Alternative Nepal was founded in 2008 by a small group of like-minded outdoor professionals. This team felt that although the outdoor adventures industry in Nepal had come a long way since the days of the hippie trail in the 1970s, much could still be done to improve the standard and services of this vital sector of Nepal’s tourism industry. Alternative Nepal was founded with the aim of ‘raising the bar’ for outdoor adventure in Nepal. Our fundamental principles are below.

We will strive to maintain a 100% safety record. We will do this by using only the safest, internationally-tested equipment, and employing only the most experienced, internationally-certified staff.

We will strive to provide a five-star service to our clients. We will do this by investing in our staff, to ensure that they are safe, healthy and happy. In turn we expect our staff to provide every single Alternative Nepal client with an experience that they will treasure forever.

We will strive to offer something different. We will do this by investing time in exploring new routes, rivers and trails, so that our clients can experience a Nepal that none of our competitors can offer.

We will strive to contribute to a healthier, happier and more prosperous Nepal. We will do this by ensuring that our company and its clients is not harming the environment, economy or society; and by investing in development projects in Nepal’s poorest regions.

About our guides

We take our work seriously. Our guides have each spent more than a decade exploring and guiding Nepal’s wilderness, discovering new trek routes, rafting rivers and trails. All our staff are fully trained to the highest possible standards in all aspects of leadership and risk assessment. All of our team members are familiar with nature and the culture of Nepal with most having grown up in the Himalayas. We strive to instill respect for this sacred mountain area and we take pride in doing our part to preserve its natural beauty, the way of life of its people, and its rich cultural heritage. Our clients’ safety, security, comfort and satisfaction are of paramount importance.

We strive to ensure that each experience with us is fulfilling and memorable. We provide the utmost care for every client, including ensuring adequate altitude acclimatization and provisions for carefully prepared food in camps. Our cheerful porters, capable support crews, expert trekking guides and dedicated tour operators ensure that your every need is catered to. Join us for Trekking in Nepal, Hiking ,Cultural Tours in Nepal, Peak Climbing in Nepal, Special packages for Family Holidays in Nepal, discover at your own pace, either alone or in groups, the marvel that is the Himalaya. So take a look around the site, see what fits, and for more information just pick up the phone or send us an email, we will get back to you directly.

Our Team

Our team At Alternative Nepal we want to raise the bar for adventure tourism in Nepal. Our team is made up of some of Nepal’s most experienced outdoor leaders, all with a passion to make…

Mani Aryal : Rafting, Trekking & Team-building

mani aryalMani started work on his parents farm as soon as he could walk, fitting in school around daily buffalo-herding duties. His first ‘real job’ was selling vegetables from a bicycle in order to raise enough cash to put himself through college. Then, following a mixed career as a farmer, vegetable-seller and factory-worker, Mani’s lucky break came when a family friend suggested he try out for a local rafting company. He hasn’t looked back since. Mani has been working worldwide as a rafting guide since 1996. In 2006 he became the first Nepali to qualify as a River Instructor with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in the US. He now spends his summers teaching river and hiking courses with NOLS in the US and India, but always makes it back to Nepal in time for the first expeditions of the fall season.


Pasang Sherpa : Mountaineering, Trekking & Climbing

pasang sherpaPasang hails from a small mountain village in the Kanchenjunga region. He began training as a mountaineer at the tender age of 6 with the daily hike to school. During childhood he moved to a district called Sankhuwasabha, exchanging the shadow of Kanchenjunga for that of Mt. Makalu. Pasang has been leading trekking and mountaineering trips in Nepal since 1996. The ‘high point’ (forgive the pun) of his career came in 2005 when he successfully summitted Mount Everest 8,848m. He repeated the feat in 2008 and 2012 conquering Mount Everest for the third time. Pasang added Makalu and Lhotse to the growing number of peaks under his belt in 2009 and 2010. When Pasang is not leading trips high in the Himalaya, he can be found teaching at the local climbing wall, passing on his skills and experience to others. Pasang has also climbed extensively in the Austrian Alps.


Manish Rai : Rafting, Trekking & Mountain Biking

manish profileManish comes from a small village in a remote region called Sankhuwasabha in the north east of Nepal. He began his rafting career in 1995 and his river-baptism occurred during a Sun Kosi trip in 1998 when a flash-flood flipped his gear raft and washed him down the river for seventy-odd kilometers before he managed to drag himself to shore. He saved the beer though. Needless to say, Manish is a lot older and wiser these days but still hasn’t lost his passion for adventure. He has spent the last Seventeen years  as a international trip leader, leading river trips in Turkey, Laos, Japan, Thailand and Europe as well as all over Nepal. When he’s not rafting, Manish enjoys trekking in the Himalaya and discovering new trails – both on foot and on his mountain bike.


Bhuwan Kafle : Trekking & Mountain biking

bhuwan kafleBhuwan is from Dhumbarai, Kathmandu. Kathmandu is a city of temples. From early childhood Bhuwan use to see many peoples visiting around his area. He got a view of scope and opportunity in the field so after his graduation from Tribhuvan University he joined Alternative Nepal in 2009. Bhuwan is interested in Trekking and Mountain Biking.  At office Bhuwan holds as program operation manager.


Sandesh Sherpa: Peak climbing and Biking leader

sandesh sherpaSandesh is a young chap, smart and strongest in our team. He was born in Shankuwashaba district and migrated to Kathmandu after completing his school leaving the household works on a pursuit of bright future. Sandesh has led the treks to Manaslu circuit, Tashi lepcha pass, Sherpeni col (highest pass of the world)  and many others. He is equally interested in mountain biking and rock climbing. He aims to be a professional outdoor leader giving the best on all activities.

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Anup Gurung : Peak climbing leader

anupAnup leads as climbing guide on the mountains. Strong man originally from Gorkha, Anup escaped to city Kathmandu on pursuit of higher education and outdoor leadership trainings. So far so good he have leaded on the trails of Nepal for more than 6 years, he holds certification on Advance Mountaineering Training and have climbed major small peaks of Nepal. Anup  summited the Mount Everest in 2013 and he is still on the run for conquering mountains.

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