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Hidden Treasures of Bhutan

Bhutan, Asia

from $4,350* per person 12 Days February, November, December
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 4
Operator: Geographic Expeditions 18 people max
  • Paro airport, paro, bhutan
  • Active & Adventure trips
The kingdom’s old capital of Punakha is the heart and soul of Bhutanese culture. It’s a marvelous area to explore during the winter months, due to its subtropical climate and low elevations (in the four- to ?ve-thousand-foot range). Mountain views are generally crystal clear, and the landscape is bursting with color: bright yellow mustard alternates with winter wheat and rice on the steeply terraced ?elds, the ubiquitous red chilies (a staple of Bhutanese cuisine) dry on rooftops, and a glorious array of wild?owers carpets the forest-covered ridges.

We commence with a visit to Paro, then head east to Punakha for a beautiful three-day village-to-village trek. We’ll be hiking through country that, nearly 500 years ago, was the stomping ground of the famous “Divine Madman” Drukpa Kinley, a giant figure in Bhutanese folklore. We end with a visit to the remote alpine valley of Phobjikha for a glimpse of the rare black-necked cranes who swoop down from Tibet for the winter. One of our early spring departures will incorporate the madly colorful Punakha festival.

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Bhutan, Asia

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Itinerary

Day 1: arrive in Paro •

Day 2: explore Paro •

Day 3: drive to Punakha •

Days 4 - 6: on trek •

Day 7: drive to Chuzomsa •

Day 8: drive to the Phobjikha Valley •

Day 9: hiking in Phobjikha •

Day 10: drive to Thimphu •

Day 11: morning in Thimphu, return to Paro •

Day 12: depart Paro.

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