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Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon - Exodus Travels
Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon - Exodus Travels
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17 reviews
Starts
Kathmandu
+5 Destinations
Himalaya Mountains
Ends
Kathmandu
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Highlights

Start and end in Kathmandu! With the hiking & trekking tour Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon, you have a 12 day tour package taking you through Kathmandu, Nepal and 4 other destinations in Asia. Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Hotel
Max Group Size
16
Travel style
Hiking & Trekking, Mountain Hikes

17 Reviews

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  • Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon reviewer 1
    Written on November 4, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This is a great trip to get an introductory into Bhutan; culture, trekking and amazing scenery, what more could you want?What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The warm up hike day was amazing, to be walking up to Tigers nest monastry and hearing the monks chanting with it echoing through the valley..just great way to start the trip!What did you think of your group leader?Group leader was great, very helpful and friendly. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Enjoy! Also ask your guide about hot stone baths in Paro, they were great! 

  • Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon reviewer 2
    Written on April 30, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Just the most incredible experience.  The serenity of the country and its people is remarkable, and the scenery outstanding.  The holiday of a lifetime.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Seeing the reincarnation of Desi Tenzin Rabgye Rimpoche at Tango monastery.What did you think of your group leader?OutstandingDo you have any advice for potential travellers?What are you waiting for?  Go!

  • Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon reviewer 3
    Written on November 5, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A great experience, wonderfull scenery and excellent tour guides (Pasang and Dorgi).What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?No particular moment but throughout we experienced friendly and relaxed people who gave expression to the  Bhutan culture of "Gross National Happiness".  What did you think of your group leader?The group leader (Pasang) was excellent, friendly, helpfull and always happy. The assistant ( Dorgi) was also very good, he took the leader in explaining the Bhutan culture.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Ensure you have a 3/4 season sleeping bag and warm cloths for the evenings.

  • Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon reviewer 4
    Written on October 22, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    I absolutely loved this trip!! Bhutan is a very fascinating country with beautiful people and amazing scenery. The combination of trekking in the Himalaya and experiencing the culture is absolutely mindblowing and I can highly recommend this trip to everyone!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Trekking through the Himalaya was mindblowing for me. You don't get to meet any people and can walk in your own pace in a breathtaking environment and that to me was sooo amazing. Also being able to learn about the culture and attend the Thimphu festival was a definate highlight.What did you think of your group leader?Pasang and Dorji were absolutely fantastic tourguides who took care of everyone at all times. They were very knowledgeable and easy-going. If I ever come back to Bhutan I would make sure that either one of them would lead the tour.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Trekking in altitude is definately something different then doing the same amount of kilometres in 'normal' conditions so make sure to be fit... Also make sure to take a shirt with a collar cause otherwise you cannot attend the Thimphu festival. This was not mentioned as clearly in our tripnotes so a couple of people ended up borrowing shirts from the guys...

  • Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon reviewer 5
    Written on October 13, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    I loved the trip! I had wanted to go to Bhutan for a very long time and it really lived up to my expectations. Amazing scenery, amazing people and amazing guides. It was a great combination of a challenging trek plus culture in an area not greatly visited. It felt like a real treat from start to finish!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I think managing to sleep at 4,100m and feel ok. Finally I had acclimatised and was much fitter! The scenery was mind blowing too - you really felt you were at the centre of the world!Bhutan still feels very untouched but it's definitely starting to change so you need to go NOW... What did you think of your group leader?Our group leader Pasang was fantastic. He looked after all of us amazingly well. Dorji who was the local guide was very kind too and I felt that we all built up a great relationship with them both which meant we got far more out of the trip as we had a much more of an understanding of Bhutan.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Yes whilst on the trip notes it said it was a moderate trip it is definately equal to doing the Inca Trail which is listed as moderate to challenging i.e. you need to train! This was something that I didn't do a huge amount of before we left as I come from Derbyshire and equate the Yorkshire Dales with walking not trekking. I did survive though and am now far more fit!

  • Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon reviewer 6
    Written on October 12, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    a fantastic trip to one of the most remote countries in the worldWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?trekking in complete solitude.  Unlike other countries & treks, we barely came across any other travellers.  The trek is completely unspoilt and the scenery is stunning.What did you think of your group leader?Passanz & Dorji, our group leaders, were fantastic.  Very knowledgable, great communicators and they kept us all motivated during the trekDo you have any advice for potential travellers?Evenings/nights during the trek can be very cold and damp - make sure you bring a down jacket and a very good sleeping bag.Is there anything else you would like to add?It would have been nice to have longer in Bhutan and get a chance to see more of the country.

  • Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon reviewer 7
    Written on October 9, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A wonderful mixture of visiting the Thimpu Festival, trekking in the Himalayas and sampling life in this fascinating countryWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Several.  The festival for me was the highlight plus some of the views on the trek were stunning.  Oh and the walk up to the Tiger Monastery and the Paro Dzong and oh yes the Druk Air flight back to Kathmandu with out of this world views of some of the tallest mountains in the world including Everest!!What did you think of your group leader?Both Pasang and Dorji were absolutely wonderful.  I have been on several of these group holidays and these guys are the best.  I certainly haven't had better.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The trek from Paro to Thimpu goes to over 4,000 metres and is quite strenuous in places. Having said that though, all 16 of our group made it but take your time. Is there anything else you would like to add?I loved the variety and the opportunity to take such a wide range of photographs including our two short stays in Kathmandu.

  • Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon reviewer 8
    Written on January 19, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    Good well rounded trip with time allowed for plane malfunction contingencies. Guide excellent,walking challenging but doable and enjoyable, accommodation excellent. Good to have the few days in Kathmandu.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Climbing up to and viewing Taksang Monastery.  Surviving Bhutanese driving .What did you think of your group leader?Sonam was a brilliant person--inspirational, patient, informative and just a great (Top) guy.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Get fit, have all your medication with you, travel light and keep your mind open and curious..Is there anything else you would like to add?Make sure to go early to the Festival to be sure to get a seat in the shade.  Failing that bring some sort of head scarf --It gets kind of warm in the sun.   And please respect the dress code---I was ashamed to be ' European' by the dress of some people at the event despite all the guide books stressing this request.  ( Gripe over)

  • Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon reviewer 9
    Written on January 19, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    Good well rounded trip with time allowed for plane malfunction contingencies. Guide excellent,walking challenging but doable and enjoyable, accommodation excellent. Good to have the few days in Kathmandu.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Climbing up to and viewing Taksang Monastery.  Surviving Bhutanese driving .What did you think of your group leader?Sonam was a brilliant person--inspirational, patient, informative and just a great (Top) guy.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Get fit, have all your medication with you, travel light and keep your mind open and curious..Is there anything else you would like to add?Make sure to go early to the Festival to be sure to get a seat in the shade.  Failing that bring some sort of head scarf --It gets kind of warm in the sun.   And please respect the dress code---I was ashamed to be ' European' by the dress of some people at the event despite all the guide books stressing this request.  ( Gripe over)

  • Bhutan: Land of the Thunder Dragon reviewer 10
    Written on October 29, 2011
    4.0 - Good

