Kim Bannister

Kim left the States at the start of 2001, travelling to Kathmandu to teach English in the Everest region for the Spring. Soon afterwards, she met Joel and Jamie, joined Project Himalaya, and has been creating and leading treks in Nepal, Ladakh & Zanskar, Tibet, Bhutan and Mongolia ever since. She and Lhakpa Dorji Sherpa, her trekking partner, lead at least seven or eight Himalayan treks together each year; both love to explore, and never tire of camping high in the mountains, trekking along remote Himalayan trails, crossing high passes, staying in traditional Himalayan villages, learning about local cultures and living amongst the Tibetan and Ladakhi nomads.

Kim resides in her lovely apartment in Lazimpat, Kathmandu between treks in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. She spends her summers with her team based in Leh, in the Indian Himalaya. When not on her computer, Kim can be found on her yellow mountain bike, avoiding rickshaws, pedestrians and motorcycles in the small alleyways of Kathmandu, at Roadhouse in Kathmandu sitting at the bar with a bottle of wine and a spinach pizza, enjoying Indian tandoori food with a cold beer at Ibex in Leh or searching the Central Asian bazaars of Leh for treasures and trek supplies …


The Kamzang Fund a growing non-profit project which strives to put Himalayan children through school, to contribute to locally-run educational centers, to help mountain inhabitants (and other Nepalis) with medical issues and to support worthwhile projects throughout the Himalaya. Our latest project is a solar set-up for the Lo Monthang Library & Community Center, funded by one of our Mustang trekkers.


More of Kim Bannister's favorite places

Kora of Ganden Monastery
Yaks and butter tea trek
Canyons of Guge Kingdom
Walking around Barkhor Square
Kailash Kora

More favorite places

Village life
Nomad Adventure Tour on Gangya and Sogdzong (Henan) Grasslands
Canyons of Guge Kingdom
Holy lake Yilung Latsho
Jokhang in Lhasa
The road Eastwards
Sacred Mountain Amnye Machen
Kora of Ganden Monastery
Beautiful cave murals in West Tibet
Meru Nyingma temple
Genyen Mountain Trek
Beautiful Yunnan Meili
Famous printing press
Rawuk Tso alpine lake
Tibetan Medicinal Herb Journey
Kailash Kora
Pabongkha Temple
Just driving through Tibet
Ghar Monastery, Kham Nangchen, Yushu Prefecture
Yaks and butter tea trek
Nangchen the ancient kingdom
Cooking, cycling, trekking and meditation in Central Tibet
Village tour with meditation course
Sho’La, The pass of Two Faces
Horse races and nomads
Nyenqentanglha Mountains, The Silent Guardian
Phenpo, an incredible valley
Home visits
Revel in the tranquility of Dorphu valley
The Drigung Valley
Favorite Flower Tour
Trola Range
Zhiduo the home land of wild animals, and the source of the Yellow and Yangzi rive
Chomolangma (Mt. Everest) National Park
Mount Kailash
Lhasa ancient pilgrimage circuit
Favorite bird watching tour
Ghar Monastery, Kham Nangchen, Yushu Prefecture
Three sacred mountains
Lhasa to Kathmandu Overland
Overland Lhasa to Kathmandu via Kyriong
Classic Amdo, A cultural adventure through Eastern Tibet
Wildlife adventure in East Tibet
The holy mountain Khawa Karpo
Lakes and Mountains
Walking around Barkhor Square
Best of Everest Basecamp
Riding across the Tibetan Plateau
Mt. Nyenpo Yurtse Trek
The grasslands of Amdo

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