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Above The Clouds – Chomolhari to Laya Gasa Trek - 19 Days Chomolhari Laya Gasa trek

Chomolhari Laya Gasa Trek, Despite the opening up of a number of new trekking possibilities in Bhutan, the long-established route from Chomolhari  to Laya & Gasa, (‘Above the Clouds’) will always rank as one of Bhutan’s finest and of the world’s great treks. The reason for this is not hard to find. It offers a great variety of trekking conditions; from picturesque farmland and forest to a breathtakingly beautiful lunar landscape, dwarfed by immense glistening peaks, abundant wildlife, including blue sheep, Takin, a wide variety of birds and the elusive snow leopard. Numerous isolated Dzongs and scattered settlements, including the outlandish village of Laya, provide a great deal of cultural interest’s en route.

This long and moderately challenging trek that traces a loop along Bhutan’s northwestern border with Tibet, is probably the most aesthetically beautiful of any trek in Himalayas.
At Wind Horse we are proud to have done this trek many times over the 18 years as a private trip, and last few years we have started to offer as part of our small group journey. Join us on this trek, and we promise you that you will return home with lasting memory and with far better fitness too. It is truly once in a lifetime experience.


Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Paro Upon arrival at Paro (Bhutan) airport, you are met and transferred to the Hotel. Depending on the arrival time, you may be able to see few places in the late afternoon or evening, along with a familiarization tour of Paro town. Overnight in hotel.

Day 2 & 3: Paro valley & Hike to Taktsang   During this two full days, we will spend one for touring and short walks around serene Paro valley and also hike up to the famous Taktsang (Tiger’s nest) monastery. These two days should provide the required acclimatisation before the trek. Overnight in hotel.

Day 4, 5 & 6: Begin trek from Shana Zam   Drive north of Drugyal Dzong for about 1-2hrs along the new farm road and begin trek into Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Park. The first two days are about 3-4hrs trek each day, slowing gaining altitude. Third day trek is about 5-6hrs to Jangothang,  a beautiful grassy meadow beneath the enormous east face of Chomolhari.

Day 7: Jangothang Rest day  Today is a scheduled rest day, intended to aid acclimatisation before the crossing of the high passes. Jangothang is one of the most spectacular camping places in the entire Himalayas. Snow capped peaks dominate the horizon on western side, with stream running through the open valley, surrounded by yak herders villages. Option to hike up the ridge, from where there is an incredible close-up view of Chomolhari and its glaciers. The cooks will have had all day to prepare a small feast for your dinner.

Day 8: Trek to Lingshi   By now, you will have well acclimated, but if you feel any attitude sickness, it is a best point from where to return back towards Paro instead of continuing on. Climb steeply up with the views of Jichu Drake, Jumolhari, Tserimkhang and the adjoining peaks into a glacial valley with many moraines, above the tree lines. You may be able to spot blue sheep on the hillsides and see mountain marmots. Cross Nyile La pass (15,970’/4870m). descend steeply to camp beside the stream near Lingshi.

Day 9: Trek Lingshi – Chebisa   One of the short trekking but a  fascinating one as as a delightful path contours the hillside, passing numerous farms with good views across the valley of the Peaks. Pass through Lingshi school and village, then through the picturesque Goyul village with beautifully designed stone houses. Leaving Goyul, the path continues along the hillside to arrive at a spectacular fairy-tale-like setting of Chebisa village, where we camp for the night

Day 10, 11, 12 & 13 : Trek to Shomuthang, Robulthang, Limithang & Laya   From Chebesa, each day we cross a high pass or two and camp in the valley. These areas have no villages but we may come across nomadic yak herder’s camps. You will pass through areas that have large herds of blue sheeps. In Tsharijarithang valley, you should be able to see large number of Takins (national animal of Bhutan) in wild, among the wild yaks. Each day the mountains views are beautiful and on several occasions, you will see it really up close. Among others, you will see Mt. Gangchen Ta (6840m) Kangbum (6526m) and Tsherim Kang and the tip of Chomolhari. Around mid day of Day 13, you will arrive in a large village of Laya with the backdrop of Ganchenta and Masangang dominating the skyline. Locals are immediate to welcome and greet the visitors and you have time this afternoon to chat and wander around.

