Bhutan Oct 24th- Nov 4 Class II-III: A Queen, Sonam, and Preparing for the Coronation.

Prayer flags and paddlers on the Chumkar Chu.

While our time in Bhutan began in early October, our first group of kayakers arrived on October 24th. All were familiar faces. Everyone had been on trips with us before. Although for a few, many years had passed. So we enjoyed quite a reunion, sharing pictures of new family members and stories of our last adventures together. Mary and I met folks at the airport along with our driver Hari, cultural guide Karma, Kali, an excellent kayaker and raft guide from Nepal (whom we met in Bhutan in 2006) and Tinley, a Bhutanese kayaker on the fast track to becoming a very strong paddler and guide.

The only airport in the country is located in Paro. Situated in the west, Paro is the second largest town in the country (with some 36,000 people including outlying areas). The flight in is both breathtaking and thrilling; breathtaking with views of the Himalaya and thrilling because the airport is nestled in a narrow valley that results in one of the most interesting approaches I have ever experienced in a commercial airliner.

Dzongs, like this one in Trongsa, were one time fortresses that now serve as monasteries and government buildings in one.

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Bhutan- A quick post.

The class II-III group at the confluence of the Mo (mother) and Po (father) rivers with the Punkha Dzong behind.

We are just back from running trips in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan and preparing to leave again for our winter season in Ecuador. Lots of folks have been asking to see images and other information about Bhutan and we will be posting reports as we can. In the mean time, here are links to some galleries that two of the participants on our class III-IV+ trip have posted. Enjoy and do check back.

Kuzuzangbo la,

Phil and Mary

Lance’s Photos.

Nancy’s Photos.

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