This 8-night itinerary lets you take in one of the world’s most inspiring countries in comfort and style combining the must-see highlights with some of the country’s finest hotels and lodges.
This itinerary takes you through some of the most beautiful and interesting destinations in the world and includes all the key highlights of Nepal and Bhutan, making it a true gem of an itinerary!
Bhutan’s festival calendar is brimming with countless vibrant festivals. Integral to Bhutanese culture, festivals provide an opportunity for locals and visitors alike to come together, dance, socialise and receive blessings. Up and down the country, annual tshechus are held in the courtyards of monasteries, temples and dzongs, a colourful celebration of community spirit, played out to the tune of traditional dance and theatrical performance.
If you are a trekking and mountain lover, it's highly likely that small, mysterious and untouched Bhutan has been on your radar for some time. Asia Specialist Holly is a beach and jungle fan, so this Himalayan beauty had so far escaped her gaze, but the quest for unique travel opportunities and trying something completely different led her here… Read on as she tells us how it turned into one of the best travel decisions she has ever made!
Backed by the mighty Himalayas and the hiking heavyweights of Nepal and India, it is no surprise that Bhutan is fast establishing itself as a world class trekking destination. It is home to one of the world’s most challenging walks but its beautiful scenery appeals to the less intrepid hiker too, with many a route passing through rolling meadows, bamboo forests and rhododendron clad hillsides. The highlight of a trip to Bhutan is often the walk up to the famed Tiger’s Nest Monastery, yet simply taking a wander on the path less travelled will be rewarded with spectacular panoramas, stretching for miles around.
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Let the team at Wilderness Camping create an authentic Bhutanese experience with a tailor-made camping expedition offering incredible trekking opportunities high in the Himalayas, with experienced guides and spectacular sunset dinners.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, Wilderness Camping can give you a taste of Bhutan which is well and truly off-the-beaten track, with a range of Himalayan camping expeditions. Whether you want to camp for one night at the amazing Thousand Fairies Camp located near Paro, or undertake a more challenging 12-night expedition on the Jhomolhari Trek, passing through stunning villages, scattered hamlets and farmland, the team can tailor the trip to the size and needs of your party. The trekking team includes experienced local guides, accomplished cooks and ponies which carry all the camp supplies, as well as guests’ kitbags.
The camp is designed to be as comfortable as possible and includes walk-in tents, generous camp beds with quality sleeping bags, camping armchairs, large dining tent, kitchen tent and separate toilet tent. As trekking demands a good supply of energy, food is taken very seriously by the Wilderness Camping team. Guests receive hearty picnic lunches, three/four course dinners and each morning both tea and washing water is delivered to each tent before guests tuck into a full trekker’s breakfast.
During the trek the support team are constantly on hand and camps are set up prior to the arrival of guests, so they can simply relax and enjoy the views once they have reached the site. For those wishing to spend a night at the Thousand Fairies Camp, located at 3,800-metres beneath the gravity-defying Temple of the Thousand Fairies, the trip involves a short drive from Paro, followed by a half-day demanding trek through deep ancient forests. The expedition will include a visit to the temple, along with a sky burial peak at 4,000-metres, offering outstanding views. We think this type of trip will appeal to lovers of the great outdoors looking for a truly remarkable and memorable Bhutan experience.
When to go
In the western, central and eastern Bhutan you will mostly experience cold European-like weather. Winter lasts here from November to March. The Monsoon occurs between June and August when the temperature is normally between 8° and 21°C. October and November are arguably the best months, when the monsoon has passed and the skies are clear. The spring months of March, April and May are best for the flora, but it can be stormy as the monsoon builds up for July-September.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
Things to do
Half Day Tour of Paro
This afternoon you will be introduced to Paro which is full of interesting sites. During your tour you will have the chance to see the Paro Rinpung Dzong, Nyamai Zam, Ta Dzong and if there is time you may be able to add a visit to Jangsarbu Lhakhang.
Join elderly pilgrims as they wander around the Kyichu Lhakhang, meditatively spinning the prayer wheels of this ancient and strikingly beautiful temple.
The Chele La Pass and Hike to Kila Nunnery
Enjoy a wonderfully scenic drive to the Chele La Pass, the highest motorable pass in Bhutan a short distance from Paro. Take a leisurely walk to its highest point to soak up further mountain views before continuing to the cliffside Kila Nunnery.
Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery
Perhaps one of the most famous images of Bhutan is that of Tiger’s Nest, the colourful temple clinging precariously to a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the Paro valley. Reached by 2-3 hour trek, this sacred site more than lives up to its reputation.
The Displays of the Ta Dzong (National Museum)
Home to some of Bhutan’s most exquisite Thangkas, alongside other precious, and occasionally eccentric, artefacts, the Ta Dzong offers an intriguing collection in an unusual building that has been serving as Bhutan's National Museum since 1967.
Helicopter Tour Over The Paro Valley
Take the once in a life time experience of a helicopter trip over the spectacular Paro Valley, Tiger’s Nest and Mount Jomolhari.
As an insight into Bhutan’s wealth of culture, religion and history, the Paro Tshechu is a revered event that culminates in the unfurling of a vast silk Thangka, considered to be one of the most sacred blessings in the country.
Literally translated as ‘Fortress on a Heap of Jewels', the Rinchen Pung Dzong houses both monastic and governmental offices and is an historic introduction to the cultural and political life of the region as well as a beautiful architectural gem.
Break the drive up between Paro and Thimpu with a stop at Tachogang Lhakhang, a privately run temple reached by an iron bridge, known as one of the finest examples of the skill of 15th century iron bridge builder Drupthob Thangtong Gyalpo.
Visit to a Local Farmhouse in Paro Valley
Offering a glimpse into the life of a traditional farmer, a visit to a local village farmhouse is not to be missed. Found dotted throughout the Paro valley, these buildings exude the character and charm of authentic Bhutanese architecture.