Bhutan holiday, Land of the thunder dragon

A 5-day Himalayan trek across spectacular scenery sandwiched between historical highlights and a colourful cultural festival - this Bhutan adventure is like no other.
Kathmandu Paro Paro Dzong Ta Dzong National Museum Paro Festival (March) Thimpu Festival (Sept) No Festival (Oct) Hike to Taktsang Monastery 5-day Himalayan Trek Jele Dzong Jangchu Laka Camping by Jimi Langtsho Lake Labana Pass Thimpu Valley Thimpu
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£5099To£5199including UK flights
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Duration
13 Days
Type
Small group
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From £4199 excluding flights.
Optional single supplement £600.
Minimum age 16.
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Description of Bhutan holiday, Land of the thunder dragon

This two week small group holiday in Bhutan brings the legendary land of the thunder dragon to life as you trek to precariously placed monasteries, through forests of rhododendrons and over endless plains shaded by the Tibetan Himalayas, all in the company of a qualified local guide.

Bhutan has become one of the few countries in Asia where mystery and unique experiences still prevail with opportunities to find out more about Bhutan's cultural and religious heritage always to be had if timing your visit to coincide with one of the country's seasonal festivals.

From trekking across mountain passes and making the pilgrimage to Taktsang Monastery to camping beside glacial lakes, this holiday offers an exceptional chance to peek behind Bhutan's spiritual curtain with different departure dates inviting a host of different perspectives.

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Price information

£5099To£5199including UK flights
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From £4199 excluding flights.
Optional single supplement £600.
Minimum age 16.
Make enquiry

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Travel guides

Bhutan culture
Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness ethos extends to cultural travellers wishing to expand horizons en route to precariously positioned dzongs (forts) a...
Bhutan walking
Walks to monasteries, such as Tango, Cheri and Taktsang are an opportunity to exit city streets and embark on an adventure, where meetings with monks ...

Holiday information

Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled 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.
Our top tip:
Pack light layers - the temperature fluctuates.
Trip type:
Small group, 4-16 adults (min. age 16), plus tour leader.
Activity level:
Moderate.
Accomm:
7 nights hotel, 4 nights full service camping.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available for a surcharge.
Meals:
All breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners.
Included:
Accommodation, transport, listed activities, tour leader.

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Reviewed on 19 Apr 2017 by

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


Everything in Bhutan! Tigers best monastery was incredible. The food on trek was restaurant quality, a cake topped with spun sugar on third night of camping resulted in the chef receiving a round of applause.

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


Pack warm clothes for evenings and nights on trek.
Brace yourself for immigration at Kathmandu airport. It's challenging to say the least.

Have plenty of space for photos on your camera, there is a photo opportunity at every turn.

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


The tourist tax in Bhutan funds healthcare and education for all Bhutanese citizens.


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


Bhutan is a truly incredible place. It's a pity you have to go via kathmandu. Once in Bhutan there is not a thing I would change about this holiday.

Reviewed on 16 Oct 2016 by

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


All

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


Book!

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


Absolutely

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


Fantastic

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

Activity:
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints, although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, visit local cafes and restaurants, use markets to purchase traditional gifts and crafts. Also in visiting landmarks and cultural sites, our fees contribute to the upkeep of these places e.g. Simtokha Dzong, Tashichho Dzong, and Memorial Chorten.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

People

Accommodation & Meals:
During your trip to Bhutan you will spend most nights in hotels and 4 nights camping. The hotels and campsites employ local staff and try to source produce locally if possible in order to promote the area’s economy. The hotels usually offer buffet style food which is a mixture of Bhutanese and Chinese fare. All meals are provided, but clients are encouraged to stop in cafes as much as possible e.g. there is a small cafe opposite the Tiger’s Nest Monastery which has the perfect view of the buildings clinging to the mountain, so this is a good place to stop for a bite. Your local tour leader will be able to point out several authentic spots which are more off the tourist trail and would benefit from your commerce.

Local Craft & Culture:
This tour has a large focus on celebrating the culture of Bhutan and, of course, local crafts and traditions come into this. We visit multiple monasteries and workshops, for example the weaving center and handicraft school in Thimpu. Our tours benefit these small communities here as travellers purchase goods as souvenirs and often make donations. There is also the advantage of perpetuating these ancient ways of life and manners of producing goods. The most flamboyant display of culture we support on the trip is the Paro Festival, where hundreds gather to see monks dressed in colourful brocade and painted masks, re-enacting tales about gods with music and dance. Also by law, $70 of the daily cost of any trip in Bhutan goes towards education and health.

A Fair Deal:
We employ guides from the area for their insider’s knowledge and huge passion for Bhutan. In exchange for this local expertise, we are happy to give fair wages and treatment to all our staff. They are fully trained and also given refresher courses on responsible travel issues and so are able to convey this to clients in careful briefings. These might include advice on where and when to dispose of litter on a trekking trail or appropriate dress and donations when entering a temple.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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