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The first road in Bhutan was built only in the early 70s. Until then people traveled along trails, hundreds of years old. Even now, some parts of Bhutan are days away from the nearest road. Trekking in Bhutan is along these ancient trade routes, far away from the main towns. Trek routes take you through villages not yet reached by the hands of change. And unlike in other countries, the villagers and the cattle will be the only occasional traffic you will come along the trail. Assisted by our trained crew, it is the best way to experience the country and to meet the local people.
We have tried to think of many ways to make your trek as comfortable as possible. Our support crew will walk ahead and set up the camp before you arrive. A warm cup of tea waiting in the dining tent is the most welcome treat after ten hours hiking up and down mountains, sometimes as high as 18,000 feet.

Religious festivals are perfect occasions to glimpse what might be termed Bhutanese culture. Celebrated throughout the country, they occur in a host of differing forms, depending upon the scale, the nature of the ceremonies performed or the particular deity being revered.The best known are the Tshechus, festivals which honor Guru Rimpochey and celebrate one of his remarkable actions. The most popular of these take place annually in or around the great Dzongs, attracting both tourists and large numbers from the surrounding districts. Lasting several days, the central focuses are the series of prayers and religion inspired dances. These dances, made especially striking by the spectacular costumes of the dancers – bright silks and rich brocade, ornate hats or extraordinary masks – may either depict morality tales, invoke protection from demonic spirits or proclaim Buddhist victories and the glory of remarkable saints.
The best known are the Tshechus, festivals which honor Guru Rimpochey and celebrate one of his remarkable actions. The most popular of these take place annually in or around the great Dzongs, attracting both tourists and large numbers from the surrounding districts. Lasting several days, the central focuses are the series of prayers and religion inspired dances. These dances, made especially striking by the spectacular costumes of the dancers – bright silks and rich brocade, ornate hats or extraordinary masks – may either depict morality tales, invoke protection from demonic spirits or proclaim Buddhist victories and the glory of remarkable saints.

Bhutan has 72% of forest cover with 9 protected areas that connect with biological corridors. This makes the country rich and diverse in birds and animal species. Subtropical & warm broadleaved forest grows along the foothills up to 1,200m and Cool broad-leaved forest grows on moist exposed slope up to 2,900m.
There are 685 species that have been recorded so far & many more are likely to be found as more birders visit the country and make their discoveries. Around 464 species are resident although some of these are augmented by winter visitors that breed further north. Some residents are sedentary throughout the year, whilst others undertake irregular movements, either locally or more widely in the region, moving around according to the abundance of their food supply.

This special tour program combines a cultural tour and pilgrimage. You will experience a truly Buddhist way of daily Dharma practice, listen to talks on Buddhism by local Masters, recite prayers, make offerings and meditate with local monks in the Temples, and hike a few hours to visit sacred temples like Taksang (Tiger’s Nest).

You can easily spend a week or two just to have a sacred experience of Bhutan.

Even though it is densely populated, Eastern Bhutan remains the Kingdom’s hinterland. Roads reach the major towns, but there are numerous isolated and hidden valleys among the hills some of which are home to minority ethnic groups comprising less than 1,000 people.

The dominant language here is Sharchop, the language of the East, although there are many different languages and dialects. Sharchop is different enough from Dzongkha that people from Eastern and Western Bhutan have to use English or Nepali to communicate.

What client says

“An experience that only grows with wonder over time.”

Led by Tshetem and his staff at Sacred Himalaya Travel, four of us completed an 18 day version of the Snowman Trek starting in Sephu walking in to Thanza and returning via Dur in October 2014. This route into the Lunana Valley is a challenging and stunning cross section of Bhutan.

Sacred Himalaya Travel and his staff provided excellent service, support, and food despite a very remote setting. We had three hot meals per day, morning and afternoon tea, and hot water bottles at night. Fifteen days in we still had fresh fruit and new meals!

At all times, despite some snow and rain, altitude and long days, we always were safe and comfortable. Importantly, Tshetem and his staff answered every question about Bhutan - its plants, animals, politics, religion, and culture - often drawing our attention to and sharing what truly makes Bhutan special.

Tshetem created an experience that only grows with wonder over time. I cannot imagine a better guiding service. If you are fortunate to have an opportunity to travel to Bhutan, I whole heartedly recommend Tshetem and Sacred Himalaya Travel. You cannot do better.

