About Us

Welcome to Nepal Namaste from Navigate Outdoor.

We are pleased and excited to share our pride in our country and outstanding cultural experiences with our clients. Our outdoor leaders are highly qualified experience mountain & wilderness enthusiasts. They are experts in Nepalese culture. Our aim is to provide outstanding once-in-a-lifetime experiences to our guests, whether they are seasoned adventurers, or having their first major outdoor experience. Navigate Outdoor was founded with the aim of raising the bar for outdoor adventure in the Nepal Himalaya. Our fundamental principles are below.

We’re outdoor professionals. Our team shares a variety of outdoor experiences from around the world. They have decades of experience in outdoor settings. This, along with top quality internationally-certified gear, means your best experience is our priority. 

We will provide the best service to our clients. You are our first priority. We offer adaptive experiences for every type of traveler. We succeed in this pursuit by providing professional development to our staff to support their work performance. In turn, we expect our staff to provide every single Navigate Outdoor client with a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

We will strive to offer something different. We will do this by investing time in exploring new routes and engaging in Nepalese culture. We don’t want an experience you can find through internet photos. Your unique experience is special to us.

We will strive to contribute to Eco-friendly and responsible tourism in Nepal. We will do this by ensuring that our company and its clients are not harming the environment, using Leave No Trace principles, and respecting local culture and their traditions.

We will strive to contribute to the next generation of responsible outdoor leaders. We will do this by organizing professional training for new outdoor enthusiasts, and particularly empowering female leadership in the outdoor tourism industry.

About Our Guides:

We take our work seriously and operate responsibly. Our staff is fully trained in all aspects of leadership, communication, and risk management. Our staff are experts on nature and the culture of Nepal with most of them having grown up in the Himalayas. We strive to instill respect for this sacred mountain area, and we take pride ourselves in doing our part to preserve its natural beauty, way of life, people, and cultural heritage. Our primary concern is our client’s safety, comfort, satisfaction, and fulfillment.

Chura Mani Aryal (Mani) MD

Chura Mani Aryal is a founder of Navigate Outdoor. I spent more than two-decade exploring and guiding Nepal’s remote wilderness, discovering new trekking routes, rafting rivers, and trails. I started work on my parent’s farm as soon as I could walk, fitting in school around daily buffalo/cow–herding duties. My first real job was selling vegetables from a bicycle in order to raise enough cash to put myself through college. Then, following a mixed career as a farmer, vegetable seller, and factory – worker, my lucky break came when a family friend suggested I should try out for a local rafting company. I have not looked back since.

I have been working worldwide as an outdoor leader and rafting Instructor/guide since 1996. In 2006 I became the first Nepali to qualify as River Instructor and Outdoor Leader with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) in the US. NOLS is the premier internationally respected outdoor school in the United States. Many of my courses are a month-long, or more, in the American West. In 2011 I became a qualified river Instructor through IRF (International Rafting Federation) & in 2016 I also participated as a certified river judge in Nepal. I hold my staff to the same standards that I have gained through experience. I always travel and share my knowledge and certify new rafting and outdoor leaders in the US and India but always make it back to Nepal in time for the first expedition and bring more experiences to the Nepalese outdoor industry.

I recently have been participated Himalayan White Water Challenge Organized by the Nepal Association Of Rafting Agencies NARA and volunteered since I started my career in the rafting and outdoor tourism industry. I’m an internationally certified river Instructor/judge through the International Rafting Federation and have played vital roles as an Event Coordinator, head judge, and course director in the events of the rafting and kayaking championships in Nepal. I’m the founder and president of the Himalayan River Guide Association in Nepal (HRGAN) inspired a new generation to support river guides and their rights and promote skills in outdoor tourism in the world.

Nepal is known as one of the best whitewater rafting / recreational in the world sadly our best Rivers becoming concrete walls and losing out on potential best tourism destinations and jobs in Nepal. I personally cooperate with those organizations and support raising voices and training new commerce in its value and effect in our industry. I volunteer when the Nepal Association of Rafting Agencies and the Himalayan River Guide organize awareness campaigns on the Himalayan River in Nepal and elsewhere.

Navigate Outdoor is in the upfront when the outdoor industry needs support both physical and financial support for the good cause and awareness programs regarding environmental issues in the River and in the Himalayan.

My primary concerns are sustainability and fulfillment in our services and I’m responsible for my own duty /responsibility, worker’s rights, the tourism Industry, the environment, and the country.