Day 14: Halt in Laya  The extra day in Laya is to get some rest and to explore and meet the locals.  This is one of largest isolated community  of Bhutan with roughly 1500 people, who speak their own dialect and wear distinct dress. The women keep their hair long,  and wear conical bamboo hats with spike at the top (traditionally Bhutanese woman have close-cropped hair). They dress in black Yak wool jacket and skirt with some colored strip. Their jewelry include array of silver teaspoons tied at the back of the hair. extra day in Laya is to get some rest and to explore and meet the locals. Laya is a large isolated community of roughly 1000 people, who have their own language, customs and distinct dress. The women keep their hair long, (unusual in Bhutan where most woman have close cropped hair) wear conical bamboo hats with spike at the top. They dress in black Yak wool jacket and skirt with some colored strip. Their jewelry include array of silver teaspoons at the back. The village is spread out over the hillside, close to the Tibetan border at an altitude of 3700m, and it is one of the highest villages in Bhutan.

Day 15: Trek Laya – Koena -Gasa Hot Spring (Trek ends)  Today is the longest day on this trek and so we must start really early; as we are trying to cover more than usual one day’s trek to avoid a muddy campsite at Koina, and also because the new farm road has reached beyond Gasa.  Although the overall tendency is to descend, there are many places where the path has to climb quite high above the river to negotiate steep spurs. Towards the end of day, meet the vehicle and drive to Gasa Dzongand further downhill to Gasa Tsachu (Hot spring), where we make camp. Gasa Hot Spring is well known for its medicinal properties and there are several pools for you to enjoy the warm bath.

 

Day 16: Punakha & Wangdiphodrang   Enjoy one more dip in the hotspring before your breakfast. Then drive along the winding road, and downhill through rich subtropical jungles to Tashithang and then to Punakha, which could take between 3-5hrs. Once in Punakha, former winter capital of Bhutan, visit the 17th century Punakha Dzong located on the confluence of Pho and Mo Chu rivers. If time allows and if you are interested, we can also take a short hike to visit Khamsum Yuelley temple, located on a ridge, overlooking the paddies and river below. Overnight hotel in Punakha

Day 17: Thimphu Before heading out of the valley, visit some sights in Punakha & Wangdue valley. Then drive over the magnificent Dochu La Pass, with spectacular panoromic mountain views, to capital Thimphu. In the afternoon, we will take a short tour of Thimphu to familiarize, including visit of great Tashicho Dzong. Overnight hotel in Thimphu

Day 18: Thimphu sightseeing  We have a full day tour of Bhutan’s capital city, which has many interesting monuments and sights to see. Towards the late afternoon, drive for about 1hr to Paro for overnight and farewell dinner.

Day 19: Departure  Departure Transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight.


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Trip highlights

  • Abundant wildlife such as Blue Sheep & Takin  in addition to birds.
  • Remote villages of Yaksa, Lingshi, Chebisa, Goyul, Laya and Gasa.
  • Rich and diverse landscape and vegetation.
  • Spectacular mountain scenery
  • Cultural highlights and towns of western Bhutan

Trip Overview

Trip Price From US$ 4150 | See Details

Trip Accommodation12 nights camp & 6 nights in hotel.

Trip SeasonsBest from end of March till May and from late Sept till beginning of November.

Group Size Maximum 8

MealsAll meals are included

Trip TypeTrekking

Best MonthsApril, October

Good MonthsMarch, May, November

Lean MonthsJune, July, August, September

Not RecommendJanuary, February, December

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Paro Upon arrival at Paro (Bhutan) airport, you are met and transferred to the Hotel. Depending on the arrival time, you may be able to see few places in the late afternoon or evening, along with a familiarization tour of Paro town. Overnight in hotel.

Day 2 & 3: Paro valley & Hike to Taktsang   During this two full days, we will spend one for touring and short walks around serene Paro valley and also hike up to the famous Taktsang (Tiger’s nest) monastery. These two days should provide the required acclimatisation before the trek. Overnight in hotel.

