Ms. Pov Katheelylla
Kuzu Zangpo la everyone,
Thanks Raoul for a wonderful email. Thanks everyone for sharing and help making my first long guided trip well remember. This was my longest trek and sleeping in tent for more than 7 nights! Leki definitely is the best cook!!
I made home safely and have been busy working.
I love Bhutan and Nepal and would love to go back again.
Mr. Raoul Wayne Carlson
All is well and we are safely home.
Many thanks for good treks. Bhutan trek, with Yak Holidays was excellent. Sither Tamang is a good manager-owner, very helpful, insightful and has good experience, Bhutan and with Jomohari trek and other treks, as well.
Our guide, Nima Wangchuk Sherpa, was expert. (Almost equal to Ram Chandra Sunuwar) Nima guided us with skill that comes only from many years experiences. If you send others to Bhutan with Yak Holidays…. Nima is the recommended guide.
By the way, Nima has 5 Snowman Treks with 3 successful completed Snowman treks with clients. (trekkers, my age have completed Snowman trek with Nima.} We have good memories of Nima as our trekking guide, as well as Cultural tours guide.
For Cultural Tours: Nima knows all things, Cultural. He took us to the Thimphu Tshechu before our trek, (thanks Sithar) Jomolhari festival on trek. We visited Dzong after Dzong before and after including the National Memorial Chorten, Giant Buddha above Thimphu, Paper factory, Traditional Medicine Institute, Takin Zoo, Arts and Crafts, and many other visits as well. Nima is wonderful cultural guide. He knows so much and can answer all questions.
Our itinerary was much the same as planned…. except for 1st day ….we went to Thimphu Festival (Tshechu). Then, back to Tiger’s Nest for a morning hike then, start of Jhomolhari trek at 3/4 way down road from the old Dzong.
All went well at Tiger’s Nest and on first part of trek for most of us…… on our way up through forest and jungle, it was very nice easy trek to Thangthangka Camp for me, as it was for most of us.
“One,” of our trekkers had trouble climbing on the trail and decided to leave the trek after the 1st “strenuous” day. The rest of us continued on up to Jhomolhari Base Camp, a very easy walk, where we enjoyed, and hot shower. (Wonderful HOT SHOWER). Jomolhari Base Camp is a very beautiful place with the best view of Jomolhari Mt… @13k ft. I took much videos and Photos of this very wonderful Place.
Next day, I climbed to a high-yak pasture at 14.5k+ with view of Jichu Drake Peak, and more… Then went back down to the Jhomolhari Mountain Festival, a very interesting event ….It was 2 days and we saw much of it while we were in the Jhomolhari.
Next few days, on trek up…. each successive day, we climbed a little higher to a pass and, descended to a camp in valley below at lower elevation. Each day, about 10:30 we were given juice and some snack. At approx noon to 12:30, hot lunch was served along the trail with hot tea, plates, knives, forks, spoons, napkins, everything….very special meal (several helpings) Each evening, our cook, Leki, prepared a delicious dinner. Each dinner was different from any prior nights’ dinner. We know Leki went to cooking-school. That is the reason he is such a great cook. Leki is highly recommended cook along with Nima (our guide). They are a good professional team together.
The last night on our trek, a campfire was built by porters and guides, very special for us to enjoy, big-Warm-campfire. Next morning, coals were still warm….. We enjoyed, good campfire, good porters, good tents, good journey, beautiful scenery, good friendships, good hiking together, beautiful Bhutanese People, good togetherness + friendship, each person friends, good food, great guide, great cook…. Pov Seng and her Informative-emails, altogether, a Wonderful trek-experience in Bhutan.
Just to let you know a pleasant experience, Bhutan. Thanks
Best wishes, Thank You All… very much