Traveller's Reviews

I've just come back from an amazing walking tour to Bhutan and absolutely loved it! Beyond the Clouds were great to deal with. My guide and driver were absolutely lovely and the accommodation was beautiful...and the country and it's scenery is spectacular! To be able to see a country whilst contributing to children in need is a great way to travel! Can't recommend them enough! Rebecca, NZ

"I knew Bhutan would be the trip of a lifetime but what an understatement, I still haven't stopped grinning! The tour was very well organised, both guide and driver were excellent, ensuring we saw fantastic sites, attended a festival and completed amazing hikes."  Lucy,  UK

My family used Beyond The Clouds for our recent trip to Bhutan. They did a wonderful job organizing our trip and providing us with a great Guide and Driver. Our guide was wonderful and so knowledgeable, that we really were able to learn a lot about Bhutan's culture, religion and people. Don't hesitate to use Beyond The Clouds to plan you trip to this region! Kathy, USA

The booking process was highly efficient ... being in Bhutan was an amazing experience ... Well done, I think you guys are doing an amazing job.
— Loris, NZ

“Our trip to Bhutan was life changing. Simply describing it as a ‘trek’ does it no justice. We did not simply experience the Himalayas; we learned about a unique country, a happy people, and in the process, discovered something new about ourselves.”  John, USA 

"Our decision to use Beyond the Clouds was absolutely the right decision! The trip, was everything we had hoped it would be and more. The planning was excellent, our lodgings great, the cultural sights which gave us a true picture to life in Bhutan and we can not say enough about our guide, Pema and driver. We even received special treatment in Kathmandu, Nepal, our lay over place, at a recommended restaurant for Ken's birthday. We love that there is a charitable aspect to Beyond the Clouds". Ken and Stella, USA

“Beyond the Clouds is amazing and gave me the trip of a life time to Bhutan which felt supported from beginning to end.” Chrissie, UK

This trip has to rate as one of the very best things I’ve done in my life.
— Judy, NZ

“I chanced upon Beyond the Clouds as I was searching for travel support options for myself and my teenager daughter to make the best of our time in Nepal. I wanted something that felt like independent travel without the stresses and inefficiencies that you can’t afford on a time constrained break. I couldn't have been luckier. It was exactly the right balance of freedom and structure and light touch support. We had an incredible trip and I can’t recommend Fionna and team enough. We will use Beyond the Clouds again, no doubt.” Toby, U.K.

"The whole experience was quite mind-blowing! The magnificent scenery, amazing sights and the great yoga combined to make this a memorable experience.  The accommodation in Bhutan was luxurious. Our guide and driver were exceptionally helpful and knowledgeable. I would certainly recommend this holiday to other people" Sue, U.K. 

“Your personal approach is one of the reasons we really like Beyond The Clouds - we have been extremely happy with our choice to go with your company.” Julie, NZ

“A huge thank you for a fabulous trip. So wonderfully orchestrated and so very amazing, so much colour, so many patterns, so much history and of course so many temples, chortens /stupa and monasteries along with fabulous walks.” – Gillian, NZ

“We had a wonderful time. We were impressed and appreciative of the promptness of your responses to any questions we had, and the effort you made to accommodate our plans. We had chosen Beyond the Clouds especially because of the fundraising link to First Steps Himalaya. The support team in Bhutan, was excellent. Our guide was highly professional and careful but also very friendly, easy to get on with and an excellent sense of humour. Nothing was too much trouble for him. On the trek the support team was well organised and camps were always set up ahead of us arriving with tea waiting. The tents were comfortable and we were nice and warm. The food was good - hot lunches in tiffin boxes, hot dinners, plenty of tea. We would happily recommend Beyond The Clouds.” Jennifer and Raoul, NZ 

“The Trek was perfect and my guide perfect in every way! I think we got on really well together. I was very impressed with his knowledge of the mountains and the area. He was always very attentive!” Maggie, U.K.

Our trek was a fantastic experience and one that we shall remember forever. We of course enjoyed the magnificent grandeur of the Himalayas!
— Lucy, Australia

“If you are thinking of travelling to the Himalayan region, these are the people to trust. Experienced, professional and passionate about this region with a vast amount of local knowledge. All profits go back to their charity supporting education in rural Nepal.” Tessa, NZ

“Our guide was fantastic – very attentive, knew his material, was flexible when group’s needs changed, gave good guidance, was entertaining, took care of everything with grace and kindness.” Kerry, NZ

“We had the most fabulous time on our trek.  I can't say enough about our guides, the lodging, the food, the mountain. It is one of the highlights of our journey, for sure! Thank you so very much.” Steve USA 

 

“This was a most wonderful holiday which we all agreed was one of the best any of us had ever been on. Our guide was truly excellent and knowledgeable, who we got on with very well. Altogether the logistics worked perfectly. The flight to and from Delhi was fantastic, and suitably hairy on landing in Paro. So five stars!” Charles, U.K.

