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Bhutan: Kingdom in the Himalayas

Moderate Terrain: 4-10 Miles Daily

Bhutan: Kingdom in the Himalayas

A lush patchwork of terraced rice paddies, ancient temples, and tiny villages nestled between colossal Himalayan peaks, the “Land of the Thunder Dragon” has beguiled travelers for years. In this Buddhist paradise, you’ll encounter an all-but-vanished way of life. Here, farmers sow seeds by hand in whispering fields; groups of crimson-robed monks chat beside monasteries festooned with brightly colored prayer flags; old men cheer games of khuru in the town square. With our distinguished local guides—one is a noted columnist for the newspaper in Thimphu—you’ll explore every inch of this remarkable kingdom. Medieval dzong fortresses of whitewashed stone and intricately painted wood rise above burbling streams. Peaks over 22,000 feet tall dominate the horizon above remote Chele La Pass. Yaks serenely graze in the tall grass outside rural towns. Join us as we visit local families in traditional farmhouses graced with century-old kitchens and lavish in-home Buddhist shrines. Bhutan is a refreshing respite from the modern world; come enjoy it with us.


Tour Highlights:
  • Climb to awe-inspiring Taktsang Palphug monastery—better known as “Tiger’s Nest”—where your Bhutanese guides will offer an inside perspective on the country’s most sacred site.
  • Explore the terraced rice paddies and villages of Punakha Valley, a region with a special connection to Country Walkers thanks to the rice bank we support there.
  • Walk the charming streets and market stands of Thimphu—the only national capital without a stoplight—among businessmen clad in traditional gho.
Flight + Tour Combo

13 days, 12 nights

FROM $7,348 USD

per person, double occupancy

Tour extensions available
Bangkok | 2 nights $448

Tour Only

10 days, 9 nights

FROM $5,998 USD

per person, double occupancy



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Itinerary & Accommodations

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Day 1

Transfer from Bangkok to Paro to Thimphu

After your scenic flight into Thimphu, explore Bhutan’s capital on foot. Then gather with your group at this evening’s welcome dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel Druk, Thimphu

A comfortable hotel with a modern edge and extremely friendly service. Every part of the hotel’s décor draws inspiration from various elements of the earth: water, air, fire, and sky.

Day 2

Jigme Dorji National Park and Cheri Goemba

A swing bridge adorned with prayer flags ushers you into Jigme Dorji National Park, where you’ll climb to the 17th-century Cheri Goemba monastery. After lunch, discover Thimphu’s museums and Handicrafts Emporium.

Accommodation: Hotel Druk, Thimphu

A comfortable hotel with a modern edge and extremely friendly service. Every part of the hotel’s décor draws inspiration from various elements of the earth: water, air, fire, and sky.

Day 3

Transfer to Punakha

Cross 10,000-foot Dochula Pass into Punakha, set in a fertile valley where oranges, bananas, and guavas grow. This afternoon, enjoy views from the Temple of the Divine Madman, named for Bhutan’s most charismatic saint.

Accommodation: Drubchhu Resort, Punakha

This hotel is beautifully situated on the ruins of an old granary with views of paddy fields and farm houses. The resort offers three dining options, spa amenities, and spacious rooms.

Day 4

Chorten Nebu Temple

Climb through terraced rice fields to the Chorten Nebu temple, flanked by a venerable oak whose wood is used for sacred talismans. After lunch, descend through small villages to the gorgeous Punakha Valley.

Accommodation: Drubchhu Resort, Punakha

This hotel is beautifully situated on the ruins of an old granary with views of paddy fields and farm houses. The resort offers three dining options, spa amenities, and spacious rooms.

Day 5

Khamsung Yuely Namgyel Temple to Punakha Dzong

After switchbacking up to the majestic Khamsung Yuely Namgyel temple, descend through terraced rice paddies to the magnificent 17-century Punakha Dzong, the second oldest of Bhutan’s traditional fortresses.

Accommodation: Drubchhu Resort, Punakha

This hotel is beautifully situated on the ruins of an old granary with views of paddy fields and farm houses. The resort offers three dining options, spa amenities, and spacious rooms.

