USA Oct 05 -18,2019
Cultural Tour & Trek – Snow Leopard Trek, October 2019 My son and I just returned from a truly wonderful 2-week trip (1-week cultural tour, 1-week trek) to Bhutan with
Netherland 15 -26 Oct, 2018
Snow Leopard Trek with cultural Tour ( Customised ) I apologize for the late reply but coming back home after many days implied a lot of things to be done
Arlington, Massachusetts, USA 07 -20,Oct,2018
Snow Leopard Trek ( Oct, 2018) Hi Anand! I hope the tipping issue went ok…if anything, I tipped high…but for great service, so ok with me. The trip
Australia Jan 30 - Feb 08, 2018
Snow Leopard Trek – Jan 2018 Our journey in the mountains of Bhutan was richly rewarding. A gift not wrapped in paper but bound instead in
San Francisco, California, USA Sept 27 -Oct 10,2017
Snow Leopard Trek -Fall 2017 A little late to responding to this but just wanted to say that the trip was fabulously planned and organised.
San Francisco, California, USA Sept 27 -Oct 10, 2017
Snow Leopard Trek – Autumn 2017 Of course see'ing the snow leopard was the highlight! Pema, our guide, added to the experience with his amiable personality
MILL VALLEY, California, USA May 22- June 03,2017
Snow Leopard Jhomolari Trek Spring 2017 Hi Anand - Thanks for reaching out! Overall we were overwhelmingly pleased with our experience with Windhorse. Our tour with
Oakville, Ontario, Canada I -26, April,2017
Bhutan in Perspective June 7, 2017 The lure to travel to and experience Bhutan began more than 20 years ago when its relative isolation
New South Wales, Australia. April 6 -19,2017
Snow Leopard Trek, April, 2017. Hi Anand The trip was fantastic. I had a fantastic time. I can't wait to visit your wonderful country again. As
Switzerland April 16 - 29, 2016.
Snow Leopard Trek – Spring 2016 Dear Anand Thank you for you email and sorry for the late answer. But no worries, the trip to Bhutan was
Canada April 16- 29, 2016
Jomolhari Snow Leopard Trek – April 2016 Jomolhari-Snow Leopard Trek - April 2016 Hi Jambay, I've been back for two days now and wanted to write while the impressions
Oct 22 - Nov 09, 2015
Paro-Laya-Gasa-Trekking Our 13 day trekking from Paro to Laya and finally to Gasa was a absolute highlight. Landscape, culture and the
California, USA Sept 27 - Oct11, 2015
Cultural Tour and Snow Leopard Trek Cultural Tour and Snow Leopard Trek. Hi guys, I hope all is well with you, and apologies for such long silence. After
Columbia Fall, Montana, USA Sept 23 - 08 Oct, 2015
Snow Leopard Trek with Festival -2 We have nothing but praise for the way Windhorse organized and handled our two weeks in Bhutan.From the initial planning
Columbia Falls, Montana, USA Sept 23 - Oct 08, 2015
Snow Leopard Trek with Festival Snow Leopard Trek with Festival (TID - 8705) To the entire Windhorse team, Thank you very much for your fantastic Snow Leopard
Sep 23 - 0ct 8, 2015
A Memorable Adventure In Bhutan We have nothing but praise for the way Windhorse organized and handled our two weeks in Bhutan. From the initial planning
San Jose, California Sept 16- 30, 2015
Snow Leopard Trek, Sept 2015 TID - 8838 (Guide Namgay) (Snow Leopard Trek, Sept 2015) Anand & Wind Horse Team, Thanks for the reminder. As I mentioned
Nguyen Du, Ho Chi Minh City. Oct 3 - 17,2014
Our guide, Karma was really knowledgeable, helpful, and, best of all, funny! Snow Leopard Trek TID 760 ( 3 - 17 Oct,2014) Hello Anand, Thank you so much for setting up a great experience
Kansas, 67401, USA April 17-May 01, 2014
We did not have a bad meal the entire trip. Snow Leopard trek with Rhododendron festival at Dochula pass (TID 765) April 17-May 01, 2014 Thank you for requesting feedback Anand. I
Norway Oct 13 -27, 2013
Bhutan is a very unique and distinctive country with amazing nature/mountains Snow Leopard Trek:TID 659 (Oct 13 -Oct 27, 2013) Anand Thapa, I would be happy to be reference for Wind Horse Tours.
Norway Mar 22- Apr 02 2013
Very authentic and nice experience TID 648 Marianne & Stein Bhutan Tour with Snow Leopard Trek (Mar 22- Apr 02 2013) Dear Wind horseSorry it took
California, USA 07-21 Oct. 2011
It was a great group and an amazing tour and trek. Snow Leopard Trek 07-21 Oct. 2011 Ugen, I have never done anything better in my entire life! You, Jambay, Pema and
Atlanta, Georgia March 26,2009
The trip was wonderful. 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/
President EON EKY Corporation, Peekskill, New York Oct 23,2008
The Jhomolhari Trek was a great adventure — in complete luxury. Dear Ugen, It has been a couple of weeks now since we returned from our 18 day trip to Bhutan. I
Peregian Beach, Queensland, Australia March,22, 2007
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
Honolulu, Hawaii 20071015
Marelene L SURVIVOR BHUTAN (Jumolhari Base Camp trek Lomas & Group for 19 pax Oct 2007) My “poem” read to group on last
Hampton, New Hampshire, US Oct, 06, 2005
Thank you for planning it so well and yes, hopefully, we will come back in two years and continue where we left off Chomolhari Trek Sep- Oct 2005 Ugen.....I know Pam wrote to you as soon as we got back but I had to
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA Oct,24, 2005
Everything seemed to go without a hitch and I know that if from good planning on your company’s part. Snow Leopard Trek Oct -Nov, 2005 We had a wonderful trip to Bhutan. Thanks for your help and services. We thought
- Stunning views of mountains and high peaks such as Jhomolari, Jichu Drake, Tserim Kang and others.
