BHUTAN’S culture is fascinatingly different. The old King Wangchuck famously declared that Bhutan’s priority was Gross National Happiness, but now the Bhutanese government is trying to balance this philosophy with the increase in modernisation. National costume is worn daily by the Bhutanese and locals compete at archery – the nation’s favourite sport. Buddhist monks stand alongside bayonets at the doors of the monasteries in Bhutan which also serve as fortresses, known as dzhongs

Bhutanese kids

This land-locked kingdom was one of the most isolated countries in the world, and even now it is visited by only a few westerners. The government’s tourism policies ensure that Bhutan will remain an exclusive destination, so trekking here can be expensive. Our Taste of Bhutan extension is an alternative for those wishing to see Bhutan’s culture without incurring the cost of a Bhutanese trek.

Treks in the Bhutan Region