Our Team

  • Nirajan Chaulagain

    Co Owner, Operations Director

    He has extensive personal knowledge of Nepal, and has traveled to the Everest region, Langtang, Upper Mustang, Annapurna, Rolwaling and other remote regions of Nepal. Recently he did hiking in Adrondack Mountains, break neck trails and other hiking trails during his visit in New York, USA. He also has experience as a guide, and believes in social and environmentally conscious tourism practices. Nirajan studied Journalism in Tribuhuvan University in Kathmandu, and continues to expand his knowledge on tourism through trainings and coursework. Nirajan loves to interact with people, and to share the natural beauty of the country he calls home.


  • Binod Sapkota

    Co Owner, Managing Director

    Binod Sapkota, is an eager, knowledgable, and successful businessman in Nepal. Presently he is focused on the adventure tourism enterprises of Nepal including Managing Director of Rugged Trails Nepal, partner ownership of Tigerland Safari Resort Pvt. Ltd. a luxury resort and Bestway Travel International.
    Mr. Sapkota is not only a business person; he is equally active in meeting corporate social responsibility by being the part of various social organizations including Nepal Older Care Foundation, Founder, President, Lions Club of Dhumbarahi-Vice President, and Jan Jyoti Prathamik Vidhalaya -Executive Committee member.
    He has attended seminars and travel expos worldwide, including Japan, Korea, China, India United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Europe.

  • Vanessa


    Passionate about the outdoors, American born Vanessa Finley has been climbing mountains and exploring the wilderness since she was a young child. Vanessa is an avid hiker and mountaineer, and will try just about any outdoor adventure sport. She has been an outdoor guide for many years, and has previously led trips in North America, South America, and Europe. After leaving her life behind in the U.S. to live out of a backpack and travel the world, she found her calling in Nepal. Vanessa holds a Masters Degree in Social Work, and has 6 years experience in the field in New York City.  Vanessa is also a certified Yoga Instructor through the Yoga Alliance. Vanessa is committed to sharing her love for Nepal and the outdoors to give an unforgettable and inspiring adventure to others. Email

    International Credentials and Summits

    ·         International Expedition Leader: Machu Picchu, Peru

    ·         Co-Trip Leader: Pataginia, Argentina and Chile

    ·         Summit Mt. Marcy, NY (5,343 ft) - winter ascent of the highest peak.

    ·         Summit Mt. Washington, NH (6,288 ft) - winter ascent of the highest peak in the US North East.

    ·         Summit Island peak 6189 m ( Nepal, Everest region)

    ·         Everest Base camp trek 5555m ( Nepal, Everest region)

    ·         Annapurna Circuit trek 5416 m ( Nepal, Annapurna Region)

    ·         Annapurna Base camp 4130m ( Nepal, Annapurna region)

    ·         Gosainkunda Langtang trek 4380m ( Nepal, Langtang region)

    ·         Indigenous People trek 3500m ( Nepal, Rolwaling)

    ·         Rolwaling bigu goma trek 3500 m ( Nepal, rolwaling)

    ·         Ghorepani Poonhill trek 3210 m ( Nepal, Annapurna region)

    ·         And normal hikes, nagarkot, chisapani, around..

  • Robin

    Yoga Instructor

    Robin is a 200-RYT licensed and insured yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance who believes yoga provides not only the movement our bodies naturally want and need, but also the clarity and peace our souls are seeking. When practiced with honest intention and dedication, she trusts that yoga can help us find health and comfort in our bodies, and great truth about our selves and the world in which we live.

    Her yoga journey began in 2008 when Robin looked for a physical exercise that may help reduce the stress of University life and restore balance. While living in Central America in late 2012, she dedicated herself to the practice and since then, yoga has provided stable roots as she grows into the woman she trusts she should be.

    In early 2014, Robin trained in Rishikesh, India, with Rishikul Yogshala. Robin received formal instruction in Ashtanga, Hatha, Kundalini and Yoga Nidra, and studied yoga philosophy, therapy, pranayama, meditation, and shat kriya techniques.

    Robin currently teaches both studio classes and private lessons in the United States, and has also taught yoga in Nepal. She feels blessed to have the opportunity to share these ancient healing and transformative tools with others in hopes that one by one, each of us may find peace, compassion, and sustainable happiness.

    Apart from teaching and practicing yoga, Robin is a writer and graphic designer with degrees in Professional Writing and Journalism. She loves to travel, hike, snowboard, swim, paint, garden, cook, and hang out with her golden retriever, Jax.  Email her

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  • Nirajan, the director of Rugged Trails Nepal has a knack for being able to effortlessly and quickly arrange trips at the drop of a hat if needed. You can trust him and his guides to get the job done and to go that extra mile for all guests and clients. Nirajan's extensive network in Nepal and his experienced pool of guides will not only ensure ...

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