I left my heart in Bhutan...

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Every country is unique. Bhutan however stands farther out from the crowd of nations than most others.

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Learn about the logistics of traveling in this country.

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How I (almost) met the King of Bhutan and the special relationship Champaca Journeys has with this country.

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Our Team

John Leupold

CEO, Founder

Travel has been John’s passion since he was a summer exchange student in Peru during high school. A 2007 trip to Bhutan changed his life, so struck with the beauty of Bhutan, its wonderful people and the unique feel of the country that he founded Champaca Journeys.


Sangay Jmwc

Cafe Manager

Sangay, a graduate of the University of Bhutan, dedicates his time to making excellent coffee and managing our new Champaca Café in Paro.


Dorji Khandup

Senior Guide

Dorji and John became acquainted when he guided John’s first Bhutan trip in 2007. Dorji is one of the few guides/tour operators in Bhutan to possess the necessary levels of government licensing and we are honored have Dorji guide all our journeys.


Younten Woezer

Assistant Guide

Another long time friend of Champaca Journeys, Younten’s background in tourism makes him a very helpful and pleasant addition to the trips he joins as assistant guide.


Serd Sangsavath

Guide - Laos

A former Buddhist monk, Serd has great understanding for the secular parts of Lao life, and brings great sensitivity and humor to his work as a tour operator


Sopheara Pheav

Guide - Cambodia

Born on a farm near Siem Reap, Sopheara's dream was to visit Angkor Wat as a young boy. His first visit made such an impression that he studied to be a guide, and now he brings compassion and a great sense of humor to all his tours.