Day 4, 5 & 6: Begin trek from Shana Zam   Drive north of Drugyal Dzong for about 1-2hrs along the new farm road and begin trek into Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Park. The first two days are about 3-4hrs trek each day, slowing gaining altitude. Third day trek is about 5-6hrs to Jangothang,  a beautiful grassy meadow beneath the enormous east face of Chomolhari.

Day 7: Jangothang Rest day  Today is a scheduled rest day, intended to aid acclimatisation before the crossing of the high passes. Jangothang is one of the most spectacular camping places in the entire Himalayas. Snow capped peaks dominate the horizon on western side, with stream running through the open valley, surrounded by yak herders villages. Option to hike up the ridge, from where there is an incredible close-up view of Chomolhari and its glaciers. The cooks will have had all day to prepare a small feast for your dinner.

Day 8: Trek to Lingshi   By now, you will have well acclimated, but if you feel any attitude sickness, it is a best point from where to return back towards Paro instead of continuing on. Climb steeply up with the views of Jichu Drake, Jumolhari, Tserimkhang and the adjoining peaks into a glacial valley with many moraines, above the tree lines. You may be able to spot blue sheep on the hillsides and see mountain marmots. Cross Nyile La pass (15,970’/4870m). descend steeply to camp beside the stream near Lingshi.

Day 9: Trek Lingshi – Chebisa   One of the short trekking but a  fascinating one as as a delightful path contours the hillside, passing numerous farms with good views across the valley of the Peaks. Pass through Lingshi school and village, then through the picturesque Goyul village with beautifully designed stone houses. Leaving Goyul, the path continues along the hillside to arrive at a spectacular fairy-tale-like setting of Chebisa village, where we camp for the night

Day 10, 11, 12 & 13 : Trek to Shomuthang, Robulthang, Limithang & Laya   From Chebesa, each day we cross a high pass or two and camp in the valley. These areas have no villages but we may come across nomadic yak herder’s camps. You will pass through areas that have large herds of blue sheeps. In Tsharijarithang valley, you should be able to see large number of Takins (national animal of Bhutan) in wild, among the wild yaks. Each day the mountains views are beautiful and on several occasions, you will see it really up close. Among others, you will see Mt. Gangchen Ta (6840m) Kangbum (6526m) and Tsherim Kang and the tip of Chomolhari. Around mid day of Day 13, you will arrive in a large village of Laya with the backdrop of Ganchenta and Masangang dominating the skyline. Locals are immediate to welcome and greet the visitors and you have time this afternoon to chat and wander around.

Day 14: Halt in Laya  The extra day in Laya is to get some rest and to explore and meet the locals.  This is one of largest isolated community  of Bhutan with roughly 1500 people, who speak their own dialect and wear distinct dress. The women keep their hair long,  and wear conical bamboo hats with spike at the top (traditionally Bhutanese woman have close-cropped hair). They dress in black Yak wool jacket and skirt with some colored strip. Their jewelry include array of silver teaspoons tied at the back of the hair. extra day in Laya is to get some rest and to explore and meet the locals. Laya is a large isolated community of roughly 1000 people, who have their own language, customs and distinct dress. The women keep their hair long, (unusual in Bhutan where most woman have close cropped hair) wear conical bamboo hats with spike at the top. They dress in black Yak wool jacket and skirt with some colored strip. Their jewelry include array of silver teaspoons at the back. The village is spread out over the hillside, close to the Tibetan border at an altitude of 3700m, and it is one of the highest villages in Bhutan.

Day 15: Trek Laya – Koena -Gasa Hot Spring (Trek ends)  Today is the longest day on this trek and so we must start really early; as we are trying to cover more than usual one day’s trek to avoid a muddy campsite at Koina, and also because the new farm road has reached beyond Gasa.  Although the overall tendency is to descend, there are many places where the path has to climb quite high above the river to negotiate steep spurs. Towards the end of day, meet the vehicle and drive to Gasa Dzongand further downhill to Gasa Tsachu (Hot spring), where we make camp. Gasa Hot Spring is well known for its medicinal properties and there are several pools for you to enjoy the warm bath.

