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Trek Though Magical Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan with Boundless Journeys

Hidden in the mighty Himalayas, the Kingdom of Bhutan is ancient Asia’s last enclave. It is a land that will captivate your senses and one where strangers are treated as friends—which you’ll soon discover on Boundless Journeys’ The Chomolhari Trek tour. It’s a perfect blend of culture and mountains, with an eight-day trekking route that allows enough time to immerse yourself in the mountain culture and spectacular Himalayan scenery, while not being subjected to monotonous routes that some other companies offer. With Boundless Journeys, you’ll embark on a challenging seven-day trek to the base of Bhutan’s most sacred mountain, Chomolhari—the snow-capped 23,997’ “Divine Mountain.” Along the way, you’ll follow the path of nomadic yak herders, hiking through rhododendron forests and alpine meadows, over trout-filled streams, and into pure Himalayan grandeur. In the days before and after The Chomolhari Trek, the itinerary allows you to acclimatize while visiting the cultural centers of Paro and Thimphu, with their distinctive architecture, welcoming people, and fascinating sites.

What Our Guests Have To Say About This Tour

Our trip to Bhutan was an amazing experience. Not only in terms of the trekking which took us to experience amazing sights but it was an opportunity to see and learn about a different culture. Our guides, Dawa and Ugyen, were exceptional in every way. They helped us whenever necessary and also provided us with a wealth of information, and were extremely patient and kind. I recommend them without any reservations. P.S. thanks to our cook, Mr. Candle and his helper, Black Mountain. They were amazing, feeding us and making sure that we had warm meals at all time. To have a flan in the middle of our trekking was very much appreciated.

Susana L.
Cincinatti, OH

Itinerary &
Accommodations

Itinerary & Accommodations

Day 1

Arrival in Paro, Bhutan; Explore Paro Valley Sites

  • Activity Overview: Walking on local paths and dirt roads
  • Activity Level: Easy to moderate
  • Activity Length: 1-3 hours 1-2 hours (please note that walking options may change depending on flight schedules)

Our flight into Bhutan provides spectacular views of the landscape as we approach the airport in the Paro Valley. The valley is a green bowl surrounded by jagged Himalayan mountains and forested hillsides, crossed by beautiful rivers, and dotted with medieval fortresses. The first thing we notice as we disembark in Bhutan is the absence of noise and a feeling of peacefulness that is rare in most other Asian cities. The Paro Valley has kept its bucolic nature and is one of the most scenic valleys in Bhutan. The houses are considered to be among the most beautiful in the country, and Paro is believed to be one of the first valleys to have received the imprint of Buddhism in Bhutan.

We are greeted with a warm Bhutanese reception and transferred to our first hotel where we enjoy a light lunch and afternoon tea. After lunch, we set out on a walk that meanders through the countryside by farms and fields of rice, mustard, buckwheat, eggplant, and, of course, chilies (ubiquitous in Bhutan).
Eventually our walk brings us to Kyichu Lhakhang. Kyichu Lhakhang, meaning ?twin temples,? is believed to have been built in 659 AD by King Songtsen of Tibet, and marks the introduction of Buddhism to Bhutan. Local legend holds that the temple is one of 108 that were built throughout the Himalayas in one day in an effort to subdue a mighty ogress; it is still believed to hold her left foot in place.

We then make our way by vehicle to the National Museum (closed on government holidays), housed in the round, multi-storied Ta Dzong, built in 1775. The Ta Dzong was once the watchtower for the massive Paro Dzong, built in the 17th century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The museum?s collection includes ancient artifacts, weapons, a collection of antique thangkha (painted or embroidered religious pictures), textiles, and stamps.

We then head (either by foot or vehicle, depending on timing) to the valley?s magnificent Rinpung Dzong. If we are fortunate we may have the opportunity to explore within the dzong?s mighty walls. However, if the Administrative Body is in session, we must admire from the outside.

We return to our hotel for an orientation meeting and welcome dinner of Bhutanese cuisine.

Accommodations

Raven's Nest
Paro, Bhutan

Raven’s Nest Resort is situated in the upper Paro Valley, set amidst farmhouses and rice fields, and very near to the trailhead for Tiger’s Nest Monastery and the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong. Featuring 21 spacious rooms with ensuite baths and balconies, the hotel also has a library, meditation room, spa with a sauna, steam bath and massage services, and a restaurant serving Bhutanese, Indian and western style dishes. Your stay here is the perfect place to unwind and will be a welcome respite in a tranquil, rural setting.

