Rocky Thupten-English-speaking Tour Guide in Shangri-La
I’m Rocky Tuodeng (Thupten Tsering in Tibetan or 托登/Tuodeng in Chinese) working for Yunnan Exploration for 2 years as an English-speaking tour guide. I has a travelling personality that embodies the spirit of adventure and hardwork of our legendary Khampa lados (muleteers).
In the seven years he has been with Khampa Caravan,but I have working as in this profession for more than fifteen years,before I work for many trekking company such as like Khampa Caravan travel Agency in Shangrila also like Blue Moon travel Agency, Hangkong, Shangli, Shenti,Pudatso, BalaGezong, Lusongshi, Kaoyang, Meili,Songtsam, Thupten is a seasoned guide and has ably led trips to the most remote of regions (and often with the most difficult rating) in the Tibetan highlands including Tibet Autonomous Region, Sichuan and Yunnan. Besides being passionate about new experiences and seeing new places, he is always focused on his clients and considers each trip a challenge in delivering service and care in addition to the knowledge of a place and culture.
Not surprisingly, Thupten’s journey was a personal one when at the age of 19, he returned for good with his own father to settle in Tawo in Sichuan Province. Until then, Thupten lived in Delhi,Darjeeling in India where he went to school and where his father traded for a living. From a very young age, stories of his father as a young trader in Tawo and would capture Thupten’s imagination and he longed to see the land as well as the family his father had left behind.
After spending several years teaching English privately in Tawo, Sichuan, Thupten moved to join Khampa Caravan in 2003. Through hard work and dedication and the opportunities to guide some of the most difficult trips, he has evolved into a guide who can lead and serve no matter how big a group or how difficult the trek. As a second generation born with Lado genes and instincts, Thupten is in his comfort zone when he is in the wilderness. Besides being a doer, he is never shy and can launch himself into a Bollywood ballad anytime (at the end of a high pass or after a good dinner in the wilderness) to express a sentimental side to the Lado spirit.
As if by fate, Thupten recently married Amo, a Mekong girl he met on one of his Khawakarpo treks. He and Amo live in Gyalthang and have a four-year old son.