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.
Devendra is one of the most considerate and well informed guides we've had on our many trips to many parts of the world over the last two decades.
Devendra did a fantastic job! His knowledge of the area and of the area's wildlife was nearly encyclopedic.
Devendra was incredible! I would travel with him again in a heartbeat.
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.
Devendra was amazing. He worked so hard to make this trip perfect for all of us. Always calm, informative, and helpful.
I have been on many adventure travel trips and D.B. is best of the best.
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.
Devendra did a terrific job well beyond what I was expecting and in many ways throughout the trip.
D.B. is one of the best trip leaders we’ve ever had with WT.
D.B. is an excellent guide, very knowledgeable, but more importantly, in his continual care and concern for the group’s health and safety.
Extremely well organized, thoughtful, and detail oriented. We all learned to trust his judgement and were never disappointed.
D.B. did a wonderful job, very attentive to the needs of individuals. He’s good humored, even tempered and very competent.
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.
Devendra Basnet was marvelous and he has a fabulous sense of humor.
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.