iTrekNepal team and Family

The mission of iTrekNepal since its inception has been to provide a higher level of quality and care than has ever been available to trekkers in Nepal. These high standards are reflected in the quality and dedication of our employees and the quality of accommodations, transportation, food and all the other services that we provide on every trek.

Our local office and experienced guiding staff in Nepal insures that you will have a genuine, Nepali-style, full-service trek. You also have immediate access by e-mail or phone to our staff of Nepal trekking experts who can answer any question about trekking in Nepal and help you plan your trip.

ITrekNepal is the only Nepal trekking company based in Bhaktapur, a beautiful World Heritage city just outside Kathmandu. Guests staying with us in Bhaktapur will find a peaceful refuge from the clamor of Kathmandu, with easy access to both the Nepal countryside and central Kathmandu.

iTrekNepal Office Staff
iTrekNepal Office Staffs

Top left to right:
Jyoti Pradhan, Urmila Jadhari, Sabina Joshi, Narendra Malla, Andrew Leonard, Shree Prasad Koju, Nani (Rondi Leonard)

iTrekNepal Guide Staff

Our guides are dedicated to iTrekNepal and are the most important members of our company. All ITrekNepal guides are specially trained by the Nepal Academy of Tourism Management (NATM) and licensed by the Nepal Ministry of Tourism. More importantly they are a lot of fun to be with and are devoted to ensuring that you have a fantastic trekking experience.

iTrekNepal Guides

Top row left to right:
Phurtiman Tamang (PM), Santa Gale, Kumar Magar, Ranjan Jyakhow, Sanjay Shrestha

Bottom row left to right:
Yudhaa Magar, Sonam Sherpa, Bir Magar, Suman Koju, Rajesh Prajapati

Read more about our individual guides on the links below:

Earthquake strikes in Nepal , April 25, 2015

The massive earthquakes struck Nepal on April 25 have created disastrous conditions throughout central Nepal.

We are glad to report that all ITrekNepal guests, staff and their families in Nepal are ok.

Thank you to everyone who has sent us messages and calls expressing concern and offering support in the aftermath of the earthquake. We are grateful that all of our staff, family and friends are safe, but immensely saddened by the loss of lives, massive destruction, and the rebuilding task ahead. We will assess the situation as quickly as possible to determine the best way that assistance can be provided, and will be organizing relief efforts for which we welcome your contributions.

We will keep updating the status as we hear. Our thoughts are with all those in Nepal who have been affected by this tragedy.

10 Essential Uses for Trekking Poles

Many trekkers do not uses poles (“sticks”) or use them sparingly or incorrectly when they do have them. Poles should be an essential part of every Himalayan trekker’s kit and are incredibly versatile. Here are ten ways that you can use your trekking poles, and there are probably others we haven’t considered.

  1. When using poles to help you climb steep slopes you’ll be increasing your overall strength by 25 to 30% while reducing the strain on your legs. When using poles on steep slopes be sire to place them far in front of you and pull yourself up from your shoulders. Your arms should strain as much as your legs.
  2. When using your poles to descend steep slopes extend them about 6 inches (10cm) longer than for climbing up. You can place your palms on the tops of the poles to avoid too much strain on your wrists.
  3. Poles can even be helpful on flat trails, either to help propel you along in the same way that they are used for cross-country skiing, or to give you a little extra support when you are very tired near the end of a long day trekking.
  4. If you find yourself “bushwacking” on a rough trail you can use your poles to shield yourself from foliage that might hit your face or other exposed parts of your body. They are especially useful for keeping thorny branches away.
  5. When crossing a stream, marsh, or area with lots of fallen foliage where a firm trail is not visible, use your poles to test the ground for firmness before stepping forward.
  6. Along with testing for firm ground you can use your poles to navigate across streams and other very uneven, unstable trail surfaces. It’s like having four feet! You can even use them as a sort of pole vault to help you jump across a stream or other obstacles.
  7. If you are confronted on the trail by feral dogs or are uncertain whether a large animal like a yak or pony might kick at you when you are passing on a trail you can use your poles as a shield. With something as large as a pony or yak this is mostly a psychological shield but then yaks are rarely known to kick at anyone (it’s the horns you need to watch out for). Dogs will usually just bark or growl and rarely attack, so only use your poles in self-defense when animals are actually aggressive.
  8. If you need to bury waste beside (away from) the trail, a trekking pole can be used as a shovel.
  9. If you are resting and don’t want your backpack laying in the dirt, rest it on your trekking poles. Poles can also be used as part of makeshift lean-to for a variety of purposes.
  10. If you find yourself on a particularly difficult, steep trail where you can find a way up to the next level, your guide or another trekker can pull you up by extending your poles to him.