Nepali guide RJ a National Geographic 2018 Adventurer of the Year

Our Nepali guide RJ gains international recognition from National Geographic

Congratulations to our Nepali guide RJ!

We’re really proud of our Nepali guide RJ (Rajesh) Magar who has been nominated a National Geographic 2018 Adventurer of the Year. This is a huge, and well-deserved accolade for 21-year-old RJ, who is not only a great guide, but also one of the top mountain bike racers in Asia.

According to National Geographic it was RJ’s “phenomenal talent, infectious energy and unexpected story…” that made him a 2018 Adventurer of the Year.

Back in December, adventure videographer and Yeti ambassador, Joey Schusler spent some weeks out in Nepal filming a documentary about RJ, which fuelled National Geographic’s interest in the young Nepali rider.

Joey’s film is due to be released soon, but in the meantime, here’s a short trailer of what’s to come…

On the up going down

From building a ‘Franken-bike’ from cobbled-together spare parts costing $25 only a few short years ago, RJ now boasts over a dozen titles (and medals) to his name, testament to his growth and prowess as a downhill racer on the Asian scene.

RJ’s sights are now set on international race titles and he’s working towards entering a number of races in the US and Europe this year, and hopefully bringing back another haul of medals to Nepal in the process!

We’re incredibly proud to have RJ on our guiding team in Nepal and can’t wait to see everything he achieves in the next race season too.

Nepali Guide RJ - hard at work

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