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    Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon (18Mar16-30Mar16)

    Excellent trip packing in the cultural highlights, a festival, and trekking which is kind of necessary given the daily rate charged by the Bhutanese authorities! So probably the best and most affordable! way of experiencing Bhutan

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    a toss up between the Paro festival and the 5 days trekking

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Norbu was an excellent leader; extremely knowledgeable and helpful in explaining his countries culture and showing us the sights, including an impromptu archery lesson!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    For the 5 day trek I would suggest that people prepare for lower night time temperatures, possibly down to -10 degrees C

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  • 10

    BHUTAN: LAND OF THE THUNDER DRAGON

    This is a great trip to get an introductory into Bhutan; culture, trekking and amazing scenery, what more could you want?

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The warm up hike day was amazing, to be walking up to Tigers nest monastry and hearing the monks chanting with it echoing through the valley..just great way to start the trip!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Group leader was great, very helpful and friendly. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Enjoy! Also ask your guide about hot stone baths in Paro, they were great! 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    BHUTAN: LAND OF THE THUNDER DRAGON

    Just the most incredible experience.  The serenity of the country and its people is remarkable, and the scenery outstanding.  The holiday of a lifetime.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Seeing the reincarnation of Desi Tenzin Rabgye Rimpoche at Tango monastery.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Outstanding

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    What are you waiting for?  Go!

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  • 10

    BHUTAN: LAND OF THE THUNDER DRAGON

    A great experience, wonderfull scenery and excellent tour guides (Pasang and Dorgi).

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    No particular moment but throughout we experienced friendly and relaxed people who gave expression to the  Bhutan culture of "Gross National Happiness".  

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader (Pasang) was excellent, friendly, helpfull and always happy. The assistant ( Dorgi) was also very good, he took the leader in explaining the Bhutan culture.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Ensure you have a 3/4 season sleeping bag and warm cloths for the evenings.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    Bhutan - Land of the Thunder Dragon

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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  • 10

    BHUTAN: LAND OF THE THUNDER DRAGON

    I absolutely loved this trip!! Bhutan is a very fascinating country with beautiful people and amazing scenery. The combination of trekking in the Himalaya and experiencing the culture is absolutely mindblowing and I can highly recommend this trip to everyone!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Trekking through the Himalaya was mindblowing for me. You don't get to meet any people and can walk in your own pace in a breathtaking environment and that to me was sooo amazing. Also being able to learn about the culture and attend the Thimphu festival was a definate highlight.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Pasang and Dorji were absolutely fantastic tourguides who took care of everyone at all times. They were very knowledgeable and easy-going. If I ever come back to Bhutan I would make sure that either one of them would lead the tour.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Trekking in altitude is definately something different then doing the same amount of kilometres in 'normal' conditions so make sure to be fit... Also make sure to take a shirt with a collar cause otherwise you cannot attend the Thimphu festival. This was not mentioned as clearly in our tripnotes so a couple of people ended up borrowing shirts from the guys...

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  • 8

    Bhutan

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

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  • 10

    BHUTAN: LAND OF THE THUNDER DRAGON

    I loved the trip! I had wanted to go to Bhutan for a very long time and it really lived up to my expectations. Amazing scenery, amazing people and amazing guides. It was a great combination of a challenging trek plus culture in an area not greatly visited. It felt like a real treat from start to finish!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I think managing to sleep at 4,100m and feel ok. Finally I had acclimatised and was much fitter! The scenery was mind blowing too - you really felt you were at the centre of the world! Bhutan still feels very untouched but it's definitely starting to change so you need to go NOW... 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader Pasang was fantastic. He looked after all of us amazingly well. Dorji who was the local guide was very kind too and I felt that we all built up a great relationship with them both which meant we got far more out of the trip as we had a much more of an understanding of Bhutan.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yes whilst on the trip notes it said it was a moderate trip it is definately equal to doing the Inca Trail which is listed as moderate to challenging i.e. you need to train! This was something that I didn't do a huge amount of before we left as I come from Derbyshire and equate the Yorkshire Dales with walking not trekking. I did survive though and am now far more fit!

