Bhutan: A Hiker's Paradise

  • Bask in the warm hospitality and dazzling smiles of the Bhutanese people
  • Storybook farmhouses, rich dzong architecture & distant snow-capped peaks
  • Begin and end in historic Paro Valley, one of the country's most idyllic settings
Trip Type: Scheduled Departure & Sample Itinerary
Trip Length: 12 Days
Activity type(s): Cultural Tour, Day Hiking
Trip Extensions: Angkor Extension
Laos Extension

Paradise. Eden. We use these words to describe Bhutan. We try to avoid gilding already resplendent lilies, but we’re committed to accuracy; as far as we and our many Bhutan travelers are concerned, a trip to the Dragon Kingdom is a little like going to heaven without all the bother and expense of dying. (Thanks to the master, P. G. Wodehouse, for that line.)

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. And each night we stay in a delightful hotel, guesthouse, or local lodge, enjoying the pleasures of Bhutanese hospitality and comfort. 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 in the distance, idyllic farmhouses, cheery folks waving, and, in the spring, swirling fields of rhododendrons and, in the fall, visits from rare black-necked cranes, among much Edenic else.

Bhutan hike tour map

Itinerary at a Glance

  • Day 1: arrive in Paro
  • Day 2: hiking in Paro
  • Day 3: drive to Punakha
  • Day 4: Punakha Valley hiking
  • Day 5: on to Phobjikha Valley
  • Day 6: hiking in Phobjikha
  • Day 7: drive to Wangdiphodrang
  • Day 8: on to Thimphu
  • Day 9: Thimphu hiking, market
  • Day 10: return to Paro
  • Day 11: explore Paro, hike to Taktsang
  • Day 12: depart Paro.