Sonam Palden is smitten by games most notably national sports of Bhutan- Archery.While growing up in beautiful Ura valley in Bumthang, unlike other kid, he played with traditional traditional bows and arrows. He completed his class 12 from Punakha in 2003. Subsequently he pursued his passion for five years that took him to national limelight. But he missed by whisker to qualify for international.
Slightly disheartened, he refocussed with same intensity and passion to make a mark as a travel guide. In 2008, brandishing his guide license and dream in his eyes he joined Wind Horse , the rest as they is history…
One of the guest said, ” If not a travel guide, Sonam could be Buddhist scholar and his command over english concedes to be an Oxford educated”.
There is hardly any prize for guessing for what he does during his free time, 145 m (476 ft) between 2 wooden targets in archery ground still rules his passion with frenzy.
Love for sport is inherent in him, when Wind Horse started specialised tour like mountain Biking, he jumped into bandwagon happily, although he was doing mountain biking before but in bits and pieces, an opportunity was served on platter, it largely assisted him to hone his skill as well to live to his sporting adrenaline rushes. Whenever free he does a recce of region lying in Thimphu and leads the tour across country. The most audacious biking trip till date along with Sonam Loday, Sonam Palden was from Haa to Phuentsholing via narrow trail, through untamed vegetation and uncharted territory.
- Robert (Dragon Festival, Fall, 2018) Acton, Massachusetts USA Trip Date:
10 -21 Sept,2018 Rating:
TID 9184 I just returned from a 12 day trip to Bhutan organized by Wind Horse Tours. I cannot recommend them enough. The pre trip communication was excellent, and our guide Sonam and driver (also Sonam!) were fabulous. The roads are treacherous in many places and the driver's skill gave me much needed confidence. Sonam the guide's knowledge was extensive and he was a friendly outgoing person with a sense of humor. He went the extra mile when one of our party was sick, going to his room late in the evening to personally administer an herbal treatment, which our friend
- Customised Bhutan Tour with Festival – March 2018 UK Trip Date:
26 - 12 March, 2018 Rating:
Thank you we are back home safely although it was a rather painful journey for me. My bruising is still extremely painful and my daughter came from Yorkshire to meet us off the flight and to help me which is wonderful. As far as our holiday goes I really couldn’t fault it. It was amazing and we loved every moment largely due to Sonam who must be the best guide you have. We loved him and he went out of his way to make everything perfect for us. Of course Jigme was wonderful too and they make the perfect
- Bhutan & India Customised tour for Diem x 3 Montreal, Canada Trip Date:
l3 -17, April, 2018 Rating:
I traveled with my elderly parents to Bhutan and India with Windhorse in April 2018. I cannot say enough good about them. From the time I contacted them to organize the trip, to the time they drop us at the airport, all went without a single glitch. While organizing the trip, they always answered me within 24hrs of an email and always addressed my concerns with reliable information and appropriate changes. At every step our concerns, requests, questions have been promptly answered and addressed. The trip in itself was extremely well organized and yet very flexible. Our guide (Sonam) and driver (Dorji)
- Western Bhutan Village Tour California, USA Trip Date:
Feb 18 - 26, 2018 Rating:
Hello Anand- We had an incredible trip with Sonam and Dawa and can't think of a single "low moment" !!!!! Sonam was so knowledgable about everything from the Buddhist religion to the birds of Bhutan. He and Dawa were so respectful and conscious of our needs and abilities the entire trip. Every day was a wonderful experience. We cherish our memories of our trip to Bhutan, and would highly recommend Wind horse to anyone thinking of a trip to your wonderful country.We would love to come back and travel to Eastern Bhutan in the future. Many thanks Maureen
- Snow Leopard Trek for David New York, USA Trip Date:
Sept 25 - Oct 10,2017 Rating:
Hi Anand Here is some feedback: Trip was fantastic overall, every single day had some sort of surprise or something unexpected happen. My guide did a great job. Festivals in Bumthang and Thimphu were incredible. In the Tang Valley, I saw a Swiss man in a photo in a museum and inquired with sonam who the guy was. Somehow, Sonam arranged for me to eat lunch with this man and his famous wife the same day. I have no idea how he did this!! Drayangs were very amusing and a lot of fun! I very much appreciated my guide and driver doing this since I
May17-20, 2017 Rating:
Dear Anand, Thanks for reaching out to me. My first trip to Bhutan was fantastic. In particular, coming from Dhaka, the place was peaceful and civilised (I know I had some issues with public loos - Rebekah teased me a lot on this). Bhutan reminds me of 40-50 years ago rural Japan, though you might have no clue. I think the schedule was very good, well paced, your staff were fantastic. I have no complain. I was happy in 'breaking records' of going up and down of Taktsang, ha ha. I wish I could have stayed more but my holiday was
- Customised Family Bhutan Trip of Hamilton Hopkinton, New Hampshire. Trip Date:
Dec 11-20, 2016 Rating:
We are grateful for a lifetime of memories gathered during our 9 day tour of Bhutan. Sonam our driver and Sonam our guide were both such wonderful people, it made the tour that much more special for us all. They accommodated our request to go further West and were game when we wanted even more authentic local food. Sonam our guide was incredibly knowledgeable about Bhuddhism and that helped us to understand the culture and the life philosophy that guide so much of Bhutan. We normally hike on our own and don't take guided tours, so we appreciated their willingness to
- Bhutan Country Walk, Fall 2016 Queensland, Australia Trip Date:
Oct 11 - 17,2016 Rating:
Hello We had a great time in Bhutan and would recommend Bhutan and Windhorse to our friends. Sonam and "0007" did a great job, particularly as needed to plan around some bad weather. We enjoyed all the activities and the food was great. It was really appreciated that bottle water was always on hand. Thank you Windhorse for a fantastic trip to Bhutan. Maree Brockie & Peter Handley
- Druk Path Trek La Garde Freinet, France Trip Date:
10 - 22, Oct, 2016 Rating:
Druk Path Trek Dear Chencho We are now at the airport after a fantastic time in Bhutan. Thank you for all your organisation and your very kind invitation to dinner and the hot stone bath. It was an honour to visit you and Tashi in your home for our best meal in Bhutan. We were very sad to say goodbye to Sonam and Jigme. Please thank them for their care and attention throughout our trip. They have been excellent. Best regards Jim and Philippa
Sept 4- 10, 2016 Rating:
Hi Anand, We did make it home safe and sound after a week in Japan and finally back to the US. We had a wonderful trip! Our guide Sonam and our driver Sonam were both excellent. Our guide, Sonam, was very knowledgeable and took very good care of us. He listened to all of our requests and was very accommodating. Our favorite parts of the trip include the Haa Valley and the hike up to the Tiger's Nest. We enjoyed seeing the sites and learning about the culture of Bhutan in Thimpu. Overall, we felt like the trip was action packed and