(Nepal) Ajay Shrestha: Swotah travel is a travel agency based in Nepal providing service regarding trekking and tour in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan

May 25, 2023

A QUICK INTRODUCTION ABOUT WHAT YOUR COMPANY DOES/YOUR VALUES/MISSION.

 
Swotah travel is a travel agency based in Nepal providing service regarding trekking and tour in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. The idea is to share the love of mountains in a way that it creates balance among locals, nature, culture, and adventurers.

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?


Having spent more than two-thirds of my life in Nepal, I’ve walked, cycled, hiked and travelled in almost every district in Nepal from the far west to the easternmost parts. I consider myself lucky enough to have been able to travel and explore some of the countries in Asia and multiple times and multiple countries in Europe. Adventurous living has always been the holy grail of my life.
Swotah is the result of my love for the adventurous living and my journey of self-exploration. It is a story of turning love and a passion for a piece of work.
I strongly believe that a journey into the Himalayas is a journey into oneself. It was one of those uncountable journeys in those majestic mountains where I took a deep dive into myself, which ultimately, helped me find a better version of myself. It was one of the greatest realizations of my life. The journey to the innermost self became possible on the lap of those grand Himalayas. The journey still goes on.
It was the love of the mountains and people in those special places which attracted and inspired me to be part of it. I grew up trekking and climbing in the Himalayas, leading individuals informally, many of whom I’d met in passing on the footpaths and who’d asked me to show them off-the-beaten-track routes, only known to locals. The conversion to professional guiding came about as a natural progression as I was overwhelmed by the desire to share our unique local knowledge with nature lovers, adventurists and voracious culture buffs.
Being a travel and trekking guide for over a decade, I decided to expand my passion for a travel to be a tour organizer and build my team of travel experts. What’s best about my passion is that I get to spend a considerable amount of time every single day with the legendary climbers and mountain lovers from all around the worlds. There’s no greater achievement for me than having a set of regular friends around who always have stories of their great feat or their special encounters with the locals in the mountains to share.

IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME A YEAR OR TWO, WHAT PIECE OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOURSELF?

 
As the owner of a travel agency that specializes in trekking, tours, and adventure travel in Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet, I would give myself the these advice if I could go back in time a year or two:

1. Diversify your offerings

2. Emphasize sustainable tourism practices

3. Invest in digital marketing

4. Foster strong relationships with local communities

5. Stay up-to-date with industry trends

WHAT PROBLEM DOES YOUR BUSINESS SOLVE?


our business solves the problem of language barrier between our client and local nepalese people, transportation. We make sure that our client will have a safe and secure travel in nepal. Nepal is a culturally diverse country, and tourists may not be familiar with local customs and traditions.So we provide cultural guides who can educate our client about local customs and help them navigate the country with sensitivity and respect.

WHAT IS THE INSPIRATION BEHIND YOUR BUSINESS?

 
As the owner of a travel agency in Nepal that specializes in adventure travel, trekking, and touring, I was inspired by my passion for exploring the unique and diverse landscape of Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet. The breathtaking natural beauty of these countries and the rich cultural heritage of the local communities captivated me and I saw the potential for providing travelers with a truly unforgettable experience.

The problem I am trying to solve is to help tourists experience the best of Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet in a safe and convenient manner. Tourists often face difficulties in navigating the transportation system, finding suitable accommodations, and dealing with language barriers, among other challenges. By providing comprehensive travel services, including transportation, guides, and cultural tours, I aim to make it easier for tourists to fully immerse themselves in the local culture and enjoy the natural beauty of these countries.

I am providing this service to travelers who are looking for a unique and authentic travel experience, with a focus on adventure, culture, and sustainability. Whether they are solo travelers, families, or groups, my aim is to provide a customized and memorable travel experience that exceeds their expectations.

WHAT IS YOUR MAGIC SAUCE?


As the owner of Swotah Travel and Adventure, my magic sauce is the combination of expert knowledge, local connections, and personalized attention that sets my agency apart from the rest.

