Our first Everest Base Camp trip of 2019 is starting in 3 short days! To give our hikers a bit of a heads up, we interviewed Namaraj Timalsina, their Adventure Abroad guide for the upcoming trip. Get to know Namaraj and what to expect on EBC!
1) What’s your name?
I am Namaraj Timalsina, born in the rural village of Dhading known as Achanay.
2) Do you have any nicknames?
Yes, you can call me Nam.
3) Can you tell us a little about yourself?
Well, I’m currently a trekking guide with Adventure Abroad. I have been guiding clients during their trek to various destinations such as Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Mardi Himal Trek and so on.
Before developing myself as a guide, I used to work as a porter. I have been working on this trekking field for 6 years. I enjoy everything about my profession. Other than that, I have a keen interest in photography and videography. My profession lets me take photographs of nature, which really have been helping develop my hobbies. But I like my profession the most. I’d love the chance to show myself as a best quality trekking guide representing my country.
4) What are your hobbies?
I have a keen interest in photography and videography. Apart from that I like meeting new people– enjoying their company, being their companion while learning and teaching something new.
5) How long have you been a guide?
It’s been 5 years since I have been working as a guide, although I’ve been working in this field for more than 6 years. Working as porter before being a trekking leader helped me prepare myself to be a better guide and allowed me to gain information about the trails, maintaining the safety of our clients, and so on.
6) Why did you decide to become a guide?
Becoming a guide means you must carry the responsibility of caring for others while also looking out for yourself. I also enjoy interacting with people from all around the world.
Other than that, there are a lot of things you can learn and teach if you are a guide. I have developed a certain level of communication skills which can be helpful for my entire career and in my life. I have developed an interest in photography while being a guide and guiding our clients who are professional photographers. There’s lots of thing you can gain by becoming a guide. So due to all the knowledge I gained and wanted to seek, I became a guide.
7) What’s your favorite thing about guiding treks?
There’s one thing I like most about guiding treks, and that is you always get new companions while travelling and exploring around the Himalayas of Nepal. Other than that, you can build relationships with your clients, you create memories with them, and helping them explore the natural beauty of the Himalayas. And most of all, I love talking about my country to them.
8) What’s the craziest thing that’s happened on a trek?
There’s lots of crazy moments while trekking and guiding treks! But I will tell you something crazy that every guide has faced. If you are heading out with big groups which include people of various ages, you need to match every one’s pace while hiking. And it becomes even more crazy if your clients have a large athletic gap between them. I sometimes need to hike to Everest Base Camp 2 times a day and one time I had to trek back and forth to Everest Base Camp three times in one day which was the craziest thing to do. But at the end of the day, I was able to satisfy my guests. They all were happy that I was there to encourage and guide them.
9) What do you think is a quality that every good guide needs?
First, every good guide needs a good guiding instinct and good knowledge of the trail they are going to hike with their clients. Other than that, you need to be cheerful, courageous and helpful. You need to have knowledge about altitude sickness, culture, places, people and the historical attributes of certain places they are heading to.
10) Tell us something fun about your treks!
There’s one time I had the funniest moment in my trekking career. One of my clients was an athlete and he insisted that we run downhill to Lukla. Everyone agreed, so I let them. But even after I warned them about the disadvantages of running downhill, they all agreed upon it. Once they all ran towards Lukla, I followed them to ensure everyone was safe and sound. Everyone ran with great excitement at that time. But later that night, they all were laughing because of pain in their knees. I reminded them that it wasn’t a good idea to begin with, so they were all laughing at their childish behavior and I also laughed alongside them. It was one of the most exciting and funniest moment of my trekking career. Other than that incident, there are dozens of jokes we create and tell during our trek, making many funny memories.
11) Anything else you want us to know about you?
I am a proud mountain guide. I have not been one for very long but out of my curiosity and my hobbies, I have been able to learn a lot about people, Himalaya, and trekkers from around the world. I have studied every trail to the Himalayas and can ensure the safety of every client travelling with me.
12) Lastly, what tip can you give our trekkers heading your way?
I would like to say if you are travelling to Nepal for any trekking purpose, first you need to gather general knowledge about that certain destination. There are various blog posts and videos on the internet to help you out. Once you are prepared to trek, remember to listen to your travel companion/guide no matter how young they are. They are the one who is going to look after you in the Himalayas. Believe in yourself, achieve your goals, and keep travelling to the Himalayas of Nepal.