The kingdom of Bhutan remains one of the last unspoiled gems of the Himalaya. Closed to foreign visitors until the 1970s, Bhutan has an amazingly preserved traditional Buddhist culture uniquely blended with modern sensibilities. On your five-day journey, you'll visit monasteries, fortresses, and enjoy stunning views as you hike through the mountains.
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When is the best time to visit?
October to December offer clear skies, warmer weather, and is most travelers' preferred time to explore Bhutan. Learn more
Where to go in Bhutan?
Don’t expect to get by on a backpacker budget in Bhutan. It’s seemingly one of the most expensive places to travel thanks to a mandatory tariff of $250 a day (in U.S. dollars) for foreign visitors. Prospective travelers shouldn’t panic, however, since this fee covers accommodation, food, transport, and an official guide. With these expenses paid upfront, visitors can tour the impressive dzongs and monasteries, the forest-draped hills and canyons, and take in the local tsechus, or dance festivals without worrying about pinching pennies.
How many days do I need?
Seven days is the ideal amount of time to travel through Bhutan.
From the famous Tiger's Nest Monastery to the sleepy streets of Paro, visiting Bhutan is all about the simple pleasures of natural beauty and a distinctly preserved culture. Experience this long-isolated country's stunning mountains, colorful architecture, and lush countryside on this comprehensive 10-day tour.
Trek through an area adorned with a multitude of pristine, crystal clear lakes, and Bhutanese villages. As you walk, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the entire Himalayan mountain range and some of the world’s highest peaks - including Mt. Everest, Jomolhari, Masang Gang, and many more.
Take in the best Bhutan has to offer, from culture to mountain scenery. Visit the impressive dzongs of Thimphu and Punakha, see the real Bhutanese countryside, and set off on day hikes before embarking on the arduous 7-day Jomolhari camping trek. Soak in the world of stunning snow-capped mountains, takins, Himalayan vultures, and even encounter the elusive snow leopard.
This itinerary combines wild adventure with Bhutan's unique culture. The trek, though challenging, is highly rewarding and one of Bhutan's best. En route, catch glimpses of the spectacular Mount Jhomolhari, which straddles the border between China (Tibet) and Bhutan. In Thimphu and other small towns, learn about Bhutan's unique form of Tibetan Buddhism and the culture that was cut off from the rest of the world for so long. In short, this trip has it all!
Explore the enigmatic kingdom of Bhutan and its magnificent landscape of soaring mountain peaks and lush green valleys. On this seven-day excursion, you'll visit its famous fortresses and monasteries, gain insight into the country's fascinating history and culture, and do some light hiking in the stunning countryside.
January is right in the middle of Bhutan's low season due to its cooler (sometimes very cold!) temperatures. But, if you really want to visit in January you'll pay lower prices,...
February is the last month of winter in Bhutan. At higher altitudes, temperatures remain cold, but in the jungle national parks in the south, it can get quite warm. February is...
March is the beginning of spring in Bhutan, and it's a great time to visit. Temperatures can still be cool earlier in the month, but conditions are generally sunny and clear,...
April is spring in Bhutan, and the middle of the peak tourism season. Temperatures are generally warm, and conditions good for trekking and outdoor activities. Read on for some...
All members of the family will love the sights and activities of Western Bhutan on this 10-day itinerary. With customs and traditions still going strong after centuries, and an environment so rich and diverse, Bhutan is a country that is completely unique. In Thimphu, the capital, you will see how ancient traditions go hand-in-hand with modernity. Continue to the semi-tropical valley of Punakha, once the winter capital. Explore this valley on foot and in a raft. End with an unmissable Bhutan attraction: the iconic Tiger's Nest Monastery.
Travelers longing to experience Bhutan, the pristine and tranquil kingdom in the Himalayas, can see some of the country's best cultural sites on this 7-day itinerary. Begin your trip in the capital of Thimphu and learn how this country's ancient cultural traditions inform modern life before driving east across the spectacular Dochula Pass to the semi-tropical valley of Punakha where you will hike across suspension bridges and go river rafting. Then, continue to Ha Valley where you will sleep in a traditional farmhouse and experience Bhutanese family life before cycling to Paro and ending your trip with a tour of the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery.
Experience all the highlights of western Bhutan with a passionate local on this 8-day itinerary that begins with a tour of some of the most important cultural sites in the capital of Thimphu. Then, set out to see the stunning natural beauty of this Himalayan kingdom with a drive across Dochula Pass, hiking in the glacial valley of Phobjikha, and monastery and market tours in semi-tropical Punakha. End your visit in the emerald green Paro valley, where you will hike to the famous Tiger's Nest Monastery.
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This was a fantastic trip! · Bhutan - Nov 29 - Dec 3, 2019
This was a fantastic trip! Everything went smoothly, and they did everything to make it as good an experience as possible. The guide and driver, Tek and Migma, We’re friendly and helpful and always on the lookout for interesting things to add to our itinerary. Vishaul was also very responsive both before and during the trip, and answered all of our questions promptly. Bhutan was such an amazing and relaxing experience. We did tours of Thimphu and Paro,, and a hike to Tigers nest. Don’t miss these!
Wonderful whirlwind tour of Bhutan! · Bhutan - Oct 11 - Oct 18, 2019
Memorable trip! We had a fabulous experience with Sonam as our guide, and Prem as our enthusiastic, very skilled driver (how we navigated those narrow roads without a scratch, I'll never know!). Bas and the team were fantastic in tailoring the trip to our specific dates and needs, including arranging for my flight tickets to and from Kabul (which proved to be much more problematic than I'd anticipated). I'd indicated a preference for photography and hiking, and the team managed to provide us... read more
Bhutan walking trip with kids · Bhutan - Oct 8 - Oct 16, 2019
We had the most magical experience in Bhutan. Vishal did a terrific job planning for us and our two children. Our guide Jem was very knowledgeable and warm and also was great with our kids. He was constantly entertaining them (and the grown ups). We loved Jem and our driver Karma was also great (which is important on the narrow and windy roads in Bhutan). Vishal picked great hikes for us and great lodging - including a historic house in Haa and a homestay in Paro with a family that... read more