For lovers of Buddhist culture wanting to dig deeper, this 10-day trip through Bhutan’s magnificent mountain terrain promises stunning photographs and encounters with a people who care more about GNH—Gross National Happiness—than GDP. As you explore tiny towns and remarkable monasteries, you’ll receive unparallelled opportunities for cultural interactions and blessings from Buddhist monks. With the direction of an expert local guide and comfortable accommodations at the end of the day, immerse yourself in a land that prides itself on its remote isolation and happiness.
Arrival and departure transfer. Visit the Rimpung Dzong, a school for Monks. Hike to Punakha Dzong monastery and fertility shrine. Visit the town of Wangdue and walk to Khamsum Yueley Chorten shrine. Visit the village of Khewa. Walk to the monastery of Gangtey Goempa and visit a Community School. Walk across Phobjikha Khewa Valleys. Visit the National Library, the Institute for Zorig Chusum (Art and Craft) and the Memorial Chorten. Hike to Kila Goempa nunnery. Explore the Haa Valley including the Wangchuk Lo Dzong shrine and the Lhakhang Nagpo and Lhakhang Karpo Temples. Visit the fortress of Drukgyal Dzong and hike to Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest). Visit Kyichu Lhakhang Temple and the local archery grounds. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners. (Allow USD100-150 for meals not included.)
Comfort hotels/lodges (9 nts).
Private vehicle, walking, hiking.
Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Small group experience; Max 16, Avg 10.