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Snow Leopard Jomolhari Trek - 14 Days Bhutan Chomolhari trek

Nothing in the world can prepare you for an astounding panorama that awaits you when you embark on a Chomolhari trek in Bhutan. Along this trek, you will come upon stretches of spectacular scenery, unending expanse of fields, green hills filled with flowers and quiet hamlets below snowcapped mountain peaks. This is one of Bhutan’s finest treks that offer spectacular views of 7,314m Jomolhari with its companions Jitchu Drake and Tserim Kang. These trio peaks are Bhutan’s highly revered custodians that loom large on the Tibet-Bhutan border close to an ancient trade route from India into Tibet’s Phari Valley. It is thought by many to be the most beautiful mountain in the whole length of the Himalayas. This trek has high chances of sighting the blue-sheep, Takin, and a wide variety of birds. In the spring, rhododendrons, azaleas, and masses of wildflowers carpet the high meadows, while pear and apple trees blossom in the valleys. In the fall, rice paddies ripen to a golden brown, and yak herders bring their charges down from high summer pastures. As a part of this small group journey, the some trip combines attending one of the joyous festivals of Bhutan.


Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Paro . Arrive in Paro by flight. You are met and transferred to the hotel. This afternoon begin a short tour of serene Paro valley, where we visit Rinphung Dzong, take a short walk and visit Dungtse Lhakhang to see some ancient murals. Later stroll through charming Paro town.
Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Paro – Punakha valley. After breakfast, drive east to Thimphu and continue further across spectacular Dochula pass to semi-tropical Punakha-Wandgdue valley. At Dochula pass, enjoy the spectacular mountain panorama and continue the drive descending nearly 1700m (5,500ft) in two hours to Punakha valley. After lunch, tour Wangdue Prodrang, visit Richengang village, and take a short easy walk to Chimi Lhakhang temple, dedicated to Bhutan’s famous Saint Drukpa Kuenley.
Overnight hotel in Punakha.

Day 3: In Punakha & Wangdue Phodrang. Drive to the idyllic countryside north of Punakha, and start a gradual hiking ascent through cultivated fields to visit Khamsum Yuelley temple with great views of the valley. Later walk along the ancient riverside trail through Sonagasa and visit impressive Punakha Dzong, an architectural masterpiece located on the confluence of two rivers. In the evening, tour Punakha area, visiting the town area and may be a nunnery nearby.
Overnight in hotel.

Day 4: Punakha – Thimphu. From Punakha retrace our drive to Dochula for one more opportunity to view Bhutan’s peaks that form the natural boundary with Tibetan Plateau. After enjoying the views over Cuppa and snacks at Dochula, begin 2hr ridge top walk to Lungchuzekha temple/ retreat center. The trail is through rich vegetation of moss laden birch, hemlock and rhododendrons trees, with excellent views of peaks and the valleys. This trail is adopted by Wind Horse since 2009. Our guides clean and maintain this trail. Picnic lunch around the monastery. The views are astounding on a clear day. Instead of returning to Dochula, walk 1hr downhill to another retreat and monastic center of Trashigang, located on a hilltop. Meet our vehicle and drive short distance to Thimphu, where we visit the great Tashicho Dzong, and the giant Buddha statue, as the sunsets in the valley.
Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 5: Thimphu Valley Tour. Bhutan’s bucolic capital is nestled in a fertile valley at 2,350m (7500ft). The capital has lot to offer and if there are no events taking place, our agenda is to do a full day tour that takes in some of the highlights such as visiting view points, Takin Preserve, Zilukha nunnery, Traditional Art School, Memorial Chorten, and Changlimithang ground to see if archery is taking place. Visit institute of Traditional Medicine, stop briefly at the National Library, visit the Centennial Farmer’s market and more as per available time. We will also allow some time for you to stroll and shop in the city area if you need to pick up handicrafts or some gears or likes for your trek.
Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 6: Drive to Paro – Shana – begin trek to Thongdu Zam. From Thimphu, we drive to Paro and continue north till Drugyal Dzong (2hrs). Stop briefly to visit the ruins of Drugyal Dzong fortress. Then we drive for another hour or so along the rough road to Shana Zam (2850m). Meet our trekking crew (horseman, cook & assistant), hand over your luggage for the trek (others can stay in the vehicle to be met at the end of the trek). After lunch begin our 3-4hr trek gradually walking up the valley, following Pachu river’s bends deep into J.DW National Park to camp at Thongduzam (3150m). Approx. 8km. 3-4 hours trek, ascending about 300m. (1m = Approx. 3.28ft).
Overnight in tent camp.

