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Vishal Pradhan

Daddy to my son ‘ Chogyal’ ,I call Paro, Bhutan home. I started my career in the tourism industry in 2003. Since then I have had the chance to create meaningful holiday experiences for many clients. I feel extremely blessed to be doing, what I love most (promoting our small kingdom to the world and supporting our local communities)
I feel Bhutan can truly touch your heart in little BIG ways, the way we lead our lives, the rusticity, and the pristine natural environment, all makes for a memorable travel experience. It is essential that clients experience Bhutan the way we locals do, encompassing Buddhism, sustainability and preservation for future generation.
In my formative years, I studied tourism in Southern Cross University, Australia (attaining a Master’s degree in Tourism & Hospitality). And I began my journey in this industry with work stints in Bhutan, Thailand, Indonesia and the Maldives, with very credible brands such as COMO, Taj and Anantara.
My familiarity with clients, the industry and the countries has allowed to me look at the experience of travelling in Bhutan more holistically and I feel a trip to the Kingdom can be truly transformational.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I am specialized in curating tailor-made trips to Bhutan, focusing on trekking, culture, authentic local experiences, soft adventure - cycling and rafting, and Honeymoon & ceremonial weddings."

How did you get involved in travel?

"My journey in the travel industry started, when I was hired as the only Bhutanese to set-up the tour and reservation department of COMO Uma Bhutan. Since then there has been no turning back for me. Post my experience in high end hotels in Bhutan and my passion for Bhutan, paved the way for me to join the family business. Since then I have been curating authentic tailor-made holidays and local experiences, extending end to end travel solution for Bhutan and travelling the world to promote the destination. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"My journey as a travel designer has been full of learning. While there are many experiences, we have had the opportunity to create, the one that lingers most in my mind, was the execution of an intimate Bhutanese/Buddhist ceremonial wedding. This may sound funny; however, we Bhutanese don’t perform or have ceremonies for wedding. Traditionally, once a man and women decide/choose to stay together, we are considered married. In this backdrop, in early 2003, this sort of experience was virtually never done. Consequently, we consulted a few learned Buddhist scholars or lamas and was recommended a series of prayer for the ceremony, which were apt for new wed couples, such as prayer for longevity, wellbeing and luck. With their help, we were able to create an intimate wedding experience in a local monastery. "

Vishal is part of the following groups: Bhutan Travel Agents
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Recent trip reviews for Vishal

Bhutan is magical!
Bhutan | Nov 1 - Nov 13, 2023

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Julie T.
Des Moines, IA | Reviewed on Nov 14, 2023

What an epic, dream trip to Bhutan! Everything was off the charts! Tashi was an epic guide! 100000% was so impressed. It was stress free, professional, thoughtful, and definitely gave me the BEST cultural experience in Bhutan.

Local specialist: Vishal Pradhan
Vishal
Vishal Pradhan
Local specialist in Paro, Bhutan | Replied on Nov 14, 2023

Dear Julie,

It was a pleasure having you in Bhutan. We are glad to hear that Tashi was able to showcase our beautiful country in the best possible way. Thank you for your patronage and look forward to welcoming you again in not too distant future. With best regards , Robin

Incredible!
Bhutan | Oct 5 - Oct 12, 2023

Greg
Greg B.
Buena Park, CA | Reviewed on Oct 23, 2023

Vishal's incredible efforts made our trip to Bhutan a memorable experience. From the meticulous planning to the flawless organization, everything was executed with perfection. Once we arrived in Bhutan, every aspect of our journey exceeded our expectations.

The breathtaking landscapes, the rich cultural experiences, and the warm hospitality of the locals made our trip truly unforgettable.

We highly recommend Vishal and Himalayan Kingdom to anyone planning a trip to Bhutan. With Vishal's guidance, we were able to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Local specialist: Vishal Pradhan
Vishal
Vishal Pradhan
Local specialist in Paro, Bhutan | Replied on Nov 09, 2023

Dear Greg,

Hi, we truly appreciate your kind words and great to hear that you all had a great time in Bhutan.
I am certain Sonam and karma would be delighted to hear of your feedback. We are hopeful your travel plans will bring you back to Bhutan. Till then take care and best wishes, Robin

Wonderful Experience
Bhutan | Oct 5 - Oct 12, 2023

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Marc C.
Canada | Reviewed on Oct 19, 2023

We had an incredible trek organized by Himalayan Kingdom expedition. It was very well organized from the start to finish and all members of the trek (guides, cooks, horsemen etc) worked extremely hard to make the journey a wonderful and safe experience. Couldn't recommend this company enough.

Local specialist: Vishal Pradhan
Vishal
Vishal Pradhan
Local specialist in Paro, Bhutan | Replied on Oct 19, 2023

Dear Marc,

Thank you for the chance to organize this adventure with your friends. These accolades are a source of inspiration for our team to do better. We look forward to you returning back for another adventure soon. Till then take care. Team Himalayan Kingdom Expedition.

