Bhutan Tours

Exotic, exclusive, and shrouded in mystery - Bhutan is the ultimate destination for spiritual and trekking retreats. This is the last remaining Buddhist kingdom in the world - a Himalayan Shangri-La where almost a third of the country is protected by a network of pristine national parks, and where deep-rooted culture, tradition and religion gently push back against the modern world. 'Gross National Happiness' - a philosophy which puts the wellbeing of Bhutanese citizens at the forefront of economic development - underpins this remarkable society, and inspires worldwide curiosity.

Bhutan’s plunging valleys and mountainous peaks are dotted with ancient monasteries and temples. Small villages cluster around them, farmers tend their fields, and monks rise before dawn for morning prayers. Entry visas are strictly limited in pursuit of low-impact, high-value tourism, to the extent that even the capital, Thimphu, has an otherworldly aspect to it, despite the occasional nod to ‘progress’. Once you step behind the veil, however, it becomes obvious that Bhutan welcomes strangers with open arms - and armfuls of Buddhist blessings.

Paro (a short drive from Thimphu over the majestic Dochula Pass) is the main point of entry to Bhutan, with the country’s only international airport. Paro's sacred Tiger’s Nest temple rewards trekkers with stunning panoramas over the valley and a sense of spiritual serenity. Central Bhutan, thick with tropical forest, is the cultural heartland; some of the country’s oldest and most significant religious sites are found here in the valleys of Bumthang, along with a slightly incongruous Swiss cheese factory.

In Punakha, the former capital, rice paddies and bountiful orchards make for blissful wandering, while the marshy terrain of the Phobjikha Valley draws hundreds of rare Black-Necked Crane every winter, prompting country-wide celebrations. Eastern Bhutan is almost completely undeveloped, and rarely visited, offering an authentic experience for adventurous travellers who make it that far. But the domestic airport has recently reopened in Trashigang, and plans are afoot to improve the main road, so the east may not be so remote for long.

The world’s highest unclimbed peak can be found in Bhutan - the sacred mountain of Gangkhar Puensum - so it should come as no surprise that mountain trekking is a popular activity, and the best way to really take in the genuinely epic scenery of the Eastern Himalayas. The Jhomolhari Trek is among the best-known routes, while the Snowman Trek, at 25 days, is reckoned to be among the most challenging in the world. Whatever your ability level, there are no end of satisfying treks available countrywide. Multi day journeys are accompanied by specialist guides, camp staff and horsemen to carry your equipment, leaving you to soak up the views.

A highlight of many Bhutan holidays is to mix with the locals at a tshechu. These religious festivals take place throughout the year, with masked dancers performing elaborate dances. The Paro and Punakha tshechus in particular, held in courtyards outside the dzongs, draw huge crowds, while those in more remote areas have a relaxed and intimate atmosphere.

If you’ve always wanted to explore Bhutan, we’re just as excited as you to finally see it listed among our destinations. It’s been on our bucket-list for a long time.

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We have thoughtfully curated itineraries unveil a tapestry of possibilities, igniting your imagination for the enchanting journeys that await in Bhutan. These routes, meticulously crafted and honed through experience, serve as a compass of inspiration. Yet, view them as mere sparks, for your expedition will be meticulously tailored by our seasoned specialists. Rooted in your distinct tastes and passions, your voyage will be an unrivaled masterpiece, uniquely crafted for you.
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Bhutan
10 days from $2.700
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Kathmandu, Thimphu, Punakha, Paro, Tiger's Nest Monastery
  • Spin prayer wheels at the photogenic Punakha Dzong.
  • Learn how to cook Bhutanese cuisine in the home of a farming family.
  • Join pilgrims on the trek to Taktsang Monastery: Bhutan’s most revered Buddhist site.
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Bhutan
16 days from $4.200
ROUTE:
Kathmandu, Bumthang Valley, Phobjikha, Punakha, Thimphu, Paro, Tiger's Nest Monastery
  • Explore the sacred heritage sites of Kathmandu
  • Discover the ancient kingdom of Patan
  • Fly over the Himalayas into Bhutan
  • Relax into the traditional culture in gentle Thimphu
  • Pay your respects at the Temple of the Divine Madman
  • Witness thriving ancient lifestyles & craftsmanship
  • Traverse mountain passes with extraordinary views
  • Admire Bhutan's extraordinary religious fortresses
  • Spin prayer wheels at the photogenic Punakha Dzong
  • Tuck into a home-cooked meal with a farming family
  • Chat with local shepherds in a remote valley
  • Trek to the spectacular Tiger’s Nest, Bhutan’s most revered Buddhist site
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Bhutan, Nepal, Tibet
20 days from $6.300
ROUTE:
Kathmandu, Panauti homestay, Lhasa, Gyantse, Shigatse, Samye, Tsetang, Patan, Thimphu, Punakha, Paro, Tiger's Nest Monastery
  • Marvel at the diverse natural scenery & awesome Himalayan vistas.
  • Spin prayer wheels as you travel, for good karma
  • Stay overnight in a Nepali homestay for an insight into local life.
  • Join pilgrims on their daily kora at some of the region’s most sacred sites
  • Eat a traditional meal with a Bhutanese farming family
  • Trek to Tiger’s Nest Monastery: Bhutan’s most revered Buddhist site.
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