About Us

ABOUT

Our Paddle Nepal Family

Paddle Nepal was created in 2006 by Nim B Magar – 12 time Nepali National Kayak Champion and International Rafting Federation Instructor. 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. Our brothers have proudly represented Nepal internationally in the various whitewater competitions around the world. Together, they share over 40 years experience guiding some of the best rivers on the planet.

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. 

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

1.nim.bahadur.magar

Nim Bahadur Magar

Founder / Owner & Managing Director / Senior River Guide / Instructor

  • Paddling since 1992
  • Nepal / Europe / UK / Canada / Korea / Tibet / China / Japan 
  • 12 time Nepalese National Kayak Champion / 9 time Nepalese National Raft Team Champion / 2018 Official Nepalese National Raft Team Coach
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV Guide & IV Safety Kayak Instructor / Rescue 3 International WRT / Wilderness First Aid / New Zealand Rafting Association licence / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence
  • President of Nepal Association of Rafting Agents / 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 National Rafting & Kayaking Teams
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV 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 / Iceland / Japan
  • Previous member of Nepal National Rafting Team / Member of 2018 Official Nepal National Rafting Team
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV Trip Leader & IV Safety Kayaker / Rescue 3 International WRT / 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 Guide / Rescue 3 International WRT / Wilderness First Aid / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Sayas Ghimire

Senior River Guide 

  • Paddling since 2006
  • Nepal / Iceland / Japan
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV 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 Trip Leader & IV Safety Kayaker / Rescue 3 International WRT / Wilderness First Aid / American Canyoneering Acadamy Level 2 / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Kamal Thapa

Senior River Guide

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

Govinda Adhikari

Senior River Guide

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

Ram Prasad Pandey Chhetri

Senior River Guide

  • Paddling since 2007
  • Nepal / India / Japan
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV Trip Leader & IV Safety Kayaker / Rescue 3 International WRT / Solo Advanced Wilderness First Aid / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Surya Bahadur Magar

Senior River Guide

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

Man Bahadur Kandel (Michael)

Senior River Guide

  • Paddling since 2007
  • Nepal / India / Turkey / Iceland / Japan
  • Member of 2017 & 2018 Official Nepal National Rafting Team
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV Guide & III Trip Leader / Rescue 3 International SRTA-WA / Wilderness First Aid / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Rohit Kumar Rai

Senior River Guide

  • Paddling since 2007
  • Nepal / Japan
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV Guide & IV Safety Kayaker / Rescue 3 International WRT / Wilderness First Aid / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Rabi Shrestha

Senior River Guide

  • Paddling since 2008
  • Nepal / India / Iceland
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV Guide / Rescue 3 International WRT / Wilderness First Aid / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Rajip Tripathi

River Guide

  • Paddling since 2010
  • Nepal / India / Iceland / Japan
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV Trip Leader & IV Safety Kayaker / Rescue 3 International WRT / Wilderness First Aid / American Canyoneering Acadamy Level 2 / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Prakash Gurung

River Guide

  • Paddling since 2010
  • Nepal / Japan
  • Member of 2017 Official Nepal National Rafting Team
  • 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 / Japan 
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV Guide & IV Safety Kayaker / Rescue 3 International WRT / Wilderness First Aid / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Jeevan Gurung

River Guide

  • Paddling since 2011
  • Nepal / India / Japan
  • Member of 2018 Official Nepal National Rafting Team
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV Safety Kayaker / Rescue 3 International WRT / Solo Advanced Wilderness First Responder / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Ganesh Gurung

River Guide

  • Paddling since 2013
  • Nepal / India
  • International Rafting Federation Class III Guide & IV Safety Kayaker / Rescue 3 International WRT / First Aid / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Bharat Gurung

River Guide

  • Paddling since 2012
  • Nepal / Japan
  • Member of 2018 Official Nepal National Rafting Team
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV Guide & IV Safety Kayak / Rescue 3 International WRT / Wilderness First Aid / American Canyoneering Acadamy Level 2 / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Keshar Gurung

