Calling Paro Home, I am a local bloke born and bred in Bhutan. I started my career in travel industry in 2003. Since then I have had the opportunity to specialize and curate tailor made holidays and meaningful local experiences for many clients. Having had the opportunity to live in Bali, Maldives, Thailand and Australia (Studied Master's degree in International Tourism and Hospitality) has given me the prospect to understand, how unique Bhutan is.
I feel Bhutan can truly touch your hearts in little BIG ways, the way we lead our lives, the rusticity of the country and the pristine & pure natural environment, all makes for a memorable travel experience. It is essential that clients experience Bhutan the way we locals do, encompassing the philosophy of sustainability and preservation for future generation. I feel extremely blessed to be doing, what I love most (promoting our unique little country to the world and supporting our local communities).
What places and activities do you specialize in?
"I am specialized in curating tailor-made trips to Bhutan, focusing on trekking, culture, authentic local experiences, soft adventure - cycling and rafting, and Honeymoon & ceremonial weddings."
How did you get involved in travel?
"My journey in the travel industry started, when I was hired as the only Bhutanese to set-up the tour and reservation department of COMO Uma Bhutan. Since then there has been no turning back for me. Post my experience in high end hotels in Bhutan and my passion for Bhutan, paved the way for me to join the family business, Trophel Tours. Since then I have been curating authentic tailor-made holidays and local experiences, extending end to end travel solution for Bhutan and travelling the world to promote the destination. "
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"My journey as a travel designer has been full of learning. While there are many experiences, we have had the opportunity to create, the one that lingers most in my mind, was the execution of an intimate Bhutanese/Buddhist ceremonial wedding. This may sound funny; however, we Bhutanese don’t perform or have ceremonies for wedding. Traditionally, once a man and women decide/choose to stay together, we are considered married. In this backdrop, in early 2003, this sort of experience was virtually never done. Consequently, we consulted a few learned Buddhist scholars or lamas and was recommended a series of prayer for the ceremony, which were apt for new wed couples, such as prayer for longevity, wellbeing and luck. With their help, we were able to create an intimate wedding experience in a local monastery. "
Featured trips & expertise
Explore the enigmatic kingdom of Bhutan and its magnificent landscape of soaring mountain peaks and lush green valleys. On this seven-day excursion, you'll visit its famous fortresses and monasteries, gain insight into the country's fascinating history and culture, and do some light hiking in the stunning countryside.
This itinerary combines wild adventure with Bhutan's unique culture. The trek, though challenging, is highly rewarding and one of Bhutan's best. En route, catch glimpses of the spectacular Mount Jhomolhari, which straddles the border between China (Tibet) and Bhutan. In Thimphu and other small towns, learn about Bhutan's unique form of Tibetan Buddhism and the culture that was cut off from the rest of the world for so long. In short, this trip has it all!
From the famous Tiger's Nest Monastery to the sleepy streets of Paro, visiting Bhutan is all about the simple pleasures of natural beauty and a distinctly preserved culture. Experience this long-isolated country's stunning mountains, colorful architecture, and lush countryside on this comprehensive 10-day tour.
Explore mystical, naturally resplendent Bhutan - also known as Druk-Yal, the land of the thunder dragon - as it emerges from the mists of its self-imposed isolation. From museums to monasteries, this tour will guide you through some of the best of Bhutanese life, culture, nature, and history.
Trek through an area adorned with a multitude of pristine, crystal clear lakes, and Bhutanese villages. As you walk, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the entire Himalayan mountain range and some of the world’s highest peaks - including Mt. Everest, Jomolhari, Masang Gang, and many more.
Recent trip reviews for Vishal
Bhutan walking trip with kids · Bhutan - Oct 8 - Oct 16, 2019
We had the most magical experience in Bhutan. Vishal did a terrific job planning for us and our two children. Our guide Jem was very knowledgeable and warm and also was great with our kids. He was constantly entertaining them (and the grown ups). We loved Jem and our driver Karma was also great (which is important on the narrow and windy roads in Bhutan). Vishal picked great hikes for us and great lodging - including a historic house in Haa and a homestay in Paro with a family that... read more
Accompanying my spouse who has a work trip · Bhutan - Aug 27 - Sep 8, 2019
Wow what a trip we have just had! Firstly, a huge thank you to Vishal and Sonam at Trophel Tours, and to Thinley (our guide) and Migmar (our driver) who made our 2-week trip so memorable, informative, fun, with seamless travel connections and full of chilli cheese!
From the start, organising this trip was made easy with the communication, advice and support provided by Vishal. Ric was on an invite working visa with the Ministry of Health and Vishal went out of his way to navigate the... read more
Himalayan Adventure · Bhutan - Jun 3 - Jun 13, 2018
My wife and I took our trip to the incredible treasure of a country, Bhutan, a bit over a year ago now. That it took me a year to write a review is entirely a reflection on myself and not at all 9n our gracious and accommodating hosts and guides.
