Mystical Mountains and Sacred Cranes 2018
This is our most flexible group journey, paced so that there will be ample time to savour the magic of this season in the Himalayas. By focusing on Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Phobjikha in Western Bhutan, time can be spent exploring these stunning valleys on foot rather than moving on each day. With an extra guide available, on most days there will be options to head off on a serious hike, or to settle in one spot to enjoy the winter colours and to capture it on film or canvas.
A brief stop in Kathmandu gives you a chance to aclimatise and take in the sights, smells and sounds of the bustling metropolis. Landing in Bhutan, you will be immediately transported into a different world. Climbing over misty alpine mountain passes and dropping down into tropical valleys, this journey with its twists and turns never ceases to surprise. Visits to village homes, temples, quirky craft workshops and archery grounds allow you to get up close and to get fully immersed into Bhutan’s rich culture whilst challenging mountain treks and inspiring panoramic views will leave you feeling invigorated.
Timed to catch the colourful Dochu La festival and the arrival of the rare Black-necked cranes to the Phobjikha valley from the Tibetan plateau to roost over winter. It is said that these majestic birds fly over the Himalaya in one day and circle Gangtey Goempa three times as they land in this glacial valley. As well as visiting Phobjikha valley, this winter journey takes you to the low lying Punakha valley and Paro, with a hike up to the Tigers nest monastery. Clear bright days, frosty mornings, roaring fires, and snow capped peaks, and valleys to yourself - winter is a great time to visit Bhutan outside of the main tourist season.