Many of you have been asking us for an active adventure in Bhutan, so this year we bring you the 13-day Bhutan's Sacred Summit Trek.
Very few visitors have entered the tiny Himalayan kingdom also known as the 'Land of the Thunder Dragon', and even fewer have been privileged to trek into her high mountains. Of the few areas open to trekkers and climbers the route to the base camp of Chomolhari (7314m), the sacred mountain of Bhutan, is arguably the most aesthetically beautiful. Trekking through the dense forests, walking above the tree line with the nomadic yak herders, we'll hopefully enjoy rare sightings of musk deer and blue sheep. The trek will be challenging, reaching a maximum altitude of 4700m, and we'll camp along the way.
Looking to really challenge yourself? Venture above 6000m on our 14-day Ladakh - Peaks & Festivals adventure. This special departure combines exploring the Buddhist culture of Ladakh, with climbing the breathtaking Stok Kangri (6153m). From Delhi we will fly to Leh, a centre of great importance on the ancient trading routes that ran through from Kashmir to Tibet. We will explore Leh Valley and visit the monasteries of Shey and Tikse, then journey westward across the Indus River. Enjoying the festivities at the holy Phayang Festival – with its performances of sacred dramatic dances (or 'chaams') and pilgrimages to the huge thangka of Skyabje Jigten Gombo – founder of the Dringungpa monastic order, will be a highlight. We will then head up into the mountains to attempt climbing to the summit of Stok Kangri – the highest mountain of the Stok Range in the Himalayas.