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Karnali Excursions

Namaste, and welcome to Karnali Excursions, your experienced guide to the ‘Journey of a Lifetime’!

When you choose Karnali Excursions you choose a strong group of people who have worked in tours, travels, trekking and mountain climbing in Nepal, India, Tibet, and Bhutan for over 17 years, and this team knows how to take care of their guests with incredible responsibility, detailed organization, kindness and laughter. This means that y all you need to do is preparing things from your end, and let us do the rest. We put your safety, health and individual needs foremost in our minds and hearts and then we put them into serious action. So, once you have booked with us, know we are in control!

Our focus is to create a Himalayan travel experience that is second to none, that reveals the full unique beauty and wonder of this magical and holy land which offers adventure and reflection, establishes genuine caring connections with its people, that is hassle-free, completely affordable, and that helps support and preserve local environments and cultures. Mountain environments are especially fragile, not only in terms of flora and fauna but also in terms of cultural beliefs, and the customs of the indigenous people. We prefer to tread lightly in the many sensitive areas of this land, always helping to preserve and protect the environment.

Guidelines that We Follow

Here are some guidelines we follow that we hope are as important to you as they are to us, and that we also feel might help you in choosing the right tour and travels company wherever you may choose to travel:

  • Before booking your trek in any mountain area anywhere in the world be confident that your intended agent respects the land and culture of your tour and travels, and that any porters and other staff are ensured a good salary, are provided with proper clothing and footwear, as well good food and accommodation.
  • Make sure your company is registered with the appropriate local trekking associations, that they are a certified company professionally established and operating under the laws of the land.
  • It is important that the company you choose to guide you is aware of the local environmental issues involved in protecting the areas they visit and the indigenous people living in those areas.
  • Make sure that the company you choose attends to the small but important details of toilet arrangements, cooking fuel and rubbish disposal, and,
  • That they have the appropriate travel insurance and abide by the regulations regarding running a trekking agency.

You can be assured that Karnali Excursions follows all of these guidelines and at all times.

Karnali Excursions brings visitors to: Nepal, Tibet, India and Bhutan with scheduled and customized trips. We also offer pilgrimages and spiritual journey’s to Holy Mt. Kailash through ourKailashTrekking.com website.

Our tours, treks and expeditions vary from less than one week, to more than a month, with levels of difficulty ranging from easy to very strenuous. We can help you select your tour, trek, or expedition for you, or you can browse many of our options via the Trip Options Selector (in the right sidebar column).

Meet the Team

We are a team of dedicated tour and expedition professionals who will lead you on the journey of a lifetime.

Hira Dhamala

Hira Dhamala

Managing Director

Bio of Hira Dhamala

Hira Dhamala has been Managing Director of Karnali Excursions since the company was established in 1997. Prior to this, Hira and several friends started working together to lead treks, and this group of friends formed the basis of what is now Karnali Excursions.

Hira was born in the Himalayan village of Khanigaun, in the Langtang region, and to this day maintains a deep connection with the Himalaya Mountains. When he was twelve years old his family relocated to the jungle area of Chitwan, and the mountains became a distant memory, and no longer a daily presence in his life. When he decided on a career in tourism, Hira was drawn back to the mountains of his early childhood, and he began his intensive explorations of Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan.

Hira has led treks for over seventeen years now, and even when he is not personally guiding guests on Himalayan adventures, he often explores the outer reaches of the Himalayas to learn more about bird watching and Himalayan nature photography. Having successfully lead more than 2,000 people to the Mount Kailash Pilgrimage, has earned the great admiration and affection of these many pilgrims. Hira has led uncountable groups to Everest, Manaslu, Annapurna, Gasaburam and K2. Amongst his many clients are groups belonging to veteran mountaineer associations and the Royal Geographical Society.

Ramesh Chaudhary

Ramesh Chaudhary

Sales & Marketing

Bio of Ramesh Chaudhary

Ramesh Chaudhary works for Karnali Excursions as a sales and marketing executive and senior trek team leader. He was born in Sauraha, the heart of Chitwan National Park. His childhood passion to become a naturalist inspired him to study forestry, birds, mammals, mountains and other various aspects of nature.

After completing his study, he worked as a prominent naturalist in Chitwan National Park. His informative and pleasant personality of guiding brought evolution in guiding profession in Chitwan National Park. He established Bird Education Society (BES), a non profitable organization dedicated to protect birds and their habitats through public awareness, in Sauraha.

Ramesh moved to Kathmandu and joined Karnali Excursions in 2006. He received Trekking Guide Training, jointly organized by Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (Government of Nepal, Ministry of Tourism) and Trekking Agents Association of Nepal (TAAN). He also took an Advance Wilderness Medical Course, organized by Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP). He also studied anthropology and history to broaden his guiding horizon. As a senior trek team leader, he has developed incredible knowledge on Himalayan biodiversity, culture, religion and tradition. He has led successful treks to Holy Mount Kailash, Everest Base Camp, Round Manaslu, Annapurna Circuit and Langtang Valley.

Tanka Duwadi

Tanka Duwadi

Tour Manager

Bio of Tanka Duwadi

Tanka Duwadi has been with Karnali Excursions as tour manager for the past eight years. He wasTanka Dawadi born in Tandi, Chitwan, very close to the Chitwan National Park in southern Nepal. Since childhood, Tanka has found himself drawn to the social and cultural aspects of life, wanting to work with the people of Nepal helping to keep their culture alive.

