Off the Map in Eastern Bhutan


An Intimate Immersion in Rarely Seen Traditions and Treasures

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Off the Map in Eastern Bhutan


Group | 14 Days | Moderate Touring
  • Venture into the remote eastern half of the country with Bhutan expert Brent Olson
  • Experience Buddhist traditions, including a vibrant annual festival
  • Insider access to Pema Choling, one of Bhutan's few nunneries
  • Meet the makers of sensational silk textiles
  • Soak up stunning countryside and alpine scenery

Of the relatively few travelers who have ventured into the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, only a tiny number have made it as far as the remote and rugged east. This isolated region that feels like western Bhutan did decades ago is a treasure trove of extraordinary textiles, welcoming villages, bird-filled forests, steep river valleys, and ancient temples. To share these wonders with you, our own Brent Olson has crafted this off-the-radar journey. His decades of experience and inside connections in Bhutan bring very special access and interactions that cannot be found anywhere else.

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The whole Bhutan trip was the highlight of a lifetime! In this age of low standards, the GeoEx staff was consistently top notch! Brent's knowledge was very deep, and he had great stories!

– Tim D.
Day
1–3

Arriving in Paro, we get a taste of western Bhutan before flying east to the little-visited and totally enchanting Trashigang Distict We encounter farmers and pristine forest, and immerse ourselves in the rural way of life.

Day
4–5

In the isolated Lhuntshi area, we learn traditions of Khoma, a famous weaving villages The Geonkhar Tshechu (festival) features sacred masked dances, folk songs, feasting, and fun, and we're invited to attend.

Day
6–7

We explore Lhuntshi Dzong, one of the most picturesque in Bhutan, and head south to Mongar amid dazzling scenery: soaring cliffs, hillsides blanketed in fir trees and wildflowers, verdant pastures, hilltop towns.

Day
8–11

Arriving in the spectacular Bumthang region, we discover ancient temples and are hosted by a noble family   The nuns of Pema Choling welcome us for a special ceremony We go for a beautiful hike and sample local cheese.

Day
12–14

After a quick stop at the Jambay Festival, we fly from Jakar to Paro A pilgrimage to Taktsang Lhakhang (the Tiger's Nest monastery), one of the most important religious sites in the entire Himalaya, caps off the trip.

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Meet Your Trip Leader

Brent Olson

Since 1986, Brent has created and led GeoEx treks and tours all over Bhutan and has forged close friendships with Bhutanese from many walks of life. He is on the board of the Bhutan Foundation and considers Bhutan his second home.

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GeoEx trip leader Brent Olson in Bhutan

Dates & Prices


Dates

11/3/19 – 11/16/19   – Limited space; please call

10/20/20 – 11/2/20  

Pricing

From $10,435 (Group Trip)

Inclusions:

  • Expertise of GeoEx’s travel specialists
  • Services of GeoEx’s in-house air reservations team
  • All accommodations
  • All meals
  • All gratuities
  • All ground transportation and airport transfers
  • Sightseeing, events, visits, and entrance fees
  • Bottled water at included meals and while sightseeing
  • Services of a GeoEx trip leader, local guides, drivers, and other staff
  • Emergency evacuation services and secondary medical expense insurance

A Journey Built Just For You

Take customization to the next level on a journey fully tailored to you. GeoEx's destination specialists will gladly tailor this existing itinerary—or build one completely from scratch—to suit your style, interests, and time frame. Contact us to see what's possible.

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