honeymoon trip.

We look forward to welcoming you to Nepal in near future with much better weather!

Cheers

Trip to nepal, Nepal - Jul 16 - Jul 30, 2018

Traveler: Chris C. - Local specialist: Chhewang Lama

We had a wonderful experience in Nepal, and I can't say enough great things about Chhewang and Sonam from Responsible Treks. This was our first time to Nepal, and Chhewang was extremely helpful in designing the perfect itinerary for us. He assessed our capabilities and interests, and proposed several options. He was patient and responsive with our questions and flexible to meet our needs at every step.

We trekked the remote region of Nar and Phu, and then part of the Annapurna Circuit. We... read more

We had a wonderful experience in Nepal, and I can't say enough great things about Chhewang and Sonam from Responsible Treks. This was our first time to Nepal, and Chhewang was extremely helpful in designing the perfect itinerary for us. He assessed our capabilities and interests, and proposed several options. He was patient and responsive with our questions and flexible to meet our needs at every step.

We trekked the remote region of Nar and Phu, and then part of the Annapurna Circuit. We had a day in Kathmandu before and again after trekking. For us, this was the perfect balance of varied landscapes, authentic cultural experiences, and "off the beaten path" trekking. We were hesitant to visit during the monsoon, but would do so again in an instant. Many areas we trekked were in the "rain shadow" and so we had plenty of sun, in addition to enjoying the lush green landscape and "off season" quiet serenity this time of year.

Our guide, Sonam, is the best of the best. He took great care of us including getting us safely over two high mountain passes, taught us so much about the landscape and local culture, and made every day fun. He went above and beyond to make sure we were comfortable, making tweaks to our itinerary based on how we were feeling. The trek was a great value and Sonam consistently looked out for us to ensure we had the best treatment at teahouses. My wife celebrated a birthday during our trek, and he worked with the locals to surprise her with a cake!

This was our first time using kimkim. The experience was wonderful, the fees were transparent and, most importantly, they connected us with an excellent local partner for our trip.

Chhewang Lama, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Chris and Sophia,

Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed feedback. It was indeed pleasure hosting you both. It was our good karma to meet you though KimKim.

Great to hear that Sonam was super guide, he is still learning and will do even better. I shared your review with all of our office team and we are all inspired.

Once again! Many thanks for the honest review, looking forward to host your another adventure in the Himalayas, all the best!

Cheers,

Chhewang

David

Trip to nepal, Nepal - May 11 - May 18, 2018

Traveler: David M. - Local specialist: Chhewang Lama

I cannot say enough about the awesome Nepal trek we recently competed that was booked through KimKim with Responsible Treks. From our first interactions, KimKim identified the type of trip we were interested in, the specific dates we were available and matched us with a trekking company and a trek that fit our skill level and expectations.

The trip itself exceeded our expectations on all fronts. The communications we received via KimKim's platform helped us plan our trip, get a great... read more

I cannot say enough about the awesome Nepal trek we recently competed that was booked through KimKim with Responsible Treks. From our first interactions, KimKim identified the type of trip we were interested in, the specific dates we were available and matched us with a trekking company and a trek that fit our skill level and expectations.

The trip itself exceeded our expectations on all fronts. The communications we received via KimKim's platform helped us plan our trip, get a great sense of what to expect each day, and to pack accordingly. The information and communications we received on the front end alleviated any trip anxiety we may have had. Chhewang, our trip organizer with Responsible Treks, met us at the airport in Kathmandu and rode with us to our hotel where we met with our trek guide, Sonam. We discussed the trek and generally what to expect. Our trek started the next morning where we met our porter, Chhiring T. Over the course of our trek, whether in airports, check points, tea houses or lodges Sonam and Chhiring T took care of us and ensured we had the best trek possible. Upon our return to Kathmandu we met for dinner with our trip organizer Chhewang from Responsible Treks and our trekking crew for a traditional Nepalese dinner - an awesome ending to our trip. We were picked up the next day and escorted to the airport for our flights home.

Again, we had a great trip and trek and no detail was left to chance - the KimKim platform and team matched us up with exactly what we were looking for in a trip and Responsible Treks and their team took care of us and ensured our trip was a success.

We give KimKim and Responsible Treks 5 stars - and two thumbs up!!

Chhewang Lama, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi David & Michael


Thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed feedback. It was indeed pleasure hosting you both. Despites bad weather, we are delighted to learn that you fully enjoyed your overall trip to Nepal.

Rest assured that your kind words have been happily shared with our entire team especially to our lead guide Sonam and C.T. Lama
Thank you once again and we look forward welcoming you back soon ... maybe for another adventure in the Himalayas

Namaste and Tashi Delek !

Chhewang