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  • 10

    BHUTAN: LAND OF THE THUNDER DRAGON

    a fantastic trip to one of the most remote countries in the world

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    trekking in complete solitude.  Unlike other countries & treks, we barely came across any other travellers.  The trek is completely unspoilt and the scenery is stunning.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Passanz & Dorji, our group leaders, were fantastic.  Very knowledgable, great communicators and they kept us all motivated during the trek

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Evenings/nights during the trek can be very cold and damp - make sure you bring a down jacket and a very good sleeping bag.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It would have been nice to have longer in Bhutan and get a chance to see more of the country.

  • 10

    BHUTAN: LAND OF THE THUNDER DRAGON

    A wonderful mixture of visiting the Thimpu Festival, trekking in the Himalayas and sampling life in this fascinating country

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Several.  The festival for me was the highlight plus some of the views on the trek were stunning.  Oh and the walk up to the Tiger Monastery and the Paro Dzong and oh yes the Druk Air flight back to Kathmandu with out of this world views of some of the tallest mountains in the world including Everest!!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Both Pasang and Dorji were absolutely wonderful.  I have been on several of these group holidays and these guys are the best.  I certainly haven't had better.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trek from Paro to Thimpu goes to over 4,000 metres and is quite strenuous in places. Having said that though, all 16 of our group made it but take your time. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I loved the variety and the opportunity to take such a wide range of photographs including our two short stays in Kathmandu.

  • 8

    BHUTAN: LAND OF THE THUNDER DRAGON

    Good well rounded trip with time allowed for plane malfunction contingencies. Guide excellent,walking challenging but doable and enjoyable, accommodation excellent. Good to have the few days in Kathmandu.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Climbing up to and viewing Taksang Monastery.  Surviving Bhutanese driving .

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Sonam was a brilliant person--inspirational, patient, informative and just a great (Top) guy.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Get fit, have all your medication with you, travel light and keep your mind open and curious..

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Make sure to go early to the Festival to be sure to get a seat in the shade.  Failing that bring some sort of head scarf --It gets kind of warm in the sun.   And please respect the dress code---I was ashamed to be ' European' by the dress of some people at the event despite all the guide books stressing this request.  ( Gripe over)

  • 10

    Trekking with Culture in Bhutan

    Although we had disappointing weather - it rained mostly while trekking - this trip takes you to one of those beautiful places which the majority of people still haven't heard of. And that's the beauty of it. There are few tourists and the Bhutanese themselves are delightful and unspoilt. The Buddhist culture and local traditions are fascinating There is no hard sell and there are no hawkers. They are happy for you just to have a look at their crafts without buying when you go into the shops. This is after all The Land of Gross National Happiness.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    More like highlights, of which there were many. The walk up to the Tiger's Nest Monastery. An out of programme trip organised by our leaders to visit the beautiful dzong in Punakha together with an impromptu visit to a local festival in Wangdue Phodrang. Stories of the Divine Madman and seeing phalluses painted all over the houses which are a sign of good luck here. Watching boy monks dancing in costume inside their dzong. Assisting in a ceremony inside one of the temples. Watching the festival in Thimpu and observing the locals dressed in their best ceremonial clothes, and more mundane things - but not least important! - like hot water bottles at night on trek, solar lamps, delicious pizza and cake made by the camp chef.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Norbu and Karma were excellent leaders. Both were well organised and took great care of the group. Karma took care of the monastic/temples side of the trip explaining everything about the Buddhist religion, whilst Norbu told us more about the politics, royal family and social/environmental structure of the country and how they are striving to get it all right. Both were complimentary to each other. Karma fell over backwards to try and keep us happy......during the rain! He even washed our muddy boots in the river at the end of the trek!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is NOT a trek for BEGINNERS. The altitude is something to be taken seriously (over 4000mts asl) and also physical fitness is an absolute must. Trekking, albeit the foothills, in the Himalayas is hard on the body. However, if you are used to hill walking , you will love it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just that if you do go, try to go over one of the festival periods as it's well worth it. Oh, and if you think you will lose weight with all the walking......you won't! The food on trek is wonderful and loads of it!