Day 7: Trek to Soi Thangthanka Approx. 15Km. 4-6 hours trek, 480m ascent. (50m descent) Continue up through the valley, following Paro river, which gradually narrows as the trail leads higher, winding up and down through a thick, lush forest of oak, pine, cider and juniper, as we get closer to our camp for the night.
Overnight in tents at around altitude of 3600m

Day 8: Trek to Jangothang (Base Camp) Approx. 19km, 5 -6 trek. (480m ascent) Continue following Paro river as the valley begins to widen, opening to a spectacular area surrounded by high ridges and snowcapped peaks. A few yak-herding villages are based in this area. Due to altitude gain, the pace is typically slower. Camp at Jangothang (4,080m) below a ruined fortress with Mt. Jomolhari seemingly nearby. There is a nice little trekker hut that can be used for dining and as fire place.
Overnight in tents.

Day 9: Rest Day or Explore. Jangothang is one of the most spectacular camping places in the entire Himalayas. You may wish to rest and enjoy views from your campsite or join-in for excursions towards the glaciers /moraines of Chomolhari or visit local village nearby.
Overnight in tents.

Day 10: Trek across Bhontela to Dumzo (Yaksa) Approx. 16km, 7 hours trek. (810m ascent &1090m descent) The trek is now more serious. The trail starts with a steep hike to Tshopu lakes and gradually climb up to Bhonte La pass (4,890m). Around these areas, we can often see blue sheep, fat marmots, and migrating Himalayan birds, as well as incredible views of Jichu Drake, a beautiful snowcapped peak alongside Jomolhari. After the pass, it is a steep descent downhill to small yak-herding village of Soi Yaksa or Dumzo at 3800m.
Overnight in tents.

Day 11: Trek to Thongbu Shong Approx. 11km 5 hours trek. (720m ascent, 340m descent) Our hike starts with a gentle uphill trail to the top of the eastern ridge of the Soi Yaksa valley. From here, enjoy an incredible view of the amphitheater of mountains to the north. Cross Takhungla (4,520m) and descend to our camp site in a wide grassy Thang by the valley at 4,150m.
Overnight in tents.

Day 12: Trek to Shana- Paro Approx. 13km 5hr (200m ascent and 1650m descent) After a short, steep climb out of camp, leave the remote mountain area by following a ridge to Thombu La (4,380m). From this vantage point we get a glimpse of the Paro valley to the south and mountain views all around. Start steep descent and rejoin our route to Shana, where we first began our trek. Bid farewell to trekking crew, meet the vehicle and, drive along the farm road to Paro. Arrive in the evening to the comforts of your hotel.
Overnight in hotel in Paro

Day 13: In Paro (Taktsang) Full day for hike to legendary Taktsang (tiger’s nest) monastery, an quintessential Bhutan travel experience! As you will have covered more grounds on foot, we hope to take you beyond Takstang to visit more remote monasteries further uphill such as Zangdopelri, Ugyen Tshemo and other side of the Takstang that is not accessible from the usual side. This is a full day hike. Return to Paro, where we get chance for final stroll. Farewell dinner.
Overnight in Hotel

Day 14: Departure. After breakfast, transfer to Paro airport in time for your departure flight.


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Trip Overview

Trip Price From US$ $3000 | See Details

Trip AccommodationBest available tourists standard hotels and tents during trek

Trip SeasonsBest from March -May,Sept- Oct

Group SizeMax. 9 members

MealsAll meals plus evening tea. All beverages included during the trek.

RouteParo-Thimphu, Punakha, Paro, trek Shana, Thangthakha, Jangothang, Dumzo, Thongbu Shong, Shana, Ugyen Tsemo, Paro - Departure

Trip TypeTrekking - Moderately Streneous

Best MonthsApril, May, October

Good MonthsMarch, June, September, November

Lean MonthsJuly, August

Not RecommendJanuary, February, December

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Paro . Arrive in Paro by flight. You are met and transferred to the hotel. This afternoon begin a short tour of serene Paro valley, where we visit Rinphung Dzong, take a short walk and visit Dungtse Lhakhang to see some ancient murals. Later stroll through charming Paro town.
Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Paro – Punakha valley. After breakfast, drive east to Thimphu and continue further across spectacular Dochula pass to semi-tropical Punakha-Wandgdue valley. At Dochula pass, enjoy the spectacular mountain panorama and continue the drive descending nearly 1700m (5,500ft) in two hours to Punakha valley. After lunch, tour Wangdue Prodrang, visit Richengang village, and take a short easy walk to Chimi Lhakhang temple, dedicated to Bhutan’s famous Saint Drukpa Kuenley.
Overnight hotel in Punakha.

