Chhimi Dema

A Bhutanese filmmaker and climate advocate, Jamyang Jamtsho Wangchuk, has embarked on a journey from Thimphu to Kathmandu as part of his environmental campaign—The Messenger: Ride for Action.

Last year, Wangchuk cycled to Lunana and back to Thimphu, covering 15 dzongkhags on bike to raise awareness about climate change and the environment. 

This year, he plans to trek to Mount Everest Base Camp and collect glacial water before continuing his journey to Kathmandu and eventually to Dubai for the 28th Conference of the Parties.

The idea for the campaign came to Wangchuk while in isolation after contracting Covid-19 in New York last year. After considering the possibility of dying from the virus, he reflected on his life and purpose. The Messenger: Ride for Action was born from his passion for film, nature, sports, and travel, and the campaign is an indication of his perseverance and drive.

Wangchuk has been preparing physically and mentally for his journey and has gone on day hikes to Lungchutse, Phajoding, and Taktsang on his bicycle as part of his training. 

During his campaign, an electric vehicle driver and filmmaker will accompany him, and his father will join him on his trek to Mount Everest Base Camp.

The campaign is supported by various organisations such as ICIMOD, Bhutan Ecological Society, Drukair, Department of Tourism, National Environment Commission, and Kuenphen Motors. 

Wangchuk’s goal is to raise awareness about climate change and promote the use of sustainable practices.

Wangchuk plans to showcase his campaign documentary at a side event organised by ICIMOD in Dubai. His journey highlights the importance of preserving the environment and the need to take action to combat climate change.