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Introducing Bhutan

From the magic of the Himalayan mountains to the traditional Buddhist temples and culture, Bhutan is as enchanting as it is beautiful.

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.

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Bhutan Tours & Itineraries

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View of the Himalayas from Dochu La Pass
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Highlights of Bhutan - 5 Days

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.

Nature and Culture in Bhutan - 10 Days
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Nature and Culture in Bhutan - 10 Days

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.

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek - 12 Days
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Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek - 12 Days

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.

Hiking along the Bhutanese Himalaya
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Bhutan Trekking Tour - 14 Days

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.

 Jumolhari Round Trek and Cultural Tour - 17 Days
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Jumolhari Round Trek and Cultural Tour - 17 Days

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!

Sunset on Dochula Pass
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Bhutan Highlights - 7 Days

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.

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Family Adventure in Western Bhutan - 10 Days

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.

Prayer wheels in Bhutan
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Culture & Adventure in Bhutan - 7 Days

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.

A peak overlooking the Phobjikha Valley
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Explore Western Bhutan - 8 Days

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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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

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Travel specialist Vishal Pradhan
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Vishal Pradhan

Calling Paro Home, I am a local bloke born and bred in Bhutan. I started my career in travel industry in 2003. Since then I have had the opportunity to specialize and curate tailor made holidays...

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Travel specialist Bas Naus
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Bas Naus

Being born in the lowlands of Holland, my passion for mountains may not seem logical. However, my parents took me to the European Alps before I could barely walk and I can't remember any family...

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Travel specialist Mieke Arendsen
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Mieke Arendsen

It's hard to explain the deep love that I have for Asia and the Himalayas specifically. It already started long before my eyes caught sight of these magnificent mountains, when I read about these...

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Trip Reviews for Bhutan

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This was a fantastic trip! · Bhutan - Nov 29 - Dec 3, 2019

Traveler: karin f. - Local specialist: Vishal Pradhan

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!

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Vishal Pradhan, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Karin,

Thank you for your kind words and this opportunity. We thoroughly enjoyed hosting your trip and great to hear that the destination lived up to your expectation. Hopefully bhutan beckons you again in not too distant future.

With best regards, Sonam

Vish

Wonderful whirlwind tour of Bhutan! · Bhutan - Oct 11 - Oct 18, 2019

Traveler: Vish K. - Local specialist: Bas Naus

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

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 with lots of memorable experiences! Highlights include meeting the Queen on a hiking trail, doing an ad hoc photo shoot with a flurry of nuns at a convent, and of course the march up to Tiger's Nest. Thank you muchly to Sonam, Prem and Bas!

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Bas Naus, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Vish and Neal, Thank you so much for your kind words! We were happy to host your trip and this really is what keeps us going: guests who had a memorable and fabulous experience. Hope you will cherish these memories for a long time and feel free to come back to Bhutan any time ;-)
All the best for you and many greetings,
Bas.

Bhutan walking trip with kids · Bhutan - Oct 8 - Oct 16, 2019

Traveler: Delaney S. - Local specialist: Vishal Pradhan

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

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 had a son the same age as our son (they had so much fun). We enjoyed having dinner with Vishal and his wife Sonam. We loved, loved, loved Bhutan and we are already talking about when we can come back. Vishal and Jem were a huge part of this being such a great experience.
I would also highly recommend the Kim Kim app because it was so easy to use and communicate.
As a side note I never write reviews for anything so the fact I am for this experience should say a lot! We are very experienced travelers around the world and I will definitely use the Kim Kim app a second time.
Delaney

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Vishal Pradhan, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Delaney,

It was great pleasure hosting your family in Bhutan. We had a great time interacting with you all.
We are thankful for this opportunity and glad to hear that the services were up-to your expectations. Look forward welcoming again for the next adventure.

With best regards Sonam and Vishal