our team

ZimbaSherpa

Zimba Sherpa

Executive Director – Khumbi-ila Adventure Travel, President – Nepal Mountaineering Association 2010-2014, Immediate Past President – Nepal Mountaineering Association 2014 - Present.

Zimba Zangbu Sherpa, who has been in the tourism field since the last couple of decades, manages the company. He is ably assisted by a team of dedicated professionals. He 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.

Namgyal

NAMGYAL 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.

Laurent

LAURENT

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

Joao

JOAO GARCIA

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.

Alain

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.

Jean-Michel-Jorda

ALAIN HUBERT

Founder of the IPF, Alain Hubert, is an engineer by training and has become an explorer and adventurer. His expeditions in the 1980's and 1990's have taken him to the Himalayas, the Andes, Antarctica and the Arctic and other remote locations..

ANDRE GEORGE

Andre Georges

An active guide since the last twenty-seven years, his curriculum is of a different genre. Th e list of his exploits in mountaineering is quite profound and quite unimaginable. Born in 1953, Andre George is a household name in mountaineering circles and his native Switzerland. He fi nds immense joy in his work and is very passionate about climbing. He has many successful ascents to his credit namely Mt. Everest, Shishapangma, Manaslu, Cho Oyu, Lhotse, Makalu, Gasherbrum II, Annapurna, Dhaulagiri. He brings the same passion and joy while leading trips. A recognised guide, and a qualifi ed ski instructor he has been bestowed with several honours by his community for his exploits. As a guide, he is always pushing towards new frontiers. It has seen him test humnan endurance in various parts of the world. What started as an expedition to Amadablam in 1982 has culminated into several visits to Nepal,which has become his second home. Th ough he leads trips in his native country and diff erent parts of Europe, his premier destination is Nepal followed by Pakistan and Antartica.

Contact

Khumbi-ila Adventure Travel Kathmandu, Nepal

PO BOX.: 731

TEL: +977 1-448 3660, 448 3664

FAX: +977 1-4483661

E-MAIL: khumbila@mail.com.np