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Bhutan

Land of the Thunder Dragon 

April  2022

Spectacular landscapes, iconic monasteries and stunning textiles are only part of the allure to this kingdom in the clouds. Bhutan is also noted for its cultural wealth of happiness—promoting kindness versus currency. Our happiness is equally magnified by offering this tour in collaboration with Carroll Dunham, a National Geographic guide, writer, and filmmaker, whose knowledge and love of Bhutan brings intangible magic to this trip. 

Itinerary

Day 1:  Arrive Paro

Day 2: Trashigang "jewel of the east"

Day 3: Trashigang

Day 4: Lhuntshe

Day 5: Lhuntshe

Day 6: Yongkala

Day 7: Bumthang

Day 8: Bumthang

Day 9: Thimpu

Day 10: Thimpu

Day 11: Paro

Day 12: Departure from Paro

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Accommodations

In order to fully appreciate Bhutan's Himalayan vistas, as well as its exceptional hospitality, we have included a unique selection of accommodations from five-star elegance to a cozy home stay in the mountains. Whether it's waking up with a cup of tea as yaks graze gently outside your window or a cocktail at sundown from the balcony of your luxury hotel suite, you are sure to be enchanted. 

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Things that make this trip unique

No matter where your journey takes you, who you go with is every bit as important as where you go.  As with all Wild Fibers Tours, we endeavor to provide access to people and places often not available to the typical traveler. Carroll Dunham not only has family in Bhutan, but an intimate knowledge of its culture. (Carroll holds a degree in medical anthropology from Princeton University.) We will enjoy glorious festivals, VIP access, and small family gatherings to give you the best possible appreciation of this kingdom steeped in tradition.

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Textiles

Bhutanese textiles are recognized throughout the world. They are rich in both complexity and color.  The depth of this cultural tradition is best understood by spending time with people whose lives and livelihoods are entwined to all phases of production, from shepherding to weaving. And we will also have the unique opportunity to explore the world of nettle weaving as well. 

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Cost

$6,395 per person sharing

Single Supplement: $1,065
25% deposit required at time of reservation

All monies are non-refundable.

Bank fee of 2.75% will be applied to all credit card payments beyond the initial deposit.

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What's Included

All accommodations and meals

All transportation including flights within Bhutan

All tickets for museum and festival access.

What's Not Included

Alcoholic Beverages

Tips and Gratuities

International flights

Travel Insurance (mandatory)

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Questions and Answers

What's the weather like?

April is glorious. The daytime temperatures typically run in the low 60s and cool off at night. Spring time brings a wonderful dimension of color as the valleys begin to blossom. 

What about altitude sickness?

You should always consult with your doctor beforehand if you have a history of altitude sickness.  However, we will not be traveling above 10,000 feet,  which we will ascend gradually by car.

What are the physical requirements?

Each person must be fully ambulatory and able to walk up to two miles without stopping.  If walking long distances or along uneven surfaces is problematic, hiking poles are strongly recommended. You will have the option of walking up to the Tiger's Nest. It is a relatively gradual incline along a dirt path, roundtrip 5.3 miles.

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