Bhutan multi activity holiday
Single Supplement US $ 440.
Description of Bhutan multi activity holiday
This eleven day tailor made tour balances Bhutan's preserved cultural and religious heritage with guided cycling and hiking tours through the valleys, forests and paddy fields.
Although biking in Bhutan can be slightly strenuous you can rest assured that the end certainly justifies the means. Ascents are usually pretty gradual and distances are easily achievable over the course of a day with just a moderate level of fitness.
Hiking, too, is a case of fortune favours the brave. Walks up to Taksang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery and through the rhododendron forests to Lungchu Zeka Monastery, are rewarded with exceptional views as well as chances to visit some of Bhutan’s most auspicious shrines.
Back roads and walking trails are quiet and peaceful with a short internal flight from Paro to Bumthang allowing you to experience more of Bhutan's landscapes including a day of rafting at the confluence of the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu rivers.
Throughout this Bhutan multi activity holiday you’ll be in the company of expert local guides and instructors to ensure your adventure is as culturally enlightening as physically active.
1 Reviews of Bhutan multi activity holiday
Reviewed on 05 Nov 2018 by Sauming Pang
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Friendliness of people and the beautiful scenery.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
If you are cycling in Bhutan, suggest you bring a mask. The dust and fumes from the cars are not good for the lungs.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
I feel that the holiday benefited local people, but unsure about reduction of environment impact or support conservation.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
It was a great holiday.
PlanetOur role in promoting Responsible Tourism is small but meaningful and adds much to the preservation and promotion of our country’s unique cultural heritage, environmental preservation, promotion of sustainable development and establishment of good governance which are the four main pillars of Gross National Happiness, the sole guiding development principle of our country.
It is our aim that visitors will appreciate Bhutan through its living culture and pristine environment and the people of Bhutan will in turn benefit from their interaction with our visitors.
Our walking tour programs are popular and have always been environmentally friendly. Our hiking trails fall within the Jigme Dorji National Park, the second largest protected area in Bhutan. Park fees generated from our walking trails received from each individual person on the hike goes to the Nature Recreation and Eco-tourism Division for the Department of Forestry to help manage and implement several conservation and livelihood development initiatives within and around the park.
The vehicle used for transfer points will also transport food and equipment. We request for our guests understanding since in this way we can avoid using a separate car to transport food and equipment thereby reducing the gas used and the emissions from the vehicles.
We avoid using plastics that only have a short-term use. If plastic is necessary, like plastic bags to keep clothes dry in for example, we buy bags that can be used again, by the next tourist.
Whenever possible, we don’t buy any drinks in plastic bottles, opting instead for glass bottles or local paper packages. If buying plastic bottles can’t be avoided, we make sure the bottles are handed back to us for recycling and correct disposal.
We do not have a place to recycle batteries, therefore, we request our guests to take back batteries so that it can be recycled if the facility is available to them back home.
We prefer to boil and cool water for drinking rather than buying lots of plastic water bottles that will only increase the amount of waste.
PeopleLocal mountain guides, cooks and porters: The Tourism Council of Bhutan have trained more than 50 people, villagers from Merak and Sakteng as cooks and porters. We know how valuable it is to use local knowledge on this tour to make sure that our trip runs safely and smoothly. Therefore we truly enjoy engaging the local folks who make our program so successful and in return we provide them with a means in the form of good wages to help address the needs of local communities.
The Tourism Council of Bhutan also trained six high school professional minded graduates each from the villages of Merak and Sakteng as tour guides. The training included investing in professional instruction courses, first aid management, and a dedication to learning the hard-skills necessary to conduct safe tours. This makes us very comfortable knowing that our staff is prepared to handle whatever comes their way. We also know that hiring locally means another important source of income for the villagers and therefore most gladly employ the young generation of local guides on our treks in Merak and Sakteng villages. So while our guests enjoy a song, or a dance or a story with our educated community guides, we help make the nomadic way of life economically and socially attractive for the younger generation of educated nomads by paying good wages for their services on the Merak and Sakteng Trek.
Horse Contractors: A committee of horse conductors has been formed to ensure a smooth arrangement of ponies in Merak and Sakteng. A list of contractors along with individual contact information is available on the Tourism Council Website. On our tours and Treks to Merak and Sakteng we make contact with local horse contractors from the list available and hire their services for a good rental fee that helps supplement income for nomadic groups through rentals received from animal pottering services during the trekking season.
Community owned Camp sites: The guesthouses in Sakteng and Merak is run by the community and provides services to trekkers in Merak and Sakteng. We use the community campsites for safety and also for cooking classes for guests who want to learn more about Eastern Bhutanese cooking. We rent space at these community sites because The campsite has created local jobs and shared benefits equitably to participating communities and through payment of camp fee we help out in meaningful community efforts.
Buying Locally: Our meals on the Merak and Sakteng trek is prepared with organic produce, including milk, butter, cheese, flour, and vegetables, direct from the village. The farmer gets full retail price for the goods. We do not have to bring food stuff all the way from the town engaging extra vehicles. By buying locally we conserve the energy that is used for transport.
Art and craft made by local Artisans: To promote local income generating activities we encourage our guests to buy authentic arts and crafts made by local artisans from small Private and community-owned enterprises involving the sale of local products and services like weaving, yak riding, milking, renting of traditional dress for photographic purposes, handicrafts and sale of organic vegetables like cabbage, radish, saag, potatoes and turnips etc.
Community distinctive cultural programs showcasing nomadic culture and heritage in an authentic setting is arranged at a fee paid to the community and helps put together a bonus income. Our Merak & Sakteng tours also promote income generation opportunities through sale of local agricultural products, livestock products and handicraft retailing. Community identity and pride is generated through our community based tour programs in Merak and Sakteng. We have been successful in reinforcing a positive sense of community identity.