Krishna Kumar MagarCo-founder – UIMLA Mountain Leader & Instructor
Krishna Kumar Magar was born on a full moon starlit night in the legendary region of Solukhumbu, so well known for its mighty peaks, mainly Mt. Everest. Krishna’s father clambered out of his village home to fetch water when he looked up to the skies and noticed an extraordinary number of stars in the heavens lit up by a full bright moon and thought this to be a good sign in the birth of his second son.
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His thoughts would later, down the years, prove to be true because the stars his father saw sure lit up his son’s life when Krishna embarked on his first trek to the Annapurna Base Camp as a budding teenager of just 15 years old; since then, Krishna never looked back to what was to become his destiny in a career that took shape on the same mountains. He was born in albeit in another region.
Krishna Magar is now 26 years old and on the cusp of establishing a company named ‘Dream Peak Adventure.’ The stars of that starry night of his birth have now gone full circle. However, it wasn’t easy getting to where he is now, down the years Krishna saw that life was toiling with blood, sweat, and tears, having been born into a pretty large family with 3 brothers, 2 sisters, and his parents. Surviving on Nepal’s mountains by tilling farmlands was simply not enough to feed a family this large. Juggling between studies while seeking a source of income to help his large family, Krishna walked the mountain trails to pay for his education at an early age and completed grade 12 in the capital city Kathmandu.
Krishna Magar fell in love with the mountains as a little child, and the mountain gods perhaps returned the love with an income source and experience, which morphed into climbing peaks like ‘Island Peak 6,189m and Chulu West at 6,100m’. Krishna has trekked all of Nepal’s famous trekking circuits in the Everest, Annapurna, Langtang, and restricted areas of Nepal’s Himalayas. However, doing peaks was a do-or-die ambition, and this was achieved with two famous trekking peaks.
It was while climbing peaks that Krishna learned climbing was not all about heroics, but the risks that came with life itself, perhaps, the most notable experience Krishna achieved was in the course of climbing Island Peak. It was here that he discovered the most common mistake climbers made is thinking of the summit as the end goal, but this is not. So, from his point of view, the end goal should always be to return alive after reaching the summit in one piece. This has become the hallmark of Krishna’s strategy when climbing peaks, which puts much focus on the safety of his clients when guiding them on mountain expeditions.
Krishna has now come a long way after his father looked up to the many stars. He saw in the heavens as his son Krishna has now become a rising star itself. In the course of his trekking the mountains, Krishna Kumar Magar also speaks fluent French and has traveled to Europe often to improvise on his God-given skills of climbing mountains; as big as they come. Krishna knows it’s easy to get introduced to the mountains, but the risks involved far outweigh the ease in which it comes. With a simple education, competing for jobs in Kathmandu is very difficult in a country seeped in nepotism, so the only way out is to work as a full-blown ‘mountain guide,’ but Krishna loves his work more than his life.
Krishna’s final aspirations are to finally become a fully certified UIMLA guide and pray to the mountain gods that this will come about soon. Till then, he will continue to serve Nepal’s mountain tourism sector and ensure the safety of his clients whenever he’s on expeditions. He wishes to do all this without hurting anyone’s feelings’’, despite the formidable challenges that come with peak climbing. Krishna’s ambitions are to turn his company ‘’Dream Peak Adventure’’ into one of the most reliable and accountable adventure companies in the Himalayan state of Nepal.
Prem MagarCo-founder - Expedition Leader
Magar was born on a warm July afternoon in the region of Solukhumbu when the overcast skies gave frequent views of the fantastic mountains. Born into a large family of 6 members, which made up 3 sisters and his parents, Prem was the only son in the family.
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Prem Magar grew up in the mountains of the Everest region, where Great Spirit, plentiful resourcefulness and deep love for the land are all needed to survive hereabouts. As part of a large family in a distant area, Prem learned about life early on, the hard way. Prem’s life started very early, and his mother stopped rocking the cradle when he was 13 years old. This came about when prem ventured on his first earning a trip to the EBC working as a porter, one of the most difficult jobs to do on Nepal’s huge mountains. He saw that his parents had to work hard to cultivate the fields to feed the large family, and being the only male member of the family; decided to help his parents by taking care of himself.
this point, money was a big motivator for Prem who had a burning desire to be independent and not depend on his hardworking parents. And, while hiking the trails of Everest Base Camp, his first views of Mt. Everest captured his heart, & from here on Prem never looked back, swearing that he would soon climb peaks. As the trips increased, Prem was soon upgraded to an assistant guide & also developed skills as a camping cook, and within a period of 3 years with some great experience, Prem realized his dream by climbing Yala Peak at 5,732m as a teenager of just 16 years. This achievement encouraged Prem Magar to undergo some useful mountain training programs for a better career in mountaineering.
Prem began his training career at NATHM in the year 2013-14. He also went on to complete a basic mountain training course from NMA in 2014. These reputed courses helped Prem Magar go even higher in his general peak climbing career in the years ahead.
Prem’s training didn’t go in vain. He went on to climb 11 of Nepal's well-known trekking peaks, which includes Mera Peak, Lobuche Peak, Island Peak, Naya Kanga Peak, Pisang Peak, Chulu East/West Peaks, Thorung Peak and scaled Ama Dablam 4 times. He achieved an exceptional feat when he climbed Ama Dablam to base camp in 19 hours, where similar climbing time for an altitude of this kind takes 3 whole days. Prem virtually did the impossible undertaking great risks with success. The crown of this climbing period was summiting Mt. Annapurna IV at 7,572m in 2015.
Prem soon learned when you and the mountains have a sacred respect for each other, great optimism is necessary for climbing peaks above the timberline, and grit and determination are key to success by ensuring your safety and that of your clients.
Today, Prem and his family have come a long way through the arduous trails of life in Solukhumbu. Prem’s parents, despite the aging, remain active in their professions. Prem’s father still guides trekkers while his mother runs a hotel owned by the family. Prem Magar, at the young age of 24, also does social work for the development of schools in Namche in the village area of his birth, which lies in the lower regions of Solukhumbu.
Despite the struggles, Prem went on to complete his higher 10+2 education and is also now one of the proud owners of Dream Peak Adventures, a company recently established by the team. Prem Magar’s sole ambition is now to summit Mt. Everest, which lies in the area of his birth, and turns Dream Peak Adventures into one of the best peak climbing companies in the Himalayan State of Nepal.