“We truly had a wonderful trip, totally loved Bhutan, the rooms, views, people, and food were perfect. The people were very nice everywhere we went and our guide was exceptional. He became part of us right away and had indeed a great sense of humour. I was very impressed by the care he took for everything.” Catherine, NZ

"Thanks very much for all your help in arranging our trek. Our guide was excellent and proved to be very knowledgeable. Your well informed and knowledgeable responses to all our questions were extremely helpful in finding a trek that was well suited to our limited time frame." Larry, USA

"The highlight of the trip was the village stay, there was not a dry eye in the group as we walked up the hill to the bus. We were all so moved by the farewell ceremony, it was hard to say good bye and leave. I will certainly recommend your adventure trips to anyone interested in going to Nepal, I thought you did a wonderful job of taking care of us throughout the trip." Maxine, Australia

“The trip was everything I expected and more – I was particularly impressed with Bhutan and their philosophy of living.” Maggie, UK

"Trekking with Beyond The Clouds was a fantastic experience. The combination of great scenery, great companionship and a guide who knew all the ins and outs made the whole thing really enjoyable. And the icing on the cake was knowing that it was all in support of such a good cause." Mike, U.K.

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"The effort and dedication you put in, is what sets you apart, as far as the overall experience. I felt very much part of an extended family and the attention to detail to our possible needs was also very impressive. For me the best part of the trip was our stay in the village. It had such a wonderful gentle rhythm, which I found incredibly rewarding." Felicity, NZ

"The whole yoga tour exceeded my expectations in terms of accommodation, safety, fun and friendliness of the locals.  The itinerary was very well thought out and our tour guide was an exemplary organiser!" Gael, NZ

“The big mountains were beautiful and seeing the life of yak herders, remote villagers and the Laya was a treasure. Thank you for your efforts. We are sooooooo glad we did Laya Gasa and not just the shorter Jolomhari. Many fewer people, better trails, more remote culture way out there. Looking back, just doing the Jolomhari would have been just a toe in the water and missing the best parts.” Jeff, USA

"The yoga adventure was brilliant. The yoga and meditation were just perfect throughout. I can't wait to go back!"  Rob, Australia

“We will certainly recommend your company to any of our friends who might decide to visit Bhutan when they hear how much we enjoyed our trip and what a lovely and interesting country it is. Thanks for organizing everything so well.” Carolyn, Australia

"After completing the Annapurna Circuit trek, I can only say what a wonderful experience it was. Dealing with this excellent company was easy, the organisation was brilliant! What makes them stand out is the profits go back to First Steps Himalaya who do such a wonderful job. Beyond The Clouds is not just another travel company. They are not caught in the trappings of the big commercial travel companies who are often inflexible and not always user friendly. This one has soul and works with you on what you like to experience. Fionna, Durga and the team run an excellent charity and travel company." David, NZ

“What a great job you all did - I couldn't find any other way to express my gratitude and admiration for the professionalism, skill, improvisation when needed, flexibility, value for money, enthusiasm and more.  I was overwhelmed by what you put in to make this trip a jewel in my travel experiences.  Keeping everything on the straight and level, letting me experience a gorgeous country with its wonderful and humble people without any foreseeable hassles - just brilliant!”  Erich, Australia

“I used Beyond The Clouds to book my solo trip to Bhutan for the festivals. I could not fault the service. Organisation and communication was perfect and the trip was organised without a hiccup. The accommodation, guide and driver were first class. Would strongly recommend the company for any trip and will hopefully reuse Fionna and her company for further trips.” Trina, Australia

“We had the most fabulous time on our trek and our guide is now family.  I can't say enough about our guides, the lodging, the food, the mountain. It is one of the highlights of our journey, for sure! Thank you so very much." Polly, USA

“A fantastic experience. The combination of great scenery, great companionship and a guide who knew all the ins and outs made the whole thing really enjoyable. And the icing on the cake was knowing that it was all in support of such a good cause.”  Mike, U.K.