We had a fantastic time in Bhutan, what an amazing country and amazing people. We were so impressed by the beauty and the culture! The hotels and food were fantastic too – especially in Paro and Thimpu – and the itinerary worked really well for the most part. We did skip the hike on the last day, purely because when we got to Chele La we couldn’t see a thing in the fog and cloud, so we spent a very pleasant afternoon at Ser Bhum brewery – Karma the owner was a very kind and interesting man. After months of mediocre Asian lager, it was a real treat to have a proper ale!
I do have two bits of feedback for your consideration:
1) In the pre-departure info, it states that there are no ATM’s in Bhutan. Because of this, we changed money at the border which cost us a lot – if we’d known there were ATM’s we would have just withdrawn cash upon arrival. I think this information needs updating.
2) We could have easily hiked the Druk Path trek in three days and camped for two nights only which would have given us an extra night and half day in Thimpu which would have been greatly appreciated. I do understand that it is difficult to judge a groups hiking abilities over email though – and their acclimatization needs too.
We have been so impressed by the professionalism shown by the whole team – including yourself during all of our communication – our guide, Tashi, and driver, Kezang, were a pleasure to be around and couldn’t do enough to help us. If you could pass on our grateful thanks to them again, that would be amazing. As far as I know, Tashi is a freelance guide but I know he’s keen to work for Windhorse on a permanent basis so I’m putting in a good word for him and would highly recommend him – he didn’t ask me to do this by the way!
Having landed in Kolkata last night and spend the day wandering about, we miss the peace, quiet and serenity of Bhutan very much!! We hope to visit again someday.