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Meet Voygr's Phenomenal Team

Decades of experience guiding, teaching, and keeping guests happy, safe, and comfortable in some of the world’s most beautiful places.

Voygr's Expedition Leaders & Guides

Voygr Expeditions is a leading tour operator in India, Central Asia and Far-Eastern Russia. We create extraordinary journeys that combine experiential travel with community based conservation and sustainable development in front-line communities that bear the brunt of climate-change and human-wildlife conflict in the mountains of Asia. We specialize in privileged access wildlife safaris, photography expeditions, cultural engagement tours, and student learning expeditions across the Indian subcontinent, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia.

If you can dream up an itinerary in South or Central Asia, we can execute it.

Voygr is always on the lookout for passionate professionals with great personalities to help people explore the world through travel. In particular, we love hearing from photographers. Shoot us an email if you’d like to work with us.

Besides our expedition leaders, guides and trackers listed below, Voygr employs dozens of local staff on our expeditions to the Himalayas, Kyrgyzstan, and Mongolia. Snow leopard tours have upwards of 16 staff members, all locals.

Abdul Rashid

Abdul Rashid

Senior Vice President Operations • Snow Leopard Specialist • Photographer

Abdul Rashid is a mountaineer, photographer, and Voygr’s Himalayan expert. Originally from a small village in Nubra Valley by the Indo-Chinese border, he speaks 8 languages. Rashid has successfully helped clients summit the tallest peaks in Ladakh including Nun & Kun (7,125m & 7,077m), Saser (7,518m), Chamser (6,634m), Lingser (6,666m), and Stok Kangri (6,153m) among others in his 20 year career as a mountain guide. He has led expeditions for explorers and students across the Himalayas. Rashid is a certified Advanced Mountaineer from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering in Uttarkashi. Apart from Voygr’s mountain expeditions, Rashid specializes in organizing logistics,…

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Behzad Larry

Behzad J. Larry, FRGS, FRAS

CEO • Photographer • Snow Leopard Specialist

Behzad Larry is a professional photographer, historian, and adventurer. An avid explorer, Behzad specializes in documenting the remote reaches of the world. Through his travel photography he covers wildlife, portraiture, and landscapes in the high Himalayas, Central Asia, and the Tibetan Plateau. His favorite subjects are remote and difficult to get to, often requiring 4x4s, pack animals, and hiking. Behzad has been featured frequently in travel magazines and has done travel features for both print and web. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society, member of…

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Brad Josephs

Brad Josephs

Senior Naturalist • Wildlife Photographer

Brad has been a professional naturalist guide, wildlife photographer and wildlife expedition leader since he graduated from the University of Alaska, Fairbanks with a B.S. in wildlife biology in 1999. He guides Voygr’s snow leopard and Himalayan brown bear expeditions. For over two decades, Brad has guided numerous professional photographers, photography workshops, bear viewers and film crews on expeditions to view coastal brown bears along the remote Coast of Katmai National Park, Alaska, wildlife expeditions in China and Borneo that focus on keystone species, and polar bear and aurora borealis expeditions in northern Canada. Most recently, Brad has chased his…

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Dorjay Stanzin

Dorjay Stanzin

Snow Leopard Specialist • Conservationist

Dorjay "eagle-eyes" Stanzin is probably the world's top snow leopard spotter. Hailing from the small village of Skiu in Hemis National Park, Dorjay has been working with snow leopards and conservation since 1990. Between 1992 and 1997 he helped start a non-profit for snow leopard conservation and worked on creating a network of community based home-stays in the famous Markha Valley in Hemis National Park. Dorjay has a tremendous knowledge of Himalayan and Central Asian wildlife and has long assisted the Wildlife Department in rescuing injured snow leopards, tracking snow leopards, wolves, and lynx and has worked with several major…

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Duncan Parker

Duncan Parker

Wildlife Filmmaker • Senior Naturalist

Duncan is an expeditionary camera operator and filmmaker who has worked on National Geographic’s Hostile Planet, BBC’s Planet Earth II, BBC’s Natural World, CATS, BBC’s Siberian Tiger, BBC’s Expedition Burma and the BBC’s Wild Japan. Duncan also leads an in-house technology lab for the BBC natural history unit. Working with a vast array of camera formats, from current 4K cameras, to specialist low light cameras, grips and accessories. Being a passionate photographer and trained conservationist, Duncan enjoys making films that can make a difference in the world. When not working, he enjoys climbing and caving in Wales or building filming contraptions in the workshop.