  • 10

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  • 8

    BHUTAN: LAND OF THE THUNDER DRAGON

    An excellent tour with a fine mix of culture and activity. Varied, well organised - we enjoyed it very much.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Inspirational? an extreme word ... but very enjoyable or interesting? Flying into Paro and finding even the control tower was in local Bhutanese architecture! People wandering around the tarmac taking pictures instead of rushing into the arrivals hall. Finding that on trek we were actually provided with seats with backs!  (I may be 'sad' but, as you get older, it can be pretty uncomfortable camping without.) Rising early to enjoy the pink rising sun on the snowy mountains and frost at 4,000 metres. (Not a requirement of the trip!) The fantastic perfume from some of the small rhododendrons as you walk past.  This was not from flowers but the bushes themselves. Apparently they are used for incense. And, of course, the Thimpu festival, especially all the happy children, many lining up for photos.  The combination of proud, colourful traditional dress with modernity - the mobile phones and the man taking a picture of his grandchild on his iPad.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    We had two - in our view both excellent but in different ways, with different approaches and different personalities. We were on the same trip as the previous review so it just shows how much your view of a leader can depend on your experience of him/her.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Yet another warning about fitness. At normal UK altitudes I would not have found the trek any problem at all. Add 3000-4000 metres, deduct the relevant amount of oxygen and it becomes a bit more of a challenge - even if you don't get real 'altitude sickness'. So make sure you are fitter than you think you need to be.  That said, it was only 2-3 days at that altitude. Plenty of water was provided for drinking so don't bother with supplementary filtering etc. equipment. Don't worry about changing money beforehand.  Just take a good number of smallish GB notes to change when there (or dollars or Euros but they seemed to prefer pounds.)  Much can be paid for in sterling anyway. Pay attention to the dress code advice for temples and festivals. Unfortunately, requirements can change but on our trip it was important to have long sleeves and a collar - including on the first day in Paro, as you visit the Dzong in the afternoon. Don't underestimate the potential cold at night on trek. A 4-season sleeping bag is absolutely fine but it depends on your 'internal central heating' - and the weather - as to whether 3-season will suffice.  In October, it could be quite hot during the day - especially up hill(!) - say 20 degrees - but below freezing at night. It rained lightly one day and we had a short hail storm on another. There was the usual problem with tipping.  There is a need to pay small amounts into a kitty for water and, unless you object, small offerings in temples.  There are large numbers of people who are due tips - if you consider the support staff on the trek and the drivers, too.  So you can have arguments to your heart's content in the group as to the best way to organise group tips but be aware that it can add up....

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    All the staff were excellent.  I learned with approval the extent Exodus go to to train their leaders.  The staff on trek were extremely helpful and efficient and friendly - and the food was fantastic up there - possibly better than in the hotels... Definitely a worth-while trip.

  • 8

    BHUTAN: LAND OF THE THUNDER DRAGON

    A brilliant trip combining landscapes and culture.  The trek wasn't easy at altitude but worth it!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Sitting down outside the Dzong in Thimpu at the festival surrounded by curious children.  Walking up to 4200m and tying prayer flags to the top.  A profound moment.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Excellent.  Very knowledgeable.  His second in command wasn't as good.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you are fit enough.  Some people on our trip really struggled, especially the older members.  It's not a hard trek but you need to have a good level of fitness.  The camp staff are great and the tents are of a good standard.  The best food of the holiday was actually on the camping nights! Don't bother with the Chitwan extension.  A long way for not much wildlife.  Quite touristy in places.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Tipping was awkward as not enough guidance given.  Also more expected than indicated on trip notes.  If we have to give some much in tips then really Exodus should do a local payment and let the guide deal with it.