 

Day 16: Punakha & Wangdiphodrang   Enjoy one more dip in the hotspring before your breakfast. Then drive along the winding road, and downhill through rich subtropical jungles to Tashithang and then to Punakha, which could take between 3-5hrs. Once in Punakha, former winter capital of Bhutan, visit the 17th century Punakha Dzong located on the confluence of Pho and Mo Chu rivers. If time allows and if you are interested, we can also take a short hike to visit Khamsum Yuelley temple, located on a ridge, overlooking the paddies and river below. Overnight hotel in Punakha

Day 17: Thimphu Before heading out of the valley, visit some sights in Punakha & Wangdue valley. Then drive over the magnificent Dochu La Pass, with spectacular panoromic mountain views, to capital Thimphu. In the afternoon, we will take a short tour of Thimphu to familiarize, including visit of great Tashicho Dzong. Overnight hotel in Thimphu

Day 18: Thimphu sightseeing  We have a full day tour of Bhutan’s capital city, which has many interesting monuments and sights to see. Towards the late afternoon, drive for about 1hr to Paro for overnight and farewell dinner.

Day 19: Departure  Departure Transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight.


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Dates & Prices

Cost Information
Trip is priced according to the number participants on the trip and starting from $4160 -5600
Single hotel room & single tent supplement $325

Start date End Date Remarks Status  
11 Apr, 201729 Apr, 2017 with Dzongdrakha, Paro festival Limited
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Accommodations


Hotels in Thimphu

  • Hotel Druk

    The Druk hotel is a part of Druk group of hotels with hotel in Thimphu, Phuntsholing and few more coming up in Bhutan. Druk Hotels are among the pioneers of hotels industry in Bhutan. Thimphu Druk Hotel is located at the center of town, overlooking ...

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Hotels in Paro

Hotels in Punakha

Testimonials

  • Above the cloud Trek, Spring 2016
    Above the cloud Trek, Spring 2016 Australia Trip Date:
    April 19- 09May, 2016
    Rating:
    Above the cloud Trek, Spring 2016 ( Above the cloud Trek, Spring 2016)
    5 "Gregory John Berminghan " The 13 day 'Above the Clouds Trek' is a magnificent walk. I rate it more interesting, enjoyable and challenging than the Everest Base Camp walk which I completed 15 months earlier. The trek takes you through remote and wild country. For much of the time, the trail follows along the southern edge of the

    The 13 day 'Above the Clouds Trek' is a magnificent walk. I rate it more interesting, enjoyable and challenging than the Everest Base Camp walk which I completed 15 months earlier. The trek takes you through remote and wild country. For much of the time, the trail follows along the southern edge of the Himalayas and only 2-3 hours walk from the Tibetan border. It is also the home of the snow leopard. Although it is unlikely you will see one, the realisation that you are walking in their country is exciting. I felt privileged to see the paw prints of a leopard that had  walked the trail


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  • Above the Cloud Trek
    Above The cloud Trek & Customised Cultural Trip. Melbourne, Australia Trip Date:
    Oct 07 - Nov 05, 2015
    Rating:
    Above The cloud Trek & Customised Cultural Trip. ( Above The cloud Trek & Customised Cultural Trip.)
    5 "Rebekah Bell" Above the Cloud Trek (Bhutan) Travelling in Bhutan is fabulous and amazing, but travelling in and experiencing Bhutan with the team at Wind Horse makes the experience truly unique and memorable. The Wind Horse difference is immediately obvious; from the support you receive in designing your adventure, the range of Wind

    Above the Cloud Trek (Bhutan) Travelling in Bhutan is fabulous and amazing, but travelling in and experiencing Bhutan with the team at Wind Horse makes the experience truly unique and memorable. The Wind Horse difference is immediately obvious; from the support you receive in designing your adventure, the range of Wind Horse exclusive walks, homestays, horse riding, cultural and adventure activities that can be used to make your itinerary uniquely yours, to the wonderfully experienced and knowledgeable guides, drivers and trekking staff who will do all they can to assist you in getting the most out of your adventure. The Wind