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Khenrab Phuntsog

Khenrab Phuntsog

Snow Leopard Specialist • Conservationist

Khenrab is an award-winning snow leopard conservationist. With close to two decades as a Wildlife Guard in Hemis National Park, he is one of the keystones of conservation within the park. Having tracked, rescued, and engaged with wild snow leopards his whole career, he may be one of the world’s leading non-academic experts on snow leopard behavior, and a fount of knowledge on all other species in the Trans-Himalayas including the Tibetan wolf, the Eurasian lynx, the Pallas’ cat, and the Himalayan brown bear. Khenrab works closely with Voygr’s team and advises on planning our snow leopard expeditions, training our…

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Manjit Singh Hoonjan

Manjit Singh Hoonjan

Photographer

Manjit Singh Hoonjan is a photographer, living and creating in Calcutta, India. The origin of his passion for photography is the deep love and connection that he feels for the city: its unique architecture, vibrant markets, colourful urban landscapes and magical ambience which turn Calcutta into a living and breathing photographers’ heaven. He believes that the cultural richness, heritage and the urban narrative of Calcutta, in general, could not be the same without the people living here. That is why a major part of his photography is focused on the inhabitants of Calcutta and is dedicated to them. Manjit’s photos were published in several…

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Rigzin Chhosdol

Camp Coordinator • Field Guide

Rigzen hails from the high altitude hamlet of Gya, one of the oldest settlements in Ladakh. With a BSc. in Physics, Chemistry and Math, she's currently pursuing a Masters in Economics from the University of Jammu. An accomplished mountaineer, Rigzin also graduated from the ABV Indian Institute of Mountaineering, India's top mountaineering school, winning "Best Mountaineer" twice. She's participated in several expeditions on mountains in Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh over 20,000 feet. For the past five years, Rigzin has been an active member of the Youth Association of Gya and Miru, an organization in her village that supports educational and…

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Robert Van Koesveld

Robert van Koesveld

Photographer

Robert is an award-winning full-time photographer whose work reflects his life-time interest in cultural travel. Since retiring early from his psycho-therapy practice in Perth, he has concentrated on photography, and travels extensively. Robert co-authored (with wife Libby Lloyd) the photo book ‘Bhutan Heartland: Travels in the Land of the Thunder Dragon’ (Fremantle Press, 2010). His book ‘Geiko and Maiko of Kyoto’ (Presence Publishing, 2016), in advance form, won the Australian Professional Photography Awards category of Best Photo Book for 2015. As well as leading phototours in Bhutan, India, China and Japan, he has had solo exhibitions in Kyoto and Dubai, and articles published…

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Sebastian Kennerknecht

Sebastian Kennerknecht

Conservationist • Wildlife Photographer • Camera Trapping Expert

Sebastian Kennerknecht is a wildlife and conservation photographer with over fourteen years of experience visually covering wildlife and environmental issues internationally, focusing in particular on wild cats. He has produced high quality editorial photographs, time-lapses, videos, and web content featured in and by BBC Wildlife, Smithsonian, The Economist, Science, and Conservation International, among others. Using highly customized SLR camera traps, along with conventional photographic techniques, he works closely with field biologists to both effectively and ethically capture photographs of some of the rarest cats on the planet while also highlighting the threats they face. Besides his assignment work, Sebastian leads…

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Smanla Tsering

Smanla Tsering

Snow Leopard Specialist • Conservationist

Smana Tsering is a snow leopard specialist and award-winning conservationist. He has spent two decades pushing conservation in Hemis National Park, India as a Wildlife Guard. Smanla has tracked, rescued, and engaged with wild snow leopard for his whole career and along with Khenrab, he may be one of the world’s leading non-academic experts on snow leopard behavior. Smanla leads training for rangers and field teams, advises on community outreach, and sustainable livelihood initiatives.  Along side Khenrab Phuntsog, he was recently awarded the Royal Bank of Scotland’s “Save the Species Award” for his work on snow leopard conservation. Originally from…

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Why Travel With Voygr?

Priviledged Access

Every Voygr destination has a local field team supporting it – experts that are at the very top of their game. They are the key that unlocks a thousand doors. From gifted photography fixers, to local historians, to the world’s top snow leopard conservationists, our field teams are the heart & soul of our trips.

Exceptional Leaders

Our expedition leaders are selected from the very best, globally. They comprise of renowned photographers, acclaimed naturalists, accomplished biologists, and intrepid explorers. All of them are great guides, teachers, and travel companions. They offer deep insights into the areas you visit.

Empowering Communities

We work closely with remote communities. Tourism allows us to create sustainable income streams for remote communities beyond resource intensive livelihoods like herding. We ensure that over 70% of our field teams are indigenous to the area you travel to, not just citizens from the capital.

Focused Conservation

Environmental conservation and protecting endangered species are core values. Voygr commits a minimum of 20% of our annual profits to the High Asia Habitat Fund. Expeditions with Voygr are not just carbon neutral – they are Carbon Negative. We offset through tree plantations in critical habitats across Asia.

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What Can We Plan For You?

All of our departures can be personalized.
We specialize in private, bespoke, and highly customized tours.
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    What Can We Plan For You?

    All of our departures can be personalized.
    We specialize in private, bespoke, and highly customized tours.
    Have a question? Specific requests? Need suggestions?







      Snow LeopardsBengal TigersSiberian TigersAmur LeopardsPhotography ExpeditionsTrip to LadakhKyrgyzstanUzbekistanTajikistanMongoliaHikes or treksHorse riding expeditionsFishing Expeditions




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