I apologize for the gap in time it has taken me to send you feedback. Bhutan is a place I will hold dear in my heart for the rest of my life. When people ask me about my experience in Bhutan I have to say “You just have to go there.”
Our “Above the Clouds” trek was an amazing experience. First and foremost, our guide, Namgay was an expert in so many areas, including English and many other languages and dialects. Aside from being a fit trekker, he was extremely knowledgeable about birds and their calls, native flora and fauna, the geography and trails in this area of Bhutan, the history of religions and cultures of Bhutan and surrounding nations. But maybe the most important and difficult aspect of his leadership was to guide us seven older women on a safe, injury free, mentally happy long and challenging trek living in tents. Most of the women did not know each other before we started. Namgay dealt kindly with many situations involving personalities, health issues, weather conditions, and food preferences. The trail could be tricky, rocky, or muddy. Mostly because of his guidance, every aspect was a peak experience where we all joyously completed our challenging trek.
The support crew was also unbelievably polite, respectful and tolerant. Darjay, our lunch guy, gave constant encouragement and help during the hardest parts of the trek. He also served us tea, breakfast, dinner, and was helpful with filling water and polite in every single instance. He spoke English flawlessly.
The main cook, Mon, was an excellent chef! All of our meals were delicious, unique, and nutritious. He created many unique sauces. No dinner was repeated. Mon was very creative even making meals that involved baking. There was always hot food ready when we were. He worked very hard with a great crew!
The pony men were tireless experts with not only packing and unpacking their animals but putting up tents and carrying all of the heavy equipment. They too were able to run way ahead to have everything ready for us before we got to the campsite.
The countryside with the flowing river below us and the snow-capped mountains around us, the far off villages with charming people, the children, the schools were so memorable. The historic monasteries, Dzongs and many other sites were beautiful and of great interest. The hotels we stayed in at the beginning and end of our trek were elegant.
WindHorse is a great expedition company that I will highly recommend.