Day 2

Cheli La Pass to Kila Gompa

  • Activity Overview: Hiking on trails and dirt roads
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Activity Length: 2-3 hours with 1,300’ elevation loss (highest elevation: 12,500’)

The day’s adventure starts early as we set out on a road that climbs almost 5,000’ above Paro’s valley floor to Cheli La (12,500’). Towards the end of our scenic hour and a half journey, we emerge from the blue pine and rhododendron forest into windswept highlands favored by yaks.

Here, we’ll enjoy a view of Himalayan wild flowers, with fields of azaleas, edelweiss, and perhaps even the famous blue poppy at certain times of the year. If the weather is clear, we’ll enjoy tantalizing glimpses of some of Bhutan’s highest peaks. Upon reaching the pass, western Bhutan appears before us, with its unspoiled Haa valley, the mountains of Sikkim to the west, Mt. Chomolhari and Tibet to the north, and the patchwork fields of the Paro Valley to the east.

Leaving the prayer-flag-swathed col and our vehicle behind, we strike off along the ridge, passing through meadows, before reentering forests of larch, spruce, hemlock, fir, and rhododendron. After a little under two hours, we see the Kila Gompa, seemingly suspended in rock crags. Home to approximately 30 nuns, this place has served as a retreat for meditation since the 9th century. Kila means “spiritual dagger,” and a visit to the temple is often thought to tame the negative emotions of anger, ignorance, and greed.

Following our visit and picnic lunch, we head downhill on a dirt road that winds its way through conifers and rhododendrons, catching occasional glimpses of Cheli La, where we began. After about 45 minutes, we arrive at our private vehicle to return to Paro.

Along the way, if time allows, we’ll break our journey with a short walking detour to Dzongdrakha Gompa and its fine stupa (a dome-shaped Buddhist monument). This rocky aerie is the site of the annual, local Paro dromoche (masked dances), the precursor to the grander Paro Tsechu, or festival. Here, we may also have the opportunity to see some local residents: the Grey Langur monkey.

Returning sometime during the mid to late afternoon, there will be the chance to relax or explore the Paro market before dinner.

Accommodations

Raven's Nest
Paro, Bhutan

Raven’s Nest Resort is situated in the upper Paro Valley, set amidst farmhouses and rice fields, and very near to the trailhead for Tiger’s Nest Monastery and the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong. Featuring 21 spacious rooms with ensuite baths and balconies, the hotel also has a library, meditation room, spa with a sauna, steam bath and massage services, and a restaurant serving Bhutanese, Indian and western style dishes. Your stay here is the perfect place to unwind and will be a welcome respite in a tranquil, rural setting.

Day 3

Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery - Shana

  • Activity Overview: Hiking on trails
  • Activity Level: Moderate to strenuous
  • Activity Length: 4-5 hours (approximately 4.5 miles) with 1,650’ elevation gain and loss (highest elevation: 10,171’)

This morning we enjoy a hike to the famous cliffside hermitage called Taktsang, the ?Tiger?s Nest?, a monastic retreat built into a sheer cliff face high above the Paro Valley. Our hike begins on the valley floor and is a steady uphill climb on a wide hiking trail that switchbacks through pine forests, with glimpses of Tiger?s Nest along the way. We pass water-powered prayer wheels and mani stones (sacred stone walls with Buddhist prayers etched into them), as well as a shrine where a high lama was supposedly born?all reminders that this is not just a hike, but a spiritual pilgrimage for many.

As we near the monastery, we stop by a small teahouse for snacks and tea and take in our first up-close view of Taktsang. From here our hiking trail levels out for a short while, before we begin climbing down steps and cross a bridge, eventually leading us to this most impressive sacred site.

Legend has it that the Tibetan Buddhist saint, Padmasambhava, flew across the Himalayas on the back of a tiger and landed here, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan. Entry into the monastery feels like stepping back in time and we have the chance to visit several shrines that comprise the temple complex. During our exploration, our guide brings Tiger?s Nest to life with the tales of Buddhism that make this one of the most famous pilgrimage sites in all of Bhutan.