Day 3: In Punakha & Wangdue Phodrang. Drive to the idyllic countryside north of Punakha, and start a gradual hiking ascent through cultivated fields to visit Khamsum Yuelley temple with great views of the valley. Later walk along the ancient riverside trail through Sonagasa and visit impressive Punakha Dzong, an architectural masterpiece located on the confluence of two rivers. In the evening, tour Punakha area, visiting the town area and may be a nunnery nearby.
Overnight in hotel.

Day 4: Punakha – Thimphu. From Punakha retrace our drive to Dochula for one more opportunity to view Bhutan’s peaks that form the natural boundary with Tibetan Plateau. After enjoying the views over Cuppa and snacks at Dochula, begin 2hr ridge top walk to Lungchuzekha temple/ retreat center. The trail is through rich vegetation of moss laden birch, hemlock and rhododendrons trees, with excellent views of peaks and the valleys. This trail is adopted by Wind Horse since 2009. Our guides clean and maintain this trail. Picnic lunch around the monastery. The views are astounding on a clear day. Instead of returning to Dochula, walk 1hr downhill to another retreat and monastic center of Trashigang, located on a hilltop. Meet our vehicle and drive short distance to Thimphu, where we visit the great Tashicho Dzong, and the giant Buddha statue, as the sunsets in the valley.
Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 5: Thimphu Valley Tour. Bhutan’s bucolic capital is nestled in a fertile valley at 2,350m (7500ft). The capital has lot to offer and if there are no events taking place, our agenda is to do a full day tour that takes in some of the highlights such as visiting view points, Takin Preserve, Zilukha nunnery, Traditional Art School, Memorial Chorten, and Changlimithang ground to see if archery is taking place. Visit institute of Traditional Medicine, stop briefly at the National Library, visit the Centennial Farmer’s market and more as per available time. We will also allow some time for you to stroll and shop in the city area if you need to pick up handicrafts or some gears or likes for your trek.
Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 6: Drive to Paro – Shana – begin trek to Thongdu Zam. From Thimphu, we drive to Paro and continue north till Drugyal Dzong (2hrs). Stop briefly to visit the ruins of Drugyal Dzong fortress. Then we drive for another hour or so along the rough road to Shana Zam (2850m). Meet our trekking crew (horseman, cook & assistant), hand over your luggage for the trek (others can stay in the vehicle to be met at the end of the trek). After lunch begin our 3-4hr trek gradually walking up the valley, following Pachu river’s bends deep into J.DW National Park to camp at Thongduzam (3150m). Approx. 8km. 3-4 hours trek, ascending about 300m. (1m = Approx. 3.28ft).
Overnight in tent camp.

Day 7: Trek to Soi Thangthanka Approx. 15Km. 4-6 hours trek, 480m ascent. (50m descent) Continue up through the valley, following Paro river, which gradually narrows as the trail leads higher, winding up and down through a thick, lush forest of oak, pine, cider and juniper, as we get closer to our camp for the night.
Overnight in tents at around altitude of 3600m

Day 8: Trek to Jangothang (Base Camp) Approx. 19km, 5 -6 trek. (480m ascent) Continue following Paro river as the valley begins to widen, opening to a spectacular area surrounded by high ridges and snowcapped peaks. A few yak-herding villages are based in this area. Due to altitude gain, the pace is typically slower. Camp at Jangothang (4,080m) below a ruined fortress with Mt. Jomolhari seemingly nearby. There is a nice little trekker hut that can be used for dining and as fire place.
Overnight in tents.

Day 9: Rest Day or Explore. Jangothang is one of the most spectacular camping places in the entire Himalayas. You may wish to rest and enjoy views from your campsite or join-in for excursions towards the glaciers /moraines of Chomolhari or visit local village nearby.
Overnight in tents.

Day 10: Trek across Bhontela to Dumzo (Yaksa) Approx. 16km, 7 hours trek. (810m ascent &1090m descent) The trek is now more serious. The trail starts with a steep hike to Tshopu lakes and gradually climb up to Bhonte La pass (4,890m). Around these areas, we can often see blue sheep, fat marmots, and migrating Himalayan birds, as well as incredible views of Jichu Drake, a beautiful snowcapped peak alongside Jomolhari. After the pass, it is a steep descent downhill to small yak-herding village of Soi Yaksa or Dumzo at 3800m.
Overnight in tents.

