Kinley Gyeltshen

Kinley Gyeltshen hails from Gaselo village in Bhutan’s green and rugged southwest, where traditional farming is still the center of daily life. When Bhutan first opened its doors to the outside world, Kinley was among the early guides selected and formally trained by the government of Bhutan to welcome foreigners in. After university studies in India, he became a professional guide in 1985, completing extensive training in Buddhist iconography, culture, and history as well as botany. With close to three decades of trip leading now under his belt, he’s the ideal person to share the wonders of this treasured kingdom. Kinley is equally comfortable explaining the intricacies of zorig chusum, the traditional arts of Bhutan, or navigating high altitude passes en route to sacred Mt. Chomolhari. Having hiked nearly every official trekking route in Bhutan, Kinley gets his travel fix by exploring newly opened regions of Eastern and Central Bhutan, and developing unique and immersive WT adventures in Bhutan. When he's not on the trail, Kinley channels his energy into biking, and also likes to relax in the company of his large close-knit family. He is appreciated by WT trip members for his encyclopedic knowledge of all things Bhutanese as well as his jovial nature. Kinley loves a good laugh, and feels that making people feel welcomed is the key to a great trip.

Upcoming Trips:

Festivals of Bhutan, March 27-April 5, 2015
Hiker's Journey to Bhutan, April 22-May 3, 2015
Hiker's Journey to Bhutan, September 16-27, 2015
Hiker's Journey to Bhutan, October 21-November 1, 2015

Client Testimonials:


Kinley is a superb leader, extremely knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and personable. I can’t think of a better leader in all my years of travel. He is a treasure. Alan L., Bellevue WA We’ve traveled a lot and Kinley is the best—such a gentleman, so gracious, knowledgeabe. We were very well cared for! Sonja B., Long Beach CA
Hiker’s Bhutan
After 10 trips with WT, we agree that Kinley is the best trip leader we’ve had! Eileen D., South Pasasdena, CA
Hiker’s Bhutan
Kinley afforded us a real ‘insider’s’ look at Bhutanese life. His knowledge and sense of humor made this a very memorable trip. Pam B., Princeton Junction, NJ
Hiker’s Bhutan
What a knowledgeable, intelligent, professional trip leader Kinley is. He’s a fantastic guy who made the trip well worth it. Liza E., Denver CO
Bhutan: the Chomolhari Trek
Kinley is an outstanding tour leader in every way AND a wonderful advocate for Bhutan. Arch B., Tucson, AZ
Hidden Bhutan
Kinley is an exceptional human being, a superb leader with encyclopedic knowledge of his country and region. Jack G., New York, NY
Hiker's Journey to Bhutan
Kinley was one reason we loved the trip so much. He introduced us to his culture, country, and religion, and we appreciated every climb, every monastery, every van ride, and every experience. He was extremely knowledgable and interesting. Peggy and Michael W., Hingham, MA
Hiker's Journey to Bhutan