After a trailside picnic lunch, we return to the valley floor, where we are met by our vehicle and transferred to Shana, where we begin our trek. We pass the Drukgyel Dzong (8,514?) en route and drive through countryside dotted with rice terraces, fields of millet, and orchards.

As the valley widens, we reach the army post of Gunitsawa (9,273?)?the last stop before Tibet. We continue on to Sharma Zampa (9,471?), where we make our first camp in the meadows surrounded by trees.

Accommodations
Full Service Camping

Full Service Camping
Chomolhari Trek, Bhutan

On our Chomolhari Trek, we use modern Mountain Hardware tents for singles or doubles/twins. At each camp we provide a toilet tent (with seat) and the occasional shower tent for when time and water permits. Pack animals carry our camping equipment, and a camp cook prepares all meals. Trip members carry only a daypack for a jacket, water bottle, camera, and whatever else they like to have with them on the trail.

Day 4

Shana – Soi Thangthangkha

  • Activity Overview: Trekking on trails
  • Activity Level: Moderate to strenuous
  • Activity Length: 7-8 hours (approximately 12 miles) with 2,900’ elevation gain

Today our trail follows the Pa Chu (Paro River), ascending and descending through pine, oak, and spruce forests. After crossing a bridge to the left bank of the river, we stop for a hot lunch. Then we continue along the water, climbing upwards through rhododendron forests, and crossing the river once more before reaching our campsite (12,375’).

Accommodations
Full Service Camping

Full Service Camping
Chomolhari Trek, Bhutan

On our Chomolhari Trek, we use modern Mountain Hardware tents for singles or doubles/twins. At each camp we provide a toilet tent (with seat) and the occasional shower tent for when time and water permits. Pack animals carry our camping equipment, and a camp cook prepares all meals. Trip members carry only a daypack for a jacket, water bottle, camera, and whatever else they like to have with them on the trail.

Day 5

Soi Thangthangkha – Jangothang

  • Activity Overview: Trekking on trails
  • Activity Level: Moderate to strenuous
  • Activity Length: 7-8 hours (approximately 12 miles) with 1000’ of elevation gain

On the third day of our trek, our path ascends to an army camp. We then follow the river above the tree line, enjoying stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Hot lunch is served at a yak herder’s camp, and a short walk from here into the valley takes us to our campsite at Jangothang (13,332’). From here, the views of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake are fantastic.

Accommodations
Full Service Camping

Full Service Camping
Chomolhari Trek, Bhutan

On our Chomolhari Trek, we use modern Mountain Hardware tents for singles or doubles/twins. At each camp we provide a toilet tent (with seat) and the occasional shower tent for when time and water permits. Pack animals carry our camping equipment, and a camp cook prepares all meals. Trip members carry only a daypack for a jacket, water bottle, camera, and whatever else they like to have with them on the trail.

Day 6

Acclimatize at Jangothang – Day Hike from Base Camp

  • Activity Overview: Day hike, and time to rest and acclimate
  • Activity Level: Easy

Today we take advantage of some of the most spectacular views we will encounter on the trek at the base camp of Chomolhari, and spend the day exploring the Jangothang area. Today we can sleep in and enjoy a leisurely morning at our camp and then embark on an excursion to obtain better views of the mountains or perhaps visit Tshophu, a high-altitude lake. There is the chance we will spot some grazing yaks, and perhaps blue sheep, which effortlessly navigate the rugged terrain. After a second night at Jangothang, our lungs should be ready for our ascent of Nyele-la pass the following day.

Accommodations
Full Service Camping

Full Service Camping
Chomolhari Trek, Bhutan

On our Chomolhari Trek, we use modern Mountain Hardware tents for singles or doubles/twins. At each camp we provide a toilet tent (with seat) and the occasional shower tent for when time and water permits. Pack animals carry our camping equipment, and a camp cook prepares all meals. Trip members carry only a daypack for a jacket, water bottle, camera, and whatever else they like to have with them on the trail.