  • 6

    BHUTAN: LAND OF THE THUNDER DRAGON

    I think you may need to rethink the categorisation of the trek. You say that it is nowhere difficult but we had a member of the trip who found it very difficult. There were 17 participants on this trip so we were very spread out at times with one guide tied up very far behind. In this circumstance I think another guide should have been provided.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Tiger's Nest Monastery and the Paro Festival.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He was very knowledgeable and helpful

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Check that the categorisation of the trek is correct and assess your own level of fitness honestly.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I think the number of guides for the number of people was not sufficient.... given the wide range of fitness levels. I was at the rear of the middle group and  at times we had to follow arrows marked on the path by the lead guide and at one point we even followed the camp dog as we felt sure he would know where he was going! This is my second trip with Exodus but I'm not sure I will use you again.

  • 8

    BHUTAN: LAND OF THE THUNDER DRAGON

    Excellent holiday, really enjoyed it, despite the fact that it rained almost solidly even when camping. Probably worth going later in the year and missing the festival (which frankly is not great).

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Tiger's Nest

    What did you think of your group leader?

    In Bhutan - fantastic In Nepal (more of an organiser than guide), v nice chap but a tiny bit disorganised. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

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    BHUTAN: LAND OF THE THUNDER DRAGON

    I had high expectations of Bhutan and most were met and some exceeded.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The trek from Paro to Thimpu was challenging but exhilirating and I enjoyed every minute of it.  

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Yesshir was knowledgeable, courteous and considerate. He worked hard to look after the group despite some difficult moments with the illness of a few in our group. He was certainly instrumental in making the trip an unqualified success.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Visit Bhutan and experience one of the most beautiful places I have visited. Please excuse the bragging but I have travelled to over 35 countries across the world. Also experience the unique, serene Bhutanese Bhuddist culture (as compared eg with that of Thailand, Indochina, Japan, Taiwan). I know this is only a snapshot of the country from a 2 week trip but the impression left on me was immense.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is for EXODUS organisers: The trip should have been clearer in emphasising that the trek should be graded B/B+ although the rest of the trip is definitely A. Two of our group had to quit the trek due to the altitude. The camping in the mountains was in snow and sleet and thus freezing. Good to have had a campfire to help us unfreeze!. Another group had one so it must have been permitted 

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    Bhutan - Land of the Thunder Dragon

    Such an amazing country! The scenery, the people - I've never been to such a peaceful place.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The trek from Paro to Thimpu. Through forests and across mountains. The camping was great.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    The group leader was very knowledgable.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just go!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

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    Bhutan

    They measure their wealth in terms of Gross Domestic Happiness and I would think they top the league. The most beautiful country where tradition is encouraged, set in the foothills of the Himalayas, beneath the snow capped mountains of the high Himalayas. The trekking was not too difficult in itself, but 16,000 feet of altitude certainly adds an extra degree of exertion. But what views, what Majesty and what a feeling of achievement when you have completed it. I walked in the Himalayas.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    From start to finish everything was different, but the most outstanding feature was the friendliness and happiness of the people.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our leader and assistant leader were excellent. I treated them as friends, well they are.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The altitude does make a big difference. What would have been easy trekking in the UK becomes more difficult at altitude. You can get tablets for altitude sickness. One of our group did suffer but within half an hour of taking the tablets, was well recovering.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Bhutan is remote and you fly in through Kathmandu, You get a half day in Kathmandu on the return and it is advisable to make the most of this opportunity. Bhaktapur and the stupa at Boudhanath a well worth a visit. We got Taxis from the airport upon arrival from Bhutan, they stayed with us for the afternoon and did not cost the earth.

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