|Highlights:||Top of the line accommodation in Bhutan using cozy hotels and lodges. Rejuvenate your senses at Dwarika’s hotel in Kathmandu – a uniquely Nepalese heritage property. Sample the magical and colorful cultural highlights of Bhutan and also the breathtaking Taktsang Monastery. Superb and diverse itinerary of gentle walks|
|Departure:||Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov|
The small and mystical Kingdom of Bhutan in the eastern Himalaya, or the ‘Thunder Dragon Kingdom’, has successfully remained isolated from the outside world for centuries. It was only at the time of the 4th King’s Coronation (1974) that the first handful of foreigners allowed in. Prior to the building of the road from India to Thimphu even visiting Indian presidents and dignitaries had to endure a 6 day ride on horseback to visit the King. It still remains a secretive Kingdom and even today the King is dedicated to preserving its unique customs and traditions.
Bhutan’s history is a compact summary of all that is mystical about the Himalayas; re-incarnate rulers, who practised black magic to defeat Tibetan aggressors, lama-saints who foretold the future and who fought demons opposed to the propagation of Buddhism, and civil wars between powerful district governors or penlops, who hatched plots and counter-plots in an endless cycle of strife and assassinations.
This holiday offers the penultimate introduction to Bhutan, for those who choose to explore on foot! We have tailored the itinerary to give you a diverse variety of experiences, still though it will be an adventure enjoyed in comparative comfort because every night is spent either in a hotel or comfortable lodge. Each hike has an interesting objective and takes you to fascinating temples, hermit retreats, old palaces, ancient villages or to places that offer stunning scenery. This is a holiday that will be relished to the full by those who are familiar with weekend walks in the British countryside. In addition to the main walk, on certain days a gentler or harder walk may be an option. On certain days it is also possible to opt out of the walk, giving you an opportunity to relax in or around your hotel or lodge. There are also exhilarating road journeys that traverse winding mountain roads and navigating high passes in your comfortable mini-coach. In essence, this is an adventure with plenty of varied walking in a place that is gradually just emerging into the 21st Century.
Duration: 16 days from the UK
Walks on: 9 days
Max. Altitude: Shuter Sae Pass – 3,700m/12,139ft.
Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clients
Maximum group size: 12
Land only joining city: Kathmandu
Accommodation types: Hotels, Guesthouse
February 2015 departure attends the Punakha Tsechu
March 2015 departure attends the Paro Tsechu
September 2015 departure attends the Thimphu Tsechu
October 2015 departure attends the Jambay Lahkang Drup festival
November 2015 departure attends the Black Necked Crane festival
December 2015 departure attends the Trongsa Tsechu
Meal arrangements: Bed and Breakfast in Kathmandu and full board elsewhere.
Leader: Local leader, Bhutan
Nepaltours have been working with the longstanding partner in Bhutan for many years. The majority of the guides speak fluent English, as it is mandatory Bhutanese schools, and are fully qualified guides. The Tourism Authority of Bhutan stipulates that a Bhutanese trek or tour leader pass his/her guide exams in Thimphu before accompanying groups of foreign visitors.