Tika Ram Gurung just doesn't manage the premier mountain climbing company in Nepal, he lives and breathes mountain climbing.
Tika Ram was born and raised in the high mountains of eastern Nepal. Being of the Gurung Tribe, his people have made the high Himalayas their home for centuries. His village of Shankhuwasabha literally hangs on the cliff overlooking a beautiful mountain valley. For the people here, climbing is just a daily activity.
Tika Ram worked his way into the mountaineering business from the ground up. He was 22 years old when he became a porter and cook on his first trekking expedition. Three years later, he landed a job as a cook for a mountaineering expedition up Mt. Locuche East (elev. 6,183 m).
Since then, he has climbed Mt. Everest (twice), K2(elev. 8,611 m) in Pakistan, Mt. Cho-yu in Tibet (elev. 8,201) along with Mt. Manaslu (elev. 7,600 m), Mt. Island peak (6,187 m), and Mt. Mera Peak (elev. 6,416 m) in Nepal. He has also climbed in Pakistan Mt. Gasherbrum-I (8,068 m) and Mt. Gasherbrum-II (8,035 m). Of the 14 of the highest mountains in the world, he has climbed five of them, with a goal of climbing all 14 in his lifetime.
His list of accomplishments far exceeds the above mentioned peaks. He is fluent in Japanese, English, Urdu, Hindi as well as Nepali. He has given of himself in many civic organizations. He was a founding board member of the Expedition Operators Assoc. of Nepal, general secretary of the Gurung Tourism Entrepreneur Association of Nepal (GTEAN) and chairman of the Sankhuwasabha Tourism Festival (2011, Kathmandu). He holds numerous memberships in other organizations and is widely respected for his knowledge of mountaineering as well as his leadership and organization skills.
He established Bochi-Bochi Trek in 2006 and then expanded to Bochi-Bochi Travels in 2011.
He is married and they have two children, residing in Kathmandu.