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Travel Difference with Extollo

A changed perception about the world around you- is all it takes to explain your journey with us. With Extollo, you are not only selecting the best tours, but you are also traveling with people who are credible, realistic and experienced. Our carefully crafted itineraries for Trekking, Cultural Tours, Peak Climbing, Day Tours, Multi-Country Tours, Spiritual Tour and Safaris are suitable from beginners to experienced adventurers. The fine line between a normal packaged tour and an inspirational journey will be made obvious.

Our Mission and founder Hema’s Story

At Extollo Adventures, We want our travellers to leave with meaningful travel experience, fond memories and a big smile while they reflect back from their journey. We take pride in offering personalized service, where attention is given to your personal interests and your own travel style, providing 24-hour support and guaranteed small group departures assuring that your initial deposits are secured with us- for a lifetime.

Our handpicked itineraries are made possible due to our continuous research on destinations, multiple site-visits, and carefully selected local partners. Our tour leaders are passionate about their culture, cuisine and lifestyle and are willing to share their personal stories. Finally, our entire team practice low impact travel and are mindful about leaving minimal carbon footprint. We are conveniently located in the San Francisco Bay Area and are a proud member of leading travel associations such as ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents) and The International Ecotourism Society (TIES) just to name a few. We look forward to helping you to get to YOUR destination.

In 2012, I was fortunate enough to be able to fulfill the dream of a lifetime: I traveled to the Himalayas. A small group of friends and I had flown to Nepal and, together, we hiked to Everest Base Camp. The trip, made with a small group of friends, was everything I had hoped for—and more. Upon my return—even though I had brought home some incredibly beautiful pictures—I could not convey the wonder and excitement of what I had witnessed. I knew that, there was no way for anyone to feel what I had felt—standing atop Kala Patthar, overlooking the Everest Base Camp, viewing 360 degrees of Himalayan panorama—unless they made the trip for themselves.

Unfortunately, when I was planning my own trip, doing the research, making the connections, and working out the arrangements, I had found the task almost overwhelming. Add to that most people’s usual trepidation about traveling to an “extreme” and unfamiliar destination, and it was easy to see that many people would turn back before they even left home. I knew that my stress could easily have been prevented, had I only been there before, or had some local connections. I thought that, for my friends, how much easier it would be if I could take care of all this for them, and allow them to focus only on the trip. I knew they would be able to share the sense of wonder I felt from my fantasy adventure vacation. This was how, with the support of my family and my team in Nepal, I came to create Extollo.

Hema Patel, DDS Founder President

Besides practicing dentistry in the East Bay of San Francisco, She is an avid hiker and a world traveler. She has hiked many trails in the National Parks of the United States and out of all, the Eastern Sierras are her favorite local playground.

Whether it is climbing one of seven summits of Africa- the Mount Kilimanjaro, hiking the historic Inca trail leading to mysterious Machu Picchu, exploring Argentine Patagonia or trekking on the great Himalayan mountains, her passion is also to encourage people to get out of the comfort zone and enjoy all things outside. Combining that motivation with her love for the mountains and with the support of dedicated and experienced Nepalese team, she custom crafts adventure trips in the heart of the Himalayas through Extollo Adventures for outdoor enthusiasts.

She is readily available to chat and is always enthusiastic about sharing stories of her Himalayan experiences.

Nabin Dhital Operation Manager

Born and raised in a remote village of Gorkha, Nabin has been working in the Nepalese tourism industry aiming to improve service quality by prioritizing what tourists really deserve in the travel destinations for their best travel experience. He is our Operations Manager who looks after the daily operations of the company and also is an Innovative Researcher conscious to environment preservation. His pioneering scientific projects for pollution control and nature conservation has been officially recognized by Government of Nepal and several reputed academic institutions.

With his excellent leadership skills and a praiseful dedication at his job from being a trekking porter to assistant trek guide and then a travel consultant at Himalayan Glacier Trekking (P) Ltd., Nabin has earned his right for his current post at Extollo. He is directly involved in providing useful lessons for trekking leaders, mountaineering leaders and tour guides to ensure that our clients never miss the best from their adventures with Extollo. Similarly, Nabin has been actively involved with UNWTO, WWF Nepal and ClimateCoLab for sustainable tourism to all, protection of nature and wildlife, fight against climate change and offer quality service for a single global society.

