The Essence of the Sherpa Spirit
What defines a Sherpa? A warm-hearted soul in the unmatched chilling valleys and glaciers of Nepal, whose determination and prowess is greater in stature than any mountain on the face of this planet. Spirituality and Service that even the Himalayas stand in awe of.
“There are no storms more devastating than the might of a Sherpa”, says a survivor who lost his way and is waiting for the moment when his dear life will be swept away by another blizzard that has swallowed the greatest of hikers that humankind has ever seen.
We don't know why Sherpas are so caring to the point of madness; they won't question rappelling into deep crevasses or embarking to the alpinist Death Zones of the world’s greatest peaks with you. Because of them, a son could once again experience the affectionate kiss of his beloved father, who once was caught in an avalanche and was presumed dead. And a daughter once again has reason to smile as she embraces her dear mother at weekend family parties - the mother who herself lost her faith once the light on the mountain started to fade.
These mountain-dwelling Sherpa are every-day heroes, yet they're unknown and ask nothing but your sincerest appreciation for keeping both you and their motherland alive. You'll recognize a Sherpa when you see the strong shoulders leaning back with the weight of the luggage but a will beyond the strength of gushing waters that enliven this small Heaven on Earth. Yet there will be a promising grin on their face, and you will know that you're looking at a Sherpa. “Where do such humans come from?” you will wonder
Namaste & Tashi Delek (traditional greeting in Nepali and Sherpa languages)
For most people, the chance to take a trek in Nepal is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And for great reason - Nepal offers breathtaking panoramas of wide stretched mountains and glaciers where you feel like you're walking through the sky, while the calm winds blow as if they're whispering sweet melodies in your ears. And the thought of being lost in the wonderland forests amongst small scattered settlements of friendly people will exhilarate you for a while. Trekking amidst the tranquil lakes and silent as God mountains will be a humbling journey painted with colors of rich culture and mysterious traditions that inhabit this tantalizing country.
Life is too fast and too banal for modern people to often notice or appreciate the delightful nature that surrounds them. The hectic office life and busy schedule may rob the natural tendency of humans to cherish the beauty of nature. For all such people who are always in a hurry, time spent immersed in the depths of nature will not only put their lives back on track but also instill a peace of mind that leads to better social relations and life decisions.
You want to be able to slow down and acknowledge the vistas of Mother Nature - and that abounds in the mystical land of Nepal. From glacial moraines to alpinist still lakes to the rough bouldery terrain and fairy meadows, you’ll feel like you're on a visit to the heavenly abodes as you venture through a journey of a lifetime!
You want delicious, nourishing and satisfying food that will not only addict your tastebuds to the tea lodge's tummy-licious cuisines of various genres, but will forever fill your mouth with a craving that even the most lavish of restaurants won’t satiate.
And you want to be able to move at a pace that you set so that you don’t put too much strain on your body, your mind, or your Spirit.
You want to take the journey to the land of the Sherpas. Guardians of Heaven on Earth.
That’s why you want to trek with Sherpa Spirit Treks & Expeditions.
Sherpa Spirit Treks & Expeditions was founded by a team of four brothers from the Everest region of Nepal, and between us we have more than 30 years of trekking experience. Our agency was founded because we believed we could provide something to our guests and staff that other agencies often fail to provide:
A commitment to providing an experience for our guests that is free from stress and hassle
A gentle pace that is set by our guests, not by the demands of an itinerary - you will get a whole lot more out of your trekking experience this way.
Fair wages and conditions for our staff. Our staff are paid above industry standard salaries and treated with as much respect and importance as our guests.
Coming from a small, traditional Sherpa village in Solukhumbu, we understand what it means to be unhurried and free of too many worries. It is our pleasure to ensure your time with us in Nepal is free from stress and hassle, that your stay is pleasant, and that you never feel rushed or hurried.
Nepal is not like any other adventure trip where you go, make memories and return to try another place, another year. There's something unusually attractive about Nepal that makes its way into your Soul, and facilitates an experience of a deep-rooted connection with nature and Self in these pristine mountains. We've heard people say that along the journey they found a part of themselves they didn’t even realise was missing.
We personally feel it is a great honor to serve fellow humans in this way, through cherishing nature and finding inner tranquility and calmness amidst the ongoing chaos in the world. For you, we have arranged itineraries in a sequence that you don't feel rushed, or hurried and allow you to move at a pace that will allow you to immerse yourself in the journey and travel within.
Customized Trekking Trips in Absolute WIlderness for YOU!
Different people move at different paces. Some like to rush towards their destination, while others travel to experience the journey. Neither pace is “wrong”!
So it's quite unfair to have one choice that fits all. Sherpa Spirit Treks & Expeditions is flexible in this regard as all of our itineraries can be easily customized to take into account your needs, preferences, and expectations.
We encourage everyone to have some additional days in their plan for unexpected events and to create a comfortable buffer for deep exploration or to slow the pace down even further.
We continually communicate with our clients to ensure that their experience is meeting their expectations. We organize a pre-departure meeting with our clients where they're briefed about the itinerary and considerations, and amendments are made to suit their pace or expectations. Along with that, morning meetings and nightly briefings on the trail keep everyone updated about the trek and what to expect on upcoming days.
Many of our trekking clients to this day are witnesses of our fair dealings with them. We have prioritized our staff above all, and we believe that our staff will treat you the way we treat them - with honesty, respect, and fairness.
Sherpa Spirit Treks focuses on providing fair wages and optimal working conditions for our staff. Not only that, continued training and regular staff meetings are carried out to mentally and physically allow our staff to perform at a professional level and ensure you receive the service you expect and deserve.
