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With 122 female guides certified and validated by the Department of Tourism, these women are emerging as ambassadors of the country, offering personalised tours, trekking expeditions and cultural experiences tailored to the preference of travellers.

In a nation celebrated for its cultural depth and natural beauty, Bhutan recognises the pivotal role of skilled guides in delivering unparalleled experiences to its visitors.

Recent years have seen a rise in the number of female guides, reflecting an increase of more than 25 per cent since the country reopened to tourism in September 2022 after the COVID-19 pandemic.

These professionals offer unique perspectives and in-depth knowledge, enhancing the travel experience with their expertise. There are around 1,809 certified and validated guides currently in Bhutan.

Their contributions go beyond mere guidance; they act as cultural ambassadors, fostering genuine connections and deepening visitors’ appreciation for the country’s traditions and natural wonders.

In a society where women have always played a strong role, the rise of female guides is a testament to Bhutan’s commitment to inclusivity and gender equality in the workforce.

“Guiding is not just a job; it’s a passion that transcends boundaries,” said Dorji Bidha, an experienced female guide.

“Whether leading treks across mountain passes or unveiling the hidden gems of Bhutan, it’s about inspiring others to explore and connect.”

These guides excel in various niches, including bird watching, where their expertise provides a unique vantage point on the country’s biodiversity. Their dedication enhances the visitor experience, marrying local insights with natural wonders.

Female guides in Bhutan are gaining popularity, especially among solo female travellers, for their ability to create a sense of safety and camaraderie.

They lead diverse excursions, from challenging treks in the Himalayas to immersive cultural journeys through ancient monasteries, embodying the spirit of adventure and discovery.

“The increase in female guides is reshaping Bhutan’s tourism landscape,” said Dorji Dhradhul, the Director General of the Department of Tourism.

“They are pioneers, enriching our visitor experiences while championing the role of women in our cultural and economic fabric.”