|Flight time||from UK: 19hrs; from US: 26hrs|
|Ideal length||10 Days|
|Price||From £4,399 pp|
|When to go||All Year Round|
Visiting magnificent monasteries, the national museum and the indigenous hospital while you acclimatise to the Himalayan altitude.
Taking a day excursion to the hidden valley of Pho-chhu, completely off-the-beaten-track. Here you can bike ride deep within the valley and visit villages so remote they still have no electricity.
Embarking on a pilgrimage only the most privileged Buddhists have made - truly awe-inspiring. So whatever you do: Don’t. Forget. Your. Camera.
Having a snowball fight with monks on the trek back from the Tiger’s Nest.
Allow us to introduce Bhutan. This is as close as you can get to total peace and quiet without packing it all in and becoming a monk; our trip to Bhutan will show you a whole new world of
deep calm and spiritual serenity. This is a country like no other, rich in mythical atmosphere and zen-like peace, with incredible walks through lush valleys, and beautiful sacred monasteries highly revered in the Buddhist religion.
Our 10 day experience will whisk you far away from the daily grind as you trek to suit your fitness level through breathtaking jungle, breathe in fresh Himalayan air, and end each day with yoga, overlooking unforgettable valleys. You’ll return home a more serene, centred version of yourself. After your first few nights in the capital Thimpu, you’ll move around the country staying in stylish Aman properties. By day you’ll visit charming museums and monasteries, and try out unique activities, such as
watching traditional healing in an indigenous hospital, and visiting medieval farmhouses. You’ll have the chance to trek and cycle through acres of apple orchards and pine forests, camp in the wilderness, and taste local delicacies such as yak meat dumplings (a bit like tender beef mince – you’ll be hooked). Even better, our expert guides will tailor your trip so you don’t miss out on any of the many annual festivals.
Moving from central Bhutan to the Western Paro valley, you’ll end up at the stunning, super-modern Uma Paro hotel, where you can enjoy hot stone baths and deep tissue massages in between walks to ease your aching muscles. From here you have the rare opportunity to trek dramatic cliffs to the sacred Tiger’s Nest monastery: a hallowed fortress where a Buddhist guru reportedly landed on a winged tiger over a thousand years ago. An once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Without wanting to sound all hippy-like, if you’re looking for a life-changing break where the closest you’ll get to karaoke is monk incantations from a magnificent monastery, Bhutan is your best bet. Refreshing to say the least, this trip is guaranteed to give you a completely new (calm) outlook on your busy life.