The team at Freedom Adventure Treks led by Jagan Timilsina is highly trained and experienced in mountaineering as well as outdoor activities. All our team members believe in the concept of promoting eco-friendly and sustainable.

Management Team

Jagan Timilsina

Managing Director

Born and brought up in the picturesque village of Sarangkot, near Pokhara, one of the most popular tourist destination of Nepal, Jagan was introduced to the trekking culture from a young age. He forayed into the trekking world in 1998, the year which the Government of Nepal had declared to be ‘Visit Nepal Year.’  He started out as a porter and later joined Himalayan Encounters, a world renowned trekking company as a guide-cum-porter.

With every trek, Jagan’s passion for mountains grew and eventually saw him focus on a career as a mountaineer. Since 2009, Jagan has climbed 14 snow peaks, including Mount Everest.  If he is not busy climbing mountains, Jagan can be found working as an instructor for outdoor activities.

Nico Smith

Director Of Operations

Nico was born and raised in central South Africa. He developed a great appreciation and love for the outdoors during family holidays to the mountainous regions of the Western Cape. After he qualified as a Chartered Accountant he moved to London in 2008, where he had the opportunity to work as a financial contractor for some of the best known companies in the UK, including Coca-Cola, Diageo and The Bank of England. This afforded him the opportunity to build a wide ranging skill set which will prove very useful in his involvement with Freedom Adventures.

In 2015 Nico travelled to Nepal to complete the Everest Base Camp trek and immediately fell in love with the country. Of the over 40 countries he has travelled to, none compares with the beauty of Nepal. He realised that, with his knowledge of western business practices, he can make a positive contribution to the Nepalese Trekking Industry, and saw a good cultural fit with Freedom Adventures. Nico is responsible for the strategic management of all Freedom Adventures’ business operations, aimed at achieving a sustainable competitive advantage through the conception of an industry leading customer service model.

Mukti Timilsina

Founder

From a young age, Mukti entered the trekking industry working for both local- and foreign-owned trekking companies as a porter. His work helped him gain a good understanding of the trekking business and led him to pursue his ambition of becoming a trekking guide.

One of the things Mukti observed while working for trekking companies was the bad practice of trekking tours dumping rubbish in the mountains after every expedition. Since trekking companies mostly did not have guidelines for sustainable practice, trekking tours contributed to environmental pollution in the mountain. Mukti felt that this practice sent a wrong message about trekking in Nepal and decided to open a trekking company which practiced responsible and sustainable tourism. He along with his brother Jagan established Freedom Adventure Treks, an eco-friendly community-based trekking company which also runs the Eagle’s Nest Environment Centre.

Bikram Gurung

HR Manager

Bikram Gurung started as an assistant trekking guide in the adventure industry in Nepal, and since has trekked on dozens of treks. Working as a lead guide for the past five years, he has done the Annapurna Base Camp trek more than twenty times though his favorite remains Tilicho Lake. With the network, expertise and skills in the field, Bikram is able to handle the staff and their operations flawlessly at Freedom Adventure. In addition, he also ensures logistics are properly taken care of, recruitment of staff and performance evaluation.

Likewise, Bikram is also engaged in community development work, has even served as the chairperson of Annapurna Conservation Area Project from 2009 to 2014. Other tourism development and rural development activities, including road construction in desolate villages has earned him accolades in contributing to uplifting living standards of the common Nepalese people.

Arun Pariyar

Operations Manager

A self-starter and doer, Arun has been back in Nepal since 2013 having obtained a Bachelor’s degree from University of East London. His education has allowed him rich understanding in IT, particularly computer networks, programming and application development. However, since his return to Nepal from the UK, he has worked in travel and trekking agencies as well as hotels, particularly in customer service and managerial positions. This has instilled in him valuable skills in work etiquette, presentation and communication, analytical skill, information handling and collaboration, which he brings at Freedom Adventures.

In addition, in cross-cultural communication with clientele, maintaining team dynamics, leadership and decision-making are his forte, which he applies effectively as the operations manager at Freedom. He also handles business promotion and marketing, keeping business connections to expand business reach; training and monitoring sales staff; and overseeing customer satisfaction and implementing feedbacks to make Freedom Adventures’ packages a trip of the lifetime.

