Ajay Kumar ShresthaManaging Director
Age: 30 years
This is Ajay Kumar Shrestha, a mountain guide, Group Leader, Passionate Traveler, Adventure seeker, MBA graduate and a permanent resident of Pokhara, Nepal.
Having spent more than two-third of my life in Nepal, I have I’ve walked, cycled, hiked and travelled in almost every district in Nepal from the far west to the easternmost parts. I consider myself lucky enough to have been able to travel and explore some of the countries in Asia and multiple times and multiple countries in Europe. Adventurous living has always been the holy grail of my life.
Swotah is the result of my love for the adventurous living and my journey of self-exploration. It is a story of turning a love and a passion into a piece of work .
I strongly believe that a journey into the Himalayas is a journey into oneself. It was in one of those uncountable journeys in those majestic mountains where I took a deep dive into myself, which ultimately, helped me finding a better version of myself. It was one of the greatest realizations of my life. The journey to the innermost self became possible on the lap of those grand Himalayas. The journey still goes on.
It was the love of the mountains and people in those special places which attracted and inspired me to be part of it. I can say I was one of them. I grew up trekking and climbing in the Himalayas, leading individuals informally, many of whom I’d met in passing on the footpaths and who'd asked me to show them off-the-beaten-track routes, only known to locals. The conversion to professional guiding came about as a natural progression as I became fired by the desire to share our unique local knowledge with nature lovers, adventurists and voracious culture buffs.
Being a travel and trekking guide for over a decade, I decided to expand my passion of a travel to be a tour organizer and build my own team of travel experts. What's best about my passion/work is that I get to spend a considerable amount of time every single day with the legendary climbers and mountain lovers from all around the worlds. There's no greater achievement for me than having a set of regular friends around who always have stories of their great feat or their special encounters with the locals in the mountains to share. Our team is nothing but a great melting pot of mountain lovers.
‘Swotah Travel and Adventure Pvt. Ltd.’ is an adventure travel company, established in 2016, and in its short span of time, it has already lead hundreds of mountain lovers, nature lovers, adventure seekers from all over the world who pursue adventure outside and within to the different parts of Himalayas in Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet.
I have been fortunate enough to be able to provide equal opportunities to less fortunate students in rural parts of Tanahun district, Nepal. I provide $500 annual scholarships to 2-3 students a year. Please ask us about the project which is very dear to us.
If you ever happen to be in our office and you'll see the regular sight of me and my guides gossiping, then most probably, we are fixing the dates and planning on getting to the mountains next. There's no greater plan, no greater joy.
So, let’s taste a bit of adventure, let’s get going to the mountains!!
Ajay Kumar Shrestha
Swotah Travel and Adventure Pvt. Ltd.