To the entire Windhorse team,
Thank you very much for your fantastic Snow Leopard trek. You lead guide Pema was knowledgeable while taking us through the cultural part of the tour, he kept each and every monastery interesting and unique. Once we got on the trek itself, he was very attentive to the trekkers that were weaker hikers, and made sure that they had any extra attention needed. The rest of the crew were all fun and professional.
That being said, here are a few suggestions. 1) there should be a second English speaking person on the trek, occasionally there was confusion when Pema was at one end of the hike, and we were trying to discuss lunch stops or had questions for the other guides at the other end of the hike. 2) There should a folding toilet seat in the toilet tent. Everyone understands the “pit toilet” concept while on the trail, but as we get older, the squat gets tougher and tougher. I was a guide for years on rivers all over the US, and we used folding toilet seats, they’re available on camping sites, and would make a difference to your client comfort, 3) As I said previously, the cultural aspect of the trip was invaluable, we enjoyed the monastery tours very much, and personally I learned a lot. However, I would suggest, the amount of monastery visits become a more open discussion amongst your groups. Some in our group would have appreciated a day or two that would be less structured, perhaps more time to walk around Paro, or a day to just simple relax at the hotel. I think the amount of structure became a detriment for some in our crowd who might have appreciated a “down” day in preparation for the trek.
Once more I want to stress that the trip was great, and I’ll be recommending your group, and Pema to friends who are planning a trip next year.
Thank you all again