Your travels through Bhutan looked incredible. How did this trip come together?
That was one of the most amazing trips I’ve ever been on. A friend gave me a call super randomly one evening. All he said was that he was going to be passing through town and wanted to grab a beer. A few hours later he shows up at my warehouse around 11pm, fired up. We then spent the next 4 hours drinking beers in front of the computer scrolling across maps of Bhutan and looking up images of the amazing landscape, from there on out the plan was on. We were gonna go with a small crew of his lifelong buddies and implement water filters across the country.
What were the highlights of your time in Bhutan? Did you run in to any logistical challenges?
Fortunately we were in the hands of our guide Binod who had spent a fair bit of time in Bhutan before. Although he had never guided a motorcycle trek he had some amazing contacts across the country to help smooth the trek.
How did you determine your route?
The route changed a handful of times based on what we found. Depending on where we went and how much we enjoyed a zone or who we met we would spend more or less time. We ended up doing a large loop around the country and spent less time in India than we planned because of how much we enjoyed the southern Himalayan landscapes and riding.
Was it challenging for you to secure a visa for Bhutan? How long did that process take?
Because of the humanitarian nature of the work we were doing over there and our contacts / guides from Nepal the visa process was relatively easy. Bhutan is an interesting one though because they are actually a ‘closed country’ and they only allow 10,000 tourists every year. We all felt incredibly fortunate and blessed that we were welcomed so openly across their border.
How did you find a motorcycle to rent in Bhutan?
A good guide goes a long way. As I said, this was Binod’s first motorcycle trip but fortunately between him and his friends he was able to hire us a handful of bikes to borrow.
Tell us more about the humanitarian nature of the work you were doing. What drew you to become involved with this organization?
Jon Rose, the man behind this trip is also the founder of Waves for Water. He was my introduction to the organization and now its hard to even think about doing another trip without the humanitarian aspect. It’s funny how no matter how much you attempt to not leave a footprint when you travel; to some extent you’re still consuming, absorbing or taking away from the places you travel. I love the idea that you can still do what you love and help along the way. Leave nothing but a positive footprint.
Dylan Gordon lives to create. As a photographer, he is constantly inspired by looking in to the lives of his subjects and discovering new concepts, ideas and visions. Dylan recently traveled on motorcycle through Bhutan with Waves 4 Water, an organization that distributes water filters to those in need across the globe. On this trip he was inspired to leave nothing but a positive footprint – and it has made him think about travel in a new light. Based in Ventura, California, Dylan is infatuated with his camera and can’t wait to see where it will take him next.