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's favorite itineraries and travel advice
Top itineraries and travel advice
From the famous Tiger's Nest Monastery to the sleepy streets of Paro, visiting Bhutan is all about the simple pleasures of natural beauty and a distinctly preserved culture....
Trek through an area adorned with a multitude of pristine, crystal clear lakes, and Bhutanese villages. As you walk, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the entire Himalayan...
Explore the enigmatic kingdom of Bhutan on this exciting 7-day journey around the country's highlights. Visit historic fortresses, see one of the world's largest Buddha statues,...
With customs and traditions still going strong after centuries and an environment rich with diversity, Bhutan is a country that is completely unique. On this journey you will...
Whitewater rafting, hiking, archery lessons: the whole family will enjoy an active exploration of Western Bhutan on this 10-day itinerary. Highlights include the uphill climb to...
Recent trip reviews for Vishal
The guides, horsemen and camp assistants were...
May 10 - May 19, 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. read more
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...
May 10 - May 19, 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
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 ...
May 10 - May 19, 2023
Tashi and Nunwong were the A team. Our every need and want were tended to ,if not anticipated. read more
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
May 5 - May 13, 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.
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
Apr 24 - May 8, 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
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.
An Unforgettable Trekking Adventure with Himalayan Kingdom Expeditions
Apr 24 - May 8, 2023
I recently had the incredible opportunity to embark on a trekking adventure with Himalayan Kingdom Expeditions, and I must say that it was an experience of a lifetime. From the moment we arrived until our final farewell, Vashal and his team provided us with exceptional care, professionalism, and a genuine passion for what they do.
The trekking itinerary crafted by Himalayan Kingdom Expeditions was perfectly balanced, offering breathtaking views, challenging treks, and insightful cultural... read more
Appreciate your kind words and thank you for this opportunity.
I am certain Tek and Nawang would be delighted to hear of the reviews of their services.
Hopefully Bhutan will beckon you again, till then take care and stay blessed.
Team Himalayan Kingdom Expedition.
Unforgettable Trip to Bhutan
May 5 - May 13, 2023
Vishal planned an unforgettable 9-day trip to Bhutan for us with the perfect balance between cultural activities, stunning hikes in the Himalayas, and incredible food. Our guide Pema and our driver Sonam were both fantastic and they went above and beyond to make sure that we had a great time traveling in Bhutan by personalizing our itinerary each day. We really enjoyed authentically connecting with locals throughout the trip at local spots and sharing tea with monks at some of the amazing... read more
Thank you for your kinds words. We appreciate your patronage and trust in crafting this journey for you. I shall be certain to share this lovely feedback with the Pema and Sonam. Thank you again and till Bhutan beckons you again Stay safe and Well. Team Himalayan Kingdom Expedition
extraordinary coordination, guide and driver!
Apr 24 - May 8, 2023
Our guide was great to be around, he instilled confidence and comfort. He was very knowledgeable and articulate. His range of knowledge was broad from cultural insights to birds, animals and trekking! Just fantastic. Our driver was wonderful as well, great to talk with and not to mention a very good driver. I highly recommend.
Great to hear that the team were able to deliver a great experience.
We thoroughly enjoyed organizing this trip and truly appreciate the patronage.
Best wishes, Team Himalayan Kingdom Expedition.
Bhutan walking break
Apr 12 - Apr 25, 2023
Vishal impressed me from the moment I started our work together planning our Itinerary; helped by his excellent English.
He quickly had a good understanding of what we wanted to do and see in Bhutan and planned a really good varied trip given it was a our first visit to the Kingdom.
We had the most brilliant trip and everything worked so well; undoubtedly due to a lot of hard work behind the scenes by Vishal.
He was incredibly flexible and made last minute changes to our itinerary as... read more
Truly appreciate all the kind words. Thank you for your patience with us and especially during the rough weather conditions. I shall be certain to share your kind words with the team, who, i am sure would be very excited to hear of this. I look forward to hearing from you soon on another exciting adventure and till then take care.
With best regards, Team Himalayan Kingdom Expeditions
We had such a wonderful time in Bhutan. It ...
