6 years experience
Samdien was born in 1971 in Ray’za, a small village in eastern Tibet. He moved to Lhasa in 1990 to work as a restaurant waiter. It was here that he found his passion for cooking. In 1993 he studied cooking in Lhasa’s largest Tibetan restaurant. Within five years he had become proficient at Tibetan, Chinese, western and Nepalese cuisine and had become a head cook.
Samden always felt a bit constrained by the tight kitchen quarters he worked. In 1999 we was asked to help on a trekking group around Mt. Kailas for a group of Swiss adventurers, and he has never looked back. In 2002 he started to work for SummitClimb, an american mountaineering company and BlueSheep Adventures. Since then he has worked for many climbing expeditions and trekking groups, serving clients from around the world. Samdien has provided services for expeditions throughout China, including to Mt. Everest, Mt. Cho-Oyu, Mt. Shishpangma, Mt. Mustagata, and for many other treks and climbing expeditions.
Samdien is a professional expedition manager and expedition cook. He has excellent management skills and a high level of professional commitment.
Samdien is regarded by many as the best and most diverse expedition cook in China. He has mastered how to make tasty and nutritious Chinese, Western, Tibetan, Nepalese, and Indian food at the world’s highest camps, including 6800 meter high Everest Advanced Base Camp. He tailors the dishes to the clients’ desires and keeps the meals varied.
Samdien is naturally good at organizing, logistics, and thinking about all the small things that make an expedition succesuful. He is motivated and passionate about what he does, and is continually learning and improving his skills. He seems to be able to effortlessly put together an entire base camp with three hot meals a day for a 30 person mountaineering expedition and provide tireless service on long treks to remote regions of the world. If the clients are happy, Samdien is happy.
Samdien presently lives in Lhasa with his wife and they have an 12 year old daughter named Deejee who loves to study.
Lhasa / Trekking Cook
Samden with his daughter, Deejee, in their home
Lhasa / In training
Samden's Mountain Cook School
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