As the only outfit in Bhutan with international standard rafting equipment, the only qualified rafting guides and a fleet of mountain bikes we maintain ourselves, we’re uniquely placed to add as much or as little adventure to your Bhutan experience as you wish for.
All Rural Heritage Bhutan guides are both professionally qualified and licensed by the Government of Bhutan. But, there's a lot more to becoming a qualified Bhutan Guide. Not only do we hand-pick Rural Heritage Bhutan guides based on qualifications alone, guides are selected only with proven knowledge and experience criteria, but more than that…we look for personality too…a friendly nature with a “can do” attitude. And yes, being able to speak English.
Karma has 17 years of guiding experience in Bhutan. He’s very keen on mountain biking, trekking and is very knowledgeable of Bhutanese history and culture. He’s from Paro which is certainly his favourite place to take you on a tour. He’s married with one child, has a big smile and in his free time you’ll find him practising his favourite activity – archery, but with the modern compound bow!
Chencho is also from Paro Dzongkhag (district), just 20 minutes from the town itself. He has just over six years of experience taking tourists all over Bhutan.He’s very knowledgeable about the cultural place you’ll visit and will be able to tell you the name of any bird you see on your travels. Bhutanese are generally wary of rivers, after all they are glacial meltwaters and fast flowing in many parts. However, since first learning the skills of kayaking and rafting, Chencho is an addict. He’s worked as an assistant cameraman for Gerry Moffat’s kayaking film of Bhutan’s rivers and is one of only two guides in Bhutan qualified in Swift Water Rescue Technique (Kinley, below, is the other). He’s married with one child and that’s soon to be two. And his wife lives just 5 minutes from our riverside camp. He’ll certainly recommend adding rafting to your itinerary. While rivers are not especially sacred, they’re an integral part of life here – for agriculture and hydropower, which both bring wealth to Bhutan.
Kuzuzangpo la! My name is Tshering Dema. I have been working as tour guide in Bhutan both Cultural & Trekking for almost 9 years now. I have certified the officially as licensed Cultural & Trekking guide in Bhutan since 2012 beginning, after completing formal training in all aspects of tourism related. Past many years as tour guide I have gained immense knowledge about our country along with being a consummate host taking care of every detail in our logistics are perfectly organized. I have come to love my job more every year as I lead different groups of tourist from all over the world showing them my country Bhutan in all its cultural uniqueness and richness, our pristine and beautiful natures. Energetic and dynamic I love sharing information with my guests on our country’s history and Bhutanese way of life with natures.
There is a variety of biking routes available ranging from smooth journeys on paved roads to challenging off-road dirt trails that wind through rough terrain. With better roads replacing the old and the increasing number of off-road roads, biking is now becoming a very unique and original way of seeing and interacting with the country, people and the Bhutanese environment. Many of the biking trails lead through small villages and temples which can provide interesting and informative diversions should you wish to take a break.
The real 'stars' of your trip are our support crews that are so hard working, conscientious and cheerful in enabling our clients to experience Bhutan to the utmost. Invariably our clients return from their Himalayan treks and adventure journeys full of praise, admiration and respect for all the Bhutanese people who have ensured their holiday has been both wonderful and memorable. Of course, the type of support crew you'll have will depend upon the itinerary itself.
Namgay Dorje – camp team member
Tashi Wangdi – rafting & cultural guide
Kaka – camp team member & assistant cook
Kinley Dorji – rafting & cultural guide
Pem Tshering (Camping Coordinator), Yeshi, Dechen Phurba, Phub, Pemba
If you have any general enquiries, please feel free to contact.