 

Susan Subedi (Madan) International sales & marketing Director.

During high school, Mr. Subedi visited Pokhara, where he observed many potential prospects and was motivated by tourism.  After completing of high school, Subedi went to Kathmandu for higher education, in the meantime, he was engaged in social organizations to understand and advocate tourism. He took participation in many tourism-related seminars and initiatives. He cooperatively strives in association with Nepal Tourism Board, corporate houses, and other private and government organizations to conduct tourism seminars, events, and awareness of social and economic developments that travel and tourism can contribute to the nation.

Mr. Subedi is a dynamic person and has good knowledge of Geography, Tourism, Environment, sociology, history, and politics. During his higher education, he embraced an opportunity to work as a porter to guide tourists in the Himalayas. Despite unpredictable challenges, ups, and downs, his dedication to tourism always motivated him to step ahead. Eventually, conducted his master’s thesis in River Tourism in Nepal.

Subedi keeps excellent knowledge from east to west and north to south of Nepal regarding the cultural and natural circumstances. Subedi was an excellent trainer in motivation, communication, time management, team building, etc.  In 2013 Subedi went to Australia for further study and completed his environment and geography degree where he specialized in tourism. He expresses his sincere gratitude to invest his knowledge and experience for adding value in travel and tourism development in Nepalese territory integrating tourism, environment, economy, and geography.

Bishnu Gurung: Trip Leader and Senior River Instructor, Peak Climbing  & Swift Water Rafting Instructor.

He is our senior external field staff trainer. Mr. Gurung has more than 2-decade experience in white water rafting and became a Swiftwater Rescue Instructor start country senior board member of ITRA International Technical Rescue Association (ITRA Member #14133). Mr. Gurung also has more than a decade of experience in mountaineering and peak climbing in the Himalayan; He climbed the world’s tallest in Nepal Mt. Everest in 2018 and successfully scaled. Mr. Gurung led a handful of expeditions both whitewater rafting and peak climbing with Navigate Outdoor. He provides skillful rescue courses for the river community in Nepal. Mr, Gurung travels to Japan every summer to share his experiences in the rafting field. He started his rafting career in one of the holy River Ganges and travel to many countries like Norway, Japan, India, S. Korea, and China and share his knowledge. Mr. Gurung is a humble, funny, energetic outdoor leader and He has the charisma to make his trip a very unique and special memorable experience.

Khamsum Sherpa (Trekking Guide)

Khamsum

Khamsum Sherpa is one of our experienced senior trekking guides. Mr. Sherpa has spent more than 2 decades exploring and assisting guides in the Nepalese Himalayas. He started his job as a porter Sherpa/ assistance guide and built his confidence to lead people in the high altitude of the Himalayan.

He has been trek almost 100% of the great Himalayan trails and led trips from varied adventure companies in Nepal. His work ethic, honesty, openness, and friendly behavior always get first priority and make trips very joyful and a lifetime experience.

Contact: info@navigateoutdoor.com

Mr. Nanda Raj Rai is one of our valuable team members and the outdoor leader of Navigate Outdoor. Mr. Rai is a dynamic, humble person and has a good of ton of local knowledge, culture, geography, and history of the Himalayan. During his higher education, he embraced an opportunity to work as a porter/assistant to guide trekkers in the Himalayan. He manages between his work and study eventually he got succeeded in his study bachelor’s degree. Mr. Rai expresses his sincere gratitude to invest his knowledge and experience in adding value to the travel and tourism industry in Nepal. Contact: info@navigateoutdoor.com

Mrs. Nim Maya Pandey is one of our valuable team members and plays a vital role in the finance and admin of our organization since this company stabilized. Mrs. Pandey expresses her sincere gratitude to invest her knowledge and experiences in the admin depart. Mrs sounds great balance being a housewife and finance/admin role in the company. She enjoyed her personal adventure trips and empathized with outdoor adventure responsibilities and supports our team. Contact: info@navigateoutdoor.com

 

Mr. Udaya Aryal is one of our youngest and most energetic team members of Navigate Outdoor. He started his outdoor adventure career with his Bachelor’s degree and start to explore the Himalayas with Navigate Outdoor. Mr. Aryal is ready to take on challenges to lead in the new routes and build his career in outdoor adventure tourism and lead trips in the Himalayan in  Nepal.

We’re absolutely local and operated by professionals.
We’re hungry to share our knowledge and experiences through our local experts and provide a-life-time experiences to our clients.