Day 6

Optional Gangtey Valley Visit for Black Crane Festival

Enjoy an optional excursion to Gangtey Gompa, a remote glacial valley that forms a natural reserve for endangered black-necked cranes. Alternatively, follow a trail along the lovely Phochhu River.

Accommodation: Drubchhu Resort, Punakha

This hotel is beautifully situated on the ruins of an old granary with views of paddy fields and farm houses. The resort offers three dining options, spa amenities, and spacious rooms.

Day 7

Transfer to Paro. Royal Botanical Garden to Dochula

Visit Bhutan’s Royal Botanical Garden and look for rare red pandas, then climb towards Dochula Pass, relaxing over lunch at a teahouse before your afternoon transfer to Paro.

Accommodation: Tiger's Nest Resort, Paro

This is a unique property and is the only resort surrounding Paro that has direct views of the famous Tiger’s Nest. The comfortable rooms are designed in typical Bhutanese style and include all modern amenities.

Day 8

Chele La to Kila Gompa

Climb by bus to 12,000-foot Chele La Pass for stunning mountain vistas. This afternoon, your mostly downhill walk includes a stop at Kila Gompa, a nunnery nestled on a cliff’s edge.

Accommodation: Tiger's Nest Resort, Paro

This is a unique property and is the only resort surrounding Paro that has direct views of the famous Tiger’s Nest. The comfortable rooms are designed in typical Bhutanese style and include all modern amenities.

Day 9

Bhutan's National Museum to Taktshang

After a morning visit to the National Museum, climb to Bhutan’s most famous monastery. Built on a sheer cliffside, Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) is associated with eigth-century figure Guru Rimpoche, who legendarily flew here on a tigress’s back. Tonight, celebrate your Bhutanese adventures at a farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Tiger's Nest Resort, Paro

This is a unique property and is the only resort surrounding Paro that has direct views of the famous Tiger’s Nest. The comfortable rooms are designed in typical Bhutanese style and include all modern amenities.

Day 10

Departure from Paro

Fly to Bangkok and begin your homeward journey.

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Flight

Overnight Flight from USA to Bangkok, Thailand

Please refer to your air itinerary for your specific flight details.

Arrival

Arrival into Bangkok, Thailand

After arriving at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, enjoy a complimentary shuttle transfer to the Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel. Should you prefer to walk, the hotel is connected to the airport and only five minutes away on foot. The remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).

Accommodation: Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel

Located just a leisurely five-minute walk away from the airport via air-conditioned underground walkway, Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel is an oasis for travelers passing through Bangkok. This four-star facility offers a spa specializing in seawater and thermal springs treatment programs, five restaurants and bars, a fitness center, and an outdoor swimming pool. In addition, their commitment to sustainable development makes them a commendable choice for your stay in Southeast Asia.

Day 1

Join your Country Walkers Bhutan: Kingdom in the Himalayas tour

Breakfast is included at your hotel. Your guide(s) will meet you at Druk Air check-in counter in the Suvarnabhumi Airport (Country Walkers will notify you of the meeting time 45-60 days prior to your tour departure date). Your guide(s) will be wearing a Country Walkers shirt.

Please be dressed for walking. Please refer to the Bhutan: Kingdom in the Himalayas (10-day/9- night) itinerary for full tour details.

After your scenic flight into Thimphu, explore Bhutan’s capital on foot. Then gather with your group at this evening’s welcome dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel Druk, Thimphu

A comfortable hotel with a modern edge and extremely friendly service. Every part of the hotel’s décor draws inspiration from various elements of the earth: water, air, fire, and sky.

Day 2

Jigme Dorji National Park and Cheri Goemba

A swing bridge adorned with prayer flags ushers you into Jigme Dorji National Park, where you’ll climb to the 17th-century Cheri Goemba monastery. After lunch, discover Thimphu’s museums and Handicrafts Emporium.

Accommodation: Hotel Druk, Thimphu

A comfortable hotel with a modern edge and extremely friendly service. Every part of the hotel’s décor draws inspiration from various elements of the earth: water, air, fire, and sky.

