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Wonders of Bhutan
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from $4,799 AUD

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Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include walking tours, visits to sites, safari drives, and easy hikes; and some days will have more physical activities such as longer hikes, kayaking, snorkeling, or biking.

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Explore Bhutan's capital city as well as remote shrines and temples nestled in the countryside.
  • Talk with a Buddhist monk, visit an arts-and-crafts school, and enjoy a home-cooked meal at a family farmhouse.
  • Hike to the legendary Taktsang Lhakhang (Tiger’s Nest Temple).
Itinerary

Find out what lights up the faces of the residents of Bhutan, the only country in the world that measures its well-being in GNH—Gross National Happiness. On a 10-day adventure across this bastion of Buddhist culture, explore remote mountain villages and shrines and climb magnificent heights to the cliff-side Taktsang Monastery, 900 meters (2,953 feet) above the valley floor. Amid the soaring peaks and cultural delights of this ancient place, discover your own capacity for happiness.

Day 1: Paro/Thimphu

Arrive at any time and transfer to Thimphu. In Thimphu, time permitting, take an orientation walk in town and get settled in.

Day 2: Thimphu/Punākha

In the morning, meet a Buddhist Monk and scholar to discuss Buddhist beliefs, ways of life, and values in Bhutan. Drive to Punakha, crossing the Dochula Pass and enjoying stunning views of the Himalayas through flickering prayer flags. In the afternoon, drive to Lobeysa and hike 20 minutes to Chime Lhakhang, temple of the "Divine Madman", built in 1499. Today, it is mostly visited by women, as it is known as a temple of fertility.

Day 3: Punākha

Enjoy a full day of exploration including a visit to Punakha Dzong, Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery, and Wangdue Phodrang. In the afternoon, hike through rice terraces and forests to Khamsum Yueley Chorten.

Day 4: Punākha/Gangtey Gonpa

Travel to Gangtey and visit the Black-Necked Crane Centre, one of the most ecologically sensitive areas in Bhutan.

Day 5: Gangtey Gonpa

Walk to the monastery of Gangtey Goempa, known to hold the most sacred relics in Bhutan. After, walk across Phobjikha Valley to Khewa Valley, where we'll visit an old temple and make an offering. This evening, stop at the village of Khewa and visit a local family's farm for a cooking demonstration and a home cooked dinner.

Day 6: Gangtey Gonpa/Thimphu

Drive to the capital to visit the Big Buddha and the Institute for Zorig Chusum, an arts and crafts school where we can watch students practicing traditional arts such as woodworking, painting, and ceramics. Hear a lecture on the Gross National Happiness, an index used by Bhutan to measure the nation's progress.

Day 7: Thimphu/Haa Dzongkhag

In the morning, visit Memorial Chorten. Drive to the valley and visit Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple). In the afternoon, spend time exploring Haa town.

Day 8: Haa Dzongkhag/Paro

Drive to the Haa Valley, one of the most remote and sacred valleys in Bhutan via the Cheela Mountain Pass, at 3,810m (12,500 ft). Hike to Kila Goempa Nunnery which clings to a rocky cliff. Later, visit Kyichu Lhakhang Temple and the local archery grounds.

Day 9: Paro

Embark on a vigorous hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest), the most venerated pilgrim site of the Himalayan world. The view is absolutely stunning, with the monastery clinging to a cliff face towering 2,953m (9,688 ft) above the valley. Return to Paro and visit the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong fortress.

Day 10: Paro

Depart at any time. Airport transfer included.

PRICES & DATES

  • date 21 Mar 2020 - 30 Mar 2020
  • double occupancy
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    $5,059 AUD Per Person
  • single occupancy
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  • date 18 Apr 2020 - 27 Apr 2020
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  • date 02 May 2020 - 11 May 2020
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  • date 16 May 2020 - 25 May 2020
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  • date 20 Jun 2020 - 29 Jun 2020
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  • date 18 Jul 2020 - 27 Jul 2020
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  • date 08 Aug 2020 - 17 Aug 2020
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  • date 19 Sep 2020 - 28 Sep 2020
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  • date 26 Sep 2020 - 05 Oct 2020
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  • date 03 Oct 2020 - 12 Oct 2020
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  • date 17 Oct 2020 - 26 Oct 2020
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  • date 31 Oct 2020 - 09 Nov 2020
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  • date 07 Nov 2020 - 16 Nov 2020
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  • date 14 Nov 2020 - 23 Nov 2020
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  • date 21 Nov 2020 - 30 Nov 2020
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  • date 05 Dec 2020 - 14 Dec 2020
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  • date 23 Jan 2021 - 01 Feb 2021
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  • date 20 Feb 2021 - 01 Mar 2021
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  • date 13 Mar 2021 - 22 Mar 2021
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  • date 20 Mar 2021 - 29 Mar 2021
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  • date 27 Mar 2021 - 05 Apr 2021
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  • date 17 Apr 2021 - 26 Apr 2021
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  • date 08 May 2021 - 17 May 2021
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  • date 22 May 2021 - 31 May 2021
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  • date 12 Jun 2021 - 21 Jun 2021
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  • date 17 Jul 2021 - 26 Jul 2021
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  • date 14 Aug 2021 - 23 Aug 2021
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  • date 04 Sep 2021 - 13 Sep 2021
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  • date 18 Sep 2021 - 27 Sep 2021
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  • date 02 Oct 2021 - 11 Oct 2021
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  • date 16 Oct 2021 - 25 Oct 2021
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  • date 30 Oct 2021 - 08 Nov 2021
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  • date 06 Nov 2021 - 15 Nov 2021
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  • date 13 Nov 2021 - 22 Nov 2021
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  • date 27 Nov 2021 - 06 Dec 2021
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  • date 11 Dec 2021 - 20 Dec 2021
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All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy or single occupancy unless otherwise noted, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. Optional activities are at an additional cost.

  • Accommodation: Hotel/lodges (9 nts).
  • Meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Transport: Private vehicle, hiking.
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Meet a Buddhist Monk, Thimphu
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Family Farm Meal, Gangtey Gonpa
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Lecture on Gross National Happiness, Thimphu
  • Arrival and departure transfer
  • Visit the Rimpung Dzong
  • Hike to Punakha Dzong monastery and fertility shrine
  • Visit the town of Wangdue and walk to Khamsum Yueley Chorten shrine
  • Visit the village of Khewa
  • Black-Necked Crane Centre visit
  • Hike to the monastery of Gangtey Goempa
  • Walk across Phobjikha and Khewa valleys
  • Visit the National Library, the Institute for Zorig Chusum (arts and crafts) and the Thimphu Chorten
  • Hike to Kila Goempa nunnery
  • Explore shrines and temples of the Haa Valley
  • Visit the fortress of Drukgyal Dzong and hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest)
  • Visit Kyichu Lhakhang Temple
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Any activity not described in What's Included
  • Meals on your own
  • Gratuities

My Own Room

During your trip, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room. That's why we offer the "My Own Room" option - a single room all to yourself.

My Own Room Option: From $4,328

ABOUT NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

Offered in partnership with G Adventures, our National Geographic Journeys line blends fun, hands-on exploration, meaningful encounters with people and cultures, and more free time and choices—with the structure and security of traveling in a small group.

Age Requirement:12+

All travelers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.