    An excellent tour with a fine mix of culture and activity. Varied, well organised - we enjoyed it very much.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Inspirational? an extreme word ... but very enjoyable or interesting?Flying into Paro and finding even the control tower was in local Bhutanese architecture! People wandering around the tarmac taking pictures instead of rushing into the arrivals hall.Finding that on trek we were actually provided with seats with backs!  (I may be 'sad' but, as you get older, it can be pretty uncomfortable camping without.) Rising early to enjoy the pink rising sun on the snowy mountains and frost at 4,000 metres. (Not a requirement of the trip!)The fantastic perfume from some of the small rhododendrons as you walk past.  This was not from flowers but the bushes themselves. Apparently they are used for incense.And, of course, the Thimpu festival, especially all the happy children, many lining up for photos.  The combination of proud, colourful traditional dress with modernity - the mobile phones and the man taking a picture of his grandchild on his iPad.What did you think of your group leader?We had two - in our view both excellent but in different ways, with different approaches and different personalities.We were on the same trip as the previous review so it just shows how much your view of a leader can depend on your experience of him/her.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Yet another warning about fitness. At normal UK altitudes I would not have found the trek any problem at all. Add 3000-4000 metres, deduct the relevant amount of oxygen and it becomes a bit more of a challenge - even if you don't get real 'altitude sickness'. So make sure you are fitter than you think you need to be.  That said, it was only 2-3 days at that altitude.Plenty of water was provided for drinking so don't bother with supplementary filtering etc. equipment.Don't worry about changing money beforehand.  Just take a good number of smallish GB notes to change when there (or dollars or Euros but they seemed to prefer pounds.)  Much can be paid for in sterling anyway.Pay attention to the dress code advice for temples and festivals. Unfortunately, requirements can change but on our trip it was important to have long sleeves and a collar - including on the first day in Paro, as you visit the Dzong in the afternoon.Don't underestimate the potential cold at night on trek. A 4-season sleeping bag is absolutely fine but it depends on your 'internal central heating' - and the weather - as to whether 3-season will suffice.  In October, it could be quite hot during the day - especially up hill(!) - say 20 degrees - but below freezing at night. It rained lightly one day and we had a short hail storm on another.There was the usual problem with tipping.  There is a need to pay small amounts into a kitty for water and, unless you object, small offerings in temples.  There are large numbers of people who are due tips - if you consider the support staff on the trek and the drivers, too.  So you can have arguments to your heart's content in the group as to the best way to organise group tips but be aware that it can add up....Is there anything else you would like to add?All the staff were excellent.  I learned with approval the extent Exodus go to to train their leaders.  The staff on trek were extremely helpful and efficient and friendly - and the food was fantastic up there - possibly better than in the hotels...Definitely a worth-while trip.

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  1. Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu
  2. Day 2: Fly to Paro; visit Paro Dzong and museum
  3. Day 3: Warm up hike to Taktsang also known as Tiger's Nest Monastery
  4. Day 4: Trek to Jele Dzong
  5. Day 5: Trek to Jangchulaka
  6. Day 6: Follow the ridge with spectacular views of Jichdrake to reach Jimi Lang Tsho
  7. Day 7: Trek to Labana
  8. Day 8: Cross the Labana Pass and descend to Phajoding; transfer to Thimphu
  9. Day 9: Excursion to Punakha
  10. Day 10: Thimphu sightseeing; drive to Paro
  11. Day 11: Fly to Kathmandu
  12. Day 12: End Kathmandu

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    • What is the level of fitness required on this trip?

      Our Land of the Thunder Dragon is a moderate (grade 3 trip) so you will need to have a reasonable level of fitness to undertake it. A moderate trip isn't particularly tough, the pace will be slow and you'd be with an experienced guide.

    • If one or two hikes are too rigorous for us, can we be transported to next destination and skip that day hiking?

      You'll camp in fairly remote places and the trekking is point to point, so it won't be possible to skip days.

    • Where can I find the more detailed information about this trip?

      If you visit the Exodus website you will be able to download the trip notes and read through the day to day itinerary in more detail.

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    Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for Nepal. Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an infected area for Bhutan. Ideally 10 days before travel.
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    Start and end in Kathmandu.
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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 854 km.
    • Kathmandu (Nepal)
    • 404 km
    • Paro (Bhutan)
    • 7 km
    • Jele Dzong (Bhutan)
    • 10 km
    • Phajoding (Bhutan)
    • 7 km
    • Thimphu (Bhutan)
    • 23 km
    • Paro (Bhutan)
    • 404 km
    • Kathmandu (Nepal)

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