Jomolhari Snow Leopard Trek – April 2016
Jomolhari-Snow Leopard Trek – April 2016
I’ve been back for two days now and wanted to write while the impressions are still fresh in my mind. First off, let me say that the communication and client service was excellent. Unfortunately the nature of my work makes longterm planning difficult but you were able to make me a last-minute addition to the trip which I really appreciated. As for the trip it itself, it was amazing. Bhutan is a place that delights and challenges the mind, halfway between isolation and invasion – in the form of outside world forcing a way in through tourists (ourselves included) and the internet, media, etc. At the same time, the uniqueness of the culture is very obvious, especially in the more remote parts but even in Thimphu. Like I said, it challenges ones pre-conceptions daily. Pena was an excellent and knowledgeable guide, Dawa a very safe, patient and invariably courteous driver, and the trekking crew were brilliant. Highlights included: archery, Punakha Dzong (being there for the naming of the new prince was a real bonus), Tiger’s Nest (of course) and especially days 3-7 of the trek (from Jomolhari Base Camp on). The scenery was really stunning, but especially from that point forward.
A few suggestions: 1) the trekking tourist organizations might want to pressure the crews putting the power lines in to clean up after themselves. The amount of garbage around campsites and along the trails on the first two days did detract from the experience; 2) The “mattresses” provided were harder than the ground I think! Perhaps recommend people bring their own air mattresses (I wish I had) or upgrade the ones you supply so they both insulate and pad. On the subject of comforts, the camp chairs could also be upgraded, but the mattresses are the real priority.
But those minor quibbles should take nothing away from what was a magnificent experience. Thanks again to the whole team.