Chief pilot Siddartha has 18 years' experience of flying in the mountainous terrain of Nepal and knows the Himalayas like no other. He is known as one of Nepal's most experienced pilots. He was previously in the Nepalese army and got his first helicopter licence at the age of 18. He is married with two children.
In 2012 Siddartha's best friend and accomplished pilot, Sabin Basnet, was tragically killed in a rescue attempt on the Himalayan peak Ama Dablam. Both Sabin and his engineer Puma's deaths could have been avoided and Siddartha has worked tirelessly to improve the training and conditions of pilots and their rescue specialists since