Nomadic Expeditions

Tour Leaders

As one of the very best luxury travel and tour operators in the world, we recruit the highest caliber of tour leaders whose passion for travel is contagious. We allow them to thrive within our network by providing expert training and chart their course—ensuring their success through a lifetime of adventure—as well as peerless journeys for our travelers. We also seek to pair our tour leaders with our guests, matching common interests and areas of expertise—providing not only incredible journeys but deeper understandings of the places and cultures we visit.

Almagul Karagaz

Mongolia | Tour Leader

Born to a Kazakh family in western Mongolia’s Bayal-Ulgii Province, Amagul grew up in true nomad fashion, living off the land and in harmony with it, being truly connected with nature as she helped with her herding family’s cattle from an early age.

Though she went on to earn a degree in Finance & Accounting, her love of nature and desire to share this bond with guests from around the world led her to join the tourism sector, where she has excelled as a guide.

She also teaches English with remarkable success and loves to say that she can have her students proficient at speaking in English in a very short amount of time because she teaches from her heart. She is certainly a favorite among her students for this as well.

In her spare time, she loves to read, to cook and she is currently learning Spanish—saying she has a soft spot for the Romance languages.

Ankhbayar Tomorkhuyag

Mongolia | Tour Leader

Born and raised in Karakorum, the ancient capital city of Mongolia, Ankhbayar was exposed to history, art and Buddhism from an early age. Proud of her heritage, Ankhbayar always wanted to be a guide, to showcase her country’s heritage to the world. During the off months, she guides groups outbound from Mongolia to Southeast Asian countries, which brings great overseas experience to the trips she leads in Mongolia.

She started her career as a local guide at Erdene Zuu monastery before becoming a national guide. Gaining extensive knowledge of all things Buddhism during her stint at Erdene Zuu, Ankhbayar is a sought-after guide. In 2012, she worked for the Mongolian government, which was working with CNN to produce a live program called Eye on Mongolia.

She promotes healthy lifestyles to her fellow guides, her friends and family. In her hometown, she works with the local nomads and has started a project called White Pearl, producing wool products for commerce. In her spare time, she volunteers in orphanages by doing translations and teaching. 

Anshuman Tripathi

India | Tour Leader

Originally from rural India, Anshuman completed post graduate degrees in History and Tourism Management before heading to Delhi to pursue a career in tour guiding.

An adrenaline-junkie at heart, Anshuman leads trekking tours and wildlife expeditions alongside tours throughout the state of Rajasthan and of the Golden Triangle—visiting the cities of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur—a triangle dubbed “golden” for its wealth of cultural and historical riches.

Trekking tours have become increasingly popular and Anshuman really enjoys these opportunities to show off his beloved country from the unique perspective of venturing into India’s incredible natural landscapes.

Such is his experience with working in different areas and with people from around the globe that he now speaks two regional dialects as well as German.

Azjargal Choijoo

Mongolia | Tour Leader

Azjargal grew up in Mongolia’s capital of Ulaanbaatar. A graduate of courses in Computer Science, Hospitality and TOEFL, Azaa has taught English and Computer Science since 1994.

For Nomadic Expeditions, she guides our top clients and receives glowing reports on the journeys she leads. Her motherly approach has earned her a reputation for being sweet and caring. She has guided clients across the Mongolian countryside since 1998 and is well traveled, able to relate to the global touring experiences of her clients.

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and developing new recipes. She likes to say that hiking is the best way to stay healthy and encourages her peers to join her whenever she goes on a hike in the mountains. One of her hidden talents is to make handmade embroidered silk pouches using a special needle wrapping technique unique to Mongolia.

A believer in constantly educating oneself, her most recent passion is pursuing photography.

Buyantmaa Dorjgotov

Mongolia | Tour Leader

Buyantmaa’s experience in travel came at an early age, traveling between Laos, Mongolia, Russia, and the U.K. for primary and high school. She earned her B.A. in Tourism and Management from Otgontenger University, Mongolia, with a specialization in management, marketing, English and Japanese.

A skilled guide with interests in historical and cultural heritage, Buyantmaa is fluent in English and Russian. Avid at swimming, table tennis and volleyball, she is a hardworking and active individual with a bright personality and a passion for travel and cultural experience.

All her peers know that whenever she has free time she travels. Her philosophy is that when you travel you can really be free. As such she guides her guests with such a free spirit that when people travel with her, they sense immense liberation—an added bonus that many people take home from Mongolia.

No matter what adversity presents itself, she always sees the brighter sides of things and chooses the path for successful outcomes.

Jigme

Bhutan | Tour Leader

After graduating from the Royal Institute for Tourism & Hospitality in 2012, Jigme began his career as a full fledged tour guide with Yangphel Adventure Travel. Over his 10-year tenure, he served as a cultural, trekking, and photography guide. Speaking fluent English, Hindi, Nepali and a few of local dialects, Jigme prides himself on being punctual, hardworking, detailed-oriented, and optimistic.

He has completed Bhutan’s infamous Snowman Trek trail, one of the hardest in the world for its altitude, length, and weather. Another proud achievement was assisting Santa Barbara photographer Barry Shaffer in capturing images for his book, Echos of Bhutan.