Blythe Marston

blythe.marston@gmail.com

Alsaka

2014-10-30T17:27:59+00:00

Blythe Marston

blythe.marston@gmail.com

Alsaka

Led by Tshetem and his staff at Sacred Himalaya Travel, four of us completed an 18 day version of the Snowman Trek starting in Sephu walking in to Thanza and returning via Dur in October 2014. This route into the Lunana Valley is a challenging and stunning cross section of Bhutan. Sacred Himalaya Travel and View Full →

“Your first choice when selecting a guide for a once in a lifetime experience.”

I completed a version of the Snowman Trek in October 2014 with Sacred Himalaya Travel (SHT) going from Sephu - Thanza - Dhur in 18 days. Tshetem Norbu, General Manager of Sacred Himalaya Travel, led our group of four hikers from Alaska and was supported by 4 of his staff and contract yaks and herders. The 18 days included 3 layover days for rest and acclimatization. We had generally excellent weather and no significant health nor logistical issues.

Tshetem and his staff created a safe, supportive, and caring environment for all of us. The service was consistently excellent for remote trekking conditions, including tea service every afternoon, fresh meals, boiled or filtered drinking water, and hot water bottles at night. I was particularly impressed with Tshetem's flexibility on selecting camping spots based partially on weather, trail conditions, and our collective energy level. Tshetem is very knowledgeable on Bhutan's natural, cultural, and religious history and happy to share his knowledge and answer countless questions. Although the trip was harder, colder, and generally more imposing than most of us envisioned, with SHT's great support team we all successfully completed the trek with complete satisfaction.

I have been to Bhutan three times, each time with SHT. I can't imagine a trekking guide in Bhutan doing a better job than Sacred Himalaya Travel. They should be your first choice when selecting a guide for a once in a lifetime experience.

Mark McDermott

5100 Vaquero Road

Anchorage, Alaska 99516

907-345-6997

Painting Web Site: http://www.markmcdermottart.com

Photo Web Site:  http://www.markmcdermottphoto.com

2014-10-30T17:29:38+00:00

Mark McDermott

5100 Vaquero Road

Anchorage, Alaska 99516

907-345-6997

Painting Web Site: http://www.markmcdermottart.com

Photo Web Site:  http://www.markmcdermottphoto.com

I completed a version of the Snowman Trek in October 2014 with Sacred Himalaya Travel (SHT) going from Sephu – Thanza – Dhur in 18 days. Tshetem Norbu, General Manager of Sacred Himalaya Travel, led our group of four hikers from Alaska and was supported by 4 of his staff and contract yaks and herders. View Full →

“This trip has been a once in a lifetime experience.”

Thank you for a wonderful and memorable experience trip to Bhutan. Your tour company, Sacred Himalaya Travel made the trip a wonderful and relaxing journey into your country, Bhutan, that I will always cherish and never forget it. I have enjoyed the country wonderful landscape, culture, hotel accommodation, food, transportation, the drivers, big Dorji , little Dorji, tour guides Jigme and yourself. What a beautiful country with such history and the Buddhist religion behind it. Everyone has been such gracious and helpful that no wonder Bhutan is the called the "Gross National Happiness".
I have nothing to complain about your travel agency and your group. Please say hello and a big Thank You to everyone for me.

Chikako Kojima,
chikak@att.net
May 20, 2014

2014-05-27T13:00:52+00:00

Chikako Kojima,
chikak@att.net
May 20, 2014

Thank you for a wonderful and memorable experience trip to Bhutan. Your tour company, Sacred Himalaya Travel made the trip a wonderful and relaxing journey into your country, Bhutan, that I will always cherish and never forget it.

“I’m still absorbing all that I was exposed to and enjoying the memories.”

Last month I had the great privilege of visiting the beautiful country of Bhutan. My trip was with a tour of longtime friends from Senshin Buddhist temple in los angeles where we have all been members for many years. Our trip was very much a pilgrimage of sorts, a chance to experience the atmosphere of a truly Buddhist country. Many of my friends had been two other times to Bhutan and had already established a relationship with SACRED HIMALAYA TRAVEL and Tshetem Norbu. Tshetem and his colleagues, 3 other guides, took great care to give us all an unforgettable and memorable experience. They planned the itinerary and no detail was neglected. Our trip was unusual as we entered from the east of the country and travelled by bus to the west. This was an amazing opportunity to see and feel the varied landscape of Bhutan. We had wonderful and diverse accommodations throughout. Each of our two buses had a guide who was completely knowledgeable about every aspect of Bhutanese culture and history, flora and fauna. They answered every question from our group imaginable.
I’m very grateful to have been a part of the tour and that we all had the fortune to be guided throughout by SACRED HIMALAYA TRAVEL.

