©Thomas L. Kelly
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
©Thomas L. Kelly
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.
$5,995 per person sharing
Single Supplement: $1,395
25% deposit at time of booking
$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.
All accommodations and meals
All transportation including flights within Bhutan
All tickets for museum and festival access.
What's Not Included
Tips and Gratuities
Travel Insurance (mandatory)
©Thomas L. Kelly