Deana has lived and worked in Nepal for more than twenty years and has traveled in more than 25 countries. She has explored across Asia, including Tibet, Bhutan, and Mongolia. More important than adding stamps to her passport are the friendships she builds. Deana’s first encounter with the Himalayas was as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a remote mountain village. Later in San Francisco, she went on to direct cultural exchange programs. Charmed by Nepal (despite the lack of amenities), Deana returned to advise businesses and non-profits, teach yoga, and guide treks. Currently when she’s not guiding, she is starting an orphanage outside Kathmandu. Deana is fluent in Nepali, holds a Wilderness First Responder certification, and will brew you the best coffee in the Himalayas! She’s full of stories about Tantric goddesses, the Maoist insurgency, royal massacres, arranged marriages, secret explorations, and the realities of Shangri-La.