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Chhewang Lama

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."

Chhewang is part of the following groups: Nepal Travel Agents
Manasarovar Lake and Kailash
Trekking Nepal & Tibet: Mt. Kailash Kora - 21 Days

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.

Locals, Horse and Langtang Lirung
Langtang, Gosaikunda & Helambu Trek - 17 Days

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.

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.

Recent trip reviews for Chhewang

Trekking and tiger safari · Nepal - Mar 12 - Mar 22, 2020

Traveler: Christopher D. - Local specialist: Chhewang Lama

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

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 with us being one of the last tour groups. Luckily it was near the end of trip, but there were several scares that the airport would be shutdown to international flights. Chhewang and others were very supportive and helpful in altering the last few days of our trip to try to leave early. We ended up making it out about 36 hrs before the airport closed.
We will consider using the company again for a future trip to Bhutan.

Fantastic experience with kimkim's team in Nepal · Nepal - Jan 20 - Jan 24, 2020

Traveler: Adithep V. - Local specialist: Chhewang Lama

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

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 so much easier than going through regular email chains. Also appreciated the fast response times to queries and for this we have to thank our point man, Chhewang, who met us several times during the trip. Our local guide Gyaljan and trek captain Sonam were both excellent as well, very knowledgeable and highly flexible to accommodate our needs (and we were at times very demanding!) which is exactly what we were looking for in a customized tour. We chose accommodation (btw the Mariott Kathmandu is the best at the moment) but transport, restaurants etc which were pre-arranged were all very good quality. The historical sites in the capital are not to be missed, and we also loved the Chandragiri cable car. However, the highlight of the trip was no doubt our 14km trek (easy one for Nepal) to Nagarkot - the weather was perfect and the views of the Himalayan ranges simply amazing. 5 days and 4 nights was too short. We'd love to go back and if we do, we'll use kimkim and team again.

Fantastic Flexible visit to Nepal · Nepal - Nov 28 - Dec 5, 2019

Traveler: Terry D. - Local specialist: Chhewang Lama

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!

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Chhewang Lama, local specialist, responded to this review:

Many Thanks Terry. We look forward to arranging more trips in future -May be to Tibet !

Georgia

Seamless experience of beauty, culture and exploration · Nepal - Oct 26 - Oct 31, 2019

Traveler: Georgia P. - Local specialist: Chhewang Lama

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.

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Chhewang Lama, local specialist, responded to this review:

Many thanks for traveling with us. It was great fun meeting you Georgia!

We look forward to hosting your future trip to Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet - Namaste !

Luis

Trip to Nepal · Nepal - Jul 19 - Jul 26, 2019

Traveler: Luis F. - Local specialist: Chhewang Lama

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

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 Nepalese and Tibetan culture as well. The porter was also a great guy, very nice and welcoming to us.

I wouldn't hesitate to book with them again. I'm looking forward to our next adventure in Nepal with this great team.

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Chhewang Lama, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Luis,

Thank you so much for taking the them to write a review for us! your are one of our special guest from Mexico. Happy to read that you had a good time and enjoyed the treks with Chhiring.

All the best and welcome back for next Nepal Adventure !

Chhewang

Alexandria

Lower Mustang Trek - 9 Days · Nepal - Jul 22 - Jul 26, 2019

Traveler: Alexandria N. - Local specialist: Chhewang Lama

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.

Thank you!

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Chhewang Lama, local specialist, responded to this review:

Many thanks for trekking with us. We look forward to hosting more adventures around Nepal in future. My brother Sonam had a great time as well.

Cheers !

Ziyad

Trip to Nepal · Nepal - Apr 21 - Apr 24, 2019

Traveler: Ziyad H. - Local specialist: Chhewang Lama

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

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 made this trip such a memorable experience we will cherish for a very long time. I highly recommend them without any hesitation to anyone to wants to have a stress free trekking in Nepal.

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Chhewang Lama, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Ziyad and Atif ,

Thanks so much for your review, and extremely glad that you had an amazing trekking experiences with our guide Rikzin and Bharat.

Hope you come to Nepal again ? May be for Everest !

Cheers !!!

Trekking - 10 Days · Nepal - Oct 17 - Oct 30, 2018

Traveler: Charlotte N. - Local specialist: Chhewang Lama

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.

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Chhewang Lama, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Charlotte, Elisabeth and Catrine

Many thanks for trekking with us. Our guide and porters really had good time with you all. We appreciate your support to Langtang for an effort to revive tourism, as you said its a beautiful trek, your visit have also provide vital support for local livelihoods.

We look forward to arrange more trekking holidays in Nepal !

Cheers- Chhewang & Team

Emma

Trip to Nepal · Nepal - Oct 16 - Nov 1, 2018

Traveler: Emma S. - Local specialist: Chhewang Lama

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.

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Chhewang Lama, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks Emma for taking the time to review . Glad to hear that you had an amazing trip. We look forward to hosting your another adventures in Nepal in future.

Cheers- Chhewang & Team

Amanda

Nepal Holiday with Trekking · Nepal - Oct 17 - Oct 30, 2018

Traveler: Amanda D. - Local specialist: Chhewang Lama

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

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 of the trip was being on top of Poon Hill for the morning sunrise! If the afternoon weather was clear, we would have tried to climb up for sunset instead - the mornings can be very crowded with fellow tourists. However, it was still well worth the climb.

We would choose Responsible Treks again!

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Chhewang Lama, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Amanda and Richard - thank you so much for your feedback!
Really happy to read that your trip was wonderful. We were all happy to meet and host you.

We wish you all the best for your world tour !

Namaste And Tashi Delek !

Trip to Nepal · Nepal - Oct 20 - Oct 27, 2018

Traveler: chloe l. - Local specialist: Chhewang Lama

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

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 needs and reacted accordingly. We went to Kathmandu and Pokhara, having river rafting, paragliding and trekking to Australian Base Camp. We had an absolutely incredible trip that was very low stress due to the tremendous effort of the travel team. If you are looking for a memorable and wonderful trip in Nepal, I am sure they are the best choice.

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Chhewang Lama, local specialist, responded to this review:

Many Thanks Chloe for taking the time to review . Glad to hear that you had a wonderful trip. Hope to see you and your company friends for your next holiday!

Cheers- Chhewang & Team

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.

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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.

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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!!

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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