Bhutan Hiking Adventure

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Trip Overview

Duration

13 Days

Activities

Boating/Rafting
Camping
Cultural
Hiking

Physical Rating

Moderate–Challenging

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Find Spiritual Renewal on Foot

This is the “Land of the Thunder Dragon,” and the colorful prayer flags and flowering alpine meadows are kindling for spiritual renewal. Bhutan is a country that covets happiness above all else. Over 13 soul-expanding days, we trek through tidy rice paddy terraces, rural villages and blue pine forests and sleep in Himalayan valleys peppered with sacred sites. We have the opportunity to visit countless monasteries, nunneries and ancient fortresses. From the fever pitch of November’s Jakar festival, to the arrival of the migrating rare black-necked cranes—Bhutan is a diverse, enlightening and panorama-packed destination.


Trek through a Remote Himalayan Kingdom

Experience the Sacred Tiger’s Nest

This is an itinerary with surprises at every turn, from a three-story golden Buddha to whitewater rafting on the grinding Pho and Mo rivers. The legendary Tiger’s Nest has its own magnetic pull, and on our trek to the Bumdra Monastery we feel the ancient pulse of gurus, tigress legends and tall tales. We spend a night camping below the monastery and a pampered night at the 5-star Zhiwa Ling Lodge. Dubbed one of National Geographic’s “Unique Lodges of the World,” Zhiwa Ling means “Land of Peace” and this is undeniable.

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My first ever tour with anyone. The bar is now very high. Bhutan speaks for itself but our guide, Chhimi, along with our driver Kuenzsang, made the trip into an unforgettable adventure. As for Wild Women, you all have it together, for sure! Every step along the way was made easier by the staff’s quick responses. I hope to be able to join the Wild Women again in the future!”

Stephanie M.

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Paro

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  • Day 2

    Thimpu

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  • Day 3

    Punakha to Trongsa

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  • Day 4

    Bumthang Valley

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  • Day 5

    The Trans Bhutan Trail

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  • Day 6

    The Royal Heritage Trail

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  • Day 7

    Gangtey Gompa

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  • Day 8

    Phobjikha Valley

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  • Day 9

    Punakha Dzong

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  • Day 10

    Chimi Lhakhang

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  • Day 11

    Himalayan Vistas

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  • Day 12

    Trek to the Tiger’s Nest

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  • Day 13

    Tashi Delek

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What’s Included

  • checkmark icon All ground transportation as outlined in the itinerary including airport transfers
  • checkmark icon 12 nights’ accommodation in lodges, inns and a luxury 5-star resort, and one-night tent camping
  • checkmark icon 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 12 dinners, including water and hot drinks
  • checkmark icon An experienced English-speaking female Bhutanese guide
  • checkmark icon Waterproof pants and shoes for the rafting experience
  • checkmark icon Archery lesson
  • checkmark icon Porters and all camping equipment for the Tiger’s Nest expedition
  • checkmark icon All entry fees and permits
Please Note:

All applicable taxes are included in the trip price.

Optional single private upgrade, subject to availability.

Itineraries may be subject to change without notice due to weather and other environmental conditions. Please review our Booking Terms.

Trip Details

Know Before You Go

Click HERE for all of the logistical details you’ll need to know prior to departure—including the packing list, arrival and departure details and suggested tipping information.

This trip starts in Paro, Bhutan (airport code: PBH) and finishes in Paro, Bhutan (PBH).

Arrival and Departure Flights

Bangkok (BKK) is the easiest route as it has the most flight options (1–2 flights daily). From Bangkok, you will then need to board another flight into Paro, Bhutan. We recommend choosing Bhutan Airlines. Please see the ‘Know Before You Go’ link above for more details on recommended arrivals.

Hiking

This itinerary involves three full days of long hikes that involve steady uphill and extreme downhill sections. Preparing for elevation and altitude is essential. The group’s pace and skill level will ultimately determine the length and duration of the daily hikes and we encourage you to properly train for this demanding but rewarding adventure. Hiking poles are strongly recommended due to the terrain. Please familiarize yourself with how to properly use them in your pre-trip training.

How We Support You

Ready for a big adventure? We’re in it together. On this trip, we hike for many hours for multiple days and reach impressive altitudes. Yes, it’s a challenge, but you’re never alone. Like thousands of women before you, you’ll draw on strength you didn’t know you had and come out feeling like the goddess you are. 

Still have questions or concerns? Let’s talk about it.

What the Trip Entails

This is an active adventure. We would like you to be comfortable with the following:

  • checkmark icon Hiking an average of 2–7 hours per day on challenging, technical routes. Three of the hikes are 10 miles (16 km) on average.
  • checkmark icon Climbing uphill to 13,780 feet (4,200 meters) above sea level on select hiking days
  • checkmark icon Hiking with an elevation loss of 4,593 feet (1,400 m)—this means a lot of downhill impact on your knees!
  • checkmark icon Hiking with an elevation gain of 3,281 feet (1,000 m)—this means a lot of uphill chugging and quad work!
  • checkmark icon Being in a vehicle for several hours (2–6 hours) on winding and steep mountain roads (with breaks)
  • checkmark icon Camping with limited facilities
  • checkmark icon White water rafting on possible Class II–IV rapids
  • checkmark icon Experiencing a menu and flavours that may be unfamiliar to you
  • checkmark icon Physical Rating: Moderate – Challenging (Be prepared for active physical activity. Trips average 5 to 8 hours of physical activity most days, and depending on the shape you are in, they typically require activity specific training ahead of the trip.)
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