BHUTAN

MOUNTAIN VILLAGE TRAILS

Activity type: hiking | gravel biking | cultural | adventure

Experience traditional life and culture on this custom hiking and gravel biking journey through the remote villages of Bhutan.

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TRIP OVERVIEW

Our custom day-hiking and gravel biking itineraries strike the perfect balance between active excursions and cultural experiences. We explore less-visited communities such as Haa, Ura, and Lhuentse in Eastern Bhutan. Our Bhutanese guides have incredible connections within these local communities and use them to create unique, tailored experiences for each private group depending on your activity level and interests. Custom activities on offer range from extended day hikes or back roads exploration by bike, to more leisurely walks between villages. Your group may choose from a wide array of cultural activities, from soaking in traditional, hot stone baths after a long day’s hike, to participating in weaving and textile workshops while learning about local crafts, to cooking with your homestay host, attending a local Buddhist festival, or trying your hand at meditation. By following traditional hospitality practices, including the exchanging of gifts, we form genuine connections with our hosts along the trail. Accommodations are custom-selected for each group and range from homestays and farmstays to locally run lodges and luxurious boutique hotels. 

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Staying in homestays and sharing traditional Bhutanese meals with our hosts.

  • Hiking and biking to remote monasteries and sites of cultural significance.

  • Getting off the main travel routes and staying in the less-visited villages of Gangtey, Chumey, and Ura.

  • Hot stone baths, cooking a traditional Bhutanese meal, or participating in a textile dyeing or weaving workshop provided by one of our homestay hosts. 

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ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderately challenging (3+ on a scale of 1-5) | This itinerary is designed to be an active hiking and biking tour with each day tailored to your group’s interests and energy levels.

TRIP DATES

 This is a custom Journey booked on the dates of your choice. Best times of year to travel to Bhutan on this adventure are October-June.

TRIP COST

(All-inclusive Land Cost): $5,295 per-person based on double occupancy (4-8 participants) | $295 single supplement (single rooms not possible in homestays) | *A portion of the proceeds go toward supporting various projects in the Bhutan Network.

 

Regional flight (Bangkok-Paro, Bhutan): $985 per person (subject to change). Our Bhutan partner will book this flight on your behalf.
 

Internal flight: (Jakar-Paro, one-way): $200 per person (subject to change)

WHAT'S INLCUDED

  • Ground transportation in Toyota Hiace mini-vans (two vans for a group of 8 participants).

  • Expert Bhutanese guides with a proficiency in English (two guides per group of 4-8 participants).

  • Accommodations throughout in a combination of Bhutanese-run lodges and homestays (deluxe hotel in Thimpu).

  • Fresh, healthy meals throughout.

  • Tourist visa for Bhutan.

  • Bike rentals and maintenance by our guiding crew. 

  • Bike shuttle vehicle.

  • All activities and excursions as noted in the itinerary.

  • Drinking water and coffee & tea at meals. 

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • International Airfare.

  • Pre-tour hotel in
    Bangkok/Delhi/KTM.

  • Travel and emergency medical evacuation insurance.

  • Tips for guides and drivers.

  • Items of personal nature.

  • Transit visas if flying through Kathmandu or Delhi.