Day 7

Jangothang – Lingshi

  • Activity Overview: Trekking on trails
  • Activity Level: Strenuous
  • Activity Length: 7-8 hours (approximately 11 miles) with 2,100’ elevation gain and 2300’ elevation loss

This morning we follow a stream for half an hour before crossing a bridge to the right bank. We now start to climb up to a high ridge, enjoying breathtaking views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake, and Tserimgang. The trail then takes us across a fairly level valley floor until the climb up to Nyele-la pass (15,510’). We descend gradually from the pass to our campsite at Lingshi (13,200’), enjoying a panoramic view of the mountain peaks and Lingshi Dzong as we walk.

Accommodations
Full Service Camping

Full Service Camping
Chomolhari Trek, Bhutan

On our Chomolhari Trek, we use modern Mountain Hardware tents for singles or doubles/twins. At each camp we provide a toilet tent (with seat) and the occasional shower tent for when time and water permits. Pack animals carry our camping equipment, and a camp cook prepares all meals. Trip members carry only a daypack for a jacket, water bottle, camera, and whatever else they like to have with them on the trail.

Day 8

Lingshi – Shodu

  • Activity Overview: Trekking on trails
  • Activity Level: Strenuous
  • Activity Length: 8-9 hours (approximately 13 miles) with 2,700’ elevation gain and 2,300’ elevation loss

This morning our trail climbs up towards a small white chorten on a ridge, and then turns south into the deep Mo Chu Valley. The trail stays on the west side of this largely treeless valley, climbing steadily for a short distance above the Mo Chu, crosses the river, and climbs steeply for two hours to Yeli-la (15,906’). On a clear day you can see Chomolhari, Gangchenta, Tserimgang, and Masagang from this pass. We then descend alongside a stream to a rock shelter in the cliff face, and continue on downstream to Shodu (13,530’), where we camp in a wide meadow.

Accommodations
Full Service Camping

Full Service Camping
Chomolhari Trek, Bhutan

On our Chomolhari Trek, we use modern Mountain Hardware tents for singles or doubles/twins. At each camp we provide a toilet tent (with seat) and the occasional shower tent for when time and water permits. Pack animals carry our camping equipment, and a camp cook prepares all meals. Trip members carry only a daypack for a jacket, water bottle, camera, and whatever else they like to have with them on the trail.

Day 9

Shodu – Barshong

  • Activity Overview: Trekking on trails
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Activity Length: 6-7 hours (approximately 10 miles) with 1,700’ elevation loss and 500’ elevation gain

We are now back at the tree line, and our path follows the course of the Thimphu Chu, descending through rhododendron, juniper, and mixed alpine forests. There are stunning views of rocky cliff faces and waterfalls along the way. We stop by the riverside for a warm meal before gradually climbing to the ruins of Barshong Dzong (11,880’), near which we camp for the night.

Accommodations
Full Service Camping

Full Service Camping
Chomolhari Trek, Bhutan

On our Chomolhari Trek, we use modern Mountain Hardware tents for singles or doubles/twins. At each camp we provide a toilet tent (with seat) and the occasional shower tent for when time and water permits. Pack animals carry our camping equipment, and a camp cook prepares all meals. Trip members carry only a daypack for a jacket, water bottle, camera, and whatever else they like to have with them on the trail.

Day 10

Barshong – Dolam Kench

  • Activity Overview: Trekking on trails
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Activity Length: 5-6 hours (10 miles) with 1,400’ elevation loss

Today our trail descends gently through a dense forest of rhododendron, birch, and conifers, and then drops steeply to meet the Thimphu Chu. The trail runs along the left bank of the river, climbing over ridges and descending into gullies where side streams join the larger river. The final stage of the trail climbs around a cliff face high above the Thimphu Chu, entering pasture land and reaching Dolam Kencho where we meet our transportation to bring us back to Thimpu.

This evening before dinner, we will enjoy a Bhutanese cultural teaching delivered by an expert from Thimpu.

Accommodations
Hotel Druk

Hotel Druk
Thimpu, Bhutan

Hotel Druk is located in the center of the city’s landmarks, near the famous Thimphu clock tower and within walking distance of the main markets. Constructed in traditional Bhutanese style, this distinctive, four-star deluxe hotel is relaxed yet elegant, with all the necessary comforts and amenities. Hotel Druk offers newly refurbished, modern guestrooms with spacious accommodations; a soothing spa; and a stylish bar and restaurant.

