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Empowering the Nubri-Tsum Valley

Empowering the Nubri-Tsum Valley

In the face of detrimental mass out-migration to Kathmandu or abroad and rapid development into the remote Himalayas, we feel compelled to help empower the Nubri-Tsum Valley through creating opportunities and engaging in philanthropy.

A Tale of Two Brothers

The Roots of Himalayan Tahr Treks

Tenzing and Dawa, founders of Himalayan Tahr Treks, were born in the remote and sacred Himalayan valley of Nubri, which rests in the shadow of Mt. Manaslu, the 8th tallest mountain in the world.

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Separated At Childhood

Due to their mother’s passing during Tenzing’s childbirth, for his survival, he was adopted and raised in the United States. Dawa was four when he was adopted, and soon after, began schooling in Kathmandu.

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Reunited 7 Years Later

At 7, Tenzing’s adoptive parents brought him back to reunite with his biological family, and it was there, the two brothers met for the first time as non-infants.

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Bridging Two Homes

From that moment forward, Tenzing has dedicated tremendous efforts to bridging his two homes in the United States and in the remote Himalayas. He has organized and led many Treks over the years, connecting many with our home in the Himalayas.

He has also been involved in fundraising, leading an earthquake relief team, and other philanthropic efforts.

Our Guides

We are invested in training more female and male local guides to provide opportunities to those in Valley. Building upon years of family and personal knowledge, locality, and heritage, we are able to bring you this experience.

Lakpa Lama

Guide

Sangay Phuntsok

Guide

Gyatso Lama

Guide

Sonam Choden Thakuri

Assistant Guide

Pema Tenzin

Assistant Guide

Rinzin Dorjee Lama

Guide

Nuptul Rinpoche

Co-abbot Serang Monastery

Yehsi Dorjee

Guide

The Founders

Dawa

I, Dawa, spent my adolescent years in the village. However, due to difficult circumstances and limited opportunities, at age 4, I began my education in Nepal’s capital, Kathmandu. There I received my education, and where my managerial involvement began with the Serang Monastery. For several years, I co-managed Serang’s Foundation and its non-profit trekking agency, and I’m currently the Serang School Head Chairperson.

Tenzing

Tenzing was born in Lho Village, Nubri. Shortly after his birth, he was adopted and raised in the United States by Americans who had lived in Nepal for 20 years. At 7, Tenzing was reunited with his biological family for the first time. After that, Tenzing remained determined to bridge his US and Himalayan home through philanthropy and trekking.

An Idea Over Tea

Building A Community

In the Fall of 2021 Dawa and Tenzing raised funds and built a greenhouse for the Serang Monastery and School, the sacred monastery near the Manaslu Circuit where our eldest brother, Nuptul Rinpoche, is the acting co-abbot.

While cooking tea over our father’s fireplace, who is one of the residents at Serang, the idea of Himalayan Tahr Treks came about. We had the idea to bring people to our beautiful Himalayan home and to share our culture and traditions, sacred and remote places, and our heritage. And doing so in a way that would create a brighter future for the Nubri-Tsum Valley. 

Lakpa Lama

Lhakpa was born in Lho Village, a must-stop destination right along the Manaslu Circuit trail. Lhakpa is our most experienced guide. He is father to 4 children, a husband, and a farmer. He is an active member in the community and holds many responsibilities in the village. Lhakpa is widely known throughout the Valley and most knowledgable about village life, culture and t traditions, and society. 

Sangay Phuntsok

Sanagy was born in Chekembar Village in the Tsum Valley. Among many things, he is a trekking guide, artist, and Tibetan language teacher. He was among the first teachers for the Serang School built in 2015, and with his artistic talents, he helps restore sacred and ancient Buddhist paintings. Sangay is especially knowledge in Buddhist art and culture and society. 

Gyatso Lama

Gyatso Lama was born in Lho Village, Nubri. At a young age, Gyatso entered monk-hood. After completing his studies at Pharping Monastery, he became a teacher there and has since emerged as one of the most highly accomplished and esteemed monks there. Gyatso leads tours of the Pharping Monastery which is located 45 minutes from Kathmandu, Nepal. His knowledge is vast, but he specializes in Buddhist art, history, traditions and culture, and practice. 

Sonam Choden Thakuri

Sonam was born in Prok Village located in the lower Nubri Valley. She spent much of her childhood in the village. At age 8, she went to receive her education in Kathmandu, Nepal. She likes to sing, travel, and play badminton. She is also Himalayan Tahr Trek’s first female assistant guide, who will soon become a head guide. Sonam is a skilled cook and will guide you through the mountains and through the local cuisine. 

Pema Tenzin

Pema Tenzing was born in Lho Village, Nubri. At 5, he was moved to Kathmandu for better education. He completed his schooling at Srongtsen School and currently is pursuing BBA in ACE International College.  He loves exploring new places and connecting with nature. 

Rinzin Dorjee Lama

Rinzin Dorjee Lama from Samdo village close to China and the last village of Gorkha. Studied at a Tibetan school. Sports and traveling lover. Worked at phase Nepal and teacher at sama (Shree gauri shanker school).

Nuptul Rinpoche

Nuptul Rinpoche, the eldest brother to Founders Dawa and Tenzing, is the co-abbot of the Serang Monastery and founder of the Serang School. At a young age, he was recognized as the reincarnation of the great yogi and teacher, Lopon Khedrup Tenpei Gyaltsen of Drakar Traso in the sacred valley of Mangyul, Tibet. Today, he travels the world giving Buddhist teachings and spreading compassion. He works closely with Himalayan Tahr, joining our effort to help Serang Monastery & School and help the Tsum-Nubri Valleys.

Yehsi Dorjee

Yeshi Dorjee was brought down to Kathmandu for education with the help of an American social worker Geoff Child. Later he studied at Manjughoksha Academy which gave him the opportunity to speak English, Nepali, and Tibetan fluently.