A National Geographic expert will accompany each departure to share insights and a rare behind-the-scenes perspective. Listed below are some of the experts and the departure date(s) they will be joining.
A popular National Geographic Expert, Bill Jones has led expeditions to destinations as far-flung as Madagascar and Kazakhstan, but his greatest expertise is in Southeast Asia and the Himalayan regions. He has traveled regularly to Bhutan over the course of more than 25 years and has experienced first-hand the country’s progress and challenges. Widely respected in Bhutan, Bill has been consulted by the government on the training of local travel operators, and even has an honorific Bhutanese name given to him by the Oracle of Minji. A great raconteur, he shares his profound insights into Bhutan’s Buddhist beliefs—which form the cornerstone of the country’s culture, art, and architecture.
David Scott Silverberg is a geographer working on conservation projects spanning six continents. His mix of exploration, research, and digital photo-video storytelling has been popular with National Geographic travelers for many years. A National Geographic grantee and a fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Asia Society, David was the executive science director at Earthwatch Institute, set up and managed Boston University environmental field research programs in British Columbia and eastern Africa, and was a founding White House staff member for AmeriCorps. David has worked in more than 100 countries, manages the Environmental Learning Institute, and teaches at several international universities.
Medical anthropologist Carroll Dunham has resided in the Himalaya for more than 25 years. Her primary area of study is the role of the feminine divine in South Asian history and culture. She has authored four books and produced more than a dozen films for National Geographic, PBS, the BBC, and others. Carroll serves on the board of the Nekorpa Foundation, which strives to preserve sacred pilgrimage sites and traditions. She travels regularly to Bhutan, and enjoys introducing National Geographic travelers to this mountain nation, with its constitutionally mandated commitment to Gross National Happiness.