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.
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
March 24 - April 04, 2016 Rating:
We are an American family living in Hong Kong. Our kids are 10 and 7 and after a series of island vacations, we wanted to give the kids a different trip, a real travel experience. Our trip to Bhutan was, by far, the most rewarding, educational, and spiritual family trip we’ve taken. After posting almost daily amazing photos on Facebook, friends have asked how I planned this trip, and I owe it all to Wind Horse Tours. Jambay listened to the kind of experiences we wanted (see local culture, understand Bhutanese daily life) and assigned us a dynamic duo who
- Bhutan Trip for Andrea 3240 N Michigan Av Portland Oregon Trip Date:
Oct 20 - 31, 2015 Rating:
Bhutan Trip for Andrea Hi Anand the trip went great, very glad I got to be in Bhutan. Enjoyed it very much. Sonam was a good guide, his strength is on the village tours mostly as he finds it very easy to connect with the people and was able to show me the life really well. Also enjoyed Kaka as a driver, always was very safe. In terms of hotel, my favorite one was the Paro Bongde school, it was amazing food, management and the cleanest/best appointed rooms. All the accommodations were actually good, perhaps Punakah being my least favotite I terms
- Bhutan Traverse from West to East, Oct, 2015 Huntington, NY, USA Trip Date:
Oct 12 - Nov 02, 2015 Rating:
Bhutan Traverse from West To East, Oct, 2015 In October, 2015 we traversed Bhutan over 21 days with Wind Horse Tours on a Bhutan private tour. (This review is for the tour company, which also owns the ranch) . We had a superb, knowledgeable, caring guide in Sonam Pelden and expert driver in Yamraj. Despite the current indescribable state of the roads in Bhutan, we never felt unsafe. Wind Horse, which is a Bhutanese company with a satellite office in Minnesota, worked with us to design an itinerary which met our goals rather than require us to take one of their
Sept 27 - 1 Oct, 2015 Rating:
Hello Anand - (Bhutan Visit) We all arrived safely back home with fond memories of our recent holiday. I will be recommending your company to anyone who wishes to visit Bhutan! For me the highlight was trekking to Tigers Nest. Sonam was so patient with us and looked after us the entire walk and was sensitive to our capabilities. Even though we took longer to get there, we did make it! As far as guides and drivers go I would have to rank them both very highly and as an asset to your company. Sonam delivers information with such passion you cannot help but be
- Bhutan Tour for Janice & Group (Sept 2015) Perth, Australia Trip Date:
27 Sept - Oct 1, 2015 Rating:
Dear Anand, I had to email immediately on our return to say how happy we were with Windhorse Tours! Sonam and Yamraj were amazing, they looked after us so well! They both showed a great deal of respect and patience especially when we climbed Tigers Nest, Sonam was fantastic, we were a little slow but he managed to encourage us and for me to achieve a lifetime dream. We would really love to come back to Bhutan and do a farm stay tour if that's possible. It will probably be in a couple of years, but we won't forget Windhorse.. I will be in touch