Explore Bhutan with Omar Samra
Why take this trip?
- Where the festive cultural celebrations, untouched natural landscapes and the happiest people combine together to form the last Shangri-La
- Trek along two of Bhutan's ancient scenic routes
- Camp in the remote wild landscapes
- Meditate with the head monks of some of the most revered Buddhist monasteries
- Visit the sacred temple of Tiger's nest situated on a gorgeous cliff!
Pumpkin soup at camp, crossing the equator, sleeping lion & above all making my way to the summit at night are all memories that are hard to wipe out! My life has been forever changed by this magical travel experience!!
Hala Mohie Eldin
The trip was beyond awesome!!
This trip really exceeded my expectations! Wild Guanabana offered me a life altering experience that I'll never forget for as long as I live. They had us well prepared & everything was well organized upon our arrival :)
- Sightseeing and/or relaxation
- Light adventure, no previous experience or training required
- A challenge, no previous experience necessary. A moderate level of fitness and preparation are required
- Previous experience and intensive training is required
- Basic: lodging in guest houses, small hotels and/or camping. Mix of private and public transportation
- Standard: Clean and comfortable accommodation and/or well-maintained campsites. Mostly private transportation with occasional public transport when unavoidable.
- Luxury: Hand-picked luxury lodging or pampered campsites. Private and upgraded transportation facilities.
tCO2 = Tonnes of Carbon Dioxide Equivalent
How we do it
As an ethical and responsible travel company, we reduce our carbon footprint by designing trips that are low carbon impact and carefully calculating the impact with the help of an environmental consultancy. We then buy carbon credit equivalents to offset all emissions that cannot be reduced including those resulting from our day-to-day business operations. Our offsetting is done through an energy efficient stoves project in Kenya. On request, every traveller receives their own PDF offset certificate post-travel. Wild Guanabana is the first carbon-neutral travel company in the Middle East & North Africa. Note: We do not sell or issue flight tickets ourselves so consequently we don't offset those emissions.
What does offsetting mean anyway?
It's a way of reducing your ecological impact by 'neutralizing' the impact of your carbon footprint. Actions associated with travel amount to around a third of greenhouse gas emissions worldwide. Carbon offsetting offers a solution to reduce the impact of your travel by purchasing carbon credits that are invested in activities that reduce CO2. While this doesn't erase all of the environmental impact, it does serve to help reinvest into the planet and contribute to activities which help its conversation. For more information on Carbon offsetting read more from our partners ERCC Carbon and our Sustainable Travel International.
Which month to travel:
Itinerary Details / Price Inclusions & Exclusions
Day 1 (26th of Dec): Namaste, Bhutan! (D)
The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular mountain flights in the world. Upon your arrival, a WG representative will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel. After check in, we will head for a sightseeing tour around Paro, including a visit to the National Museum, Ta Dzong, the Rinpung Dzong and walking down along the beautiful cantilever wooden bridge. Overnight in hotel in Paro
Day 2 (27th of Dec): Trek to Tiger’s Nest – (B/L/D)
After breakfast we will head to our first hike of the trip to the famous Taktsang Monastery (AKA Tiger’s Nest). The trail is broad and the walk of approximately 1.5 to 2 hours uphill takes us high above the Paro valley. The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. In the afternoon, we will go for a walk around ruins of the 17th Century Drukgyel Dzong, a historic monument built by the Shabdrung to commemorate his victory against invading Tibetans in 1644 and visit oldest 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed. Overnight in Hotel in Paro
Day 3 (28th of Dec): Start trekking through Druk Trail (3,770m) – (B, L, D)
Today we will pack our stuff and start our trekking adventure through the famous Druk path. The trail ascends gradually up to the fortress, and if the weather is clear, Paro valley can be seen surrounded by snow capped mountains. After lunch, we will ascent again for an hour then walk through thick alpine forests of rhododendrons with great views of Mt. Chomolhari along the way. Hiking around 6-8 hours - Overnight at campsite.
Day 4 (29th of Dec): JANGCHULAKHA – PUMULA CAMP 3,610m – (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will start softly by descending to Jaydikha village for about 2 hours. From there, the trial will take us through coniferous and bamboo shrubs forests. After lunch, we will gradually climb up to Pumula passing through cold broad-leaved forests for about three hours. Hiking around 7-8 hours - Overnight at campsite.
Day 5 (30th of Dec): Trek to Kabisa Village 2,600m – (B, L, D)
We will start trekking today just below the pass and climb to 3000m getting a gorgeous view of Thimphu from above. We will continue on a trial leading to Phajoding monastery through pine forest, following the old mule track used in the old days between Thimphu and Paro. A couple of hours later, with some various ascents and descents, we finally climb steadily to our campsite in dajey area. Hiking around 6 hours - Overnight at campsite.
Day 6 (31st of Dec): Head to Sinchu La 3,380m – (B, L, D)
Today we bid this trail farewell, and drive to Kabisa village, the starting point of our second trail. It takes around 4-5 hours uphill to reach Sinchula pass through blue pine, oak and rhododendron forests till we reach our campsite. Today we will get to celebrate the start of the new year in the exotic forest. Hiking around 4-5 hours - Overnight at campsite.
Day 7 (1st of Jan): Trek to Dupshi Pang 2,440m – (B, L, D)
The first part of the trek is rather slow due to difficult trail conditions. After an hour’s walk, the village of Thinley Gang, Talo Monastery and the highway to Thimphu can be seen. The trail takes us through mixed forests and on a clear day, views of Phajoding Monastery and some of the Himalayan peaks can be seen. Hiking around 5-6 hours - Overnight at campsite.
Day 8 (2nd of Jan): Trek to Chorten Nebu 1,810m – (B/L/D)
Today starts with 4 hours descent through dense forests. A small stream has to be crossed twice after which we continue for another 3-4 hours through villages and rice fields to the village of Chorten Nebu. Overnight in campsite
Day 9 (3rd of Jan): Trek to Punakha – (B/L/D)
Today’s trek will be light as we walk through several villages till we reach the end point of this trail and take a ride to Punakha, which is the ancient capital of Bhutan. In Punakha we will visit Sangchen Dorji Lhendrupchling Nunnery which is located above Khuruthang town were we will get to experience a 30 minute meditation session by the head monk in the Nunnery Overnight in hotel.
Day 10 (4th of Jan): Head to Thimphu – (B/L/D)
Today after breakfast, we will go on a 2.5 hour drive to Thimphu visiting a couple of sites along the way including Dochula Pass, Trashicho Dzong fortress, and the largest Buddha statue. Overnight in hotel in Thimphu
Day 11 (5th of Jan): Homebound – (B)
Today we will bit the kingdom of happiness farewell and head to the airport in Paro for our flight back home.
- This price is based on a minimum of 4 people
- Bhutan Visa fees
- Consultation on every aspect of preparation including physical and mental.
- All transfers during the trip
- All meals as mentioned in the itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
- Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
- Porters and ponies to carry all personal gear and group equipment.
- Experienced English speaking guides.
- Trekking permit
- This price is based on a minimum of 4 people
- International flights to/from Paro/Bhutan
- Personal medical & travel insurance
- Tips and Gratuity
- Any meals/snacks not mentioned in the itinerary