OUR TEAM & LEADERS
Karma Sherpa / Chairman &Leader
Namaste from Nepal! From my very childhood, I have always been an avid enthusiast of the natural beauty of my motherland Nepal. As a porter, cook, and now mountain leader, these majestic mountains have always fascinated me by their unchallenged beauty. I have also had the opportunity to travel to other wonderful places, including Thailand, France, Tibet, Switzerland, Bangladesh and India. I am also equipped with the knowledge of French, Hindi, Sherpa and English languages.
After many years working in the mountains, I consider it a moral responsibility to help others who are in need of a mentor, a guide or a counselor to help solve their problems. So, these days, I participate in a lot of social welfare activities, helping in the improvement of life in village via more than a dozen NGOs that I am involved with. I feel, as someone born and raised in those very fields and forests, as someone first taught about life in those very classrooms, have an inherent obligation to cater to its improvement. I try to fulfill my obligation not only via the involvement of various NGOs but also by actively working to enhance the trekking sector, so that it's not only me that is actively working for rural development but every other individual like me, who can, given my situation and ability. For that, I involve in organizations like Trekking Guide Association of Nepal (TGAN), Nepal Mountaineering Academy (NMA), Nepal Sherpa Association and many others, all of which are pioneer in the field of overall development of our sector as a whole.
I started my trekking career at 1990 and have ascended more than 35 peaks all over Nepal and India ladhak till now. I have worked with a lot of national and international companies assosciated with treks and travels and I have enjoyed every single second of it. After gaining such experience, I thought I have an inherent responsibility to contribute more to the trekking sector of Nepal, in terms of developing and promoting other-equally deserving trekking destinations which are currently undermied in the status quo, helping the local community more in terms of culture proliferation and economic development for helping preserve the precious culture and resources, making tourism more of a sport or fun time than a mere business sector for the country and most importantly, helping tourist to make the best out of their short time here in Nepal all because of which Soul HImalaya came to being after I met these wonderful people.
In my professional career as a mountain leader and chairman of Soul Himalaya, my aim is to provide the best services for visitors to Nepal by using my skills and expertise gathered in more than half a century in the Himalayas. I would like to assure you that you will never regret choosing Soul Himalaya Treks as your companion while trekking in Nepal. We will never fall short of your expectations.
Pemba Sherpa / Managing Director & Leader (NMLA)
I am from a village in the Khumbu region and the mountains have always been an ever present feature in my life. It has been nearly two decades since I started working in the mountains and since then, I can never really take a break from any kinds of trekking or activities. After leaving school to work as a porter, the path ahead was never easy. I had work in Huwans Clubaventure, UCPA, Caa Voyage and Atalante , as a mountian guide and group leader. But now I have my dream job as a company executive, mountain leader and trekking guide.
These last two decades working in the mountains - and also in other countries - has provided me with the experience and maturity necessary to be an excellent guide. I like to make friends throughout the world and also learn languages. I speak, French, English, Hindi, Nepali, Sherpa (my native) and Tibeten. Recently, I have been working and travelling in Scandinavia. You can know more about me and my life through http://Ici.Radio-Canada.ca Pemba Sherpa.
What makes our company different from the rest is that we treat our customers as guests to our Sherpa family. We welcome you to visit our Soul Himalaya Treks, and I assure you that we will exceed your expectations.
The guides of the Sherpa community are the first exposed to the risks in the different treks and climbs that they prepare and frame. These enduring and courageous men enjoy the growing international tourism of decade in decade and have specialized as guides during expeditions to the summit of the highest mountains of the Himalayas, Everest in the lead.Pemba Sherpa, 30, is one of them. A guide for six years, he has accompanied many groups in the mountains of Nepal and elsewhere. If he has not yet reached the summit of Everest, his record has several Himalayan peaks, including Island Peak.Pemba was born in the mountains at 3000 meters altitude, in one of the eight houses formed by the village of Rangel, where his parents and two of his sisters still live. His name means Saturday since, traditionally, the first name of the men corresponds to the day of the week when they were born.At 12, he stops school against his will to become a shepherd and help his family with the animals. If he is no longer forced to walk for two hours to go to school, he continues to walk on what he calls the "Nepalese dish" (incessant ascents and descents) to accompany the animals, the only means of transport in mountains.
Farmers, his parents own several heads of cattle and, above all, a yak. The emblematic animal of Nepal is an important resource, because it allows to cross it with cows and to give birth to dzo (or dzoppio in Sherpa), whose resistance, mainly in lower altitude, and the cheap price allow to generate more revenue. They are used as load carriers (about 130 kilos), provide wool, leather, meat and dairy products. In addition, their dung is often dried and used as fue. Second son of the family, Pemba predestined, as the Sherpa tradition, to a career of lama (Buddhist priest). His older brother having chosen this path before him, Pemba will choose another profession.Pemba gets married at the age of 16 in the village of her childhood and decides to go live in Kathmandu to find work. Like many sherpas, he is hired as a porter in an agency that organizes treks and climbs in the different mountains of the Himalayas.
The Sherpas, which number about 155,000, are a mountain people from eastern Tibet (Sherpa means "people of the East"). The first British expeditions took advantage of the natural physiological facilities of the Sherpas in the high mountains to help them in the first ascents.They have earned their reputation as unparalleled carriers and climbers over the years and expeditions. French-speaking guides can earn between $ 40 and $ 70 a day, while the averagesalary in Nepal is $ 700 a year. The average cost of an expedition to Everest is around $ 55,000 per person.