- See Yak herders – opportunity to meet, chat and learn about them
- Trek past azure lakes, cross high passes
- Pristine nature; Alpine valleys, temperate forests, rivers and glaciers
- Wildlife such Blue Sheep, Golden Marmot, migratory birds and may be even the elusive Snow-leopard
- Introduction to Buddhist culture and tradition
- Historical monuments such as Dzongs and monasteries.
Nothing in the world can prepare you for an astounding panorama that awaits you when you embark on a Snow Leopard Jhomolhari trek in Bhutan (Chomolhari Loop). Along this trek, you will come upon stretches of spectacular scenery, unending expanse of fields, green hills filled with flowers and quiet hamlets below snow-capped 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.
Day 1: Arrive in Paro
Upon arrival meet your Guide. In the 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 & 3: Punakha & Wangdue Valley
Drive east 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 Phrodrang, visit Richengang village, and take a short easy walk to Chimi Lhakhang temple, dedicated to Bhutan’s famous Saint Drukpa Kuenley. Next day, we spend time taking in short hikes and visiting Punakha Dzong, an architectural masterpiece located on the confluence of two rivers. Overnight hotel in Punakha.
Day 4: Hiking to Lungchuzekha
From Punakha retrace our drive till 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 2-hr 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 at the monastery. 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 farm-road to Shana Zam (2850m). Meet our trekking crew (horseman, cook & assistant), hand over your luggage for the trek. 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, 500m Ascent/200m Descent. Overnight in tent camp.
Day 7: Trek to Soi Thangthanka
(Approx. 9Km. 4-6 hours trek, 500m 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 ( Jomolhari Base Camp)
(Approx. 15km/6hr trek - 500 ascent/50m descent) Continue following Paro river as the valley begins to widen, opening to a spectacular area surrounded by high ridges and snow-capped 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. Jhomolhari, which now seems nearby. 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 for excursions towards the glaciers /moraines of Chomolhari or visit local village nearby. Overnight in tents.
Day 10: Trek across Bhontela to Dumzo ( Soi 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 fabulous views of Jichu Drake and Tserim Kang peaks, along the side of Jhomolhari. After the pass, it is a steep descent downhill to small yak-herding village of Soi Yaksa and camp near 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 and to the west. Cross Takhungla (4,520m), and descend to our camp site in a wide grassy pastures by the valley at 4,180m. 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 the 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 in Paro.
Day 13: In Paro (Taktsang)
Full day for hike to iconic 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 also walk to other side of the Takstang that is not accessible from the main site. This is a full day hike. Return to Paro, where we get chance for final stroll. Farewell dinner and overnight in Paro.
Day 14: Departure
After breakfast, transfer to Paro airport in time for your departure flight.
Group SizeMax. 9 members
MealsAll meals plus evening tea. All beverages included during the trek.
Trip AccommodationBest available tourists standard hotels, where available. We update our trekking equipment and gear regularly and so you will receive the best gears.
RouteParo - Punakha- Thimphu- Trek to Thongduzam, Soithangthangkha, Jangothang - Dumzo (Yaksa), Thongbu Shong and end trek in Shana - Paro (Takstang hike).
Trip Type Trekking
Trip SeasonsThere are two best season for this trek (Spring from late March till May) and Fall (from late Sept till early November)
In the winter (late Nov till early March it is snowed in) and in summer (June till early Sept), it rains frequently, although it is flowering season in the high places.
Best MonthsApril, May, October
Good MonthsMarch, June, September, November
Lean MonthsJuly, August
Not RecommendJanuary, February, December
Prices & Dates
From $3050 to 3950 per person. Cost is based on the number of participants. For details contact us.
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- Bhutan royalties
- Visa fees
- All transfers and sightseeing with entrance fees.
- Accommodation in best tourist category hotels as listed or similar during tours.
- All meals including evening tea
- English Speaking Wind Horse Local Tour Leader.
- During the trek: Fully organized trek with all meals, 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 Wind Horse). Pack animals to carry luggage and additional riding pony for emergency, Basic Medical Kit. Trekking staffs include Guide, Cook, assistants and horseman.
- Sleeping bags can be borrowed ! (cleaning charges will apply)
- Borrow for free; trekking poles, water bottle, rain poncho etc
- Flights in and out of Bhutan purchased separately. Check our website for Druk Air fares.
- Travel/Medical and evacuation Insurance – purchased separately
- Personal trekking gears such personal Day pack, clothing, shoes etc.
- Tips and gratuities (optional)
For trek, trekking equipment are updated and trendy. You can find complete list on detailed Itinerary, please ask for it.
Hotels in Thimphu
Hotels in Paro
Hotels in Lobesa
Hotels in Punakha
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.
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.
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.
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.