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Etho Metho Tours & Treks Pvt Ltd.

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Etho Metho (Rhododendron in Dzongkha) is one of the oldest and most experienced tour operators in Bhutan. The company was founded in 1990 by Dago, Jochu & Nim who were colleagues in the former government-run Tourism Department. Etho Metho was formally established in 1991 when tourism was privatized. In 2008, Etho Metho became a private limited company with the addition of Sangay, a loyal employee, as the fourth director.
Through our collective experiences in the tourism industry and the goodwill generated from our clients and the local community, we have been able to rise from a very modest beginning to the very top. Currently, we have a total of 55 permanent staff comprising of an efficient office team, experienced guides and drivers, and a professionally trained trekking team. We also have a well maintained fleet of 25 Toyota vehicles.
We combine our passion, experience, and knowledge to offer customized travel from exciting adventures to insightful journeys. We strive to provide value-added services to discerning travelers who come to experience our country. Equipped with a team of dedicated professionals and supported by an excellent infrastructure, we are committed to offering you the very best. We will guide you to all that is special about Bhutan, whether it is gazing at beautiful snowcapped mountains, attending the Kingdom’s colorful festivals or simply the charm and gracious hospitality of the people. Mindful of the fragility of the natural environment, our aim is to “take nothing but photographs and leave nothing but footprints” when introducing our visitors to this small, green Himalayan jewel – Bhutan. Let us help you begin your journey into an enchanted realm.
Our mission is to provide value-added services to the discerning travelers who come to experience our country. Equipped with a team of dedicated professionals and supported by an excellent infrastructure, we are committed to offering you the very best. We will guide you to all that is special about Bhutan, whether it is gazing at beautiful snowcapped mountains, attending the Kingdom’s colorful festivals or simply the charm and gracious hospitality of the people.Let us help you begin your journey into an enchanted realm. Mindful of the fragility of the natural environment, our aim is to “take nothing but photographs and leave nothing but footprints” when introducing our visitors to this small, green Himalayan jewel – Bhutan.
Cultural Tours
Our cultural tours introduce visitors to unique aspects of Mahayana Buddhist culture, including various religious festivals and pilgrimage sites. Whichever tour you select, you will enjoy fascinating excursions to villages, temples and scenic spots for a closer look at a culture and a land which remains the most unspoiled and beautiful example of the traditional Himalayan way of life in existence today.
Trekking
The scope for trekking in Bhutan is immense – from short walks to arduous treks. The very moment you step off the road to start your trek you will be totally de-linked from the stressful sights and sounds of urban life. Instead, you will enjoy views of snowcapped peaks, dense forested hillsides and river valleys, and the sounds of birds and gushing streams.
Special Intrest Tours
  • Bird Watching
  • Alpine Flowers / Botanical Tours
  • Handicrafts & Textile
  • Fly Fishing
  • Kayaking & Rafting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Shamanism /Animist Tours / Eco Tours
  • Buddhist Teachings & Meditation (Introductory & Refresher)
Etho Metho can tailor make programs to meet individual needs and preferences.
Accommodation
When you travel with Etho Metho, you can be sure that your accommodation in lodges, guest houses, smaller hotels and tented camps will be up to the best available. All accommodations used by Etho Metho are certified by the Tourism Council of Bhutan.
Transportation
We have a well maintained and an up to date fleet of 20 Toyota vehicles, comprising of coaches seating 18-20 people and smaller vans seating 2 to 5 people. Our drivers are competent professionals with over 10 years of driving experience on the small winding roads of Bhutan.
Guides
All our tours are escorted by well trained and knowledgeable local guides fluent in English. We will try our best to provide Japanese, German and French speaking guides. All our guides are certified and licensed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan.
Catering
Etho Metho’s professionally trained and experienced catering team will accompany you on the treks. All members of our catering team are certified and licensed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan. When travelling with Etho Metho, you can be confident that we are totally focused on making your Bhutan experience a culturally rich and spiritually rewarding odyssey. Contact Us

Dago Beda – CEO

Dago Beda joined the Royal Government of Bhutan, Department of Tourism, Sales and Marketing Manager as the first graduate and the first female officer.After the privatization of tourism Dago together with two colleagues from the tourism department started Etho Metho Tours & Treks in 1990. She was instrumental in framing the policy of the Bhutanese Tourism Industry which is still in place today i.e. high value–low impact policy. Being an entrepreneur by nature, she has set up and invested in numerous business ventures. She is also on the board of many organizations. Dago is considered one of the pioneers of her generation and many younger women look up to her as a role model – a successful career woman in Bhutan. She is a loving mother of three children.

