A group of 18 pupils and three staff from Dauntsey’s has just returned from the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.
This is the School’s fourth visit to the country; in 2005, they were the first school to visit the kingdom which tightly controls the number of visitors permitted entry. The group spent two weeks exploring the country's cultural heritage, meeting local people and trekking in the Bhutanese mountains. Highlights included a visit to the magnificent Punakha Dzong, a fortress turned temple and religious centre; a trip to Huensal to see the biggest “sitting Buddha” statue in the world and five days' trekking to the base camp of Jomolhari and visiting the spectacular Taktsang Monastery, known as the Eagle’s Nest, perched on a cliff some 2,000 feet above the Paro Valley.
Sam Moore, Head of Adventure Education, Dauntsey’s said:
“This truly was a trip of a lifetime for our pupils. We not only learnt about the culture of this fascinating country but also a lot about ourselves. Trekking at altitudes of 4,000 metres across challenging terrain, and sleeping under canvas in temperatures as low as minus 10, certainly makes you realise what you can achieve if you really push yourself. We have all come home with some new life skills as well as some wonderful experiences to share.”