Why choose us?
Ian is from the UK but now lives in Nepal. He has a vast and diverse experience of working in the mountains and appreciates what this can bring to the individual, fellow workers and their communities. This has been developed as a result of working with a number of UK based organizations including Plas-y-Brenin, mountain rescue teams and education outdoor centres as well as a guide trekking leader in the Alps, Scandinavia, Africa, Ladakh, Tibet and Nepal.
Ian has also been extensively involved in community development work in both the UK and Nepal giving him a good insight into the ways communities develop and operate, identifying aspirations and goals. Part of this work has been with international non government organizations concerned with porter issues in the Khumbu district of Nepal. This work presented Ian with the opportunity to lecture on Rural Development in Kathmandu based university campuses.
As a result of developing a vast experience of mountain leadership skills Ian has been asked to work as part of a team of like-minded and experienced people in developing a trekking guide qualification scheme for Nepali trekking staff.
As recognition for Ian’s contribution to Social, Educational, Environmental and Cultural Development he was presented with the National – International Civil Service Award from Jagriti Samaj Nepal for the establishment of Social, Educational, Environmental and Cultural Development in 2011.
Sarita is Nepali, a member of the Tamang Lama ethnic group and was born in Ramechhap District. The district was named after Ramechhap village. The word Ramechhap comes from two Nepali words, Ram (person's name) and Chhap (mark). According to folklore a Tamang of the village, Ram by name received mukhtiyari of the village by royal decree. So, the land ownership and other legal activities were performed in the village by the stamp (chhap) or Ram. Hence, the village was called Ramechhap. Sarita attended school in Jirii before moving to Kathmandu where she worked to support her mother and two younger sisters while her farther was away working.
Later she trained as a community health worker and went on to run and delivered community health programs in many remote communities in the middle hill districts of Nepal. Sarita has worked with him to support many friends and clients using her nursing skills on trek and also in Kathmandu when required. While in the remote communities Sarita also help develop and empower the work of the Mothers' Groups offering support in many different aspects of community life.
Thus Off the Wall Trekking is able to provide and support your Himalayan experience with expertise in the field of client support, community understanding, as a guide, a trainer of trekking guides and porters and with fully bi-lingual and bi-cultural attributes. Our company has an infinite network of mountain friends who are willing to go that extra mile, to share their world and to be creative and inspiring and ultimately to provide you with a unique and personal Himalayan experience.