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Why travel with us?

The Buddha Odyssey is a family-owned Canberra business that specialises in organising private group tours to Nepal.

We believe that every local school, university, sporting team and community group should have the opportunity to experience the beauty of Nepal – whether that’s by trekking through the Himalayas, playing sports with locals, or learning about a new culture during a community rebuilding trip.

What makes us different?

Our tour guides grew up in Nepal. They speak the language, understand the culture and have the local knowledge to provide every traveller with a great experience.

No matter what you’d like to experience, they can organise a tour to suit your needs. This might include:

  •  Trekking to Annapurna or Everest basecamp
  •  Community Rebuild Program or,
  •  Educational Program with Schools & Universities


Travel with experienced Nepal guides

Lachhu Thapa:Founder

Originally from Pokhara Nepal, Lachhu has lived in Australia since 2002. He made his way to Canberra from Sydney in 2011, where he runs established successful Nepalese restaurant The Hungry Buddha.

Lachhu is also the co-founder/director of REACH for Nepal Foundation, which provides support to remote communities in Nepal.

With brothers Raju & Shiva, Lachhu runs multiple trips to Nepal each year. With massive local knowledge, you are sure to be looked after in Nepal.

Raju Thapa: Co-founder / Tour guide

After living in the UK for more than a decade, Raju now divides his time between Australia and Nepal and leads the tours for the Buddha Odyssey.

Raju has been a tour guide for more than 15 years prior to living in the UK. Raju has a way about him that to the observer, it appears he knows everyone you come across in the remote areas of Nepal. His friendly nature ensures he can arrange the best outcomes for those who travel with him.

Shiva Thapa: Ground operations

Shiva manages the ground operations of the Buddha Odyssey in Nepal. Shiva is also responsible for running of our base bed and breakfast hotel in Pokhara, The Pipal Tree.

Shiva is also the REACH for Nepal Foundation’s on-site director in Nepal. His project management and community engagement skills ensure that all projects are executed in a timely manner.

He is a talented negotiator with a thorough understanding of Nepalese law. We are lucky to have him working for The Buddha Odyssey.


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