Buddhist scholar to co-lead Snowman trek this fall
We’re pleased to welcome Buddhist scholar and Bhutan expert, Ian Baker, to co-lead the Oct. 7th Snowman trek along with Deana Zabaldo. We’d like to introduce you to Ian here.
As much as we’re all drawn to the physical beauty and grandeur of the mountain places we visit, in some places it’s as much about the people that inhabit these incredible places. Such is the case with Bhutan, where cultural and religious tradition offer every bit as much intrigue and beauty as the majestic Himalayas of Bhutan. Both Ian and Deana’s insight into the culture of Bhutan will make this year’s Snowman Trek an experience of a lifetime to be sure.
Ian Baker holds advanced degrees in History and Anthropology and is the author of seven critically acclaimed books on Himalayan and Tibetan culture, including Tibetan Yoga: Principles and Practices, The Heart of the World, The Tibetan Art of Healing, Buddhas of the Celestial Gallery, and The Dalai Lama’s Secret Temple, a collaborative work with H.H. The Dalai Lama illuminating Tantric Buddhist yoga and meditation practices.
Ian is an international fellow of The Explorers Club and was designated by National Geographic Society as one of seven “Explorers for the Millennium” for his field research in Tibet’s Tsangpo Gorge and his team’s discovery of a waterfall that had been the source of myth and geographic speculation for more than a century. He has designed and led educational tours in Tibet, Nepal, India, and Bhutan for Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic Expeditions, and the Victoria and Albert Museum and is an active board member of the International Society for Bhutan Studies.
Who better to show you this amazing country than Ian and Deana, a country like no others in the world. Ancient and never colonized, Bhutan is bordered by China, Tibet and India, and is a constitutional monarchy. Traditional Buddhist values are the foundation of government, business and personal life. The philosophy of“Gross National Happiness” guides the government and the former King stated,“Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross National Product.” Bhutan is cautious in allowing growth and development and tourism is strictly limited to maintain the country’s pristine valleys and peaks of the Eastern Himalaya — we feel privileged to be able to show you this amazing place and hope you can join us in this mystical place.