Bhutan adventure & cultural holiday

“Join a small guided group for two weeks of hiking and cultural immersion in the Kingdom of Bhutan. Get fit for rewarding walks on a higher plane. ”

Highlights

Paro | Thimpu | Gangtey | Bumthan | Chokhor Valley | Tang Valley homestay | Punakha | Tiger's Nest Monastery |

Description of Bhutan adventure & cultural holiday

This two week tour of Bhutan goes some way to unlocking the cultural, scenic and spiritual secrets of one of Asia's most mysterious and enticing countries.

As part of a small group you'll get to experience the mountain passes, valley floors and precariously placed monasteries that have long been out of reach to all but the Bhutanese.

A series of guided hikes and treks, and a couple of long drives, help to create an ever-changing scenic backdrop with farm visits and overnight homestays further developing your understanding of Bhutan and her people.

Fortified dzongs and Buddhist monasteries also provide travellers with ample opportunities to discover lifestyles very far removed from their own as well as offering superior viewing platforms from where to take in some of Asia's most stunning and lesser-known scenes.

Walking trails in central Bhutan lead through vast agricultural landscapes and peaceful rural settings where prayer flags flutter in the breeze and gentle folk bid visitors a warm welcome, not without a touch of friendly curiosity.

Wherever possible, small group itineraries will aim to coincide with cultural festivals which tend to take place around Bhutan's dzongs. If you're interested in finding out dates for local festivities then please get in touch or check individual departure dates accordingly.

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27 Oct 2020
£3195
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22 Dec 2020
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14 Feb 2021
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14 Mar 2021
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23 Dec 2021
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14 Feb 2022
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Small group cultural tours

Typically you will be sharing your experiences with between 4-20 like minded travellers (depending on the trip, operator and how many others are booked on the trip) and you'll have a group leader with you. Whether you are travelling alone or with friends it's good value, and a great way to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of privacy. This trip will appeal to travellers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as experiencing new cultures.

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.

Environment
By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites and ecosystems we visit.
We attempt to reduce plastic bottle use wherever possible by promoting use of reusable and filtered water bottles. Our partnership with Water-To-Go provides a discount on filtered water bottles to our clients. We do not provide water from plastic bottles to our clients in country but always ensure there is regular access to drinking water on our tours.
Using no carbon transport such as walking not only gives you a slower paced experience, but also cuts environmental damage and tourist carbon footprint. We are committed to low-level tourism impact and we keep group sizes to a maximum of 12 to avoid huge tour bus loads of tourists, which increases environmental damage but also is less likely to be welcomed by locals. Slower travel also allows for more chances to interact with people from another culture.
Throughout most of the trip we will be travelling in minibuses. Travelling as a group in a small bus contributes less pollution than a multitude of vehicles. We will also be exploring many areas on foot, to not only soak up the amazing sights at a slower pace, but to reduce our environmental impact and footprint along our journey.
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The Impacts of this Trip

On day 2, we will visit Dechen Phodrung Monastery where we have sponsored the young monks’ education for a number of years. On some departures we will also have the opportunity to witness a Bhutanese festival, a wonderful insight into Bhutanese culture and tradition.
On day 7 and 8 we will stay in a homestay in the Tang Valley for a unique glimpse into the traditions and customs of local life. The homestay/guesthouse market helps them to provide good, clean and interesting accommodation which in turn allows them to educate their children, improve their standard of living and look after their ill. The wonderful thing about this kind of interactive tourism is that everyone gains – the families financially and us with the wonderful welcome and experience they give us. Wherever possible we stay in locally owned accommodation, eat in locally owned establishments and purchase supplies from the local nomads.
On each Group tour we use local ground handlers. This means that all operational costs go directly into the local economy and help improve employment opportunities in remote regions. Such support can also be seen in our incorporation of homestays, locally owned hotels, family run restaurants and the services of local guides and drivers into our itineraries, which ensures that the money you spend with us goes directly into the local economy and local community.

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