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

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

More favorite places

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

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