About Us

ABOUT

Owned and operated by members of Nepal’s national whitewater team

Paddle Nepal was created in 2006 by Nim B Magar – 12 time Nepali National Kayak Champion and captain of Nepal’s first National Rafting Team. With the support of Nim’s Canadian wife Kelly and his two brothers Som and Santosh, our family have established one of Nepal’s most reputed whitewater adventure companies. Born and raised on the banks of the Trisuli River, “Min” and his brothers are well known and respected in the international paddling community. All three brothers are proud members of Nepal’s National White Water Kayaking and Rafting Teams and have represented Nepal internationally in the World Championships and Asean Games. Together, they share over 40 years experience guiding rivers around the world.

Born and raised in Nepal on the banks of the rivers on which we work and play, our Paddle Nepal family shares unlimited enthusiasm for adventure, passion for whitewater, dedication to safety and a genuine respect for Mother Nature. We are proud to be Nepalese and excited to share our extraordinary country, culture, rivers, canyons and skills with travelers from around the world.

Inspired by our own experiences working, training, coaching and competing internationally, our dream is to improve local industry standards. We aim to provide the most fun, safe and professional whitewater adventures for our guests, while helping Nepalese river guides achieve better employment opportunities. Likewise, we are dedicated to improve training programs and advocate for fair chance for Nepalese paddle sports athletes to represent Nepal worldwide.

Testimonials

“We have used Paddle Nepal several times over the past 5 years bringing youth groups and volunteer programs into Nepal. Paddle Nepal is clearly the most professional adventure company we have had the pleasure to work with in the Himalaya including Bhutan & India! They provide honest and efficient pre-trip advice, high quality trips that are fun and safe with professional guides and top of the line equipment. We highly recommend Paddle Nepal for Rafting, Learning to Kayak and Canyoning adventures in Nepal. We just wish they would start Trekking too!!!”

Kevin Bernard – UK

Our Team

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Nim Bahadur Magar

Founder / Owner & Managing Director / Senior River Guide

  • Paddling since 1992
  • Nepal / Europe / UK / Canada / Korea / Japan
  • Captain of Nepal National Raft Team / 12 time Nepalese National Kayak Champion
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV/V Instructor / Rescue 3 International WRT / High Peak International Wilderness First Aid / New Zealand Rafting Association licence / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence
  • President of Nepal Association of Rafting Agents – Western Region / President of Nepal Rafting and Canoeing Association – Western Region

Santosh Bahadur Magar

Part Owner / Senior River Guide / Chhikesory Adventure Camp Manager

  • Paddling since 1998
  • Nepal / Tibet / China / Iceland / Norway
  • Previous member of Nepal Rafting & Kayaking Teams
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV/V Trip Leader / Rescue 3 International WRT Advanced / Rescue 3 International Technical Rope Rescue Technician / High Peak International
  • Wilderness First Aid / American Canyoneering Acadamy Level 2 / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Som Bahadur Magar

Part Owner / Senior River Guide / River Guide Manager

  • Paddling since 2002
  •  Nepal / Tibet / China / Iceland / Norway
  • Previous member of Nepal Rafting & Kayaking Teams
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV/V Trip Leader / Rescue 3 International WRT / High Peak International Wilderness First Aid / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Jange Bahadur Magar

Part Owner / Senior River Guide / Equipment Maintenance Manager

  • Paddling since 1990
  • Nepal
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV/V Guide / Rescue 3 International WRT / High Peak International Wilderness First Aid / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Sayas Ghimire

Senior River Guide 

  • Paddling since 2006
  • Nepal / Iceland
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV/V Trip Leader / Rescue 3 International WRT Advanced / Rescue 3 International Technical Rope Rescue Technician / High Peak International Wilderness First Aid / American Canyoneering Acadamy Level 2 / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Raju Shrestha

Senior River Guide

  • Paddling since 2000
  • Nepal / India / Sri Lanka / Japan
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV/V Guide / Rescue 3 International WRT / High Peak International Wilderness First Aid / American Canyoneering Acadamy Level 2 / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Kamal Thapa

Senior River Guide

  • Paddling since 1998
  • Nepal / Japan
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV/V Trip Leader / Rescue 3 International WRT / SOLO Advanced Wilderness First Aid / New Zealand Rafting Association licence / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Samsher Gurung

Senior River Guide

  • Paddling since 2000
  • Nepal / Iceland
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV/V Trip Leader / Rescue 3 International WRT / High Peak International Wilderness First Aid / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Govinda Adhikari

Senior River Guide

  • Paddling since 2007
  • Nepal
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV/V Guide / Rescue 3 International WRT / Nepal Red Cross First Aid / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Ram Prasad Panday Chhetri

Senior River Guide

  • Paddling since 2007
  • Nepal
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV/V Raft Guide / International Rafting Federation Class IV/V Safety Kayak / Rescue 3 International WRT / Nepal Red Cross First Aid (pending re-cert) / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Surya Bahadur Magar

