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Trekking in Nepal • How it began

The word trek is taken up from the Afrikaans’ word trekken, which means to haul or pull. The Dutch settlers of South Africa spoke it. It means a long, arduous journey.

Enchantment with the mountains has existed in humankind for as long as it can be remembered. Nepal’s trekking history began with mountaineers’ teams on expeditions to climb the majestic peaks. Nepal became known as a trekkers’ paradise when British adventurer Bill Tilman managed to get permission from the then King to go on several treks in 1949. He explored the Kali Gandaki, Helambu, and Everest regions. Maurice Herzog was another early visitor to Nepal. He led a successful French mountaineering expedition on Mount Annapurna (8,091m). The Americans in 1950 and the British in 1951 also led mountaineering expeditions to Mount Everest.

Colonel Jimmy Roberts, a retired Gurkha Officer and a Military Attache at the British Embassy in Kathmandu, saw great potential in trekking as a business. He had spent a great many years hiking in the hills of Nepal. He even accompanied Tilman on his first exploratory trek. As a result, Jimmy Roberts founded Mountain Travel, Nepal’s first trekking company, in 1964, giving birth to commercial adventures in Nepal’s mountains. His idea was revolutionary for that era.

The early trekking expeditions were done in a fully supported camping style. A western leader accompanied the clients and the Sherpa support team from a Sirdar (foreman), his assistants, a cook, his kitchen boys, and numerous porters to carry all the camping equipment and food.

This trekking style in Nepal made it a luxurious experience and possible for more adventurous travellers who didn’t mind paying Nepal’s price in comfort. Mountain Travel remained Nepal’s only trekking company until 1968. The first commercial trekkers were three American ladies who were ex-pats in Calcutta. These ladies were a sporting trio of enthusiasts, according to Jimmy Roberts. He was joined by Mike Cheney and Dawa Norbu Sherpa at Mountain travel.

His overseas pioneer partners were Allen Steck, Barry Bishop, and Leo LeBon from the U.S.A and Australian Warwick Deacock, the owner of “Ausventure.” They began to send clients regularly from their respective nations to trek in Nepal.

Mountain Travel inspired other tourism entrepreneurs when their business prospered; this was the beginning of more trekking and adventure companies starting in Nepal.

It was not easy in those days, but they managed to lure the rich and the famous into this mysterious and remote kingdom with vivid imagination and creativeness. Despite the disadvantages of using telegram and crackly telephones, Nepal became trendy and a sought-after destination for American and European adventurers.

We at Responsible Adventures have been working on innovative and pioneering ideas to keep this tradition alive to provide exceptional experiences to the trekkers who value their trekking vacation. For example, we started Wellness culinary trekking vacations in the Himalayas.

Some quotes from our pioneering forefathers of tourism in Nepal,
“I would rather handle half as many tourists with each spending twice as much,” was Jim Edwards’ mantra. Moreover, Jimmy Roberts used to rue: “Why are we selling our beautiful mountains so cheap?”


Visiting Mohare Danda is an excellent choice for those with limited time. This hilltop in the Annapurna Conservation Area offers breathtaking views of sunrise and sunset. You can enjoy these vistas from the comfort of an eco-friendly lodge. The lodge provides a sustainable accommodation option while allowing you to appreciate the beauty of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges. You can also engage in activities like short hikes and visits to local villages to experience the local culture. Mohare Danda is an excellent destination for a quick and unforgettable nature retreat.


A helicopter flight to Everest allows you to quickly reach the mountain base, saving several days of walking. It provides breathtaking views of the Himalayas and access to remote regions. However, flight availability and weather conditions can affect the schedule. Overall, it’s a convenient and efficient way to experience the famous footsteps of Everest’s climbing parties.

For a truly unforgettable and unmatched experience, hiking to the Everest Base Camp, Responsible Adventures offers luxury lodging options that provide a remarkable level of attention to detail. Their commitment to delivering exceptional service sets them apart from other companies in the industry.
Responsible Adventures offers the comfort of luxury lodges that allow you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Everest region.

Immerse yourself in a luxurious Everest trek meticulously designed to unveil the Sherpa heartland’s stunning beauty. Traverse through the vibrant Sherpa capital of Namche Bazaar and explore the captivating charm of nearby Sherpa villages. This curated journey invites you to discover the essence of Sherpa culture while leading you to the base of the breathtaking Amadablam, renowned as the most exquisite and alluring mountain in this iconic Himalayan region.

Immerse yourself in the warm hospitality of the Sherpa people as you embark on an unforgettable trek to the mesmerizing Everest and Gokyo Lakes region. This incredible journey will not only provide breathtaking views of iconic peaks such as Mt. Everest, Amadablam, Thamserku, Cho Oyu, and Lhotse but also offer a chance to experience the unique culture and traditions of the Sherpa community.

Philanthropic tours that focus on community development and upliftment can significantly impact the lives of people living in remote areas. By targeting villages below the Everest region, you can contribute to their sustainable growth and help them build a better future. Here are a few key considerations to keep in mind when organizing philanthropic tours:

Discover the stunning Sherpa region and behold the majestic Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak. This scenic trek takes you through breathtaking landscapes, including the iconic Tengboche Monastery, offering a glimpse into the unique Sherpa culture and traditions. Experience the beauty of Sherpa villages, interact with locals, and marvel at the awe-inspiring views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Ama Dablam.


The Mani Rimdu Festival holds significant cultural and religious importance for the Sherpa people, who are part of the Nying-Mapa sect of Tibetan Buddhists. This renowned festival is celebrated annually and showcases the Sherpa community’s unique traditions, rituals, and beliefs. It usually takes place at the Tengboche Monastery in the Khumbu region of Nepal amidst breathtaking Himalayan landscapes.

Embark on a trek along the ancient route, an expedition that intertwines the Himalayas’ culture, history, and grandeur. Trek from Nepal to China’s border, navigating the Nara Lagna at 4,620 meters and the soaring Nyalu La at 4,900 meters. This journey unveils breathtaking panoramas of the majestic Himalayas, offering an unforgettable odyssey through rich traditions and awe-inspiring landscapes.