Wandering the World Delight Clients in Nepal and Bhutan on Inaugural Trips – Well Away from the Tourist Throng
Wandering the World Co Founders, Glenyce Johnson and Jane Reed have recently returned from escorting trips to Nepal and Bhutan for their newly launched company.
According to Glenyce, “the trips were a resounding success with clients from both tours booking their next Wandering the World trips. You can’t get better recommendations than that!”
On their trip in Nepal, travellers came from various corners of the globe, including the UK, USA, New Zealand as well as Australia, where they embarked on a spectacular trek through beautiful oak and rhododendron forests in the foothills of the Annapurna Dhaulagiri region of the Himalaya. The highest point of the trek was at Kopra Ridge, which was a real highlight with 360 degree views of snowcapped mountains and peaks over 8,000 metres. Their choice of accommodation was well established and comfortable Community Lodges. Jane said “the Community Lodge Project was an initiative by our local partner in Nepal where four lodges have been built as a joint venture with the local community and thus ensure profits from tourism in this area benefit the local villages, including the primary school”.
Wandering the World has two group departure dates planned for theAnnapurna Dhaulagiri trek starting in Kathmandu on October 18, 2015 and March 13, 2016. Prices start from $1,650 per person, twin share plus $385 for local flights (not including international airfares). The trip can also be run on any day departure between October and April 2016 for private trips with a minimum of 2 clients.
In the Kingdom of Bhutan, one of Asia’s smallest countries by population, Wandering the World’s 13-day itinerary combined touring with a 5-day remote cultural walk to visit villages that had never been introduced to an Australian, or New Zealander. Feeling extremely privileged for the experience and the warm welcome, Bhutan is high on Wandering the World’s list to promote as one of the ‘must sees’ for people keen to explore a different and unique culture that promotes Gross National Happiness as a preferred measurement over GDP. With almost seventy percent of the country under forest, Bhutan is a most pristine destination, just perfect for picturesque walking and communing with nature.
Accommodation on the walk included twin share walk-in tents with comfy camp stretcher beds, separate toilet facilities and a portable kitchen that produced all manner of local mouthwatering meals. Prior to breakfast each morning, everyone was greeted with a cup of tea delivered to their tent and lunch and dinner meals were cooked using organic produce straight from the local village gardens and farms. A firm favourite soon became the popular Bhutanese staple meal called Ema Datshi, a flavoursome and sometimes-firey dish made with chili and cheese.
Evenings were spent around the campfire, with the villagers entertaining the group with their impressive singing, and of course everyone was encouraged to join in. According to Jane, “two of the most memorable highlights included playing a soccer match with the kids from a school near where we camped and the villagers sharing their local brew, a traditional and very alcoholic fermented beverage called Ara.”
Wandering the World has two group departure dates scheduled for the Essence of Bhutan trip starting in Paro on October 4, 2015 and March 13, 2016. Prices start from $4,860 per person, twin share plus $340 for the local flight (not including international airfares). The trip can also be run on an-any day departure for private trips with a minimum of 2 clients between October and November and March to May.