Being born in Soviet Union and raised in a traditional Russian family, i never knew how it will be possible, but always dreamt about travelling the world. In a way, I knew that I will eventyally will do it. From a young age of 6, I learned from my grandma, a highly educated woman, has all basic Geography – i knew all countries, their capitals, most exciting climate zones and places of high tourist interest. One day she asked me: «if now you are given a chance to travel any place in the globe, only one, where would you go?» And I, without a moment of hesitation, replied: «Himalayas». Back in Soviet union almost no information was available about Tibet or Nepal, and my grandma was, let’s say, surprised. She asked back: « But why? There seems to be nothing!» And I said: «That means we have to go and find out what is there». I did not remembered that story, till my grandma told it to me 30 years later, when I already guided groups to Himalayas. She added: «And you have done it now».
Although the connection to the region was obvious, my entrance to the Himalayan world happened via it’s religious aspect. In 2006 I took serious decision to become a Buddhist, found my teacher and started practicing Buddhist meditation. Two years after, our teacher, Karmapa, who is one of the greatest Tibetan yogis of all times, conducted a course of teachings in Northern India, and we all were invited to come. Then, the first idea of pilgrimage to sacred Buddhist places came to my mind and Kathmandu -the capital of Nepal, was, no doubt, the point of the greatest interest. This first travel and meeting with the incredible amount of blessings changed my life forever, there was no way back to my previous life, and I decided to share the great inspiration of those places with others, by starting to guide groups.