Business Ventures
  • Etho Metho Tours and Treks Pvt. Ltd. http://www.bhutanethometho.com
  • Etho Metho Primary School (400 children)
  • Etho Metho Cable (the first Cable TV distribution company in Bhutan)
  • Etho Metho Construction Company Pvt. Ltd.
  • Saga Metho Travel
  • Real Estate and Shopping Malls
  • Visa Processing Center in collaboration with VFS Global
  • PUM (Netherlands Senior Expert) to assist Bhutanese SMEs https://www.pum.nl
Affiliations
  • Vice President / Royal Society for the Protection of Nature (RSPN) http://www.rspnbhutan.org
  • Nominated by IFC to represent the business community of Asia at the G-20 meeting in Washington D.C.
  • Nominated as one of the torch bearers for the UN Millennium Development Goal 2015 to promote gender equality and empower women
  • Board Director / Major shareholder of Bhutan National Bank Ltd. (first private bank) http://www.bnb.bt
  • Board Director / Promoter of Bhutan Times Ltd. (first private newspaper)
  • Board Director / Trustee of Loden Foundation http://www.loden.org
  • Vice President / ABCO (Association of Bhutanese Cable TV Operators)
  • Board Director / READ Global Bhutan http://www.readglobal.org/our-work/read-bhutan
  • Board Director / Kidu Foundation http://www.kidufoundation.org

Jochu Dorji – Director





Jochu worked in the Department of Tourism as well and joined his tourism colleagues Dago and Nim to form the company. With an excellent eye for details and numbers, Jochu has managed the company’s finances for over 18 yrs and is known for keeping a tight string on the finances. Besides being a partner in the tour company, Jochu is also into the real estate business. He is one person who loves to maintain a healthy lifestyle and enjoys playing archery.









Nim Gyeltshen – Director





Nim also worked in the Department of Tourism. He was an avid trekker and has done most of the challenging treks in Bhutan including the arduous Snowman Trek. After the company was formed, Nim concentrated more on the operations of the company. Nim retired from Etho Metho Tours & Treks in 2010 but still remains a silent partner and a board member. Today Nim is an enthusiastic mountain biker. He has participated in many mountain bike races in the country. He has won several awards from bike & marathon races. Nim enjoys biking through the stunning rural countryside and villages. His other business ventures include the Hankook Tyre dealership, Giant Bike dealership, real estate, and an archery shop.







T.Sangay Wangchuk – Director



As a college student Sangay dreamt of travelling through every nook of Bhutan. His dreams were realized when he joined Etho Metho as a guide in 1991. His field expertise drew him to work at the office where he trained numerous guides and wrote countless tour documents for the company. Sangay’s passion for Bhutan’s culture and ecology is expressed in his book, “Seeing with the Third Eye: With Grandma in Rural Bhutan”. In 2008, Sangay became one of the partners of the company. He still guides walking and spiritual trips. On the personal side, he is pursuing agro-tourism with a pilot project on his farm in Punakha.

 

Monorath DhungelGeneral Manager

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Eutha KarchungGeneral Manager (Sales & Marketing)

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Deki YangdonFlight Res. Manager

3. Deki Yangdon - Flight Reservation Manager

Pema LhadenFlight Res. Assistant

4. Pema Lhaden - Flight Reservation Assistant

Aruna ChettriOperations Manager

11. Aruna Chettri - Operations Manager

Ugyen TenzinOperations Manager

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Sonam NamgayOperations Manager

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Sonam GagaOperations Manager

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Yeshey SamdrupOperations Manager

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Ugyen NamdrolTour & Transportation Manager

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Karma LhamHotel Reservations Officer

12. Karma Lham - Hotel Reservations Officer

Karma YangchenOperations Manager

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Sapna Tamang -Asst Hotel Reservations Officer

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Thinley Choden -Front Desk

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Finance Department Team

“As a team, we strive to render an excellent integrated support service to our colleagues and valued client.”

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Guides

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Guides

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Chencho

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Karma Jamtsho

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Kinley Gyeltshen

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Gayden Jamtsho

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Sangay Dorji

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Tashi Dorji

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Sonam Dolma

Trekking Team

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Drivers

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