Bhutan

THE HIDDEN SHANGRI-LA KINGDOM

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.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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.

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 Trek

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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ITINERARY OVERVIEW

BHUTAN – THE HIDDEN SHANGRI-LA KINGDOM

Day 01 Depart Home / En route to Bangkok or Delhi

Day 02 Arrive in Paro / Visit Paro Dzong and Town

Day 03 Fly Paro-Bumthang / Explore Bumthang Valley

Day 04 Bumthang – Trongsa/ Temples and countryside walk / Trongsa Dzong

Day 05 Trongsa – Phobjikha / Phobjikha Valley walk and Monastery

Day 06 Phobjikha – Punakha / Punakha Dzong

Day 07 Punakha / Temple walk / River rafting

Day 08 Punakha – Thimphu / Fertility temple / Suspension bridge / Thimphu market

Day 09 Thimphu – Paro / Deluxe Camp

Day 10 Tiger’s Nest Monastery / Deluxe Camp / Special farewell event

Day 11 Paro / Fly home OR Sagala Pass Trek Post-Extension

Day 12 Arrive home

 

POST EXTENSION – SAGALA PASS TREK

Day 11 Trek from Paro valley to Sagala pass camp / Yak herders

Day 12 Trek to Haa valley / visit Haa town, market and Dzong / return to Paro

Day 13 Paro / Fly home

Day 14 Arrive home


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BEST OF BHUTAN

COMBINE: Bhutan - Hidden Shangri-La Kingdom with

Eastern Bhutan - Gomphu Kora Festival & Mountain Tribes

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.


WILD EARTH LEADERS

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Natalia Baechtold

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

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2019 BHUTAN

2019 BEST OF BHUTAN

2019 AUSTRALIA

2020 FIJI & TONGA

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Tshering Dorji

Bhutan Specialist & Lead Guide

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2019 BEST OF BHUTAN

 


 

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