Come with us on one of the most mythical adventures in the world as we explore the Kingdom of Bhutan, it’s people, landscape and legends. Bhutan is known throughout the world as one of the last locations of the famed Shangri La, and has preserved its culturally rich Buddhist heritage through its unique form of government which is rooted in the concept of Gross National Happiness. After Tibet lost its independence with China, Bhutan became the last true remaining Buddhist nation in the world. Throughout the country there are many temples, shrines, monuments and places of worship that date back many centuries, and are still in use today by the country’s nearly 12,000 monks. Tourism in this tiny country has been limited by the government in order to preserve its environment and cultural heritage, and it is still a very unique time to visit the country, reminiscent to traveling in Nepal before tourism exploded there. Our journey will take us on what is known as the most beautiful trek in Bhutan, through Jigme Dorje National Park along the Jomolhari route, traveling in the footsteps of local herders, tribesmen and monks.
Our journey begins in Paro Bhutan. There we will spend two nights at a first class hotel while we spend a few days touring this ancient city, and doing an acclimatization hike in the surrounding hills visiting Chelela Pass & Nunnery.
The next day we begin our trek starting in the lowlands, ascending semi-tropical valleys, which change quickly into tall thick forests, comprising a variety of oaks, maple, birch, and allders that will be replaced by rhododendron and pines as we trek even higher. We will pass through several microclimates, and encounter an enormous diversity of birds and wildlife including the Fire-Tailed Sunbird, Ibis Bill, White-Throated Dipper, Yellow-Billed Chough, Rosy Pipit, Snow Partridge and Blue-fronted Redstart. In the lowland forests we may spot Grey Langurs Tigers, Leopards, Gorals and Seras. As we ascend higher we may catch a glimpse of Himalayan Black Bear, Red Panda, Sambar, Wild Pig and Barking Deer. The alpine zone in Bhutan is home to the highest concentration of Snow Leopards in the world, and is also habitat for Blue Sheep, Tibetan Wolf, Antelope, Himalayan Musk Deer, and herds of Takin (national animal).