Ngima Dorji Sherpa

Ngima has been running his trekking company out of Kathmandu since the mid 90s. He specializes in treks and adventure travel in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. His work in the travel industry has enabled him to visit many countries across the world, including the United States, England, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Austria, and The Netherlands. In addition to being a successful travel entrepreneur, Ngima has initiated and implemented several charitable projects in his village, including founding 2 schools, a tibetan monastery and a hospital. Ngima was born in Kharikola, a village on the classic trail to Everest, and now lives with his wife and 2 sons in Kathmandu, Nepal.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I’ve arranged numerous trips throughout Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet, but I’m most familiar with the Solu Khumbu where I grew up, obviously. I know the trails, peaks and villages around there very well. Most trekkers opt to fly into the Everest region and miss out on the secret gems that lie on the trail between Jiri and Lukla.

I specialize mainly in trekking and mountaineering, but also organize a number of charity and community projects in the Solu Khumbu that specialize in bringing medical supplies to local villages. We have also been working on a project to connect foreign students with local schools in the area. And since the earthquake in 2015, we’ve been helping repair the homes of villagers around the village I grew up in, Kharikhola. I’m excited about helping people have local, authentic experiences."

How did you get involved in travel?

"When I was ten years old, Sir Edmund Hillary came to the Solu Khumbu, near where I was born, to help fund a school. Inspired by his visit, I enrolled as a porter in Lukla, and eventually moved to Kathmandu to join my uncle’s trekking business. In 1991, I spent three months in the U.K. which improved my English and motivated me to enrol in a guiding course and start guiding for a Dutch company operating out of Summit hotel in Kathmandu. Finally, I started my own agency - Nepal Myths and Mountains Trails - in 1996 and have been running that ever since."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"When I was a porter, at that time, we didn’t have any shoes while carrying our heavy loads. Everyone around us was wearing comfortable shoes and socks, of course. At the end of one of our treks up to Everest Base Camp, a couple French members in our group left us each with a great pair of hiking boots that lasted for years to come. A small act of kindness, sure, but it made all the difference to my feet for the next 3 years! "

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Recent trip reviews for Ngima

Gokyo lakes trek, Nepal - Mar 3 - Mar 16, 2017

Traveler: Tony L. - Local specialist: Ngima Dorji Sherpa

Ngima took care of all of the planning and everything worked out perfectly (apart from the weather!)

Culture and trekking, Nepal - Mar 7 - Mar 18, 2017

Traveler: Jessica V. - Local specialist: Ngima Dorji Sherpa

Ngima gave us a great service, make everything painless.
The guide and the Porter where really nice, they did a great job. Definitely we did love the experience

A challenging trek to annapurna base camp, Nepal - Feb 18 - Feb 25, 2017

Traveler: Frank S. - Local specialist: Ngima Dorji Sherpa

We asked for a challenging trek- more or less two days in one- in the season at the end of the winter.
Our years long experience with Ngima Dorji Sherpa through Nepal Myths and Mountain Treks, and our guide, Karma Sherpa with whom I also are climbing many years, proved once more key to a successful and memorable week.

Ngima Dorji Sherpa, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Frank,

Thank you very much for one more opportunity to serve you for your trip in Nepal. We are glad that we were able to make your dream true through our dedicated service and thank you very much for your warm appreciation.

We look forward to welcome you again for your next trip in Nepal.

Best wishes,

Ngima.

Ghandruk trek, Nepal - Feb 14 - Feb 16, 2017

Traveler: Jude K. - Local specialist: Ngima Dorji Sherpa

My guide Lhakpa was a really sensitive and thoughtful man, gave me plenty of space on my own to walk and reflect but was also companiable and knowledgeable and that made the trip even more enjoyable.

He is really accomplished and personable and I would thoroughly recommend him.

Ngima Dorji Sherpa, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much Jude for your kind appreciation on our services. We are also very much happy to serve a friendly client like you and we hope to see you again for your next trip to Nepal.

Best wishes,

Ngima.

Kathmandu-pokhara-nagakot sightseeing/mini hike trip, Nepal - Jan 14 - Jan 21, 2017

Traveler: Margaret Y. - Local specialist: Ngima Dorji Sherpa

The trip couldn't be more perfect! Ngima ensured that everything went smoothly and even spent a fair bit of time with us. Our guide, Pemba was very knowledgeable and ensured we were safe and comfortable throughout our trek.

Booking it thorough kimkim was an easy and straightforward process. We love how we got a customised trip based on our interest and could communicate and plan everything with Ngima easily through the chat function.

We highly recommend kimkim and ngima's company as service and quality is top notch.

Ngima Dorji Sherpa, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much Margaret for such a wonderful appreciation towards our services for your trip during your visit in Nepal. It was indeed our great pleasure to be here for your help in organizing trip in Nepal and we hope to serve you again for your next visit in near future.

Best wishes,

Ngima.