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  • Above the cloud Trek
    Above the cloud Trek Clovelly NSW, Australia Trip Date:
    Sept 22- Oct 12, 2015
    Rating:
    Above the cloud Trek ( Above the cloud Trek)
    5 "Kerry T" Hi Anand, It was good to talk to you while I was in Bhutan. As I said before, I really enjoyed my trip and was very happy with the standard of care I received. Although the trek had its scary moments, Yonten made sure I was looked after and he encouraged

    Hi Anand, It was good to talk to you while I was in Bhutan. As I said before, I really enjoyed my trip and was very happy with the standard of care I received. Although the trek had its scary moments, Yonten made sure I was looked after and he encouraged me when I needed more confidence. Things like lots of mud and bridges being washed away are out of your control and they just have to be dealt with. It adds to the adventure.  All the Windhorse employees I met were a credit to your company. The only thing I wasn’t


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  • I would say it was both challenging and wonderful! Newton, Massachusetts,USA Trip Date:
    May 25 - June 14, 2015
    Rating:
    I would say it was both challenging and wonderful! ( I would say it was both challenging and wonderful!)
    5 "David A. G." TID - 8769, Above the Cloud (May 25 - June 14,2015) Guide - Namgay Dear Anand -  Well! Jeremy Gansler and Paige Williams called the trek "the experience of a lifetime." I would say it was both challenging and wonderful! Windhorse staff were terrific- starting with our outstanding guide- Namgyel Buh, and

    TID - 8769, Above the Cloud (May 25 - June 14,2015) Guide - Namgay Dear Anand -  Well! Jeremy Gansler and Paige Williams called the trek "the experience of a lifetime." I would say it was both challenging and wonderful! Windhorse staff were terrific- starting with our outstanding guide- Namgyel Buh, and Our cooks Ninjer and Pur Bah! I was particularly grateful to Namgyel for Arranging the personal meeting between Myself and the vice-chancellor of RUB! I posted over 240 pics on my Facebook page - Feel free to take a look. I am entering the Journal now- there will be  A link on my Facebook


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  • Still basking in the afterglow from our wonderful experience in Bhutan with Wind Horse Plymouth, Minnesota, USA Trip Date:
    Oct 4 -24,2014
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    Still basking in the afterglow from our wonderful experience in Bhutan with Wind Horse ( Still basking in the afterglow from our wonderful experience in Bhutan with Wind Horse)
    5 "Ms Joy M.R. & Janet D" Above The Clouds (Jhomolari & Laya Trek) from 4 Oct to 24 Oct (TID 789) Hi - I have safely returned from Bhutan via Thailand and am still basking in the afterglow from our wonderful experience in Bhutan with Wind Horse. Karma, Sonam, Tenzen and Rinzen were wonderful to be with and

    Above The Clouds (Jhomolari & Laya Trek) from 4 Oct to 24 Oct (TID 789) Hi - I have safely returned from Bhutan via Thailand and am still basking in the afterglow from our wonderful experience in Bhutan with Wind Horse. Karma, Sonam, Tenzen and Rinzen were wonderful to be with and we so appreciated the opportunity to meet Jambay and Ugen at Gasa. The Wind Horse customer service was suburb and we were very impressed with the immediate response we received by email and phone. The only recommendation that we all felt necessary was for your guides to have access to


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  • As it turned out, my ideal was exceeded. I enjoyed every single day as it came Woodinville,WA, ZIP 98072,USA Trip Date:
    April 12 - May 06, 2014
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    As it turned out, my ideal was exceeded. I enjoyed every single day as it came ( As it turned out, my ideal was exceeded. I enjoyed every single day as it came)
    5 "Jon W" TID 726 - April 12 - May 06, 2014 Ugen, I want to thank you again for arranging our recent 14 day trek in Bhutan (April 2014). The whole trip was absolutely superb! The "Above the Clouds Trek" through Laya was just the right choice for us - challenging (but not too

    TID 726 - April 12 - May 06, 2014 Ugen, I want to thank you again for arranging our recent 14 day trek in Bhutan (April 2014). The whole trip was absolutely superb! The "Above the Clouds Trek" through Laya was just the right choice for us - challenging (but not too much) and beautiful. My ideal was to enjoy the trek while it was happening - not just in recollection afterward. As it turned out, my ideal was exceeded. I enjoyed every single day as it came. After breakfast each day it felt good to be moving again and seeing new


