Hari Nepali

Head Guide

Hari qualified as a licensed trekking guide in 2004, having won a prestigious scholarship to be trained by Nepal’s National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), and the Annapurna Conservation Project (ACAP). In addition to his 10 years of guide experience, he has a further 7 years of mountain experience, including working as a porter for organised treks. He is one of a tiny handful of guides offering treks in Mustang who are actually from the region, and is extremely knowledgeable about Nepalese village life, culture, religion and history. He has in-depth knowledge of the country’s flora and fauna and has experience guiding bird watchers and wildlife lovers, and takes particular delight in showing clients areas of Nepal seldom visited by foreigners – from high mountain passes through to hillside villages.

Hari is also highly skilled in rescue operations, and has saved several lives through his decisive action, always where others’ expeditions have fallen foul of their luck . His clients have included ambassadors to Nepal, the UN Mission, members of the British Embassy, and the heads of various international aid organisations. You may read some of their testimonials here.

Hari works as our Head Guide, and oversees all of the logistics on the ground in Nepal, as well as personally leading many of our expeditions. He speaks fluent English and Nepali, as well as some Tibetan and German.

Matt Pain

Expedition Leader & Sports Therapist

Matt is a chartered surveyor but spends as much time outdoors as possible. Apart from Nepal he has trekked in Ladakh, Kashmir and climbed in the Alps, Snowdonia and Scotland. He participates in endurance racing in both extreme hot and cold conditions, and has completed the Marathon des Sables (a 251km ultramarathon across the Sahara), and the Rock and Ice and Yukon Arctic Ultras, both in Northern Canada (the latter has been described as the toughest ultramarathon in the world, and can see temperatures drop to as low as -50C).  He has also organised a running expedition of 50 marathons in 50 days from Lisbon to London and was the on-road manager throughout. His main reasons for embarking on these adventures is for the people he meets, and the sense of working together towards a shared goal. Matt works as an expedition lead where clients want a Western guide on hand, as well as being a first point of contact in London, and helping with preparing bespoke treks.

Don Levett


Brit who has been visiting Nepal for over 10 years. First discovering Nepal as a volunteer English teacher, Don conceived of Blue Sheep Trekking whilst in Upper Mustang on a trek led by Hari, when he was blown away by Hari’s knowledge and professionalism. Stunned by how little of the ticket price of package treks makes its way to the guides doing the actual work on the ground, and shocked by other travellers’ experiences of bad guides, he decided to use his consultancy experience to streamline the agency operations and ensure Blue Sheep’s guides are the best paid – and the best – in Nepal, whilst keeping our prices competitive with the market. Don oversees the operations and marketing for Blue Sheep.