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I have never felt so protected in a foreign land. We started as strangers but parted as friends.
I returned from a 10D9N trip with Bumdra Trek. The decision to visit Bhutan was made on a whim because a long-planned trek somewhere else did not materialize.
I decided on Druk Asia simply because it was a Singapore based office and Namgay Dorji was my travel specialist. I reside in the US so the time zone difference can be challenging whenever I needed clarifications. Namgay was very responsive and helpful in the entire process. The humorous Out of Office message is now widely circulated among my friends and never fail to bring on a chuckle!
I have been a solo female traveler for many years so was apprehensive about having 2 strangers with me on this entire trip. My guide Gem Dorji is a young but experienced guide. He respected my need for solitude and space and would "hang around me" just sufficiently and allowed me a lot of personal time to take lone walks. My driver Dorji Gyeltshen was ex-military, very respectful and skilled road warrior. If he walked with me, he too respected my need for personal space. He'd be first to spot me whenever I returned from my walks. I've never felt so protected in a foreign land. We started as strangers but parted as friends.
For me, Bhutan's appeal is in its simplicity, the peace and solitude it offers and the magical mountains.
And yes, my next trip is currently in the works with Namgay as my travel specialist again...