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Sonam Pelden

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.

guest reviews

  • Village Tour of Western Bhutan (Fall,2019) Montreal, Canada Trip Date:
    Nov 27 - Dec 06,2019
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    Village tour of Western Bhutan My husband was not sure about the Haa valley part before the trip but after we did it, we was happy to have been there as myself. For me this was among my highlights. I wished I could have seen more of this beautiful country, the Eastern part and Southern part also, but for the time we had, we are happy of what we’ve seen. As I said to our guide Sonam, some of the visits listed in the itinerary (village visits, enjoy a tea with local people – mainly in Punakha surroundings), haven’t been done


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  • Bindu & Group Bhutan Tour Perth, Australia Trip Date:
    20 - 26 March,2019
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    Our guide Sonam and Driver Guddu are your assets. Both demonstrated true Bhutanese spirit by their humble, caring, polite nature. Both are well informed, knowledgeable, hospitable, gentle and friendly. We were very fortunate to have them as our crew in this tour. Tashi Delek, Bindu and Aussie group from Perth , WA.


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  • Bindu & Group Bhutan Tour Perth, Australia Trip Date:
    20 - 26 March, 2019
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    Hello there, This is to let you know that we arrived home safely on 27th March. The essence of a holiday, be it a trek or tour is to return home safe and sound. Our group enjoyed immensely our 6 nights in Bhutan. The highlight,of course, is the Taksang Monastery in Paro. Our activities were just enough to remember in each individual's Memory Lane. Dressing up in Kira and Gho was enjoyed tremendously  by the group. Thank you very much on behalf of the group and myself fro making our tour very memorable,enjoyable and safe. Tashi Delek, Bindu from Perth


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  • Wonderful UK Trip Date:
    07 - 16, Nov, 2018
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    Many thanks for the perfect arrangements in Bhutan. We had a wonderful time. Hotels and lunches/dinners were marvellous. Sonam Pelden was a wonderful guide, and a super birder. Added to my life list considerably. And Jgmey was an amazing driver. Kept us feeling safe on some very interesting roads!


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  • Fantastic time in Bhutan UK Trip Date:
    07 - 16, Nov, 2018
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    What an amazing trip to Bhutan. I’ve just returned from the most incredible 11 days in Bhutan. What a beautiful country full of the kindest, warmest people. This was a trip of a lifetime for me. My guide and driver Sonam & Sonam (The Sonams!) were simply fantastic, they catered to my every need, often going out of their way to accommodate me. I’m an avid photographer, which means that I like to get up at the crack of dawn to climb hills, they were always happy to accompany me and always ready. I learnt so much from Sonam about


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  • January 28 to February 11 Kendall, UK Trip Date:
    Jan 28 - Feb 11, 2019
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    I tried posting a review on this website previously without acknowledgement or being posted. My partner Daniel and myself travelled on above dates, our guide was Sonam Pelden. Although Sonam was initially pleasant and flexible, though a little bit moody on our second day, and he was helpful when I was in has hospital due to food poisoning, the last few days of our trip he seemed to lose interest and was less friendly. On his suggestion we booked an extra night at the Uma Paro, adding to an already expensive holiday. He seemed to be on more social and


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  • Window to Bhutan – 7 Days ( Fall, 2018) British Indian Ocean Territory Trip Date:
    Sept - 28 - 04 Oct, 2018
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    We had a wonderful time in Bhutan, and thank you to you and all the Windhorse team for making our holiday so enjoyable. Sonam was a fantastic guide, very knowledgeable and great fun. Please pass on our special thanks to him as I was quite tired throughout the holiday and had a couple of dizzy spells and Sonam was very kind. Just before leaving the UK we found out we were expecting a baby in April next year, which was wonderful news but I was just starting to experience the sickness and fatigue that often accompanies early pregnancy. Sonam was


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  • Robert (Dragon Festival, Fall, 2018) Acton, Massachusetts USA Trip Date:
    10 -21 Sept,2018
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    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


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  • Customised Bhutan Tour with Festival – March 2018 UK Trip Date:
    26 - 12 March, 2018
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    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


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  • Bhutan & India Customised tour for Diem x 3 Montreal, Canada Trip Date:
    l3 -17, April, 2018
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    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)


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