Exploring the spiritual heart of Bhutan, its scenic trails, temples & vibrant Buddhist culture
Group Travel| 12 Days
Moderate to challenging hikes; easy to moderate cultural touring, high-end accommodations
2021 Travel Program (tentative post-covid recovery dates):
October 22 - November 02, 2021
(See below for 2022 dates and prices)
Take this beautiful fall hiking journey exploring the breathtaking central highlands of Bhutan, stopping at some of the most scenic temples and monasteries in the kingdom, and learning about the ancient Himalayan Buddhist culture that shapes life in Bhutan to this day. Take optional hikes along forested mountain trails, country walks skirting terraced rice fields, and experience an exciting mask dance festival as well as magnificent Tiger's Nest monastery.
Enjoy a Bhutanese feast prepared by a curator of Bhutanese food traditions
Meet interesting Bhutanese people from many walks of life
Watch a traditional mask dance festival
Visit exquisite temples and monasteries
Markets, monuments, optional hikes and more
FROM OUR PHOTOGALLERY
This scenic journey during Bhutan’s lovely fall season starts with your arrival in Paro, Western Bhutan, from where you take a scenic mountain flight to the central valleys of Bumthang. Here, in our home region, we attend the colorful Jakar Tshechu festival and explore the enchanting valley and its ancient monasteries, taking informative walking tours and enjoying a deeper experience of the kingdom’s balanced way life. Next, we take an overland journey through western Bhutan's cultural centers before celebrating with a hike to the spectacular Tiger’s Nest monastery. Other valleys featured on this journey include Punakha, Thimphu, Wangdue, and Trongsa, with a possible overnight excursion to Gangtey. We also meet interesting Bhutanese people and celebrate a vibrant annual mask dance festival at one of the most anticipated annual Buddhist calendar events!