Vijay Ronald

Sales, Marketing and Business Development Manager (India)

Previously, MD of Amos Infosystems Pvt. Ltd. and led the company in IT sales & support in and around Eastern UP of India. Prior to that led a IT & print media company’s operations in Nepal. Having more than 15 years of diverse exposure in Media, IT, Communication & Project Implementation.

Bishal Bastola

Reservations and Finance Manager

An enthusiastic person, Bishal Bastola has his heart in the mountains. Having worked in several international adventure companies in the sales department, he mainly develops trip packages corresponding to clients’ requirements. He communicates this to the team and prepares them to implement it in the field. Able to quickly to grasp new ideas and concepts, Bishal also develops innovative and creative solutions to challenges.

Bishal holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from La Grandee International College (Pokhara, Nepal), with specialization in Finance and Marketing. After receiving his higher education, he has been engaged in various accountancy firms, adventure companies and finally a crucial Freedom team member. His versatile approach and skills related to company operations means from Sales to Reservations to Marketing, he is able to comfortably handle company tasks with precision and efficiency.

Mohammad Irfan Khan

IT & Graphics

I’m currently studying Bachelor’s in IT at Mount Annapurna Campus in Pokhara. I’ve been quite fascinated how the world is going through a sweeping change drives by information technology, and aspire to become a programmer.

Apart from programming, I take a keen interest in traveling and photography. Having traveled thoroughly in the mountains and hills of Nepal, particularly Jomsom, Upper Mustang and Chitwan, I am looking forward to adventures outside Nepal as well, and meeting people from all walks of life.

With Freedom, I bring my skills in designing, photo editing and illustrations. Making logos for various events as well as designing promotion campaigns are some of the major tasks I oversee. Besides these, I regularly troubleshoot and fix IT-related issues in the office. My work responsibility perfectly balances my interest in travelling and tech.

Abadh Pariyar

IT & Graphics Assistant

Born and raised in the Pokhara, Abadh brings his experience of sales and customer service from his previous work as Sales and Reservations manager at Simrik Tours and Travels. His familiarity with diverse culture and nationalities allows him to provide superb customer service to clients. An avid adventure geek he can be found trekking, mountain biking and riding his motorbike.

More recently developed a strong foundation in photography, videography and IT technology which has benefitted the team. He now works closely with the Graphics and IT team to generate the creative content needed at Freedom Adventures.

Nikesh Shrestha

Operations Support

Born in the outskirts of Kathmandu his initial experience with tourist came from his visit to Swayambhunath, the flagship monastery of the Buddhists in Nepal. Inspired by the cross-cultural nature of work within Tourism, after his studies, he swayed into the turf of Tourism through an internship opportunity with Freedom Adventures. Here, he has been able to find balance at work and grow his passion for adventure, more recently he has ventured into solo canyoning and even made it almost atop Mardi Peak with freedom’s exploration trip.

Nikesh now works to support the Operations Team, his sharp organizational and analytical skills are highly regarded by the team as such he is monumental in the preparation and management of Outdoor Education Project organized by Freedom Social Foundation.

Field Team

Dawa Sherpa

Climbing Guide

Hailing from the village of Pangboche situated at 4000m  in the Everest region, Dawa has been surrounded by mountains his whole life. He grew up in an environment where everyone was indirectly or directly related to work in the mountains. With a monk father, responsible for conducting rituals at the Everest Base Camp, and a brother who is a climber, Dawa grew up to love mountains.

Dawa attended the Hillary School at Khumjung, and later went to Kathmandu for his further studies. Soon after completing his studies, he followed in his brother’s footstep and started working as a guide. Dawa has climbed Camp 3 at Everest a couple of times as a high altitude porter. He has also scaled a few 6000m peaks.

Fura Sherpa

Expedition Guide

Having spent his entire childhood with mountains in Phortse village, in the Everest region, Fura started climbing mountains from a young age. He grew up listening to his father’s mountaineering tales. Fura’s father who is an expert climber has scaled Everest 8 times, Cho Yo 15 times, and has conquered many other high mountains. At a very young age, Fura was able to go up to South Camp 4 two times; however, he was not allowed to climb further because of his young age. Till date, he has climbed many peaks above 6000m.

Whenever Fura goes trekking with a group to the Everest Base Camp, he takes his group to his mother’s tea shop in his village, Phortse. That is one of his favorite moment of the trek.

