The third interview in our series of Nepal Trekking Guide Interviews is with our fun-loving, friendly Nepal trekking guide – Ramesh! Ramesh is Krishna’s younger brother and he couldn’t be happier to work in the family business. I met Ramesh for the first time when he was making sure a bus didn’t leave without Krishna and I! His smile stood out among the crowd and I noticed the cheeky twinkle in his eye! Ramesh’s clients love him and think he’s kind, friendly and frank – trek with Ramesh and he’ll openly share his experiences and opinions with you!
How did you become a professional trekking guide in Nepal?
“My family first saw my dream when I was 19 years old. You already know trekking runs in our family! My brother working as a trekking guide really impressed me. He told me important things about being a guide in Nepal and said we could get knowledge of lots of different places in the world. It was an easy decision to want to be a trekking guide, but it’s hard work to actually become one.
I started as a porter, like many others. After five years I became a porter guide, still carrying bags, but also having more responsibility and contact with clients. I worked really hard and learned lots of things. Last year I got my trekking guide license!”
What do you like most about being a trekking guide?
“I really want to support and help my family and I need to earn money to do that.
It’s important for me to contribute and now my brother Krishna has started a trekking business, it’s great working with him. I think he is happy to work with me too!
The heritage of the mountain region in Nepal is really interesting for me. When I trek, I like to learn about Nepal and our people, as much as learning about people from different places around the world.”
What’s your favourite trek in Nepal and why?
“I like all the treks in Nepal but my favorite is Everest, of course because Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world! Many tourists come to visit Everest and I really enjoy guiding them in this region.”
If you could be a trekking guide anywhere else in the world, where would you guide and why?
If you’ve read our other Nepal Trekking Guide Interviews, you might already know the answer to this question! Nepalis are fiercely proud of their country and naturally don’t want to guide anywhere else!
“Of course I choose Nepal! I really like guiding clients to Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp. These are both great treks and clients really like them and thank us for taking them. The accommodation is good on these trails and you can also find cultural dress, food, dancing and songs, I like to join in when I can!”
When I asked Ramesh which country he’d most like to visit for trekking he said…
“I haven’t been abroad for trekking yet, but I would really like to trek in China.”
What advice would you give to clients preparing to trek in Nepal?
“Nepal has the richest mountain heritage among all countries. If clients want to climb a mountain whilst they’re in Nepal, I would advise them to bring the right equipment.
For trekking in general, you need to know about altitude sickness and understand the symptoms you need to look out for. It’s really important that you don’t ascend too quickly in the mountains. When you trek with us, we’ll make sure you don’t!
The most important things are to be brave and confident. It might seem very hard at first, but you will be able to do it and we’ll help you!”
How do you spend your time when it’s not trekking season? What do you do?
“I return to my village and work in the fields to help my Mom. I take some English books back with me and read them to keep improving. Sometimes I get help from neighbours, I’m always working on my English!”
I visited Krishna and Ramesh’s village earlier this year, you can read about my experience in this blog. After getting to know Ramesh, I could see why everyone says he’s a super friendly Nepal trekking guide! He loves to chat and laugh!
If you could guide any person in the world to trek Nepal, who would you like to guide and why?
I love asking this question…!
“I like guiding Americans because I think their country and culture is really interesting and I enjoy learning about it. But if I could guide anyone in the world to trek Nepal, I’d guide famous Bollywood actor Salman Khan – he is super nice and I’d like to guide him! Hahaha!”
We actually think Ramesh would make a pretty good Bollywood actor himself – all enquiries through Nepalorama Trekking!
To Trek with a Friendly Nepal Trekking Guide, Choose Nepalorama!
We’ve been there and we understand how important it is to have a friendly Nepal trekking guide! Of course English language, experience and knowledge go a very long way in the Nepal Himalaya. But if your guide is no fun to be around, your trip just won’t be the same!
That’s why our founder Krishna carefully selects all our guides himself based on the qualities he knows are important. Krishna has trekked many times with Ramesh and is teaching him everything he knows! So, as well as being a fun-loving, friendly Nepal trekking guide, Ramesh also possess the qualities of a top guide.
Krishna has known all our guides for many years. He’s trekked with each and every one, so he knows exactly how they operate. For us, service is everything. Both before and during your trek. It’s really important that your guide provides great service, as well as being experienced, knowledgeable and fun!
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We guarantee that with us, you’ll trek with a friendly and professional Nepal trekking guide and you’ll be in the safest hands. Your Nepalorama guide will do everything possible to make sure you have an amazing, authentic experience!
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Photo credits to Angel Liu, Y. c. Chang, Garrick Fang and Yulin Su – thank you for sharing your great photos of Ramesh!