Manaslu circuit trek, Nepal - Nov 13 - Nov 25, 2016

Traveler: Isabella M. - Local specialist: Ngima Dorji Sherpa

Took great care in ensuring everything went smoothly

Ngima Dorji Sherpa, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Isabella,

It was our great pleasure to be a part of your trip in organizing your trek to Manaslu. Thank you very much for appreciating our service and I hope we could be of similar help for your next trip to Nepal in near future.

Best wishes,

Ngima.

Ghorepani poonhill trek, Nepal - Nov 19 - Nov 26, 2016

Traveler: Axel A. - Local specialist: Ngima Dorji Sherpa

We have been home for about one and a half weeks now. We are really happy with how our trip went. The views were stunning and I think that both me and Victor would like to return someday for a longer trek. Thank you for all the help. It would have been some much harder to do without you two.

Ngima and our guide Lhakpa were great and everything just worked.

Ngima Dorji Sherpa, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Axel and Victor,

Glad to know that you reached home safely.

Thank you very much for appreciating our service offered to you during your trip to Ghorepani last November. We are very happy to know that you enjoyed your trip fully and very much satisfied. We would like to thank you for choosing us for your travel and we hope to welcome you soon again for your next trip to Nepal.

Best wishes,

Ngima.

Three passes trek nepal, Nepal - Nov 1 - Nov 17, 2016

Traveler: jo b. - Local specialist: Ngima Dorji Sherpa

I was grateful to have found a resource like Kimkim to go to. I was overwhelmed trying to find a reliable tour company in Nepal and having your recommendation took all the guess work out and that was really awesome.

Ngima was extremely responsive right from the start and was actively monitoring how our trip was going throughout. We got an excellent pre trip catch up and post trip meeting.

Ngima Dorji Sherpa, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much Jo for your warm appreciation towards our service on your visit. It's so great to know that you are very very satisfied and we are glad that our goal to make you happy with your trip got achieved. We hope and wish to welcome you again soon in Nepal for your next trip to new destination.

Best wishes,

Ngima.

Khopra ridge trek, Nepal - Oct 27 - Nov 8, 2016

Traveler: andrew r. - Local specialist: Ngima Dorji Sherpa

This was my first trip to Nepal, and my first trekking experience. Ngima and his staff took care of all the details. We were greeted on arrival in Nepal, which made us feel welcome and warm. In our initial meeting, we were introduced to Lhakpa, our guide for our 7 day trek. Lhakpa was a great guide. He was very patient and flexible. He was able to tailor our trek as we went according to our needs and abilities. After our trek, we decided we wanted to add an Everest mountain flight to... read more

This was my first trip to Nepal, and my first trekking experience. Ngima and his staff took care of all the details. We were greeted on arrival in Nepal, which made us feel welcome and warm. In our initial meeting, we were introduced to Lhakpa, our guide for our 7 day trek. Lhakpa was a great guide. He was very patient and flexible. He was able to tailor our trek as we went according to our needs and abilities. After our trek, we decided we wanted to add an Everest mountain flight to our package. Again, Ngima took care of all the details for us. I would highly recommend Ngima and his staff.

Ngima and his staff are very professional. They offer the highest in customer service and attended to all of our needs. Their trip planning was very thorough and designed to maximize our stay in Nepal.

Ngima Dorji Sherpa, local specialist, responded to this review:

It's so pleasing to know that you had a great experience travelling with us and you had a wonderful 1st time trekking in Nepal. Thank you very much for your warm appreciation regarding our service and we hope to serve you similarly or even better in your next trip to Nepal soon. We consider your satisfaction as our success.

Best wishes,

Ngima.

Pikey peak, Nepal - Oct 29 - Nov 3, 2016

Traveler: Mario O. - Local specialist: Ngima Dorji Sherpa

I have just returned from a 6 days Pikey Peak tour with Nepal Myth and Mountain Trails. HIGHLY recommended tour company! Very organized and professional company. The owner of the company, Ngima is very passionate and concerned about making the guest's experience a memorable one. My guide, Pembac did a great job giving me a lot of interesting information about mountain trails and culture of Nepalese people. These guys absolutely exceeded our expectations in every way. Thank you Nepal Myth and Mountain Trails!

Ngima Dorji Sherpa, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much Mario for a wonderful compliment on our service for your trip to Pikey Peak. We are very glad that you are fully satisfied from our services and we hope to welcome you soon again in Nepal for your next trip.

Manaslu circuit trek, Nepal - Oct 14 - Nov 1, 2016

Traveler: Scott B. - Local specialist: Ngima Dorji Sherpa

Really outstanding local agent, guide and porter and wonderful experience overall. The only thing that could have been better is for the route to start in Soti Kola and end in Dharapani because the itinerary as is included 2.5 days of walking on roads with jeeps whizzing by. By cutting these 2.5 days on the roads you could add a couple days exploring up high and keep to the same overall 16 day length. I don't blame the Nepalese for wanting more roads but I don't want to trek on them. Make... read more

Really outstanding local agent, guide and porter and wonderful experience overall. The only thing that could have been better is for the route to start in Soti Kola and end in Dharapani because the itinerary as is included 2.5 days of walking on roads with jeeps whizzing by. By cutting these 2.5 days on the roads you could add a couple days exploring up high and keep to the same overall 16 day length. I don't blame the Nepalese for wanting more roads but I don't want to trek on them. Make sense? I hope so. Overall great experience though and will recommend friends coming next year book with you all as well. Thanks again!

