13 Days
Walking Tours
Feb 15 – 27, 2017

Ecologically, Bhutan is a hot spot in the Himalayas. And 65-70% of the land is decreed by law to be kept under forest cover. The number of visitors is restricted by a government regulated tour and tariff system. This policy ensures protection of its natural habitats and also that every Bhutanese benefits from the income generated by tourism.  Geographically, it is an interesting place starting with the sub-tropics in the south (150m above sea level), to temperate vegetation (2000-3000m) and then to Alpine vegetation (above 3000m) in the north. This variation allows many species of fauna and flora to thrive in many different zones. Since hunting is prohibited, the fauna is well protected.  Jigme Dorji National Park, the second largest among the ten natural preserves in the country, offers spectacular Himalayan vistas of awe-inspiring scenic beauties and an enchanted mix of cultural and wildlife experiences. It is considered a conservation heritage of nature and culture in harmony.

The Takin Festival, held every February in Gasa in honour of Bhutan’s unusual National Animal, is  to showcase this rich natural heritage and raise awareness on conservation of biodiversity.  It is also geared to create avenues and strive towards financial sustainability of the park management, provide off-season ecotourism possibilities and  supplemental income to the park residents, specifically the upland communities.   Gasa Dzongkhag  is the least populated district in the country, but it is the richest in terms of medicinal plants and temperate biodiversity. The district is also very famous for its hot springs and medicinal baths and is declared as an organic district.  On this trip you will  travel from 3,000ft to 13,500ft altitude where you will see the dramatic changes in the vegetation and the life it supports. You will learn about some of the environmental issues gripping the region and the world from the Wildlife Conservationists…  become a natural observer of Bhutan’s little known, curious looking  national animal Takins, as you track their salt licks and watch their mating and social behavior….. . Soak in the medicinal hot spring baths in Gasa...You will have a rare chance to stay overnight at a Farmhouse and explore the high valley of Phobjika in the Black Mountains and see the sacred Black Necked Cranes that make their annual pilgrimage every winter to pay homage at the Nyingma monastery. Of course you will also hike up the famous Tiger’s Nest and go on a hiking outing to the recently opened region of the Haa Valley, just south of Tibet.

You will also have a rare chance to hike and explore remote 7th century monasteries and ancient temples…
Intense, infused, and involved, this is one interesting experience in the Dragon Kingdom with a wealth of visual, natural, and ecological participation.  A visit to one of the world’s most untouched natural wonder during a fascinating time.  A rich and colorful discovery through the Land of the Thunder Dragon, in a season of exceptional silence, powerful mystery and with hardly any outsiders but you— a special trip that only Bhutan Travel could bring to you !