Along the Snowman Trek

A few years back, I had the rare opportunity to join fellow guides on the Snowman Trek, touted as one of the hardest treks in the world.  The trek is truly spectacular, one that tests the limits of human endurance while offering a deeper insight into the remarkable beauty of the Himalayas and communities that …

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Haa: the valley of three sacred towering mountains

Located along the western flank of Bhutan, Haa is the smallest district in the Kingdom. Endowed with pristine alpine forest and surrounded by towering Himalayan peaks, Haa is easily one of the most picturesque locations in the country. Home to several communities of nomadic herders who live in the upper highlands of the valley with …

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Trongsa: The vanguard of the warriors

Located in central Bhutan, Trongsa holds an important place in Bhutan’s political history. Owing to its strategic location, Trongsa was the main power center for centuries. The only trade route between eastern and western Bhutan passed through Trongsa, running directly through the dzong, which gave Trongsa Penlop (governor) immense power and control over trade and …

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Chhukha: A New Destination in South

Imagine riding your Bianchi or Breezer bike among the untouched canopies of deep subtropical forests to a pristine lake in the wilderness. This is now possible in the southern district of Chhukha, located 90 kilometers south of the capital city, Thimphu. The Phaktshoding Cylcing Trail is the first cycling trail in  the country that leads …

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Bhutan has been a place of many names throughout history. Some Tibetans called us the Southern Land of Darkness, some called us the Southern Land of Medicines, the Last Shangri-La, the Happiest Country on Earth, and so on. Whatever name you call it, this is a special place of many special things and people. Bhutan’s …


Punakha: valley of great bliss

The beautiful valley of Punakha is located in western Bhutan, at an average elevation of 1200m above sea level, a two-hour pleasant drive from Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. A quaint little town, Punakha served as the old capital of Bhutan until 1955. One of the major attractions in Punakha is the majestic 17th …

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Located in the eastern most part of Bhutan, Trashiyangtse is a cradle of ethnic diversity and cultural and historical wealth, not to mention rich biodiversity. The rich ethnic mosaic comprises Yangtseps – the indigenous inhabitants of the region, Tshanglas – sharchop speaking community of the east, Brahmis from Tawang, Khengpas from Zhemgang, and Kurtoeps from …

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