Meet our Bhutan team.

Our Bhutan trekking and cultural guides are from different regions of Bhutan, each with their own expertise and skills. They are competent at leading groups through the remote mountains, as well as facilitating unique and memorable cultural experiences for every Mountain Kora group.

Sonam Chophel is one of our senior guides. Upon receiving his Bachelor of Science degree from Sherubtse College in Kanglung (East Bhutan), he went on to work as a research assistant. He is well-equipped to explain and interpret local traditions, as well as identify flora and fauna to guests. He is a multi-talented young man with a genuine and honest character. His upbeat and outgoing personality is perfect for all groups, including families. He is very capable when it comes to ad-hoc itinerary changes and networking with all sorts of people. In his free time, he enjoys village life, Buddhism, hiking, trekking, and mountain biking. 

Jamyang Thinley was born in Yadhi (Mongar) a remote region in eastern Bhutan. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography and Economics from Sherubtse College in Kanglung (east Bhutan). During his studies he worked as a research fellow and explored many places throughout the east, learning in depthly about the local culture, history, agricultural practices and contemporary challenges faced by farmers. Upon completion of his studies he became a guide to share his love for travel and learning more about the unique culture and history of his home country. Jamyang enjoys meeting new people, basketball, movies, reading and hiking. He is a charming young man who will go out of his way to make your days in Bhutan memorable!


Pema Thinley was born in Tralang, a picturesque village in the Tang valley of central Bhutan. He holds a Bachelors of Art degree in Dzongkha (Bhutanese language) and History from Sherubtse College. Pema became a guide because of his interest in meeting and getting to know people from different walks of life. Pema is regularly exploring trekking routes and discovering new hikes together with his friends and knows many of Bhutan’s hiking and trekking trails firsthand. In his free time, he enjoys reading, soccer and being active in the outdoors. 

Karma Choden was born in a remote village enroute to the secluded Haa valley in western Bhutan. With a degree in commercial accounting, Karma worked for a private company before training as a cultural tour guide. She loves to interact with different people and share her insights into the local traditions and the culture of Bhutan. Karma grew up on a family farm and  is thus very knowledgeable about village livelihoods, local rituals and hospitality practices. She is well aware of the many hardships and responsibilities rural Bhutanese face in daily life, especially women. In her free time, Karma enjoys traveling, hiking, photography, music and reading. Karma is a lovely and pleasant travel companion.

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