River Guide

  • Paddling since 2011
  • Nepal / India / Japan
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV Guide & IV Safety Kayaker / 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 / India / Japan
  • International Rafting Federation Class IVTrip Leader & IV Safety Kayaker / 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 / Japan
  • 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 / Iceland / China / Japan
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV Trip Leader & 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 / Japan / Iceland
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV Safety Kayak / Rescue 3 International WRT / Widerness First Aid / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Suk Bahadur Gurung

River Guide

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

Karna Bahadur Magar

River Guide

  • Paddling since 2012
  • Nepal
  • International Rafting Federation Class III Guide / Rescue 3 International WRT & Swift Water Safety Institute SRT-1 / Wilderness First Aid / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Rajendra Gurung

River Guide

  • Paddling since 2013
  • Nepal / Japan
  • International Rafting Federation Class IV Guide & IV Safety Kayaker / Rescue 3 International WRT / SOLO Advanced Wilderness First Aid / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents licence

Jeevan Magar

Junior River Guide

  • Paddling since 2015
  • Nepal
  • International Rafting Federation Guide Trainee / Rescue 3 International WRT / Wilderness First Aid / Nepal Associate of Rafting Agents license

Pradip Magar

Junior River Guide 

  • Paddling since 2015
  • Nepal
  • International Rafting Federation Guide Trainee / Rescue 3 International WRT / Wilderness First Aid / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents license

Dinesh Ghimire

Junior River Guide

  • Paddling since 2015
  • Nepal
  • International Rafting Federation Guide Trainee / Rescue 3 International WRT / Swift Water Safety Institute SRT-1 / Wilderness First Aid / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents license

Lil Bahadur Gurung (BJ)

Junior River Guide

  • Paddling since 2016
  • Nepal
  • Member of 2018 Official Nepal National Rafting Team
  • International Rafting Federation Guide Trainee / Rescue 3 International WRT / Swift Water Safety Institute SRT-1 / Wilderness First Aid / American Canyoneering Academy Advanced Training / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents license

Prakash Gurung

Junior River Guide

  • Paddling since 2016
  • Nepal
  • International Rafting Federation Guide Trainee / Rescue 3 International WRT / Swift Water Safety Institute SRT-1 / Wilderness First Aid / American Canyoneering Academy Advanced Training / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents license

Sunil Gurung

Junior River Guide

  • Paddling since 2016
  • Nepal / China
  • International Rafting Federation Guide Trainee / Rescue 3 International WRT / Swift Water Safety Institute SRT-1 / Wilderness First Aid / American Canyoneering Academy Advanced Training / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents license

Min Bahadur Gurung

Junior River Guide

  • Paddling since 2016
  • Nepal
  • Rescue 3 International WRT / Swift Water Safety Institute SRT-1 / American Canyoneering Academy Advanced Training / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents license

Susma Kathet (Muna)

River Guide Trainee

  • Paddling since 2016
  • Nepal
  • Swift Water Safety Institute SRT-1 / First Aid / American Canyoneering Academy Basic Training / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents training

Nisan Gurung

River Guide Trainee

  • Paddling since 2016
  • Nepal
  • Swift Water Safety Institute SRT-1 / First Aid / American Canyoneering Academy Basic Training / Nepal Association of Rafting Agents training

Rupesh Thapa

Operations Office Manager

Suresh Gurung

Operations Office Assistant

Rupa Lama

Operations Office Assistant

Rajani Gurung

Ground Operations Support

Ravi Chaudhary

Kathmandu Office Support

Pradip Balami

Kathmandu Office Support

Suman Ale Magar

Boat House Manager

Chhabi Lal Magar

Bus Driver

Babu Lal

Jeep Driver

Sana Ghale

Bus Driver

Kelly Maya Magar

Wife / Dreamer / Mover of Mountains / Creative / Cheer Leader / Mother 

Kailash Bahadur Magar

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