TripAdvisor: Ms. Diony – Travelling with Heavenly Bhutan
A girlfriend and myself, have just returned from a most memorable 2 week trip to Bhutan in April 2016. We were fortunate enough to do 6 nights of trekking (Jomolhari circuit), and 6 days of cultural touring including Paro, Punnakha, and Thimpu. The trip exceeded my expectations in every way. I have never enjoyed travelling more. and a large part of this is in thanks to the amazing agency that we worked with, called Heavenly Bhutan.
we had to reschedule the trip twice due an unforeseen knee operation. this meant double the work for Heavenly Bhutan, especially in terms of reorganizing and postponement etc. Never once did they make us feel like anything was too much to ask. their patience with us was tremendous and their replies, always within the same day. Communication is a hugely important aspect especially from as far away as South Africa, and yet they never faltered.
the trekking itself was a dream-come-true. I never realized how much luxury was associated with camping in Bhutan. Everything was taken care of for us. we felt like royalty. everyday we got into camp to find all of our tents erected, tea always at hand, warm water for washing our faces, 3 warm cooked and wholly delicious meals per day, regardless of where we were. They even made our special beds for our comfort and offered hot water bottles to keep us snug. in fact they did everything for us other than put our toothpaste on our tooth brushes. we were in heaven!
On our trek, we were accompanied with the most wonderful crew. There was one silent but friendly horseman, a (possibly 5-star) chef extraordinaire, a hilariously funny, strong-as-an-ox assistant, and the most fabulous guide known to mankind, called Sajan. We could not have asked for a better team. Our guide was fluent in English, a great photographer, a man familiar with all flora and fauna, a superb story teller, hugely knowledgable in mythology and religion, and a superb teller of ghost stories 🙂
As two women travelling Bhutan alone, we were initially a little nervous. But our experience with this lot immediately put us at ease. we felt safe and respected at all times, and this had a hugely positive impact on our travels. and of course, the scenery was terrific. Bhutan is beyond words when it comes to the beauty of its natural environment. I only wish I could have walked more!
Then when it came to our cultural experience, our itinerary was full. there is nothing we did not see or do. we had a great driver who ensured our safety all the way. the beauty about our trip was also, that everything was taken care of. After making all our initial payments we never really had to dip into our pockets again bar for the odd souvenir and the well deserved tips. Everything was well organised and highly enjoyable.
I cannot wait for the day that I get the opportunity to return, and I will certainly be making contact with Heavenly Bhutan when that time arrives.