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Meet Nikki Umatum of _Venturing_Out_

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nikki Umatum.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was living in San Francisco working in restaurants while practicing yoga and hiking in my free time. I decided to take a yoga teacher training course in Costa Rica to expand my knowledge of the practice. After a month intensive, I came city life inspired to share my passion for nature and body movement with those in search of it. I knew what I wanted to do, but had no idea what the end result would look like or how to make it happen!

It wasn’t until I moved to Truckee, CA which is about 20 minutes outside of Lake Tahoe that I came up with the idea to be an “adventure guide”. So I came up with the name, _Venturing_Out_, started an Instagram page, and got totally focused. I am now leading day excursions through Air Bnb’s experience page as well as through my own business. Air Bnb has been a huge platform for us to get started. It’s basically free marketing!

Now we have created our website and have shared our business cards. Things have really come alive in the short few months we have been rolling. I can’t wait to see what the future holds. I’ve never felt so sure about what I am doing in life! Not only am I giving people an adventurous experience, but I’m feeding my soul with happiness. Each adventure is different and we welcome people from all walks of life. “Happy heart, youthful soul, beautiful spirit” – our motto to live by.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It has been pretty smooth so far. We started our company in May 2018 and have been super busy, getting great feedback. Excited to see what the future holds.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with _Venturing_Out_ – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
Our company specializes in adventurous excursions. We take people on hikes to hidden alpine lakes. Lakes that the average folk wouldn’t be able to navigate themselves. We specialize in creating an experience that fits our client’s needs. We are super knowledgeable about the area and try to relate to our customers on a friend level making it super comfortable. In the future, we will be doing weekend adventure retreats, which I am really looking forward to.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
Major plans for the future include weekend retreats. My goal is to have a huge adventure day and come back to our San car based chef friend in the kitchen getting ready to serve a five-course meal paired sigh local wine. I love adventure and I love hosting, and with my background in restaurants, I want to put the two together to create an unforgettable weekend in the mountains. I’m also dreaming up week-long excursions in different countries! I love adventure and want to share it all over the world!


  • Wilderness Hike to secluded Lakes – $120
  • Wildflower Hike – $85

Contact Info:

  • Address: 11821 Baden Rd Truckee, CA 96161
  • Website:
  • Phone: 949-735-9958
  • Email:
  • Instagram: _venturing_Out_
  • Facebook: Venturing_out_

Image Credit:
Chad Johnson

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