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.
- Travel through mystical landscapes with glorious mountain passes and Himalayan peaks.
- Be moved by the colorful Gomphu Kora festival.
- Experience authentic Bhutanese living and genuine hospitality.
- Visit ancient fortresses, sacred monasteries and remote temples.
- Engage with mountain tribes and Yak herders.
- Walk through lush valleys with rushing rivers and superb mountain vistas.
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.
BEST OF BHUTAN
COMBINE: Eastern Bhutan - Gomphu Kora Festival & Mountain Tribes with
Bhutan - The Hidden Shangri-La Kingdom
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.
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-Extension. This 2-day trek is designed for those that love hiking in the mountains.
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.
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EASTERN BHUTAN - GOMPHU KORA FESTIVAL & MOUNTAIN TRIBES
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
Day 08 | Mar 17 Mongar to Ura Valley
Day 09 | Mar 18 Ura to Bumthang / Explore Bumthang Valley / Amankora
Day 10 | Mar 19 Bhumtang valley / Amankora
Day 10 | Mar 20 Fly to Paro / Zhiwaling Hotel Paro
Day 12 | Mar 21 Fly home
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COST & INFO
EASTERN BHUTAN - GOMPHU KORA FESTIVAL & MOUNTAIN TRIBES
Double Occupancy: USD $9,200 per person
Single Supplement Surcharge: USD $3,890 per person
BEST OF BHUTAN - COMBO SAVINGS
Combine with Bhutan – The Hidden Shangri-la Kingdom expedition and receive a USD $3000 per person Trip Combo Savings on the Best of Bhutan expedition.
$250 per person per day Bhutan visa fee; All accommodations in twin/double share rooms 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 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.
Trashigang airport in far Eastern Bhutan is a brand-new airport and at this time the flights only operate 2 days a week (Tue and Thu). We have planned the expedition based on the 2018 Paro-Trashigang flight schedule, but if they change, we may need to add or subtract a day to this expedition to ensure that the expedition content remains intact, especially the Gomphu Kora Festival. We will of course inform you as soon as the flight schedules are confirmed and if it is necessary for us to make any changes to reflect this. If an additional night is required we will add this cost to the trip price, if we need to lose a day, a deduction from the overall trip price will be made accordingly.
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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