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Ongchhu Sherpa Veteran Climbing Leader

Born in the beautiful Solukhumbu region of Nepal in 1968, Ongchu has been dedicated in the tourism industry for over twenty years now. Our highly experienced Sherpa specializes in both mountaineering and trekking adventures in the Himalaya. He has climbed Mount Everest and several other Himalayan peaks successfully, some of which are; Cho Oyu, Makalu, Annapurna I, Makalu, Pumori, Ama Dablam, Shisapangma, Himlung, Mera peak, Island peak, Lobuche, Fapchhermo, Chulu Far East and Chulu Far West.

Being a native to the Everest Khumbu region and with his unmatched expertise of the Nepal Mountains, he has led numerous groups of trek enthusiasts in various trekking regions of Nepal. He is a qualified trek and expedition leader in the Himalayas who has received his training in Ice climbing, rock climbing and First Aid from Nepal Mountaineering Association and similarly did a Mountain Rescue Course from Himalayan Rescue Association. In addition to being a licensed trek guide and leader from Nepal Government, Ongchu Sherpa is also awarded a gold medal from Spanish Government for his effective rescue mission in Mount Annapurna.

Extollo Adventures is also honored to be working with some of the other highly experienced mountaineering leaders working under the guidance of Ongchu Sherpa, meet them below –

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Ongchhu Sherpa (B)

Climbing Experiences:

Everest, Cho oyu, Makalu, Amadablam, Shisapangma, Ratna Chuli, Mera peak, Island, Lobuche, Fapchhermo, Chulu Far east & West, Pisang peak

Trainings:

Ice climbing (NMA), Rock climbing (NMA), First Aid (NMA)

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Dafri Sherpa

Climbing Experiences:

Everest expedition, Cho oyu, Island, Mera, Lobuche, Pokalde, Chulu far east

Training:

Ice climbing Training (NMA), Rock climbing (NMA), First Aid (NMA)

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Pemba Rinchi Sherpa

Climbing Experiences:

Makalu, Mera Peak

Training:

Ice climbing Training (NMA), Rock climbing (NMA), First Aid (NMA)

Stefan Tschumi Veteran Photography Instructor

Stefan Tschumi is a National Geographic Germany, Zeiss Lenspire, and Sony Fotospiegal published photographer from Switzerland. All other recognition of Stefan Tschumi are listed in this link. Besides being a professional photographer and videographer, Stefan is teaching photography and video production and is holding a lot of workshops. Furthermore, he works for Swiss Television and supports an industrial company in their digital communication. Therefore, he has a lot of experience and can handle any photographical condition with ease. His professional skill level is proofed by Federation of European Professional Photographers, of which he is a member of since 2014.

Stephanie Bernhard Professional Photography Instructor

Stephanie Bernhard’s photographs were published by National Geographic Germany, Zeiss Lenspire and Sony Switzerland. She has realized many photography together with Stefan and is holding workshops on regular base. Stephanie started her photography career relatively late in 2013, she made a lot of progress since then and has built up remarkable skill-level.

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Rishi Ram Bhantana Veteran Trekking Leader

Rishi was born in 1977 in the beautiful village of Gorkha and has been working in the tourism industry for over 15 years. He is a highly experienced trekking leader who has guided and led hundreds of trekkers in various regions of Nepal including the most famous trekking zones along with remote and less traveled trails. He has led travelers to the popular Everest, Annapurna, Upper Mustang and Langtang regions numerous times and is also well familiar with Mount Kailash in Tibet, Helambu trek, Panchase trek just to name a few more. Rishi can speak English and Hindi well. He gets praised quite a lot by our clients for his humbleness and friendly nature with a dedication to his job and providing utmost care to his clients.

Rishi has taken all necessary pieces of training including Trekking Guide Training from the Government of Nepal, First Aid Training and English language training from the Kathmandu Environment Education Project, Basic Rock, Ice Climbing & Mountaineering from Nepal Mountaineering Association and is a licensed trekking leader by the Nepalese government.