Day 11

Cheri Goemba & The Choki School of Arts

  • Activity Overview: Hiking on local paths and hiking trails
  • Activity Level: Easy to moderate
  • Activity Length: Approximately 2 hours (3 miles) with 1,300’ elevation gain and loss (highest elevation: 9,186’); additional optional hiking available

This morning a short drive through the countryside surrounding Thimphu brings us to the Jigme Dorji Wildlife Sanctuary, the largest protected area in the country. The park is home to several endangered species, including the takin, snow leopard, blue sheep, tiger, red panda, and the Himalayan black bear. More than 300 species of birds have also been catalogued within the park.

Our walk begins from the small village of Dodena. The trail starts by crossing a covered bridge over the Wang Chu, then climbs steadily to Cheri Goemba, a small monastery perched on the hill with a view of the Thimphu Valley. Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal built this monastery in 1620, and this is where the first community of monks in Bhutan was established. The monastery is considered very sacred, as it contains the ashes of Tempi Nima, the father of the first Shabdrung of Bhutan, and beautiful frescoes of Buddhist saints.

After our visit to the monastery, we descend on the same route, keeping our eyes open for the goral (wild goat) that are often spotted on the cliffs nearby. Back at the village of Dodena, we drive to Cabesa, home of the Choki School of Arts (closed on weekends and holidays). The Choki School is private and provides free, skills-related education in the traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan to Bhutanese children who are unable to complete their formal education. After visiting the school, we return to Thimphu.

This evening before dinner, we will enjoy a Bhutanese cultural teaching delivered by an expert from Thimphu.

Accommodations
Hotel Druk

Hotel Druk
Thimpu, Bhutan

Hotel Druk is located in the center of the city’s landmarks, near the famous Thimphu clock tower and within walking distance of the main markets. Constructed in traditional Bhutanese style, this distinctive, four-star deluxe hotel is relaxed yet elegant, with all the necessary comforts and amenities. Hotel Druk offers newly refurbished, modern guestrooms with spacious accommodations; a soothing spa; and a stylish bar and restaurant.

Day 12

Departure from Paro

  • Activity Overview: Return to Bangkok (other regional airports upon request)
  • Activity Level: Easy

We are transferred to the airport for an early morning departure from Paro. From here we say farewell before our journey home, or continue on to other exciting destinations.

Please note that this is a typical itinerary, and actual activities may vary due to weather conditions, local events, and to allow serendipity to play a hand in your experience. Accommodations are as outlined in the itinerary, although we reserve the right to change these or the order visited should the need arise.

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Dates &
Prices

Dates And Prices

2016
Trip Length

12 Days

Trip Dates

Oct 17-28, 2016

2016 Land Cost

$4,995 Per Person


Internal Airfare

$695 Per Person

Bangkok-Paro-Bangkok; subject to change

Single Supplement

First two reserved:$115

Additional:$615

See single supplement policy below.

2017
Trip Length

12 Days

Trip Dates

Apr 24-May 5, 2017

Oct 16-27, 2017

2017 Land Cost

$4,995 Per Person


Internal Airfare

$695 Per Person

Bangkok-Paro-Bangkok; subject to change

Single Supplement

First two reserved:$0

Additional:$295

See single supplement policy below.

What's Included

  • Expert leadership
  • All accommodations
  • All meals
  • Local wine and beer with included dinners in towns
  • All transportation during the tour
  • All activities as noted in the itinerary
  • Bhutanese visa fees and departure taxes
Single Supplement Policy

Accommodations (hotels, tents, cruise cabins) are based on double occupancy. A single supplement is paid by participants who specifically request single accommodations, subject to availability. If you reserve at least 120 days prior to departure, you may be eligible for a reduced or free single supplement.* This is generally limited to the first one or two solo travelers to reserve, and the reduction is outlined in the pricing for each trip. Please note, free or reduced single supplements are not combinable with other offers or promotions.

If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender. If you reserve at least 120 days ahead and a roommate is not available, you will only be charged a “forced” single supplement in the amount of 50% of the standard single supplement* (unless otherwise noted in the detailed itinerary). Single accommodations are limited so you are encouraged to reserve early!

* This does not apply to cruises in the Galapagos Islands. Please see these trip pages for more details.

