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EXPLORE The Beauty of Nepal

With Independent Guide, HEM RAJ ADHIKARI

I share your explorer's attitude toward discovery and adventure. Let me guide you with truly individualized and unforgettable service.

Meet Hem

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Travelers' Choice

2023

  • Trekking and tour guide authorized by the Government of Nepal since 2005

  • Independent guide doing business as Nepal Teahouse Trekking since 2015

Namaste! How are you?

I am delighted to have this initial interaction with you. May it pave the way for future exchanges between us!

After working as a trekking and tour guide with an agency for ten years, I work now as an independent guide. This means I can assist you with arranging an itinerary anywhere in Nepal and accompany you as your guide. Agencies can impose constraints, but I have the flexibility to guide you based on your wishes and needs. Plus, I can customize my fees depending on your curiosities and budget. You get a personalized experience as well as superior services at a lower expense.

To begin, we plan an itinerary based on your interests, timeframe, activity level, and budget. Once you are in Nepal, I manage the details, always catering to you. My ambition is to ensure a seamless journey from start to finish so that your adventure is easy, meaningful, and memorable. 

I work with a network of talented Nepalis. When additional staff is required, I hire locally and ensure fair compensation for these respected workers. For you, we will strive to provide whatever is feasible. Above all, we consider you our special guest in our country. Your well-being and safety are our top priority.

This is your vacation. I aim to bring you joy by giving you the experience you desire and inspiring you in new ways. I eagerly anticipate guiding you as your loyal friend, assuring you with my favorite phrases, "I can do that!" and "Okay, no problem!"

Please contact me – I am here to assist you in every way that I can.

Warm regards,

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Our Services

Tell me how you want to explore Nepal, and I can guide you with expert services.

I provide trek and tour guiding services everywhere in Nepal. I guide individuals, couples, families, and friends, and I can accommodate people of varying ages and abilities. As your guide, I can arrange your itinerary, transportation, accommodations, meals, permits, porters, gear purchases, and souvenir shopping.

Please inquire with me about itineraries. I can offer you popular itineraries you've read about or seen on blogs or agency websites. Or, I can also suggest itineraries based on your ideas. Either way, let me know your interests and travel specifications, and I will provide you with an individualized itinerary tailored to your liking.

Please contact me about fees and tell me if your spending preferences are economy, comfort, or luxury. When I know more about your travel style, then I will be able to give you a more accurate cost for your personalized itinerary.

Below are categories of services I provide along with some examples to inspire you.

So, plan with me, and let's go on an adventure that truly aligns with your desires and budget!

Trekking and Hiking

Trekking and Hiking

Most tourists come to Nepal for trekking. I have led many treks in all of the different regions – Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, Mustang, and Manasulu – and am experienced with both teahouse and camping treks. So many treks are available and include local tours. Let me know your interests, and, with our trek, we'll honor the mountain.

Day hikes are also a way you can choose to be physically active while enjoying the sacred scenery and cultural immersion when touring cities or national parks.

You may be concerned with Acute Mountain Sickness. I use safe practices and am aware of AMS's symptoms. But, anyone can be affected, and I have successfully rescued those clients of mine suffering from such sickness.

City Tours

City Tours

Nepali cities encompass spiritual and historical centers and give you a taste of daily life, cuisine, and culture.

Frenetic Kathmandu and beautiful Pokhara, Nepal’s largest cities, each offer unique attractions. They are also gateway cities to other activities popular in Nepal. Many of my clients spend some time in at least one of these cities.

But Kathmandu and Pokhara are not the only cities of interest. Some other destinations you may consider visiting include medieval Bhaktapur, exquisite Patan, spiritual Lumbini, epic Janakpur, breathtaking Nagarkot, historic Nuwakot, cultural Dharan, charming Bandipur, hidden Panauti, terraced Ilam, and remote Jomsom.

Religious and Cultural Tours

Religious and Cultural Tours

The religious beliefs of the Nepali people are predominantly based on Hinduism and Buddhism. If this aspect of Nepal is of curiosity to you, many sites are available to visit, and, with me, you can spend as much time as you like exploring them. Four popular places in Kathmandu Valley are UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Buddhist stupas of Swayambhu and Bauddhanath and Hindu temples of Pashupati and Changu Narayan. Maybe you'd like to visit a more remote temple, such as Manakamana Temple. Or, you might time your visit with a religious festival, such as Buddha Jayanti or Lhosar.

