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Kim Bannister

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Guide at a Glance

  • Company

    Kamzang Journeys

  • Locations

    Dolpa, Kathmandu, Lukla, Paro, Eastern Region, Jammu and Kashmir, Mid-Western Region, Mustang Region, Bhutan, India, Mongolia, Nepal

  • Activities

    Adventure, Cycling, Hiking Trekking

  • Guiding Experience

    15 years

  • Languages

    English

  • Awards

    Trip Advisor

  • Favorite Trip

    Nomads, Lakes + High Passes - Indian Himalaya

Guide Bio

Based in Kathmandu since 2002, Kim has been looking for the perfect spot to build her bamboo hut since the late eighties. Her search has taken her on fishing boats, rafts, rickety buses and small planes, along remote trails, through jungles and high plateaus and over high passes in such destinations as Central and Southeast Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific, eventually leading her back through the States. In the US, she lived most recently in Hawaii, California & Colorado, where she spend most of her time outdoors biking, hiking, surfing, windsurfing and even working a bit doing marketing for one of the most prestigious adventure travel companies in the US. Although she now has a barn-full of ‘curios’ to fill the house, that idyllic dwelling still eludes her.

Kim left the States at the start of 2001, traveling to Kathmandu to teach English in the Everest region for the Spring. She became a partner at Project Himalaya, soon afterwards creating her own trekking style & brand, Kamzang Journeys, and has been creating and leading treks in Nepal, Ladakh & Zanskar, Tibet, Bhutan and Mongolia ever since.

She and Lhakpa Dorji Sherpa, her trekking partner, lead at least seven or eight Himalayan treks together each year; both love to explore, and never tire of camping high in the mountains, trekking along remote Himalayan trails, crossing high passes, staying in traditional Himalayan villages, learning about local cultures and living amongst the Tibetan and Ladakhi nomads.

Kamzang Journeys

Kamzang Journeys is owned and operated by Kim Bannister, an American expat and traveler of 25+ years who is based in Kathmandu, Nepal (spring, autumn and sometimes winter) & Leh, India (summer).

Kamzang Journeys is a registered LLC in the USA. The inspiration for Kamzang Journeys originated in Ladakh, where Kim and team have been trekking for 15+ years.

It came from trekking through sparkling river valleys of sculpted ochre, mustard and moss-green rocks under soaring Himalayan peaks, through green, nomadic pasture lands peppered with nomadic yak-hair tents under a canopy of endless blue skies.

Our passion for these regions inspired us to make a lifestyle of leading treks and bicycle trips through Nepal, India, Tibet and Bhutan, later adding Mongolia and newly Pakistan to the list.

All of our Kamzang team shares our love of these Himalayan regions, of the adventure of trekking, of exploring far-flung villages, sipping salt-butter tea in local houses, of camping with the nomads as they round up their flocks of sheep, goats and yaks, of watching for snow leopard and kiang as we journey through remote plateaus on the border of Nepal and Tibet, of bicycling through some of Bhutan's most breathtakingly beautiful regions.

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