Legend has it that in the year 659 the Tibetan King decreed it was necessary to build 108 temples in a day to pin a demoness in place forever. Temples were built all over the Tibetan Plateau and in Bhutan the Jambay Lhakhang Temple, which holds down her left knee, is one of the most famous. Here’s your opportunity to take part in one of the most spectacular festivals in Bhutan where you’ll see masked Cham dances, pilgrims leaping through burning archways, and the “fire dance” which takes place at midnight on the third day. Continue to explore Central Bhutan, taking advantage of prime Bhutanese weather by embarking on the Owl Trek, a lovely three-day trek around Bumthang offering both fantastic views of Bhutan’s unspoiled natural environment and visits to ancient Buddhist temples and monasteries. Observe the black-necked crane, experience authentic Bhutanese life at a farm stay in Gangtey, and explore the markets and iconic symbol of Bhutan, the Tiger’s Nest, before leaving this majestic kingdom.
Bhutan is a country that epitomizes Wildland’s values; vibrant culture and unparalleled nature. These itineraries are meant to take advantage of the festivals that allow you to engage in the true culture of Bhutan while also incorporating hikes and treks at the best time of year for each route. That being said, we are always open to customizing trips so if you see a trek in one itinerary that you like more than the one listed, ask us!