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.
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.
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.