Bumthang Festival Trek and the Black-Necked Cranes
Bhutan, Discovery, 12 days - from £2,195 (land only) - from €2,635 (land only) - from $3,620 (land only)
By: Alan Roberton, Canterbury, UK
I had an unforgettable trip.Found the air a bit challenging above about 3,400m, but otherwise had no health troubles worth mentioning! Found the tour of Kathmandu on the last day culturally challenging (Pashupati), but we had had a wonderful first day, having gone out a day early, just wandering at will and soaking up the atmosphere of the city.The whole trip was a magical experience. The people were lovely. Dawa was excellent, as was our driver, Deepak. Much more considerate, on bumpy roads, than his counterpart in Kathmandu!
Only three suggestions: The visit to Taktsang monastery was, in the event, done on the last day not the first, because of our flight times. But actually, it is much better done as a final day than a first. The 'icing on the cake'! As it happened, Day 2 of the trek ended up being rather longer than originally planned, and we camped several hundred meters lower than planned. But this was also good. I would not have wanted to camp only just below the highest point of the day, especially as most of us were finding the thin air a bit challenging. It would also have been a rather short day. Better, as happened, to have a shorter Day 3 and follow up with other visits from Jakar. The place we had supper just outside Wangdue Phodrang was not really up to scratch.