The team of Sherpa Tours, Australia consists of Customer Service Consultants and two Owners/Tour Managers, Nepali born ex-patriots. Both have moved to Australia after developing a strong passion and interest in the country; however both still carry heartfelt ties to their homeland and relish the opportunity to create bridges between Nepal and Australia.
Ground operations team in Nepal
The ground operations team in Nepal consists of Sherpas, translators, activity guides, specialist guides, emergency/first aid staff and transportation & accommodation coordinators.
Pramod is the founder and co-owner of Sherpa Tours, Australia. Having sound knowledge of Nepal and experience in tourism of the country, he settled in Australia since 1997 and began association with Australian travellers to Nepal. He saw an opportunity to make a difference in the way Australians travel to Nepal – by bringing the cultural and spiritual elements which this mystic land has to offer into play so that the travellers can rejuvenate both their mind & soul with the physical presence of their body during their journey. “It does not have to be just a physically challenging and tiring trek anymore to visit and enjoy Nepal”, says Pramod.
As a commitment to making this difference, Pramod offers unlimited one-on-one free consultation to all his clients in planning a trip of their life time.
Before coming to Australia in 1997, Pramod worked for Tourism Ministry, Mountaineering department in Nepal. Pramod loves adventures and trekking. Pramod treasures the natural beauty and cultural aesthetics of Nepal: the jungle; the hills and the mountains; lively Hindu festivals; Buddhist shrines & monasteries; and the whole mystic prevalent within the country.
Just like any other passionate person working in tourism, he is a cultural bridge between the people of Australia and the land and people of Nepal. Through travel, he hopes to inspire many Australians to travel differently to Nepal – with more awareness, interaction and enjoyment.
Pramod is also a volunteer who currently works with Nepalese consulate, Melbourne in promoting tourism of Nepal in Australia.
Pramod is also a consultant to ‘Australian volunteers for International development program’, AVIDS (funded by AusAid) in providing cultural pre-briefing to the group of Volunteers heading to Nepal.
Call Pramod Khatiwada on 0432 172 655 or email at email@example.com
As a co-owner and Tour Manager of Sherpa Tours Australia, Dipak Dhamala brings his wealth of local knowledge and expertise to each individualised tour. It is his mission to ensure that visitors experience and enjoy a unique cultural taste of the Himalayan region, without having to worry about the details.
A humbled person, raised in the Dhading District of Nepal, remote and backward back in those days, Dipak followed the dream of his parents, who worked in farms, to educate and enlighten their child. Education provided Dipak with the key to opportunity. When he turned sixteen, he was sent to Kathmandu. While studying at evening college, he helped his uncle to run a bicycle hire business. This was to be the first of many enterprises and it laid the foundation for an understanding of what travellers seek; an authentic journey of discovery.
Dipak is passionate about making people’s dreams come true. His expertise has been honed by over twenty-five years in the business, exploring far-flung areas across Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India. His knowledge of cultural and mountain tourism and his experience was recognised by the Trekking Agents Association of Nepal when he became its spokesperson in 1999.
Dipak is committed to providing travellers with genuine Nepalese hospitality. Since 1991, he has been running treks and tours through his own ventures. More recently, he has travelled to many western countries in his quest for learning and cross-cultural understanding. Dipak lives in Australia and has continued to work on his passion by running a successful travel agency which is expanding into multiple cities within the country. Dipak possess a wealth of experience and is also a qualified teacher of economics and history, leader of Himalayan tourism industry and has obtained Advance Diploma in Tourism and business Administration. Dipak’s knowledge and skills allows him to successfully traverse cultural diversities.
PHURBA PASANG SHERPA
Phurba Pasang Sherpa is our Trekking and Climbing Guide. He is one of our friendly and energetic Sherpa guide.
Just like any Sherpa, Phurba is hard working – started as a kitchen boy and worked his way up to become highly experienced trekking and climbing guide. In terms of climbing, he specialises in those mountains in Nepal which are known as trekking peaks – relatively simple and non technical climb.
He is committed to help travellers fulfil their aspiration of trekking/climbing/cultural experience. Phurba is honest, fun loving and caring person. He cares about comfort and safety of travellers, local environment, culture and wildlife.
As a Trekking Guide
Phurba has led large groups of trekkers from around the world including Australia, United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and France. He has led expeditions to many of Nepal’s wilderness regions including Dolpa, Makalu, Mustang, Rolwaling and Se-Gompa.
As a Climbing Guide
Phurba has led German expedition to climb Mt. Everest in 1980. He has led groups to climb four other mountains higher than 8000m in Nepal including Dhaulagiri and Cho Oyu (with Australian group in 1982).
Our cycling operations team consists of local Nepali cyclists, who besides being race champions have a passion for finding new exciting trails and sharing the fun with other cyclists.
With over 10 years in the industry including winning international cycling races, this team will share your passion for cycling.