Step into my backyard: Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and the Himalayas!

At the end of October we’ve been to Nepal for one week – Kathmandu, Begnas and Pokhara. Needless to say we fell in love with the country, its people and some of the most beautiful landscapes we’ve seen so far. Fancy an unforgettable adventure to explore these amazing surroundings? Look no further than Sacred Summits.

We were enjoying a nice evening at Grand Hotel Kathmandu. Delicious food, local beers – Gorkha was our favourite – and an entertaining chat with Rajiv, the General Manager. An experienced guy in the hospitality industry, witty, passionate about good music and smart jokes. In a word, a person fun to be with. As it was our first trip to Nepal – and, certainly, not the last one – Rajiv was giving us a rundown of how people live in Kathmandu, what’s the average salary, what are Nepal’s strong points and how the future shapes up for this tiny, but amazing country sandwiched between India and China. Although we visited only a small part of Nepal – Chitwan, Bhaktapur and Sarangkot are on the list for next year – we said we’d also like to experience Bhutan (an expensive place to visit) and Tibet. “I know just the guy for that”, smiled Rajiv. “He will join us for dinner any minute now!”


Meet Rabi. I’ve been a motoring journalist for more than 12 years, writing about everything that has an engine and two or four wheels, so I know an automotive enthusiast when I see one. But Rabi is more than a petrolhead and an avid rider. He is the CEO of Sacred Summits, a company he established in April 2003 after two decades of experience in the trekking and tour business. We learned that Rabi pioneered motorcycle tours to remote and exotic locations in Nepal, Tibet and India and he is often accompanying clients to difficult treks, as trekking ranks amongst his hobbies. In September 2003, Rabi came up with something new for Nepal’s travel industry: an overland motorbike tour from Kathmandu to Tibet. Rabi organized and led this 15-day epic adventure to Lhasa and the Everest Base Camp in Rongbuk. Apart from offering thrills to others, Rabi is also devoted to humanitarian causes. Lately, much of his attention went towards the Maggie Burgess’ Promise Nepal Leprosy Program, where he helps gather, compile and translate data on the Khokana Leprosy Colony which lies in the south of Kathmandu Valley. “Promise Nepal” is an UK based non-profit organization that extends support to leprosy patients in Nepal. He is also on the board of Meg’s Children Nepal, an Australian non-profit organization that provides short-term and emergency care for at-risk children.