Kingdom of the Clouds Tour

Adventure
13 Days

Tour Description

Come with us to the Kingdom of the Clouds! We are the only tour company with experience leading this journey into some of the remotest parts of Bhutan, and we can’t wait to show you what we’ve got planned.

The centerpiece of this tour is the two day Royal Highlander festival, in remote Laya. Laya truly is a place above the clouds, and you’ll see that firsthand as you make the challenging trek to the top of a mountain, where the festival is held. The festival celebrates Bhutanese art, community values, and some of the finest livestock the country has to offer. You’ll get to stay with local families, and in the evenings, you’ll sit around wood stoves with your hosts, sharing your stories and hearing theirs. It can feel a little awkward at first, but your guide is there to translate and help you bridge the gap to learn more about lives that are very different from your own.

Last year, our guests got to meet the King. Yep, the King of Bhutan. But they didn’t just get to meet him, they got to see up close the unique way Bhutan’s monarchy affects the lives of everyday people. And they found out that meeting the King is always cool, of course, but most Bhutanese people you meet have a story of meeting or seeing the royal family. And you probably will too!

But don’t worry, it’s not all royalty-meeting, gritty hikes, and livestock—there’s plenty of relaxation and less intensive sightseeing, too. We’re thrilled and honored to be your guide for all of it—let us share the Bhutan we love with you!

This annual tour is 13 days long.

Price quoted is per person. You can reserve your spot today with a $1000 deposit.

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Tour Details

Price: $6400

(Based on double occupancy. Contact us for more!)

Next Tour: October 16, 2018

Tour Itinerary Summary

 
 
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DAY 1
Arrive in Bangkok
 

We'll spend the day touring Bangkok, and lunch and dinner will be provided.

 
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DAY 2
Start Your Bhutan Adventure
 

After breakfast, your Gray Langur representative will bring you back to the airport, where you'll hop a flight to Paro, home of Bhutan's only international airport. On the way you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the Himalayas. Once in Paro, you'll have the chance to relax, or visit Bhutan's National Museum.

 
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DAY 3
Climb to Tiger's Nest
 

We'll see the iconic Tiger's Nest Monastery.

 
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DAY 4
Through Dochula Pass to Punakha
 

We'll depart from Paro to Punakha, which was the capital of Bhutan until the 1960s. On the way, we'll stop and take in some incredible views in the Dochula Pass.

 
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DAY 5
Our Trek Begins
 

Today is a drive to Gasa, where we'll begin our trek. The evening's camp overlooks a gorgeous river.

 
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DAY 6
Trek to the Highlands
 

We'll depart Gasa early to begin the long trek up to the festival grounds in Laya. We'll be staying with local families.

 
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DAY 7
Reach Laya and the Royal Highlander Festival
 

It's the first day of the festival! We'll see prized livestock and competitions in archery and more. Plus, puppies! We'll be staying with local families.

 
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DAY 8
Attend the Royal Highlander Festival, Day Two
 

We'll be experiencing one of Bhutan's most celebrated festivals for another day, and your guide will be on hand to elaborate on the traditions you'll see taking place. One more night staying with families in Laya!

 
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DAY 9
Back to the River
 

We'll head back to our river campsite, and enjoy a bonfire in the evening.

 
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DAY 10
Relaxing in Punakha
 

Today it's back to Punakha, and once there you'll get to soothe your trekking aches away with some well-deserved spa time.

 
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DAY 11
Explore Bhutan's Capital
 

Thimphu, Bhutan's capital, awaits! There's tons to do, and we'll take in some night life, too.

 
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DAY 12
Thimphu, Day 2
 

There's more to see in the capital, and a farewell party on our last night in Bhutan.

 
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DAY 13
Depart Bhutan
 

Time to say our goodbyes in Paro and head back to Bangkok for the trip home.

 

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