Meet Our Team

Let us create an unforgettable experience of Nepal for You.

Our expert knowledge and attention to detail will make your dream trip a reality!


Paul King  &  Merle Diekmann
Co – Founders

Hi, we are the team in Europe, Paul and Merle. We operate and maintain this website, marketing, social media and we’re the folk who will answer all your questions, help you create your trip of a lifetime and manage your booking.

We founded Real Travel Nepal along with Tej Shrestha, the founder of Volunteer Society Nepal, in November 2019. Our background is in the ecotourism and wellness retreat sectors, sustainable tourism, venue and event management.

Paul King and Merle Diekmann kayaking in Nepal 2019

Kathmandu, Nepal

Tej Shrestha
Co-Founder, CEO

Tej is the founder of Volunteer Society Nepal, which he started in 2004, and co-founder of Real Travel Nepal 2019. He is also the Director of The Everest Foundation Nepal and CEO of the Career Building International Academy Schools. Tej is our chief business manager.

Gelu Sherpa
Tourism Manager

Gelu is Co-Director of Volunteer Society Nepal and is the Manager of Trekking and General Tourism Operations. He oversees all trekking personnel and ensures our excellent quality of service founded on decades of experience in the Nepal trekking sector.

Bishal Shrestha of Real Travel Nepal Kathmandu

Bishal Shrestha
Office Manager & Customer Relations

Bishal has been with the organisation since 2008 and is our Senior Office and Programs Manager. His many duties include administering Volunteer programs and is our front line Customer Service Officer in Kathmandu and is one of our go-to organisers.

Ishwor Shrestha
Operations Manager

Ishwor heads up our back office team and manages the finances. His responsibilities also include market research and he is a contributor to digital and content marketing programs.

Anjila Joshi
Office Manager & Customer Service

Anjila has been a core member of the team for eight years and is part of our customer relations and administration team. She is also the principle language teacher for our social projects and Volunteer programs.

Umesh Shrestha
IT Engineer & Teacher

Umesh is our IT Manager responsible for technical support, content design, systems security and management. He is also the chief IT Teacher at the Career Building International Academy.

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