Mahendra Thapa ( President - Founding Members of Mandala Organization)
Mahendra Singh Thapa, one of the original Nepali raft guides to emerge as rafting developed in Nepal. In 92 he was considered as the most experienced guides in the Himalayas and formed Equator Expeditions, an adventure travel company based in Kathmandu. In 2002 Mahendra became the President of the Nepal Rafting Association. Equator team has worked for the production of adventure documentaries for National Geographic Television, Outdoor Life Network, Channel 4 and Trans World Sport. Their experience in the world of adventure is derived from a lifetime of expeditioning, instructing and guiding throughout Asia. Mahendra has a nose for adventure. However, it is his continued appreciation and understanding of an ever-evolving adventure travel market that makes them the most experienced Ground Operators in the Himalayas. Whether you are an individual adventure traveler, an independent operator or a national Geographic film crew you can be assured Mahendra and the Equator Expeditions team will meet your needs and exceed your expectations.
Bachelor in Commerce, Business Management
Food controller and food preparation.
More than 25 years of experienced Guiding in the River and Mountain.
1988 to 1992. Founder, President for All Nepal Rafting Guide Associations.
1999 to 2001 Genaral Secretory (Nepal Rafting Agent Association)
2002 to 2004 President (Nepal Rafting Agent Association)
2009 to 2011 Second Vice President Trekking Agencies, Associations of Nepal
2011 to 2013 President for Trekking Agencies, Associations of Nepal.
2013 to 2015 Immediate Past President.
2013 to 2016 Second Vice president Nepal Rafting and Canoeing Association.
I have over twenty-five years experience as a professional guide in the Himalayas, leading numerous river and mountaineering expeditions. This experience has given me an extensive knowledge of these regions and provided valuable insight into the logistics of ensuring safe, smooth expeditions.
Realizing that the rafting companies of Nepal needed more unity, in 1988 I became the founding President of the Nepal Rafting Guide Association and retained this position until 1992.
From 1999 until 2001 I acted as the General Secretary for the Nepal Rafting Agent Association, NARA www.raftingassociation.org.np and then increased my leadership role to the President of this organization from 2002 through 2004. In order to gain more experience in the fields of trekking and mountaineering, I took on the role of Second Vice President of Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) www.taan.org.np
Wishing to give TAAN more focus and direction, I took the initiative of becoming the President of TAAN in 2011 and will retain this position until 2013.
I have worked as a Fixer with many different TV channels and work for the BIG FOOT, SUPER NATURLIST, DUAL SURVIVAL for discovery and National Geographic Channel.
Shanta Nepali ( Vice-President - Founding Members of Mandala Organization)
I’m a Television Producer and Presenter with Years Of experience in Producing and Directing Travel & Tourism Programs and Documentaries. My work has taken me to various corners of Nepal and bringing out the real stories of those remote places has been my passion. I believe that excellent research, hard work, dedication and honesty bring out the best product. I believe I possess the ability and strength of mind to bring out the best product.
Research Skill – Experience through Journalism research reporting while working in Different media Plus through knowledge gained from my studies ‘Rural Development Course’.
Documentation Skill – Know-how through experience of working at different media house and through studies.
Communication Skill – Working and researching for different kinds of reports while working for different media house.
Reporting Skill – Thorough study, Compilation, Complete Analysis, Final Reporting – experience gained from researching and reporting for different media house.
Technical Skill – Know-how of using a video camera, audio recorder, visual editing, radio program production and computer skills.
Besides these skills I am a friendly nature person who can work individually and as a team player to help out bring the best from the work.
2013- till date Padma Kanya Campus(TU) Kathmandu, Nepal Masters Degree/ Rural Development
2007- 2011 Mahendra Multiple College Dharan BBS/ Accounts, Finance, Economics
2004-2006 Sri Sarada High School Dharan PCL/ Accounts, Economics, Human Resource, Finance
2003 Sri Sarada High School Dharan SLC/ English, Mathematics, Science
Local Production Asstitant - Dual Survival
(Dual Survival is an American reality cable television series, which airs on the Discovery Channel. The show features a pair of survival experts in predetermined scenarios while in challenging environments)
Cast & Crew- Finding Bigfoot
(Finding Bigfoot is a documentary television series on Animal Planet on Animal Planet . It premiered on May 30, 2011, and entered its fifth season on June 8, 2014. The program follows four researchers and explorers investigating potential evidence of Bigfoot,a Cryptid hominid allegedly living in the wildernesses)
January 2013 – 2015
Managing Director -Kripa Drishya Digital Studio
(Kripa Drishya Digital Studio 2 is one of the reputed Audio & Visual Production Studio in Nepal. With Best Audio Gears in today’s Market.)