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Hidden Highlands of Bhutan: Gangkhar Puensuum

Bhutan, Asia

from $7,550* per person 18 Days May, October
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 4
Operator: Geographic Expeditions 18 people max
  • Paro airport, paro, bhutan
  • Active & Adventure trips
A few years ago this writer got one of his all-time mountain thrills by being a member of the first group of outsiders ever to make this superb trek to 24,734-foot Gangkhar Puensum, the highest unclimbed mountain on earth (and likely to remain so; the Bhutanese have declared it inviolate out of respect to its holy character).

We begin in the Bumthangian village of Dhur, the winter home of the yak herders whose elegant migratory path we follow to the great peak. We trek through dense evergreen forests, up into a magnificent green and gold tundra valley, cross the 15,700-foot Thole La, and follow the Chamkar River’s course to its icy beginnings below the stunning south wall of Gangkhar and its satellites. Our president, Jim Sano, who led that first trek with me, calls it “an absolute jewel, with wonderfully varied scenery, from rich forests to soaring alpine vistas.”

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Bhutan, Asia

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Itinerary

Day 1: arrive in Paro

Day 2: Paro to Punakha •

Day 3: Punakha to Trongsa •

Day 4: Trongsa to Jakar •

Days 5–15: On trek to the world’s highest unclimbed peak, Gangkhar Puensum •

Day 16: Jakar to Wangdiphodrang •

Day 17: Wangdiphodrang to Paro via Thimphu •

Day 18: depart Paro.

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