Jackie Terrell,
tel: 310  476  4547
fax: 310  472  4564
Email: jackie@jackieterrelldesign.com
Website: www.jackieknows.com
May 22, 2014

2014-05-27T13:02:28+00:00

Jackie Terrell,
tel: 310  476  4547
fax: 310  472  4564
Email: jackie@jackieterrelldesign.com
Website: www.jackieknows.com
May 22, 2014

My trip was with a tour of longtime friends from Senshin Buddhist temple in los angeles where we have all been members for many years. Our trip was very much a pilgrimage of sorts, a chance to experience the atmosphere of a truly Buddhist country.

“そして、私の夢を実現させてくれたSacred Himalaya Travel に感謝します.”

2014年春休み、8歳の娘とブータンへ6泊7日の旅をしました。ずっと前から憧れていたブータン。
まだ8歳の娘にはブータンは早すぎるだろうか、高山病や食事は大丈夫だろうか、現地に着いたらそんな心配は無用でした。
飛行機から降りた途端、ヒマラヤから運ばれる風は澄みきり、昔話の絵本のような光景と、穏やかに流れるこの国の時に包まれました。
娘は確かにお寺やゾンに興味は薄かったけれど、普段、東京のコンクリートジャングルに住む彼女にとって、ブータンは大きな運動場。
日本から持ってきた縄跳びでいつも大地を蹴っていました。
娘曰く、『ブータンは、空に邪魔物がいない。人間が作るガンガンする音がなくてほっとする。』と。
そんな気持ちになれただけで、この旅が正解だったと確信しました。
日本にいると、もっと良いものを身につけたい、得たいと、欲の塊がどんどん大きくなって、苦しくなる。
しかしここにいると、そんな欲よりも今ここにいる幸せと何かもっと大切な事を教えてくれました。
今までにない幸福感と何かに守られているような感覚を他の旅で感じたことはありません。
これもこの旅が安全ですべて満足に進んだのも彼らのおかげです。
適切なガイドでいつも素敵な笑顔を絶やさないTshetemと、時速35キロでゆっくり安全運転のDamche。
そして、私の夢を実現させてくれたSacred Himalaya Travel に感謝します。

Yukiko & Sunisa
大野 友紀子 tonchan@t3.rim.or.jp
Tokyo, JAPAN

2014-06-06T10:25:02+00:00

Yukiko & Sunisa
大野 友紀子 tonchan@t3.rim.or.jp
Tokyo, JAPAN

2014年春休み、8歳の娘とブータンへ6泊7日の旅をしました。ずっと前から憧れていたブータン。 まだ8歳の娘にはブータンは早すぎるだろうか、高山病や食事は大丈夫だろうか、現地に着いたらそんな心配は無用でした。 飛行機から降りた途端、ヒマラヤから運ばれる風は澄みきり、昔話の絵本のような光景と、穏やかに流れるこの国の時に包まれました。 娘は確かにお寺やゾンに興味は薄かったけれど、普段、東京のコンクリートジャングルに住む彼女にとって、ブータンは大きな運動場。 日本から持ってきた縄跳びでいつも大地を蹴っていました。 娘曰く、『ブータンは、空に邪魔物がいない。人間が作るガンガンする音がなくてほっとする。』と。 そんな気持ちになれただけで、この旅が正解だったと確信しました。 日本にいると、もっと良いものを身につけたい、得たいと、欲の塊がどんどん大きくなって、苦しくなる。 しかしここにいると、そんな欲よりも今ここにいる幸せと何かもっと大切な事を教えてくれました。 今までにない幸福感と何かに守られているような感覚を他の旅で感じたことはありません。 これもこの旅が安全ですべて満足に進んだのも彼らのおかげです。 適切なガイドでいつも素敵な笑顔を絶やさないTshetemと、時速35キロでゆっくり安全運転のDamche。 そして、私の夢を実現させてくれたSacred Himalaya Travel に感謝します。

“The birding trip of a lifetime”

