[India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Sri-lanka and Vietnam]
It is important to know about your trip / trek planner and leader before you book the trip. Make sure they are knowledgeable, reliable, trustworthy and reputed so you have no problem in your once in a life time trip in the Himalayas and beyond!
Our Dear Guest,
"Atithi Devo Bhavah - guests are our God"
Namaste ! (traditional Nepali greetings) and welcome to Earthbound Expeditions, your reliable and trusted Travel Companion or guide to the Himalayan countries of Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, India and Sri- Lanka and of course to holy Kailash Manasarovar. At Earthbound Expeditions, our goal is to create travel experiences that are second to none; that allow our guests to explore these sacred magnificient places in safety and good company.
Your trip will be planned by the most experienced leaders not by the managers at the office who send you the set of itineraries. The idea is to bring people closer to the Himalayas and all they have to offer through carefully designed trips which unite the natural history, the present scientific understanding, and the unique cultures of this region ( south east Asia). The result : a deeper appreciation of the great Himalayan Mountains, the splendor of the plants and animals, and the cheerful perseverance of the people. That's why we operate so many cultural, wildlife, and natural science tours, trekking and always with only the best guides. Our each tour maximizes the exposure to Himalayan lifestyles and wilderness, while still maintaining the safety of our groups ( clients).
At Earthbound Expeditions Mr. Rajan Simkhada mostly plans and some times leads your trip.
Of course we have a whole professional team of over two dozen guides here to serve you with love, care and smile. Since Mr. Simkhada is the key person of our company here is short introduction about him.
Mr. Rajan Simkhada started his career in tourism as a Front Desk Attendant at a Hotel in Thamel in 1994. In 1996, he joined a reputed trekking company, as tour and trek leader. During this period, he led the tours to entire Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, India and few parts of Sri-lanka. After leading many such tours and treks he established himself as a senior guide and later partnering with few of his friends, started an independent trekking and travel company with the banner "Earthbound Expeditions".
Born in Dhading (few hours trek from base camp of Ganesh Himal Mountain NW of Kathmandu) in 1976, Rajan graduated in Business Management from Tribhuban University of Nepal. Thereafter he successfully completed the Trekking Guide Training conducted by Hotel Management and Tourism Training Center, Kathmandu. In "Earthbound Expeditions" Rajan basically plans and some times leads the trips and also gives hands to marketing and management. He is still active as guide in some of the tours and treks. He is proficient in English, Hindi, Nepali & other local dialects. Now he lives in Kathmandu with his family. Although he is Hindu by birth, impressed by Buddha's simple teaching, he trust in good deeds and cycle of good Karma.
Rajan has a range of experiences as trekking and mountaineering guide in Nepal, India, Bhutan, Sri-lanka and Tibet Himalayas.His advice and guidence have been appriciated by Lonely Planet, The Gurdian, New Yorks times as well. He is recognized and licensed as trekking guide by the Government of Nepal. He has led several groups to Mustang ( 7 times), Simikot - Limi Valley ( 3 times), Annapurna ( 47 times), Holy Mount Kailash - Mansarovar ( over 14 times), Everest ( 3 times), Langtang (17 times), India - Nepal tour ( 3 times) and Lhasa Tibet ( 2 times), Bhutan ( 2 times), Sri-lanka. Also he has climbed a few 6500mtr peaks including Mera Peak in 1999 ( Everest region). Rajan is also a famous comedian in radio and TV in Nepal to his credit - a little celebrity here in Nepal.
See links here to see his work on TV and also in magazines http://ventureplus.com.np/the-mountain-guy
Rajan also served as an Executive Member of Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN) 2005 - 07 term, elected by representatives of more than 502 trekking agencies in Nepal on 24th of Sept 2005. He is actively involved in the social work helping many homeless children at the care house. He is one of the founder members of Dhading tourism development society and Manamohan Memorial Hospital ( community hospital) in Kathmandu. He served once as an executive members of Porters Progress Nepal ( PPN) an organization working for betterment of the porters. He is also served as the core group of Sustainable Tourism Network ( STN). A Number of his articles and pictures have been published in national and international newspapers and magazines. A Number of his interviews regarding the tourism planning / promotion have been broadcasted in the TV, radio and news papers. He also have done the National Commissaries trainning in Kathmandu through UCI international commisarie . Thus he is a responsible social figure here in Nepal.
