Who We are
A small ethical trekking company that was founded from a background of rural development
Nomadic Skies was founded in 2018 by Gavin Anderson and Jigme Lama who between them have over 50 years of professional experience in rural development across Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe and The Caucuses. Nomadic Skies is based in Ullapool in the beautiful NW Highlands of Scotland but we have close links with the mountain communities where our journeys are focused.
Our journeys have been developed in areas where we have a long and close working relationship:
Dolpo - Remote Tibetan Nepal: Our Dolpo journey was developed following research undertaken by Gavin Anderson and Jigme Lama into rural tourism and trekking as part of a British funded rural tourism development project. This built on Gavin's work on rural economic development in Nepal over 8 years and Jigme's background in rural tourism development in Nepal and with Tibetan speaking NW Nepal being Jigme’s home area.
The pilgrim and silk trade routes of Southern Armenia: Gavin has been supporting development projects in rural Armenia for over 12 years. Our Southern Armenian journey was developed in collaboration with a small Armenian Rural Development Organisation (SDA) and the Armenian World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and is being organised in collaboration local trek leader and mountaineer Gevorg Gasparyan whom Gavin first met when Gevorg was working as a veterinarian in the hill communities of Southern Armenia.
The majestic Virunga of SW Uganda: Gavin has had a particularly long relationship with Uganda having lived there permanently for 9 years up until 2005 and returning frequently to support rural development projects in the country. Gavin organised treks and expeditions throughout East Africa as expeditions secretary and then Chairman of the Mountain Club of Uganda. The Virunga held a special allure and we are now collaborating with local community tourism operators, villages and guides to put together a unique journey in a stunningly biodiverse and beautiful part of Africa.
It is as if we were part of a BBC documentary on the indigenous people of Dolpo. An amazing experience.
"A shared experience with a community. Not just a hike through a wonderful landscape"
" A unique experience very much into the heart of the Dolpo-pa, unlie other treks which speed through the landscape and seldom touch the culture"
Nomadic Skies Founder Manager and International Team Leader
Gavin is the founder and manager of Nomadic Skies. He has over 30 years experience working in rural development in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Caucuses and has developed a passion for remote rural places and the people who live in them. An experienced mountaineer and trek leader, Gavin has discovered that his real love is for mountains with unique cultures and getting to know the amazing people who live in remote areas.
Armenian Trek leader
Gevorg has had a lifelong love of mountains, trekking and mountaineering. Originally qualified as a veterinarian he began work in mountain communities in the South of Armenia where he built a strong relationship with rural communities. He moved into tourism in 2015 becoming a recognised leader in developing trails in Armenia and leading mountain and trekking expeditions. He met Gavin, the founder of Nomadic skies in 2009 when he was a vet and the seeds were planted for a future collaboration on exposing trekkers to the warmth and wonders of rural Armenia.
Pusbah lives in the Dolpo Village of Rechi. She is an amazing host who opens her small house to Nomadic Skies' clients to explain more about life for a younger person in remote Nepal. She is a skilled weaver and goat herder who has sacrificed herself to support her younger brother through school after they were orphaned at a young age. Pusbah's experience is one of strength and dignity.
Trail Guide and camp manager Nepal
Nurbu is not only an experienced trek guide and camp manager, but also a born entertainer. Give Nurbu any opportunity and he will pick up a drum and start to sing - not only to us but also to and with our local hosts. Nurbu is from the Humla area of NW Nepal, a neighbouring district to Dolpo. He intimately knows the trails and villages of NW Nepal.
Nepal expedition leader
Jigme is from the Humla district of high Himalayan North West Nepal. Jigme has worked in tourism and rural development from an early age running early expeditions to the sacred Mt Kailash in Tibet. After studying buddhism and rural development, he became invoved in working in tourism development across the Himalaya of Nepal. Jigme is an expert on Buddhism and the Tibetan influenced cultures of NW Nepal.
Community guide - Tibetan healing and herbalism
Tsering lives in the remote village of Ringmo in Dolpo where he is a practicing Amchi - a Tibetan hearablist and healer following an ancient tradition that spans back generations. Tsering offers the opportunity to explore Tibetan healing practices taking Nomadic Skies' clients to the hills above Ringmo to seek and identfy medicinal plants. In doing so he provides a unique insight into the medicinal practices and healing beliefs of Buddhism and Bon traditions.
The spectacular monastery of Trasung Choeling sits on a promontory of land overlooking the ethereal Lake Phoksundo and to the soaring glaciated peaks of Kanjirowa Himal. Nomadic Skies have formed a bond with the Lamas (monks) at this monastery who have offered our clients unique insights into the intimate ceremonies and rituals of the monastery that few other visitors see. The senior lamas offer their time to explain their beliefs and wisdom providing a unique insight into the Bon religion of Dolpo.