David Sonam has over 30 years’ experience in the hospitality and tourism industry. In the 1980’s and 1990’s David worked in Tiger Tops Mountain Travel in Ladakh as well as in Nepal and Madhya Pradesh, as naturalist & and trek leader. He worked under Jim Edwards and interacted with clients such as Bjorn Borg, Henry Kissinger, a number of Hollywood personalities, and icons of Indian spirituality.
David’s intimate knowledge of Ladakhi culture makes your stay in Ladakh a comfortable and rich experience. From the 1990’s onwards, David has been a member and office bearer of IALS (International Association for Ladakh Studies). Apart from a number of Ladakhi scholars, his colleagues have been or are (the late) Henry Osmaston (Geographer), Simon Digby and John Bray (Historians), Monisha Ahmed and Ravina Aggarwal (Anthropologists).
He is also associated with several other prominent organizations such as the Snow Leopard Conservancy India (SLCI), the Winter Sports Club of Ladakh, the Lions Club of Leh, the REWA society (supported by Ladakh Hilfe, e.V.), and the Wildlife Department.
A keen ornithologist and amateur photographer, David has been part of numerous expeditions, collaborating with ornithologists such as Ananda Banerjee, Otto Pfister and Col Chacko (specialist on black-necked Cranes) and with well known photographers such as David Valla (landscapes and portraits) and Steve McCurry (National Geographic Magazine).
Of late David has assisted film producers in their filming projects in and about Ladakh. David has assisted film makers such as Vinod Ganatre, Samreen Farooqui and Shabani Hussainiwala. David’s experience and wide network of contacts is available to help every film maker who wishes to use the spectacular spaces of Ladakh to make an unforgettable impact on every movie goer.
Today David leads fully equipped wildlife expeditions to remote locations to give the visitor a full in-depth experience of Ladakh’s natural beauty. David’s team at Snow View Ladakh offers advice and all logistical support for adventure excursions from Leh such as trekking, river rafting, hiking, camping, cycling, and hardcore mountaineering.
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