If your interests are more serious, I can arrange for us to delve deeper into the sites, practices, and traditions associated with Hinduism and Buddhism.

Culturally, Nepal is made up of many ethnic groups. We can simply attend an evening cultural show in Kathmandu or Pokhara, or we can plan a journey to Nepal's countryside to experience the cultures and hospitalities of these indigenous peoples firsthand.

Historical and Heritage Tours

Historical and Heritage Tours

You may want to connect with Nepal's rich history. The land Nepal now occupies was once full of medieval kingdoms and spiritually significant cities whose legacies remain integrated into the lives of the Nepali people today.

One way you can witness Nepal's history is to visit Durbar Squares, which are sites unique to Nepal. Found in different sizes and configurations throughout Nepal, these "royal" squares are mosaics of architectural marvels that contain royal palaces, plazas, temples, fountains, and military quarters. The Durbar Squares of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, and Patan are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Perhaps you are interested in spiritual history. Destinations include cities such as Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and Janakpur with its temple complex, a popular place for festivals and pilgrimages for Hindus.

Nature and Wildlife Tours

Nature and Wildlife Tours

Nepal's biodiversity may speak to you and call you to places such as Chitwan National Park, Bardiya National Park, and Dhorpatan Wildlife Reserve where you can visit without trekking.

Chitwan National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Both Chitwan and Bardiya National Parks offer jeep safaris, canoe trips, naturalist walks, birdwatching, wildlife photography, and interaction with the people of the Tharu culture.

Dhorpatan Wildlife Reserve is nestled in a mountain valley and offers an array of land and water wildlife, a homestay experience with the Gurung people and visit to an ancient Gurung fort, a hike to Junibang and Rukumkot, and an optional climb to Jaljala Danda.

Homestays

Homestays

Sirubari hosted Nepal's first-ever homestay in the late 1980's when resident Rudra Man Gurung envisioned Sirubari's potential beyond subsistence farming. He saw an opportunity to showcase the village's beauty and culture while generating income and pride for his community.

Rudra Man transformed his home into a welcoming space where guests could experience the warmth of Nepali hospitality, participate in daily life, savor local delicacies, witness vibrant traditions firsthand, and soak in the breath-taking scenery.

His fellow villagers followed in his footsteps. Today, Nepal is home to several thriving homestay communities. Staying in a local homestay will grant you an unforgettable experience!

Adventure Sports and Activities

Adventure Sports and Activities

From low-key thrills to ultra-mega mayhem, here are some ideas for how you might want to add a dose of inspiration, excitement, or adrenaline to your time in Nepal:

Yoga retreats, paddleboats, caving, pony treks, Everest mountain flight, helicopter tours, cable car rides, mountain biking and cycling tours, whitewater rafting, zip-lining, paragliding, rock climbing, and, the ultimate leap of faith, bungee jumping!

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Testimonials

Recent Happy Guests

Lindalovesadventure

Lindalovesadventure

Feb 2024 | Couples

5.0

Thanks Hem for spectacular viewing of Himalayas and Lake Fewa🏔️

Hem is a wealth of knowledge about Pokhara and the Himalayas!! The highlight of our two days in Pokhara was the sunrise from Sarangkot hilltop… Hem was prompt to pick us up at 5 am and we were able to have the best seat on the rooftop to view the sunrise over the Himalayas… He gave us a thorough education of the mountains while waiting for the sun to rise… We enjoyed walking to many viewpoints and taking many photos… another highlight was a boat ride on Lake Fewa! Hem is very experienced. We enjoyed his sense of humor and he is also extremely flexible in meeting our requests!!! We highly recommend him for future travelers to Pokhara and the Himalayas!!!

Chris

Chris

Nov 2023 | Solo

5.0

Khopra Danda trek with Hem

Completing the Khopra Danda trek with Hem was an amazing experience, from organising this trek only two weeks before completing it Hem was helpful all the way answering any questions promptly through WhatsApp & ensuring I didn't have any issues when finding my way to Pokhara.

