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.
Oct 10- 28,2017 Rating:
Dear Anand, I wanted to take a few minutes to add my personal thoughts on what Peter said about our Windhorse experience. Most importantly we all agree that in no way should our comments be judged a criticism of our guides Yonten and his crew. They worked very had to accommodate us and were always trying to enhance our experience. They were excellent!! Personally I was fascinated by and loved Bhutan and it's people. It is a remarkable and beautiful country and I was very happy to have been able to experience it. Trekking is a good way to see that beauty. While I am
Oct 10 - 28, 2017 Rating:
Windhorse Tours – Above the Clouds Trek – October 2017 Our group of 5 from Seattle was hastily formed in late summer 2017 for an October trip. Windhorse did an excellent job of arranging our trip on such short notice. We took the 19- day Above the Clouds Trek that involved 12 days of trekking and 5 days of visits to cultural sites. The five of us joined three other trekkers to make a group of eight. Our guide, Yonten, and driver, Gudo, were both excellent. Yonten provided in-depth explanations of Buddhist practices and beliefs as well as information on Bhutan,
May 22- June 03,2017 Rating:
Hi Anand - Thanks for reaching out! Overall we were overwhelmingly pleased with our experience with Windhorse. Our tour with Yonten was seamless. From the time we were picked up at the airport, to changing our trekking itinerary after our biggest hiking day, to finding us great pizza, then finally dropping us off at the airport - the experience was wonderful. Yonten was very accommodating. We came in wanting to find our Uncle's tsa-tsas in one of the caves on the way up to Tiger's Nest so after 7 days in the mountains we asked Yonten to take us up to Tiger's
Nov 20-27,2016. Rating:
I traveled with 3 other adult family members to Bhutan in November 2016. We did a mix of cultural tourism and trekking in Thimpu, Paro, and Punakha over 7 days. We are so glad we found Windhorse Tours in the Lonely Planet guide. We can't recommend our guide, Yen Den and driver Mr. Jimmy enough. They were both incredibly kind, generous, and hospitable. Yen Den's English was excellent, and we had great and inspiring conversations about life in Bhutan. The man is a walking encyclopedia of information. He can tell you anything about anything in Bhutan. We were in awe of
May 20 - 23, 2016 Rating:
Short Trek and Cultural Blend Dear Anand, We are back in our daily routines for sure, it's been hectic but at least I have recommended Wind horse to two friends in Dhaka who are looking to go to Bhutan in the near future, So yes, we were very pleased with our trip and grateful that you guys were flexible enough to change plans along the way. It is not always that you want to follow a certain schedule to 100 %. If we planned the trip ourselves fully we would probably have gone for a wider range of food, but the last day
April 19- 09May, 2016 Rating:
The 13 day 'Above the Clouds Trek' is a magnificent walk. I rate it more interesting, enjoyable and challenging than the Everest Base Camp walk which I completed 15 months earlier. The trek takes you through remote and wild country. For much of the time, the trail follows along the southern edge of the Himalayas and only 2-3 hours walk from the Tibetan border. It is also the home of the snow leopard. Although it is unlikely you will see one, the realisation that you are walking in their country is exciting. I felt privileged to see the paw prints of a leopard that had walked the trail
Dec 11- 19, 2015 Rating:
Amazing Bhutan Trip Dear Anand Happy new year. It’s nice to hear from you. The office work is so overwhelmed after I came back from Bhutan. Sorry I couldn’t reply to you sooner. The trip in Bhutan was truly amazing. Taiwan is almost the same size as Bhutan, but we have 23 million people. It seems a little bit too crowded sometimes. While I was in Bhutan I felt peace and quiet and really relaxed. Phobjikha Valley is my favorite spot definitely. The view of the valley in the morning (just after sunrise) is astonishing. It’s quite hard to find travel information about Bhutan
Sept 22- Oct 12, 2015 Rating:
Hi Anand, It was good to talk to you while I was in Bhutan. As I said before, I really enjoyed my trip and was very happy with the standard of care I received. Although the trek had its scary moments, Yonten made sure I was looked after and he encouraged me when I needed more confidence. Things like lots of mud and bridges being washed away are out of your control and they just have to be dealt with. It adds to the adventure. All the Windhorse employees I met were a credit to your company. The only thing I wasn’t
Oct 12- 16, 2015 Rating:
Perfect Trip in Bhutan I visited Bhutan for the first time, and the trip couldn't have been more perfect! I would definitely recommend Wind Horse Tours and my guides (Yonten and Chimi) to anyone who is planning a trip to Bhutan (or other countries that they operate in). Even before the trip, the planning process was effortless. The e-mail communication with the planning staff (Jambay and Ugen) was timely and efficient, and it was easy to set up my trip. I was by myself, and my guide was Yonten and the driver was Chimi. Yonten was extremely knowledgeable about not just every site we
Oct 12-16, 2015 Rating:
A handwritten note by the Lisa, who travelled with us from Oct 12- 16, 2016. A gesture she felt necesaary to put it in words before the moments becomes inexplicable. It was 5 days tour, but the moments she landed in Paro, she instantly felt connected with place, people and pristine nature. Largely, one aspects that stand out was the stellar role played by Yonten (Guide). The most amazing moments for her was walking down the Rinpung Dzong with perfect natural setting will linger forever in her memory. Lisa came as a guest and departed as a family. Even for