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Updates from the Field: Sanjay Nepal, Lhakpa Norbu Sherpa, and Pranoy & Binoy Rai

by Kathryn Gritt

April 15, 2020 Adventure Experts

Around the world, people are taking steps to keep their families and communities healthy and safe through social distancing. Our guides are no exception. MT Sobek guides around the world are staying home to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Staying home is a very different adventure from the kind they are used to!

We asked our guides what they do to stay fit and entertained while social distancing in their home countries, and we wanted to pass along the advice and words of encouragement they shared. As we receive more updates, we will add more blogs to share their letters of hope and encouragement. 


Sanjay Nepal


Himalayan Passages and Nepal Discovery Adventure

This is a difficult time for all of us but nothing is permanent. It is the period when the Earth is healing itself.

As for us, I believe that this is the time to meditate, workout, catch up with friends and family (through telephone or social media) & learn a new skill (I’m learning how to tie a turban).

I am passing my days by reading a lot,watching movies and documentaries, meditating a lot and praying for everyone.

Most important: RECHARGE & REDISCOVER YOURSELF!  Stay safe! Sending you all loads of love and prayers from Nepal.

Namaste (the healthiest way to greet and say “I salute the god in you”),



Lhakpa Norbu Sherpa


Everest Base Camp Trek and Everest Lodge-to-Lodge Trek

Lhakpa has worked with MT Sobek since 1983, first as a Sirdar and now as a legendary trekking guide.

These pics are a positive message that Kathmandu air has become breathable after several days of lock down. Mt Gaurishanker (103 km NE of Kathmandu), which is normally not visible at all, and Mt Ganesh Himal (78 Km NW of Kathmandu) are both clearly viewable from my terrace!

Mt Gaurishankar View of Mt Ganesh


Pranoy and Binoy Rai


Everest Base Camp Trek and Everest Lodge-to-Lodge Trek

Pranoy: We all have been cooped up in our houses lately which is not any different a scenario to the rest of the world. I hope you and your family are keeping safe. Here are a couple of pictures of my daily activities during the ongoing lockdown.

Binoy: Never realized I would be this busy in the lock down! Good thing is I am able to spend a lot of time with family. At home I am keeping myself busy doing yoga, Zumba, looking after the kids, cooking my own food, and doing physiotherapy for my mum who is suffering from Alzheimer’s. I am doing stuff like this which I am enjoying in this time of pause.


Our global family is the heart of adventure – we’re all in this together. Keep your families, your communities, and yourselves healthy and  safe. When it’s time to explore again, we’ll be here to make it happen for you. Reach out to our knowledgeable destination experts anytime with questions or for additional information as you envision where your next journey may take you.