Apr 7 - Apr 15, 2023
We had such a wonderful time in Bhutan. It would not have been possible without the help of Vishal (planner), Nim (guide) ang Ugyen (driver). A big THANK YOU to them. They taught us their culture, custom and the history of Bhutan. What a caring country.
Highly recommend Kimkim if you are planning a trip to Bhutan.
Thank you for a lifetime of memories.
Thank you so much for your kind words and patience with the trip. we know the wait was long due to COVID, but glad that you made it and very happy to hear that Bhutan lived up to your expectation.
Thank you again for your patronage and we look forward to welcoming you again in not too distant future.
With love and light, Team Himalayan kingdom expedition
Our party of 7 had a wonderful trip to Bhutan...
Apr 3 - Apr 15, 2023
Our party of 7 had a wonderful trip to Bhutan organized by Vishal. Our fantastic guide, Tek , and excellent driver, Ngawang, ensured that everything ran smoothly. Tek was very knowledgable about many aspects of Bhutan . They were flexible and adjusted our itinerary each day to accommodate what we wanted to do.
We particularly liked Bumthuang in central Bhutan which was rural and peaceful with lovely houses and farms built in the traditional Bhutanese style.
One member of our party had... read more
It was a absolute delight to have had a chance to organize this adventure.
We are grateful for your support and patience. I hope Bhutan has inspired everyone and take home fond memories.
I shall be sure to share this wonderful comments with Tek , Nawang, Gem .
Take care, stay blessed and thank you again - Team Himalayan Kingdom Expedition.
if you want to go to Bhutan, do it with Vishal!
Jan 6 - Jan 11, 2023
Vishal was very knowledgable about Bhutan and helped me craft the ideal itinerary that balanced a lot of hikes, cultural sites, and relaxation. He was very flexible when we wanted to book our own hotels and helped to give advice and guidance on the best places to stay. Tek, our tour guide, was fantastic and really helped us understand Bhutan culturally and was extremely knowledgable about the flora/fauna, animals, and natural landscape of Bhutan. Sonam, our driver, was a great and we felt... read more
Thank you for much for the kind words.
I thoroughly enjoyed organizing this trip and I shall share this kind words with Tek and Sonam,
Thank you for your patronage and i shall hope that Bhutan will inspire and beckon you to come back again.
With best regards Vishal
Our adventures with Himalayan Kingdom Expedition!
Dec 4 - Dec 12, 2022
Our trip to Bhutan would have been quite nice in itself owing to the scenic vistas, the serene people, the pristine architecture, and the rich culture. But the gap between "quite nice" and extraordinary was bridged by the team at Kimkim: Mr Thinley, our tour and trekking guide who was adept at history, art, and wordly insights alike; Mr Tashi, our very friendly chauffeur, who was as merry and bright as he was peaceful behind the wheel.
Mr Vishal was our trip planner and he had made the... read more
Thank you so much for your kind words. We thoroughly enjoyed organizing your trip and am hopeful Bhutan has inspired the both of you, as you embark on this wonderful Journey. Tashi Delek to both of you and very best for future. Thank you for everything and your patronage. With regards Vishal
First class trip with amazingly informed and ...
Oct 29 - Nov 7, 2022
First class trip with amazingly informed and helpful guides.Kinlee and sonom were extremely kind, fun to be with and went out of their way to make sure I had everything I needed. Kinlee helped me find the perfect Piece of art and is following up making sure the shipping and everything goes smoothly. Vishal was very helpful from the start helping me to plan and organize The trip to fit my needs. Definitely exceeded my expectations and would not hesitate to use this company again! Namaste🙏 Chris
Thank you so much for your kind words.
It was a pleasure hosting your trip. Each trip is a learning for us as well and your inputs are greatly appreciated. Please reach out to us, if you need anything from our end.
Take Care Vishal
Oct 6 - Oct 13, 2022
Vishal and his team Tek and Migma were fantastic. This trip was initially planned and payed for prior to the pandemic. Vishal was great with navigating the new requirements and updates from teh government once Bhutan reopened. He put together a great itinerary with multiple option throughout each day and Tek was great at making any last minute adjustments as we went through our adventure. Vishal even met up with us for dinner on the first night and introduced us to another of his tour... read more
It was great to finally have met you. Like you said the Trip was many years in making, and I am glad to hear that we were able to live up to your expectations. I hope you will have lingering memories of Bhutan and the destination will call you again for another adventure.