Day 11: Trek to Thongbu Shong Approx. 11km 5 hours trek. (720m ascent, 340m descent) Our hike starts with a gentle uphill trail to the top of the eastern ridge of the Soi Yaksa valley. From here, enjoy an incredible view of the amphitheater of mountains to the north. Cross Takhungla (4,520m) and descend to our camp site in a wide grassy Thang by the valley at 4,150m.
Overnight in tents.

Day 12: Trek to Shana- Paro Approx. 13km 5hr (200m ascent and 1650m descent) After a short, steep climb out of camp, leave the remote mountain area by following a ridge to Thombu La (4,380m). From this vantage point we get a glimpse of the Paro valley to the south and mountain views all around. Start steep descent and rejoin our route to Shana, where we first began our trek. Bid farewell to trekking crew, meet the vehicle and, drive along the farm road to Paro. Arrive in the evening to the comforts of your hotel.
Overnight in hotel in Paro

Day 13: In Paro (Taktsang) Full day for hike to legendary Taktsang (tiger’s nest) monastery, an quintessential Bhutan travel experience! As you will have covered more grounds on foot, we hope to take you beyond Takstang to visit more remote monasteries further uphill such as Zangdopelri, Ugyen Tshemo and other side of the Takstang that is not accessible from the usual side. This is a full day hike. Return to Paro, where we get chance for final stroll. Farewell dinner.
Overnight in Hotel

Day 14: Departure. After breakfast, transfer to Paro airport in time for your departure flight.


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Dates & Prices

2016 Trips (Tier Pricing )

•    From $3000 per person based on group size.  Exact prices available upon request.

Start date End Date Remarks Status  
06 Apr, 201719 Apr, 2017 With Paro Tsechu Available
9-1 = 8 Seats left
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14 Apr, 201727 Apr, 2017 With Rhododendron FestivalAvailable Book now!
27 Sep, 201710 Oct, 2017 With Wangdue & Thimphu Festivals Available
9-2 = 7 Seats left
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12 Oct, 201725 Oct, 2017 no events but good timeAvailable Book now!

Accommodations


Hotels in Thimphu

Hotels in Paro

Hotels in Punakha

Hotels in Trek

  • Trek Camp

    During the trek: Fully organized trek with all meals, bars and beverages. All trekking gears including Tents, Thermal mats, Blow pillow, Hot-water bag for warmth during night. Pressured Altitude Bag for emergencies (only available in Bhutan with Win...

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Testimonials

  • Snow Leopard Trek – Spring 2016 Switzerland Trip Date:
    April 16 - 29, 2016.
    Rating:
    Snow Leopard Trek – Spring 2016 ( Snow Leopard Trek – Spring 2016)
    5 "Roland H" Dear Anand Thank you for you email and sorry for the late answer. But no worries, the trip to Bhutan was just wonderful! I loved especially the trekking although it was quite short, so a good reason to go back in the near future… I loved the campsites and the living

    Dear Anand Thank you for you email and sorry for the late answer. But no worries, the trip to Bhutan was just wonderful! I loved especially the trekking although it was quite short, so a good reason to go back in the near future… I loved the campsites and the living in this beautiful area and of course the trekking crew did a superb job! They cooked such delicious food every day and were so friendly and again a big thank you to Minchu, Kinsey, Kinsang and the Hotrseman, which name I forgot (I hope I spelled the others right) but


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  • Jomolhari Snow Leopard Trek – April 2016 Canada Trip Date:
    April 16- 29, 2016
    Rating:
    Jomolhari Snow Leopard Trek – April 2016 ( Jomolhari Snow Leopard Trek – April 2016)
    4 "Oscar" Jomolhari-Snow Leopard Trek - April 2016 Hi Jambay, I've been back for two days now and wanted to write while the impressions are still fresh in my mind. First off, let me say that the communication and client service was excellent. Unfortunately the nature of my work makes longterm planning difficult but

    Jomolhari-Snow Leopard Trek - April 2016 Hi Jambay, I've been back for two days now and wanted to write while the impressions are still fresh in my mind. First off, let me say that the communication and client service was excellent. Unfortunately the nature of my work makes longterm planning difficult but you were able to make me a last-minute addition to the trip which I really appreciated. As for the trip it itself, it was amazing. Bhutan is a place that delights and challenges the mind, halfway between isolation and invasion - in the form of outside world forcing a way


