BEST OF Bhutan 

BHUTAN - THE HIDDEN SHANGRI-LA KINGDOM &

EASTERN BHUTAN - GOMPHU KORA FESTIVAL & MOUNTAIN TRIBES

10 – 27 MAR 2019  ●  18 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. Long shut off from the rest of the world, 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 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. 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. Journey to remote villages with superb mountain vistas to meet mountain tribes and ethnic minorities. 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, explore temples decorated with exquisite and flamboyant designs and 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.

Once a year the small town of Gomphu Kora comes alive with grand festivities. 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.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit ancient fortresses (inc. Tiger’s Nest), sacred monasteries and remote temples.

  • Travel through mystical landscapes with glorious mountain passes and Himalayan peaks.

  • Be moved by the colorful Gomphu Kora festival.

  • Engage with mountain tribes and Yak herders.

  • Experience authentic Bhutanese living and genuine hospitality.

  • See swirling fields of Rhododendrons and walk through lush valleys and misty forests.

  • River raft on the Mo Chu River.

  • Witness the traditional daily lives of Monks, Nuns, Yak herders and farmers.

  • Overnight at high-end Aman and Uma by Como Resort properties.

TRIP DESIGN

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.


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Post Extension - Sagala Pass Trek

26 - 29 MAR 2019  •  3 DAYS  •  12 GUESTS

For the more fit and active, finish your Bhutan 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 world’s highest mountain peaks. Camp on a wonderful meadow and witness the daily life of traditional Yak herders. Hike the ancient trade route from Paro valley across Sagala mountain pass down to the recently opened Haa Valley.


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ITINERARY OVERVIEW

BEST OF BHUTAN

Day 01 | Mar 10 Arrive in Bangkok or Delhi en route to Paro, Bhutan

Day 02 | Mar 11 Arrive in Paro / Dzong and town visit

Day 03 | Mar 12 Fly to Trashigang/ Dzong and town visit

Day 04 | Mar 13 Cultural experience with monks in traditional village

Day 05 | Mar 14 Merak / Mountain tribe

Day 06 | Mar 15 Merak / Radi rice terraces and nunnery / Trashigang

Day 07 | Mar 16 Gomphu Kora Festival / Mongar

Day 08 | Mar 17 Mongar to Ura Valley

Day 09 | Mar 18 Ura to Bumthang / Explore Bumthang valley

Day 10 | Mar 19 Bumthang – Trongsa/ Temples and countryside walk / Trongsa Dzong

Day 11 | Mar 20 Trongsa – Phobjikha / Phobjikha valley walk and Monastery

Day 12 | Mar 21 Phobjikha – Punaka / Phobjikha valley / Punaka Dzong

Day 13 | Mar 22 Punaka / Temple walk / River rafting

Day 14 | Mar 23 Punakha – Thimphu / Fertility temple / Suspension bridge / Thimphu market

Day 15 | Mar 24 Thimphu – Paro / Deluxe Camp

Day 16 | Mar 25 Tiger’s Nest Monastery / Deluxe Camp / Special farewell event

Day 17 | Mar 26 Fly home OR join Sagala Pass Trek Post-Extension

Day 18 | Mar 27 Arrive home

 

POST EXTENSION - SAGALA PASS TREK

Day 01 | Mar 26 Trek from Paro valley to Sagala pass camp / Yak herders

Day 02 | Mar 27 Trek to Haa valley / visit Haa town, market and Dzong / return to Paro

Day 03 | Mar 28 Paro / Fly home

Day 04 | Mar 29 Arrive home


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BROCHURE

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2 STANDALONE TRIP OPTIONS

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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. LEARN MORE

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Bhutan - 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.

For the fit and active, complete your Bhutanese adventure with the Sagala Pass Trek Post-ExtensionThis 2-day trek is designed for those that love hiking in the mountains. LEARN MORE

 


COST & INFO

BEST OF BHUTAN - COMBO SAVINGS

A total of USD $3000 per person Trip Combo Savings if combing the 2 below expeditions.

 

EASTERN BHUTAN - GOMPHU KORA FESTIVAL & MOUNTAIN TRIBES

Double Occupancy: USD $9,200 per person

Single Supplement Surcharge: USD $3,890 per person

 

BHUTAN - THE HIDDEN SHANGRI-LA KINGDOM

Double Occupancy: USD $11,990 per person

Single Supplement Surcharge: USD $3,960 per person

 

POST EXTENSION – SAGALA PASS TREK

Double Occupancy: USD $1,770 per person

Single Supplement Surcharge: USD $180 per person

 

INCLUDED

$250 per person per day Bhutan visa fee (USD$4500); 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.

 

NOT INCLUDED

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 2 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 OCCUPANCY

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.


WILD EARTH LEADERS

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Natalia Baechtold

Founder, Director of Visual Media, Expedition Leader & Dive Master

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2018 PHILIPPINES & PALAU

2018 INDONESIA

2019 EASTERN BHUTAN

2019 BHUTAN

2019 BEST OF BHUTAN

2019 AUSTRALIA

2020 FIJI & TONGA

2020 SVALBARD

 

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Tshering Dorji

Bhutan Specialist & Lead Guide

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