First and foremost, my team and I have a deep knowledge and passion for adventure travel in Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet. We have years of experience exploring the regions and are familiar with the best trekking routes, cultural sites, and hidden gems that most tourists would miss. This allows us to provide our clients with an authentic and truly unique travel experience.

In addition, our local connections and partnerships with local communities and businesses allow us to provide our clients with unparalleled access to the best the region has to offer. This includes access to exclusive accommodations, off-the-beaten-path activities, and authentic cultural experiences that cannot be found through any other travel agency.

Finally, our personalized attention sets us apart from the competition. We understand that every traveler is unique and has different interests, needs, and travel styles. That’s why we work closely with each of our clients to understand their travel preferences and design a customized itinerary that is tailored to their individual needs. Whether it’s a multi-day trek, cultural tour, or adventure experience, we aim to provide a truly personalized travel experience that exceeds their expectations.

By combining these elements, our magic sauce provides a truly unique and memorable travel experience that cannot be found with any other travel agency.

WHAT IS THE PLAN FOR THE NEXT 5 YEARS? WHAT DO YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE?


As the owner of Swotah Travel and Adventure, my vision for the next 5 years is to become the leading provider of adventure travel, trekking, and touring services in Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet. To achieve this, I have several key goals and strategies in place.

First, I plan to continue to grow and expand my team of experts in order to provide an even higher level of service to my clients. This will include hiring additional guides, booking specialists, and support staff to ensure that we can handle the increasing demand for our services.

Second, I want to enhance our sustainability initiatives and ensure that we are acting as responsible and environmentally conscious citizens. This will include implementing eco-friendly practices in our operations, partnering with local organizations to support environmental conservation efforts, and promoting sustainable tourism practices among our clients.

Third, I plan to invest in cutting-edge technology and infrastructure to improve the efficiency and convenience of our services. This will include the development of a user-friendly online booking platform, the implementation of a robust customer relationship management system, and the use of advanced tools and software to optimize our operations.

Fourth, I want to expand our offerings and add new and exciting destinations to our itineraries. This will include exploring new trekking routes, cultural tours, and adventure experiences in Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet.

Finally, I plan to establish strong partnerships with local communities and businesses in order to provide our clients with an even more authentic and immersive travel experience.

In summary, my vision for Swotah Travel and Adventure is to become the premier provider of adventure travel, trekking, and touring services in Nepal, Bhutan, and Tibet, offering sustainable, personalized, and unforgettable travel experiences to our clients.

WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU’VE FACED SO FAR?


As the owner, one of the biggest challenges I have faced is navigating the unpredictable and often volatile nature of the tourism industry. This includes factors such as changes in government regulations, fluctuations in the local economy, and unexpected events such as natural disasters or political unrest.

Another challenge is ensuring the safety and well-being of our clients while they are on their travels. This requires us to constantly monitor and assess the security situation in each of our destinations, as well as implementing strict health and safety protocols for our clients and staff.

Finally, another challenge is staying competitive in a crowded market, as there are many other travel agencies offering similar services in the region. To overcome this, we have focused on differentiating ourselves through our expertise, local connections, and personalized attention to provide a truly unique and unforgettable travel experience for our clients.

HOW DO PEOPLE GET INVOLVED/BUY INTO YOUR VISION?


As the owner of Swotah Travel and Adventure, we believe that people get involved and buy into our vision by experiencing the unique and unforgettable travel experiences we offer. We have a team of knowledgeable and experienced guides, who are passionate about the destinations we visit and are dedicated to providing personalized and immersive travel experiences to our clients.

To get involved, we encourage travelers who are seeking adventure and cultural immersion to reach out to us and start planning their dream trip. Whether it’s trekking in the Himalayas, exploring the temples and monasteries of Bhutan, or discovering the rich cultural heritage of Tibet, we can design a custom itinerary to suit their needs and interests.

Potential clients can reach out to us through our website, where they can fill out a form to request a quote for their dream adventure travel. They can also connect with us through our social media channels, where we regularly post updates and highlights from our travels, and are always happy to answer questions and provide recommendations.

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