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 how much he knew, which only enriched our trip and gave us deeper perspective on everything we were experiencing. Without that perspective, I think the trip would have been much duller. Everything he taught us about Bhutan only made us fall in love with the country more. We were also impressed by Mr. Jimmy’s driving skills. His navigation, especially of the sometimes hair-raising underdeveloped roads, was expert. We also have to sing the praises of our trekking staff. We chose a very cold time of year to camp, but our staff was nothing short of gracious, always in good spirits, and making sure we had hot tea, food, and warm water bottles for our sleeping bags.
Windhorse built a wonderful itinerary for us based on our interests. Some days we needed a little more flexibility, making minor alterations to our schedule, which Yen Den and Mr. Jimmy were more than willing to accommodate.
There was so much more to see in Bhutan. You could really spend weeks there. If we’re ever able to make it back, perhaps to check out a local festival, we will most definitely be using Windhorse. We know that they will 100% take care of us. In the meantime, we will be recommending them to all of our friends and family!