EXPLORE HIMALAYA TRAVEL & ADVENTURE
Explore Himalaya Travel & Adventure, a trusted name in the Himalayan tourism industry, has been successfully organizing tours and trips across four Himalayan nations: Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. With the support of a strong, efficient and dedicated workforce, the company has become a name to be reckoned with in the Himalayan tourism industry. Our impeccable record in organizing trips and reliable service has led more then 15,000 clients to seek our services in organizing their tours and adventure holidays.
Explore Himalaya which started with just a handful of employees, now boasts of a strong workforce of more then 40 staff and three subsidiary companies. The team at Explore Himalaya is strong, efficient team and well-trained. The team is lead by Mr.Suman Pandey, President of the company.
Mr. Suman Pandey, the President and founder of Explore Himalaya has been actively involved in the travel & tourism business for almost 20 years. He actively dedicates himself in promoting the entire Himalayan region of Nepal, Tibet, India and Bhutan in the international tourism arena. His zeal and enthusiasm has led the company to touch new heights. Under his leadership, the company became the second highest foreign exchange earner in 2007, among adventure travel companies in Nepal. A well recognized figure in the Nepal tourism industry, Mr.Pandey was awarded the prestigious Suprasiddha Gorkha Dakshin Bahu in the year 2004. He was the President of TAAN (Trekking Agent's Association of Nepal) from 2001-2003. He served as an Executive member of the Nepal Tourism Board from 2004-06 and is now in the advisory panel of the same. In 2008 the American Biographical Institute (ABI) based in the United States in Raleigh, North Carolina conferred the Lifetime Achievement award to Mr.Pandey in recognition of his contribution and achievement in the field of tourism and Himalayan adventure.
Explore the Himalayas with Explore Himalaya
Trekking Adventures: Explore Himalaya is a highly proactive trekking agency which offers the largest range of Himalayan adventure travel itineraries for people with any grade of experience and almost any time frame. For those in quest for adventures in the Himalayas, Explore Himalaya offers the ultimate trekking adventure in the Himalayan countries of Nepal, Tibet,India and Bhutan. Mountaineering Expeditions: Equipped with top notch mountaineering equipments, highly experienced team of Sherpa climbers, Explore Himalaya has led numerous Himalaya Mountaineering Expeditions to 8000+ meter peaks and innumerable trips to Nepal trekking peaks below 6500 meter in the last eleven years of its operation.
Mountain biking: Explore Himalaya is committed to the idea of creating extreme Mountain biking tours for the experienced bikers in Tibet and Nepal. Our first-aid trained local
guides know all the trails like the back of their hands and are also expert mechanics. Our highest priorities in all our biking trips are safety, quality and enjoyment.
Rafting & Wildlife Safari: Explore Himalaya offers exciting Himalayan Whitewater Rafting packages suitable for any level of experience. Our river rafting trips are designed perfectly for novices and families to ultimate thrill-seekers. Our Jungle safari and Bird watching trips in the dense forests of the Himalayan region guides you into exotic wildlife housing rich bio-diversity amidst its rolling prairies, tranquil wetlands and majestic woodlands.
Cultural Tours: Explore Himalaya takes you on a cultural tour to the old palaces and temples in the four oriental countries of Nepal, Tibet, India and Bhutan. Our expert and proficient tour guides guide you around ancient temples and monuments, filled with exquisite and marvelous specimen of craftsmanship and architecture, all the while giving you a glimpse of their glorious and interesting past.
Volunteering / Gap Year Holiday: This is a unique blend of various activities particularly devised for students taking a gap year. This program offers students a highly rewarding holiday where they can stay and interact with local families involving themselves in various volunteering activities such as teaching in local schools, helping local health post, assisting in various community services etc.
Everest Skydive: This adventure is a feast for those who seek to stimulate all their senses to the point of near overload as Everest (29,035ft) Skydive takes skydiving into two harsh and extreme environments – high altitude at 29,500ft plus extreme cold. The jump dates in Nepal avoid the 200mph jet stream that roars across Everest’s summit, and the Drop Zone (DZ) is the highest in the world at 12,350ft. Combine the visual impact of looking onto the summit of Mt. Everest and some of the other highest mountains in the world and freefalling past them.
Incentives & Special Events: We customize special trips and events for incentive groups, photographic/ filming tours, yoga/meditation tours, shamanic tours etc. An innovative event that we have come up with has been the staging of Mock Marriages.
Helicopter Tours: For those with the desire to experience something unusual and different we have the aerial sightseeing tours, operated in collaboration with Fishtail Air. You take a tour of the city aboard a helicopter and enjoy its sights. You can also enjoy the awesome views of Everest by taking the Everest heli flight.
We believe in 'Sustainable Tourism' through Eco-friendly Practices. Our Philosophy is, 'Tourism for Development'. Mr. Suman Pandey is one of the activists in the development of Sustainable Tourism Development in Nepal and also one of the promoters of Eco Trekking activities in Nepal.
Giving back to the local community
Besides its objective to function as a specialist adventure and cultural tour operator, Explore Himalaya is committed and dedicated to serve the nation as well by paying back it's local community. To enrich the objective, Explore Himalaya has initiated a solely private project named "EXPLORE HIMALAYA COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAM". With the motto; "Development through Tourism", it is aimed to let rural people of Nepal benefit from tourism. This program would help the needy & deprived people especially in the rural part of the country by different forms of community service oriented projects. Explore Himalaya wants to contribute a part of its profit to support the project and also hopes to get contributions from tourists groups, individuals, national and international institutions etc who seek to make a meaningful contribution towards Nepalese Rural Communities and help the country to step ahead for the sustainable development.
Wonderful environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. Increasing population density and number of trekkers threatens to destroy the very beauty which attracts us in the first place. At Explore Himalaya, we are extremely environmentally conscious and aim to minimise our impact as much as possible.
As deforestation is one of greatest environmental threats, we do not have camp fires and use kerosene for cooking as an alternative fuel to wood. We also discourage trekkers from using wood-fuelled hot showers in lodges along the way. Many lodges, however, now provide solar hot showers, a far more eco-friendly alternative.
Garbage disposal is another major problem and some of the busier trails can, at times, appear strewn with litter. Our staff members are well motivated towards Eco-friendly practices. We carry out all our garbage, apart from that which can be safely and easily burnt at the campsite.
Our aim is to help protect and preserve this beautiful environment for future generations of trekkers to enjoy.
Care for Porters & Staff
We ensure that all porters and all other staff going above the tree line are provided with adequate clothing and equipment. We are the first ever company to supply high-altitude porters with crampons. We provide life insurance and emergency helicopter evacuation for our staff.
We run the trek according to the guidelines of the International Porter Protection group (IPPG - www.ippg.net).