Today, many other ethnic groups are trying to take advantage of this popularity to introduce the market for treks and climbs, but the Sherpas remain the reference in this area. Even within the Sherpa community, there is stiff competition for places in the most profitable and rewarding expeditions. However, this international esteem also exposes them to greater risks, as evidenced by past and recent accidents in Everest and the other Himalayan mountains.
A stop in the town of Namche Bazaar, nicknamed the capital of the Sherpa country, is a must for the trek to Everest's first base camp. The village of 1700 inhabitants located at 3440 meters above sea level is home to an almost daily market.Guiding is mainly done by men, but there are more and more girls carrying on the roads that lead to different villages in the Khumbu Valley. But you do not become a guide overnight.Pemba, who went up the ladder one by one, knows something. He was first a porter for four years, a cook's helper another four years, and then a cook for two years. Having identified the potential of Pemba, the owner of the agency that hired him, Jerome Edou, decided to help him to make himself known to French-speaking visitors.
Pemba made two trips to France in 2010 and 2013 to perfect his French. On his first trip, he knows only the words "hello" and "thank you". Pemba also polishes his French at the French Alliance in Kathmandu and becomes a guide in 2012.Thanks to the mastery of French, Pemba now speaks six languages ??(Nepali, Sherpa, Tibetan, English, Hindi and French). Combined with his knowledge of the mountains, his facilities allow him to be one of the best guides and offers him the opportunity to discover the beautiful Nepali landscapes to foreigners.The guide season is short; it is spread over three months, from October to December. The rest of the year, Pemba works little and lives in Kathmandu.
He looks after the well-being of his family. The condition of guide, if it remains privileged for the Nepalese standard of living, remains difficult. Life in Kathmandu is complicated and school is expensive.The family man wants to give every opportunity to his children. Thus, he enrolled them in a Tibetan private school. He daughter wants to become a doctor and her son would like to follow in the footsteps of his father.
THE LIKN OF RADIO CANADA
Sarki Sherpa / Mountain Leader
Nepal Himalayan federation of indigenous Buddhist
National Human rights foundation
Member of Ex student society Nepal
Member of Fedration of sherpa journalist Nepal (sherpakhaber.com & lekh beshi Patricia )
Trekking Guide Association of Nepal(TGAN)
Nepal Moutain Leader Association (NMLA)
Tourism Media Club (TMC)
National – Most of the District of Nepal
International - Europe ,Thailand , India ,Combodiya ,Vietnam, Germany ,France ,Belgium
Awards from Nepal Buddhist nyingma Association.
Awards from Nepal Himalayan federation of indigenous Buddhist
Awards from WWF & leave no trace
Awards Nepal Sherpa student Forum.
Awards Trekking guides association of Nepal
Awards Federation sherpa journalist Nepal
Awards Unje foundation Nepal
21years Experience in
Trekking guiding in Nepal
Trekking guide training from Nepal academy of tourism and hotel management (NATHM)
Climbing&mountaneering Training from mountain academy Nepal (MAN)
Wilderness first aid from solo(SOLO)
Advance first aid from Nepal disaster and emergency medicine center (NADEM) (KEEP)
Basic Mountain leaders Corse ,
Advance Mountain Leaders Corse ,
Instoctors moutain leader corse (NMA)
Patrice Gnecchi / Advisory Board Member,France& International Moutain Leader(UIMLA)
Hello there, with more than 28 years of experience of practice in various mountain sports (climbing, mountaineering, skiing, hiking, treks, etc.), I can proudly assert that I have been one of the happiest person to live in this planet for a very long time now. I live in France (2 RUE DU MONTENY 25560 BULLE) but I have travelled a lot of countries and made a lot of friends all over the globe. I am an instructor in Ski Mountaineering FFME and an instructor in Snow and Avalanche Initiator Mountaineering FFME. I have ascended more than 600 peaks till now, peaks all over the globe, in the Alps, the Andes, the Himalayas (my personal favourite) , the Atlas and others.
Being an advisory board member in this wonderful company is an absolute honor for I find the people involved with this company to be one of the most friendly and humble human beings in this entire planet. I enjoy every single second spent with Sarki, Pemba and Karma and I work as hard as possible to help them make other people happy like me as well, for which I suggest anyone going to Nepal to experience Soul Himalaya at least for once because this is what I believe will help everyone make the best out of their time here in Nepal.
Torstein Harildstad / Advisory Board Member From Norway
Coming straight from Norway, Torstein is an advisory board member of our company for which we are immensely proud of ourselves for having him in our team. He has provided a significant contribution to the development and promotion of the tourism sector in Nepal. Ascending a lot of peaks here in Nepal and in various countries abroad, he is truly an epitome of an adventurous soul in the 21st century and a model of inspiration to anyone who has an interest in living a life filled with joy, fun and adventure. We are extremely happy to have him in our team.
Michael Cornfield / Advisory Board Member From UK &Moutain Leader
Michael Cornfield is a professional mountain leader from the U.K. We are profoundly honored to have him as our advisory board member. His help for our company has been phenomenal in making our company hold substantial grounds among people all over the world. He also runs a trekking company in his home country, the U.K. If anyone from the U.K. are planning to come and visit Nepal, he will be just the right person to talk to.
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