“I welcome newcomers in the industry whole-heartedly. But before joining the industry, they should learn the trade before starting the business.”
A tourism entrepreneur and a social worker, Pitamber Gurung, was born on October 28, 1966 in Bhittari of Rammechhap district’s Lamadi VDC. He is currently working as the Managing Director of All Nepal Adventure Tours & Treks (P). Ltd.
Born as the second child of Birkha Bahadur Gurung and Man Kumari Gurung, Gurung said he struggled a lot during her childhood days as they were form a very poor family. He joined school only at the age of nine as the school was very far from his village. After studying till Grade 3 in his village, Pitambar left for his aunt’s place in Okhaldhunga for further studies. He returned to his birthplace after completing Grade 8 and started making preparation to travel to Kathmandu in search of opportunities. “I still remember my mother had given me Rs 100 while leaving home,” added Pitambar.
It was during his journey to Kathmandu that he took a first bus ride. He worked at a furniture factory in Kathmandu as a laborer for nearly a week. “It was at this time that I came to know that the road to Rasuwa was being built that that the contractor was searching labourers. I, along with a friend, decided to go there”, Pitambar said, “Since we didn’t had enough money it was a real struggle for us to go to Rasuwa and return back.”
After returning back from Rasuwa, he started working as a helper in the household of a Marwari family. Later, he worked in various restaurants, hotels and finally became a good cook. A newly opened restaurant, Samurai, situated in front of Hotel Himalaya offered him to the job of head cook. Working with the restaurant, he decided to give continuity to his education. “I gave private SLC, but couldn’t study further. I took Japanese and English language classes too,” Pitambar added.
After some years, he got an opportunity to work as an assistant guide for a trekking trip to the Annapurna Region. Later on, he Summit Nepal Trekking and took guide training. Then he moved to Nepal Panaroma Treks where he was given the job of Field Manager. After working there for 19 years, Pitambar felt it was high time he opened his own company. As a result, he, together with a friend, opened Nepal Himalayan Village – a trekking company. But after having some problem with his friend, he opened his own company — All Nepal Adventure. His company mainly focuses in the Japanese market.
Pitamber is happily married and the couple is blessed with a son. His wife used to do teaching in the past, but now she is a homemaker. His son, who is 20 now, is preparing to go to US or Australia for further studies.
The seasoned businessman is also interested in social works. He has put lot of efforts to establish a school in his village. Pitambar is the Treasurer of Kathmandu Environmental Education (KEEP), President of Gurung Welfare Society Youth Club and a member of Child Development Society and Lions Club of Kathmandu.
The veteran entrepreneur urges the government to support tourism and work for stabilizing the political condition of the country so that every tour operator can confidently make foreigners believe that Nepal is safe. At last he says he feels proud to have provided employment to the needy people through his business.
“I welcome newcomers in the industry whole-heartedly. But before joining the industry, they should learn the trade before starting the business,” he added.