Every experience in our Private Trip Collection offers the hallmarks B&R's known for with the flexibility of going with your own group and on your own schedule. Simply pick your dates, pack your bags, and go.
Bhutan Private Tours
Bhutan by Foot
Bhutan will both humble and amaze. About the size of Switzerland, it combines the green alpine meadows, chalet-style homes and snowy peaks of a wintry playground with the truly exotic: the ancient mystical culture of Himalayan Buddhism practiced daily by monks, nuns and the populace in beautifully preserved ancient temples and monasteries. Incense, butter lamps, chanting and drums heighten the experience as the myth, magic and legend of the great teachers and saints of yore are repeated in song, text and vivid iconography on the walls of temples and homes. This spirit manifests itself in the people – one can sense their quiet confidence and pride inherent in their wonderful sense of humour and innocence, disarming and endearing in equal measure. The myth of Shangri-La is easy to believe as you explore this unforgettable land.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard how I like to do that.”
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Your way—always.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Our friends on the ground are there to set you up with insider access and expert tips—then disappear when you’d prefer to be on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
12 Days / 11 Nights
Best Time to Visit
Day by Day
Enjoy a relaxing night at the Novotel Suvarnabhumi in bustling Bangkok before catching an early morning flight the next day for stunning Paro.
Walk up to a little-visited temple set on the cliffs above the Paro Valley before relaxing at the hotel spa or strolling through the surrounding pine forest.
Take an early morning flight before hiking in one of Bhutan’s most revered valleys, Bumthang, situated at about 2,500 metres above sea level. Visit some of the sites in town, including Wangdicholing Palace, Bhutan’s first royal palace.
Enjoy a relaxing breakfast on the terrace before taking an exploratory guided tour of the sights around Bumthang and hiking to a monastery where dozens of monks practice their chants. Finish your day with a hot stone bath and massage in the hotel’s spa.
Drive though some of Bhutan’s most dramatic countryside stopping at one of Bhutan’s most famous buildings – Trongsa Dzong. Take part in a hike or continue over the 3,400-metre Lawa La by vehicle before hiking to your hotel.
Hike along the valley floor pausing to visit a local village temple, water-powered grain mill and a family home, virtually unchanged since the Middle Ages. Walk along the local’s trail to the Gangtey village and tour a monastery with a resident lama.
After a short drive we turn off into the little-visited Sha Valley for one of the most idyllic walks of our trip. After our walk we’ll continue to Punakha via the town of Wangdi. In the late afternoon we’ll arrive at Uma Punakha, overlooking the Mo Chhu (Mother River).
Visit the impressive Punakha Dzong which has been battered by earthquakes, floods and fire throughout its history. Later, hike across the river via an enormous suspension footbridge and meander through the third king’s golf course.
Head to the capital Thimphu, by way of Dochu La, breaking for a picnic lunch and hiking a beautiful forest to the Tashigang Monastery. Meet the Lama and his students for a private puja ceremony and continue on to Thimpu in time for some shopping.
Drive back to Paro this morning before lunch at the Uma Paro and a walk to the Tiger's Nest, set into a cliff face 2600 ft. above the Paro and one of the most iconic Buddhist monuments in the Himalayas.
Drive up Cheli La pass through a marvelous forest and walk up the ridge for unparalleled views of Bhutan’s snow-capped holy mountain, Jomolhari. Continue walking to Cheli La convent, a nunnery tucked under the cliffs facing Paro.
Enjoy a farewell breakfast in Paro at the hotel, then laso lok le ge in vibrant Bangkok. Farewell and safe journeys!
Uma Paro, Paro
This exclusive 29-suite operation in the Paro Valley embodies those essential Bhutanese qualities that promote Gross National Happiness. Traditional craftsmanship combines with modern amenities, superb cuisine and generous hospitality in a location that not only provides spectacular views but is also within easy access of the famed Tiger’s Nest monastery. View hotel website »
Amankora Bumthang, Balakha Village
Situated next to the palace and temple, the Amankora Bumthang has a location others can only dream of. The hotel features comfortable lounges and decks, with cozy chairs and family-style dining tables, an intimate yoga and meditation room and full spa services. View hotel website »
Gangtey Goenpa Lodge, Gangtey
Nestled in the beautiful Gangtey Valley, this hotel offers sweeping views of the lush Himalayan landscape. Complete with a fireplace and wall to ceiling windows, each guestroom is furnished with earthen tones and warm fabrics to echo the natural surroundings and rural architecture of Bhutanese heritage. During warmer weather, hot air balloons launch from the lodge and float amongst mountain peaks. View hotel website »
Uma Punakha, Punakha
Uma Punakha is an intimate luxury lodge located at the far western end of the lush Punakha Valley. From its picturesque base overlooking a bend in the Mo Chu river, this hotel is ideally located for exploring this remote Himalayan Kingdom. Delivering breathtaking views from its eight spacious rooms and two villas, Uma provides luxury in the wilderness, alongside its restaurant and Shambhala spa. View hotel website »
Taj Tashi, Thimphu
The Taj Tashi offers an indescribable experience of both Bhutanese culture and breathtaking beauty. Set in the heart of the Thimphu Valley, elegant, spacious guestrooms offer panoramic views of green mountains, and hand-drawn Bhutanese murals adorn every interior. Its location in the capital city also provides an excellent base to explore vibrant local markets, spectacular monasteries, and the traditional fiery cuisine. View hotel website »
Daily distances usually vary from 2 to 8 km, with longer and shorter options on most days. The terrain is generally hilly. The difficulty of the walk often depends on elevation, and we allow time for acclimatization by offering our higher hikes later in the trip. The walking routes are usually in good shape but some rougher sections of trail do occur.
Walking Sticks &
Included with all walking trips are Leki telescoping walking sticks and custom-made padded hip holsters, which comfortably carry one full half-litre water bottle. And while the walking sticks get “recycled” for use by another B&R traveller, the holsters are yours to keep at trip’s end.
- All hotel accommodation
- Meals as indicated (as selected by B&R)
- Services of local guide and driver and support van
- Use of a customized bicycle and helmet
- Use of two lightweight, telescoping walking sticks and water bottle
- All special events and private tours
- All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
- All baggage transportation
- All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
At Your Service
We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.
“Exploring the Valley of Gangtey, staying at Gangtey Goenpa Lodge, and hiking in the Phobjika Valley were each so fabulous and special.”
— Moe Bertuch, Bespoke Independent Bhutan Walking 2014
Bhutan Walking Private
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Visit this tiny remote Kingdom perched timelessly in the clouds offering a spirituous fusion of the old and new on your own customized adventure to Bhutan.