THE HIDDEN SHANGRI-LA KINGDOM
16 – 27 MAR 2019 ● 12 DAYS ● 12 GUESTS
Join us on an unforgettable journey into the “Land of the Thunder Dragon” Bhutan, a Shangri-La Kingdom perched on top of the world, shrouded in mystery and magic.
Walk amongst the red-robed monks as we journey between lush valleys, each with an abundance of flora on full display and dotted with ancient temples, remote villages and majestic Dzongs. Meet the Bhutanese people, with their deep-rooted belief in Buddhism and experience their daily lives, including visits to the nomadic Yak herders and families living in remote traditional villages. Learn how the Bhutanese people have carefully-preserved traditional lifestyle in the quest for pure happiness. Stroll through artisan markets, walk through pristine forests surrounded by misty mountains rising from fast flowing rivers. Be thrilled by the rush of a river rafting excursion and hike to the gravity defying Tiger’s Nest Monastery with its jaw-dropping mountain vistas. Observe the essence of Bhutan with its unspoiled culture, environment and society and learn about the traditional ways of life that have survived unchanged by the passage of time.
Combine this adventure with the Eastern Bhutan – Gomphu Kora Festival & Mountain Tribes expedition and receive a $3000 Combo Savings on the Best of Bhutan expedition.
- Visit ancient temples and towering 17th century Dzongs (Fortresses), including the famous Tigers Nest.
- Travel through charming villages and meet the happy locals.
- See swirling fields of Rhododendrons and walk through lush valleys and misty forests.
- River raft on the Mo Chu River.
- Marvel at the glorious mountain scenery.
- Walk across the longest hanging bridge and see the largest Buddha statue gilded in gold.
- Witness the traditional daily lives of Monks, Nuns, Yak herders and farmers.
- Overnight in high-end Aman and Uma by Como Resort properties.
In 2017 Thomas was invited by Tshering, our exceptional Bhutanese guide and friend, on a month long scouting trip across the whole country of Bhutan. Following this extensive expedition, Thomas & Tshering put together what they believe is the ultimate Bhutan expedition; including not only the iconic must-see sites, but also unique and rarely visited places and incorporating exclusive ceremonies and special events. The key was to cherry-pick the best accommodations, the greatest locations and most importantly the most wonderful life enriching experiences.
Post Extension - Sagala Trek
26 - 29 MAR 2019 • 3 DAYS • 12 GUESTS
For the fit and active, complete your Bhutanese adventure with the Sagala Pass Trek Post-Extension. This 2-day trek is designed for those that love hiking in the mountains. Walk through pristine forests, cross creeks and hike over a mountain pass with 360° mountain views, including some of the world’s highest mountain peaks. Camp under the stars on a meadow perched high in the mountains and witness the daily life of traditional Yak herders as they tend to their herds. Hike the ancient trade route from Paro valley across Sagala mountain pass down to the recently opened Haa Valley through awe inspiring landscapes.
