Kinley Gyeltshen, from Gaselo village in Bhutan’s Wangdi District, attended St. Joseph’s School in Darjeeling, India, and also studied at St. Anthony’s College in Shillong in northeast India. He joined the Bhutan Tourism Corporation in 1985 to become a professional guide, completing intensive studies in Buddhist iconography, culture, and history as well as botany. In 1990, Kinley traveled to Innsbruck, Austria, for six months of training in trekking and mountaineering skills. He has led trekking groups into the hidden corners of Bhutan since 1991.
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
After 10 trips with WT, we agree that Kinley is the best trip leader we’ve had!Eileen D., South Pasasdena, CA
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
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