TID – 8838 (Guide Namgay) (Snow Leopard Trek, Sept 2015) Anand & Wind Horse Team, Thanks for the reminder. As I mentioned on the phone, I had a great experience on the trip. In advance of the trip, I was grateful for Ugen and Jambay’s flexibility in arranging an itinerary on short notice. During the trip, the guide, drivers, cook, assistant, and horseman were very flexible, often deviating from the standard itinerary in order to provide me with a more authentic and unique experience. They were also very supportive when I felt unwell upon first reaching 4000m in elevation at Jangothang. In addition, I appreciated that the crew consisted of honest and reliable individuals (perhaps that is typical in Bhutan but it is not always so with the tourism industry in other countries).
For me, the low of the trip was that first night at Jangothang. I’m not sure what, if anything, could have helped me acclimatize better beforehand, but the following rest day was very helpful. A couple of small pieces of feedback: In Thimphu, I preferred Hotel Osel to Hotel Druk—the room felt a bit more modern and clean and the food was better, but others may prefer the “upscale” feel of Hotel Druk. I was initially also confused by the 2nd night we spent in Punakha, requiring an early wake-up to get to Thimphu for the festival; however, the Dochula pass was relatively clear during the early morning and made for a good view.
Overall I had a great trip and will be recommending Bhutan and Wind Horse Tours to any friends and family who consider going in the future.