I am the General Manager of Everest Summit Lodges and look after the day-to-day operations, but more specifically I focus on the management of the Lodges and product development, so innovative and new itineraries to constantly upgrade Nepal from a bucket list place to a home you come back to.
At ESL we believe in responsible and creative travel, and we love to tailor-make experiences outside what we offer to go that extra mile. Because we work in such remote areas, we are super aware of the need for a harmonious balance between nature, local culture, and traveler, so we're always working on bettering our practice.
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"International Trekkers, ESL's parent company, are pioneers in trekking in Nepal. After running as adventure travel operators since 1970, we decided to take a step forward, in 2002, and build comfortable mountain lodges in some of the highest regions in the world."
How did you get involved in travel?
"I was looking for a change in my career. I worked in Education for 15 years as an English Teacher and Administrator at a secondary school here in Kathmandu and as rewarding as it was, travel was the one industry that appealed to me because it combined commerce, conservation and culture. So I started 11 years ago, and I haven't looked back since. "
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"In my younger days, I traveled to the Himalayas (Sikkim) tending to the yaks and sheep with my cousins. We'd go from dawn 'til dusk; I loved how freeing it was to be in the mountains. "
Featured trips & expertise
Experience Khumbu at its finest on this trek, which brings you to the base camp of the stunning Mount Ama Dablam at 15,750 feet. End each day at one of five comfortable lodges, with en-suite rooms, comfortable lounges, and beautifully landscaped gardens. Explore quieter trails where you will meet local people and experience their culture and ancient traditions first-hand, not to mention their enviable sense of tranquility.
Immerse yourself in the stunning scenery and culture of the Himalaya on this two-week-long trek that covers all the essential attractions between Kathmandu and Everest Base Camp. From Lukla— the gateway to the Khumbu — all the way to the summit of Kala Patthar, you will trek along challenging routes, visit Sherpa villages, and enjoy unforgettable views of the region's most iconic mountains.
This 11-day tour winds from city to countryside for a glimpse of the best of Nepal. Trace the footsteps of pilgrims and adventurers as you make your way through traditional villages to hilltop temples, riverside resorts, and mountain ridges. Don't forget your camera!
In this multi-day trekking tour, you'll be guaranteed spectacular views of the snowcapped Himalayan range, home to the highest mountains on earth. Challenge yourself with a few rugged, altitude-climbing hikes while enjoying the comfort and ease of Nepal's famous hospitality. Along the way, you'll be immersed in the fascinating traditions and culture of the Nepalese people.
From physical preparation and training to packing and visas: there are a few things you must do before heading to the Himalaya to ensure a smooth, safe, and comfortable trip. While you don't need to be Superman or Wonder Woman to enjoy trekking in the Himalaya, the better prepared you are, the more you'll get out of the experience.
Although small in land area, Nepal is an extremely diverse country in terms of culture and landscape. In seven days you can scratch the surface, see many beautiful sights and have a lot of fun. Ancient culture in Kathmandu, trekking trails through the forests and hills, white-water rafting on the Trisuli River, wildlife spotting in Chitwan National Park, beautiful lake and mountain views in Pokhara — you may not be able to do it all in a week, but you can have a go!
Recent trip reviews for Wangchuk
Trip to nepal, Nepal - May 12 - May 24, 2018
Damber was quite possibly the best guide I could have asked for. He was considerate, extremely knowledgeable, caring and very entertaining. The journey was significantly easier under his care. Many fellow trekkers didn’t make it, or struggled intensely. I am convinced much of my journey was made easier based on following his very experienced advice. I strongly recommend both the site and Damber specifically. In spending the time and money to attempt to get to EBC, make the effort to get the best guide possible. Damber is it.