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  • Our guide was very personable and friendly, and the food, horses and equipment were all of a good standard. 69 W 106th St, Apt #3B Trip Date:
    Oct,24,2007
    Rating:
    Our guide was very personable and friendly, and the food, horses and equipment were all of a good standard. ( Our guide was very personable and friendly, and the food, horses and equipment were all of a good standard.)
    5 "Ben Lyons" We completed the "Above the Clouds" 14 day trek to Laya and Gasa and found it to be an incredible and very worthwhile trip. There were several days of simply spectacular Himalayan scenery and numerous cultural experiences that were simply fabulous. Bhutan was fascinating and full of contrasts-- and still

    We completed the "Above the Clouds" 14 day trek to Laya and Gasa and found it to be an incredible and very worthwhile trip. There were several days of simply spectacular Himalayan scenery and numerous cultural experiences that were simply fabulous. Bhutan was fascinating and full of contrasts-- and still untouched by the tourists, which allowed for a far more intimate experience than you could get anywhere else. (We were often invited into monasteries to see the monks in prayer, invited into people's homes for butter tea, or even challenged to a game of volleyball by the teachers in Laya.)


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  • I wanted you to know what a wonderful trip Ellie and I had in your beautiful country. I feel like I had stepped into a fairytale. Pittsburgh, PA, US Trip Date:
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    I wanted you to know what a wonderful trip Ellie and I had in your beautiful country. I feel like I had stepped into a fairytale. ( I wanted you to know what a wonderful trip Ellie and I had in your beautiful country. I feel like I had stepped into a fairytale.)
    5 "Pamela S" To Laya but did Chomolhari Trek Hi Ugen!! I am still recuperating from jetlag and an accompanying cold, but I wanted you to know what a wonderful trip Ellie and I had in your beautiful country. I feel like I had stepped into a fairytale; is so pure and lovely! Our guide,

    To Laya but did Chomolhari Trek Hi Ugen!! I am still recuperating from jetlag and an accompanying cold, but I wanted you to know what a wonderful trip Ellie and I had in your beautiful country. I feel like I had stepped into a fairytale; is so pure and lovely! Our guide, Dorji, was a wonderful guide and all crew on the trek were excellent. Our driver,Jigme, was also excellent and we miss them all very much!!! We had a few problems with late monsoon rains which I am sure you were made aware of. Several trek groups gave up and had


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  • Thanks for all the help putting the tour together for us. It was more than we had hoped Alta, Utah, USA Trip Date:
    October,26,2005
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    Thanks for all the help putting the tour together for us. It was more than we had hoped ( Thanks for all the help putting the tour together for us. It was more than we had hoped)
    5 "Gerald O" Chomolhari Laya Gasa Trek and across Eastern Bhutan 32 Days trip with Wind Horse in Bhutan - Oct & Nov 2005 And.......thanks for all the help putting the tour together for us. It was more than we had hoped. Tashi dele with Windhorse. Jerry Oyama.

    Chomolhari Laya Gasa Trek and across Eastern Bhutan 32 Days trip with Wind Horse in Bhutan - Oct & Nov 2005 And.......thanks for all the help putting the tour together for us. It was more than we had hoped. Tashi dele with Windhorse. Jerry Oyama.


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  • Of all those trips, the Windhorse trip was exceptional. Missoula, Montana, USA Trip Date:
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    Of all those trips, the Windhorse trip was exceptional. ( Of all those trips, the Windhorse trip was exceptional.)
    5 "Bill Wilmot" I have traveled extensively in Asia and completed 5 separate treks in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. Of all those trips, the Windhorse trip was exceptional. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and we had a fantastic time. We did both an arduous trek and did visits to monasteries and other cultural

    I have traveled extensively in Asia and completed 5 separate treks in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. Of all those trips, the Windhorse trip was exceptional. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and we had a fantastic time. We did both an arduous trek and did visits to monasteries and other cultural sites. When my wife developed altitude sickness on the trek, the guide made arrangements to have her carried down 3000 feet on a horse. She recovered the next day, and we completed the trek. I was very impressed with not only Bhutan, which is a gem in the Himalayas, but


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Trip Leader


  • Yonten Phuntsho

    Yonten Phuntsho may give way to being  shy guy bordering with man of a few words. But he is man who loves to be in thick of action . He leads from the front whilst on the tour. Behind  his facade lies the guide whose knowledge and passion runs deep for the love of his works. His aptly quote Barbara Kingsolver “I do my best work if I think about what it is I have to offer”.