An article appreciating Rajan and Earthbound Expeditions for their planned and memorable tour was also published on 30th Dec 2001 & March 2004, March 2005 in Apple daily newspaper & weekend weekly, Action Asia magazine in Hong Kong. New York Times, The gurdian, Duabi Explorer, Times, silk winds also covered Article about Rajan and Earthbound Expeditions. Please click here to view the scan copies of some of the newspapers.
Rajan have extensively traveled around the world to improve his understading of tourism facilities and services some of the countries he visited so far are USA, UK, Europe, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, France, germany, Holland, Italy, Switzerland, Korea, Thailand, Bhutan, Tibet, Sri-lanka and India.
With so many planned, well-organized and successful trips in Nepal, Tibet, India, Sri-lanka and Bhutan to his credit one can easily guess that he, given a chance would certainly make the trip successful and memorable. He is a very promising, vivacious and hardworking gentle man who loves his job very much. All the guides and partners are his friends and often tell that Mr. Simkhada has been a source of inspiration even for them.
Here are some of the remarkable tours and treks among many tours and treks led and planned by Mr. Simkhada
In Aug- Sept 1997: He led a study trip of geologists from Arizona University of USA to Mustang region for 37 days. So he knows most of the villages, Gompas and important figures including local King & his son and their doctor (Amchi) of Mustang Area. Mr. Damian Hodkinson, Mrs. Carmala Garzione, Mr B.N. Upreti (Gold medalist in Geology of his time in Nepal) and other were in that team.
Oct 1999: He organized / led a trip to Mera peak (6500m) and made a successful summit.
In April 2000: He organized and led a study trip of Geologist from Arizona University of USA to Mustang for 17 days. The one with him in that trip was Mr. Peter Decelles (a researcher geologist of USA and important figure in Nepal's geological history).
In May - June 2000: He led a trip (this was his 4th trip to Kailash) of 35 days to Kailash that include Simikot, source of Indus, Saga Dawa festival, Kailash, Tholoing Tsaprang and Ali.
In Sept - Nov 2000: He organized and led a trip to Holy Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar for 33 days with two American researcher geologists (Mr. Bob Ronalds and Ned Sterne Edward). That trip started with flight to Simikot (west of Nepal and follow the Karnali River all the way to Rakhas Lake, then to round of Holy Kailash and Lake Manasarovar and walk back to Simikot via Limi valley. It took them 33 days and what made this trip rare was the fact that they completed the entire trip on foot. Earthbound Expeditions is the 4th trekking agency to arrange this type of tour. So Rajan have sound knowledge about Kailash and Manasarovar area and its surroundings.
From July to Oct of 2001: He organized / led 3 trips to Holy Mount Kailash- Manasarovar area including Everest Base camp and Lhasa.
In May 2002: He organized / led a 15 days tour of 25 students from City University of Hong Kong.
An article appreciating Rajan and Earthbound Expeditions for their planned and memorable tour was also published on 30th Dec 2001& March 2004, March 2005 in Apple daily newspaper & weekend weekly, Action Asia magazine in Hong Kong.
From June- Oct of 2002: He organized / led 4 trips to Holy mount Kailash - Tholing Tsaprang, Everest Rongbuk and Lhasa. Respected Mr. Madhukar (www.madhukar.org), Indian Sadhus and saints and other people were in this trip.
In April - May 2003: He organized a 16 days tour of 6 Ladies from Hong Kong to go to Kailash-Everest and Lhasa of Tibet
In June-July 2003: He organized / led a 12 days tour of 41 students from Hong Kong University of Hong Kong.
