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Bhutan

Land of the Thunder Dragon 

April 5-14, 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—National Geographic guide, writer, and filmmaker, whose knowledge and love of Bhutan brings intangible magic to this unique adventure. 

Itinerary*

Day 1:  Arrive Paro, optional visit to National Museum. welcome dinner.

Day 2: Fly to Bumthang, gentle walk about the village

Day 3: Explore Jambay Lhakang and Kurjay (monasteries). Special presentation by village elder on weaving and spinning yatra.

Day 4: Discover Tang and Chumey Valleys, and the sheep rearing center. Afternoon high in the mountains at a nunnery for a special recital in our honor. 

Day 5: Fly to Paro, drive to Thimpu

Day 6: Royal Textile Academy and dyeing workshop

Day 7: Meet with the weaver for the King's enthronement or wedding

Day 8: Paro Tsechu Festival- the most popular religious dance festival in Bhutan

Day 9: Hike Paro Taksang (optional) (Tiger's Nest)

Day 10: Departure from Paro

*Kindly note itinerary is subject to change.

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Haa: Exclusive 3-day Option 

For those who are able, we have put together a special visit to Haa (only 10% of tourists visit there) providing both restful time to recover from jet lag along with enjoying more intimate events.

Highlights

Cross one of the highest motorable passes at 13,000+ ft. for stunning views of Mount Chomolhari (24,305') and Mount Kanchen Dzonga (28,169')

Learn how to make traditional dumplings (Hoentey)

Traditional cultural program

Stay in a farm guesthouse

Dinner with the Governor or Village Headman, to learn about Bhutan's GNH.

Visit Haa Royal Flower Garden

Participate in home ceremony

Optional hikes and horseback riding tours available

Accommodations

In order to fully appreciate Bhutan's Himalayan vistas and its exceptional hospitality, we have included a unique selection of accommodations from five-star elegance to a tented camp (en suite) by the river. 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 possesses intimate knowledge of its culture. (Carroll holds a degree in medical anthropology from Princeton University.) Our trip coincides with the Paro Tsechu Festival, the most popular religious dance festival in Bhutan. Dressed in their finest textiles, people of all ages come this spectacular event . We will enjoy VIP access and small family gatherings, providing 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, of course, shopping. 

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Cost

$5,995 per person sharing
Single Supplement: $1,395
25% deposit at time of booking

3-day extension
$1,795 per person sharing
Single Supplement: $340.


Final payment:  November 1, 2021 (provided the borders are open.)
All monies are non-refundable.

Carroll Dunham with two special young ladies.

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
Bhutanese Visa

Travel Insurance (mandatory)

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Questions and Answers

What is 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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