Vishal and Sonam, our tour organizers, we're incredible from the initial contact about considering the trip, all the way through to leaving for home.
During the booking discussions they made the process easy and worry free for us. They spoke with... read more
Asian hike adventure · Bhutan - May 13 - May 31, 2019
What rating do you give a tour when the guides – literally – saved your life? We arrived in Bhutan and began acclimatizing to the higher altitudes. Part of this process included hiking to Tiger’s nest (which was utterly amazing) and we hiked from Cheila Pass to Kila Goemba (a monastery). In regard to altitude, we were hiking at altitudes as high as 3,988 meters. While I did experience some issues, I got through both hikes, relatively, unscathed. In case one wonders, I was taking medicine to... read more
Bhutan adventure · Bhutan - May 6 - May 15, 2019
Just got back from a fabulous trip to Bhutan. Our guide Thinley and our driver Karma were fantastic. Thinley was a fund of information on the many temples, stuppas and dzongs we visitied and his knowledge on the local flora and fauna added greatly to the trip. His knowledge of the local birds and the way he explained their habits and songs added to the interest.
Even before we left, Vishal had everything sorted out and was prompt and open to the changes we asked for in the itinerary.
The... read more
Trekking with friends · Bhutan - Apr 7 - Apr 14, 2019
Trophel tours arranged an absolutely splendid 8 day experience for us in Bhutan. From the moment we were picked up, through our incredible 4 day Druk Parh trek, to the sad final departure...the service was exemplary. Tek was an incredible guide, supported by a capable team, and Vishal was very helpful and accommodating during planning. We would highly recommend their services. Yalmaz (USA), Kevin (NZ), Damian (India)
Discovery and experiential · Bhutan - Mar 31 - Apr 10, 2019
My husband and I have just returned from 10 magical nights in Bhutan which was organised by Trophel Tours and Treks. Vishal and Sonam the owners of Trophel Tours dealt with the many questions we had in organising our tour. They always responded promptly and professionally which made us feel very confident that we were in good hands. The itinerary they organised gave us a good overview of western Bhutan. The accommodation was a mix of top hotels to farmstay, all of which we enjoyed immensely.... read more
Nature and Culture in Bhutan - 10 Days · Bhutan - Feb 9 - Feb 22, 2019
We had a great experience with Vishal and his team. They were experienced and flexible. Our guide and driver were fantastic. Our guide was very knowledgeable about Bhutan history, Buddhism, and culture of this magical country. We highly recommend using this company. They can tailor your trip to your own interests and will provide you with excellent service.
trek Bhutan · Bhutan - Dec 23 - Dec 31, 2018
Gem and Migmar provided excellent professional service. There were few problems but when one occurred it was resolved quickly and in a professional manner. Gem was flexible and adapted the schedule to suit my individual needs when required.
Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek - 12 Days · Bhutan - Oct 31 - Nov 11, 2018
we had a fantastic trip. everything was very well organised and we were looked after luxuriously. we got on great with our guide and he did a lot to anticipate our needs. I would definitely recommend them.
Trip to Bhutan · Bhutan - Oct 19 - Nov 3, 2018
Bhutan was an incredible adventure and one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. Vishal and Sonam put together a great trip!! I feel like Migmar and Gem were not only the best driver/guide in the whole country but lifelong friends as well. I had a great time and highly recommend Vishal and his team
Nature and Culture in Bhutan - 10 Days · Bhutan - Oct 16 - Oct 29, 2018
The whole trip was amazing. Thanks to the incredible organization by Vishal the trip ran smoothly and to plan, but we always felt there was flexibility to cater for the unexpected.
As I said, the trip was extremely well organized to cater for the two of us. Neither of us are young but we are both fairly energetic still. The activities, visits, walks suited us very well. Vishal constantly kept in contact with our guide to make sure everything ran smoothly for us.
We were both very pleased... read more
Trip to Bhutan · Bhutan - Oct 16 - Oct 28, 2018
Karma and Sam were both very friendly, knowledgeable and extremely professional.
The Dagala trek was a highlight for me and a special adventure. Although the cultural sites were rich and came alive with Karma,s descriptions and history.
I hope to return to Bhutan again and I would certainly recommend Vishal and his team.
Bhutan discovery · Bhutan - Sep 22 - Sep 29, 2018
Very enjoyable and well organised trip. Thank you Vishal. Hotels exceeded my expectations. Guide Younten was very effective and looked after everything without fail. I did not catch everything he told us but that was mainly due to my deafness. The driver Sonam was safe and alert at all times and despite challenging mountain roads I never felt nervous. The Hikes were just wonderful although the altitude and my old age made them fairly tough.