After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree and teaching for five years in Chitwan, Tanka moved to Kathmandu, abandoning his plans to continue with his further studies in education. With a desire to somehow share his knowledge of the people and cultures of Nepal with the international community, Tanka joined Karnali Excursions in 2000. He joined the Tourist Guide Training, organized by Nepal Academy of Tourism and Hotel Management (Government of Nepal, Ministry of Tourism), and later studied Managerial Training to sharpen his knowledge of the hospitality business. As a tourist guide, he has developed an incredible knowledge of Nepali and Tibetan history, culture, tradition, nature and religion. Because of his deep respect for all cultures and religions of Nepal he is a very patient and polite person, which has helped him lead many successful tours in Nepal and Tibet.

Sarala Dave

Sarala Dave

Representative & Laison

Bio of Sarala Dave

Sarala Dave welcomes the pilgrims to the Holy Mount Kailash pilgrimage treks. Helping the visitors Sarala enjoy this long wished-for and awaited experience is her personal goal. She is very happy to be associated with Karnali Excursions, and to have this chance to meet and greet all pilgrims to this holy mountain adventure.

Sarala grew up in India, but she and her husband moved to America in 1976, where her husband was a practicing physician, and later her daughter became a practicing pharmacist. Her son-in-law is a Real Estate sales agent. He and Sarala’s daughter have blessed Sarala and her husband with two lovely grandchildren!

Her obvious love of life extends to her friends and community in the planning of parties and other group events. Organizing, decorating and entertaining with Garba and dances all keep Sarala happy and young. She extends her joy of life to the pilgrims to the holiest of the holy places, and enjoys sharing in their quest for a once in a life time experience.

Bishnu Dhamala

Bishnu Dhamala

Group Leader

Bio of Bishnu Dhamala

Bishnu Dhamala was born in 1977. His home village is Nuwakot at the base of the Langtang Himalayan Range. Growing up in the mountains, Bishnu’s personality displays all the hospitality, kindness and strength of the Nepali mountain people.

Bishnu has many years of experience leading groups to the Everest Base Camp, the Annapurna Circuit, Mustang, K2 North Advanced Camp, and Mount Kailash – Lake Manasarovar in Tibet. Guiding more than 30 groups on the Kailash Pilgrimage, he has well earned his reputation as one of the most kind, friendly and experienced guides in the region. Bishnu’s naturally hospitable nature has justly earned him fame amongst the many guides in the Himalayas.

Often accompany Hira Dhamala, the Owner of Karnali Excursions, as a co-expedition leader, he is much loved and respected for his steady service to clients and attending to their needs.

Savi Meghani

Savi Meghani

Representative and Coordinator

Bio of Savi Meghani

Savi Meghani was born in India and moved to the U.K. in 1976. After visiting Holy Mt. Kailash and Mansarovar Lake on multiple occasions with Karnali Excursions, she now volunteers at Karnali Excursions as a coordinator.

In her spare time she practices yoga, which has played an important part in preparing her for Himalayan Pilgrimages.

It is Savi’s heartfelt desire to help others experience the profound nature of these once in a lifetime journeys.  She enjoys sharing her experiences and helping others prepare for these adventures, making sure they are mentally and physically prepared for these uniquely wonderful and exhilarating adventures. Proper guidance and preparation is a key to her along with attention to details. You will return home refreshed with spiritual inspiration to last a lifetime.

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E-mail: savi_meghani@hotmail.co.uk

Vanita Hirani

Vanita Hirani

Representative and Coordinator

Bio of Vanita Hirani

Vanita Hirani was born in India and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. She currently lives in London and volunteers for Karnali Excursions as a coordinator.

Vanita loves nature and is also a keen enthusiast when it comes to performance in arts such as yoga, which she has been practicing for more than 15 years. Not only does she perform yoga, she has further enhanced her skills by teaching it.

Vanita thoroughly enjoys her travels; she has travelled to the Himalayas and to many parts of India. As a devotee of Lord Shiva and upon successfully completing the Kailash-Mansarovar Yatra several times and inspired by her spiritual experiences on pilgrimages. She now enjoys sharing her experiences with other people helping them to prepare physically as well as mentally for their journey ahead enabling their dreams to come true.

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E-mail: vanitahirani@hotmail.com

Rajendra Dhamala

Rajendra Dhamala

Senior Trek Leader

Bio of Rajendra Dhamala

Rajendra Dhamala joined Karnali Excursions in 2014 as our tour manager and senior trek leader. He was born in Jyamrung, a beautiful mountain village in Dhanding district, west of Kathmandu. He now lives with his family here in Kathmandu.

After completing his college studies in English literature, as well taking trekking guide training here in Kathmandu, Rajendra began working as a senior trek leader, and continued learning more about trekking with further training from Eco Trekking Workshop and Food Preparation and Control Training. He has spent time in the USA, where he also took a Safe Certification Training organized by the National Restaurant Association at Four Point Sheraton, Hyannis Resort, MA.

Rajendra’s passion for exploring the beauty of Nepal, as well as its culture, nature and wildlife is what brought him back to Nepal, where he continues to lead successful treks, birdwatching holidays, nature tours, cultural excursions and pilgrimage journeys in the Himalayas.