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  • Paro-Laya-Gasa-Trekking - Windhorse Tours
    Paro-Laya-Gasa-Trekking Trip Date:
    Oct 22 - Nov 09, 2015
    Rating:
    Paro-Laya-Gasa-Trekking ( Paro-Laya-Gasa-Trekking)
    5 "Robert" Our 13 day trekking from Paro to Laya and finally to Gasa was a absolute highlight. Landscape,  culture and the friendly people we will keep in mind forever. Many thanks to our "super" guide Yeshi Penjor, who made a lot of things possible :-)

    Our 13 day trekking from Paro to Laya and finally to Gasa was a absolute highlight. Landscape,  culture and the friendly people we will keep in mind forever. Many thanks to our "super" guide Yeshi Penjor, who made a lot of things possible :-)


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  • Cultural Tour and Snow Leopard Trek California, USA Trip Date:
    Sept 27 - Oct11, 2015
    Rating:
    Cultural Tour and Snow Leopard Trek ( Cultural Tour and Snow Leopard Trek)
    5 "Arpat O" Cultural Tour and Snow Leopard Trek. Hi guys, I hope all is well with you, and apologies for such long silence. After spending two wonderful weeks in Bhutan, we came back home to a heavy work load, and I just had the chance to put together all my photos from the trip. I

    Cultural Tour and Snow Leopard Trek. Hi guys, I hope all is well with you, and apologies for such long silence. After spending two wonderful weeks in Bhutan, we came back home to a heavy work load, and I just had the chance to put together all my photos from the trip. I don't have the emails of our first guide, Tsering, and the hike crew. Can you please forward the link to them as well? [caption id="attachment_12172" align="aligncenter" width="855"] With Yak Herder Family[/caption]   This was the best trip I've ever done in my life, and thank you all for such a wonderful experience. I have


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  • Snow Leopard Trek with Festival -2 Columbia Fall, Montana, USA Trip Date:
    Sept 23 - 08 Oct, 2015
    Rating:
    Snow Leopard Trek with Festival -2 ( Snow Leopard Trek with Festival -2)
    5 "Clementine J" We have nothing but praise for the way Windhorse organized and handled our two weeks in Bhutan.From the initial planning of our custom itinerary for a group of eight, the visas and airline flights, the hotel reservations, the week of touring and finally the week on the Jhomolhari/Snow Leopard trek;

    We have nothing but praise for the way Windhorse organized and handled our two weeks in Bhutan.From the initial planning of our custom itinerary for a group of eight, the visas and airline flights, the hotel reservations, the week of touring and finally the week on the Jhomolhari/Snow Leopard trek; every aspect of our trip was expertly managed by Ugyen in the USA and Jambay in Bhutan. First and foremost we would like to recognize the excellent guidance of Pema Namgyal who trained our eyes to the majestic beauty of his country. From historical dzongs to spiritual sites, from mountain passes


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  • Snow Leopard Trek
    Snow Leopard Trek with Festival Columbia Falls, Montana, USA Trip Date:
    Sept 23 - Oct 08, 2015
    Rating:
    Snow Leopard Trek with Festival ( Snow Leopard Trek with Festival)
    5 "Joe B" Snow Leopard Trek with Festival (TID - 8705) To the entire Windhorse team, Thank you very much for your fantastic Snow Leopard trek. You lead guide Pema was knowledgeable while taking us through the cultural part of the tour, he kept each and every monastery interesting and unique. Once we got on

    Snow Leopard Trek with Festival (TID - 8705) To the entire Windhorse team, Thank you very much for your fantastic Snow Leopard trek. You lead guide Pema was knowledgeable while taking us through the cultural part of the tour, he kept each and every monastery interesting and unique. Once we got on the trek itself, he was very attentive to the trekkers that were weaker hikers, and made sure that they had any extra attention needed. The rest of the crew were all fun and professional. That being said, here are a few suggestions. 1) there should be a second English speaking person


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  • A Memorable Adventure In Bhutan Trip Date:
    Sep 23 - 0ct 8, 2015
    Rating:
    A Memorable Adventure In Bhutan ( A Memorable Adventure In Bhutan)
    5 "Bill & Clemence" We have nothing but praise for the way Windhorse organized and handled our two weeks in Bhutan. From the initial planning of our custom itinerary for a group of eight, the visas and airline flights, the hotel reservations, the week of touring and finally the week on the Jhomolhari/Snow Leopard trek;

    We have nothing but praise for the way Windhorse organized and handled our two weeks in Bhutan. From the initial planning of our custom itinerary for a group of eight, the visas and airline flights, the hotel reservations, the week of touring and finally the week on the Jhomolhari/Snow Leopard trek;  every aspect of our trip was expertly managed by Ugyen in the USA and Jambay in Bhutan. First and foremost we would like to recognize the excellent guidance of Pema Namgyal who trained our eyes to the majestic beauty of his country.  From historical dzongs to spiritual sites, from mountain passes to


