Team

We are family!


Good team work is the foundation for the success of our tours. We are lucky to have so many great people working with us and as a bicultural team we complement each other: one person’s weakness is balanced by another’s strength.

Every single member in our dream team has important skills, all working to make your vacation a beautiful and unforgettable experience.

Team Austria: Tashi & Daniela

Team Austria consists of only two people, who in the summer time work in Ladakh as well and complete “Team India”:


Daniela Luschin-Wangail

Daniela was born in Styria in 1977 as the oldest of three sisters. She was raised in Gesäuse-Eingang, then moved to Rottenmann. When she was 19, the big city was calling and she moved to Vienna, Austria. She studied Cultural and Social Anthropology, Tibetology and Journalism. Even at the beginning of her studies she was working for humang rights groups - especially the "Free-Tibet-Movement". She went to Ladakh the first time when she was doing field work for her diploma thesis, there she met Tashi, her future husband who was working as a tour guide then. In 2004 he established his own travel agency in Ladakh. After their wedding in 2005, they lived and worked together in Ladakh until 2007, but after the birth of their first son, Elvis, Daniela decided to go back home to Austria. Tashi followed her later and now they live in Austria with their now three sons. For the most part of the year they live in Austria, only in summer they return to Ladakh. Contact: daniela@gesar-travel.com


Tashi Wangail

Tashi was born in 1969 in Nubra (northern Ladakh). Coming from a humble background, he is a true self-made man. 20 years ago he started to do back-work in the tourism industry, then he learned all the skills necessary to guide tours and the following years he worked very successfully as a tour guide. Not only in Ladakh, but almost in every single region of the Indian Himalayas, Rajasthan and Bhutan. Together with his wife Daniela they decided to become self-employed and they founded Gesar Travel. For both of them, working together is like a puzzle - they compliment each other and all of their individual parts together make up the whole picture. Tashi is the professional who knows his home country like the back of his hand, he can assess situations realistically and he has a down-to-earth approach and stays calm all the time. He is the perfekt link between customer and host, as he himself has been living in the west for many years. He is the the bridge between home and abroad. Contact: tashi@gesar-travel.com


Team India: Tsering, Vajira, Kalyan, Kunsang, Sunny, Dorjey uvm

Team india, with their collective inputs, ensure our tours are possible! Our team appointed in Delhi and Leh offices are backed by our guides who leads you on your routes with their stories and the right informations. Experienced drivers takes you to places and the horsemen, they transport the camp. The helpers pitch your tents and sometimes lends hand to the cooks to serve you with hot delicacies in the mountains. Together our team works towards making your tours an unforgetable experience.


Phunchok Motup "Kalyan"

Kalyan is our support from Zanskar. Like Vajira he has studied for many years in Karnataka and later he has been an abmitious and a very friendly guide in our team, guiding some outstanding cultural and trekking tours (specially in Zanskar ) where he belongs. He is very polite and always cheerful to enchanting our guests, they have been always enthusiastic about his honest nature; he always gives out his knowledge and is prepared to deliver the best. He also belongs to the good German speakers in the team.


Dorjey Namgyal "Vajira"

Vajira is the younger brother of Tsering Dolma and for several years been an integral part of the team. As a guide, he accompanies diverse tours not only in Ladakh but also in Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu and many more regions in India. He is extremely diverse in his endeavors and holds a deep knowledge on Buddhism. He is also an excellent trekking guide and has accompanied motorbike tours as well. Since some time he also speaks good German and is continuously improving on his knowledge. We also like to mention his love for photography and music. You can find some of his photos in our photo gallery. Contact: vajira@gesar-travel.com


Tsering Dolma

Tsering Dolma is the head of the Agency in India. She organises all the requirements on your tours and at times, she also leads tours as guide. Since she is the only female working among a team of all men, she is therefore favoured with a high regard not just by the colleagues but our guests too feel that considerably. She is the mother of one son and comes from Nubra Valley like Tashi. Before she joined our team to work in tourism, she has worked for a few years in Police department of the state where she also got trained in mountaineering. This experience brings her in a group of a very few women belonging to Ladakh who can lead an expedition and trekking tours. Contact : tdolma@gesar-travel.com



Rigzin Tsewang

Like Kunzang, Rigzin Tsewang also is a true outdoorsman, always ready to climb high mountains, adventurous but at the same time he is all set to ensure the safety of his guests. Tsewang Rigzin also comes from Nubra and is particularly ambitious about his ventures to the high peaks. He has been accompanying many expeditions. He has climbed some of the highest mountains of Ladakh. Nevertheless, he is down to earth and very friendly by nature. Anyone who has been on a travel with him knows how caring he is of his guests. Moreover his love for mountain photography adds another feather in his cap.


Sonam Dorje

Sonam Dorjay is not only one of the jewels in the team of Gesar Travel; he is also the older brother of Tashi Wangail. Being a father of three sons and a daughter he is a devout Buddhist himself, there can be hardly anyone who could have such deep insight into the religious side of Ladakh as he does. Many people, who were traveling with him, were delighted with his rather quiet, yet very warm and honest nature. As a trekking guide, he has accompanied many tours over the years and thus he knows almost all corners of Ladakh. More importantly, however, he accompanies our guests to his home, Nubra valley, where you always meet and greet people with him. These spontaneous encounters are extremely valuable and memorable.


Kunsang Lharjay

Kunsang has been a part of Gesar – Family since years. He started out as an assistant since our earliest treks. Today he is one of our best climbing guides who has been leading and climbing a vast number of peaks here in Ladakh successfully with our guests. Like Tashi Wangail he is from the village Khardong and also a good naturalist. Among his many qualities he is caring and attentive to everybody with a bright welcoming smile and because of his great sense of humor he is a popular guide among our guests. Since a few years he also does speak a little German.


It was not possible to add all of our team members on this page. That is why we had to focus on a small selection. Neithertheless all the others are not less important for us. Like the others shown above they are all important pieces of our puzzle that shape up to make your journey a memorable one.