One to One with Keith Vaz: Badri Gajurel

Keith Vaz MP Tuesday 09th January 2018 11:22 EST

Badri Gajurel with over 20 years in the travel industry, Badri has a reputation as knowledgeable, charismatic and caring tour operator. As a Director of Earthbound Expeditions Ltd UK he has a passion and motivation to ensure that his clients always have a successful journey that is spellbinding. Born in the Langtang Himalaya region of Nepal, Badri outlook is to be in harmony with the Himalayas and always be blessed with your life journey.

Badri specialised with treks and tours to Nepal (Everest and Annapurna treks), Tibet (Kailash and Manasarover spiritual trek), Bhutan, India (specialist for Chardham Yatra), Sri Lanka, Vietnam, and Cambodia. As his popularity as a Lead guide increased he has now including Africa (Tanzania & Morocco) and South America (Peru & Bolivia) with treks on Mount Kilimanjaro and even the epic Inca trail route.

Despite being busy all around the globe, his charitable heart extensively helped rebuild schools in the remote areas of Nepal, giving better opportunities to the local underprivileged children.

 One to One Questions

 1) Which place or city or country do you most feel at home in?  

I am fortunate to have two beautiful cities which hold my heart dearly. Firstly, London where I now live with me wife and two beautiful daughters. The second would be Pipaltar (Nepal) where I grew up with my parents and siblings.  

2) What are your proudest achievements?

Proudest moment was also my saddest moment. In April 2015 I had to return to my homeland Nepal immediately after the earthquake, learning that I had lost loved one, it was heart-breaking. Hope4Nepal Volunteers based in UK managed to raise emergency funds to help the devastated hillside villages with emergency supplies. It’s wonderful to come across individuals who are doing selfless tasks, being part of them was my proudest moments.

3) What inspires you?

Adventure has always inspired me, the beautiful earth has so much to share and I have always been living this adventure. My parents have always been supportive with my sense of adventure, and my wife understands my thirst of what I enjoy most.

 4) What has been the biggest obstacle in your career?

 Life is a journey, whatever happens it happens for a reason, my parents have been reasonably religious and have taught me that all obstacles are meant to be conquered and that they are placed with a purpose. If you conquer your obstacles they then give you the courage to move forward.

 5) Who has been the biggest influence on your career to date?

 My family has been the biggest influence as they have given me the blessing and strength to do what I do and love.

 6) What is the best aspect about your current role?

 I am so fortunate to meet so many people from different background, countries, profession. Doing the work that I love and sharing the enthusiasm, inadvertently clients become lifelong friends.

 7) And the worst?

 I would have to say the worst thing is being far away from my wife and the children over a long period. Yet, technology has its consolation that we can talks to each other over the phone. My work takes me away for long period and I have always missed their birthdays, but we always make up and have a party when I return.

 8) What are your long term goals?

 To be able to share my love of the mountains and continue with my profession would ideally be my long term goals. However my heart indicates that whilst I can share and encourage my clients to help the less fortunate is my preferred goal.

 9) If you were Prime Minister, what one aspect would you change?

 Personally we have become too materialistic; ownership creates arguments.  As a PM would it not be fair to say by encouraging our children not to be materialistic and setting standards at an early stage of their life where compassion and happiness is a priority.  This could be done with compulsory continuous charitable services in their schooling years.

 10) If you were marooned on a desert island, which historical figure would you like to spend your time with and why?

Without hesitation, I would spend time with Lord Buddha and be part his teachings.

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