So much about the isolated, landlocked, Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan is enchantingly unique. Even its local name, Druk Yul meaning ‘The Land of the Thunder Dragon’, evokes images of dark antiquity.
The reality is no less startling – the national philosophy is based on attaining ‘Gross National Happiness’; the national dish is chillies in cheese sauce; the national sport is archery; the national animal is the ‘takin’ – a weird goat/cow/moose mishmash; the rice is red and it’s illegal to buy cigarettes.
Bhutan promotes a policy of low volume tourism so the country remains wonderfully pristine and the traditional lifestyle is still preserved. While Bhutan is throwing off the veil of mystery and opening itself to travellers, the rich cultural heritage is evident: from mighty cliff-side fortresses, legendary monasteries, colourful prayer flags on mountain passes, vibrant mask dances to the timeless practice of traditional arts. Bhutan will mesmerise you. Join Back Track Adventures in Bhutan and be surprised, astounded and amazed.
About the trip
All trips start and end in Paro. Contact Back Track Adventures for the best international airfares.
Your local, English speaking guide will strive to ensure that you truly experience the areas you visit in an up close and personal manner, in comfortable style and relaxed pace. In addition to the trekking part of your holiday and in recognition of the ancient traditions of Bhutan all trips include some days enjoying the sights, staying in comfortable hotels.
During these non-trekking days, we drive through spectacularly rugged countryside while visiting old fortress monasteries, museums and local markets. Bhutan is a wonderful travel destination. We extend an invitation to anyone with a spirit of adventure to join us. You won’t be disappointed.
Select from the following tour options:
LAYA GHASA TREK
19 DAYS INCLUDING – 13 DAY TREK FROM $6100
This is a breathtakingly beautiful trek along lofty trails, past herds of grazing yak, over mountain passes and into remote, heavily forested valleys. The trek is graded challenging and will suit those with a sound level of walking fitness, a willingness to ‘rough it’ if required and an intention to undertake some fitness training prior to departure.
JOMOLHARI TREK – 12 DAYS INCLUDING 7 DAY TREK FROM $4100
This iconic trek kicks off with a visit to a monastery dating back to this 7th century! Walk through serene forests of blue pine, rhododendron, birch, fir and maple; enjoy outstanding mountain views including Bhutan’s highest peak, Jomolhari, 7326m. Trek through a region that abounds with bird and animal life including yaks, blue sheep and the ever-elusive snow leopard.
DAGLA THOUSAND LAKES TREK –10 DAYS INCLUDING 5 DAY TREK FROM $3530
Although this is only a short trek it has big rewards including views of many pristine high altitude lakes and a high pass crossing that, in fine weather, has views of Mt Everest, Kanchenjunga and almost the entire Bhutan Himalaya. This is an off-the-beaten track adventure and chances are you won’t encounter other trekkers.
DRUK PATH TREK – 9 DAYS INCLUDING 5 DAY TREK FROM $3140
This trek connects Paro and Thimpu, the largest towns in Bhutan. Six prayer flag bedecked pass crossings make this a trek of outstanding views. Impressive monasteries are found along the way and there’s a chance to dine on freshly caught trout at one campsite.
CHELE LA NATURE TREK – 9 DAYS INCLUDING 3 DAY TREK FROM $3140
Largely a cultural adventure with a short trek to visit rural areas. Although brief, the trek passes through beautiful alpine forests and you’ll also have some outstanding mountain views. The trek ends at Chele La, a 3890m pass and the highest motorable point in Bhutan.
See you in Bhutan!