Bhutan Class II-III, 2010

I traveled to the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan during the fall of this year and had the honor of spending nearly two months there. My trip began by meeting up with our friend Zach Collier of ECHO to prepare for a combined kayak and raft trip at the class II-III level.  It was Zach’s first time to Bhutan and my third.  We arrived  four days ahead of the trip so Zach could see as many of the rivers as possible before the group arrived.

Zach Collier kayaker tea.

Zach taking time out for a civilized cup of tea during our pre scout of rivers in Bhutan.

Our guests arrived on October 18th and we spent the next twelve days working our way from Paro, in the west, to the town of  Chumkar in the Bumthang region located in the middle of the country and back again.  During that time we kayak and rafted the Paro, Thimphu, Mo, Po and Chumkar Chu (rivers).

Rafting, Thimphu Chu, Bhutan

Rafting on the Thimphu Chu, Bhutan


We also toured an assortment of Dzongs (fortresses), temples and monastery, traveled over four different mountain passes and took in the Jambay Lhakhang festival in Chumkar.

Lunch with a view at the confluence of the Mo and Po Chu (rivers) in the Punakha valley.

Lunch with a view at the confluence of the Mo and Po Chu (rivers) in the Punakha valley.

Masked dancer performing during the Jambay Lhakhang Drub festival in Chumkar.

Masked dancer performing during the Jambay Lhakhang Drub festival in Chumkar.

Rafters, take out, Bhutan.

Some of our group at the take out during our last day of rafting and kayaking.

I continue to be humble by the kindness, warmth and good humor of the people of Bhutan and look forward to our return there in the fall of 2011.

Please check in with our Bhutan photo album as we continue to post pictures.

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