Slow Journey Through Bhutan

Slow Journey Through Bhutan


Bhutan Tour
10 Days from AU$11,888


Buddhist temples, fancy festivals, spicy cuisine and short walks in the Himalayas

10 Days in Bhutan from AU$11,888

Bhutan is a wonderful destination for culture and scenery and walking in the wilderness. Our slow-travel inspiration fits perfectly in the Himalayas. Explore the scenery and festivals that make this such a great country to visit.


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What Makes This Trip Special

Bhutan is the happiness capital of the world – and we want to show you why. “Goley Goley” is the local phrase for “Slowly Slowly”. These words are always offered with kindness.

This is a Himalayan high slow-travel adventure full of comfortable hotels, cultural moments and plenty of time walking through some of Bhutan’s most impressive landscapes. We’ll be dining with the locals and spend time with monks as well.

The hardest walking section include the climb to Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Taktsang), walking through rhododendron forests and a sunrise view from the biggest chorten in Punakha Valley. We also get a chance to raft downstream past rice fields on a glacier fed river.

We have scheduled this trip to spend a day at one of Bhutan’s famous cultural festivals – a celebration of their religion and lifestyle. This tour includes a visit to a special school for novice monks that our team and tours directly support.

Itinerary & Highlights

Arrival in Paro & Thimphu

  • Our team will collect you and the rest of the group at Paro Airport
  • All meals are included during the tour
  • Buddha Dordenma Forest Walk (2400m)
  • Dochu La Gakidh Trail

Punakha

  • Khamsum Yulley Sunrise (1600m)
  • Rafting the Mo Chu
  • Monks at Punakha Dzong
  • Chimi Lhakhang Village Walk

Phobjikha Valley

  • Lawa La Descent into Phobjikha (3100m)
  • Crane Festival at Gangtey Gompa
  • Gangtey Valley Day Walk

Paro Valley

  • Travel day back to Paro
  • Lunch at Eutk Gompa with the Novice Monks
  • Blessing with the Monks
  • Chele La and the Nunnery Walk (3400m)
  • Tiger’s Nest Day Hike (3100m)


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Slow Journey Through Bhutan


10 Days – Starts and finishes in Paro
Twin Share AU$11,888
Single Room +$1,280
Group Size: 12


Register for Bhutan

As of March 2022 Bhutan is yet to announce when they will open the border to travellers without quarantine restrictions, so in the meantime we're accepting registrations with no deposit. Once we can confirm international travellers are eligible to enter you will receive an email that bookings are open. At that time you will be able to confirm your place on the tour as normal.



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Please read the PDF brochure for full details on the itinerary, accommodation styles and inclusions.

Dates & Departures

Starts 2023 November 07
Finishes 2023 November 16
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Starts 2024 November 07
Finishes 2024 November 16
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Starts 2025 November 07
Finishes 2025 November 16
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FAQ for Bhutan

Are Travellers Allowed Into Bhutan?

Not yet. As of February 2022 we're still waiting for advice on when Bhutan will start to allow foreigners to visit.

How Long Have you Been Running Tours to Bhutan?

It's been eight years since Ewen Bell first started guiding trips to Bhutan. His favourite season is winter when the air is cool and dry in the mountains and you can enjoy the sunshine without exploding into a ball of sweat!

How Much Cash Do I Need?

Not much at all. All meals, permits and ground transport are covered already. If you're not buying much in the way of souvenirs then $20 for a sim card and maybe another $50 for drinks should cover the basics. We also provide a more detailed "Pre-Departure Pack" when you book in the tour.

What Shoes Are Good Shoes?

Solid walking boots with high ankle support is recommended. We don't do heavy walks on the Be Your Best tours, but we do expect to travese dusty and rocky trails.

How Hard is Tiger's Nest Hike

This is the really tough one. Anyone can do it, you just need to take your time and don't rush it. The trail is steep on the way up, and the final section is mostly stairs. Coming back down at the end of the day can be tough if you have knee trouble. We offer an alternate day out for those who want to sit out the Tigere's Nest.

How Warm Is The accommodation?

Very warm indeed. Bhutan is plentiful with trees and hydro-electricity, and everywhere we stay you can expect either a log fire that turns the room into a sauna, or electric panels that offer more regulated control of warmth. Often we get the benefits of both.

Do We Have Electricty Every Night

Yes. Everywhere we travel is good for electricity, although the supply can drop out for hours at a time. Charging camera batteries or a laptop each day is never a problem.

Will I Have Mobile and Internet Access?

Yes there is mobile networks at every place we stay on the tour. The networks do vary so roaming connections may vary also. We recommend a local sim-card for cheap internet access as hotel internet is often slow.

How Do I Get A Visa?

We take care of that for you too. Our ground team handle visa applications and you'll have an electronic confirmation of your visa before departing for Paro.

What Flights Options Are There?

Usually we require travellers to arrive on the same flight at the start of the tour. Druk Air fly to only a few destinations and traditionally we have used Bangkok (Thailand) as our meeting up point for the tours.