Devendra Basnet

Devendra Basnet was born in the foothills of the Himalayas in Darjeeling, India, and makes his home in Kathmandu, Nepal. He studied Zoology in college in India and began his guiding career as a naturalist guide in Nepal’s wildlife-rich Royal Chitwan National Park. His zoology background has also qualified him to guide ornithology tours as well as several expeditions into the Himalayas to collect and verify high-altitude butterflies for the British Natural History Museum. For Wilderness Travel, he has guided throughout the Himalayas as well as in Rajasthan, southern India, Central Asia, and China’s Silk Road. “I love working with people and I also love working in beautiful surroundings, so guiding is a natural for me. I especially love being in the high Himalayas, from Tibet to Bhutan to India, and in areas rich in nature and wildlife. I want my trip members to appreciate how fast everything is changing (for better or worse) in these regions, and help them take back wonderful memories of the wild places and rich cultures we visit.” Devendra speaks English, Nepali, Hindi, as well as some Tibetan and Bengali and is learning Chinese.

Upcoming Trips:

Magical Tibet, August 23-September 7, 2014
Journey to Ladakh, September 17-28, 2014
Sikkim, Darjeeling and Bhutan, October 11-26, 2014
Treasures of South India, January 26-February 8, 2015

Recent Photo Blog Posts

The Birds of Bharatpur

Client Testimonials:


Devendra did a terrific job well beyond what I was expecting and in many ways throughout the trip. Nancy D., Ultimate Everest D.B. is one of the best trip leaders we’ve ever had with WT. Bill M., Magical Tibet D.B. is an excellent guide, very knowledgeable, but more importantly, in his continual care and concern for the group’s health and safety. Ann C., Magical Tibet Extremely well organized, thoughtful, and detail oriented. We all learned to trust his judgement and were never disappointed. Andrea N., Magical Tibet D.B. did a wonderful job, very attentive to the needs of individuals. He’s good humored, even tempered and very competent. Terry W., Magical Tibet Devendra Basnet is a joy to travel with. He’s thoughtful, humorous, very knowledgeable about the history, sites, and wildlife. He takes time out to let you meet the people and interact so that you have an appreciation of local life. Peter W., Cincinnati, OH Devendra Basnet was marvelous and he has a fabulous sense of humor. Carolyn M., Portland OR
Royal Rajasthan
Devendra knows the territory and the profession. He kept a close eye on us all, in a quiet way, and his ‘lecture’ on Buddhism one day on the bus demonstrated his teaching skills. Tom M., Hanover NH
Royal Rajasthan
Devendra (DB) is a top notch trip leader, knowledable, articulate, and experienced. He is a guide we could trust to make the right decisions to keep us safe and comfortable. We would travel with him again. Barb R., Mifflinburg, PA
Annapurna Adventure
I have been on many adventure travel trips and D.B. is best of the best. David H., Makawao, HI
Himalayan Mountain Kingdoms
Devendra was amazing. He worked so hard to make this trip perfect for all of us. Always calm, informative, and helpful. Cathy S., Truckee, CA
Himalayan Mountain Kingdoms
Devendra is an outstanding trip leader—extremely conscientious, always considerate of trip members' needs and well being, well organized, and a wealth of information about the places we visited. He is also a genuinely nice person, with a good sense of humor and fun to be with. Jack S., Evergreen, CO
Magical Tibet
Devendra was incredible! I would travel with him again in a heartbeat. Rachel B., Clifton, VA
Magical Tibet
Devendra did a fantastic job! His knowledge of the area and of the area's wildlife was nearly encyclopedic. Paul W., San Diego, CA
Sikkim, Darjeeling and Bhutan