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 more than 100 groups across Asia and Europe to destinations as far-flung as Madagascar and Kazakhstan, but his greatest expertise is in Southeast Asia and the Himalayan region. He has traveled regularly to Bhutan for 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 he 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—in an informal way.
Medical anthropologist Carroll Dunham has resided in the Himalaya for the past 25 years and currently resides in Nepal. An expert in Himalayan cultures, she is passionate about sacred geography, pilgrimage, and indigenous medicinal plants. Carroll has written four books and produced films for National Geographic, PBS, and the BBC. Carroll is the director of Wild Earth, an organization that works with rural Nepalese women who create handcrafted products to generate income.