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  • Snow Leopard Trek, Sept 2015 San Jose, California Trip Date:
    Sept 16- 30, 2015
    Rating:
    Snow Leopard Trek, Sept 2015 ( Snow Leopard Trek, Sept 2015)
    5 "Dan L" TID - 8838 (Guide Namgay) (Snow Leopard Trek, Sept 2015) Anand & Wind Horse Team, Thanks for the reminder. As I mentioned on the phone, I had a great experience on the trip. In advance of the trip, I was grateful for Ugen and Jambay's flexibility in arranging an itinerary on short

    TID - 8838 (Guide Namgay) (Snow Leopard Trek, Sept 2015) Anand & Wind Horse Team, Thanks for the reminder. As I mentioned on the phone, I had a great experience on the trip. In advance of the trip, I was grateful for Ugen and Jambay's flexibility in arranging an itinerary on short notice. During the trip, the guide, drivers, cook, assistant, and horseman were very flexible, often deviating from the standard itinerary in order to provide me with a more authentic and unique experience. They were also very supportive when I felt unwell upon first reaching 4000m in elevation at Jangothang. In


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  • Our guide, Karma was really knowledgeable, helpful, and, best of all, funny! Nguyen Du, Ho Chi Minh City. Trip Date:
    Oct 3 - 17,2014
    Rating:
    Our guide, Karma was really knowledgeable, helpful, and, best of all, funny! ( Our guide, Karma was really knowledgeable, helpful, and, best of all, funny!)
    5 "Brinda & Varun P" Snow Leopard Trek TID 760 ( 3 - 17 Oct,2014) Hello Anand, Thank you so much for setting up a great experience for my husband and me. We had a spectacular time! Our guide, Karma was really knowledgeable, helpful, and, best of all, funny! He was also very gentle and didn't push us.

    Snow Leopard Trek TID 760 ( 3 - 17 Oct,2014) Hello Anand, Thank you so much for setting up a great experience for my husband and me. We had a spectacular time! Our guide, Karma was really knowledgeable, helpful, and, best of all, funny! He was also very gentle and didn't push us. He understood what all our limitations were and encouraged us to do our best. He was very personable and that helped us enjoy the experience more! One thing that we think Windhorse can improve on is making sure that everyone knows what each person's food restrictions are. On a few occasions,


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  • We did not have a bad meal the entire trip. Kansas, 67401, USA Trip Date:
    April 17-May 01, 2014
    Rating:
    We did not have a bad meal the entire trip. ( We did not have a bad meal the entire trip.)
    5 "Patrick A M" Snow Leopard trek with Rhododendron festival at Dochula pass (TID 765) April 17-May 01, 2014 Thank you for requesting feedback Anand. I would like to start by sayings I greatly enjoyed visiting your country and found your compatriots to be very friendly and helpful while we were there. Our guide, Karma, was

    Snow Leopard trek with Rhododendron festival at Dochula pass (TID 765) April 17-May 01, 2014 Thank you for requesting feedback Anand. I would like to start by sayings I greatly enjoyed visiting your country and found your compatriots to be very friendly and helpful while we were there. Our guide, Karma, was very helpful and did his best every day. He was flexible and allowed us to make minor changes to the itinerary to improve the visit. The trekking crew was very good. Our chef and assistants were excellent and very helpful. We did not have a bad meal the entire trip.


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  • Bhutan is a very unique and distinctive country with amazing nature/mountains Norway Trip Date:
    Oct 13 -27, 2013
    Rating:
    Bhutan is a very unique and distinctive country with amazing nature/mountains ( Bhutan is a very unique and distinctive country with amazing nature/mountains)
    5 "Ann.H Einen" Snow Leopard Trek:TID 659 (Oct 13 -Oct 27, 2013) Anand Thapa, I would be happy to be reference for Wind Horse Tours. I found that Wind Horse was a responsible and trustworthy tour operator. The trip was well organized and guided in a safely manner. The group size was appropriate (we were

    Snow Leopard Trek:TID 659 (Oct 13 -Oct 27, 2013) Anand Thapa, I would be happy to be reference for Wind Horse Tours. I found that Wind Horse was a responsible and trustworthy tour operator. The trip was well organized and guided in a safely manner. The group size was appropriate (we were 8 people in the group), the food was well prepared, equipment such as tents, sleeping mats, etc. was in a good condition, the guide was friendly and skillful and the tour program was full of variation. Additionally, Bhutan is a very unique and distinctive country with amazing nature/mountains – which


