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Steve on trek in Sikkim, back dropped by Siniolchu

Steve Conlon

Founder and CEO, lived in Nepal for more than five years beginning in 1972.  He speaks Nepali with native fluency, and eight other languages.  Prior to founding ATC in 1982, he was a professional photographer in New York and Kathmandu, and produced an album of Nepali folk music for Smithsonian/Folkways Records. 

Lisa doing a preseason hike near the office in Vermont

Lisa Kumari Conlon

Steve’s daughter and COO of ATC, celebrated her second birthday at her Nepali grandparents’ home in eastern Nepal, by the age of seven had several Himalayan treks under her belt and has clearly inherited her father's wanderlust. Lisa graduated from the University of Vermont in 2007 and received her MBA in 2012. She has traveled widely and led groups throughout the Indian subcontinent, trekked in Europe and lived for a while in Patagonia. 

 

Some of our Guides & Partners...

Bill Liske

Our Trek Meister, Bill

Bill Liske is a guide's guide.  He trained countless mountain guides for over a quarter of a century at the Colorado Outward Bound School, and has been guiding for an equal length of time for Above the Clouds in the Himalaya and Patagonia.  Bill makes his guiding look effortless, in the words of many past trekkers, which is testament to how much energy and skill go into his preparations and the actual guiding.  His guiding skills are complemented by his encyclopedic knowledge over such a wide range of fields that we constantly ask ourselves, "How the hell does he know so much about so many things??".

 

Jamling Tenzing Norgay

Jamling with Steve - back dropped by Kangchenjunga

Love of mountains and climbing them is not something we normally think of as being passed on genetically from parent to child, but in Jamling's case it seems to hold true.  His much revered father told him, and his brothers, "I climbed Everest so you wouldn't have to," but he did it anyway, as documented in the acclaimed Everest IMAX film.  Jamling is now a much in demand motivational speaker worldwide, but is most at home in the Himalayan peaks visible from his home in Darjeeling.  He is as talented and complete a group leader as we have ever worked with or met.

 

Tsewang Bista

Tsewang, addressing his uncle, the King, in the Mustang Royal Palace

Tsewang Bista is an insider's insider in his home territory, the former Kingdom of Mustang in Nepal.  A nephew of the current king, he seems to know all 9,500 Lobas (as the residents of Upper Mustang are known) and every square inch of the kingdom.  He has guided groups for National Geographic's television exploratories on the caves of Mustang, and has worked to preserve both the contents of those caves and other treasures that date back many centuries. 

 

 

Dhamey Tenzing Norgay

Dhamey backdropped by the famed Tiger's Nest

Our partner in Bhutan is a longtime friend to Above The Clouds, Dhamey Tenzing Norgay.  Dhamey is no stranger to adventure, the youngest son of the legendary Tenzing Norgay Sherpa, Dhamey has explored and lead many adventures into the Himalayas.  To contrast his life in the Himalayas, Dhamey has also travelled much internationally during his 15 years as a corporate executive with a Fortune 500 company.  Dhamey and his family currently reside in Thimphu, Bhutan from where he develops and organizes exclusive adventures in Bhutan for Above the Clouds - offering insight into the traditional culture and scenic beauty of Bhutan.  Why Bhutan? According to Dhamey, there are a few rare journeys that we embark on during our lifetime, not just simply a vacation, but a journey for personal growth - to enrich one’s inner self through interaction with people and cultures from distant lands - he believes that Bhutan is one such adventure.

Sri Raj Gurung

Our Mr. Nepal, Sri

Sri Raj Gurung has been with Above the Clouds almost back to our Nepal origins in 1982.  For many years he worked as our primary city guide in Kathmandu, but we've recently managed to lure him out of the capital so that our Nepal trekkers can avail themselves of his vast knowledge of everything Nepali. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve and his daughter Lisa, in Vermont

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