Photos and Bios

Nepali Children

These children are featured on the dedication page

Five young children dressed in blue nylon jackets and knit hats, numbered: 1. Swang, 2. Piurnima tamang, 3. Lakpa tshiring sherpa, 4. Tshiring Choten sherpa, 5. urken Dorjee sherpa
These children study at local school at Ghatt named Shree Pema Sholig Primary School.
Five young children go to school here, a narrow building on the side of a hill
Shree Pema Sholig Primary School.


Boys in Namche Bazaar play sarangis, on page 58.

Three boys play sarangi, photo by Bernice Condit
Sarangi. Photo by Bernice Condit.

Himalayan Tahr

The Himalayan Tahr is described on page 76.

Himalayan Tahr
Himalayan Tahr.

Tshiring Jangbu Sherpa

Tshiring Jangbu Sherpa, on top of Mount Kanchanjanga
On top of Mount Kanchanjanga, the world’s third highest mountain.

Mr. Tshiring Jangbu Sherpa was the climbing leader of the Everest Height Re-Measurement Expedition that brought the new height of Mount Everest as 8848.86 meters. With a humble beginning as a kitchen boy, Mr. Sherpa’s career in professional mountaineering has spun over 25 years. There are hardly any trails and valleys left untouched by him. As an author, Mr. Sherpa has published his autobiography, a photobook, multiple research papers and has participated in discussions on tourism and mountaineering in various platforms.

An explorer and learner by heart, Mr. Sherpa has shown his management skills with Alpine Sherpa. A bit after initiation, the company has expanded to multiple treks, expedition packages, heritage tours and innovative activities like ski tours. Mr. Sherpa has also been involved in sharing his experience and learnings with younger adventure aspirants in multiple academic and vocational platforms.

Tshiring Jangbu Sherpa and two other mountaineers, holding a survey department poster between them
Tshiring with the survey team when determining the new height of Mount Everest.

Tej Bikram Shahi

Tej Bikram Shahi, wearing a topi hat
Pema, teacher, and Tej Bikram Shahi, headmaster.

Tej Bikram Shahi is an Authorized National Tour Leader in Nepal. He has led numerous trips including National Geographic Adventure Expeditions, Kel12, Lebi, il Gabiano Lavingston along with Earth’s Paradise scientific research expeditions, several university research expeditions on many disciplines, and different tailored trips on the nature and culture of the vast landscapes of Nepal. He is also the founder of a lower secondary school and headmaster at a neighboring secondary school in north western Nepal, where he teaches ESL, life skills, and present-day world crisis solutions. Recently he earned a masters degree in disaster crisis management to make his teaching and social skills much more effective; his first masters-level study was in education. Tej calls himself a wanderer and loves hiking alone and with groups in his homeland, Nepal, but his greatest joy is his four-year-old curious and inspiring daughter.

Tej Bikram Shahi, with a pack on a trek
Tej Bikram Shahi, trek guide.

Nepal Reflections

Presentation covering Nikki’s trips to Nepal