Khandu Dorji has been guiding since 1983 and joined the WT Leader Team in 1998. Over the course of his exciting career, Khandu has trekked nearly every route in Bhutan. Formally educated in Thimphu, he also participated in a three-month intensive mountaineering course conducted by the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, and led a mountaineering expedition with Junko Tabei, the first woman to summit Everest. With his cheerful spirit and expert knowledge of Bhutan's ancient culture and rich natural history, Khandu is a marvelous guide, whether for a trek to breathtaking Jangothang, base camp of sacred Mt. Chomohari--he has trekked the route 60 times and counting!--or our cultural and hiking adventures throughout the sacred kingdom of Bhutan. He subscribes to the philosophy of "Gross National Happiness" and thoroughly enjoys the role of Trip Leader, sharing his pristine homeland and fostering cross-cultural connections for his trip members by visiting with Bhutanese families inside their homes. Khandu's own travels have taken him to many places outside Bhutan, including Switzerland, the UK, Japan, Singapore, and Thailand, but he's equally happy at home with family, or playing a friendly match of dha (archery), Bhutan's national sport.
Khandu was beyond amazing—knowledgeable, caring, passionate about Bhutan. It was a privilege to have him as our leader.Felice Z., Stamford, CT
The Chomolhari Trek