‘We fell in love with the magical spirit of travelling and wanted to have this love in our professional lives also. So now we do what we love, and love what we do. We want to share this feeling with our clients.’
Magical Nepal was founded in 2015 by Saugat Adhikari and Pradeep Guragain, two young, ambitious Nepali guys who love to travel. Travelling around other parts of Asia it occurred to them individually, but simultaneously, why not apply their love of travel to the one country they knew better than any other – Nepal.
So over a cup of tea and with Rs1,000 in the kitty, the idea of combining the love of travel, love of country, and a way to provide themselves and others with a sustainable career, took shape. Magical Nepal was born!
Offering trekking, rafting, wildlife and cultural tours in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan, Magical Nepal custom-makes each itinerary to suit individual clients. In fact Magical Nepal’s mission is to ‘create a travel experience that fills clients with the same joy we have when we travel. And at the same time create sustainable livelihoods for local communities and our Team, while respecting local customs, and conserving nature.’
And this is our story…
Changing with the Times
Based on our own experiences, we decided that it was time that travel providers changed, time in fact to create something new. Truthfully, at one point we were thinking to be one of the more than 630,000 youths who leave the country every year to work overseas. The other side of the coin was to stay here and be one of the 10% of youths actually making a difference and supporting the country from the inside.
Being tired of the old way things were done, we wanted to give other travellers the opportunity to see the world as we see it. We wanted to smooth out the bumps that we came across ourselves while exploring these areas and help others have an even better experience.
While running a trekking agency was a totally new field for Saugat, Pradeep was co-partner in another trekking agency for three years prior to forming Magical Nepal. So, it was a perfect fit actually!
However, we took the plunge, and started Magical Nepal with a lot of enthusiasm, (a lot of balls you might say!), Rs 1,000 and a cup of tea!
One year on, we are growing fast – much more quickly than we anticipated. So we are having to improve ourselves and grow with the company. Our main intention still stays the same: to provide you with the best self-collected information, rather than drag you into a fixed price package deal. In this way, you can sit down with us, and create your own journey to fit your personality, interests, fitness level, and budget. In this way you will have the chance to fully enjoy your time in Nepal and feel you had the chance to explore it yourself.
A big item on our list when establishing Magical Nepal was to operate all treks locally, to include the community and environment in the benefits your money brings to the country. Our Team is growing day by day, as is our involvement with local communities we trek through. We hope we energize the local communities as much as well feel energized by them. We want everyone to experience the magical world of Nepal the way we do.
Today, the spring of 2017, Magical Nepal is a family of 20 people who all have the intention to create the best experience we can for you, the client. We listen, think and generate new ideas with every trek. We believe in an exchange of ideas between our Team and our clients. Additionally, our Team hierarchy is wide open – we are all equal in Magical Nepal. Our office times are also flexible; which is not to say we are lax in organising your trip! Our Team know when to give 100% and know when they can relax it a bit in order to create her/ his own liveable working environment.
Personal contact is one of our highest priorities. We are sure to answer every email you send and take your requests and needs seriously.
Every member of our team is specialised in the field he or she is working in. Our 15 guides are highly skilled and knowledgeable about the trekking region they will take you to. For the most part, we try to employ guides who have grown up in that region. So please, don’t be shy – ask them anything about the area you are visiting.
Our two co-founders (that’s us – Saugat and Pradeep!) will always give you a personal and warm welcome.
Our Web Team will update you on all news and changes that might be happening in the areas of the country you are interested in. In fact, our videographer will provide breath-taking material so that you can get a better feel of your magical journey to come.
Our creative Content Writer will provide all the information that you need; from trekking journeys to your packing list.
To meet our Team personally and find out more about their background and history check our Team members’ page here.
Saugat is avid hikers, tech enthusiasts and a passionate travaller. He handles the technical part and make sure that it is available. He mostly travel or trek during his free time.
Pradeep has trekked to almost all the trekking place in Nepal. He has been to Everest Base Camp more than 8 times. He is the only that mostly answers your queries by giving the personal touch and experience.
As mentioned before, most of the trips we are offering have been ‘discovered’ by ourselves. We have lived them, and had amazing experiences and unforgettable memories. We want to bring this to you. Since everyone has different expectations, needs and thoughts, our concept is to bring you pictures and video footage to show you exactly what a particular trek is like. However, it will take time to record all the trips, and we can never anticipate everyone’s expectations, so that is why we try to stay open-minded to all the wishes and ideas of our Team and clients.
We firmly believe in providing Adventure with a capital ‘A’. Whether it’s trekking, rafting, or even jumping from a bridge!
Always the first principal of any of our trips is safety.
While we promise to take care of your in a personal way, when on a trek (particularly a high altitude one), for your own safety and the safety of others on your trip, your guide’s word is law. That’s not to say he can tell you what to have for dinner or to stop taking selfies (!), but he can tell you to go down to a lower altitude if he thinks you are suffering from altitude sickness or can tell you when you are being culturally insensitive. In every nomad tribe there needs to be one chief!
It’s not just your safety we are concerned about, but that of our Team as well. All our guides and porters are insured when trekking. We also ensure that all guides and porters are equipped and clothed for the environment they are entering and receive meals which are as nutritious as those we serve our clients. We also ensure the work and salary we provide are both sustainable and liveable. And, of course, we and all our Team are licensed by the Government of Nepal. On our trips to Bhutan and Tibet, we use guides licensed by the respective governments.