Devendra Basnet

Devendra Basnet was born in the foothills of the Himalayas in Darjeeling, India, and makes his home in Kathmandu, Nepal with his wife and two children. A WT Trip Leader since 1987, “DB” leads our cultural and hiking journeys into the Himalayas, across India, and along the ancient silk roads of Central Asia. His university studies in Zoology launched him in an early career as a naturalist guide, tracking tigers and spotting rare birds in Nepal’s renowned Royal Chitwan National Park, and collecting elusive Himalayan butterflies for the British Natural History Museum. “I love working with people and 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, 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:

Journey to Ladakh, September 17-28, 2014
Sikkim, Darjeeling and Bhutan, October 11-26, 2014
Treasures of South India, January 26-February 8, 2015
Sikkim, Darjeeling and Bhutan, October 28-November 10, 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