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Sonam Choeden

FOUNDER, LOGISTICS & BOOKINGS Paro Office, Bhutan 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 … Read More

Ulrike Cokl (Ph.D.)

FOUNDER/TRAVEL DESIGNER/RESEARCH/GUIDE, Europe/Bhutan Ulli has lived in Bhutan on and off  for many years. For her Ph.D. in social and cultural anthropology she has conducted ethnographic research on traditional hospitality practices, travelling & gift-exchange in rural communities. Thus she is very familiar with village livelihoods all over the little kingdom. Together with Sonam and Nedup she decided to explore unique and sustainable ways of farm/homestay tourism. This should support farmers to generate some extra income. With such great passion for … Read More

Nedup Dorjee

FOUNDER, London Office, United Kingdom 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’. … Read More

Marina Beck

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 … Read More

Sonam Chophel

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 … Read More

Kuenzang Choden Tenzin

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 … Read More

Pema Thinley

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 … Read More

Chencho Wangdi

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 … Read More

Karma Choden

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 … Read More

Sonam Choden

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 … Read More

Rinzin Wangmo

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 … Read More

Jamyang Thinley

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 … Read More

Nim Dem

GUIDE (cultural) Nim Dem has been with us for a long time and developed into a lovely and confident young woman. She was born and raised on a farm in Punakha and knows her way around villages and farm life. That makes her  an invaluable companion during farm/homestay visits where she can provide plenty of information on everyday Bhutanese culture and traditions. Nim Dem has been described as “smart, knowledgeable and energetic” by some guests. She is also well liked … Read More