Sonam Jamtsho is your host in Bhutan. A graduate in Business Administration from the North Bengal University, India, Sonam leads Highland Asia's operation in Bhutan.A certified Guide, Sonam has spent years in guiding tours and trekking in Bhutan. Sonam pays attention to the details and puts his all efforts and energy to make your trip successful. When you are an individual or part of a group, Sonam gives you an undivided attention. A native of Bhutan, Sonam lives in Thimphu with his wife Chimi and 2 year old daughter.
Tashi Norbu studied Tibetan medicine in school but his passion for travel and adventures brought him to tourism field.Tashi started his career as Tour Guide and led cultural tours, trekking and overland safaris in entire Central Tibet, Mount Kailash and West Tibet, Kham and Amdo regions of Tibetan cultural areas.Now, settled in Lhasa office, Tashi handles entire operation that includes reservation of the hotels, guide, permits and transportation. Tashi also uses his guiding experience and destination knowledge to produce beautiful tour itineraries. A young Tibetan native, Tashi is calm, straight forward and detail oriented person and always pays attention to the needs of the travelers.
Tashi enjoys reading books, listening music and watching movies when he is not organizing trips.
Operation Manager in Kathmandu, Nepal
Rashmila is the native of Bhaktapur, Nepal. A tourism and hospitality management graduate, Rashmila has completed Tour Guide course as well. She has worked in various tour and trek operation positions before joing our team. Rashmila also has worked as a tourism and hospitality instructor in a local college. Friendly, and an outgoing personality, Rashmila enjoys traveling and meeting people. Rashmila's job as an Operation Manager is to make sure that all your travel logistics are in order and to ensure that your holiday in Nepal is smooth and enjoyable.
Dev Raj Nepal "Dave"
Dev, also called "Dave" has a Master's degree in Business Studies from Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. Dave comes from finance and accounting background. He is also an IATA certified Travel Agent and has completed Tour Guide course from Nepal government's Tourism Academy. Dave is the head of Highland Asia's operation in Nepal. Although he is an office person, he loves to lead the tours whenever he gets chance.
Walter Somers studied Indian philosophy, is an adviser to the Nepali community in Belgium, and represents Highland Asia in Europe. For him and his wife Jenny, Nepal is a second homeland. Walter and Jenny have trekked the Annapurnas in Nepal, Markha Valley in India, K2 in Pakistan, and Mount Everest and Mount Kailash on the side of Tibet. Soft spoken and patient, Walter and Jenny are both happy to share their knowledge and experience of the mountains and its peoples with potential travelers.
Postak lives in Twin Cities of Minnesota with his wife and two daughters and manages Highland Asia's office in USA. A native of Nepal, Postak started his career in tourism industry in 1993 as Nature Guide in the jungles of Chitwan National Park and later moved to the capital city of Kathmandu and worked as Tour Guide for a European Tour Operator. In May 1998, Postak and his co-workers founded their own company in Kathmandu which he headed until he immigrated to USA in March 2005. Postak has organized and led trips to entire Nepal, Bhutan,Tibet and India.
Small Group and Custom Tours
We specialize in small groups and custom crafted independent tours. Our group departures are guaranteed with a minimum of two sign-ups. We keep our groups small, usually less than 10 persons, so that each participant receives personal attention from their guides and support staff. Small group travel allows our traveler's flexibility in itineraries and access to areas and sights unknown or unavailable to large tour groups—plus you have more independence and opportunity to socialize and share your experience with other participants.
Our itineraries are, in fact, an approximate indication of the schedule, scope of activities, and trip routing, rather than an inflexible schedule of events. Typically there are changes to the daily itinerary depending on local conditions and/or on request of our quests provided there is no financial consequence. These changes may vary from specific sights to the village or city visited. Every evening our guests and guide or Tour Manager sit down together to discuss the next day's schedule and at this time you will have opportunity to put forth your ideas or request the change you would like to have in the itinerary.
Our trips cover history, the arts and architecture, religion and culture, local festivals and events, nature and landscape, and soft to moderate adventures (e.g., jungle safaris, river rafting, hiking, mountain biking, mountaineering etc). Cultural tours are basically motor vehicle-based tours, but we also offer optional hikes and village visits. During our trips you will have the opportunity to meet the locals, try local cuisine and attend local festivals and events. For those who want more active adventures, we offer rafting, mountain biking, trekking, jungle safaris and more.
More than 70% of our customers elect to customize their trips. Any trip featured on this website can be taken as foundation to build your own private trip. Select a date that suits you and we will suggest a detailed itinerary. If none of our existing itineraries works for you, we can craft one that does. If you do not have a travel companion, we can arrange a solo/independent traveler tour or look for a travel companion to join you that fits the respective schedule.
Local Tour Guides and Managers
Our trips are escorted by locally gifted and talented guides who are university graduates, certified by the local government, are fluent in English and will act as your personal translator. They are professional, but are also easy going, friendly and hardworking. Using local guides, we not only provide jobs to the locals, but also save on the high cost of providing a foreign guide. Most importantly, no matter how much expertise a foreigner can have on an area or people, there is no match for local knowledge. When you travel to multiple countries in one trip, the guides and support staff will be different in each country.
All of our guides and support crews are trained in safety and first aid techniques. On adventurous trips, our guides and crews use modern equipment. Our itineraries involving high altitude allow enough time for acclimatization. In the event of altitude sickness, we carry portable oxygen bottles and pressure chambers in our jeeps for high altitude trips, like Mount Kailash. We always use purified water for drinking and cooking.
We constantly keep eyes on the political and social conditions in the countries we visit and we do not operate trips in politically and socially disturbed areas.
It's your responsibility to determine if you are physically fit and in sound health condition to undertake our trips.
Low Impact of Tourism
As you go through our trips, you will very quickly feel the important need for preserving the local culture and environment. We do our best to leave a minimum impact on the culture, environment and biodiversity of remote highlands. This plays an essential role in helping to increase awareness to the outside world, as well to the local people of the need to preserve these areas for future generations, rather than exploit them now for short term economic gain. We do our very best to ensure that local populations in the areas we visit benefit directly from our tours.
On trekking and hiking trips, we use local produce and supplies as far as possible. At campsites, we properly dispose of garbage, recycle cans and bottles, and discourage the use of firewood for cooking in order to help prevent deforestation. In short, we respect local culture and tradition and abide by local social etiquette.
Giving something back for local development
Far & High Adventure Travel supports local non-profit organizations working in community development and environmental conservation. We support the Sankhu-Palubari Community School Nepal project of Advocates for Human Rights, Empower Nepal Foundation (EMF) and Minnesota Nepali Comunity Center Project of ANMN.
Besides, we help and support small orphanages and schools of remote Asian countries when possible. So, by traveling with us, part of your tour payment is spent on a good cause and you are helping in the community development and environmental conservation of the areas you visit.
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Far & High is a proud supplier member of American Society of Travel Agents, in short, ASTA. ASTA is perhaps the world's only largest association of travel professionals. ASTA's members include tour operators, cruise companies, ground suppliers, travel agents and companies whose products they sell such as tours, cruises, hotels, car rentals, etc.
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Far & High has enrolled in ASTA Tour Operator Program (Top) that establishes our commitment to conduct business with integrity, treat travel agents in a courteous and professional manner; and strive to perform to the travel agent's expectations. Our clients can relax while on tour tours knowing that informed, friendly specialists are available 24/7 to provide expert knowledge on the destinations.
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