KHUMBILA - derives its name derives its name from the sacred mountain, holy to all Sherpa’s, that overlooks the village of Khumjung in the Everest region. Since 1986, KHUMBILA has been delivering travel holidays in the Himalayas through our agent booked treks and help create tailor make custom holidays for travelers around the world.
Some renowned world-class European guides, who are celebrities in their own right in their home countries, work with KHUMBILA. We have several special trips, which are led by them. On a more flexible mode, you could form a group and tailor make your program and ask for any one of these specialized guides to lead your trip.
The Himalayas has always been our specialty and we are committed to sharing the essence of the region – its culture, people, vastness and timelessness – an experience that guarantees adventure, personal satisfaction and self-discovery.
ZIMBA ZANGBU SHERPA
Zimba Zangbu Sherpa, who has been in the tourism field since the last couple of decades, manages the company, and is a pioneer in the travel industry of Nepal. From 2009 to 2013, he served as the President of Nepal Mountaineering Association, a national alpine association of Nepal to promote mountain tourism, climbing sports, and protect mountain environments. From 2016, Sherpa became a member of UIAA – International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation.
He is ably assisted by a team of dedicated professionals, and lends his expertise and years of experience, to the various trips undertaken by the company. Born in Khumjung, he went on to study in the celebrated ‘ Hillary School ’ and later on in Kathmandu. He has undergone various trainings and has been conferred with many awards to honor his involvement in the tourism sector in Nepal. Trained as a trekking guide in 1977, he went on to undertake a course in Rock and Ice Climbing from Argentiere, France with UCPA, 1979 and a year later with UCPA Le Bez, Sierre Chevelier. Apart from basic course and advanced course in Mountaineering he holds “Diplome d’Honneur” in Alpinism from Ecole Nationale de Ski Et Alpinisme under the Ministre Delegue A la Jeunesse et aux Sports. As a trained mountaineer he has climbed several peaks around the world namely Mount Blanc and Mattro Horn in Europe, Ganesh Himal and Amadablam as well as most of the trekking peaks in Nepal. An avid nature lover and a trekker at heart, he has visited most of the regions in Nepal.
Mountaineering Experience in Europe & Others :
- Presently Director of Khumbi-Ila Mountaineering & Trekking (P) Ltd and Khumbi-Ila Voyage Travels & Tours (P) Ltd.
NAMGYAL ZANGBU SHERPA
The Managing Director of the company, Namgyal has always grown up among stories of mountaineering and trekking exploits of his Father and grandfather.It was quite naturalfor him to follow in the footsteps of his illustrious father. An avid traveler, trekking has always been a serious occupation for him. After graduating in tourism and business management from Australia, he joined his father in the capacity of Manager of the company, a position he holds presently. He has traveled extensively all over the country and has in depth knowledge on the Himalayas. He looks after the overall aspect of the company. He speaks English, Hindi and his native Sherpa language fluently.
After studying computer science in the field of management, he worked freelance for over 20 years in this sector. At the same time, he practiced assiduously hiking, climbing and mountaineering in France and became a climbing and hiking instructor in 1982. From the mid-1990s, he regularly visited Nepal and indulged in his passion for the mountains. Now based in Kathmandu, he corresponds between our clients and the Khumbi-ila team in Nepal. Working as a Tour leader during the season, he also looks after the management of KSP, an association to improve and help the people involved in the mountaineering
Jean Christophe GUERIN
Marketing & Development manager
It just took one trip for him, 20 years ago, to fall in love with the mighty Himalayas. His first experience - a trek in the Annapurna Sanctuary Base Camp. Since then Jean Christophe is back to the himalayas year after year to explore new areas in Nepal, and also India in places like Garwahl, Ladakh & Kashmir.
After 20 years in the travel industry in Europe, Jean christophe joined the khumbila team, his second family in Nepal, as a marketing & development manager.
A Portuguese national and an ardent mountain lover; strange it may seem for person from this Iberian nation to be passionate about climbing. But he is just that, and he has been climbing since the last two decades and is a qualified sports technician in climbing from High Mountaineering School in Spain and Belgium, both recognized by UIAA. He leads various groups in climbs throughout the world mainly in the Andes, Alaska, the Atlas and the Himalayan peaks where he has climbed and trekked extensively. He has several successful ascents to his credit including Cho Oyu, Gasherbrum II and Mount Everest, all without bottled oxygen and unassisted, making him the first Portuguese to achieve this feat. He has been accorded several awards and has published many books on mountaineering, the most prominent among them being “A Mais Alta Solidão”, which is already in its 7th edition. He has received the “Fair Play” award for the year 1999, by deliberation of the Executive commission of the Portuguese Olympic Committee and was acknowledged as the “sports man of the year” by the Portuguese Sports Confederation.
Jean Michel Jorda
He traveled around the world for many years on inaccessible ways to meet people. He leaves on an adventure, guided by events and encounters. Thus, he has traveled the Nepalese Himalayas, rallying the foothills of Kanchenjunga to Mount Kaïlash in Tibet, crossed the Cordillera of Peru, the Mongolian steppes or the large area of Nunavik. Jean-Michel Jorda likes people who speak about their territories. He tries to be a link through his documentaries.
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From each trek we operate we donate a small amount to support the Khumbila Foundation that is involved in reconstruction of Thadi Village, which was devastated by the earthquake. It is non-profit non- governmental organization that works for the welfare of the mountain communities and the conservation of the Nepalese Himalayas. The vision of the foundation is to use tourism as a tool for the promotion and conservation of the mountains and its culture. Presently it is actively involved in earthquake relief and rehabilitation. We support the “Nepal Guide Program” program, which is an initiative to produce Nepalese mountain guides who are also ski mountaineering trained - a discipline in which our guides lack. We conduct this program is conducted in collaboration Nepal Mountaineering Assocaition, Nepal Olympic Committee and Nepal Ski Association. Jean Michel Jorda, Paul Matheiu Fritsch and renowned American free style skier Glen Plake are the international instructors who teach the Nepalese Mountain Guides