The most dramatic feature of Bhutan is often invisible—the high snow-capped
Himalayas playing hide and seek with the eyes as they retreat behind the clouds of their
own devising. When we drove west over the lofty passes, we were always aware that just
beyond the visible horizon were the soaring peaks, but we never really saw them.
However, the Thunder Dragons were more generous to us as we returned back to the
east of the country.
At the highest of the passes, the thick, cottony white clouds began to disperse even
though there were flimsy gray shawl-like wisps still grazing the mountain faces. As we
excitedly watched, the clouds lifted, the gray wisps evaporated, and there were the towering
tallest mountains in Bhutan, shining brilliantly in the sunshine against the purest
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