Bhutan visit
Bhutan | Sep 24 - Oct 6, 2023

Vi
Vi P.
Canada | Reviewed on Oct 12, 2023
My son and I had a fantastic tour and trek in Bhutan from September 23 to October 5, 2023. We booked through vishal of Himalayan kingdom adventurers and would highly recommend him. He took care to check in to make sure everything was going well with our accommodation, food and to confirm our tour was going well. Our guide was Tashi for the tour and 4 day trek. Tashi was a wealth of historical knowledge and provided answers for all our questions. He facilitated a memorable trek despite a lot... Read more

My son and I had a fantastic tour and trek in Bhutan from September 23 to October 5, 2023. We booked through vishal of Himalayan kingdom adventurers and would highly recommend him. He took care to check in to make sure everything was going well with our accommodation, food and to confirm our tour was going well. Our guide was Tashi for the tour and 4 day trek. Tashi was a wealth of historical knowledge and provided answers for all our questions. He facilitated a memorable trek despite a lot of rain. He went above and beyond to ensure our experience in Bhutan was exceptional.
We arrived in Bhutan to enjoy a cultural festival in Thimphu, which exposed my son and I to a true Bhutanese experience. Our visit to punakha was a highlight with the warmer climate, ancient fortress and fertility temple as a few of the high lights.

Local specialist: Vishal Pradhan
Vishal
Vishal Pradhan
Local specialist in Paro, Bhutan | Replied on Oct 19, 2023

Dear Vi,

Glad to hear that you and your son had a great time in Bhutan. We appreciate having had the chance to organize this trip and be able to show our beautiful country to you. I shall certainly share your kind words to our team, Thank you again Robin.

the approach
Bhutan | Aug 25 - Sep 4, 2023

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Katerina C.
Czechia | Reviewed on Oct 09, 2023
the basis is to have a suitable itinerary and then you have at your disposal a wonderful guide and driver who take care of you and introduce youthe life and customs and it's up to you to enjoy it and not worry about anything, and besides, you'll get royal treatment,
so thank you vishal, tashi and nawong
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the basis is to have a suitable itinerary and then you have at your disposal a wonderful guide and driver who take care of you and introduce youthe life and customs and it's up to you to enjoy it and not worry about anything, and besides, you'll get royal treatment,
so thank you vishal, tashi and nawong

Activity Reviews
Jiligang Pine Trail
Jiligang Pine Trail
Punakha
Quality of Experience
Lungchutse Hike
Lungchutse Hike
Bhutan

rich nature

Druk Path Trek* - Day 1 - Damchena to Jangchulakha
Druk Path Trek* - Day 1 - Damchena to Jangchulakha
Camping

to be 4 days in nature with all care in recharging

Local specialist: Vishal Pradhan
Vishal
Vishal Pradhan
Local specialist in Paro, Bhutan | Replied on Oct 19, 2023

Dear Katerina,

Thank you for your kind words, we thoroughly enjoyed curating this family adventure and glad to hear that the boys and you had a great time. We look forward to hearing from you on another adventure perhaps, till then take care and thank you again , Robin

The guides, horsemen and camp assistants were...
Bhutan | May 10 - May 19, 2023

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Douglas N.
Lutherville-Timonium, MD | Reviewed on May 26, 2023

The guides, horsemen and camp assistants were all very professional. They always had our safety and comfort in mind. I would not hesitate to recommend the Kimkim team to any travelers in Bhutan.

Local specialist: Vishal Pradhan
Vishal
Vishal Pradhan
Local specialist in Paro, Bhutan | Replied on May 27, 2023

Dear Doug,

Thank you for your kind words and your patronage.
I shall be certain to share your feedback with Tek and nawang.

Take care and stay well, Team Himalayan Kingdom expedition.

Bhutan Dagala Trek. From beginning to end we were in great hands...
Bhutan | May 10 - May 19, 2023

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Mark C.
Baltimore, MD | Reviewed on May 20, 2023
From beginning to end we were in great hands. Our guides: Tashi and Namwang ever attentive. All questions fielded with grace and perspective. This personal touch exemplifying kindness and care contributed to the overall experience as much as the jaw dropping scenery and enchanted Bhutan forests. A very special time together. Happy to recommend to others. Read more

From beginning to end we were in great hands. Our guides: Tashi and Namwang ever attentive. All questions fielded with grace and perspective. This personal touch exemplifying kindness and care contributed to the overall experience as much as the jaw dropping scenery and enchanted Bhutan forests. A very special time together. Happy to recommend to others.

