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Sacred sites, cultural connections, outstanding trekking—the true adventure of a lifetime
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Includes roundtrip airfare from Bangkok to Bhutan
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Strings of prayer flags dance on the wind and pierce the clouds. You thought things were remote when you simply entered Bhutan—now you’re on the ancient Druk Path trail deep in the Himalayas. Trekking in the “Land of the Thunder Dragon” is more rewarding that you thought possible, despite the sore feet and tired muscles. But all of that fades with a sense of sheer accomplishment and serenity. The prayerful songs and dance at an ancient festival, greeting monks at monasteries and yak herders traversing the towering mountains, you’ve never felt so immersed in a place. Here, pursuit of happiness trumps everything. And anything you’ve ever worried about drifts away like flags on a string.
This 13-day trekking and cultural adventure sounds like fantasy. In fact, it’s Bhutan. This journey into the long-isolated Himalayan kingdom takes in the country’s most sacred sites, the annual Punakha and Talo Tshechu (festivals), stunning mountain passes, five days’ worth of fully supported Himalaya trekking, hot stone baths and heritage hotels—and the rare opportunity to connect to Bhutan’s timeless traditions thriving at dzong monastery forts, local markets and remote villages.
Join us at the rooftop of the world. Rarely experienced by foreigners, and home to fewer than 750,000 people, Bhutan is as heartfelt and devout as it is enthralling and remarkable. This is the most amazing combination of remote trekking and fulfilling cultural sightseeing like you won’t find anywhere else. You won’t forget it.
This is the perfect blend of trekking and culture. We’ll experience local life at Punhaka’s annual festival, at village markets and remote mountain villages, visit dzongs along roaring rivers, and trek for five days up and over Bhutan's legendary Druk Path trail.
We’ll spend five days of our journey camping in the wild—fully supported by guides, sherpas and cooks—and hiking on trails accessible for people who maintain good physical fitness and are prepared for the demands of hiking at high elevations in remote mountainous areas.
In style! In Paro, Thimphu and Punakha we stay at luxurious properties. Over five days of trekking, we are fully supported with an expert Bhutanese guide, camp cooks, horsemen and yak wranglers. We’ll carry lightweight daypacks while the rest of our gear is transported for us.
“If the government can not create happiness for its people, there is no purpose for the government to exist.” ―Bhutan Legal Code
“The world has few secrets left, but Bhutan is one of them.” ―Author Katie Hickman
True wilderness. Epic exploration. Deep backcountry. Cultural immersion. We’ve scoured the earth for hidden gems and we invite you to join us on one of these exclusive trips. Let’s explore the trails less traveled, together.
Heritage hotels and villas overlooking jagged peaks, camping comfortably under the stars—we stay in style in the Himalayas
Our trip starts in Bangkok, just a short drive from the airport. The contemporary Thai style gives the whole hotel a sleek and luxurious feel—accentuated by its courtyard pool, skybar and restaurant with views of the city. There’s even a fitness center if you need to get some last-minute conditioning in before our trek. But we believe in you.
Our luxurious home base on Days 2 and 3, and again on Day 12. Bhutan's first and only five-star spa hotel is nestled in a dozen expansive acres in Neyphu Valley. The classic Bhutanese cottage-style hotel is surrounded by serene mountains with stunning views, including from the infinity pool overlooking the valley. There's an emphasis throughout on finding your well-being in body, mind and spirit. It's the perfect combination of modern design and spacious rooms equipped with all the amenities you'd expect in one of Bhutan's top hotels.
Our Punakha home base on our March 3 departure is the Dhensa Boutique Resort; on our March 30 departure, it is the Kunzang Zhing Resort. Both resorts are contemporary-meets-ancient Kingdom hideaways overlooking a peaceful valley and the same gentle river looping through it. Both resorts have awe-inspiring mountain vistas, not to mention design-forward rooms with full modern amenities.
Situated in Thimphu’s city center, the new Norkhil Hotel is a tranquil oasis and a case study in modern comfort and convenience. With views of Himalayan foothills, it's one of the premier spots in this burgeoning city. Indulge in spa treatments, organic and locally sourced cuisine, and the always gracious Bhutanese approach to hospitality.
