We want you to meet our team at TREKT Himalaya (with Hardcore Nepal and BK Adventure). As some of you know, our company is dedicated to training and hiring guides from the dalit castes so that they may break free of their traditional caste role, and have a chance at a profession that provides a better income and quality of life. Read more here…
Our guides set an example for other marginalized young people and help their families and villages overcome caste discrimination. We are happy to have a diverse team of guides from all walks of life proudly working with our adventure travel companies TREKT Himalaya, LLC and Hardcore Nepal Pvt. Ltd.
Why I started Medical Trek Nepal… And why I need YOU on this trek!
Sandra Krasa BK, Founder and Trekking Director – Sandra is the founder of TREKT Himalaya/Hardcore Nepal & Medical Trek Nepal Volunteers. She loves to tell you as much as she can about traveling in the Himalaya or trips to Nepal, so be sure to email her before you plan your trip. If you are interesting in volunteering and adventure, Sandra loves to tell tourists why programs like Medical Trek Nepal and Teaching Trek Nepal are better sustainable solutions for Nepal’s economy. She encourages questions and emails. Also check out her blog posts dedicated to Nepal travel at TREKT Himalaya and Hardcore Nepal.
Sandra is currently working on research for the sustainability of UNESCO World Heritage sites, an international project through Rollins College, USA. She also is an award-winning documentary filmmaker (HBO Award for Best Short Documentary – “Ocoee; Legacy of the Election Day Massacre”). A social entrepreneur and intrepid adventurer, Sandra is our team guru for “how to” travel.
Ang Chhoti was originally a nurse translator for the original medical treks in 2012. She quickly became a permanent and important member of our team. Chhoti was instrumental in organizing the Emergency Medical Treks after the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Since then she has become our head nurse and medical coordinator for Medical Trek Nepal. She graciously hosts our incoming Medical Trekkers making sure they get picked up on arrival, get to their volunteer hospital placements, and most importantly, she makes sure everyone has a great time on Medical Trek Nepal and Teaching Trek Nepal. Chhoti is the heart and soul of this organization. Make sure to give her a friendly, “Tashi Delek” greeting in her native Sherpa language.
Ramesh BK – Hardcore Nepal & TREKT Himalaya
Ramesh is the co-owner (with wife, Sandra Krasa BK) of Hardcore Nepal / TREKT Himalaya and one of the best all-around guides for everything adventure you can find – anywhere. He’s most well-known for his rock climbing clinics and kayak bootcamp.
Ramesh is a native of Chitwan, Nepal and has worked as a kayaking and climbing instructor in Nepal, India and USA. He is also a guide for our bi-annual Medical Treks. He is devoted to serving Nepal and the Dalit caste to help the underserved in his native land.
He is also the owner of BK Adventure Eco Tours, a Florida, USA company that specialized in showing tourists the outdoor wonders of Florida. Ramesh’s company is well-known for its Florida Bioluminescent Kayaking tours in summer.
Ram Chandra has been working with Medical Trek Nepal since 2012 leading treks to remote regions of the Himalayan foothills. He is also the volunteer coordinator for our medical internship – 4 Weeks program. He gives a warm welcome to volunteers as he picks them up at the airport in Kathmandu. He loves giving our volunteers tips on how to explore Kathmandu and the resort town of Pokhara. Be sure to ask about his home region of Gorkha. This is the birthplace of Nepal, and the region has a proud history. It is where the famous “Gurkha Soldiers” come from.
Binod comes from the region of Chitwan. He was part of our training program at Hardcore Nepal Adventures that specializes in recruiting and training guides from the dalit castes. Binod joined our company in 2012 and has been instrumental to the success of not only Hardcore Nepal, but also TREKT Himalaya’s Medical Treks. Like many Nepalis, he is a natural climber, and hardcore kayaker. If you see Binod on your trip, be sure to ask him about his village and home. He loves sharing cultural insights with our clients and is awesome at cooking the Daal Bhat!
Medical Trek Nepal is proud to have Steve Trood as our representative in Australia. Steve has participated in several Medical Treks and is often featured in Australian media as our spokesperson. When not trekking with us to give medical care to villagers in Nepal, Steve is a full time paramedic in Wagga Wagga, Australia. He is also a veteran of the Australian Armed Forces. Steve participates in the October or November Medical Trek each year.
Steve loves reaching out to our Australia volunteers and helping them prepare for Medical Trek Nepal. Steve is our Q&A first responder when it comes to answering questions through social media as people arrive for Medical Trek Nepal. Whether you are from the great Oz or beyond, feel free to ask Steve about Medical Treks. [email protected] – Subject: This is a Steve Question!
Audra is a beautiful, bright, and expressive young lady with great ambitions to change the world. She is from Venezuela and is currently pursuing an MBA in marketing. Luckily for us, she began to utilize her skill sets in our USA Trekt Himalaya office. She came to us looking for an internship and, among some other applicants, she knew how to shine. Audra manages our Public Relations and ensures that people are aware of the great opportunities offered by Trekt Himalaya. She strongly believes in the sense of identity and pride that volunteering offers to helpers and in the welcoming thanks that Nepalese are willing to give to everyone who helps them with real noble purposes. So, we are very happy to have her on our team! She knows how to get things done!
Samantha is the one who answers all your emails! She works hard before you arrive to Nepal to make sure you have the information you need. Samantha loves helping our international volunteers prepare for their treks.
No question is too big or too small, Samantha is always ready to answer with a smile. Samantha started working with Trekt Himalaya in 2018, and has been part of the BK Adventure Brands team since 2017 in the USA office. Be sure to email her if you have any questions about your upcoming trek or Nepal adventure.
Ahmad is a marketing student at the University of Central Florida who joined the TREKT Himalaya/Hardcore Nepal team in summer 2018. He shares his enthusiasm for outdoor adventure and international travel with our volunteers and visitors to Nepal through his creative online posts. Ahmad’s internship with TREKT Himalaya includes projects that will help users have a better online experience when booking trips, volunteering, and finding out more about adventure in Nepal. Ahmad is also a kayaking guide with BK Adventure in Florida. We are happy to have Ahmad share his time and talent to help provide a better experience for our international guests.