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Voygr's Expedition Leaders & Guides

Voygr Expeditions is a leading tour operator in India and Central Asia. 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.

Abdul Rashid

Senior Vice President Operations • Snow Leopard Specialist • Photographer
Abdul Rashid

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, location scouting, and expeditionary requirements for various photo and filming clients. Previous high profile clients have included both National Geographic and The Discovery Channel. Rashid lives in Leh with his family.

Behzad J. Larry, FRGS, FRAS

CEO • Photographer • Snow Leopard Specialist • Historian
Behzad Larry

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 the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain, and is a Nikon Pro.

Behzad leads some of Voygr’s photo tours across India and Central Asia, snow leopard expeditions in Ladakh, Amur leopard expeditions in Russia, and bespoke tiger expeditions in search of the Royal Bengal Tiger in India and the Siberian Tiger in Russia.

Behzad calls New York City home, but is originally from the small town of Mhow, in central India. He has lived and worked across North America, Eastern and North-Western Africa, and South Asia. He has served as a William J. Clinton Fellow, and is a trained historian from Colby College (USA), where he was a Ralph J. Bunche Scholar. Besides English, Behzad speaks Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati, and has studied Arabic and Farsi.

Brad Josephs

Senior Naturalist • Wildlife Photographer
Brad Josephs

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 life-long fantasy of seeing snow leopards in the wild in the Indian Himalayas and Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau of China. Brad is and has always been obsessed with encouraging wildlife and wilderness conservation in all corners of the world.

When not traveling for work, Brad keeps busy as a freelance wildlife writer/photographer/videographer, consultant for wildlife film projects, and lectures at schools, government agencies and organizations on natural history and bear biology and safety. Brad’s hobbies include botany, gardening, bird watching, fly fishing and canoeing in the Ozarks of Arkansas where he recently moved from Alaska. Brad is also a former EMT with the Homer, Alaska fire department, and is a certified Wilderness First Responder.

Brad leads Voygr’s Snow Leopard Expeditions.

Dorjay Stanzin

Snow Leopard Specialist • Conservationist
Dorjay Stanzin

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 filming expeditions to the region.

Duncan Parker

Wildlife Filmmaker • Senior Naturalist
Duncan Parker

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.

Khenrab Phuntsog

Snow Leopard Specialist • Conservationist
Khenrab Phuntsog

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 spotters and trackers, and helping Voygr make a minimal impact on natural resources within the park. He was recently awarded the Royal Bank of Scotland’s “Save the Species Award” for his work on snow leopard conservation. Khenrab has tracked and planned expeditions for the BBC’s Planet Earth II crew for their famous snow leopard sequences in the Mountains episode, the recently released snow leopard sequences in National Geographic’s Hostile Planet, and has worked with several well-known wildlife photographers and conservationists, including the eminent biologist George Schaller.

Originally from Chilling, by the Zanskar river, he now lives with his wife and two daughters in Leh, India.

Manjit Singh Hoonjan

Photographer
Manjit Singh Hoonjan
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 magazines, including National Geographic, Financial Times U.K.’s Magazine (How To Spend It), Outlook, Outlook Traveller, Elle Dé cor (India), Esquire (Malaysia), Man’s World, Graphiti (The Telegraph, Calcutta) as well as Lonely Planet. He has been published on a few collectives online too.
Manjit has assisted many photographers in Calcutta, notable amongst them, Steve McCurry. Manjit assisted Steve McCurry as he photographed Calcutta for 5 days early 2018.
He runs a special interest tour company called Calcutta Photo Tours, which conducts heritage and cultural walking tours in Calcutta. It is the first photo tour company in Calcutta. The company has been covered in many international newspapers like The Guardian, UK; The Telegraph, UK and The Wall Street Journal amongst others.

Robert van Koesveld

Photographer
Robert Van Koesveld

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 in Kyoto Journal and Better Photography magazines.

Robert is interested in capturing ‘spirit of place’ and ‘people with presence’ in a cultural context. He is increasingly fascinated with the liminal – the space between.His solo exhibition, ‘Seeing Geiko’, was exhibited recently at The Empty Quarter Gallery in Dubai. The title referred to the need to see other cultures openly, rather than through the lens of one’s own culture. Some of that work was previously exhibited in a solo experiential exhibition in Kyoto – ‘Seeing Geiko’.

Additionally, Robert enjoys creating the picture essay form and has contributed a number of these to Kyoto Journal. He has a fascination with alternative printing processes and small-edition book-making and design.

Smanla Tsering

Snow Leopard Specialist • Conservationist
Smanla Tsering

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 Markha, by the Zanskar river, he now lives with his wife and children in Leh, India.

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Snow Leopard Expeditions

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Award-winning snow leopard expeditions take you on a quest for one of the world’s most elusive cats in the Trans-Himalayas of India.

Photography Expeditions

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Our photography tours take you to iconic regions like Ladakh. Our camera trapping workshops help you capture the rarest big cats up close.

Central Asian Journeys

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Journeys to Central Asia explore the glorious history of the Silk Route in Uzbekistan, the mighty mountains of Tajikistan and the beautiful steppe of Kyrgyzstan.

Amur Leopard Expeditions

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Search for the rarest big cat in the world on our Amur leopard expeditions in the magnificent Russian Taiga.

Siberian Tiger Expeditions

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Help conserve the beautiful Siberian tiger on our expedition to the Russian Far East in search of this king of the Taiga.

Bengal Tiger & Leopard Safaris

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Witness the power of the Bengal tiger on bespoke and group safaris and the sublime grace of the Indian leopard on our safaris to Rajasthan, India.

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