Jigme co-founded the first ever upscale consignment shop in Bhutan called The Revival Store. He is the founder of a photography agency that helps youth get into photography and develop confidence through the photo shoots. And he is actively engaged with the non-profit Go Youth Go as a volunteer mentoring Bhutanese youth.

Mingmar Dorji Sherpa

Nepal | Tour Leader

Our Nepali trekking guide par excellence, Mingmar started his career as a trekking/climbing porter and soon rose through the ranks to become one of the most accomplished assistants of renowned mountaineer/filmmaker David Breashears, who introduced him to us.

Mingmar has summited Everest three times, twice from the Nepali (south face) side and once from the Tibetan (north face). A noted journalist and videographer, his first Everest summit was accomplished in 2004 while working on Breashears’ film “Storm over Everest” on the tragic events of the 1996 climbing season.

In 2007, Mingmar was the sherpa in charge of the filming expedition recreating the 1922 route by legendary Everest climber George Mallory. Interestingly, Mingmar later played the role of Mallory’s Sherpa in the 2010 documentary “The Wildest Dream.”

In addition to his prestigious climbing record, Mingmar is also a wonderfully gifted trek and tour leader. He is a certified trekking guide and liaison officer by the Government of Nepal.

Narantsatsral Urtnasan (Naraa)

Mongolia | Tour Leader

A native of the Ovorkhangai province of Mongolia, Narantsatsral is a certified yoga instructor and has been guiding for us since 2017. Taking full advantage of living in London for five years, she has traveled throughout Europe, making her one of our most travelled guides.

Now back in Mongolia, she continues to pursue her love of travel, exploring all regions of our country. She brings her travel experience and calm personality to the trips she guides.

Naraa is also a keen birder, having picked up the hobby in recent years. It takes time to develop a passion for birding and she’s well passed that time. Today she travels to locations rich with birds and takes great pictures.

At the same time, she’s a volunteer at the Bird Research Center of Mongolia and does research analysis on the Mongolian Ground Jay, primarily inputting data that’s been collected by researchers and preparing papers that are ready to be presented.

Phula Sherpa

Nepal | Tour Leader

Born in the area of Jantarkhani in Nepal’s eastern region, Phula began his profession as a climbing guide in the Himalaya. Having summited numerous peaks above 8,000 meters, he is qualified by the Nepal Mountaineering Association and is one of the most significant resources available to trekkers planning high-altitude Himalayan treks.

His nickname of “Super” Phula was earned in 2014 when he guided a group of trekkers on a hard hike around Annapurna. Returning in whiteout conditions to get his clients to Kathmandu in time for their outgoing flight, he led the way by memory and by following animal footprints. The sheet he used for warmth, they said, looked like Superman’s cape.

To give back to the land that he loves, he eagerly participates in the Everest Clean Up Campaign. He recently served as climbing guide for the Nepalese Army as they collected 10,000 kgs of garbage from the mountain.

Shaitan Singh Rathore

India | Tour Leader

A proud Rajput from the state of Rajasthan, Shaitan Singh is from an agricultural family. The family still has over 300 acres of land and keeps cows and buffalos for milk and butter.

An avid sports fan, he has represented his district in Cricket and Soccer. He also loves riding in his spare time.

Growing up in this proud land of Rajasthan and hearing stories from his grandfather, Shaitan always wanted to showcase his culture to people visiting this state, and this attracted him to become a professional tour guide.

He has led more than 50 tour groups from America, Canada and the UK throughout Rajasthan, as well as widely touring different parts of India.

He loves telling stories of the various tribes who live here, and he has the perfect background to detail the intricacies of the cultures of India to an avid traveler.

Tseveendorj

Mongolia | Tour Leader

Born in Ulaanbaatar, Tseveendorj has always been an ardent student who loves to challenge himself. Though his formal education was in the sciences and engineering, he has special interest in the arts and philosophy.

Well-read and knowledgeable on a multitude of subjects, he is a delight to converse with while travelling. Outside of guiding, his passions are photography and playing guitar.

As a photographer, he loves to take pictures of nomadic culture and landscape. It makes him feel closer to Mongolian country lifestyle.

His keen eye for the arts makes him the ideal guide to show the greatness of Mongolia from a very different angle. His eye for detail proves valuable in spotting and pointing out moments and perspectives of beauty that may be overlooked.

In the future, he would like to compose a story with his images—such as a photography book accompanied by essay.

Undrakh Batchuluun​

Mongolia | Tour Leader

One of our seasoned veterans, Undrakh is a native of Ulaanbaatar. She started her career as a translator and foreign relations manager for Interactive (an IT company) before joining the tourism sector as a guide in 2006.

With extensive experience in exploring the South Gobi and North Hovsgol regions, she merges her knowledge with cultural experiences of the reindeer people, the shaman, and horse trekking—leading small group and private adventure travel journeys.

Undrakh is one of few guides who can lead our Horse trek and camel treks. She loves horses and travels specifically to the northern part of Mongolia just to ride horses. At least once a year she makes time to camp out with her family in the countryside

On the personal side, she enjoys singing, dancing, playing basketball, photography, and facilitating conversation between explorers and nomadic families. Lately, she’s been taking a deep interest in paleontology. In the long run, she would like to lead paleontological expeditions to the Gobi.