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Photo Credit: Tao Tao Holmes
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Festivals and Mountaintop Temples of Bhutan

from $4,560 per person for 13 days, 12 nights
Reserve a Spot
  • Max Group Size: 16
  • Moderate
  • Overland Adventure

On this immersive journey, we'll take in the breathtaking sights of western and central Bhutan, beginning with the new and old capitals of Thimphu and Punakha. From the subtropical greenery of these small cities, we'll then pass  into the beautifully isolated Phobjikha Valley and on to Bumthang, Bhutan's spiritual heartland. We'll dedicate two days to the Jambay Lhakhang Festival, one of the country's brightest and liveliest celebrations. Our adventure ends with an ascent to the dramatic Taktsang Lhakhang (Tiger's Nest Monastery). 

Highlights
  • Jambay Lhakhang Festival
  • Ancient Buddhist temples
  • Himalayan landscapes
  • Wildlife and conservation

Itinerary

Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.
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Magical, serene and continually interesting.
—Jim B. (October 2018)

What to Expect

Arrival & Departure

Once you have signed up for the trip, we will get in touch to help book your Druk Air flights in and out of Bhutan. While our group itinerary begins in Paro, Bhutan on November 8, you should plan to arrive and overnight in Bangkok on November 7 in order to connect with your onward flight to Bhutan the following morning. Flights in and out of Bhutan are prone to schedule changes and tend to sell out, so we do not recommend a tight connection in Bangkok. 

The trip ends in Paro, Bhutan on November 20. Again, we will be in touch to assist in booking your flight out of Bhutan. You should plan to depart Bangkok any time after 9 p.m. on November 20, leaving plenty of time for schedule changes or delays on the flight out of Bhutan. 

Activity Level

We recommend a medium level of physical fitness, since we'll be embarking on very active days together. You should be comfortable walking between three and five miles per day without difficulty, and spending extended periods of time on your feet. For those interested in trekking, there will be opportunities for longer and more challenging hikes on certain days of the trip. Some of the places visited on this trip are extremely remote. It can take days to reach the nearest modern medical facility. If you're uncertain about whether this trip is a good fit, please contact us and we'd be happy to discuss with you further. 

Elevation, Health, and Safety

The elevations reached on this trip range from approximately 4,000 feet in Punakha to approximately 11,000 feet when crossing the journey's highest pass, the Dochu La, by road. Travelers should speak with their doctors about appropriate precautions to take, and consider spending an extra night en route to rest and recover from jetlag before continuing on to Bhutan. It's important to bear in mind that high-quality emergency medical care may be a day or more way due to the remoteness of some of the areas we'll visit. 

Accommodations

We'll be spending twelve nights in a range of local accommodations, from rustic (but clean and comfortable) lodges in Gangtey and Bumthang to a beautifully designed upscale Bhutanese-style hotel in Paro. Single travelers should be prepared to share a room with another traveler of the same gender, depending on the composition of the group. Single travelers who would like to have a room to themselves can book private accommodations with a single supplement of $325. 

Dates and Prices

Nov 08–Nov 20, 2019
The total cost of this trip is $4,560. A $500 deposit is required to hold your space. The deposit is non-refundable after three days. The final payment of $4,060 will be due by August 9, 2019. All reservations will be final after this date and subject to our cancellation policy. By submitting your deposit, you agree to the trip's Terms & Conditions. For travelers wishing to have single accommodations during the trip, an additional $345 will be due at the time of the final payment.
Included
  • Accommodations throughout the tour as listed in the itinerary. 
  • Domestic flight from Bumthang to Paro.
  • All meals during the trip.
  • All entrance fees and activities.
  • Private transfers and excursions with your local guides.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Your Bhutan visa.
  • The company of an expert bilingual guide. 
Excluded
  • International airfare to/from Bhutan. We'll assist with booking your Druk Air flights in and out of Paro (to be paid separately).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings.
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
Shared Room
$4,560 per person
Single Room
$4,905 per person

Additional Dates

Trip FAQ

Yes, a visa is required for travel to Bhutan, but we will secure it on your behalf.