    From the outset, he knew what he wants to do in his life. Right after finishing his Class 12, he enrolled for guide course for culture initially then extended few more month to complete course on Trekking as well in 2008. After doing free lancing for a while, he joined Wind Horse Tours in 2010.

    For most Bhutanese, appeals that mountainous terrains throw in for an out door adventures are native. In the case of Yonten, it was no exception. He easily gave in to the temptation of Mountain biking with its advent. He explored and lead tours in his bike but his allegiance is more inclined to off road biking trips that leads to quaint villages. To explore the unknown and love for nature, these attributes  that he cultivated while trekking the alpine highlands and wilderness in remote corner of country was what prompt him to readily agree to embark on audacious Haa to Phuentsholing on mountain bike, overcoming challenges of carrying bike in tough terrains, untamed vegetations and unexplored areas.

     

  • Sonam Loday

    A good sense of humour is the currency that prevail everywhere regardless of the time or circumstances. An asset that that has potential to make  even the ordinary trip into extraordinary. Sonam Loday has this traits in abundance. This is intrinsic and come as naturally as bees to the flower. He wears it in his sleeve in every tours that he conducts and this is one aspects that steal the limelight when we receive the feedbacks from the guests.

    He finished his higher secondary school in 2005. Subsequently, he was at loose end trying to find meaning to his life and career, a chance meeting with a group of tourists resurrected his passion for the trade. He did his cultural guide course in 2005 and trekking in 2007. He burn the midnight oils to complete his senior guide course in 2008. He joined Wind Horse Tours in 2009 and has led countless tours with flair and his brand of humour.

    Along with great sense of humour, he is well versed on both aspects cultural as well as trek. The Horse riding course refuelled his passion for horses to a new height in 2010. He is the coordinator and manager of Wind Horse Ranch and Riding Club – a low carbon footprint product.

    When it comes to giving air to his interests and passion, he has varied propensities, it ranges from being cultural and trek guide to horse manager to his new found passion – mountain biking, his new best friend. On weekend, perhaps he will be one among the many  guys to come across in Thimphu biking zone. And also among the few to volunteer first for audacious  Haa to Phuentsholing Trip.

  • Kezang Norbu

    Kezang is a graduate from Gedu Business School college in Bhutan, but he was always interested in the Buddhist Philosophy, which made him alter his ambition to being a tour Guide.
    He is super polite and Buddhist to the core, because his parents and their parents were all affliliated to a monastery as a Lama etc. He comes from Dramtse region, between Mongaer and Trashigang.

  • Kinga Dechen

    “Being the traveller ourself first” is what Kinga Dechen advocates and guiding philosophy that define him. This trait and wanderlust in him droves him to many places trying to find expression and meaning to his travel craving . Once he said ” Travelling is the best education”. After passing his class 12 from Bhutan, and to take his disposition of travel further up, he enrolled for guide course conducted by Department of Tourism. After completion in 1995, and during the course of journey as a guide, to hone his skills, he relentlessly pursued further towards the new frontiers of Bangok, Thailand, Salburgs in Austria and Israel for training in the arena of Tourism.For him this open up flood gate of new perspectives towards tourism.

    He joined office of Wind Horse Tours, Thimphu, Bhutan in 2008 as a local partner, a fitting tribute to company’s core philosophy. Now, he is man behind every tours that are conducted in Bhutan, in other words he is operational head.

    During his formative year in his village, birds piqued his interest and mesmerise him especially by the birds distinct call and sound . He knew the name of birds locally by then, later he joined birding workshop and classes to delve deeper into his passion. Since then he has led countless number of birding tour across every nook and corner of the country.

    More often than not, the call of the quaint villages, wilderness of trek is so intense that he set aside his desk works and leads the tour, this is how or the only way he knows to unwind himself from stress of daily life.

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