Senior River Guide

  • Paddling since 2000
  • Nepal / India / Sri Lanka / Japan
  • Previous member of Nepal Rafting Team
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV/V Guide / Rescue 3 International WRT Advanced / High Peak International Wilderness First Aid / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Dipesh Gurung

Senior River Guide

  • Paddling since 2007
  • Nepal / Norway
  • Previous member of Nepal Rafting Team
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV/V Guide / Rescue 3 International WRT / High Peak International Wilderness First Aid / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence
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Rohit Kumar Rai

Senior River Guide

  • Paddling since 2007
  • Nepal / Japan
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV/V Guide / Rescue 3 International WRT / High Peak International Wilderness First Aid / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Rajip Tripathi

River Guide

  • Paddling since 2010
  • Nepal / India
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV/V Trip Leader / International Rafting Federation Class IV/V Safety Craft / Rescue 3 International WRT / High Peak International First Aid / American Canyoneering Acadamy Level 2 / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Raju Gurung

Senior River Guide

  • Paddling since 2006
  • Nepal / India / Turkey / Iceland / Japan / New Zealand
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV/V Guide / Rescue 3 International WRT / High Peak International Wilderness First Aid / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Prakash Gurung

River Guide

  • Paddling since 2010
  • Nepal / Japan
  • International Rafting Federation Class III Guide / Rescue 3 International WRT / Nepal Red Cross First Aid / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Prashant Gurung

River Guide

  • Paddling since 2007
  • Nepal / India
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV/V Guide / Rescue 3 International WRT / High Peak International Wilderness First Aid / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Bharat Gurung

River Guide

  • Paddling since 2012
  • Nepal
  • International Rafting Federation Class III Guide / Rescue 3 International WRT / High Peak International First Aid / American Canyoneering Acadamy Level 2 / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Keshar Gurung

River Guide

  • Paddling since 2011
  • Nepal
  • International Rafting Federation Class III Trip Leader / Rescue 3 International WRT / SOLO Advanced Wilderness First Aid / American / Canyoneering Acadamy Level 2 / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Bhupan Gurung

River Guide

  • Paddling since 2011
  • Nepal
  • International Rafting Federation Class III Guide (pending re-cert) / Rescue 3 International WRT / SOLO Advanced Wilderness First Aid / American Canyoneering Acadamy Level 2 / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Bhabi Raj Gurung

River Guide

  • Paddling since 2011
  • Nepal
  • International Rafting Federation Class III Safety Kayak / Rescue 3 International WRT / SOLO Advanced Wilderness First Aid / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Dinesh Yadav

River Guide

  • Paddling since 2012
  • Nepal
  • International Rafting Federation Class III Safety Kayak / Rescue 3 International WRT / High Peak International Wilderness First Aid / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Naresh Gurung

River Guide

  • Paddling since 2012
  • Nepal
  • International Rafting Federation Class III Safety Kayak / Rescue 3 International WRT / Live The Adventure First Aid / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Suk Bahadur Gurung

River Guide

  • Paddling since 2011
  • Nepal
  • International Rafting Federation Class III Safety Kayak / Rescue 3 International WRT / SOLO Advanced Wilderness First Aid / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Kishor Chaudhary

River Guide

  • Paddling since 2012
  • Nepal
  • International Rafting Federation Class III Trainee (pending re-cert) / Rescue 3 International WRT / High Peak International Wilderness First Aid / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Karna Bahadur Magar

River Guide

  • Paddling since 2012
  • Nepal
  • International Rafting Federation Trainee (pending re-cert) / Rescue 3 International WRT / High Peak International Wilderness First Aid / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Rajendra Gurung

River Guide Trainee

  • Paddling since 2013
  • Nepal
  • International Rafting Federation Trainee / Rescue 3 International WRT / SOLO Advanced Wilderness First Aid / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Subash Rana Magar

River Guide Trainee

  • Paddling since 2013
  • Nepal
  • International Rafting Federation Trainee / Rescue 3 International WRT / SOLO Advanced Wilderness First Aid

Jeevan Bahadur Magar

River Guide Trainee

  • Paddling since 2015
  • Nepal
  • Rescue 3 International WRT / Nepal Red Cross First Aid

Pradip Bahadur Magar

River Guide Trainee

  • Paddling since 2015
  • Nepal
  • Rescue 3 International WRT / Nepal Red Cross First Aid

Rupesh Thapa

Operations Office Manager

Chanda Thapa

Operations Office Assistant

Suresh Gurung

Operations Office Assistant

Rupa Lama

Operations Office Assistant

Rajani Gurung

Ground Operations Support

Suman Ale Magar

Boat House Manager

Dinesh Ghimire

Chhimkesory Adventure Camp Support / Guide Trainee

Chhabi Lal Magar

Bus Driver

Sana Ghale

Bus Driver

Kobindra Nepal

Kathmandu Admin Office Assistant

Aman Ayer

Kathmandu Admin Office Assistant

Kelly Maya Magar

Marketing & Online Customer Support