Rishi is an integral member of Extollo Adventures and also the backbone of trekking leaders in the company.

Trainings :

  • Trekking Guide Training from Government of Nepal
  • First Aid Training from Kathmandu Environmental Education Project
  • Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association Of Nepal)
  • English Language Training from Kathmandu Environmental Education Project
  • Basic Rock & Ice Climbing & Mountaineering from Nepal Mountaineering Association

Trekking Experiences:

  • Annapurna Region
  • Everest Region
  • Langtang Trek
  • Upper Mustang Trek
  • Mt. Kailash
  • Helambu Trek
  • Chisopani-Nagarkot Trek
  • Panchase Trek

 

We are also proud to be working with some of the other highly experienced and reliable trekking guides, meet them here

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Ganga(Man) Bahadur Tamang

Ganga was born in 1985 in the countryside of Solukhumbu and has been working as a trekking leader since 2003. He is one of our skillfully trained trek leaders. Having traveled extensively to the well-known trekking zones of Nepal, he has ample knowledge about the region, culture and the local’s habits and behavior. This helps him running the trips for his guest trouble free and he makes sure that his guests always have a good time during their journey. He speaks English, Nepali, and Hindi well. Since the beginning of his career as an assistant guide, he has shown great potential in this field which has helped him in moving forward. His professionalism and zeal to achieve success have made him a trek leader that he is today. He has taken all the required training and has successfully trekked with our groups to the various parts of Nepal. He has also been on mountaineering trips to Ilam Peak and Everest Base Camp Ice Fall.

Trainings:

  • Trekking Guide Training from Government of Nepal
  • Wilderness First Aid Course Certificate (Advanced Level)
  • Intermediate English Language Course Certificate from Kathmandu Environmental Education Project
  • Tourism Leadership Development Training from Kathmandu Environmental Education Project

Trekking Experiences:

  • Annapurna Region
  • Everest Region
  • Manaslu Region
  • Ilam Peak
  • Everest Base Camp Ice fall-5800 metre
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Dol Prasad Amgai

Dol Prasad began his career in the tourism industry starting in  2002. In course of time, he has taken different pieces of training to sharpen his skills. From Gorkha and born in 1983, Dol has garnered enough experience starting from working as an assistant leader and eventually as a trek leader. His honesty and hard work have helped him achieve this feat making him a competent guide. He has been on various treks with our guests and has always come up with good reviews about his work. He is one of our most demanded trekking leaders as recommended on trip advisor and other reviews from our past clients.

Trainings :

  • Trekking Guide Training from Government of Nepal
  • First Aid Training from Kathmandu Environmental Education Project
  • Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association Of Nepal)
  • Basic Rock & Ice Climbing & Mountaineering from Nepal Mountaineering Association
  • Intermediate English Language Course Certificate from Kathmandu Environmental Education Project
  • Tourism Leadership Development Training from Kathmandu Environmental Education Project

Trekking Experiences :

  • Annapurna Region
  • Everest Region
  • Langtang Trek
  • Upper Mustang
  • Mount Kailash
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Pradeep Khadka

Pradeep is from Gorkha district in Nepal. Born there in 1989, he completed his school level studies and then in 2012 joined this profession with formal training. He began his career with Extollo and has been trekking extensively to the famous trekking zones – Everest, Annapurna, Langtang etc. He can communicate fluently in English and Hindi. He is an enthusiastic fellow and has handled several trips for us. The guests have praised him as a friendly and helpful person to trek with.

Trainings:

  • Trekking Guide Training from Government of Nepal
  • First Aid Training from Kathmandu Environmental Education Project
  • Eco Trekking Workshop & Adventure Meet TAAN (Trekking Agents Association Of Nepal)
  • English Language Training from Kathmandu Environmental Education Project
  • Basic Rock & Ice Climbing & Mountaineering Nepal from Nepal Mountaineering Association

Trekking Experiences:

  • Annapurna Region
  • Everest Region
  • Langtang Region