Jeremy Gansler

Trekking / Climbing Guide

Born in Newton, Massachusetts, USA, in 1993, Jeremy’s fascination with the outdoors started from an early age, when his parents took him downhill skiing. For some duration, he lived in the suburbs in Boston, which was far from any mountains worth talking about, his father took him to the Neshoba valley every week to master the basics of skiing. By thirteen, Jeremy’s hobby grew into a full-blown obsession and it took him to Rockies, Utah first, then British Columbia. Seeing the majestic mountains made him realize that his life was to work in high places.

Jeremy took a year of college and took courses for climbing and an array of other skills, earning a Wilderness First Responder certificate. During the break year, he traveled to Nepal to volunteer and to see the Himalayas. Currently, Jeremy is studying at the University of Vermont, majoring in Environmental Science.

Tsering Namgel Sherpa

Expedition Guide

The only dream Tsering had as a child was to climb mountains. He was born in the Pangboche village in the Solukhumbu district, which is at a height of 4000m. Growing up in a village, where most of the people worked in the trekking industry, Tsering was inspired by the stories of the climbers from his village, included people who have climbed Everest more than once. The young boy too dreamt of scaling the highest peaks in the world, and dreamt of sharing his mountaineering stories, just like his elders did over tea.

Till date, Tsering has already conquered some of the highest peaks in the Himalayan range. He has climbed Everest 3 times, and has also climbed Puttha Himchuli, Iceland Peak, Lobuche Peak, Pokalde Peak, Mera Peak, and Ama Dablam. He is one of the youngest climbers of Nepal.

Lhakpa Noro Sherpa

Expedition Leader

Growing up to the tales of how Tenzin Norgay Sherpa,  one of the first person along with Sir Edmund Hillary to scale Mount Everest, Lhakpa Noro dreamed about achieving the same feat. The young Lhakpa like most of his friends in his village too aspired to be like Tenzin Norgay (who hailed from his village) – a strong and famous climber of Nepal.

Following his dream to summit the highest peaks in the world, Lhakpa has climbed Mount Everest 12 times, Ama Dablam 8 times, Island Peak 5 times, Mera Peak 3 times, and has successfully scaled Manaslu, and Nanga Paryat two times each. Besides these, he has scaled many other high mountains in the Himalayan range. Lhakpa sees himself climbing mountains for many years to come.

Karma Sherpa

Expedition Leader

From a very young age, Karma Sherpa started his mountaineering career like many of his friends in his village in the Everest region. Having lived his entire life in the mountain region, mountaineering was the only available job.

Karma has scaled Mount Everest 8 times, Mount Choyo 15 times, and many other high mountains. His wife runs a small guest house in Phorste (Everest). This is where he meets fellow mountaineers like him. Earlier Karma used to work as a temporary climbing leader at Freedom Adventure Treks, but since he liked the idea of sustainable tourism, he decided to work full time with the company.

Khashing Chandra Rai

Trekking / Biking Leader

Since 2008, avid traveller Khasing has been traveling and trekking in Nepal. His passion for travel has taken him to various places of Nepal, such as Langtang, Annapurna Circuit, ‘The Forbidden Kingdom’ of Lo-Manthang, Everest Base Camp, and lesser known tourist places such as Panch Pokhari, Rara Lake and many other places in Nepal. He has also worked at Zip-Flyer Nepal, the only zip-lining company of Nepal as an operator.

Khasing has an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and is currently pursuing his Master Degree in Rural Development. His work helps him to understand Nepal’s ecology and its socio-development better and traveling with him is always an experience of an entirely different level. Apart from trekking he is also an avid mountain biker who regularly pedals to far-off places.

Balkrishna Basel

Paragliding Pilot

He is what you would call a globe trotter on a higher level. Balkrishna Basel has many years of flying experience in different parts of the globe. His work has taken him to all over Europe and Asia, and his paragliding expedition  to many international paragliding competitions.

Balkrishna is a highly trained pilot with both French and APPI International License. He has been working as an assistant instructor in many paragliding beginner’s course and is also the owner of Team Five Paragliding Pvt. Ltd. When he is not up in the air, he loves encouraging people to take to the skies.

