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

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

More favorite places

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

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