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Gary Wintz

Expedition Leader

Gary Wintz

Gary Wintz graduated cum laude from Duns Scotus College in Michigan with a degree in philosophy. He has spent most of the past 30 years outside the US researching, writing, photographing, and lecturing about distant lands and cultures, and has traveled to over 215 countries and territories. Gary has worked on humanitarian projects throughout Asia and has contributed his expertise to development projects in Ethiopia for UNICEF. In 1981 he taught as a foreign expert at Chengdu University of Science and Technology in Sichuan Province in China. In 1982 he was employed by Tibet University in Lhasa, thus becoming one of the first Westerners to actually reside in Tibet since the communist Chinese occupation. Gary has met with His Holiness the Dalai Lama many times. Since 1987 Gary has worked as a consultant with development organizations and for media projects throughout Southeast Asia and has lectured on contemporary issues at various institutions, including Harvard, Yale, and the World Affairs Council. He is a longtime member of the Association of Asian Studies, the Central Eurasian Studies Society, and the American Institute of Afghanistan Studies. Gary continues to lead travelers regularly into inner Asia as well as Central Asia.


Gary's Blog Posts

Man on a Mission: Gary Wintz


Gary's Upcoming Expeditions

  • Dharamsala, India

    Spirit of the Himalayas: Ladakh & Dharamsala

    May 23June 7, 2018

    From soaring Himalayan peaks and deep valleys to rolling hills and dense forests, this overland adventure is a photographer’s dream. Explore Dharamsala, often referred to as “Little Tibet;” visit Amritsar’s stunning Golden Temple; and engage with the friendly locals, all eager to enlighten about their religious lifestyles.

  • Bagan, Myanmar

    Myanmar & Laos: Land of a Thousand Temples

    November 23December 11, 2018

    Journey with us into some of the least-explored regions of Indochina—Myanmar and Laos—where countless regal temples, lovely minority tribes-people, and stunning gardens await. Visit the Shwedagon Pagoda at sunset, the whitewashed Mon Temple in Bagan, and the floating gardens of Inle Lake.