All guides that will accompany you on any trek receive regular First Aid training, training in AMS, and rescue training, as well as on-the-job training that goes above and beyond the basic requirements of National guide training. We ensure only those who meet our high expectations of service and safety are put to practice to serve you along the way.
For your ease of mind, and comfort, all necessary information will be shared beforehand, including customization of the itinerary as per your expectations, accommodation, and food-related concerns as well. So once you're on the trek you don't have to worry about anything at all except trekking!
Funuru (also known as Norbu) is passionate about trekking and has more than a decade of trekking experience. He left his monastic studies when he was quite young to pursue a career in trekking, starting as a porter and a kitchen hand, and working his way up to trekking guide. Funuru loves working as a trekking guide because he gets to meet new people, and share ideas about different cultures.
In 2015 Funuru met his wife while trekking along the Annapurna Circuit. Rebekah moved to Nepal from Australia, and together they began organising treks for individuals and small groups. They currently live in Western Australia, and have travelled to Nepal to run Yoga & Trekking Retreats in their village.
His experience in trekking speaks for itself. Funuru has been part of a 3-month expedition of the Great Himalaya Trail in which he was accompanied by 10 trekkers and 150 experienced staff. Being native to the soul, his love of trekking, combined with countless tours have made him quite familiar with treks in the Everest Region, Annapurna, Langtang, Manaslu + Tsum Valley, and Kanchenjunga.
Funuru has always worked towards running his own trekking agency. Frustrated by the way guides, porters (and guests!) are often treated by trekking agencies in Nepal, Funuru aims to act with honesty and integrity, ensuring all of his staff are paid fairly, and treated with respect, so that everyone can have a peaceful and memorable experience together!
Pemba Rinchhe Sherpa is the youngest charm of his family, and also an important asset of our company, handling the affairs of Sherpa Spirit Treks in Kathmandu. While he was still a student he began his career as a porter to make a living before completing his Trekking Guide training. He has since gained excellent exposure to the Everest region as both a porter and a guide, along with good insights into the Manaslu, Langtang, and Annapurna regions.
Usually, Pemba is quite shy but you'll see a surprisingly extroverted side of him when he's guiding trekkers on the route. This work is what he loves doing, and it brings him to life to be in the mountains, guiding people on their adventures..
But that's not his only interest, like most Nepali youth, he finds joy playing soccer and volleyball, and enjoying time with his friends. Perhaps you might like to challenge him to a game to pass the time at the end of a day’s trekking!
Pasang Sherpa hails from a humble background. Like his other brothers, he too started his trekking career as a porter at the very young age of 16 with an aim to financially assist his father. Despite an unexpected crisis in his early life, he remained committed to his job and never hesitated to offer his blood and sweat to trekking expeditions in Nepal and Tibet until 2012.
But that was not enough, since trekking seasons offered jobs only twice a year, Pasang needed something secure for his family. He moved to Malaysia and worked as a security guard servicing the company for 3 years and working 12-18 hours everyday. It was soon that he realized his potential was being wasted and he must return to the call.
He returned home, financially unstable, weak from the hectic dismay of his previous job, but with dreams still unshattered. He once again started his career in the trekking industry and as a side hustle he learned the skill of carpentry to provide in the off-season.
In his trekking experience, he has so far ventured deep and far into Everest region, which is also close to his heart because it's near to his home and family. Along with that, he has a good exposure to the Langtang & Helambu region and all trekking activities that are involved in the area. Furthermore, his personal achievements along with conducting treks include several visits to Mt Kailash and similar attractions in Tibet.
Lastly, because of his family background he is equally versed in the Tibetan language and can easily communicate with Tibetan guides and locals during Tibetan treks.
Dafuri started as a porter at the very young age of sixteen, and he is a mighty brother of the Sherpa Spirit Founder Team. Amongst his superpowers is not only his vast 14-years of experience in the trekking industry but his uncanny ability to adapt to extreme altitudes.
Dafuri has been long looked at by many strong climbers and mountaineers. He has the distinction of summiting Mt Everest three times, in addition to numerous summits of 6,000m+ peaks, including Mera Peak & Iceland Peak.
Furthermore, don't think of getting lost amongst the mountains of Nepal - this climbing guide knows these mountains like the back of his hand, due to his experience working as an assistant guide for non-expedition treks and a lead guide for the Great Himalaya Trail Run, which is an 81-day marathon (1,864km) that he has completed three times!
And if that's not enough, the daunting Dafuri has quite the thrill for challenging marathons that tests his strength to extremes. He has carried more than 15 kgs on his back to secure 3rd position amongst revered porters. He's the guy you can trust in thick and thin, as he guides you on your trekking adventures.
Rebekah Sherpa is not the type you'll see every day. She's an affectionate and deep feeling person who has always felt a strong connection with the mountains, but more so since 2015 when she met Funuru. Professionally she has a long history in office management, working as a Virtual Assistant and facilitating customers, but at heart, she is a spiritual seeker. She also works as a Shamanic Healer and Medicine Woman to uplift people spiritually - whether it’s because of her deep connection with the Himalayas or her calling to enlighten fellow beings around her, she isn’t sure.
She will listen to your concerns and will likely be the one directly replying to you via email. She wholeheartedly believes a fundamental relationship must be built between fellow humans who are visiting Nepal, and she strives to do this with everyone who comes to Sherpa Spirit Treks & Expeditions.
Together with Funuru, Rebekah has organized and run a Yoga & Trekking Retreat in Nepal, held in Funuru’s family’s village in 2019 with guests visiting from Australia, with subsequent retreats planned for the future.
She has completed a number of treks in Nepal with Funuru, but a lot of their trekking time together has been the two-day walk in and out of his village in the Solukhumbu.
So Rebekah also has some practical experience of trekking in Nepal - Funuru often jokes she’d probably be a better guide than him! If only she spoke Nepali!!