Designing trips that flow smoothly through Nepal is an art. After 10 years of specialization and experience in travel through this exciting country, we understand how to weave your expectations and dreams into the actual intricacies of permits, flights, visas and hotel reservations. When you call the Mandala Adventures office, we will assist you in choosing the trip that matches your schedule, budget and interests. Then we set the wheels in motion to land you in one of most highly sought-after destinations in Asia.
Members of our Salt Lake City staff come from diverse backgrounds, but share key interests. We all settled in this city as an attractive compromise between living in an urban environment and enjoying easy access to some of North America’s best skiing, fishing, mountain biking, and hiking. The mountainous landscape surrounding the Salt Lake valley reminds us daily of Nepal’s high ranges and plateaus.
Together, we continually build on our knowledge of all-things-Nepalese through an ongoing training program which includes study, reading, motion pictures, food tasting, cooking, local culture, and periodic travel abroad.
Founder & Guide
After spending several years in the adventure travel space leading the sales efforts for an Asian Travel company, Taylor has set his sights on delivering a first class experience for those souls looking for adventure. Taylor brings with him to Mandala Adventures an extensive sales and management background covering both the adventure travel and high-tech marketplaces.
A son of the Rocky Mountains, John is a fourth generation Montanan. His family still ranches on the family homestead in Montana’s Crazy Mountains, located in the Yellowstone River drainage. Occasionally, John finds himself there on horseback assisting with the annual roundup.
VP of Operations & Guide
Angela has lived in and absorbed languages, cultures, sights and sounds throughout the world. She is fluent in Indonesian, Mandarin and Fukian.
Expedition Consultant & Guide
Coming from a family of travelers and outdoorsmen, Jason was bound to make a living in the travel industry. He is a mountain guide by trade and has led groups on adventures to Mexico, South America, Europe, and the red rock deserts of Southern Utah. During his early years of seeking “wide open spaces”, Jason moved to Utah to finish his degree in Tourism and Recreation, and was first employed at Mandala Adventures as the office mail boy. Since then, Jason has been experiencing life and has come full circle to become apart of the Mandala Adventures family once again.
After receiving his M.B.A. from the American Graduate School of International Management in Arizona where he also studied Japanese, he moved to San Francisco, working in the International Shipping arena and relishing the diverse cultural influences of the city by the bay. His interest in Asian culture drew him to Japan where he resided in Tokyo teaching Spanish and English. Ira has also studied French, Portuguese and German.
International Air Desk Manager
Cel (pronounced “seal” which is short of Cecelia) began her career in travel management 25 years ago, and has done everything from management to booking leisure, corporate and group travel. She telecommutes to Snow Lion from her home in Golden, Colorado where she lives with her husband and two teenage boys. Connected to Mandala Adventures via the magic of technology, she manages contract and published airfares to a variety of far-flung Asian gateways for Mandala Adventures travelers.