The last Himalayan Kingdom, Bhutan, maintains an identity and autonomy like no other country – indeed the only country in the world that measures “Gross National Happiness” over “Gross National Product.” Indeed, this is no ordinary land; Bhutan is an extraordinary and mythical country called “The Last Shangri-La.” We invite you to join us for this exclusive one-time departure to discover Bhutan like never before.
Our special-guest luminary for this select journey is Dr. Rieki Crins. Dr. Crins, a cultural anthropologist, has spent the last two decades developing her expertise in and interacting with the people of the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. She obtained her Ph.D. in Gender and Sustainability in Bhutan in 2008 at the University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht.
The journey begins in Thimphu to take in Bhutan’s amazing sights, such as the National Memorial Chorten, and appreciate its natural beauty with an easy hike through shaded rhododendron forests to the Tango Goenpa Monastery. A short distance away is Punakha, where we engage with the students of the Gyalyum Community School, a model for rural school projects in Bhutan. Punakha also offers the opportunity for a stroll through the local farmlands and enchanting virgin forest to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, where we’ll enjoy the vistas with a picturesque and memorable breakfast picnic.
Gangtey and Phobjikha (one of the country’s most beautiful and lush valleys) are next on the route. Our time here allows us to appreciate Bhutan’s natural and spiritual essence. Trek along the Gangtey Nature Trail, crossing streams, rhododendron gardens, and pine forests before an evening at the Shedra Monastic School to hear the profound, resonant chants of its 300 resident monks.
Onward, Bumthang, the religious heartland of Bhutan, awaits. The region is home to just 13 villages known for their traditional weaving and textiles, as well as some of the country’s most important and impressive dzongs.
This epic adventure concludes in historic Paro. The Paro Valley is embellished by clusters of colorful old-fashioned farmhouses traditionally built without a single nail. We’ll share lunch with local hosts who live in one of these distinctive farmhouses for a truly authentic engagement.
And finally, the trip concludes with a visit to the Taktsang monastery—the famed Tiger’s Nest, one of the most revered and sacred of all Buddhist sights in the world.
Guest Host Dr. Rieki Crins
Engaging with the student of the Gyalyum Community School and Bonge Foundation
Lunch with traditional farming family
Hiking through the Bhutan’s beautiful landscapes
Attending the evening chants of the monks of the Shedra Monastery
Trekking to the world- renowned Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Dates & Rates
$15,795 per person, double occupancy
$22,995 per person, single occupancy
$1250 Intra-tour air (r/t Bangkok-Paro & Bumthang to Paro)
March 5 – 18, 2022
Exclusively for 6 – 10 Guests