I am from the remote Nyinba Valley, located in Simikot-Humla, West Nepal where the people are of Tibetan origin. I believe the rich cultural heritage of where I am from is what connects me to my passion for the mountains. I have worked in the tourism industry for over 15 years. It is my close relationship and commitment to the many indigenous communities that gives Responsible Treks 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. Our particular niche is 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. I also like hiking, so I have started leading weekend eco-hikes from Kathmandu to Nagarkot every Saturday and a regular Thursday walk to Pullahari and Kopan Monastery. I want to encourage more people to hike."
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 first moved to Kathmandu to pursue further studies, then to Chandigarh, India. After completing a college degree in business, I returned back to Kathmandu. I was pursuing continuing my education in then USA in 2004, but began to work I part-time at one of the leading trekking company based in Thamel, Kathmandu. A trek to the Tamang heritage trails and Langtang in November 2005 changed my life. After that, there was no turning back and it’s the magic of the mountains and its people that still inspires me today."
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"There are so many unique experiences, but when I first established my own company I went with a British friend on a 25 days expedition starting from my village in Simikot to the Limi valley and crossed the border into Tibet to Mount Kailash. We then headed towards Everest's North Face before returning 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
From Kathmandu, enjoy a multi-week trekking adventure through the Himalaya, learning about Nepali culture and Tibetan Buddhism along the way. You'll do a circuit, or 'kora', of sacred Mt. Kailash in western Tibet, camp beneath the mountain's north face, and visit Everest Base Camp on the Tibetan side of the border. You'll also stop at other Tibet cultural highlights, such as the Tashi Lhunpo Gompa in Shigatse, and end in Lhasa, the former home of the Dalai Lamas.
This two-and-a-half-week trek through Langtang and Helambu is one of the most spectacular Nepal has to offer. Just north of the Kathmandu Valley, this route is classified as moderate and will take you from the banks of the Bhote Kosi River through the Langtang Valley to the sacred Gosaikunda Lake and the Hyolmo villages of Helambu. You'll see expansive mountain views, travel through lush forests and sleep in Nepali tea houses on this Himalayan adventure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Recent trip reviews for Chhewang
Trekking and tiger safari · Nepal - Mar 12 - Mar 22, 2020
We did a semi custom trip (11 day) for three with some moderate trekking in Annapurna region, tiger safari in Bardia NP, with some cultural activities in Kathmandu. The trip was well organized and flexible. I only provided some general guidance on my desires and Chhewang made suggestions and tied it all together after some feedback from me. We all enjoyed the trekking and the tiger safari, where we we able to see 4 tigers in the wild over 2 days.
Our trip was interrupted by the covid-19 virus... read more
Fantastic experience with kimkim's team in Nepal · Nepal - Jan 20 - Jan 24, 2020
Our party of 4 adults from Thailand were in Nepal for our first time for 4 nights and we all had a safe and wonderful time thanks to kimkim and the team. As the organizer, it wasn't easy to choose a local tour company because there are so many to screen, but I was very happy to have chosen kimkim and this team. Pre-trip, the entire coordination process such as emails back and forth, queries, payment etc was very smooth. I love kimkim's email communication system which basically makes life... read more
Fantastic Flexible visit to Nepal · Nepal - Nov 28 - Dec 5, 2019
We had a wonderful experience with Chhewang and his driver in Nepal. They were so flexible when our flights from Lumbini were delayed and adjusted to every little request we sent through - including transporting our luggage between Namobuddah/Balthali/Panuti so that we could do our own 'wandering' between villages. The transport was the best we had anywhere in Nepal. We would highly recommend them for any type of assistance in Nepal from fully catered to independent travelers like us. Thank you so much for making everything flow smoothly!
Seamless experience of beauty, culture and exploration · Nepal - Oct 26 - Oct 31, 2019
From start to finish my tour organised by Chhewang was seamless and for me effortless. I was very well looked after by my guide Keshab and can’t thank him enough. The responsible trek team communicated everything clearly and consistently where I never felt a worry or not looked after. The trek itself was created and catered specifically to my wishes and the time I had available. I loved every experience, and was lucky to observe many cultural customs as it was the time of the festival.
Trip to Nepal · Nepal - Jul 19 - Jul 26, 2019
We had a wonderful time in Nepal. The attention of Chhewang and our guide, Chhiring was absolutely great. They were always on time, absolutely dedicated to us. There were no surprises, hidden costs or bad experiences. The hotels that were booked for us were of excellent quality and the overall attention and quality of the tour was outstanding.
Chhiring is really a very professional guide and a wonderful person. He didn't only guide use through our trek, we learned so much from him and from... read more
Lower Mustang Trek - 9 Days · Nepal - Jul 22 - Jul 26, 2019
Such an amazing trip - my guide Sonam was wonderful. He thought of everything and went out of his way to make sure I enjoyed the trip. He took me to see some breathtaking sights and gave me the exact trip I wanted. I would recommend KimKim and Responsible Treks and Sonam to anyone I know.
Trip to Nepal · Nepal - Apr 21 - Apr 24, 2019
From the beginning of contacting Kimkim till the end, we had an amazing trekking experience in the Annapurna region. Thank you to Chhewang for the preliminary interaction and for responding to all our queries in a timely and informative manner. We were lucky to have Rikzin Lama as our guide. He was helpful, knowledgable, professional and very easy going. Our porter Bharat was a great travel companion and helped us at every occasion he can. We are ever grateful to Rikzin and Bharat who have... read more
Trekking - 10 Days · Nepal - Oct 17 - Oct 30, 2018
We went to Langtang for 14 days in October and we had fabulous trip. We had not tried trekking before but Chhewang was very helpful in the planning of the trip and answered all our questions with short response time. We had a guide, Keshab, and two porters, Michael Bro and Ganesh, and they were also fabulous: very friendly, professional and with a good sense of humour. Langtang was beautiful and it was not overly crowded with other tourists. We can highly recommend Langtang, Kimkim and the whole package.
Trip to Nepal · Nepal - Oct 16 - Nov 1, 2018
We trekked the Langtang-Gosaikunda-Helambu route for 2 weeks with our Nepalese guide Dawa and porter Renjen. The trip was absolutely amazing: stunning views, friendly people, interesting culture! We felt safe and welcome from day one until the end.
Nepal Holiday with Trekking · Nepal - Oct 17 - Oct 30, 2018
We had a wonderful time with Responsible Treks!
Responsible Treks is a great touring company with a respectable business model and mission. By mainly hiring employees from a single, impoverished village high in the Himalayas, they are providing a way for members of the village to earn a living outside of the mountains. Our guide was Sonam and our porter was the famous dancing and singing Nirmal.
Our trek was a 7-day/6-night hike through the south Annapurna Conservation area. The highlight... read more
Trip to Nepal · Nepal - Oct 20 - Oct 27, 2018
We were having company trip to Nepal and we are really satisfied with the service provided by Nima and Chhewang. We couldnt describe how wonderful and how professional this travel company is. Firstly the recommended travel plan was suited to our group of people. And both Nima and Chhewang always give fast response before and during the trip. They answered our thousands of question patiently. During the trip, our tour guide Nima was good at forming a joyful atmosphere and able to identify our... read more
Jomsom Muktinath Trek · Nepal - Jul 29 - Aug 6, 2018
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
Trip to Nepal · Nepal - Jul 16 - Jul 30, 2018
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
Trip to Nepal · Nepal - May 11 - May 18, 2018
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