Bikash Tamang

Rock Climber/ Trekking Guide

Fascinated with rock climbing, after seeing a documentary about it, Bikash at a young age decided that he wanted to be a rock climber too. While his friends went to play soccer, he would be seen taking his ropes, harness, and equipment to scale rock faces. His hardwork paid off when people started noticing his skills.

What started out as a hobby became a full fledged profession after he got an opportunity to work at Initiative Outdoor as a climbing, and trekking instructor. After undertaking further training in rock climbing, he turned professional in a few years time. When Bikash is not on a tour, he can be found at Hattiban, busy scaling the natural rock faces.

Buddhi Tamang

Assistant trekking Guide

With a newfound passion for trekking, Buddhi who hails from Nuwakot, is just starting out as an assistant guide. He realized his passion for trekking after several treks conducted by the Umbrella Foundation. The treks made him realize that his calling was in the mountains, and not in the city.

Buddhi underwent extensive training in first aid, rock climbing, leadership and many other life skills that are required to be a trekking guide.

Fule Chaudhary

Wildlife Specialist

Growing up in the lowland jungles of Terai, Fule developed an interest in birds and wildlife from a very young age. As a young child, Fule would spend hours in the forest area bird-watching, and studying their behavior. After leaving school, his ornithological expertise and enthusiasm towards the subject gained him a job as a full time naturalist at the Royal Chitwan National Park.

His deep interest in birds, coupled with a substantial knowledge about them has established him as an expert birdwatcher in Nepal. Fule has covered all the lowland areas to highland areas for birdwatching. He has also been a part of the grassland bird watching research programme for mist-netting and data collection.

Rajesh Lama

Rock Climbing and Trekking Leader

Rajesh Lama, born in the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu, was fascinated by the outdoors from a young age. After graduating in 2007, Rajesh changed jobs frequently until the year 2009 when he found his true calling in the adventure industry.

Lama is dedicated to safe and healthy enjoyment of exciting outdoor activities. He has obtained several certifications from various national and international bodies in trekking. He is also a Wilderness First Responder. Lama has gained a great deal of experience in a short period of time working in the outdoor industry. He has led many adventure trips along popular trekking routes as well as off-beat paths.

Kamala Pun

Senior Trekking Leader (Female)

Kamala pun is a senior female trekking leader. At the time when girls were not given the freedom to pursue work that took them away from home, she decided to bring a new revolution in her village by working as a porter.

Kamala was born in the beautiful village of Maygdi in the Annapurna region.  Despite the challenges and disapproval from her family and village, she found herself an opportunity to get training in the trekking profession in Pokhara. Being a woman in a male-dominant profession, Kamala had to face many difficulties. But her hard-work and skills made her one of the first female trekking guides in Nepal.

Shyam Limbu

Trekking and Biking Leader

A professional mountain bike guide since 2011, Shyam Shyam Gyan Limbu hails from the Eastern part of Nepal, Illam, 600 km from the capital city Kathmandu. Shyam got involved in mountain biking sports ever since he was a little boy at school. He started his career in mountain biking soon after he received his Bachelor’s degree from India. In his first year as a full time professional in mountain biking, he came second in the National Downhill Championship and got the opportunity to represent Nepal in the 19th Asian MTB Championship held in Chengdu, China. The very next year, Shyam started leading mountain bike trips. Till date he has led such trips to Upper Mustang, Jomsom-Muktinath, Annapurna Circuit, Chitwan, Hetauda and Kathmandu valley rim.

Shyam on his ride tries to help his clients explore and experience Nepal and its culture by sharing stories of the village they pass through, its lifestyle, trying Nepali food, and experiencing the different festivals of the country. He loves to go peak bagging especially when it is snowing. Lupra valley trail in Mustang is his personal favorite.

Sunita Bhandari

Assistant Guide (Female)

Sunita hails from Dwardha Naayabelhani village of Nawalparasi district. She holds a  certified license from the Mountain Academy Nepal and has completed all formal trainings in all the aspects of tourism. She has a good command of English and Hindi. Sunita knows a lot about unexpected secret local places. Her aim is to promote eco-friendly practice in tourism that can help protect and preserve our natural beauty and cultural heritage. This is one of the reasons why she loves working at Freedom Adventure Treks as the company is very dedicated to eco-friendly practices and bringing improvement to the lives of the local people.