Vetted Local Guides Take Us Inside
Trip leaders have a tremendous impact on the quality of your in-country experience, which is why we spend so much time vetting ours. On our luxury tours to Bhutan, we insist that you travel with the best. Through our longtime friendships and working relationships there, we get a chance to see things that other travel companies simply cannot.
We employ at least one Bhutanese leader per trip, skilled folks who know how to cater to Western sensibilities, as well as open doors to their home. Whether it’s participating in a private prayer ceremony that’s generally off-limits to the public or passing quickly through a roadside checkpoint while other groups fuss with paperwork, our Bhutan travelers are treated as honored guests and friends.
Meet Some of our Fantastic Leaders & Guides
Tandin has trekked and traveled all over Bhutan and been involved in tourism for more than a decade. After growing up on a farm near Punakha and attending high school in Darjeeling, India, Tandin studied history at the university in Thimphu. He is a natural scholar of Bhutanese folk stories and religion. His passion for the mountains and knowledge of their flora and fauna quickly become evident after a little time with him. He also speaks fluent Japanese.
Sha is one of GeoEx's most senior Bhutanese guides. He has been working with us for more than 12 years and during that time, has co-led many important tours and treks. Originally from the district of Sha, near Wangdiphodrang, Phurba (which means sacred ”dagger” in Dzongkha) is an extremely well informed, articulate, and competent guide. He looks forward to sharing his love for Bhutan with you.
Ugyen Yoesar is a native of Bumthang's Tang Valley in Bhutan, one of the most scenically beautiful vales in the country. A well-respected leader—he has guided treks, cultural tours, and bird-watching outings for a decade—he is current about kingdom history and politics. Ugyen is also passionate about mountain biking and is working to build bike awareness and trails in Bhutan.
Tsewang Rinchen has led treks and tours throughout Bhutan since 1998. He's attuned to subtle cultural differences within the country, which his languages help him navigate (he is proficient in Dzongkha, English, Nepalese, Hindi, Sharchopkha, and Bengali). He is also an avid reader with interests ranging from philosophy to quantum physics, is involved in organizing archery tournaments, and helps lead the newly formed Guides Association of Bhutan.
“Tsewang was more than a guide; he was a gracious host for his country who cared about our experience. He offered insights into Bhutan that we might have missed with your average guide. I returned from our trip with a head full of thoughts and new insights, not only about Bhutan but about values and life experience. What more can you ask for in a trip?” –Jennifer W.