Sonam Choeden

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Sonam Choeden worked in the Education Sector in various capacities for close to 2 decades. Her interest in  tourism and the hospitality business grew when she started her own tourist hotel which she managed for 6 years. Meeting and coming across guests from different countries with varied interests, some who seemed to have not quite got ‘what they were promised on their trip’, the idea to start a tourist agency developed. Sonam is originally from Kanglung village in Trashigang, East Bhutan but now lives in Paro. Sonam is Bhutan Homestay’s Operations Manager and will be the main contact person in Bhutan for guests of Bhutan Homestay.

Contact: Mobile: +975 17110344  Email: schoeden@bhutanhomestay.com 

Ulrike Cokl

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Ulli has lived in Bhutan on and off  for many years. She has conducted research on traditional hospitality practices, travelling & gift-exchange in Bhutanese rural society. Thus she is very familiar with village life. Together with Sonam and Nedup she decided to explore unique and sustainable ways of farm/homestay tourism. When in Bhutan Ulli is always on the move, exploring new homes in remote places. She loves developing unique itineraries that offer a glimpse into the rich cultural traditions of Bhutanese society. Ulli’s mother tongue is German, an advantage for our German speaking guests. Ulli occasionally guides tours in German and English language.

Contact: Email: ulrike@bhutanhomestay.com

Nedup Dorjee

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Nedup Dorjee was born in Eastern Bhutan. He studied Hotel Business administration in Germany and completed a Masters in Tourism Marketing at Surrey University, England. In the early 1980s he was in charge of Trekking and Mountaineering under the state controlled Bhutan Tourism Corporation. During his tenure as head of Trekking and Mountaineering, he surveyed trekking routes throughout Bhutan and led the first Italian group of trekkers on what is now famously known as the ‘Snowman trek’. He now permanently resides in the United Kingdom. His passion is to see tourism develop in Bhutan where the benefit goes directly to the rural communities.

Contact: Tel: +44 2077040786  Email: ngodrup@bhutanhomestay.com