Big adventures for families with older teens & 20-somethings
Bhutan Family Breakaway Multisport Tour
- Immersion into an ancient landscape where life's daily rituals remain sacred
- Namgay, our local guide and longtime friend, opens doors normally closed to foreign travelers
- Bike through Bhutan's culturally and scenically rich valleys - you'll be one of the few!
- Hike to secluded Buddhist temples and monasteries, including the famed Tiger's Nest
- Exchange ideas with Buddhist monks and receive a blessing
Temples, Traditions & Sacred Peaks in a Himalayan Oasis
Nothing can prepare you and your family for Bhutan. It's like nowhere else you've been. It has a magic about it that's indescribable. The quiet smiles. The natural rhythms of life. The temples that seem to challenge the Himalayas. The mystery of Buddhism. The crisp air. The striking mountains always looming, protecting. It's a people rooted in history and yet changing with the times. And yet it's not Shangri-La. It's more real than that. It's a country balancing the modern with the ancient. It's what you've pictured and what you couldn't have imagined. Let's tread gently and leave it just as we found it.
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
AccommodationsThe accommodations on this trip are quite comfortable and are becoming more luxurious every year. Several new hotels are in various stages of completion, and we've taken advantage of them as they open their doors.
This Premiere Inn Trip includes two Casual Inn nights at Dhensa Boutique Resort, which just opened in 2014. While we expect great things from this beautiful hotel, it may take time for their amenities and services to be ful-ly operating at a Premiere Inn level. We’ve chosen it because of its proximity to our fa-vorite routes, its friendly (albeit unassuming) hospitality, strong cultural character and the tremendous view from the hotel’s deck.
Many hotels and restaurants on our itinerary see few Western travelers and therefore lack many Western-style services. Note that the Bhutanese government oversees most hotels, making room availability subject to bureaucratic needs. The extra-firm twin beds, the ornate Bhutanese window coverings that keep guest rooms dark, the leisurely service found in neighborhood restaurants and the limited supply of beer can all be appreciated when you keep a sense of humor and see patience as a traveler's virtue.
Day 1 Namgay, former National Assembly member, our guide and longtime friend, opens doors normally closed to foreigners Ride above Paro Dzong, a massive monastic fortress built to commemorate a 1644 victory over the Tibetans, then see what lies within Peruse handicrafts in Paro's tiny traditional mercantile shops.
Days 2-3 Bike through Bhutan's culturally and scenically rich valleys - you'll be one of the few! Dochu La pass dazzles with panoramas of snowcapped Himalayan peaks Ethereal villages and rice paddies enliven your ride to Punakha Valley Engage with monks in between their meditations Hike to Chorten Nebu, a remote 14th-century temple accessible only by foot and seldom visited by international travelers.
Days 4-5 Immersion into an ancient landscape where life's daily rituals remain sacred Raft down Punakha's Mochu river on our way to the exquisite riverside Punakha Dzong, Bhutan's 300-year-old lofty winter capital Feast your eyes on vibrant Bhutanese painting, sculpture and textile arts in Thimphu, the capital city Curious about Buddhism and how it defines life here? Our historian will enlighten you Tackle the steep but rewarding walk from Dodina village to Cheri Goemba Monastery.
Days 6-8 Hike to secluded Buddhist monasteries and temples, including the famed Tiger's Nest Climb an ancient path to the Taktshang teahouse, situated at 9,200 feet and offering superb views of the valley and otherworldly Taktshang Monastery.
Paro (1 night) An upscale hillside retreat with luxurious guest rooms; the main building was formerly a Bhutanese nobleman's home. (pool, spa)
Dhensa Boutique Resort
Punakha (2 nights) Surrounded by thick pine forest in the heart of the Punakha Valley, this secluded contemporary hotel is perched above lush rice fields and the Punakha River. (spa)
Taj Tashi Hotel
Thimphu (2 nights) Designed in Bhutanese dzong architectural style, and just steps away from Thimphu's lively central square. (pool, spa)
Upper Paro Valley (2 nights) With impressive masonry and elaborate hand-carved cornices, this hotel is set on a verdant mountainside and combines Bhutanese hospitality with modern conveniences. (spa)
Guests Reviews About This Trip
Guests Reviews About This Trip
There's no place quite like Bhutan, with its majestic temples clinging to the Himalayan mountainside, traditional villages seemingly untouched by time and engaging monks ready to practice English and share their rituals with you. It's the perfect place to bring your older teens and 20-somethings to appreciate such unique beauty and culture - that's why we're so excited to now offer Family Breakaway Multisport Trips in incredible Bhutan.- Regional Manager, Asia
Trip Dates & Prices
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- 5/17 - 5/24 ( $6198 per person, double occ., +$1030 for single occ. , +$1040 for internal airfare
Don't see your ideal travel date? Call us at 800-462-2848 for Private Trip date availability.
This Trip Is Rated Level 2-4
Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
|Daily Route Options|
|Level 1||Level 2||Level 3||Level 4||Level 5|
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|Other||Punakha Dzong guided walk (1 hour)|
|Rafting||On the Po Chhu River (2 hours)|
|8||Other||Conclusion of the trip|
To make for the most comfortable ride to this particular trip, we've outfitted our titanium road bike with slightly wider tires. You'll appreciate this on those stretches of the route with hard-packed dirt (approximately 15% dirt and 85% paved).
* Includes a shuttle
Private Trips Options & Pricing
Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)
|8 - 9 guests from $6,998 pp dbl. occ.||12 or more guests from $6,198 pp dbl. occ.|
|10 - 11 guests from $6,498 pp dbl. occ.|