In December 2003: He organized / led a 09 days tour of 24 Travellers from Hong Kong.
In March 2004: He organized / led a 12 days [India - Nepal tour ] of 8 people from USA .
In May - June 2004: He organized / led a 30 days [Nepal - Tibet tour ] of 3 people from USA . Comments
In July - Aug 2004: He organized / led a 25 days [Nepal - Tibet tour ] of 14 people from Holland .
In Sept - Oct 2004: He organized / led a 16 days [ Tibet tour ] of 6 people from USA .
In April - May, 2005: He organized / led a 15 days [Nepal - Mustang trek] of 8 people from Italy / Swiss at Mustang Tiji Festival of Easy moving company www.easymoving.it
In May, 2005: He organized a 15 days [Nepal - Tibet cultural tour ] of 13 Swiss people of Astro - Sesam company www.astrosesam.ch, a trip of high profile astrologers.
In May - June 2005: He organized a 22 days [ Kailash Tibet tour ] of 4 people at SAGA DAWA festival, among them one of trip member was respected Prashantam www.prashantam.com
In May- June, 2005: He organized / led a 13 days [Nepal trip] of 13 Students from CITY U , Hong Kong
In Aug. - Sept., 2005: He organized 19 days [ India, Nepal, Tibet trip] of 2 Americans .
In Sept - Dec, 2005: He organized 7 trips in Nepal and Tibet For Dutch people.
In Feb 2006: He organized and sponsored trips in Nepal for www.overland-underwater.com, a charity drive from UK to NZ
In March - May 2006: He organized many trips in India , Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, including to Mt. Kailash on May 7.
In July 2006: He organized / lead a trip in Kailash - Mansarovar tour for 11 people from UK ( The jain communities)
In Dec 2006: He organized / lead a trip in India for 10 people from California USA (vietnamese American Doctors and army personals).
Photo: Rajan and TAAN's executive body discussing about Tourism Policy with Tourism Minister Mr. Gurung at his office, March 2007.
In Jan - Feb - March 2007: He organized a trip Annapurna base camp for 2 South Africans, 2 British and 15 Hong Kong Chinese also 3 country tour of 1 Argentinian.
In Feb - March 2007 : He organized / lead a trip in India - Nepal for 4 people from USA ( the Ajanta caves, Taj Mahal and Boudhgaya, Sarnath, Kushinagar - Lumbini - Buddhist circuit tour).
In August 2007 : He organized / lead a trip in Nepal - Tibet for 11 people from France a Yoga teacher and students trips, ( www.parisyoga.com) and Nepal cultural tour for 14 Italian who even worked for UNESCO Mr. Claudio Margottini and team ( www.cgmf.org).
In Sept 2007, there was group of 31 people from Getinbank Polandtravel to Nepal with Earthbound Expeditions and Rajan.
In Oct 2007: He organized / lead a trip in Nepal - Bhutan for 4 people from Italy , Owner of a wine company Mr. Antonio Gozio and team www.distilleriafranciacorta.it , send some Americans to Bhutan, 3 - country tours for people from Maxico.
In Nov - Dec 2007: He organized Everest base camp and other treks for Americans.
In Feb - March 2008: He organized tours of Nepal and Bhuatn for 4 Australian people.
From 2008 - 2014 : He organized and led many trips in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, Sri-lanka and India over 2000 people you can even read some comments about our trips at our Testimonials pages..or at by our clients.
With so many planned, well-organized and successful trips in Nepal, Tibet, India, Sri- lanka and Bhutan to his credit one can easily guess that he, given a chance would certainly make the trip successful and memorable. He is a very promising, vivacious and hardworking gentle man who loves his job very much. All the guides and partners are his friends and often tell that Mr. Simkhada has been a source of inspiration even for them.
To get a first-hand consumer opinion about Earthbound Expeditions and it's tours and treks , please browse our Testimonials pages..
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