Our Team

 
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Chadd Thornton

Growing up in the small mountain town of Bend, Oregon, Chadd has always been an outdoor enthusiast—from rock climbing and wakeboarding to competitive skiing throughout the U.S. and Canada. After serving in the U.S Navy for four years and getting a taste of other cultures with several deployments in Asia and the Middle East, Chadd embarked on a solo motorcycle journey throughout the Indian subcontinent in 2013. Having an insatiable sense of adventure, it was here that he first felt the magic of the Himalayas. In 2015 Chadd was caught in the 7.9 Richter-scale earthquake that shook the entire country of Nepal. With no intention of leaving, him and the co-founders of Dharma Trips carried out guerilla-esq emergency relief work, eventually founding a non-profit, rebuilding a school and falling in love with the amazing country of Nepal. After a few years of fundraising efforts, the team switched to a more sustainable community-based tourism model in 2018, hoping to share the life-changing experiences to those wishing to follow the road less traveled. Chadd constantly seeks experiences, new cultures, and is always pushing the boundaries of this newly globalized world.

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Josh Edwards

A Wilderness First Responder and Certified Nursing Assistant, Josh’s ability to push people past what they thought possible, often while barely realizing it, has been cultivated from years of climbing and traveling around the world. Having held jobs ranging from painting chairlift towers at ski resorts, to guiding outdoor education trips, Josh’s adaptability and optimism has enabled him to always swim against the flow. Whether that’s hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail at age 18, climbing El Capitan in Yosemite in under 10 hours, or organizing 50 donkeys to carry cement to a remote monastery in Nepal, he always finds a way. Currently he lives in Flagstaff, Arizona, but don’t be surprised if you run into him anywhere from a random tea shop in Morocco to enjoying the surf off the coast of Baja.

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Magdalena Bokowa

Having traveled to over 40 countries, lived in five and a citizen of three, Magdalena has had travel in her veins ever since her mother smuggled her out of the Soviet east-block, seven months in the womb. A journalist by trade, she’s rounded out her experiences by managing backpackers at a London youth hostel and calming newbie divers as a scuba instructor in Southeast Asia. Having stumbled into her future partner-in-crime while trekking in India, Magdalena’s life veered severely off course two years later when she was caught in the Nepal earthquakes.

Disaster chartered a beautiful new life path and after co-founding a non-profit, she now helps design, market and implement travel experiences all over the world. Oh, and she’s not from Bend, Oregon. But lives there occasionally.