Tshetem tops my list of favorite birding companions. As he says, “the birds come to us.” Over several such trips guided by Tshetem, the early morning bird walk has been a treasured start for any day. Some marvel seems always to present itself, a whole flock of Golden Babblers calling loudly near us, a Great Hornbill pair approaching noisily then settling in trees beside us, Kalij Pheasants appearing then flying across our path, even a Himalayan Monal foraging for 20 minutes in a meadow just below the road we walked. Assisted by a staff all able and alert spotters, Tshetem knows his birds, their calls and songs, and where & when to find them. His extensive trekking experience in high and lowest altitudes gives him a breadth of experience with local birds and wildlife difficult to match. His own joy in these creatures, his expertise, his very good humor, patience, and compassion make him an ideal guide and companion. Groups and individuals guided by Tshetem may experience, as have I, the birding trip of a lifetime.

Anne Esson
CO, USA
alesson05@comcast.net

2014-08-06T10:38:34+00:00

Anne Esson
CO, USA
alesson05@comcast.net

Tshetem tops my list of favorite birding companions. As he says, “the birds come to us.” Over several such trips guided by Tshetem, the early morning bird walk has been a treasured start for any day. Some marvel seems always to present itself, a whole flock of Golden Babblers calling loudly near us, a Great Hornbill pair approaching View Full →

“Most enjoyable trips I’ve ever had”

Greetings from California! Thank you for your note. This was one of the most enjoyable trips I've ever had and I'd like to thank you and your staff for making this possible.
First of all, your country means a lot to me because it illustrates how people can live in harmony with respect for one another and nature. The practice of Buddhism is well represented here and is embraced in a practical way. What impresses me, too, is how Bhutan is carefully moving forward with modernization. While upgrading and expanding access to energy, water, medical and educational facilities, transportation, communications, etc., serious consideration is given for the country's natural resources, including flora and fauna. We can all learn from this. Your tour was very informative not only about the religious practices and culture in Bhutan, but also about its ecosystems, plants and wildlife. You and your staff made this a fun and comfortable trip as well. This was my second tour with you and I would highly recommend your services to my friends.


I hope to see you again!
Tashi Delek !

Pam
matsuoka@lmi.net
LA, USA

2014-08-06T10:48:08+00:00

Pam
matsuoka@lmi.net
LA, USA

Greetings from California! Thank you for your note. This was one of the most enjoyable trips I’ve ever had and I’d like to thank you and your staff for making this possible. First of all, your country means a lot to me because it illustrates how people can live in harmony with respect for one View Full →

“IT WAS A GREAT FAMILY VACATION!”

We spent a week in Bhutan, visiting Thimphu, Punakha and Paro. During the planning stage, working with Lexmi was easy. She was alway prompt with her reply. She took care of the visas and arranged the flights and the hotels that we specified.

On arrival, Tshetem greeted us at the airport. We had a private tour with Dorji as our driver who picked us up in a clean minivan every morning regardless of what we trekked through the day before.Tshetem was fluent in English. He was a very experienced guide, explaining the sights to us and educating us on Bhutanese culture. He was always pleasant and accommodating.


All in all, a great stress-free trip in a great kingdom!

E. S.
California, USA
Summer 2014

2014-08-06T10:49:43+00:00

E. S.
California, USA
Summer 2014

We spent a week in Bhutan, visiting Thimphu, Punakha and Paro. During the planning stage, working with Lexmi was easy. She was alway prompt with her reply. She took care of the visas and arranged the flights and the hotels that we specified. On arrival, Tshetem greeted us at the airport. We had a private View Full →

“Enjoyable and Incredible trip”

Our whole family would like to thank you and Scared Himalaya Travel for such an enjoyable and incredible trip.  Your hospitality and concern for every aspect of our journey went beyond our expectation and allowed us to completely relax and enjoy the natural and spiritual beauty of Bhutan. We especially appreciate your knowledge of Bhutanese culture and Buddhist philosophy and your ability to create circumstances for us to get directly engaged in both.

The Lieblich Family
USA

2014-08-06T10:51:10+00:00

The Lieblich Family
USA

Our whole family would like to thank you and Scared Himalaya Travel for such an enjoyable and incredible trip.  Your hospitality and concern for every aspect of our journey went beyond our expectation and allowed us to completely relax and enjoy the natural and spiritual beauty of Bhutan. We especially appreciate your knowledge of Bhutanese View Full →
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