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  • Very authentic and nice experience Norway Trip Date:
    Mar 22- Apr 02 2013
    Rating:
    Very authentic and nice experience ( Very authentic and nice experience)
    5 "Stein and Marianne J" TID 648 Marianne & Stein Bhutan Tour with Snow Leopard Trek (Mar 22- Apr 02 2013) Dear Wind horseSorry it took us so long to get back to you.Our main impression of our 10 days stay in Bhutan from 22 march to 2 April is that it fulfilled our expectations and

    TID 648 Marianne & Stein Bhutan Tour with Snow Leopard Trek (Mar 22- Apr 02 2013) Dear Wind horseSorry it took us so long to get back to you.Our main impression of our 10 days stay in Bhutan from 22 march to 2 April is that it fulfilled our expectations and even more in some ways. The hotel facilities were very good, the cultural program interesting, the personal attention and service we got was excellent and the nature and the people of Bhutan - extraordinary! However there are some areas of improvement as far as we are concerned. Our guide Ugyen


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  • It was a great group and an amazing tour and trek. California, USA Trip Date:
    07-21 Oct. 2011
    Rating:
    It was a great group and an amazing tour and trek. ( It was a great group and an amazing tour and trek.)
    5 "Thomas S." Snow Leopard Trek 07-21 Oct. 2011 Ugen, I have never done anything better in my entire life! You, Jambay, Pema and everyone who helped us were awesome. It was a great group and an amazing tour and trek. I have a lot of my photos posted on my facebook account in

    Snow Leopard Trek 07-21 Oct. 2011 Ugen, I have never done anything better in my entire life! You, Jambay, Pema and everyone who helped us were awesome. It was a great group and an amazing tour and trek. I have a lot of my photos posted on my facebook account in case anyone would like to take a look at them or "friend" me on facebook: http://facebook.com/tsokat


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  • The trip was wonderful. Atlanta, Georgia Trip Date:
    March 26,2009
    Rating:
    The trip was wonderful. ( The trip was wonderful.)
    5 "Julie & Jeff F" Snow Leopard Trek Mar-April 2009 Thank you very much.FYI, i have discussed bhutan and our trip on my blog at http://julesfredrick.wordpress.com/ if you scoll down, i have several entries under bhutan, and will be adding more. It has recieved a lot of interest, and i have passed your name along. The

    Snow Leopard Trek Mar-April 2009 Thank you very much.FYI, i have discussed bhutan and our trip on my blog at http://julesfredrick.wordpress.com/ if you scoll down, i have several entries under bhutan, and will be adding more. It has recieved a lot of interest, and i have passed your name along. The trip was wonderful. - Julie


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  • The Jhomolhari Trek was a great adventure — in complete luxury. President EON EKY Corporation, Peekskill, New York Trip Date:
    Oct 23,2008
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    The Jhomolhari Trek was a great adventure — in complete luxury. ( The Jhomolhari Trek was a great adventure — in complete luxury.)
    5 "Georg O B" Dear Ugen, It has been a couple of weeks now since we returned from our 18 day trip to Bhutan. I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your patience in helping to plan and arrange this trip. It was an absolutely wonderful experience in all aspects. The Jhomolhari

    Dear Ugen, It has been a couple of weeks now since we returned from our 18 day trip to Bhutan. I would like to take the opportunity to thank you for your patience in helping to plan and arrange this trip. It was an absolutely wonderful experience in all aspects. The Jhomolhari Trek was a great adventure --- in complete luxury. The trekking crew took excellent care of me and my wife. The cook managed to prepare great dinners every night and the horseman certainly seemed to know every one up and down the valley. We very much enjoyed our small group


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  • Our guide, cook, assistant cook, and horseman were all very professional and friendly…our trip was everything we’d hoped for, and more. Peregian Beach, Queensland, Australia Trip Date:
    March,22, 2007
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    Our guide, cook, assistant cook, and horseman were all very professional and friendly…our trip was everything we’d hoped for, and more. ( Our guide, cook, assistant cook, and horseman were all very professional and friendly…our trip was everything we’d hoped for, and more.)
    5 "Tricia J and Allen Barber" Allen & Tricia's 2nd visit of Bhutan with Wind Horse Ugen, our recent trip to Bhutan was fantastic!! We think we may be addicted to trekking!! Our guide, cook, assistant cook, and horseman were all very professional and friendly...our trip was everything we'd hoped for, and more.

