Journey to Bhutan’s Divine Mountain

Repertory Trip: Next Offered October 8-26, 2016 & April 4-22, 2017 & October 10-28, 2017


Our challenging trek in mystical Bhutan is one of the finest in the Himalaya, and brings you to the village of Laya (12,610'), so secluded the inhabitants have their own traditional dress and culture, and to ethereal Lingshi, with its monastery clinging to the edge of a sheer hilltop. Along the way, you’ll cross airy alpine passes and be immersed in a secluded Himalayan world of serene Buddhist temples and magical forests. The grand finale of our trek is the amazingly scenic spot called Jangothang (13,340'), the base camp right below Chomolhari (23,997'), the sacred peak that’s a mighty sentinel on Bhutan’s snow-capped Tibetan frontier.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-12
Paro / Thimphu / Punakha / Laya / Lingshi

After arriving in Paro, explore Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital, and the subtropical valley of Punakha. Setting off on trek, our trails wind through rolling hillsides, then climb up through bamboo, juniper, and rhododendron forests past cascading rivers and waterfalls. At Laya (12,610'), you’ll meet the Layap, semi-nomadic yak herders whose distinctive dress, including the women’s conical bamboo hats, sets them apart from other Bhutanese. Hiking through remote villages offering warm hospitality, you’ll reach Lingshi (13,196'), whose ancient hilltop dzong offers commanding views.

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Days 13-19
Jangothang / Paro

Cross a 16,000-foot pass with soaring views of the massive rock and ice peaks of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake, and Tsering Kang en route to Jangothang (13,340'), the base camp for Chomolhari, Bhutan’s second highest peak. At trek’s end, return to Paro, with a day hike to Taktsang Monastery, the “Tiger’s Nest,” before departing on Day 19.

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Off-the-beaten-path trek to the base camp of Chomolhari, straddling the border between Tibet and Bhutan
Exploration Days for hikes in a sacred Himalayan realm
Meet the yak-herding Layap people and share the trails with them
Trek through untouched villages that rarely see outsiders
Comfortable, full-service camps


Length: 19 days
Cost From: $7795  
Arrive: Paro, Bhutan
Depart: Paro, Bhutan
Lodging: 13 nights camping, 3 nights deluxe hotels, 2 nights rustic lodges
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Cultural Adventures, Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

13-day trek on steep trails, 5-8 hours a day, altitudes between 7,300-16,400 feet