The Royal Academy

Ms. Joella Lynch and her mentees: Som Maya Tamang, Jamyang Ugyen Tshomo, Bishal Gurung, Pem Tshering and Yonten Tshering treked across the Juniper ridge for their October Nature Retreat. This trek although not as strenuous as some of the other groups did include quite a bit of walking uphill. The rewards of these uphill climbs were worth it, we experienced wonderfully clear skies and views of mountain peaks as far as the eye could see. We were greeted with a clear view of Jomolhiari every morning and fabulous views of both Haa and Paro valley. At certain points of the trek we were higher than the planes taking off and landing and we could watch them as they scaled the mountains on their ascent or descent. The clear skies were wonderful for the views but it did make the night and mornings cold. So cold in fact that the water in our water bottles froze over night, but this did allow for some beautiful photos of icicles. The students worked hard: walking carrying heavy bags, cooking with limited equipment but we pulled together as a team and we were rewarded with some fantastic food, scenery and memories.