Till then take care and thank you for everything. With warm regards from the Kingdom. Vishal
This was a fantastic trip!
Nov 29 - Dec 3, 2019
This was a fantastic trip! Everything went smoothly, and they did everything to make it as good an experience as possible. The guide and driver, Tek and Migma, We’re friendly and helpful and always on the lookout for interesting things to add to our itinerary. Vishaul was also very responsive both before and during the trip, and answered all of our questions promptly. Bhutan was such an amazing and relaxing experience. We did tours of Thimphu and Paro,, and a hike to Tigers nest. Don’t miss these!
Thank you for your kind words and this opportunity. We thoroughly enjoyed hosting your trip and great to hear that the destination lived up to your expectation. Hopefully bhutan beckons you again in not too distant future.
With best regards, Sonam
Bhutan walking trip with kids
Oct 8 - Oct 16, 2019
We had the most magical experience in Bhutan. Vishal did a terrific job planning for us and our two children. Our guide Jem was very knowledgeable and warm and also was great with our kids. He was constantly entertaining them (and the grown ups). We loved Jem and our driver Karma was also great (which is important on the narrow and windy roads in Bhutan). Vishal picked great hikes for us and great lodging - including a historic house in Haa and a homestay in Paro with a family that... read more
It was great pleasure hosting your family in Bhutan. We had a great time interacting with you all.
We are thankful for this opportunity and glad to hear that the services were up-to your expectations. Look forward welcoming again for the next adventure.
With best regards Sonam and Vishal
Accompanying my spouse who has a work trip
Aug 27 - Sep 8, 2019
Wow what a trip we have just had! Firstly, a huge thank you to Vishal and Sonam at Trophel Tours, and to Thinley (our guide) and Migmar (our driver) who made our 2-week trip so memorable, informative, fun, with seamless travel connections and full of chilli cheese!
From the start, organising this trip was made easy with the communication, advice and support provided by Vishal. Ric was on an invite working visa with the Ministry of Health and Vishal went out of his way to navigate the... read more
Dear Jane and Ric,
Thank you very much for talking the time to share your experience and we truly appreciate this opportunity to show our country. Thank you once gain and we forward hearing from you on the family trip. Thanks Sonam .
Jun 3 - Jun 13, 2018
My wife and I took our trip to the incredible treasure of a country, Bhutan, a bit over a year ago now. That it took me a year to write a review is entirely a reflection on myself and not at all 9n our gracious and accommodating hosts and guides.
Vishal and Sonam, our tour organizers, we're incredible from the initial contact about considering the trip, all the way through to leaving for home.
During the booking discussions they made the process easy and worry free for us. They spoke with... read more
Dear Matt and Denise,
Thank you very for talking the time and effort to pen down this detailed trip experience. We are totally thrilled to hear of this feedback. Thank you for this opportunity in planning your trip and look forward to working on another bhutan adventure. Thanks Sonam
Asian hike adventure
May 13 - May 31, 2019
What rating do you give a tour when the guides – literally – saved your life? We arrived in Bhutan and began acclimatizing to the higher altitudes. Part of this process included hiking to Tiger’s nest (which was utterly amazing) and we hiked from Cheila Pass to Kila Goemba (a monastery). In regard to altitude, we were hiking at altitudes as high as 3,988 meters. While I did experience some issues, I got through both hikes, relatively, unscathed. In case one wonders, I was taking medicine to... read more
Thank you for this opportunity to plan your trip. While it was unfortunate that the adventure did not come to its natural outcome. Nonetheless, i would like to believe that these were bigger leanings of LIFE for all of us. We wish you the best and look forward to organizing another adventure. With best regards Sonam and Vishal
We had a great time hosting you and happy to hear that the trip was upto your expectation. Thank you for the opportunity in executing the trip. With best regards, Sonam