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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.
Geographer David Scott Silverberg has worked throughout the Himalaya since 1985 helping to map new parks, establish sustainable development NGOs, and design and teach wilderness and sustainable development programs for U.S. and international universities. His programs help young Buddhist women from protected-area communities attend the best regional schools and develop conservation education resources throughout the Himalayan region. His digital photo and video talks on Buddhism and Himalayan culture have been popular with National Geographic travelers. With National Geographic Society and National Science Foundation support, David has published numerous professional papers on the geologic development and natural history of the Himalaya. He has served as executive director for research at EarthWatch and helped launch AmeriCorps's environmental programs. David is a fellow of the Explorers Club, the Society for Tibetan and Ladakhi Studies, the Royal Geographical Society, and the Royal Asia Society.
Carroll Dunham, an anthropologist based in Asia for more than thirty years, has explored deeply the feminine divine in South Asian history and culture. Author of four books, she has written on the devadasi tradition and worked on the award-winning book Fallen Angels on the culture and history of sex workers in India. She has produced more than a dozen films for National Geographic, PBS, the BBC, and others on subjects ranging from Living Goddesses to polyandry, nomadism, and geology. She has recently been involved with working with female immolations at a hospital burn unit and has delved extensively into the history of women’s relationship to fire and sacrifice in the Hindu world. On the board of the Nekorpa Foundation, Carroll has a keen interest in environmental conservation issues regarding pilgrimage and sacred spaces of South Asia. Traversing the frozen Zanskar river in winter, she has conducted ethnographic studies of charismatic female healers and traditional doctors of Ladakh. A practitioner of yoga and ayurveda, committed to fostering income generation amongst marginalized women so they may support their families' health and education, Carroll has formulated ayurvedic products for The Body Shop and founded Wild Earth, a sustainable social enterprise producing handcrafted herbal products in the Himalayas. With a home in South India for more than twenty years, she has recently officiated at a huge Indian celebrity wedding at the Jodhpur Palace, and was historical consultant working on a script for the television miniseries The Harem, set in Akbar’s court with much drama in Rajasthan. Carroll has spoken at a gathering of more than 1 million dalits in South India. She is in her ninth year of study at the Shechen Buddhist monastery in Bodhgaya, India.
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.