Sudeep Kandel
Owner, Adventure Brewer

Sudeep loves brewing up new adventures, to explore untouched parts of Nepal, and the rest of the world. He is a NOLS certified WFR, a licensed trekking guide in Nepal, and has crossed most of Nepal on foot. His interests lie in the study and work of the intersection of conservation, tourism and development. He is a Professional Fellow alum, a Chevening scholar, and holds MSc in Development Finance from University of Reading, UK. 

Rishi Chudal
Trekking and Climbing Guide

Rishi is curious about almost everything. In this mess of wonders, that is life, he has found the call of the wild to be most tempting.  He is always evolving as an explorer, a rock climber, trail runner and a good human being. His rock moves are buttressed by a Bachelors degree in geology. He is also a damn fine photographer and philosopher.

Sonam Shah
Assistant Trekking Guide

Sonam loves running, backpacking and being in the mountains. She was instrumental in founding the girls running program at Wide Open Vistas and has completed numerous trail runs and ultras in Nepal.  Sonam is currently living in the United States where she is enrolled in college and plotting new adventures.


Anuj Dev Chudal
Trekking and Climbing Guide

Anuj Dev has been an outdoor person since he was a child. He has completed climbing expeditions in Hampi and Badami in India, tried to solo climb Yala peak in Langtang (DNF) and did the first Free Ascent of “Gham Chaya” in Chame, Manang the highest sport climbing rock route in Nepal with his brother Rishi who also works with HAL. Anuj Dev is a licensed trekking guide. 

Seth Wolpin
Horse Scratcher and Adventure Consultant

Seth fell in love with Nepal many years ago and has been an endurance geek for the last ten with a slow drift from organized trail ultras to exploratory fastpacks and adventure challenges.  His ass has been solidly kicked at Barkley, on Everest, all over the Himalayas and across most of the US. He is an academic refugee with a PhD in Public Health from Oregon State University (2004). He is also a R-EMT.

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Pranav Koirala
Medical Adviser (MBBS) and Remote Physician

Pranav is a licensed Nepali physician now training in the US for Emergency medicine. He has a love for the mountains and rural health. Passions include the outdoors, emergency medicine, healthcare in Nepal. Some of his experiences include work with Everest ER, High altitude expeditions, ultraraces and filming projects among others as an expedition doctor. 

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Srijan Ayer
Trekking guide

Some years ago, after witnessing 'Machhapuchhare' up close on his first trek, Srijan decided to hang up his oxfords for trekking boots and hasn't looked back ever since. Invite him on any adventure - be it climbing, trail running, long treks or swimming deep lakes, he will probably agree before asking for the location. In addition to being a licensed trekking guide in Nepal, Srijan is a painter, writer, learner, tea connoisseur and a human being.

Vivek Lekhak
Trekking/MTB Guide & Base Camp Manager

Vivek is a licensed trekking guide and an avid adventurer with a passion for exploration. His journey in the mountains began with a trek to Annapurna Base Camp in 2014, fueling his love for the outdoors. In 2020, he ventured into the Solu region of Solukhumbu, conquering Pikey Peak (4060m) on his first mountain bike trip. Vivek's extensive experience includes navigating challenging terrains, discovering hidden trails, and embracing the awe-inspiring beauty of Nepal. At HAL, he takes on the important role of base camp manager, ensuring a seamless and unforgettable experience for our guests.