What To
Expect

What To Expect

Physical Activity

Boundless Journeys’ trips are designed for energetic and flexible individuals who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. Bhutan: The Chomolhari Trek is rated 4+, strenuous, on a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the most strenuous). The difficulty rating of this trek takes into account the distances hiked each day and the fact that on several days, trail conditions can be very muddy, with rocky pitches that make progress difficult. In addition, most hiking is done between 8,000 and 14,000 feet, which adds to the strenuous nature of the hiking. For the most part, you can hike at your own speed; the group will spread out along the trail during the day to cover about 6 to 13 miles per day (4 to 9 hours of hiking). There are significant elevation gains and losses each day, often 2,000 to 3,000 feet, as our trail contours up and down steep hillsides. Trip members carry only a daypack for a jacket, water bottle, camera, and whatever else they like to have with them on the trail. Pack animals carry our camping equipment, and a camp cook prepares all meals. On the trek, we use modern Mountain Hardware tents for singles or doubles/twins. The typical trekking day begins shortly after 6 a.m. with “bed tea” and warm washing water brought to each tent. We are served a light breakfast while the camp crew packs our gear. We begin walking by 7 to 8 a.m., stopping around 11 a.m. for lunch and a good rest. Our afternoon walk begins around 1 p.m.; we arrive at camp by tea time (about 4:30 p.m.). Dinner is served around 6:30 p.m. At each camp we provide a toilet tent (with seat) and the occasional shower tent for when time and water permits.

Meeting Point

Paro, Bhutan

Departure Point

Paro, Bhutan

Traveling To and From

Most Convenient Airport: Bangkok International Airport, Bangkok, Thailand (airport code BKK)

Meeting Time and Place: Your Boundless Journeys guide will meet you at the Paro, Bhutan airport upon the arrival of your flight from Bangkok. Please be sure to be at the Druk Air (national airline of Bhutan) check-in counter at the Bangkok International Airport two hours before your scheduled flight on Day 1 of our trip. For your flight from Bangkok to Bhutan, Boundless Journeys will purchase the airline tickets for you in advance.

Departure Time and Place: Paro, Bhutan (in time for the departure of your flight to Bangkok.

Preparing for This Trip

We recommend that you get in top physical shape for the trip. It is very important that you realistically assess your physical condition with regard to the demands of this trip. The more prepared you are for the activities on this trip, the more safe you will be, and the more you will enjoy yourself! Please engage in moderate aerobic activities (hiking, jogging, or cycling) for at least 30-45 minutes several times a week for 4-6 weeks before the trip. If you live in a flat area, try to incorporate some stairs into your workout, or use a treadmill with varying incline capability. Consult your doctor before undertaking any new fitness programs.

We encourage you to speak with your physician and one of our staff if you have any doubts regarding your physical match with this tour.

Weather

The mountainous areas of Bhutan have pronounced rainy and dry seasons. The dry season lasts from October through May. Days tend to be warm with evening temperatures dropping significantly. Please be prepared to expect extremely vacillating weather in this environment.

Any time of year, dressing in layers is a good strategy, so that you can shed or add clothing as the day heats and cools. At altitudes of 8,000 to 10,000 feet, daytime temperatures range in the 50's and 60's with nights dropping to the 40's. Clouds often form in the afternoons, disappearing at night to reveal starry skies.

At altitudes above 10,000 feet, daytime temperatures can be in the 60's but as low as the 30's and 40's if it is windy. Evening temperatures at these higher altitudes often drop to around 15ºF and sometimes lower. Rain and snow are not uncommon at any time of year, making waterproof rain gear a necessity for any trek in Bhutan.

You may obtain more detailed weather information at www.weatherbase.com.

Paro

March

High: 58
Low: 33

April

High: 64
Low: 40

May

High: 74
Low: 51

September

High: 74
Low: 53

October

High: 66
Low: 45

November

High: 57
Low: 34

Thimpu

March

High: 61
Low: 39

April

High: 68
Low: 45

May

High: 70
Low: 49

September

High: 74
Low: 59

October

High: 67
Low: 42

November

High: 64
Low: 41

Accommodations

The tour includes a combination of hotels in the towns and full service camping while on trek. Accommodations in Bhutan are somewhat basic and this itinerary includes a cobmination of the standard and deluxe hotel options available in Bhutan. Although the hotels in Bhutan cannot be compared to international standards, they are comfortable and offer all necessary facilities. We believe that any inconveniences due to these modest accommodations are far outweighed by the
unforgettable experience of visiting Bhutan.

