Harlan + Holden, a forward-thinking Filipino fashion brand, had an interesting proposition for a group of ten of us: “Come help us test our newest line of Camino shoes through a three-day trek of the Himalayas.” I responded with a big yes. Not only did I think this was a brilliant marketing campaign, but I was being given the opportunity to road test their new shoes on the world’s most famous mountain range with an eclectic mix of bloggers, consultants and thinkers – it was too interesting to pass up. I soon found myself boarding a plane for Bhutan, but not without first stopping in Calcutta and Bangkok.
Before the trip, all I knew about Bhutan was that it was once deemed the happiest country in the world, their Queen has an incredible wardrobe and the Bhutanese have a real taste for colour. So, together with the pair of Caminos I received, I packed my most colourful clothes (little did I know that the group would end dressing more on the minimalist side) and embarked on my adventure through the Kingdom of Bhutan.
As soon as we got off the plane, an inexplicable silence summoned us all. No high rises, traffic or pollution to distract. Just us, the mountains and Bhutan’s very happy people.