Age : 34 Years
This is Ajay Kumar Shrestha, a mountain guide, group leader, passionate traveller, adventure seeker, MBA graduate and a permanent resident of Pokhara, Nepal.
Having spent more than two-thirds of my life in Nepal, 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 love and a passion for a piece of work.
I strongly believe that a journey into the Himalayas is a journey into oneself. It was one of those uncountable journeys in those majestic mountains where I took a deep dive into myself, which ultimately, helped me find 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 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 was overwhelmed 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 for a travel to be a tour organizer and build my team of travel experts. What's best about my passion 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 Swotah is nothing but a great melting pot of mountain lovers.
Through Swotah 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 annual scholarships to 2-3 students a year. Please ask us about the project if it interests you.
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.