El Yak is an adventure and mindful tourism company based in Nepal.

We specialize in mountain biking, mindfulness, and educational and leadership trips across the Himalayas catered to all levels of riders, backpackers, adventure enthusiasts, and learners. Our dynamic team is composed of experienced adventure guides, educators, community workers, and researchers and experts on local community empowerment, climate change, mindfulness and wellbeing. 

Our Mission

Our mission is to promote meaningful tourism across the Nepal Himalayas, explore unexplored destinations and activities, and bring direct benefits to local communities by engaging local guides and community members. 


A word from our founders

El Yak was founded in 2013 as one of the first tourism companies in Nepal to offer mountain biking trips in the Himalayas led by experienced Nepali guides. Led by founders who helped introduce and promote mountain biking in Nepal, El Yak, in its initial years, brought clients from across the world to explore the Himalayas from the comfort of a saddle. Being a small enterprise with limited resources, it, however, remained dormant for a number of years due to the challenges of the 2015 Nepal earthquakes and the Covid-19 pandemic which both brought tourism in Nepal to a halt in the years 2015-2021. Meanwhile, our founder, Mangal Lama continued to engage in a variety of activities for livelihood as well as to contribute to earthquake reconstruction efforts, domestic mountain biking events, and exploration of new biking trails and destinations.

In 2021, El Yak took a shift in its operations by bringing in new partners with different interests and expertise in tourism, education, entrepreneurship, and community development. After a long, arduous, and rigorous process of revising our mission and programs, El Yak relaunched its services in 2022 with a new website and a new set of travel offerings. We are excited with our new products and hope you will be too!

Happy exploring the Himalayan adventure of your dreams!

El Yak founders


Our Team

Our dynamic team is composed of experienced adventure guides, educators, community workers, and researchers and experts on local community empowerment, climate change, mindfulness and wellbeing.

Mangal Lama

Founder and Director of Adventure programs at El Yak focusing on the design and implementation of mountain biking and adventure leadership trips. He has more than 10 years of professional mountain biking and adventure guiding experience in Nepal and abroad, and has helped promote mountain biking in Nepal by building/identifying new trails, mentoring young riders, and organizing racing and adventure festival events. He also holds 10 career titles in 22 national and international races.

Asmod Karki

Co-founder and Director of Mindfulness programs at El Yak focusing on the design and implementation of mindfulness and well-being trips. He has been practicing mindfulness for more than 11 years and has led several retreats in the US, China, and Nepal in educational (Princeton University, Peking University, Tsinghua University), corporate (PwC, VRock), and public settings. He holds a Masters in Economics and Management from Peking University and B.A. in Public and International Affairs from Princeton University.

Pawan Dhakal

Co-founder and CEO at El Yak focusing on overall management of programs, and on the design and implementation of educational trips. More than 10 years of experience in the education sector as a teacher, researcher, and curriculum and learning materials designer. He holds a M.Sc. in Theoretical Physics from the Ohio State University, and A.B. in Physics and Mathematics from Dartmouth College.

Our offerings

We offer premier mountain biking, educational and leadership, mindfulness and yoga, and cultural tours across the Nepal Himalayas. We also offer 100% customized trips that allow us to design a travel itinerary from scratch to cater to specific needs of our clients.


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