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Each aspect of this adventurous Bhutan trip itinerary puts you closer to the soul of the Kingdom of Bhutan which famously measures in addition to Gross National Product...its’ citizen’s “Gross National Happiness”. The 4 day Bhutan trek explores the snow-capped Eastern Himalayan Mountains with visits to a high-altitude Bhutan monastery and alpine lakes. The two exciting rivers offer Class II to IV whitewater rafting with a float past the spectacular Punakha Dechenphodrang Dzong. Our "Moutains, Rivers and Dzongs" adventure is rounded out with mountain biking, sightseeing, and participating in colorful Buddhist festivals and ceremonies.
Marc, Ugyen and Karma Our trip was amazing! We've been home a week now and have had time to reflect on so much. From the moment we arrived being met by Karma til we left with sad farewells, our experiences were very positive. Everyday brought some special moment that we will never forget. Karma became a friend as well as a guide and showed us the people, culture and religion of Bhutan in a meaningful and sincere way that has changed us forever positively. His knowledge base is extremely broad and helpful on just about every subject. We had great discussions with our group of 8 and Karma all the time. If/when we come back to Bhutan we would want him again! Sonam, our driver, was great. He ensured our safety on the crazy roads and looked after our bags and valuables perfectly. We wouldn't change anything about the trip other than adding another day in Phobjika Valley so that we could have enjoyed the fabulous hotel, peace and tranquility. Biking around that valley would have been very special. All the hotels were great. Karma certainly went out of his way to find us wonderful food, especially his sister's restaurant. We all loved the tour of Paro's hospital. Bill and Si plan to make a presentation to their medical colleagues in Orillia. The trek was the highlight for us. We would have liked warmer sleeping bags although we appreciated the extra blankets and hot water bottles. Great touch but a warmer bag would have been better! One of the reasons we came to Bhutan was its reputation as a "green" country preserving its natural flora and fauna and way of life. We loved being immersed in the Buddhist faith. In our opinion the tariff of $250 per day per tourist is a very good way to protect Bhutan's environment from the ravages of cheap tourism that we have seen destroy many other developing countries on our travels. We were thrilled by the native forests that are still intact. We hope that wisdom prevails in future policy making and tourism is carefully managed. Thank you all for making this trip so special! Will we return? Hope so! Karma certainly enticed us with other treks and rafting and elephant safaris. Keep us posted. Best wishes and many "OK sures" Wendy & Si — Wendy Lowry - Bhutan 2012
Marc, here we are in Thimphu a happy bunch our trip was fabulous I loved the country of Bhutan and the friendly Bhutanese people. we had beautiful weather in Nov. with rich blue skies. it was cold at night when camping , the hot water bottles were brilliant. Our guide Karma was informative, flexible, fun and caring,our days were organized and punctual. We felt like we made a new friend. Our driver Sonom was safe and also fun. we enjoyed the variety of hiking , camping, biking and rafting. I would say the hiking was not moderate but moderate to difficult. Our longest hike day was 18 km up and down valleys and in elevation . Our Monastery tours were informative. all in all a wow trip. thank you for your organization and attention to detail to make our trip a success. Ennis Coleman — Ennis Coleman - Bhutan 2012