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Bhutan Walking & Hiking Tour

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Trip Highlights
  • An ancient landscape where life's daily rituals remain sacred
  • Hike to secluded temples and monasteries, including the famed Tiger's Nest
  • Our Bhutanese guides and friends open doors normally closed to foreigner travelers
  • Ascend herders' trails to find valley views and colorful prayer flags
  • Exchange ideas with Buddhist monks and receive a blessing

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Temples & Sacred Peaks in a Himalayan Oasis

It's a place you feel lucky to have experienced. So exotic. So dramatic. Hidden deep in the Himalaya. Restricted by the government. It has a magical essence that's indescribable. It practically rubs off on you. Makes you want to cancel cable. From the deep-rooted Buddhist traditions to its remote location. Temples that cling to the cliffs. People who live unimaginably hard but full lives. A country trying to join the 21st century while retaining its ancient ways. You've discovered something that seemed like it couldn't still exist. But it does. Bhutan is there. See it for yourself, if you're lucky.

Straight Talk 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. Read the Straight Talk

Accommodations

The 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've opened their doors.

This Premiere Inn Trip includes two Casual Inn nights at Dhensa Boutique Resort, which opened in mid-2014. While we expect great things from this beautiful hotel, it may take a few seasons for their amenities and services to be fully operating at a Premiere Inn level. We’ve chosen it because of its proximity to our favorite 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.

Straight Talk
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.

Accommodations

The 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've opened their doors.

This Premiere Inn Trip includes two Casual Inn nights at Dhensa Boutique Resort, which opened in mid-2014. While we expect great things from this beautiful hotel, it may take a few seasons for their amenities and services to be fully operating at a Premiere Inn level. We’ve chosen it because of its proximity to our favorite 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 Our Bhutanese guides and longtime friends open doors normally closed to foreigners Explore Paro Dzong, a massive fortress and hub for spiritual and community life.

Days 2-3 An ancient landscape where life's daily rituals remain sacred Cresting Dochu La mountain pass, take in a panorama of snowcapped Himalayan peaks Pine forests line our path through Punakha Valley Hike to Chorten Nebu, a 14th-century temple accessible only by foot  Backroads was one of the first foreign groups to be warmly welcomed at this monastery, which offers an authentic look at traditional Bhutanese culture.

Day 4 Ascend herders' trails to find valley views and colorful prayer flags Raft down Punakha's Mochu river on our way to the exquisite riverside Punakha Dzong, Bhutan's 300-year-old lofty winter capital.

Day 5 Exchange ideas with Buddhist monks and receive a blessing Cheri Goemba Monastery beckons from above Dodina village From Dochu La Pass at 10,000 feet, climb to almost 12,000 feet to reach the remote monastery of Lumitsawa.

Days 6-8 Hike to secluded temples and monasteries, including the otherworldly cliff-clinging Tiger's Nest Believe in legends? A giant ogress is said to have inspired construction of 7th-century Kyichu Lhakhang Monastery Paro's shops abound with exotic items Sip a hot brew 9,200 feet up at Taktshang teahouse and savor superb views.

Premiere Inns*

Uma Paro
Uma Paro

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
Dhensa Boutique Resort
* Casual Inn

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
Taj Tashi

Thimphu (2 nights) Designed in Bhutanese dzong architectural style, and just steps away from Thimphu's lively central square. (pool, spa)

Zhiwa Ling
Zhiwa Ling

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)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

This trip was the most amazing travel experience I've ever had. The combination of living in and learning about the culture of Bhutan and beautiful hikes to incomparable temples with historic, religious and artistic features was incredible. The local guide was outstanding.
Nancy Ashley - Seattle, WA
This was a phenomenal experience rich in culture, history, architecture and landscape. Bhutan is a beautiful country with beautiful people. It left me wanting to return and see more and learn more about this wondrous place and its people. Bhutan was an amazing experience I will remember forever. There are many other places I would like to visit, but I have to go back to Bhutan!
Jennifer Carzoli - Chicago, IL
We enjoyed the trip immensely the second time around. It was so different in terms of the hikes taken and sights seen that everything seemed new. Seeing the spring landscape, especially the blooming rhododendron, contributed to the feeling of a new adventure. Seeing our trip leader and Namgay again was wonderful.
Doris Kessler - Philadelphia, PA

Trip Dates & Prices

Please click on a date below for specific pricing and possible itinerary variations.

2014 CLASSIC DATES
October 2014
2015 CLASSIC DATES
March 2015
April 2015
September 2015
October 2015

Don't see your ideal travel date? Call us at 800-462-2848 for Private Trip date availability.

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This Trip Is Rated Level 1-4

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
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 3 500
2 4 0
6 0
3 6 1400
Punakha Dzong Guided Walk (1 Hour)
4 5 400
Rafting on the Po Chhu River (2 Hours)
5 2 200 4 600
6 5 500
7 3 1700 6 2200
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note:

The terrain on this trip includes alpine trails, ancient village footpaths and Buddhist pilgrim ways.

The rugged terrain and altitude make the routes more challenging than the mileage suggests.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Gather your favorite people to share a Backroads adventure on a ready-to-book Private Trip - featuring all the legendary Backroads hallmarks from expert leaders to unforgettable activities.

You can pick from a large selection of dates for your group of 8 or more. Call us for date availability.

If your party has fewer than 8 guests, or if your preferred date is not available, we'll create a departure just for you.

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2014

8 - 9 guests from $6,698 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $5,798 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $6,398 pp dbl. occ.

2015

8 - 9 guests from $6,798 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $5,998 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $6,298 pp dbl. occ.
Internal flights from $1,040.

For groups of 2 to 7 guests, please call for Custom Trip pricing.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Bhutan tour experts. See our award-winning Asia & the Pacific walking tours and hiking tours, Asia & the Pacific biking tours and Asia & the Pacific multisport tours.

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All meals included except 1 dinner

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