Ngima was great. Top notch professional.

Ngima Dorji Sherpa, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Scott.
Thank you very much for your review and suggestions .
We really appreciate it and keep in mind. It was our great pleasure to organize trip to
Manaslu Circuit trek for you and we are so glad that you enjoyed your trip fully. We hope to welcome you soon again for your next trip in near future.

Kind regards,

Ngima.

Khopra danda trek, Nepal - Oct 9 - Oct 19, 2016

Traveler: Eva M. - Local specialist: Ngima Dorji Sherpa

I guess my two suggestions would be: 1. You don't necessarily have to spend the night in Hile, especially when you have a car arranged to pick you up there. I guess for those that have a tighter schedule. 2. When you do stay overnight in Hile just as we did, in hindsight we would have had no problem to walk the next day to Biretanthi. I mean the car was perfect and we had I think the best driver of the whole of Nepal, yet it feels a bit like we bother the villagers and trekkers that did walk... read more

I guess my two suggestions would be: 1. You don't necessarily have to spend the night in Hile, especially when you have a car arranged to pick you up there. I guess for those that have a tighter schedule. 2. When you do stay overnight in Hile just as we did, in hindsight we would have had no problem to walk the next day to Biretanthi. I mean the car was perfect and we had I think the best driver of the whole of Nepal, yet it feels a bit like we bother the villagers and trekkers that did walk down from Hile.

Such a pleasant man :-)
We concluded our aqcuaintance with a lunch in Boudanath yesterday, it was great to be able to chat with him a bit more. All his knowledge of trekking!

Ngima Dorji Sherpa, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much for your review and suggestions Eva. We really appreciate it and keep in mind. It was our great pleasure to organize trip to Khopra for you and we are so glad that you enjoyed your trip fully. We hope to welcome you soon again for your next trip in near future.

Kind regards,

Ngima.

Everest three passes trek, Nepal - Jul 5 - Jul 23, 2016

Traveler: Jose B. - Local specialist: Ngima Dorji Sherpa

Very professional agency, the guide was a very nice person, also the porter. Since my arriving they always were in contact with me, also the days I didn't plan with their agency. I definitely recommend Ngima's agency

Ngima Dorji Sherpa, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much Jose for your percious time to write up your trek experience with us. We are very glad that you are very much satisfied with our service and our staffs. It was indeed a great pleasure planning trip for your from the very beginning of our meeting in kimkim. I am happy that you had a great time in monsoon in Nepal and had a memorable trip. We hope to see you soon again for your next trip to Nepal.

Ghorepani / poonhill + tibet tour, Nepal - May 3 - May 17, 2016

Traveler: Andrew B. - Local specialist: Ngima Dorji Sherpa

The team at KimKim perfectly tailored our trip, and were very patient as me made numerous changes during the planning process. They were able to find a perfect mix of cultural and hiking interests that suited the interest of my father and I. It was great to be able to chat with people that were very experienced with the hikes and sites themselves which allowed for us to view the REAL Nepal and Tibet.

Ngima was very helpful during our trip. He was on-time for every touch-point and meeting,... read more

The team at KimKim perfectly tailored our trip, and were very patient as me made numerous changes during the planning process. They were able to find a perfect mix of cultural and hiking interests that suited the interest of my father and I. It was great to be able to chat with people that were very experienced with the hikes and sites themselves which allowed for us to view the REAL Nepal and Tibet.

Ngima was very helpful during our trip. He was on-time for every touch-point and meeting, and had very clear information for us as to what we should expect. It was a huge help to have all of our Tibet Permit's sorted out while we we're on our hike, which allowed us to avoid any government offices and waits.

Joost Schreve, kimkim staff, responded to this review:

Andrew, Thanks for your great review, much appreciated. We're happy to hear that your trip went so well and you and your father had a great time in Nepal and Tibet! Best, Joost & the kimkim team

Khopra danda trek, Nepal - Mar 19 - Mar 28, 2016

Traveler: Philipp B. - Local specialist: Ngima Dorji Sherpa

The organisation of the trip was fabulous. Ngima is an extremely warm hearted person and went out of his way to make sure we are enjoying the trip to the maximum.

Ngima Dorji Sherpa, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you very much Philipp for your kind appreciation on our service. It was indeed a great opportunity to serve you for your trip to Khopra with our best expertise. We are more than happy to know that you and Clare enjoyed the trip to maximum and do hope to welcome you again in Nepal for your next trip soon.

Best wishes,

Ngima D. Sherpa with whole NMMT and kimkim team.

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