    Allen & Tricia's 2nd visit of Bhutan with Wind Horse Ugen, our recent trip to Bhutan was fantastic!! We think we may be addicted to trekking!! Our guide, cook, assistant cook, and horseman were all very professional and friendly...our trip was everything we'd hoped for, and more.


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  • Marelene L Honolulu, Hawaii Trip Date:

    SURVIVOR BHUTAN (Jumolhari Base Camp trek Lomas & Group for 19 pax Oct 2007) My “poem” read to group on last night of our trip to Bhutan, by Marlene Lomas Dedicated to Fred Joseph, the poet of the family……. A memorable two weeks, it certainly has been Paro the destination, Druk Air flew us in. Pelden was there to meet us on arrival, Who knew then how key he would be to our survival? Off to Thimphu—we were whisked away Enjoying the construction and a few pee stops on the way Next day over the pass to Gangtey we traveled But where was the hot water in buckets, we wondered?? That


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  • Thank you for planning it so well and yes, hopefully, we will come back in two years and continue where we left off Hampton, New Hampshire, US Trip Date:
    Oct, 06, 2005
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    Thank you for planning it so well and yes, hopefully, we will come back in two years and continue where we left off ( Thank you for planning it so well and yes, hopefully, we will come back in two years and continue where we left off)
    5 " Ellie Z " Chomolhari Trek Sep- Oct 2005 Ugen.....I know Pam wrote to you as soon as we got back but I had to go right to work so haven't had time until now to tell you myself how much we enjoyed the trip and your country of Bhutan...Dorji, Jigme, the cook and hourse

    Chomolhari Trek Sep- Oct 2005 Ugen.....I know Pam wrote to you as soon as we got back but I had to go right to work so haven't had time until now to tell you myself how much we enjoyed the trip and your country of Bhutan...Dorji, Jigme, the cook and hourse men and cook's assistant all were wonderful and went over and above to assist.....the weather didn't know when to stop raining but it all worked out in thelong run and the views from those high passes on a totally clear day were incredible to say the least.....thank you for planning


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  • Everything seemed to go without a hitch and I know that if from good planning on your company’s part. Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA Trip Date:
    Oct,24, 2005
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    Everything seemed to go without a hitch and I know that if from good planning on your company’s part. ( Everything seemed to go without a hitch and I know that if from good planning on your company’s part.)
    5 " Jarad & Stephanie S. " Snow Leopard Trek Oct -Nov, 2005 We had a wonderful trip to Bhutan. Thanks for your help and services. We thought your tour outfit was extremely professional and very well run. Everything seemed to go without a hitch and I know that if from good planning on your company's part. We were especially

    Snow Leopard Trek Oct -Nov, 2005 We had a wonderful trip to Bhutan. Thanks for your help and services. We thought your tour outfit was extremely professional and very well run. Everything seemed to go without a hitch and I know that if from good planning on your company's part. We were especially impressed with Dorji and bonded with him throughout our stay. He is a terrific guide speaks excellent English and was very knowledgeable & professional. He really made our trip! We were also extremely impressed with your cook Siran. The food was the best food we have had on a trek. We really


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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.

     

  • Pema Namgay

    From the outset, Pema Namgyal knew what he wanted to do in life. He love to keep things simple. Right after finishing his Class 12 from school in Thimphu in 2004, he joined guiding course to aspire to be a guide. Initially he started as cultural guide but with time, he felt more connected with wilderness, he did course for trek in 2008.

    After a fruitful experiences with other companies, he joined Wind Horse Tours in 2010. He has led many treks, and I seriously doubt, if there are any tourist trails that he hasn’t tread upon. One trek that stand out is challenging Snowman Trek, he comes highly recommended for this. In October, 2014 he successfully completed Snowman trek with 4 guests.

  • 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.

  • Namgay

    Growth in Tourism in Bhutan has also its share of impact on young minds. With tourists freely moving around, the curiosities to know them, talk to them holds ground firmly on young minds . Namgay is one among many youth whose imagination was captured by razzmatazz of tourism.

    He has his career goal  cut out, he could have easily opted for some comfortable desk jobs, after passing out in flying colours from prestigious St Joseph college Darjeeling in 2010 but he chose to pursue his dream, he loved to be in field, among the guests, so it was only matter of time to enroll for guiding course.

    His first foray into job was in 2013 at Wind Horse Tours and still he is going great guns. Feed Backs from guests that he led are great testimonial to his dedication.

    He prodigiously read books that open up new frontiers and interaction with guests coupled with sound command of English takes his outlook towards learning and experiences altogether to different height.

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