Born at home in a small village, overlooking Dhaulagiri and Annapurna, Chandra grew up wandering the terraced fields, deep jungles, and mountain paths of the Himalayas. From teaching in the local elementary school, choreographing traditional dance, and guiding many years- his heart and soul are in the vibrant mountains. He loves sharing his home and culture with people from all over and learning as much as possible from everyone he meets. Chandra started HiMaLuna Adventures to maintain the integrity and high standards he has for traveling and living and to provide people with an incredible experience. Chandra is especially happy to talk about traditional culture and customs, tell stories passed down from his grandparents, play the flute and guitar, and learn as much as possible about whatever is on his mind at the time(global warming, cars, soccer, shoes, momos) until his curiosity is quenched
From the chaotic streets of D.C. or Kathmandu, to the wilderness of the Rocky Mountains and Himalayas, Debbie is at ease wherever she finds herself- and she is always finding herself. Her experience includes raft guiding, training as a Wilderness First Responder and birth doula, backpacking the Colorado Trail, teaching creative writing in the Himalayas, and popping out a couple of pretty cute babies. She is especially happy to discuss and learn about women traveling, families trekking, birth and babies, healthy, organic, raw foods and agriculture, and alternative health and healing.
Nima Kaji Sherpa
Kaji is a guide and chef from a traditional Sherpa farming family in the Solu-Khumbu (Everest) region of Nepal. He knows in-depth the trails, plants, animals, and people all across the Himalayas after many years as a chef and guide for treks and expeditions. For over five years, he has run a popular restaurant in Kathmandu, creating and serving great local food. On the treks, we are very fortunate to enjoy his great company and delicious local and international culinary masterpieces.
Prem brings a fresh and light-hearted energy to the guide and porter team. He has over five years experience in all aspects of trekking from being a porter to guiding. Prem loves learning new things, meeting interesting people and the outdoors. Like Chandra, he is also from Nangi village and studies in Pokhara.
Mannie comes from many generations rooted in Santa Fe, New Mexico. As a Geographer he has spent his life travelling in order to experience culture, natural beauty, and to study human-environmental interaction. He spends his time guiding in New Mexico and Utah, enjoying outdoor recreational activities, and travelling the world looking for new challenges. He is hoping to obtain his Wilderness EMT certification and find new climbing and biking routes in the Himalayas. We are very happy to have him as a part of our HiMaLuna family!