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Bhutan for Everyone

12/08/2016

Culture of Bhutan

Bhutan has traditionally been one of our most popular destinations and we hope many of you can try and get a feel for yourself of how much – or how little – it has changed over the years. Have you been thinking of booking a trip to the mystical landlocked Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, but are unsure of the kind of trip that suits you best?

As a Bhutan specialist tour operator, we bring you below 7 of our favourite itineraries in Bhutan. Whether you want to explore by mountain bike, trek remote trails, experience local festivals, travel when you're short on time or like to take it easy, there is a trip for everyone!

Explore the memorable mountain views, hill stations and Buddhist monasteries, discover local markets and colourful villages all at the pace that suits you best and with a small group of likeminded travellers.

 

If you like a challenge >> Bhutan High Trails via Laya

Trek into the heartland of Bhutan in pristine wilderness, across a series of 5,000-metre high passes and underneath the sacred summit of Chomolhari (‘Mountain of the Goddess’), which has only been reached by a handful of climbers over the years. Beneath a constant backdrop of snow-capped peaks, the trip follows forest trails and camps in alpine meadows, with time spent in Paro and capital Thimphu, pure and rich in natural splendour, cultural vibrancy and ancient fort monasteries.

A truly challenging and remote from other tourists trek with a great leader and team. Bhutan is worth the extra $s.” – J. Holliday from Australia

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For those who enjoy festivals >> Bhutan Explorer & Jambay Lhakhang Festival

The hugely popular religious Jambay Lhakhang Festival is known for two special events, ‘Mewang’ and ‘Tercham’. During the festival, held at Bhutan’s Jambay Lhakhang temple, you will see locals running under a flaming gate with burning grasses on their head and dancers performing completely naked, wearing only a mask. The temple’s annual festival takes place in autumn and we spend three days attending the festivities. This trip will give you a unique insight in Bhutan’s culture. 

This was one of the very best travelling experiences I have had (and I have been travelling extensively during the last 10 years). Long distances between locations were broken by planned stops at places of interest. The festival celebrations were amazing.” – G. Rojas Borraez from London

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Bhutan campsite

Bhutan culture

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Where very few ever go >> Bhutan Snowman Trek

This journey comprises 27 days in Bhutan and is undertaken by only a handful of trekkers each season. On our Snowman Trek you access Lunana, the most remote region of the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon. This is where tiny Buddhist monasteries and secluded villages remain isolated for many months of the year. It is also one of the world’s most challenging treks across the backbone of Bhutan, amid a constant backdrop of 7,000m peaks.

“We had an absolutely fantastic time. The countryside in Bhutan is so pristine and we really enjoyed the remoteness. It certainly was physically challenging and it was a credit to the two leaders that all 10 clients completed it safely.” – T. Beach from Dorset

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If you’re short on time >> Essence of Bhutan

On this 8-day comprehensive journey through Bhutan we let you experience the highlights of this remote and culturally rich kingdom. You’ll spend time in the capital Thimphu, visit Paro and hike to the wonderful Taktsang Monastery. In central Bhutan we visit the area that is known to be home of the endangered and graceful black-necked cranes. The duration of this trip is just eight days, in which it shows the essence of what life, culture, and the beautiful environment of Bhutan are.

“Most memorable part: Visiting the Tigers Nest Temple” – P. Marschall from Tasmania

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For those who want to cycle >> Bhutan by Bike

The mystical Kingdom of Bhutan is arguably the most isolated and culturally rich country in the Himalaya. That doesn’t stop us from exploring the country on two wheels. Bhutan is the perfect venue for cycle touring in the Himalayas. It is compact and has mostly sealed roads with cross passes in excess of 3,000m so be prepared for long mountain climbs and exhilarating descents!

Guaranteed to depart on 10 October this year.

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If you’re more interested in culture >> Bhutan Cultural Journey

Offering countless opportunities to shots of spectacular scenery and timeless landscapes, the ‘Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon’ combines rugged scenery and snowcapped peaks with heavily forested foothills and subtropical plains. On this trip you will experience Bhutan’s rich culture and history and combine it with varied day walks. You’ll be taken to the monasteries and dzongs of Ura and Gangtey valleys, can gain views of the sacred Chomolhari peak and of course explore the famous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest).

The Bhutan Cultural trip was a great mix of culture, scenery, walking, local people, Bhuddist Dzongs, food and local lifestyle.” – G. Orchard from Australia

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Bhutan trails

 

If you want to be on Bhutan's best one-week trek >> Chomolhari Base Camp Trek

If you are seeking a relatively short but rugged high altitude trek with ample time for unique cultural insights, then the Chomolhari trek is the perfect choice. Spectacularly visible but access restrictions on the Bhutanese side and particularly difficult routes from the Tibetan side have led to very little climbing activity on Mount Chomolhari. Only a handful of climbers reached its peak since it was first ascended in 1937 and on this trip you will trek to Chomolhari Base Camp (4050m) and cross the Yale Pass (4950m) before you’ll descend to Thimphu, capital of Bhutan.

Excellent trip. Our staff, especially the cook, were incredible. I did not think it was possible to eat so well during a week-long camping trip at high altitudes. The landscape was breath taking. Cannot wait to head back to the mountains.” – M. Pagan from New York

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Tiny yet culturally rich, Bhutan is the most inaccessible of all the Himalayan kingdoms and now we have collected a big variety of the travel options you have with us in Bhutan. We hope this will help you choose your next adventure holiday. For more information or booking requests, please contact our team of travel experts in London

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