Bhutan

Set on the eastern ridges of the mighty Himalaya and sandwiched between Tibet and India, Bhutan is a dream destination. Dramatic scenery, winding mountain passes, snow-capped peaks, fluttering prayer flags and vibrant rhododendrons are the backdrop for a colourful culture steeped in religion and mythology.

Here in the Land of the Thunder Dragon, you can hike through stunning valleys and across rugged high passes, visit isolated villages and explore the countless dzongs (fortresses) and tiny Buddhist monasteries that dot the landscape. Then, visit the unforgettable "Tiger's Nest", the sacred Taktsang Monastery that clings dramatically to the side of a steep, forest-studded granite cliff.

Trek through the picturesque Paro Valley to the base of Chomolhari, Bhutan's second highest mountain, crossing glacial streams and observing the majestic peaks of the Himalaya through a frame of colourful rhododendron blooms. Or be one of the few people each year to join our challenging Bhutan Snowman Trek, ranked as one of the greatest treks in the Himalaya, as it weaves a path through the most remote region of Bhutan.

Explore local culture and shop for beautiful textiles and handicrafts in Thimpu, Bhutan's delightful capital; take in the dancing, cheering and drama of a traditional Bhutanese archery tournament; or watch local history and mythology come alive at Bumthang's Jambay Lakhang festival.

Whichever adventure you choose; you'll be captivated by the stunning landscapes, ancient culture and humble people of Bhutan.


 

Leaders in responsible travel

Responsible travel practice is at the heart of every program that we offer in Bhutan, where we pioneered the 10-Pieces initiative. When you book one of our adventures you're supporting a program that is committed to safety and sustainability.

Innovative itineraries

We've been organising treks and tours in Bhutan for many years and our firsthand knowledge of the region is exceptional. From fascinating cultural tours through the Paro Valley and Bumthang, to the challenging Snowman Trek, widely recognised as one of the most challenging in the Himalaya, we specialise in showing you the highlights of this amazing land.

Ultimate value

Quality services at the best prices make our adventures great value for money. Our trip costs cover valuable inclusions like all meals while trekking and a dedicated local crew who will go the extra yard to ensure you have the experience of a lifetime. Our high level of support allows you to relax and focus on the incredible journey ahead of you.

Custom made adventures

With our team of local experts, we can customise your Bhutan experience to create the perfect holiday, whether it be extending your trek or spending additional time at a beautiful Bhutanese resort.


 

Litter collection

The 10 Pieces litter collection initiative is offered on the Chomolhari Base Camp Trek. Trekkers volunteer to collect 10 pieces of litter that they find on the trail each day, which is then disposed of responsibly. This is a simple and effective way to harness the collective power of tourists to keep wilderness trails clean and educate local communities about the negative impact of litter on their environment.

Animal welfare focus

We advocate for cruelty free animal encounters, encouraging travellers to follow the guidelines in our comprehensive Animal Welfare Code of Conduct as we seek to inform stakeholders about animal welfare matters.

Child safe tourism

Children working and living in tourist areas are especially vulnerable to physical, emotional and sexual abuse. We protect vulnerable children by adhering to our Child Protection Code of Conduct.


Wilderness camping

Enjoy fully supported camping in remote locations with our outstanding crew. While the campsite locations have been handpicked for their location, our commitment to responsible travel ensures our footprint is kept to a minimum.

Hotels

In cities and large towns you will be accommodated in good quality properties that are centrally located, atmospheric and reliable.



A custom made itinerary is the ultimate way to see the world how YOU want. They are created especially for you, giving you complete freedom to choose what you want to see, where you want to go and when you want to do it. If you love our current itineraries but want to customise it privately as a couple, a group of friends, family, club, business or school, you have the freedom to add or remove as many elements as you like to suit the interests of your group. Alternatively, you can start with a blank canvas and create a new and exciting itinerary from scratch! Our well-travelled consultants can give you firsthand suggestions and eliminate any uncertainty with trip planning to ensure you maximise the quality of your experience and get truly off the beaten track. Simply email, phone or visit us to start planning your dream adventure.



Currency

Ngultrum (Divided into chetrums)

US DOLLARS in cash is the main currency of exchange for tourists in Bhutan, with the AUD also as widely accepted, and internationally recognised credit card if you intend to shop.

For basic purchases eg drinks, snacks and small items US or AU cash will meet your needs in Bhutan.

Smaller denominations of clean, unmarked notes should be carried with you for ease of exchange. Other currencies will be very difficult to change and perhaps impossible.

There are now some ATM’s in Bhutan however, these are not reliable, and often for the use of locals only.

Ngulstrum cannot be changed back when you depart nor used outside of Bhutan, so keep this in mind in your calculations.

International Dialing Code

+975

Electricity
Type C plug

Electricity in Bhutan is 230 Volts, at 50 hertz. The pin type varies but is most commonly types C, D and G. We recommend taking a universal adapter.

Visas

The cost of a Bhutan visa is US$40 per person and is payable to your World Expeditions Reservations consultant or travel agent. The visa process for Bhutan requires you to provide us with a scanned colour copy of your passport as we require your full passport details (full name as it appears in your passport, nationality, date of birth, passport number, date of issue and expiry date, and occupation) at least 30 days before your arrival in Bhutan. Following the processing of your visa clearance we will provide you with a clearance number to enable you to board the plane from your respective airport; you will then receive a stamped visa upon arrival at Paro airport. You must carry the visa approval letter with you and you will be required to show this when checking in for your DRUK flight into Paro.

NOTE:- Please be aware that it is very usual that we do not receive visa clearance numbers from the Bhutanese government until the week of travel, sometimes 2 or 3 days before departure date. If you have already left on your travels prior to receiving the visa clearance number, then the visa number will be emailed to you shortly before departure date. Please ensure that we have your correct and up-to-date email and contact details.

If you are doing more than one tour in Bhutan you may be required to extend your visa, this will be done for you while you are in Bhutan.

Safety

Your safety is our number one concern. Our safety track record is exemplary thanks to careful management and thorough consultation with local partners. Our industry leading risk management procedures have become a skill that we continue to refine. Our leaders in the field are highly trained and have safety as their number one priority. Expert leaders, risk assessments, quality inclusions and your financial security all come standard when you travel with us.

Please refer to our Travel Advisory page for updates on recent events, travel warnings and advice.

We strongly recommend that all clients take out travel insurance at the time of booking to cover against sickness, accident, loss of baggage, unexpected alterations to travel arrangements and travel disruption, emergency evacuation, cancellations, etc. Insurance information is enclosed with your pre-departure information. Please contact us if you would like to obtain a quote for your trip duration.

We suggest that you consult your doctor, local government inoculation centre or a travel medical specialist in order to get the most current advice regarding vaccination requirements.

Money and valuables should always be stored safely when travelling. Keep your passport with you at all times and do not leave it in your main luggage. You will need it to change money and check into hotels. Where safety deposit boxes are available, we recommend that you use them. Keep jewellery and valuables to a minimum.

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