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 complete the shortened loop by one day.
Dawa – great man, kind heart. Confident driver always eager to help and always smiling.
Bike trip- great for us as we are avid cyclists. May not be for everyone especially the rural road section (final descent) along logging road might be adventurous for some without off-road experience. YT and Densa good choices. Camping worked out well. Cook very good. Probhjika valley beautiful. Definitely needed a wide range of bike clothing. Bikes are ok. Terrible on the off-road. Maybe a wind horse upgrade with better suspension. Had a flat and fixed it. Not certain if the team would know what to do if a mechanical happened out there or even had tools to fix basics on the bike.
Paro , transition from bike to trek might be nice to have an extra day
Kichu not recommended
Trek – beautiful, especially at base camp and the pass up to 4900m. Reasonable day lengths. Didn’t like the second camp night so much. Days that time of year cool but pleasant, mornings and night cold. At least negative single digits. We were prepared with clothes and our sleeping bags. Would definitely advise cool wether clothing for guests (winter down, layers of pants and fleece, gloves, toques etc). Also would be too cold with provided sleeping bag and blanket only. Advise bringing own sleeping bag to -10C, camping pillow and inflatable sleeping mat.
Also, guests should bring snacks for themselves during day on hike and bike – bars, gummies etc as this is not provided.
Steph was sick with GI for 4 d if the trek. She managed to pull through ok. That’s why we pushed to end a day early. Likely food borne. Need to communicate to cook about food hygiene.
Back in PARO good visits to local sites. Watching Sedentary Indians climb to tigers nest was an impressive spectacle.
Delhi airport for 18 h. Didn’t leave to Aerocity hotel as we needed a VISA and our flight the following day was early.
Who can forget the Dogs of Bhutan! Ear plugs needed.
Thank you for the trip.
Enjoy your travels in Bhutan.
Maybe back in 8 years with Andrew for Tour if the Dragon.