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

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

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.

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.

Chimeddavaa Chimedtsogoo

Chimeddavaa Chimedtsogoo

Mongolia | Tour Leader

Our senior-most guide, Chimeddavaa is an avid Buddhist, community leader, and a dedicated social service volunteer, dedicating her free time to helping people who are below the poverty line.

Over the past 10 years she has worked for community-based projects as a volunteer and served as an assistant to the Head of Mongolian Parliament. She can offer tremendous insight to the Mongolian government and the directions the country is headed. Her well thought out, balanced talks on Mongolia with a hint of Buddhism are always well received by guests.

As our go-to person on Buddhism, Chimeddavaa guides our special interest groups and also teaches Buddhism at our annual guide training course. As a certified meditation-yoga instructor, she seeks to find an inner peace and help others experience inner peace as well.

Growing up in the countryside before moving to Ulaanbaatar, her arrival in the city caused her many culture shocks. These are great stories that she likes to tell her guests.

Ganzorig Darisuren

Mongolia | Tour Leader

Trained as a teacher, Ganzorig spends the winter teaching English and the summers guiding for Nomadic Expeditions. An avid horseback rider, he specializes in horse trekking trips across the country.

His favorite locations to ride horses are in the western parts of Mongolia in the Altai mountains, and in the northern part of Mongolia in the Huvsgul region. These are among the most remote lands in Mongolia—vast open spaces unspoiled by any development and an incredible opportunity to experience the raw beauty of the Earth.

A talented singer, he loves to sing while riding and entertains his fellow riders with his soft but strong voice, singing many of Mongolia’s favorite songs. A keen photographer, he also guides many of our photography tours.

His hidden talent is snooker billiards. He started playing 15 years ago. He holds a gold medal from the Monos Pharmaceutical Snooker Billiards Championship of 2019.

Kinzang Tashi

Bhutan | Tour Leader

Kinzang is from Eastern Bhutan in Trashigang, which is the most populated district in Bhutan.

Having experienced growing up in the most remote part of an a rather remote country, he always dreamt of landing a job in Thimphu.

After completion of his High School studies in Eastern Bhutan, Kinzang successfully completed his Tourism Management Diploma course over two years and was rewarded with a professional guide license, making his dream come true to be in the capital city.

He has explored various trekking routes and successfully completed the arduous Snowman trek. Considered one of the toughest treks in the world, the Snowman is undertaken by very few individuals each year. It spans more than 25 days, and calls for you to cross 11 high passes in the isolated Himalaya.

Kinzang’s most favorite training program he has attended was the wilderness first-responders course. He holds an international black belt in Taekwondo and has won several medals.

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.

Namkha Namdra

Bhutan | Tour Leader

It usually comes as a surprise to people that Namkha started off his career as a high school teacher for more than a decade.

However, his passion for travelling around his beautiful country sparked his decision to choose leading groups as a professional tour guide.

Namkha has been doing what he loves for more than seven years now. Guests love him because he is exceptionally courteous, friendly and an empathetic individual.

He is passionate about sharing his Bhutanese culture and traditions, and his love for the King, people and country is what drives him.

His favorite pastime—other than archery, playing basketball and running—is the experience of watching guests fall in love with his country.

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.

Rashid Latif

Rashid Latif

India | Tour Leader

Coming from the city of Taj Mahal in Agra, Rashid is married with three children. His eldest son is doing master’s degree work in physics and math. He also has two daughters, 14 and 3.

He literally grew up around the iconic Taj Mahal and the Red Fort, which are two miles away from his ancestral home. He remembers going at the crack of dawn to play cricket and climb trees in the vicinity of the Agra Fort.

His grandfather never received any formal education yet went on to write nine books of fiction, and was also a very successful businessman.

Rashid has a degree in science and has worked leading tours for the past 25 years—still extremely excited to share everything about, as he says, “my incredible India.”

His hobbies are sports, cooking, gardening and travelling. He always looks forward to showing the vast variety of India—from the rural to the urban mega-cities—and the extremely rich historical heritage dating back to the cradle of civilization.

Ritu Sharma

Ritu Sharma

India | Tour Leader

The daughter of an Indian Naval Commodore, Ritu grew up in a very progressive Indian household. Traveling with her parents while her father was stationed in various parts of India and Asia, Ritu developed a love for travel early in life.

Studying at a boarding school in the town of Pune as a young girl, she became interested in foreign languages and took the step to study Spanish. This led to her enrolling at Delhi’s prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University, where she earned a Master’s Degree in Spanish Language and Literature. Her dissertation, focusing on the famous Spanish playwright Federico Garcia Lorca, earned her a scholarship to travel to Spain to continue her studies.

Throughout the course of her studies, Ritu continued to pursue her passion for travel, which eventually led to her thriving career as a Tour Manager. Fluent in Spanish and English, Ritu has been an extremely successful and popular leader, guiding American, British and Spanish travelers throughout India.

Shagzil Khan

Shagzil Khan

India | Tour Leader

“The best way to experience a country is through its history with an understanding of its present,” says Shagzil. “My country of India has a rich past, active present and a promising future.”

Shagzil lives in Kochi, Kerala, in the southwestern part of India, sharing its western boundary with the Arabian Sea.

With 15 years of experience, Shagzil has led tours all over India, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

He is known for leading historical walks of cities; cultural, academic, and historic group tours of India; and leading small and large special interest photography and wildlife tours.

He has led tours for international, Embassy and High Commission delegations, and is a sports anchor, stage emcee, and speaker/announcer for weddings, sports events, and snake boat races.

In his downtime he does long-distance cycling, loves mountain biking, and has a Power Boat handling license.

Shaitan Singh Rathore

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.

Sonam Badol

Tibet | Tour Leader

One of our most experienced Tibetan leaders, Sonam completed his primary and secondary education in a local school in Lhasa before heading off to India in order to pursue higher studies.

After having spent ten years studying in Mussoorie, India, he returned to Tibet in 1996 and started working in the tourism industry.

Sonam previously worked for two major Tibetan travel companies (TIST & CITS), as well as an NGO in Lhasa (One Heart) before starting his guiding career in 2005.

He speaks Hindi, Tibetan, Mandarin and English, and has led numerous tours and treks all over across Tibet.

Tseveendorj

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.