On the trek, Hem was amazing with ensuring that I had everything needed & helping get anything I didn't have, to his knowledge about the places we were walking through to the next hut, each time we came to a hut helping order food and ensuring I was comfortable for the night. Hem is a caring individual & his guiding skills are second to none.

Anthony L

Anthony L

Aug 2023 | Friends

5.0

An Unforgettable Nepal Trek with an Exceptional Guide. Le Népal dans le cœur, on y va doucement.

Absolutely incredible trekking experience in Nepal with an outstanding guide! Every moment was an adventure, and the guide's expertise and enthusiasm made it even more unforgettable. Thanks Hem

Patrick I

Patrick I

May 2023 | Family

5.0

Best vacation and birthday ever!!

Hem is absolutely the best!! He is a very nice person and he is very, very knowledgeable about where we were at all times. He has a wonderful sense of humor and he got us the best experience everywhere we went. We went trekking in Langtang National Park for 6 days. Hem took care of the food, lodging, porters, and knew all the local destinations and attractions. My family got very close to him on the hike. When we were at the very top of the mountain, I had my birthday, and Hem made it so special. He coordinated with the local baker to bake and decorate a cake for me, and he wrote the most beautiful card to me in English AND Nepali. I will honestly keep it forever. If you want the best birthday, hire Hem!! I can't wait to go back!!

Peter S

Peter S

Apr 2023

5.0

Langtang trek

Have just returned from a trek up the Langtang valley with Hem, the third time the family have had him as a guide and he is now a good friend. All the pretrip arrangements, permits 4x4travel etc were made by him perfectly and during the trip food and accommodation. Hem entertained and educated us the whole way on local culture, history and flora and fauna. - excellent. The Langtang itself must be the closest you can get to Shangri-la! A wonderful trip!

G.K.Dass

G.K.Dass

Mar 2023 | Friends

5.0

Tour of Pokhara

Our guide Hem Raj was very friendly and explained the history of the temples and places. The scenes in Pokhara are really beautiful. We found that the people in Nepal are very humble and friendly. The weather was very pleasant. I will recommend my friends to seek Hem Raj as a guide if they visit Pokhara.

ganapathi r

ganapathi r

Dec 2022 | Family

5.0

Enjoyable

We had a very resourceful and friendly guide Hem who made our trip to Pokhara lakeside, Sarangkot and hiking to “ABC” very enjoyable. Hem was easy going and made all the ground arrangements for transport and our trip was truly pleasant and nice. Hem was good company throughout and I personally enjoyed having a few beers with him in Pokhara and Hem made it possible for me to watch the “World Cup Final” game at “ABC”.

Verliat Serge

Verliat Serge

Nov 2022 | Couples

5.0

A perfect guide for an unforgettable experience

We Went on a 11days trek with Hem...on the Annapurna 's balcony and the Kali Gantaki gorge...up to Muktinath. If you are looking for an excellent guide, reliable and friendly, Hem is this one. I know him for around 20 years...ant it is always a real pleasure to go for trekking with him. He knows perfectly this region. He has a very good sense of responsibility and always do his best to provide you all you need,all you want. With Hem, no worry...you just have to enjoy your trek. He will transform your trek in a rich, pleasant and unforgettable experience.

SueMosaics

SueMosaics

Nov 2022 | Family

5.0

A great day tour in Pokhara

We had a memorable and fun day with Hem, seeng the sights around Pokhara. Hem was great - relaxed, friendly and showed us the sights at our pace. Hem’s English was good and we chatted about all sorts of things, as well as learning about the places we visited - Peace Pagoda (wonderful), Tibetan camp, Ghurka museum, Hindu temple, lunch, and a trip on the lake.

Sanjaya p

Sanjaya p

Oct 2022 | Family

5.0

Amazing !!

We did the Mardi Himal Base Camp trekking with Hem as our guide in October 2022. It was a family trip and we could not have done it without him along with Ghale dai. He organized everything to accommodate our preference and kept us all going when we got a bit worn out. With such a long experience of trekking, he is not only very knowledgeable of the geography, history and the trails, but also has a lot of stories to tell, that made out trip the more interesting. We found him accommodating, flexible, calm, organized and evidently very experienced guide and I heartedly recommend him.

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