Day 3

Transfer to Punakha

Cross 10,000-foot Dochula Pass into Punakha, set in a fertile valley where oranges, bananas, and guavas grow. This afternoon, enjoy views from the Temple of the Divine Madman, named for Bhutan’s most charismatic saint.

Accommodation: Drubchhu Resort, Punakha

This hotel is beautifully situated on the ruins of an old granary with views of paddy fields and farm houses. The resort offers three dining options, spa amenities, and spacious rooms.

Day 4

Chorten Nebu Temple

Climb through terraced rice fields to the Chorten Nebu temple, flanked by a venerable oak whose wood is used for sacred talismans. After lunch, descend through small villages to the gorgeous Punakha Valley.

Accommodation: Drubchhu Resort, Punakha

This hotel is beautifully situated on the ruins of an old granary with views of paddy fields and farm houses. The resort offers three dining options, spa amenities, and spacious rooms.

Day 5

Khamsung Yuely Namgyel Temple to Punakha Dzong

After switchbacking up to the majestic Khamsung Yuely Namgyel temple, descend through terraced rice paddies to the magnificent 17-century Punakha Dzong, the second oldest of Bhutan’s traditional fortresses.

Accommodation: Drubchhu Resort, Punakha

This hotel is beautifully situated on the ruins of an old granary with views of paddy fields and farm houses. The resort offers three dining options, spa amenities, and spacious rooms.

Day 6

Optional Gangtey Valley Visit for Black Crane Festival

Enjoy an optional excursion to Gangtey Gompa, a remote glacial valley that forms a natural reserve for endangered black-necked cranes. Alternatively, follow a trail along the lovely Phochhu River.

Accommodation: Drubchhu Resort, Punakha

This hotel is beautifully situated on the ruins of an old granary with views of paddy fields and farm houses. The resort offers three dining options, spa amenities, and spacious rooms.

Day 7

Transfer to Paro. Royal Botanical Garden to Dochula

Visit Bhutan’s Royal Botanical Garden and look for rare red pandas, then climb towards Dochula Pass, relaxing over lunch at a teahouse before your afternoon transfer to Paro.

Accommodation: Tiger's Nest Resort, Paro

This is a unique property and is the only resort surrounding Paro that has direct views of the famous Tiger’s Nest. The comfortable rooms are designed in typical Bhutanese style and include all modern amenities.

Day 8

Chele La to Kila Gompa

Climb by bus to 12,000-foot Chele La Pass for stunning mountain vistas. This afternoon, your mostly downhill walk includes a stop at Kila Gompa, a nunnery nestled on a cliff’s edge.

Accommodation: Tiger's Nest Resort, Paro

This is a unique property and is the only resort surrounding Paro that has direct views of the famous Tiger’s Nest. The comfortable rooms are designed in typical Bhutanese style and include all modern amenities.

Day 9

Bhutan's National Museum to Taktshang

After a morning visit to the National Museum, climb to Bhutan’s most famous monastery. Built on a sheer cliffside, Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) is associated with eigth-century figure Guru Rimpoche, who legendarily flew here on a tigress’s back. Tonight, celebrate your Bhutanese adventures at a farewell dinner.

Accommodation: Tiger's Nest Resort, Paro

This is a unique property and is the only resort surrounding Paro that has direct views of the famous Tiger’s Nest. The comfortable rooms are designed in typical Bhutanese style and include all modern amenities.

Day 10

Departure from Paro

Fly to Bangkok and begin your homeward journey.

Post-Night

Tour Departure from Paro

After your flight from Paro to Bangkok you say goodbye to your group and enjoy a complimentary shuttle transfer to the Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel for your post-tour night. (Lunch and dinner are on your own.)

Accommodation: Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel

Located just a leisurely five-minute walk away from the airport via air-conditioned underground walkway, Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel is an oasis for travelers passing through Bangkok. This four-star facility offers a spa specializing in seawater and thermal springs treatment programs, five restaurants and bars, a fitness center, and an outdoor swimming pool. In addition, their commitment to sustainable development makes them a commendable choice for your stay in Southeast Asia.

Departure

This morning, after a complimentary breakfast, you transfer to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport via shuttle or on foot.

