Trekking in Bhutan adventure holiday

“Talk about enlightenment at altitude. This 18 day trekking holiday, with camping in the most ethereal places, is out of this world. ”


Paro | Paro Dzong | Paro Valley | Tigers Nest Monastery or Taktsang | Drukyel Dzong | Chomolhari (7314m) | Jichu Drake (6794m) | Sopu Lake | Nye La 4850m | Lingshi village. Of particular note is the Lingshi Dzong | Chebisa Valley | Gobu La (4450 m) | Jare La | Shinge La | Laya village | Masang Gang (7194m) | Bale La (3950 m) | Ghasa hot springs | Punakha Dzong | Wangduephodrang | Thimphu | Tashichho Dzong

Description of Trekking in Bhutan adventure holiday

This trekking in Bhutan holiday is both mammoth and magnificent. Trekking in the heartland of Bhutan through greats such as the Paro and Chebisa Valleys, up to Himalayan mountain passes such as Nye La at 4850m or Gobu La at 4450m, you will have stupendous views out to some of the greatest peaks in the world too. These include the sacred peak of Chomolhari at 7314m. With thirteen days of trekking in all, we take our time and also have good breaks for acclimatisation.

This is a small group tour, fully guided by local experts with plenty of local support and bags carried by pack animals, with most nights spent camping in Himalayan landscapes that you will never forget. We are an extremely responsible trekking company and ensure that our footprint is light. This means not only ensuring that we leave no trace at all as we trek or after we strike camp, but also spending time in local communities along the way, such as Lingshi village, home to Lingshi Dzong, or the farming village at Shomuthang where we camp. We also travel in small group sizes.

This Bhutan adventure also includes some time in the capital city of Paro and Thimphu, with guided tours of their cultural highlights. The spiritual highlight for many, apart from the mountains themselves of course, is a visit to the Tigers Nest Monastery or Taktsang in the Paro Valley.

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Small group tour:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

The natural landscapes we explore on our cultural holiday to Bhutan are some of the richest, often most challenging, yet at the same time some of the most fragile environments on earth. With education, experienced leadership and appropriate equipment and techniques, it is possible to travel responsibly through these regions.

By joining this trek you can be assured that you will not be contributing to deforestation or the associated soil erosion and loss of biodiversity but rather you'll be making a significant contribution by supporting our efforts to set the standards for a sustainable trekking service.

Your local leader will ensure our camps are left better than they were found. Our kerosene based camping trips ensure there is no need to burn wood for cooking or bathing. Your local leader will help you liaise with your local trekking crew, who may include local porter or animal handlers, and rely on income derived from trekking groups to help offset their main income. Having a local Bhutanese guide also allows for impromptu laughs and shared insights when coming across local villagers along the trek.

The Impacts of this Trip

This trip allows ample time to appreciate the rich cultural history of this secluded Himalayan Kingdom. In the company of our local guides and with the use of local transport and accommodation you can be assured that as much of your money as possible feeds back into the local communities that you visit. Our strict policy of small groups ensures that this trip is both environmentally and culturally sensitive.

As with all travel to Bhutan, this trip is carefully controlled by the Bhutan Tourist Authority which exists to protect the country’s unique culture and thus minimise the negative effects of mass tourism. It also ensures that local people benefit from the revenue such tourism brings to the country.

No local payments policy
Local cash payments are becoming increasingly popular with many operators in the adventure travel industry. This policy seems to benefit the tour operators more than the local economies or the travellers, as it avoids local taxes and transfers the costs and risks of cash handling onto the travellers. In accordance with our Responsible Travel practices, we have chosen a policy of not asking for such payments.

Our Responsible Travel Guidebook
Our philosophy since 1975 has been to leave only footprints and take only photographs. To reiterate this, every customer who travels with us receives a copy of our award-winning Responsible Travel guidebook. This detailed book outlines our environmentally sustainable principles, and outlines how each customer can minimize their impact while travelling.

Global Warming and Carbon Balancing
The root cause of Global Warming is society's dependence on emission creating fossil fuel. Planting trees is not going to reverse this trend or cancel our carbon emissions very quickly or effectively. We believe the way to reduce these dependencies is to create clean energy production. Therefore, we support renewable energy projects like wind and solar power, and we are aligned with Climate Friendly, the gold standard setter in effective, meaningful action addressing climate change. So, while we believe that tree planting can play a small role in greenhouse gas abatement, we have gone the extra mile in promoting a longer term solution. Is this cheap? No. Is it responsible? Absolutely.


1 Reviews of Trekking in Bhutan adventure holiday

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 04 May 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

Visiting mountain people in their homes. Our guide arranged for us to eat lunch in a house when a snow storm made eating outside less than appealing. The other participants on the trip where all very interesting, well traveled folks.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

Ignore the description which says that the temperatures in Paro range between 40-70 F. This info is useless. The weather on the trek is completely different. Bring lots of layers. Be prepared to eating in the evening after sun set in below freezing temperatures and sleeping in the same. I did have enough layers based on my previous hiking experiences, but I could see where someone could not bring enough and get stuck.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Yes, the use of local pony and Yak herders was clear. We could clearly see how the kind of tourism we were doing was contributing to people's livelihood while at the same time protecting the environment. World Expeditions had use each carry yellow backs to pick up 10 pieces of trash per day. Very good idea! We picked up a lot of trash and set an example on the importance of not littering in the age of plastics.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Best trek I have been on. Top quality guide and crew, Bhutan is amazingly progressive. In addition to the wonderful scenery, the Trek really helps you understand the Gross National Happiness in action.

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