Bhutan: A Hiker's Paradise
Group and Custom | 12 Days | Moderate to Rigorous Touring and Hiking
- Experience Bhutan with inside connections and top Bhutanese guides
- Sensational hiking among pine-clad valleys and distinctive architecture
- The cliff-clinging Tiger’s Nest monastery
- Explore four beautiful valleys, stopping into local homes and villages
- Join a Group Trip (16 travelers max) or opt for a private journey with custom options
On this particularly paradisiacal trip we take advantage of Bhutan's eye-caressing landscapes with a series of day hikes in some of its loveliest valleys: Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, and Phobjikha. Each night we stay in a delightful hotel, guesthouse, or local lodge, enjoying the pleasures of Bhutanese hospitality. The only country in South Asia without a population problem, Bhutan offers the rare chance for escapading in intact landscapes with surprisingly up-to-date amenities close at hand. And the wandering is glorious: wildflowers bursting with life, snow peaks rising over idyllic farmhouses, and cheery folks waving.
I did not want to stare at Bhutan from the window of a bus...I wanted to get into the countryside and really be there. My GeoEx hiking excursion filled the bill. Loved it! I would recommend it to any of my friends.– Irene S.
Arrive in Paro, once a trade hub with Tibet, and hike to a ruined fortress and the hill-perched dzong, a center for administrative and monastic life.
Traveling east into the Wangdiphodrang region, we ramble through a wild botanical garden and along terraced fields to a magnificent temple A local family welcomes us for lunch in their home.
A spectacular trail leads us from Lawala Pass into the remote Phobjikha Valley, a nesting site for rare black-necked cranes in winter Walk through moss-draped hemlocks and rhododendrons, seeing village life.
Explore Punakha Valley, wandering past prayer flags and wide vistas, ascending to a jewel-like chorten, and visiting the riverside dzong Hear stories of the Divine Madman at the Chimi Lhakhang temple.
Thimphu, Bhutan's capital, offers cultural highlights—such as archery, the National Textile Museum, and the Great Buddha Dordenma—before the drive to Paro.
Hike to the astonishing Tiger’s Nest monastery, which clings high to a cliffside A final stroll or bit of shopping in Paro might beckon before flying home.
Dates & Prices
4/2/18 – 4/13/18
10/29/18 – 11/9/18
Custom Trips offered year-round
Group Trip: From $6585 per person
Custom Trip: Please call for individually tailored recommendations and pricing.
- Expertise of GeoEx’s travel specialists
- Services of GeoEx’s in-house air reservations team
- All accommodations
- All ground transportation and airport transfers
- Sightseeing, events, visits, and entrance fees
- All meals
- Bottled water at included meals and while sightseeing
- Services of a GeoEx trip leader (on Group Trip), local guides, drivers, and other staff
- Some gratuities
- Emergency evacuation services and secondary medical expense insurance