The heart of our Bhutan experience is trekking the Druk Path. We provide expedition-quality tents, trekking poles, and group-size tarp shelters to house the best nomadic cooking equipment in the camping world. We’ll eat well along the way, our cooks using local ingredients to make a mix of Bhutanese and regional specialties, to restore ourselves after a day on the trail.
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Roundtrip flights from Bangkok (Thailand) to Paro (Bhutan); accommodations for 12 nights, including 8 nights at luxurious boutique hotels and villas, and 4 nights of fully supported camping with camp cooks and porters; expert local trekking guides; activities, tours and monastery visits; surface transport and airport transfers in Bhutan; most camping gear including four-season tents, thermal foam mattress; all additional camp equipment; all fees related to tourism development, internal taxes and charges including visa fees; gratuities for local staff. We will be joined on this adventure by expert expedition guides and a Modern Adventure trip leader.
Roundtrip airfare to Bangkok, Thailand (where we start and end our trip); travel insurance; activities not included in the trip itinerary; personal incidentals including room service, laundry, etc; personal gear; gratuity for tour leader, donations to monasteries.
This is considered a moderate trekking adventure. We trek for 5 days, carrying a day pack each day, with our own water and daily supplies, while the rest of our luggage is transferred between campsites and lodges with the help of horses and yaks. We’ll follow well-maintained paths but sometimes go off-trail, and will sleep either in group campsites or remote village lodges. This adventure has been planned keeping a steady climb in height over a number of days to permit for the necessary time for you to acclimatize to high altitude. We strongly recommend that participants have a good level of fitness and are well prepared. While this trek is open for all skill levels, previous hiking experience is a benefit.
Our trip begins and ends at Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) in Bangkok, Thailand. The following day after arrival, we take an early-morning flight to Bhutan (organized and paid for by Modern Adventure). If you miss this group flight to Bhutan, you are responsible for additional change fees and costs associated with obtaining a new flight. On our final day in Bhutan, we will organize a group airport departure and flights back to BKK airport in Bangkok, Thailand. Your flight home should depart from BKK no earlier than 3pm local time.
We spend one night in Bangkok, and in Bhutan we split our time between staying in luxurious boutique hotels for 7 nights, and camping fully support for 4 nights in the mountains, in comfortable camps set up by our trekking teams.
This adventure will be limited to no more than 12 fellow adventurers plus your Modern Adventure team. This adventure is recommended for travelers aged 18 and above who are in good health and have some experience with hiking. Guests are a mix of couples, friends traveling together, and solo travelers. On our trek will travel fully supported with two cooks, a local guide, trek helpers, horsemen and yak wranglers.
Prices are based on double occupancy. If you wish to be paired up with a roommate of the same gender, select ‘Single: Willing to Share’ at check out. Modern Adventure will pair you up with a roommate of the same gender to share a tent and hotel/resort accommodations with. If you are a solo traveler and want to have your own accommodations, a $2,000 supplement will apply at checkout; these spots are very limited due to the type of accommodations on our adventure and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
U.S. citizens carrying a tourist passport and in possession of an onward or return airline ticket do not require a visa to enter Thailand. The passport must have at least six months validity remaining to be allowed entry. If you plan on staying in Thailand for an extended period of time requirements may vary. For Bhutan, Modern Adventure will oversee and gather all necessary documentation needed for you to enter and exit Bhutan (included in your trip cost). All tourist visas are issued through local licensed operators, and must be obtained directly through Modern Adventure. For citizens of other countries, please check with the Bhutanese Embassy or Consulate for information and requirements.
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most 'Cancel For Any Reason' policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.
For our March 3, 2022 departure, you may cancel on or before November 3, 2021 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel after November 4, 2021 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after January 2, 2022 there is a 100% cancellation fee. For our March 30, 2022 departure, you may cancel on or before November 29, 2021 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel after November 30, 2021 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after January 28, 2022 there is a 100% cancellation fee.We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases family/medical emergency (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).