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Yonten Phuntsho

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.

 

guest reviews

  • Bumthang Owl Trek – 09 – 20 July, 2019 Freemantle, Western Australia. Trip Date:
    09 - 20,July,2019
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    Hello Wind Horse With pleasure, I commit to words although it will be hard to match the depth and diversity of our experiences and gained insights. My interactions with Wind Horse have always been helpful, informative with prompt responses including, whilst we were shaping up the itinerary. Wind Horse was well organised, meeting us from our flight to Paro and then assisting us with the onward connection to Bumthang where we were met by Yenten (guide) and Sonam (driver)  at the airport. Yenten and Sonam's attention to our comfort, safety and quality of our diverse experiences and adventures was outstanding. And Sonam is a very skilful


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  • Bumthang Owl Trek – July, 2019 Freemantle, Western Australia. Trip Date:
    09 - 20,July,2019
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    Dear Windhorse Team, Where to begin with insights into our wonderful Windhorse holiday in Bhutan in July 2019. We were four mature women travelling together. We are members of a walking group in Western Australia and most years some of us travel overseas together. This year Penny, Deb, Elspeth and I decided to go to Bhutan. Just the idea of the place was magical. The long wished for Shangra La. The country that limited the arrival of TV and tourism. My main planning was to buy a novel about a family’s trip to Bhutan but my intrepid companions planned the trip down


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  • Rhonda & Andrew Bhutan Tour Dunsborough, WA, Australian Trip Date:
    20 - 25, March, 2019
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    Dear Anand, Our trip to Bhutan was everything we had imagined. The country is beautiful and we appreciated the chance to see it unspoiled by tourism. Our guide, Yonten and driver, Tashi were well informed, friendly and very accommodating in every way. Our only criticism of the itinerary was that there was too much emphasis on the temples. Whilst they were very interesting, we visited too many of them. We will certainly recommend your company to friends. Kind Regards, Andrew and Rhonda


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  • Multi – Activities – Trek, Bike & Culture. Canada Trip Date:
    06 - 22 Nov, 2018
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    Thank you for your time spent creating a wonderful Bhutan experience for us. Both the bike and trek experience worked well. The incremental adjustment to elevation worked well without any major AMS for any of us. Took Diamox for just a couple of days at Base camp.  Yonten is a wonderful man. Kind, patient and considerate. Full of history, traditions and geological facts. Unfortunately, his father was ill and died due to critical illness during the trek. We sent him off and completed the trek with the cook. Took on Tashi who graciously met us with Dawa after we pushed to


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  • Window to Bhutan (Sept, 2018) Oceanside California Trip Date:
    09 - 15, Sept, 2018
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    Hi Anand, Thank you for reaching out.  My daughter and I would like you to know that we had an absolutely fantastic time in Bhutan.  The country is beautiful, the people are friendly, and there were many truly amazing sites to see.  Our guide Yentin and driver, Mister Jetney, were both wonderful and very accommodating.  We enjoyed our time with them, and were sorry to say goodbye at the end of the trip.  The high point for us was of course the hike to Tiger's Nest.  What an awesome experience.  We have no low points on this trip. Thank you again for


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  • Bhutan & Nepal Customised Tour for Dale & Sherry Hubertus, Wisconsin, USA Trip Date:
    Feb 18 -March 03, 2018
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    Dear Anand, I am sorry for getting back to you so late.  I started typing something up then never got back to it. Our trip was great.  Everything went as planned.  The weather was a little cold and overcast at first, in Bhutan, but then warmed up as our trip went on.  The Dzongs, temple and monasteries were amazing.  The country was beautiful and we had some fantastic views while we were driving.  Our guide for most of the Bhutan portions was Mr. Yenten.  He was fantastic.  He spoke very good English and was very knowledgeable.  Our drive (also Mr. Yenten) was


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  • Masagang Trek – April 2018 Italy Trip Date:
    30 - 10 April, 2018
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    All good.  Yonten is a great guy and we enjoyed the time spent. the itinerary was kind of approximated but we managed to walk and see a lot.  Great places.  Thanks to all of you.


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  • Snow Leopard Trek – Jan 2018 Australia Trip Date:
    Jan 30 - Feb 08, 2018
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    Our journey in the mountains of Bhutan was richly rewarding. A gift not wrapped in paper but bound instead in the thread of discovery and the characters we were blessed to encounter along the way. A journey of reflection and life in focus - so generously mentored by the welcoming will and inspiring talents of the Bhutanese people, Like our fabulous guides Yonten and Pema, who helped us climb higher..beyond....as each new step took our breath further away. Thank you! And also thank you to all our amazing crew and the nine ponies ... especially camera pony! Everyone we encountered helped


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  • Above the cloud trek, 2017, Fall.
    Above the Cloud Trek – Fall, 2017 Seattle, Washington, USA Trip Date:
    Oct 10- 28,2017
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    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


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  • Above the cloud trek, 2017, Fall.
    Above the cloud trek, 2017, Fall. Seattle, Washington, USA Trip Date:
    Oct 10 - 28, 2017
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    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,


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