Minneapolis, USA Jan 1970
We enjoyed our trek very much. It was highlight of our trip in many ways. Nabji Korphu Trek (Nov 16 – Dec 01,2011) Namaste Ugen, Happy New Year! Sorry that we are so late in letting know
- Art, Culture & History cover till central Bhutan
- Access to remote villages to see and learn their ways of living
- Rich and diverse flora and fauna
- Spectacular views
- Colorful markets
- 6 day easy –moderate trek
- Dochula pass stay to get the spectacular snowcapped views
- Takstang – the tiger’s nest monastery hike
Even in a land recognized as one of 10 global ‘hotspots of bio-diversity’, the newly opened valleys of Nabji – Korphu have the reputation of being ecologically well-endowed. It is estimated that the region, harbors at least 395 species of birds, including the rare and beautiful Rufous Necked Hornbill. Otherworldly fauna, including Golden Langurs, one of the rarest primates make frequent appearances along the route. The trek goes through terraced farmland, broadleaf forests with an impressive array of flora and fauna, through the rarely visited villages. Among them, we also meet elders from shamanistic Monpa communities.
This exceptional trek into the Edenic wonderland of Bhutan’s Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park is perfect for those who want a low altitude trek in a remote, un-spoilt area, with plenty of chance to interact with the friendly and hospitable local villagers. This trek is carefully designed to benefit the villages we pass through and each village provides a guide, porters, food and handicrafts. In agreement with the government, Wind Horse pays the villages for these services, ensuring that money goes back to the community and we are lucky enough to see an untouched, un-spoilt part of Bhutan.
In addition to visiting and trekking in these recently opened areas, the tour touches all the major tourist places of Bhutan and the dates of small group journeys are tied into attending one of the colorful festival in Bumthang or Trongsa or in Nabji Village.
Days 1 & 2 : Fly to Paro,scenically situated in a pretty terraced valley. Transfer to Thimphu, the capital.
Day 3: Tour Punakha Valley,former winter capital.
Days 4 & 5 : In Bumthang Valley, the cultural heartland of Bhutan
Day 6: In Trongsa
Day 7 & 8: Trek from Reotala to Nimshong and then to Nabji
Day 9: Excursion to Korphu Village or rest in Nabji
Days 10 & 11: Trek to Kudra and then to the Monpa land of Jangbi
Day 12: Trek end and transfer to Gangtey, Phobjikha valley
Day 13: Stay at Dochula pass for views
Day 14 & 15 : In Paro Valley, touring and then hiking to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery.
Day 16: Departure by flight.
(Detailled itinerary provided on request)
Nabji Trek: This 6-day Nabji – Korphu trek , in the foothills of Black mountains under Jigme Singye Wangchuk National Park was opened in 2006 but only recently has the route begun to grab attention. To minimize the impact on the fragile ecosystem of the region, only one group is allowed to walk the trail at a time. As a part of community tourism initiative, local villagers are employed to provide services and amenities in addition to our guide and cook from Thimphu. This trek may also be done in reverse order.
Monpa People: Monpas are believed to be the earliest settlers in Bhutan. They number around 3000 and inhabit villages dotting the mountain slope over looking Mangde Chhu near Jangbi. Monpas practice a mix of Buddhism and animistic shaminism.
Group Size 9 pax maximum
MealsAll meals are included.
Trip Accommodation5 nights camping and rest in the moderate clean hotels with attached bath.
Trip Type A low altitude trek
Trip SeasonsThe trek can be done privately between late October till March.
Best MonthsJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Prices & Dates
From $2950 Per Person land.(Based on group size -ask for details)
- Bhutan Royalties, tourists fees, Visa fees and taxes.
- Accommodations in hotels as listed during the tour and in tent camps during the trek
- All meals including evening tea/coffee etc through-out the trip.
- All trekking supplies (except personal gears such as shoes, sleeping bag, back-pack etc).
- All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees.
- Pack animals/Porters for carrying luggage and trekking gears during the trek.
- English Speaking local Guide
- Flights into and out of Bhutan
- Optional Travel/Medical Insurance
- Personal expenses such as bars, beverages in the hotel, telephone, laundry, trips, and others
Hotels in Thimphu
Hotels in Paro
Hotels in Punakha
Hotels in Phobjikha
Hotels in Trongsa
Hotels in Jakar
Hotels in Trek
Hotels in Dochula
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.
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.
For over a decade, Penjor Lhendup has been guiding. He is senior guide at Wind Horse Tour. He chose to work as free lancer, for he has to divide his time to pursue his passion as a guide in the process also make a living and to devote time to look after his old parent and his farm land in eastern Bhutan- Mongar.
He comes from modest background and clearly reflected in his grace, perception and countenance.But the way he conducts while on tours speaks volume for his experience and his forte as a linguistic, for he can easily speak most of the local dialect that prevail in different districts and this stand in good stead when visiting remote villages and farm houses in different region with the guests.
Pema Dhendup is the one among the few young guns at Wind Horse Tour, Bhutan. He possess an infectious smile and exuberance that rub off to child and old alike. Unwarily, he has a mature head on his young shoulder and it is most conspicuous when he is among guests, untying knots of religion and its intricate iconography with ease and dexterity.
It took him to many different regions in the country to finish his school as his father’s job demanded. This helped to pick up different local dialects of the region. Currently, this stand in good stead for him. In 2011, he completed his Degree in Arts with history as major from Darjeeling, a hill station in India. He knew what he wanted and it was such a easy choice to opt for guide training. He led his first group 2013 at Wind Horse Tours and the rest the guests’ feedbacks and testimonial itself speak volumes.
He harbours a new found passion for birds, which was ignited when he was doing a tour with bird enthusiast.