Pem Tshering

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GUIDE (cultural)

Pema Tshering, or as we call him, Pem Tshering was born in the village Khasadrapchu in Thimphu valley. Pem Tshering is a real farmer boy and that is also his strength. When he is not guiding he helps his mother on the family farm, being used to hard work from childhood on. He is s one of our youngest guides and very well liked by our guests, especially on treks. No mountain is to high and no hike too long when Pem Tshering is around. He will do his best to distract those who might feel overwhelmed by altitude and the occasional steep climb. Among his repertoire to overcome little obstacles are singing traditional songs, rapping Bhutanese style, and reciting poetry. When it comes to local history and temples or simply stories from everyday village life, Pem Tshering proves to be a humble and patient guide who tells it from the heart.

Jamyang Thinley

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GUIDE (cultural)

Jamyang Thinley was born in Yadhi (Mongar) in the remote east of Bhutan. He holds a BA in Geography and Economics from Sherubtse College in Kanglung, Trashigang. During his studies he worked as a research fellow with guest researchers from Kyoto University. Hence he was able to explore many places in the east, learning a lot about culture and history but also agricultural practices and challenges faced by the farmers. After completion of his studies his greatest wish was to train as a tour guide because he loves travelling and learning more about the unique culture and history of his home country. At the same time he enjoys sharing his insights and passion with others. Jamyang’s enjoys interacting with people and he loves basketball, movies, reading and hiking. Jamyang is a charming and jolly young man who will go out of his way to make your days in Bhutan memorable!

Rinzin Wangmo

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SPECIALIST GUIDE: Textiles, weaving & dyeing

Rinzin Wangmo started weaving at the very young age of 10 years. Her mother, a full time weaver, insisted that she continue the family tradition in addition to her schooling. The art of weaving is very strenuous and can be monotonous at times especially for a little girl. However, young Rinzin got hooked when her first woven fabric, a male garment (gho), was sold at the local market and earned her some pocket money. Many years later in 2008 she was invited to represent the Bhutanese art of weaving at the Smithsonian Exhibition in the USA. Rinzin then realized that her passion for weaving and textiles combined with her interest in social work can contribute to the preservation of this important Bhutanese craft whilst supporting vulnerable rural people. She became a volunteer member of the Women Association of Bumthang where her responsibilities have since grown. Today she is the focal person for domestic and youth violence. Travelling with Rinzin will be informative in many ways!

 

 

Karma Choden

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GUIDE (cultural)
Karma Choden was born in a remote village half way to Haa valley. After completing class XII, Karma obtained a diploma in commercial accounting and worked in a private company for a while. As her interest in tourism grew stronger, Karma decided to train as a cultural tour guide. She loves to interact with different people and  share her insights into local traditions and the culture of her beautiful country. Karma is knowledgeable about village livelihoods, local rituals and hospitality practices due to many years she spent on her family farm. She is well aware of the many hardships and responsibilities Bhutanese rural folks face in daily life, especially women. Karma enjoys travelling and hiking and she is interested in photography, music and reading. Karma is a lovely and pleasant travel companion who will share her interesting insights once she opens up. 

Chencho Wangdi

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SPECIALIST GUIDE: Bird watching & photography

Chencho Wangdi is from Khangkhu in Paro district. He holds a diploma in Financial Management and works as an accountant. Chencho spends most of his freetime with outdoor activities in particular hiking, bird watching and wildlife photography. With his photographs he wants to raise awareness and educate youth on the importance of wildlife conservation issues in Bhutan. Chencho is a member of the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature (RSPN) and loves meeting and sharing ideas with new people. Currently Chencho keeps record of birds found around Paro Dzongkhag and in future he wants to become a professional wildlife conservation photographer. You can follow Chencho’s stories and photography on his blog. Chencho is our specialist guide for birding and wildlife photography and keeps exploring new places in his beautiful country.

Marina Beck

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PARTNER/PHOTOGRAPHER/GUIDE, Switzerland

Marina is our Bhutan Homestay partner in Switzerland. While studying environmental science at ETH, Zurich, she spent one and a half  years in Bhutan where she worked as an intern for Helvetas between 2008 and 2011. Marina  has been working in the Swiss forestry service for 5 years where she frequently conducts field surveys and continues gaining experience in forest managment. Marina loves mountains, particularly mountain forests, and her favorite activities are hiking, trekking and photography. Currently she is also undergoing training as a yoga teacher. Marina guides tours in German, French and English language and her focus is on forestry, flora and fauna and rural livelihoods. In January 2018 Marina founded Marina Beck Photography-Forestry-Travel in Bern, Switzerland. Together with Bhutan Homestay she develops beautiful forestry tours.

Contact: marina@bhutanhomestay.com

Sonam Choden

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GUIDE (cultural)

Sonam Choden was born in Sumthrang, a beautiful village in Ura valley, Bumthang. Her family belongs to the hereditary Ngoe lineage that has a long history in the area. The saint Pema Lingpa is but one of the prominent exponents in the long line of ancestors. After finishing her studies at the Institute for Language and Culture Studies Sonam successfully underwent the tour guide training. After guiding for a while her interest in textual scholarship grew and she left for Germany to study Tibetology at the University of Hamburg. Still in the process of finishing her Master’s degree she guides during her holidays whenever she is back in Bhutan.

 

 

Sonam Chophel

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GUIDE (cultural & trekking)

Sonam Chophel is one of our senior guides. He holds a Bachelor degree in science from Sherubtse College in Kanglung (East Bhutan). He occasionally worked as a research assistant and therefore is well trained and equipped to explain and interpret local cultural practices to foreign guests. He is a multi-talented and multi-skilled young man and well informed about ongoing issues in the country. Sonam is also extremely jolly  and fun to be around. He is very capable when it comes to ad-hoc itinerary changes, organizing last minute changes and networking with all sorts of people. Some of Sonam’s salient features are his genuine character and high ethical standards. He loves village life and Buddhism, hiking, trekking, and mountain biking. Sonam furthermore enjoys travelling with kids and keeps them entertained during long drives with his jokes and jolly nature.

Kuenzang Choden Tenzin

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GUIDE (cultural)

Kuenzang Choeden Tenzin was born in Lhuntse and brought up in Western Bhutan. She completed a degree in English Language Literature from CMS college of science and commerce, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. Other than her mother tongue Kurtoepkha, she speaks Sharchop, Dzongkha, English, Nepali, Hindi and basic Tamil. Kuenzang wanted to become a tour guide because she is very interested in meeting with people from different cultures. She loves supporting rural communities and hence introducing guests to village life and farm/homeststay hosts. Kuenzang herself is well grounded in village life not least because she has been helping on her family’s farm in Yurbi, Lhuntse since childhood. Kuenzang is also interested in photography.

Pema Thinley

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GUIDE (cultural & trekking)

Pema Thinley was born in Tralang, a picturesque village in Tang valley, Bumthang. He holds a B.A. in Dzongkha and History from Sherubtse College. Pema has always dreamed of becoming a tour guide because of his interest in meeting and getting to know people from different walks of life. Pema also loves to read and he will always be up to date about recent developments and events in the country. Furthermore, he is an ardent soccer player and loves outdoor activities. In his free time Pema also enjoys exploring trekking routes and discovering new hikes together with his friends. Last but not least Pema likes to take on responsibility and he is flexible and punctual, two very important qualities for his job as a tour guide.

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