About Sahasi Mahila Treks
As a woman, you never lose your innate courage. You never outgrow the spirit of adventure. Sahasi Mahila Treks reconnects you to your inner strength and courage.
Our commitment to the Nepalese people
Sahasi Mahila is committed to the people employed for your service and we always ensure the guides and porters hired are adequately insured and paid above Nepal industry standards. Life in Nepal can be extremely hard for local people, and even a slight increase in their average expected wage can make a huge difference. We also ensure that guides and porters have packed the necessary equipment to keep them safe and warm during the trek, and that they are supplied with the right equipment when necessary.
Rebekah and Funuru Sherpa have first-hand experience of running treks in Nepal. Deeply inspired by the way this region can transform a person, they founded Sahasi Mahila Treks in 2018.
In the Nepali language, Sahasi Mahila means ‘courageous women’. The inspiration and aim behind this trekking company is to help women grow through a transformative process, reconnecting them with their own innate strength and courage.
About Rebekah Sherpa
Over the past few years, Rebekah has been on her own transformative journey, and understands the challenges that a woman faces at various stages of life on all levels: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
At the end of 2013, Rebekah found herself in a relationship that was on rocky ground, and she was experiencing dissatisfaction creeping into her life from many angles. Although very much engaged in a strong and supportive community, she pulled out from finishing a degree that was proving meaningless to her. She began to explore newly found creative passions.
On the downside, during this period Rebekah began to work long hours, experienced burn-out and loathed her full-time job in a bakery with its demanding schedule. Her relationship began to suffer and collapse. It was a dark and difficult time.
Things improved gradually over the next two years as Rebekah found a much more satisfying retail job in a furniture and homewares store in the Blue Mountains, NSW. During this time, she was also immersed in a spiritual journey, working with an energetic healer and a yoga teacher - discovering practices that resonated deeply with her. She realised that something had been seriously lacking in her life up to this point, something that had been too hard to look at.
During her first trek in the mountains of Nepal, Rebekah was deeply transformed and inspired by her experience. Something opened inside, awakening a powerful sense of her own spirit. She wrote in her diary:
Walking along one day, surrounded by towering, snow-laden mountains on either side, I remember looking up at these mountains, and in that instant I suddenly understood my place in the cosmos. It occurred to me, amongst these majestic and ancient mountains (that have been there long before human history began, and will be there long after it has ended) that I was nothing in comparison to these mountains. In the whole grand scheme of time, history and the future of this earth - and even in the face of our own history and future as a species - we all are nothing.
I know this sounds depressing, but it was such a humbling and powerful revelation, and it still brings tears to my eyes when I think of it. However, being an adult human, I am also capable of holding two opposing thoughts at the same time - and in that thought of being nothing, I also know how AMAZING we can be and how important that realisation can be to the world.
About Funuru Sherpa
Funuru (also known as Norbu) is passionate about trekking and has nearly a decade of trekking experience. Against his family's wishes he left his monastic studies when he was quite young to pursue a career in trekking.
As his name suggests, Funuru comes from the ancient ancestral line of Sherpa people, who have a fascinating history, but are most famous for their superior mountaineering and trekking skills. Like most of Nepal's Sherpa people, Funuru was born and raised on his family's farm in the Solukhumbu district, in the Everest region. His village is remote, taking three days to get there! This gives Funuru extensive knowledge of this region. He has also completed many treks in the Manaslu, Tsum Valley, Kanchenjanga, Annapurna, Makalu, and Langtang regions.
In 2015, Funuru met Rebekah on a trek and their spirits touched. Soon after, they married and Rebekah moved to Nepal from Australia to live with Funuru in Kathmandu. They began to work together as a team in the trekking industry and soon had their first child.
In 2017, they moved to Western Australia and have settled into work, as well as setting up this trekking company.
Funuru is passionate about trekking in Nepal and always worked towards running his own trekking agency. His passion and experience ensures that all those who trek with him are well cared for, and have a memorable experience!