For centuries the country of Bhutana lived in self-imposed isolation from the outside world, but in 1974, they opened their doors to outsiders.
However, Bhutan’s geographical location sets up some natural barriers of its own which have helped maintain a measure of isolation. When you look on the map, you’ll find this remote destination nestled in the Eastern Himalayas between Tibet and India.
A Spiritual Trek
Experienced backpackers will find this remote destination to be quite luxurious with a full complement of trekking staff there to set up tents and prepare meals.
Horses and yaks carry gear so all you have to carry is your personal backpack which frees trekkers to take pictures of the stunning landscape and historic sites along the way. However it isn’t necessarily an easy hike. It moves along at a moderate pace and lasts for about six hours each day.
Zephyr Adventures offers a 10-day hiking tour that visits sites including Drukgyel Dzong, a 17th century monastery ruin. From here you can see Mount Chomolhari, the 24,000 feet high Goddess Mountain on a clear day.
Another stop along the trek is the Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery which is situated on the side of a cliff almost 3,000 feet above the floor of Paro valley. It is believed by the Bhutanese, that the Guru Padmasambhava flew here on a Tigress’s back and meditated here for three months back in the 8th century.
For some, these treks are of a spiritual nature as well as being of historical and cultural interest.
A Once-in-a-Lifetime Cultural Experience
For those who aren’t up to the grueling daily six-hour trek, Zephyr Adventures also offers a cultural journey that includes moderate walks to monasteries, sightseeing in the capital, and involves interacting with locals. There’s not a better way to experience this unspoiled culture.
Over all, this tour combines adventure travel with comfort and a relaxed Buddhist culture.
Guests participating on this tour will start out together for the first two days, and then are separated into two groups – one to take the moderately strenuous mountain trek and the second to enjoy a gently active cultural journey.
At the end of tour everyone hooks up again, which makes this tour an ideal choice for families or groups with members who have differing activity interests and physical abilities. Both groups are supplied with bilingual (English-speaking) local guides.