I AM AN ADVENTURE PHOTOGRAPHER SPECIALIZING MOUNTAINS, PEOPLE, ACTION AND DOCUMENTATION

I’ve had the privilege to travel across the Himalayas of Nepal, India, Bhutan and the Alps of Europe as a photographer and writer for several magazines, adventure races, producers and explorers. I have been regularly photographing development projects, stories and adventure races in the outdoors as a photographer and videographer, be it southern flats of Nepal, merciless humidity of midhills, or isolated regions of the Himalayas.

Having started a career in photography in May 2016 with the Everest Marathon, I was hired to shoot UTMR and UTMB, the world’s largest trail running race in the Alps, by September 2017. Photos I took have been featured on cover page of eight magazines, books and reports, based internationally (France, Germany, UK, Taiwan and the United Nations). Further, UN Habitat commissioned me with a 135-page photo story report on beneficiaries post 2015 earthquake in Nepal. More recently I worked as the photographer for the United Nations Nepal to cover its response for the Covid-19 pandemic, and also as a videographer for a Yeti documentary in Everest and Mustang regions.

I have good physical stamina, thrive with challenges and risks, and am self-sufficient while travelling. I do not depend on porters at elevations, have no issues crashing beneath a shady overhang, and can munch on stale, moldy bread for survival should such a situation present itself.

I have shivered through frigid nights at Annapurna’s eastern flanks awed by a meteor shower overhead. I have melted in the scorching summer of Bardiya for days on end, hoping to frame a tiger; it never showed up. I can crack a silly joke for a cheeky smile on an unsuspecting grandma or steal a shot of grandpas lazying and smoking in the sun. I can work long hours, waiting patiently at 5,400m to get the best light and the right action. And I equally can play hide n’ seek with a wagtail to capture its flight over a glacial lake.

When it comes to photography, I am trigger happy.

Work Samples

Where I’ve been published

Over 700 articles (as of June 2020) including stories and photographs published in:

  • The National Geographic
  • United Nations
  • Velojournal (Switzerland)
  • Enduro Magazine (Germany)
  • Action Asia (Hong Kong)
  • Varingen (Norway)
  • The Kathmandu Post (Nepal)
  • ECS NEPAL (Nepal)
  • The Himalayan Times (Nepal)
  • Living (Nepal)
  • Enduro Asia Magazine (The Philippines)
  • Himalayan Outdoor Journal (India)
  • Trail Magazine (Germany)
  • Action Trail Asia (Hong Kong)
  • Wave (Nepal)
  • Mittelbayerische (Germany)
  • Esprit Trail (France)
  • China Daily (China)
  • Freerider Mag (India)
  • IMB (UK)
  • Spoke (New Zealand)
  • Nepali Times (Nepal)
  • Suunto (Finland)
  • Hope (Nepal)

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Assignments

Assignment Role Country Year
Yeti Documentary Videographer Nepal 2021
UN Covid-19 Response Photographer Nepal 2020
UTMB Photographer France
Italy
Switzerland
2017
Ultra Tour Monte Rosa Photographer Switzerland
Italy
2017
Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon Media Team Lead Nepal 2016, 2017, 2018
Manaslu Trail Race Photographer Nepal 2017, 2018
Mustang Trail Race Photographer / Videographer Nepal 2017, 2018
MTB in Jomolhari Route Videographer / Editor Bhutan 2018
MTB Himalaya Photographer India 2017
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Education

Bachelor of Arts

  • Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA
  • Double Major in Economics and Management
  • Graduated with Honors in Economics and Magna Cum Laude with a GPA of 3.73 on a 4.0 scale

High School

  • St. Xavier’s High School, Lalitpur, Nepal
  • Graduated with Distinction and in 97th percentile of Commerce batch

Awards

  • Davis Foundation Projects for Peace $10,000 grant to launch a social project in rural Nepal
  • GHT Dolpo Photography Competition
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon – the International Honor Society for Economics
  • Beta Gamma Sigma – the International Honor Society for Management
  • Fiat Lux Honor Society (Clark University), “academic excellence, leadership, and sustained commitment to community service”
  • Dean’s List: 7 of 8 Semesters
  • Presidential Scholarship: Full college tuition fees for Bachelor’s

Languages

  • Nepali Mother tongue
  • English Bilingual fluency
  • French Advanced professional proficiency (5 years training in Nepal and the US)
  • German Intermediate proficiency (3 years training in Nepal and the US)

Work Experience

vonKathmandu

2021 to present – Co-Founder / Guide / Product Development / Programmer / Photographer

  • Oversee product development, IT, branding, promotions and media for treks in the Himalayas and day hikes in Kathmandu Valley
  • Guide clients in the mountains and outskirts of Kathmandu

Snail Trail Series

2018 to present – Founding Director / Admin / Product Development / Programmer / Photographer

  • Organized 17 trail running races (till date) in Kathmandu and Pokhara, including monthly KTM Series (ongoing)
  • Oversee product development, IT, branding, promotions, logistics, media and operations of trail races

Gnarly

2015 to 2019 – Co-Founder / Product Development / Photographer

  • Organized 14 mountain biking races, including the Grand Himalayan Enduro (part of World Series)
  • Oversee development, promotions and operations of the mountain biking races

Eutai Mala Nepali

2015 to 2017 – Founder / Programmer / Content writer

  • Lead relief and reconstruction in various districts of Nepal affected by 2015 earthquake
  • Source funds and maintain rapport with donors as well as implement projects on ground level
  • Implemented projects of more than USD 200,000 in funding in Nuwakot and Gorkha post earthquake

ECS Media

2012 to 2016 – Editor / Feature Writer / Photographer

  • Wrote over 400 stories and photostories
  • Edited publications: Fr!day, ECS Nepal, Living, VenturePlus HealthyLife and Wedding Bells

References

Lizzy Hawker

Kora Explore
Organizer of Ultra Tour Monte Rosa
Nat Geo Adventurer of the Year 2013
info@ultratourmonterosa.com

Stine Heiselberg

Head of UN RCO
United Nations
stine.heiselberg@one.un.org

Jill Wheatley

Runner, Mountaineer, Skiier
Mountains of My Mind
jillewheatley@gmail.com