Buddha Basnyat, MD, is one of Nepal’s top docs and a world expert on high altitude medicine, and we feel honored to count him among our team. Trained in India, the US, and Canada, Buddha now serves as the Medical Director for the Himalayan Rescue Association. He is also a Professor of Physiology at the Patan Academy of Health Sciences in Kathmandu, and directs both the Nepal International Clinic and the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit. Buddha was recently named President of the International Society for Mountain Medicine and the Honorary Consul for Canada’s Consulate in Kathmandu. Leading treks and cultural odysseys for Wilderness Travel in India, Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan, Buddha notes, "I love the 'high' of high altitude trekking. It's a pleasure for me to be able to show people the fantastic beauty of the Himalayas. And having done my college studies in the Punjab, I also I love India and its history, with all its intrigues. It's fascinating to trace the cultural influences left by the various conquerors of India over the centuries. On any trip, I try to impart to trip members an understanding of cultures vastly different from their own, and in turn, I also learn a lot from my trip members."
Buddha added a special dimension to the trip. His presence facilitated interactions with the Sherpas and other local people to the extent that the cultural experience was beyond any other trip I’ve ever taken.Glen K., Enid OK
Buddha was better than I could have imagined. An excellent sense of humor and patience.Barbara H., Lakewood CO
Buddha was a spectacular leader! His knowledge of high altitude medicine was an added plus. In the two trips we have done with WT, having a local leader knowledgable in the economic, social & political implications of "living there" has greatly enriched our travel - and makes WT stand out from others.Phil M., Victoria, BC
Stinceon D., Greenwich, CT
It was a pleasure to be on this trip with Buddha! He was a fantastic leader as well as very interesting, knowledgeable, diplomatic, and helpful. One of my top 3 WT leaders.