Saturday, September 24, 2011

Welcome to Nepal.

At Big Mountain, we know that successful mountain bike trip is the result of a team effort, a well-executed symphony of details that results in a trip of a lifetime. There's absolutely no doubt that our guides are paramount in this success. They're the ones changing flats for you, showing you the best trails that you've ever experienced, uncovering local secrets and chatting with you at dinner time - and a whole lot more. Next month we have a group off to Nepal on our Himalaya Heights all-mountain trip. Along with Whistler-based Big Mountain guide Seb Kemp, the group will be hosted by a team local professionals. We'd proud to introduce you Thagendra Gurung who will be at the helm of Himalaya Heights:
Thagendra Gurung was born in one of the remote villages of Matsyapokhari in eastern Nepal. He grew up there in an ordinary family, going to the village primary school and working hard as a farmer. When he finished school he came to Kathmandu to work. He was interested in working in tourism, beginning first as a porter supporting trekking groups, including work in on a bike trek, a trip during which he fell in love with mountain bikes. Today he has been mountain biking and guiding in Nepal and abroad for almost two decades. He is one of the pioneers of mountain biking in Nepal and he has consistently opened up new trails and areas for biking and biking tours over the years. He owns and operates his own biking company and does some freelance guiding for groups who are up for something beyond the ordinary.
Ready for action!
Training completed: -
  1. Guide Training Course
  2. Basic Computer Course
  3. English Language Course

Experience with the following biking adventures: -
  1. Lhasa - Kathmandu  (Tibet and Nepal)
  2. Xingjiang (China)
  3. Karakoram highway (Pakistan)
  4. Annapurna (Nepal)
  5. Tilicho, Highest Lake (Nepal)
  6. Langtang - Gosaikunda (Nepal)
  7. Arun Valley (Nepal)
  8. Taplejung-Ilam (Eastern Nepal)
  9. Bike tours in the Swiss Alps, North Italy, South France, Ardeche and Prynees

Countries visited abroad: -
  1. Europe : - France, Germany, Italy, Austria, Luxembourg, Belgium, Nether land and Switzerland
  2. Asia: -  China, Thailand, India, and Pakistan

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