Voygr Expeditions

Voygr Expeditions is an experiential travel provider in North India and Central 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 Kazakhstan. We started up in Ladakh, India and still call this stunning region our home.

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.

EXPEDITION LEADERS & GUIDES

Abdul Rashid
MOUNTAINEER • PHOTOGRAPHY FIXER
MD, VOYGR INDIA

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.

Brad Josephs VoygrBrad 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 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.

Robert van Koesveld VoygrRobert 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 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.

Khenrab Phuntsog VoygrKhenrab Phuntsog
SNOW LEOPARD SPECIALIST

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.

Duncan Parker VoygrDuncan 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.

Manjit Singh VoygrManjit 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 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.

Management Team

 

Behzad LarryBehzad J. Larry, FRGS
PHOTOGRAPHER • HISTORIAN • CEO

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), 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.

Charles IannuzziCharles Iannuzzi
VICE PRESIDENT, LEARNING EXPEDITIONS

Charles Iannuzzi has dedicated his career to combining the fields of education and travel. Since graduating from Duke University in 2007 with majors in biology and political science, Charles has volunteered with the INGO WorldTeach on Kaben Island in the Republic of the Marshall Islands; developed syllabi and curricula for Ashram Paryavaran Vidhyalaya (APV) School in Tehri Garhwal, Uttarakhand, India, on a William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service, served as the Dean of Students and Dean of Admissions at Fudan International School in Shanghai, China, and managed international admissions at the Hotchkiss School as Director of International Admissions.

Charles is an avid hiker, runner, and outdoor enthusiast. He currently resides in Beijing, China.

Caitlin Ferguson
VICE PRESIDENT, ENGAGEMENT

Caitlin joins Voygr from the technology and international development sector. She has worked across India, including a William J. Clinton Fellowship in Vishakhpatnam, Andhra Pradesh at a social enterprise managing solid waste. Most recently, she worked as a consultant to implement technologies for social impact organizations. She holds a BA from Northeastern University, in Boston. At Voygr, Caitlin leads student expeditions, outreach, and marketing initiatives.

Caitlin is happiest when in the mountains, especially if there is a dog by her side. She splits time between India and Colorado, USA

Sridar IyengarSridar Iyengar
ADVISOR-IN-CHIEF

Sridar Iyengar is an independent mentor investor in early stage startups and companies.
Earlier, Iyengar was a senior partner with KPMG in the US and UK and was Chairman and CEO of KPMG India. Sridar is a director in Dr. Reddy Laboratories, Mahindra Holidays and Resorts India, ICICI Venture Management, CL Educate, Cleartrip Travel Services Private and serves on the Management Board of Murugappa group. He has previously served on the boards of Infosys, Infosys BPO, ICICI Bank, Rediff.com, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance. He has served as president of TiE Silicon Valley, TiE Global and TiE Mumbai and Chaired the Clinton Fellowship. He was also on the board of Janaagraha Center for Citizenship and Democracy and co-creator of www.ipaidabribe.com.
Sridar is the co-Founder of the 360Plus network focusing on providing “learning through travel” opportunities to low-resourced students in the US and India.

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Our Guides & Partners
Our amazing guides are the heart and soul of Voygr expeditions. It is easy to know that they are what set us apart and make our tours truly exceptional. Voygr guides are the key to unlocking a thousand doors.

Voygr’s guides have decades of experience, an intimate knowledge of the land, and absolutely love what they do. They have been chosen from the best of the best, and vetted time and again by our discerning customers from around the world.  Whether you go on a photo tour, a mountaineering expedition, tracking snow leopards in mid-winter, or fishing for trout, with Voygr you will go with a guide that is an expert at what they do.

Voygr student expedition leaders are former Fulbright Scholars, William J. Clinton Fellows, & Princeton in Asia Fellows, with incredible international experience.  They have all worked and lived in India for extended periods of time and have an in-depth understanding of the country, its people, and a range of diverse issues ranging from history, to climate change, to national identity movements, to linguistics, to wildlife. Voygr works closely with teachers and administrators from each school to craft the ideal trip for their students.

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