Our Tour Packages
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.
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.
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.