THE BHUTAN TOUR IS A VARIED TRIP, TAKING US FROM THE NEPALESE CAPITAL OF KATHMANDU TO BHUTAN, THE “LAND OF THE THUNDER DRAGON.” THE TRIP INCLUDES SIGHTSEEING AND EXPLORATION OF SEVERAL UNIQUE BHUTANESE MONASTERIES, AND A THREE-DAY TREK THROUGH THE MOUNTAINS IN BUMTHANG VALLEY, WHERE TRADITION, RELIGION, AND RITUAL ARE STILL VERY MUCH A WAY OF LIFE.

MONASTERIES AND HIGH PASSES

BEFORE LEAVING FOR BHUTAN, WE FIRST VISIT THE BUSTLING BAZAARS OF KATHMANDU, THE CAPITAL OF NEPAL. WE VISIT PASHUPATINATH AND BOUDHANATH STUPA, TWO OF NEPAL’S HOLIEST AND MOST FAMOUS TEMPLES. WE THEN FLY TO PARO (BHUTAN), AND VISIT THE OLD FORTRESS OF DRUKYEL, BEFORE TREKKING THROUGH OAKS AND PINES TO THE SACRED REMAINS OF TAKTSANG, KNOWN LOCALLY AS THE “TIGER’S LAIR,” HANGING FROM AN ALMOST SHEER 1,000M CLIFF FACE ABOVE THE VALLEY OF PARO.

TREK TO BUMTHANG - 3 DAYS

WE FIRST DRIVE TO DORCHU LA PASS (3,050M), STOPPING TO VISIT THE MONASTERIES OF PUNAKHA DZONGS AND WANGDI ALONG THE WAY, BEFORE REACHING THE TOWN OF JAKAR, THE STARTING POINT OF OUR TREK. HERE WE SPEND THREE DAYS FOLLOWING WINDING TRAILS, PASSING THROUGH MOUNTAIN VILLAGES TO ADMIRE THE LOCAL FABRICS, AND TRAVELING PAST WIDE OPEN MOUNTAIN VALLEYS. THE VALLEYS IN THE AREA ARE LITTERED WITH TEMPLES, AND ALONG THE WAY, WE STOP TO VISIT THE KUGYE LHAKHANG TEMPLE COMPLEX, ONE OF THE MOST SACRED IN THE WHOLE OF BHUTAN.

GANTEY&THUMPU

AT THE END OF OUR THREE-DAY TREK, WE MAKE OUR WAY BACK TO JAKAR AND FOLLOW THE ROAD BACK TO PARO. EN ROUTE, WE STOP AT GANTEYGOMPA, AND THE CITY OF THIMPU, WHERE WE HAVE A WANDER AROUND THE COLORFUL MARKET, TAKE IN SOME TRADITIONAL ARCHERY AND LOCAL CULTURES. AFTER FLYING BACK TO NEPAL, WE SPEND SOME TIME IN THE MEDIEVAL TOWN OF BHAKTAPUR, AND TAKE IN THE BREATHTAKING VIEWS OF THE HIMALAYAN MOUNTAINS, INCLUDING MT. EVEREST ITSELF FROM THE VILLAGE OF NAGARKOT, BEFORE HEADING BACK TO KATHMANDU, WHERE OUR TRIP ENDS.

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