Activity Reviews
 Chele la Pass Hike  & Kila Nunnery
Chele la Pass Hike & Kila Nunnery
Bhutan
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Hike to Tigers-nest Monastery
Hike to Tigers-nest Monastery
Paro
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Dagala Trek - Day 1 - Geynekha to Gur
Dagala Trek - Day 1 - Geynekha to Gur
Camping
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Dagala Trek - Day 2 - Gur to Labatama
Dagala Trek - Day 2 - Gur to Labatama
Camping
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Dagala Trek - Day 3 - Labatama Halt
Dagala Trek - Day 3 - Labatama Halt
Camping
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Dagala Trek - Day 4 - Labatama to Panka
Dagala Trek - Day 4 - Labatama to Panka
Camping
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Dagala Trek - Day 5 - Panka to Tsheregang
Dagala Trek - Day 5 - Panka to Tsheregang
Camping
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Dagala Trek - Day 6 - Tsheregang to Chamgang to Thimphu
Dagala Trek - Day 6 - Tsheregang to Chamgang to Thimphu
Thimphu
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Thimphu - Paro
Thimphu - Paro
Bhutan
Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Transport
Local specialist: Vishal Pradhan
Vishal
Vishal Pradhan
Local specialist in Paro, Bhutan | Replied on May 23, 2023

Dear Mark,

Thank you for this opportunity. And glad to hear that our boys put in a good show for you all.
I shall certainly share your appreciation with our team. Forever grateful for your patronage and and hopefully we will get to see you again .

With best regards, Team Himalayan Kingdom expedition.

Tashi and Nunwong were the A team. Our every ...
Bhutan | May 10 - May 19, 2023

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Clinton D.
Glen Burnie, MD | Reviewed on May 20, 2023

Tashi and Nunwong were the A team. Our every need and want were tended to ,if not anticipated.

Local specialist: Vishal Pradhan
Vishal
Vishal Pradhan
Local specialist in Paro, Bhutan | Replied on May 23, 2023

Dear Clinton,

Many thanks for your kinds words for our team. Truly appreciate all the patience and taking the lead in this group adventure. We thoroughly enjoyed working with you on this and appreciate your trust and patronage.

With best regards, Team Himalayan Kingdom Expedition.

Personalized Trip, Exceptional Service
Bhutan | May 5 - May 13, 2023

Brian
Brian S.
Casas Adobes, AZ | Reviewed on May 18, 2023

Vishal worked tirelessly to make changes to my itinerary as my circumstances changed. Nim (guide) and Cool (driver) were both incredibly professional, personable, and knowledgeable. My trip to Bhutan was a great experience.

Local specialist: Vishal Pradhan
Vishal
Vishal Pradhan
Local specialist in Paro, Bhutan | Replied on May 19, 2023

Dear Brian,

Thank you for your kind words. It was indeed a pleasure working with you on this trip. Thank you for your patience and trust on us with this booking for the last 3 years. I am sure Nima d Kul would be delighted to hear of your appreciation. Thank you once gain and take care, Team Himalayan Kingdom expedition.

Himalayan Kingdom Expeditions; Western Bhutan and Jomolhari Trek
Bhutan | Apr 24 - May 8, 2023

Thomas
Thomas J.
Seattle, WA | Reviewed on May 15, 2023
Our trip with Himalayan Kingdom Expeditions was amazing from beginning (a six-day cultural tour with acclimatizing day hikes) to end (a seven-day trek). Vishal and guides, Tek and Ngawang, were consummate hosts. Planning was thorough and efficient. Guides were knowledgable and clear when sharing information about Bhutanese history, Buddhist history and customs, natural history, and adept at organizing, executing, and adjusting to conditions while trekking (mainly due to weather and altitude,... Read more

Our trip with Himalayan Kingdom Expeditions was amazing from beginning (a six-day cultural tour with acclimatizing day hikes) to end (a seven-day trek). Vishal and guides, Tek and Ngawang, were consummate hosts. Planning was thorough and efficient. Guides were knowledgable and clear when sharing information about Bhutanese history, Buddhist history and customs, natural history, and adept at organizing, executing, and adjusting to conditions while trekking (mainly due to weather and altitude, but also because our group occasionally chose to linger at a location or site longer than planned).
Before departing for Bhutan, I was looking forward most to the Jomolhari Trek that we'd arranged with Vishal, and this did turn out to meet and exceed expectations for adventure and experiencing a remote cultural landscape, but I also got so much more out of the time we spent around Paro, Punakha, and Thimphu than I'd imagined that I would. The temples, monasteries and related Buddhist sites and traditional workshops were profound, magical, and made even fuller by the background and context provided by Tek and Ngawang.
Not being a guided expedition person by nature, I was concerned about being "fussed over" to the point of having the service interfere with my experience of the place that I was visiting, but my experience with Himalayan Kingdom contradicted all of my preconceptions of what this might be like. Interactions with Tek and Ngawang were easy from day one. Their calm, kind, and informative approach to hosting created camaraderie and by the end of the trip I was sad to have to say goodbye to good friends. I have only positive things to say about Vishal and Himalayan Kingdom Expeditions and about the wonderful travel experience that I had because of them!

Local specialist: Vishal Pradhan
Vishal
Vishal Pradhan
Local specialist in Paro, Bhutan | Replied on May 16, 2023

Dear Thomas,

Thank you for taking the lead to work with us in planning this adventure for yourself and your friends.

While it has been a long await, glad to hear that Bhutan has lived up to your expectation and has inspired you. We truly appreciate your patience with us and once again thank you for your trust and patronage. We hope to cross paths again in future and till then take care and stay blessed.

Team Himalayan Kingdom Expedition.