If you prefer to stay in luxury hotels, please contact us to discuss a private journey.

Horse/Mule Allergies

As this trek is fully supported by the help of some local 4-legged friends, we need to urge those with any equine-related allergies to take caution when deciding if this trip is right for you. Your gear will be in constant contact with either support horses or trail mules, and in the event that you need emergency assistance, these animals will also be your transportation.

Trail Assistance

Our hikes on the Chomolhari route take us far into the Bhutanese wilderness, in and out of large valleys and up over remote passes; therefore no vehicle assistance is feasible during the trek. If possible for the day’s conditions, one or more of the gear animals with a member of the camp staff will be sent back to join the group after dropping off equipment at the next camp site to see if a hiker needs to take a break and ride for awhile. This option may not be available everyday, and should not be used as a replacement for the proper level of fitness for our Chomolhari Trek.

When to Reserve

It is important to reserve your trip early as the Bhutanese national airline has a ticketing policy and will only accept reservations with full payment for the ticket. Therefore we are unable to hold group seats in advance of reservations. Seats can only be confirmed upon receipt of your deposit, as well as the payment of $695 for these flights. Please contact our office with any questions regarding these important policies.

Development in Bhutan

Although visiting Bhutan in many ways is like stepping back in time and has been a long-time favorite of Boundless Journeys’ travelers for this reason, it is important to understand that this evolving society is also eager to keep pace in the modern world. While the government is approaching the development of their country with sensitivity towards preserving the environment and culture, you can still expect to encounter some of the less positive signs of modernization. Some examples include: road construction projects that may hinder driving or cause noise and dust; litter in developed areas; and begging.

We ask you to visit Bhutan with an open mind and leave any rigid expectations about the pristine nature of the country behind. It is important to embrace what you see and experience without judgment and recognize that Bhutan, just as any country, is struggling to be a part of this complex and rapidly changing world. We are confident that with this attitude, the Bhutan you experience will be a fascinating and memorable place.

Traveler’s Responsibility

Trip participants have certain responsibilities to both Boundless Journeys and your fellow travelers. This includes understanding the conditions described in the trip itinerary and making sure it is appropriate for your interests and abilities, based on a review of the trip ratings, consultation with Boundless Journeys’ staff, and perhaps your doctor.

In addition, trip participants are responsible for preparing for a trip by undertaking the proper fitness training. At the guide’s discretion, a participant may be asked to leave the trip if the guide feels that the person’s further participation may be detrimental to the individual or to other trip participants. If you have any questions about the difficulty level of the trip you have chosen, please contact Boundless Journeys to speak with one of our Destination Managers.

Small Group Travel

Small group travel affords us the opportunity to seek out the most remote and exotic destinations on the planet. Often we are exploring these locales with just 6-12 guests. The nature of active group travel is such that not all participants have the same ability level or interests. Traveling at a pace that is comfortable for the entire group, with a spirit of flexibility and adventure are all part of this shared experience.

Guides

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About Our Guides

With a Boundless Journeys guide, your experience is that of friend and local adventurer. We believe strongly in working with local guides, experts in the areas to which we travel, and they hold the keys to unlocking the hidden delights of your chosen destination. Although you will never know they are at work—the mark of a truly great leader—our guides make magical things happen and add a dimension to your trip that you could not experience on your own. Over the years we have forged bonds with some of the best guides in the world, and we typically work with a small team of guides in each region. You will be informed of the guide for your trip one month prior to your departure.

$4,995 / person* *airfare not included
12 Days
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  • Departure Dates: Oct 17-28, 2016
    Apr 24-May 5, 2017
    Oct 16-27, 2017
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Activity Level 4+ Strenuous

Moderate to strenuous hiking, 6-8 hours per day; most hiking is between 8,000 and 15,000 feet with significant daily elevation gains and losses, often 2,000 to 3,000 feet. Two high passes of approximately 15,000-16,000 feet.

  • Group Size: 2-16 Guests

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This trip can be your own adventure by taking over one of our scheduled dates, or we can request a fresh one.

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