Bhutan in the Time of Rhododendrons
Visit a magnificent mask dance festival, experience traditional Bhutanese culture and journey to ancient temples and monasteries. Take beautiful hikes through the vibrant Himalayan landscape and discover Bhutan when the kingdom's legendary rhododendrons blossom like the exuberant whirls of a flamenco dancer's dress.
Great for nature enthusiasts
An ancient mask dance festival
Mixed terrain hiking & country walks
High-end traditionally authentic lodges & resorts
Highlights of West & Central Bhutan
Hike to magnificent "Tiger's Nest" Monastery
Trip Extensions Available on Request
Bhutan's wild and magnificent rhododendron blooms elevate the stunning Bhutanese landscape, transforming the merely beautiful into an experience that is truly unforgettable. Old growth rhododendron forests, such as those found in Bhutan and a few other parts of the Himalayas have long fascinated explorers, botanists, collectors and enthusiasts alike. This journey coincides with the long season of flowering rhododendrons in Bhutan and takes us to a centuries-old religious mask dance festival that provides insight into the rich spiritual traditions of the kingdom. Traveling from west Bhutan to the center of the country and back, we stop along the way to “smell the flowers,” and explore hiking trails redolent with the breath of Himalayan pines. Enter a series of awe-inspiring Buddhist monasteries strung across the country like pearls on a necklace before the final, spectacular, ascent to Tiger's Nest monastery, one of Bhutan's most ancient temples.
To learn more about rhododendrons in the spring, please read our In Focus feature The Magnificent Madness of Bhutan's Wild Rhododendron Blooms
Route Map - Celebrating Bhutan's Rhododendron Season
“I’m still on a high! Words aren’t coming to express how much the last few weeks traveling with [your group] have meant to me!”
~ Rebecca B.
Admire the massive peaks of the Eastern Himalaya as we fly into Paro ● Wander the colorful streets of Paro, and visit nearby temples set amid bucolic rice fields.
Take the dramatic Himalayan flight to Jakar, the geographic and spiritual center of Bhutan ● Take the acclimating walk through the Jakar valley floor, stopping at several interesting temples and monasteries ● Check in at our superlative family lodge
Take the beautiful excursion to the Ura valley where we attend the colorful mask dance festival which has been a valley tradition for centuries ● Explore the beautiful Tang Valley and visit the beautiful Pemachholing nunnery ● Hike along the banks of the Chamkhar river to the Ngang Lhakhang, an ancient clustered around a legendary old folk temple.
Take the return drive to Trongsa or Gangtey valleys, stopping at the Museum of Royal Antiquities ● Arrive in the Punakha valley and visit the valley's famous Dzong
Walk to the lovely Khamsum Yuelley temple with a beautiful view overlooking rice-fields and the Punakha river. ● Continue to Thimphu, Bhutan's bustling capital● Explore museums and markets of the capital ● Hike to beautiful Tango monastery north of the capital.
Hike to the famous cliff-side of Taktshang or “Tiger's Nest” Monastery. Explore downtown Paro for last-minute gifts before a traditional farewell feast ● Transfer back to the airport for your departing flight from Paro.
TRAVEL EXTENSIONS TO
CAMBODIA & LAOS
(with optional Bangkok Transit arrangements)
If you'd like to spend a little more time exploring the magnificent World Heritage sites of Cambodia and Laos before or after Bhutan with arrangements in and out of Bangkok, we can take care of those details as well. Start the Conversation and tie in a visit to the awe-inspiring temples of Angkor Wat or explore the quaint streets of Luang Prabang where French Colonial meets a distinctly unique Asian sensibility.
DATES & PRICES
2019: April 15 ~ 27; other dates may be available March through May 2019.
/ 2020: TBD
From $4,600 per person (Custom trips may require additional arrangements, which may add to trip costs.)
Single supplement $500 per person
*Mountain biking optional add-on $350 per person.
CUSTOM JOURNEYS TAILORED JUST FOR YOU
Did you know we also arrange custom journeys throughout the year? Just tell us what you need from your trip and we will put it all together for you.
All ground transportation and airport transfers
All meals, including excursions to try well-known local restaurants
The expertise and services of your Bhutanese Trip Leaders, Guides & dedicated trip field staff
Courtesy booking services & arrangements for round-trip regional flights from gateway cities (such as Bangkok) to Bhutan & any internal domestic flights (airfare is additional).
Sightseeing, special events & receptions, visits and entry fees
All environmental national parks & conservation fees and permits
All Trek Arrangements (if you signed up for a trek), including community camping and commissary equipment (comfortable and roomy two-person tents, kitchen and dining tents, and other community equipment), camp, cook and support staff
Fly from your home city to Bangkok, Singapore, New Delhi Kolkata or Kathmandu (Main Gateway Cities)*
Fly from Gateway City to Paro, Bhutan.
Important: Bhutan Himalaya Expeditions makes round-trip flight arrangements from the Gateway City of your choice to Bhutan as a courtesy to our travelers. Airfare is not included.
For further details please email us using the contact form on the bottom of this page.
*Bangkok is the primary Gateway City & offers the most frequent and most reliable flights to Bhutan.