The Essence of Bhutan
Explore Bhutan, one of the world’s most isolated countries, with experts and locals who with you share their enduring culture, history and natural wonders.
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Program No. 19634RJ
17 days
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Getting There
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At a Glance

Shrouded in mystique, the tiny Kingdom of Bhutan sits wedged amongst the mighty Himalayas in a mountainous landscape cut by deep river valleys and terraced rice fields. Known to its people as Druk Yul, or “Land of the Thunder Dragon,” it is the last bastion of authentic Himalayan Buddhism.
Activity Level
Let's Go!
Walking up to two miles daily over varied terrain; some stairs without railings. Elevations of 7,000-10,000 feet. Some bus rides up to 6 hours with rest stops and sightseeing along the way
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Encounter the warmth and hospitality of Bhutanese people.
  • Learn about Bhutan's Gross National Happiness philosophy.
  • Hike to a remote village, a tiny monastery tucked in the midst of rice paddies and the awesome Tiger’s Nest.

General Notes

The elevation of areas traveled on this program range from 7,000-10,000 feet for the entire duration of the stay in Bhutan. Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available. This program has a maximum of 18 participants. Looking to extend your stay? This program has a post-extension, program 22616: Nepal: The Best of the Kathmandu Valley, on corresponding dates.
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