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Bhutan Trek 2019 – Rest Day

Hello Everyone,

We are doing great here on our rest day at about 13,400ft. It’s been very much a rest day here though because it’s been raining all day:-). Spirits are high though and everyone is doing very good with the altitude. Our plan was to go on a short hike but decided to stay dry, rest and get ready for our hike tomorrow over our first pass at just below 16,000ft. Wether it’s raining tomorrow or not we will be hiking to our next destination of Lingshi at just a touch higher in elevation than we are right now.

I’ll keep you posted on our hike tomorrow!

Thanks for following along,

Ben Jones

Bhutan Trek 2019 – Day 3 to Jangothang

Hello Everyone,

Surprised to have service today, so that means I can send a few photos along. The last two days have been excellent! Yesterday is in my opinion one of the tougher hikes of the trip. The terrain can be a bit tricky to navigate. It’s a long trail, generally muddy, in the forest, and is next to the Paro River which means we are continually climbing up and then back down over muddy River rocks. That being said, it was still a great hike, we had great weather with just a little rain in the afternoon. The team is doing very well and staying strong. Today was a much easier hike, ascending a bit, but much easier terrain and trail as we are now mostly above tree line. When we woke this morning we had an excellent view of Mt Jumolhari with perfect blue skies. After breakfast we got on the trail and meandered through the valley up above many of the tributaries of the Paro River. We are now at camp relaxing with some afternoon tea and will be here for two nights. We are now at about 13,400ft so will spend two nights to acclimatize to our new high elevation. Everyone says hello to friends and family following along back home.

Ben Jones

Bhutan Trek 2019 – Day 2 on the Trail

Hello Everyone,

Here is a group photo of our crew. I tried to get everyone to dress in the traditional attire but no takers….

Ben Jones

Bhutan Trek 2019 – First Day of Hiking to Shana Camp

Hello Everyone,

We had perfect weather on our first day of hiking into the mountains of Bhutan. We had some sun, some clouds, and at times looked like it could rain at any minute but we stayed dry. The first hike on this trek is on a rough road through some small villages and farmland gaining about 1,500ft of elevation in total, gradually following the Paro River. The team is feeling great and excited for a good nights sleep with the River as background noise that will help lessen the noise of barking stray dogs through the night. For our small group we have 11 horses carrying all the food, gear and tents for the ten day trek and a crew of 4 other Bhutanese helping including the cook. Yeshey, my Bhutanese counterpart has the usual quiet demeanor of most Bhutanese but is filled with local knowledge of the area. We are off to bed but look forward to seeing some high peaks tomorrow as we continue higher up. Tonight we sleep at 9,300ft.

Thanks for following along,

Ben Jones

Bhutan Trek 2019 – Off to the mountains!

Hello Everyone,

Looks to be a beautiful day to begin our journey through the mountains of Bhutan! We are packed and ready and are heading now to where our trail begins this 10 day journey on half of the famous Snowman trek. Today we have a moderate hike gaining 1,500 ft of elevation and about 6 hours on the trail.

I’ll keep you posted as much as possible throughout this journey!

Thanks for following along!

Ben Jones

From Everest Trek: I would like to thank everyone at Alpine Ascents for a wonderful trip to Everest Base Camp. Our guide, Sidar, and sherpas were extremely helpful and encouraging throughout the trek. The schedule we were given allowed us to acclimate properly and allowed us to explore the villages we were based in. An […]

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