We sometimes wished for additional activities... read more
Hummingbird Bhutan · Bhutan - Aug 26 - Aug 31, 2018
Vishal and his lovely wife, Sonam, looked after our group of 19 people as if we were family. I recommend their services because they have provided 100% of what they promised to us, plus more. I will certainly continue to use their skills because they are honest, genuine people who made all the arrangements for our complicated group, easy. Thank you Vishal and Sonam.
Trip to Bhutan · Bhutan - Aug 26 - Aug 31, 2018
Absolutely loved what the Kim Kim Team offered. Professional, fun, informative tour guides that made my stay absolutely wonderful. Can't wait to go back to Bhutan and check out more.
4 night add on trip · Bhutan - Aug 22 - Aug 26, 2018
The trip was outstandingly well prepared and the tour guide and driver were meticulous in their care and service throughout the time in Bhutan. I could not have wished for more. I felt comfortable, safe and very well looked after. Further there was good intuition about what it was we wanted to do and this was well met. Bhutan was an exciting and different place to visit. it was gentle, clean, safe and spectacular throughout the four days.
4 night add on trip · Bhutan - Aug 22 - Aug 26, 2018
We had a fantastic trip to Bhutan guided by Ut. He was such a lovely person and went out of his way to make sure everything was going well. We covered a lot of Bhutan, but it was also varied. Our homestay was a highlight of the trip getting to know a beautiful family. I would highly recommend the Kim Kim team when planning a trip to Bhutan, especially Vishal.
Jumolhari Round Trek and Cultural Tour - 17 Days · Bhutan - Jun 3 - Jun 14, 2018
Wow where to even start. Our time in Bhutan was so incredible we are still dreaming about it, and it would not have been the same without the amazing care from Vishal and Sonam.
They put in so much attention to customize the perfect trip for your needs. (They even know which room in the hotel has the best views!) Vishal and Sonam will go out of their way to ensure your stay in Bhutan is comfortable.
Our guide, Tek, was very accommodating. My boyfriend and I were doing our first multi-day... read more
Trip to Bhutan · Bhutan - May 1 - May 6, 2018
Bhutan has a special place in my heart, not least due to the superb, seamless organisational efforts of Vishal and Sonam at Trophel Tours, and the excellent, informative and gracious care of our "walking encyclopaedia" guide UT. Pre-trip communications built an impression of courteous, lovely people who know their country intricately, and I felt in capable hands before we even set foot in beautiful Bhutan. Such a relief to have all the administrative intricacies of permits and visas dealt... read more
BHUTAN ADVENTURE · Bhutan - May 2 - May 12, 2018
We could not have been better paired with our guide and driver - Yenten and MigMar. Yenten was excellent company throughout the trip and was able to explain complicated subjects clearly and easily to us.
BHUTAN ADVENTURE · Bhutan - May 2 - May 12, 2018
OK. Firstly Bhutan. ..... What an Amazing country.
Our trip was very well designed by Vishal. I gave him information on What exactly I wanted to do & he designed a wonderful 10 day journey which included more than I expected......
Our Guide & Driver (Younten & Migma) were the most beautiful souls one could ever want to share time with....
Our guide was well extremely well informed about the Bhutanese Buddhist Culture & also a very experienced Mountain Guide.... They both gave us a humbled ,... read more
Surprise trip for husband · Bhutan - Mar 22 - Apr 2, 2018
Working with Vishal and Sonam in planning, booking and enjoying this trip was great from start to finish. They provided good advice on what to do and see during the given time of year and the duration of our trip. We had to chop and change the trip as we had some members of our party drop out and some new people enter during the planning portion. They were very patient and flexible during the whole process and were consistent in their expert professionalism. Our guide, Tek, was very... read more
Surprise trip for husband · Bhutan - Mar 22 - Apr 2, 2018
Great. Tek was an amazing guide out in the mountains and in the cultural tour too.
Trip to Bhutan · Bhutan - Feb 19 - Feb 28, 2018
All was great-both the driver (Nema) and the guild(Lobzang) did as I asked. I like to see the real world so I tend to travel to places off the beaten path. They showed me the back places of your lovely country. Plan to return. The only mess up was the amount charged per day but Vishal explained the situation and all was straighten out. Well done to all that welcomed be to Bhutan.
Bhutan · Bhutan - Oct 6 - Oct 16, 2017
The first thing is that I had never done an organised tour before. Of course with the regulations in Bhutan it is the only way to see the country that I had wanted to visit for so long. In my early exchanges with Vishal he made me extremely comfortable that a tour did not mean bus rides with many people; controlled timings on visits to places; and having to ensure we experienced the country at the pace of the slowest person in the group. Vishal carefully asked me what it was I wanted to see... read more