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BHUTAN – THE HIDDEN SHANGRI-LA KINGDOM
Day 01 | Mar 16 Depart Home / En route to Bangkok or Delhi
Day 02 | Mar 17 Arrive in Paro / Visit Paro Dzong and Town
Day 03 | Mar 18 Fly Paro-Bumthang / Explore Bumthang Valley
Day 04 | Mar 19 Bumthang – Trongsa/ Temples and countryside walk / Trongsa Dzong
Day 05 | Mar 20 Trongsa – Phobjikha / Phobjikha Valley walk and Monastery
Day 06 | Mar 21 Phobjikha – Punakha / Punakha Dzong
Day 07 | Mar 22 Punakha / Temple walk / River rafting
Day 08 | Mar 23 Punakha – Thimphu / Fertility temple / Suspension bridge / Thimphu market
Day 09 | Mar 24 Thimphu – Paro / Deluxe Camp
Day 10 | Mar 25 Tiger’s Nest Monastery / Deluxe Camp / Special farewell event
Day 11 | Mar 26 Paro / Fly home OR Sagala Pass Trek Post-Extension
Day 12 | Mar 27 Arrive home
POST EXTENSION – SAGALA PASS TREK
Day 11 | Mar 26 Trek from Paro valley to Sagala pass camp / Yak herders
Day 12 | Mar 27 Trek to Haa valley / visit Haa town, market and Dzong / return to Paro
Day 13 | Mar 28 Paro / Fly home
Day 14 | Mar 29 Arrive home
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BEST OF BHUTAN
COMBINE: Bhutan - Hidden Shangri-La Kingdom with
Eastern Bhutan - Gomphu Kora Festival & Mountain Tribes
10 – 22 MAR 2019 ● 12 DAYS ● 12 GUESTS
Join us for an enlightening journey through one of the last remaining Buddhist Kingdom’s and the least explored corners of Bhutan. Long shut off from the rest of the world, Eastern Bhutan has retained a culture and lifestyle that revolves around the sacred. Monks live out their reverence in glorious monasteries and nuns devote their lives to charity. Traveling through the mountains reveals mystical views of holy peaks and passes. It’s no wonder these mountain ranges are said to house deities within. Be swept away by the energy, spirit and beauty of Eastern Bhutan.
On this adventure, you will witness a land of great beauty; with wild untouched landscapes, hamlets and monasteries clinging to the sides of rugged mountains and raging rivers deep down in the valleys. Journey to remote villages with superb mountain vistas to meet mountain tribes and ethnic minorities. Experience pure happiness, a quality Bhutanese culture has obtained through carefully-preserved traditional lifestyle. Explore temples decorated with exquisite and flamboyant designs and experience the simple living of the Yak herders. Witness elaborately decorated masked dancers perform their traditional rituals to the tunes of ancient horns, drums and symbols. Listen to the enchanting songs and melodies of the local dancing girls as the Bhutanese people gather for the colorful celebrations of Gomphu Kora festival.
Combine these 2 Bhutan adventures and receive a $3000 Trip Combo Savings on the Best of Bhutan expedition. Read Best of Bhutan for full details about how these trips can be combined.
COST & INFO
BHUTAN - THE HIDDEN SHANGRI-LA KINGDOM
Double Occupancy: USD $11,990 per person
Single Supplement Surcharge: USD $3,960 per person
BEST OF BHUTAN - COMBO SAVINGS
Combine with Eastern Bhutan – Gomphu Kora Festival & Mountain Tribes expedition and receive a USD $3000 per person Trip Combo Savings on the Best of Bhutan expedition.
POST EXTENSION – SAGALA PASS TREK
Double Occupancy: USD $1,770 per person
Single Supplement Surcharge: USD $180 per person
$250 per person per day Bhutan visa fee; All accommodations in twin/double share rooms or tents as outlined in the itinerary; All group meals; Welcome and farewell cocktail receptions; Soft drinks, drinking water, tea and regular filter coffee during meals at all hotels and accommodations; All group transfers and baggage handling; All tours, excursions, activities as outlined in the itinerary; Exclusive services of English speaking professional guides; Services of 2 Wild Earth Expedition Leaders; All gratuities to porters, guides, drivers, resort- and wait staff; Government- Service- and Room taxes; All permits, Entrance fees; Complimentary slideshow and photos; Donations to local project.
All international and domestic airfares; Any airport arrival and departure taxes; Passport fees; Immunization costs; Meals outside the group travel itinerary; Mandatory Travel insurance (including medical, medical evacuation and accident); Excess baggage charges; Personal items, such as laundry, any alcoholic beverages or bar charges (unless specified above), WiFi, telephone, fax calls; Tips for your Wild Earth Leaders and any non-group services. Any sudden increase in price, due to currency fluctuations, a steep hike in fuel cost, change in government tax policy or for any reason beyond our control, will be adjusted with the final invoice due 4 months prior to the expedition.
Single spaces are limited on this expedition and single occupancy rates apply. If you are wanting to share accommodations, a roommate will be assigned to you in which case the double occupancy rates apply. If we cannot pair you with a roommate, the single supplement surcharge applies.
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