Who are Travel Counselors? For almost 13 years, the guides of Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition, with a combined experience of well over one hundred years, have opened the magnificence and rare purity of the Himalaya and its people to its guests. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition is the lifework of one dedicated leader and the cooperative effort of the families of the Tamang village of Thulo Parsel. Thulo Parsel is a small village in the Buddhist Tamang Ethnic Area of Nepal. Together with the Sherpa Peoples, the Tamang are the primary high mountain expedition guides. A percentage of Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition profits is donated to the Tamang Peoples’ social welfare. Because Himalayan Vacation Treks comes from the efforts of the local men of Thulo Parsel and Tamang, Himalayan Vacation Treks gives yearly base retaining salaries and furnishes trekking clothing, equipment, and training to its staff, unlike many other Nepal Trekking companies who hire staff when needed.
Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd., (HV Treks in short) was established in July 2008, by Palsang Tamang. HV Treks organizes itineraries in the high hills/Himalaya region as well as tours and sightseeing in the main cities of Nepal. The company also organizes rafting in various rivers and jungle safaris in Nepal’s national parks. HV Treks is composed of a number of regular, long term, dependable staff. Staff includes experienced guides, cooks, and porters. The company headquarters lies in the Thamel Paknajol District of Kathmandu, which is the tourist hub of Nepal.
Palsang began his career in 1989 at the young age of 16 as a trekking porter in Dolpa. Three years later he achieved the position of trekking guide for Nepal, Tibet, and India. Palsang was born in 1972 in Kavre, Thulo Parsel (74 km south-east from Kathmandu). He is the eldest son in a family of 5 children. Palsang worked for 16 years for the Dutch trekking company HT Wandelreizen. In 2002 HT Wandelreizen invited him to Holland. In 2011, he visited Holland, Denmark, Belgium, Sweden and Germany on a Himalayan Vacation Treks marketing trip to better understand the wishes and habits of Dutch and European customers. Palsang has guided many treks in Tibet, Bhutan, Ladakh and Leh, Kargil, Manali, and Lamayuru in India. After 16 years experience with HT Wandelreizen, Palsang formed Himalayan Vacation Treks, his own company. He believes in the joys of the shared trekking experience and of cultural exchanges and HVTreks’ staff, guides thru porters, eat, live, and entertain alongside the clients.
From 2004-2012 Palsang worked voluntarily as a Nepal Representative for the NGO Sathsathai, Netherlands. He is active in social work and is involved in education, sanitation, and health. He is Vice President of Sathsathai Bikash Nepal (http://www.sabinepal.org) The goal of Sathsathai is to improve living standards and economic conditions of the people in Timang Rural Municipality of Kavrepalanchok District. Encompassing 36,000 people, the project facilitated electricity, toilets, 63 libraries, Education for Adult women, improved cooking stoves, and micro finance. Palsang worked as the Public Relation Officer and Social Activist for the project. This project was funded thru 2012, and Palsang remains interested in continuing the work. Himalayan Vacation Treks when able donates to Sathsathai Bikash Nepal. Donors are most warmly welcome and should contact him.
Himalayan Vacation Treks is member of TAAN (Trekking Agents Association of Nepal), NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association), NTB (Nepal Tourism Board) and VITOF (Village Tourism Promotion Forum-Nepal). Palsang was an executive member of TAAN for the period of 2013 September to 2015 October.
Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition Pvt. Ltd. is fully qualified, keeps all proper relevant government licenses and certificates, and maintains Trekking Emergency Medical Insurance (guests are covered only while on trek) with Himalayan General Insurance Co. Ltd. Himalayan Vacation Treks and Expedition is capable, experienced, and prepared to give 24-hour emergency response to any accident or condition that requires attention or evacuation.