Mountain Food Served to Mountain People
From the foot of Mount Everest, the birthplace of the Lord Buddha, Executive Chef Karma Tenzing Bhotia brings you the authentic cuisine and flavors of his homeland. Born and raised in the remote mountainous region of Mount Makalu in Nepal, Karma has traveled extensively throughout the Himlayas. As a mountain guide and professional photographer he led and fed trekkers from around the world.
A seven year stay at an Austrian mountain resort as Head Chef helped Karma fuse the bold flavors of Nepal, Tibet and India with the subtleties of European cuisine. With an eye on health, but without sacrificing taste, Karma has created a menu to please the palate’s of all his guests. This menu has a vast array of vegetarian entrees and is 95% gluten free.
Having established the award winning Tibet Nepal House in Pasadena, California, he now brings his unique and authentic cuisine to Durango for your enjoyment.
Karma T. Bhotia, Executive Chef/Owner
Karma Tenzing Bhotia and his wife Kumari Jyamu Bhotia were born in a remote farming community in the Mount Makalu region of Nepal which borders on Tibet. Many of the people who live in that area find it difficult to achieve a comfortable existence. They are mostly subsistence farmers, struggling week to week under very harsh conditions to provide the basic provisions for themselves, their family and often, their extended families.
Through a very rare set of circumstances Karma and his family were given the opportunity as children to attend school and advance to the level that allowed them to graduate from high school. Karma was the fourth person to achieve this academic status in his region on his generation. His wife Jyamu was the first women to graduate high school from that region and became a Teacher.
They knew from their own personal experiences that if they were going to provide the best future and opportunities for their children they would need to immigrate to another country. It was a difficult decision for them to make initially since, Karma could only afford for them to venture out of Nepal to create this new life. They were separated from their children for five years while they worked in several countries seeking the best environment and opportunities to raise their children later they decided it was United States.
The goal for, “Karma & Jyamu Bhotia Foundation ” is to fund and offer financial assistance annually to those children in the greatest need, so they will have the opportunity to get an education. Those benefiting from the fund will be able to contribute back into their own community. Eventually this cycle will be self-generating and directly benefit their community and those most in need.