Add a Tour Extension to Your Flight + Tour Combo
Pre-Tour Extension: Bangkok

2 nights from only $448

  • Two nights at the Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok
  • Private transfer from airport to the Shangri-La Hotel
  • Transfer to Guided Walking tour meeting point
  • Two breakfasts

For those guests reserving our Flight + Tour Combo, you may wish to further extend your time in Southeast Asia with an additional two nights in Bangkok. With a population of over 11 million, Bangkok is by far Thailand’s largest city—and, with a landscape richly peppered with golden temples, whitewashed palaces, gourmet restaurants, and intriguing museums, it is perhaps Southeast Asia’s most cosmopolitan as well. Staying in a luxurious five-star hotel perfectly situated beside the Chao Phraya River, you’ll enjoy a plush river-view room with polished wood and Thai-inspired decor. From this home base, you can step out to explore the city, perhaps exploring the white arches and gardens of the Grand Palace, marveling at the 700-year-old, five-and-a-half ton solid gold Buddha in Wat Trimit temple, or wandering countless stalls of Chatuchak Market.

Single Supplement: $248

Flight + Tour Combo plus Pre-Tour Extension Dates: November 2-16, 2016 & November 13-27, 2016

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Flight + Tour Combo Inclusions:

  • Round-trip international airfare (includes airline fuel charges and taxes)
  • Small-group airport and hotel transfers
  • Two nights at the Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport Hotel*
  • Two breakfasts
  • 10-day/9-night Bhutan: Kingdom in the Himalayas guided walking tour with on-trip inclusions

*Please note that some hotel city taxes may need to be paid locally.

Tour Extension Available

Bangkok
2 nights from only $448

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Dates & Prices

Tour Only

2016 Dates Per person, double occupancy Single Supplement
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Nov 6 - Nov 15 $5,998 $498
Nov 17 - Nov 26 $5,998 $498

Flight + Tour Combo

2016 Dates LOS ANGELES Change Departure Airport
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Flight + Tour Combo
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Single Supplement
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Nov 4 - Nov 16 $7,348
$648
Nov 15 - Nov 27 $7,348 $648

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You can transform this itinerary into an exclusive experience for you and your fellow guests. Enjoy all the same walks and inclusions as on our traditional tours, in the company of the same expert guides. Simply gather your friends, choose your preferred departure date, and we’ll take care of the rest.

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Guides

Guides

Our guides' experience, dedication, and enthusiasm make them ideal ambassadors for your destination. They chart the course, finesse the details, and speak the language (English, as well as the local language). They also possess a truly rare skill, knowing when to let serendipity and inspiration take the lead.

Sangay-Wangchuk
Sangay Wangchuk

Sangay Wangchuk is an avid mountaineer. He has climbed mountains and trekked in all corners of Bhutan. For over 25 years, Sangay has led walking tours and specialized tours focusing on Bhutanese textiles, anthropology, and architecture. He loves writing and is currently documenting the oral traditions – myths and stories originating in the countryside of Bhutan. He has published a book named “Seeing with the Third Eye. Growing up with Grandma in rural Bhutan”. His favorite pastime is contributing as a columnist for the Business Bhutan newspaper and he also writes for the Tourism Council of Bhutan’s annual magazine.

Leki-Phuntshok
Leki Phuntshok

A native of Bhutan, Leki Phuntshok speaks fluent English and Chinese. His interests lie in photography, bird watching, and hiking. Having completed every trekking route in northern Bhutan, he looks forward to welcoming CW guests on the trail and showing them his beautiful country.

Tashi-Dorji
Tashi Dorji

Tashi Dorji graduated from the Bhutan International School of Hospitality and Tourism and has been working as a guide ever since. Tashi is passionate about the history and culture of Bhutan, especially with regard to the concept of “Gross National Happiness” and he looks forward to sharing his knowledge with CW guests.

Arun-Rai
Arun Rai

Arun Rai has been guiding in Bhutan since 2006 after training as a tour leader through government-sponsored programs offered to instill the importance of offering environmentally and culturally sensitive tours in his native country. When not guiding or spending time with his wife and daughter, you can find Arun hiking, playing soccer, or practicing Bhutan’s national sport – archery.

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