Bhutan Overview

 

Bhutan is still unspoilt. The towns are still small and beautiful. The countryside is beautiful - and unlike almost every other Himalayan country the forests are still intact. In one day you can travel from sub-tropical jungle with monkeys and palms, to temperate hardwood forests, to wild rhododenron forests (with 30-metre-high trees), through spruce forests with wild daphne, to the snowline (at around 4,500 metres).

Tourism has only existed in Bhutan since 1974, but has been tightly controlled. The Bhutanese decided on a ‘high value, low impact’ policy and, as a result, there are only small numbers of visitors.

Most Around The Sun trips in Bhutan include road touring, which enables visitors to cover a lot of the country and see many of the most amazing sights in comfort. And, of course, on an Around The Sun trip you’ll have a friendly, knowledgable local guide to explain, translate and introduce you to the locals.

However… Around The Sun is about unforgettable experiences. We want our travellers to have their cake and eat it too! We have designed itineraries that cover a lot of territory by road, but also include walking, mountain biking and river rafting.

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Bhutan Journeys & Suggested Itineraries

Bhutan Adventure

Remarkable Bhutan is a completely unspoiled Himalayan kingdom. The Bhutan Adventure is a perfect introduction to Bhutan for reasonably fit and active people. It combines road touring, a two-night trek, and some rafting. There’s a small group set departure in late 2015, but private groups (with comfortable and luxury options) can be run all year.


Days:13
Luxury: Comfortable / Trek / Camp
Type of Tour:Small Group Guided Tour
Experience: Car Touring / Trek / Raft
Challenge: Medium
Cost: from AUD$6399
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Bhutan Introduction

This is the perfect way to discover Bhutan. It’s a road-touring overview of all the most important sights. Most days involve at least one easy walk - to get you off the road, into the countryside and villages, meeting locals. There’s always time to stop at markets or something interesting like an archery contest. Private groups can be run all year, and there are ‘comfortable’ and ‘luxury’ options. 


Days:9 days
Luxury:comfortable / luxury
Type of Tour:Private Guided Tour
Experience: Car Touring / Walks / Culture / Nature
Challenge: Easy
Cost: from AUD$3999
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Jhomolhari Base Camp Trek

The Jhomolhari Trek is the most iconic trek in Bhutan. It’s not easy, but the rewards are immense. There are fabulous views of one of the Himalaya's most spectacular peaks. And you experience amazing forests, including oaks, rhododendrons, birch, fir, pine, daphne, maple and larch. Blue sheep, and even snow leopards, live in the region and are sometimes spotted.


Days:12
Luxury:comfortable / luxury
Type of Tour:trek
Experience: trek
Challenge: moderate / difficult
Cost: from AUD$5299
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All ATS itineraries can be run for private groups or adapted to meet your interests.

Bhutan Journeys & Suggested Itineraries

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Around The Sun trips are based on the expertise and knowledge of Richard Everist and Lucrezia Migliore – and the expertise and services of a select group of friends who operate the best tour companies in the world.

Around The Sun showcases a careful selection of small group trips (with guides and expert leaders), and we design customised private journeys (both guided and self-guided).

All our suggested itineraries can be run privately, or customised, so the departure dates and itineraries completely suit you. Many of our itineraries can be adapted for those who wish to to travel completely independently. See Create Your Own Journey.

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