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Land of the Thunder Dragon

Bhutan

Rafting, Kayaking, and Cultural Tours

Rivers and Dzongs of Bhutan

  • Length: 9 days
  • Activities: Class II/III Rafting, Hiking, and Cultural Tours
  • Minimum Age: 12
  • Meeting Place: Paro, Bhutan
  • Trip Cost: $4895
  • Additional Costs: $995 for round trip flights from Bangkok and $495 single supplement

A treasure I will keep forever

★★★★★
I’ve been dreaming of Bhutan ever since hearing Zach describe the trip nearly 6 years ago. It’s Dzongs, Temples, rafting, hiking, artistic traditions and architecture, amazing scenery and wildlife, and the Bhutanese people enthralled me. Bhutan is a treasure I will keep forever.
- Carolyn Nielsen

Outside 2011 Trip of the YearTravel with Northwest Rafting Company to the country revered by many as the last Shangri-La. Bhutan is a tiny Buddhist kingdom nestled between India and China. Bhutan travel with Northwest Rafting Company features an active itinerary that will have you rafting or kayaking its rivers and visiting some of the most important Buddhist cultural sites in the world.

Rafting and Kayaking

Access to Bhutan is strictly limited by the government and many tours would have you riding by bus from site to site. Our tour is different. You’ll experience the monasteries and shrines of the peace-loving monks that call Bhutan home, as well as the pristine natural environment of the Himalayas. A typical day will have you rafting a short stretch of river in the morning and visiting a cultural site in the afternoon.

Group photo after rafting below the Punakha Dzong
Group photo after rafting below the Punakha Dzong

Cultural Tours

Other highlights include visits to the capital city’s handicraft school, seeing one of the largest seated Buddhas in the world, and hiking to the stunning cliffside monastery, Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest).

Monks outside the monastery at Punakha Dzong
Monks outside the monastery at Punakha Dzong

Our trip to Bhutan offers a unique opportunity to experience the culture, history, and natural beauty of Bhutan. We hope you’ll join us for our next adventure in the “Land of the Thunder Dragon”.

Trip Details

The trip cost includes all lodging, rafting gear, group meals, and entrance fees. You will need to purchase airfare to Bangkok and hotels while in Bangkok. We will book your flights from Bangkok to Paro, Bhutan.

Our tours are offered under special permission of their government with non-refundable deposits due well in advance. Refunds, will therefore, not be offered, and we highly recommend travel insurance to protect your investment.

Trip Highlights

  • Hiking up to the famed Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest)
  • Rafting Bhutan’s beautiful rivers
  • Visiting the famous Punakha Dzong
  • Standing beneath the largest sitting Buddha statue in the world

Quick Facts

  • Legendary Buddhist Kingdom located between India and China
  • This is a cultural tour combined with rafting and hiking
  • Whitewater kayakers are welcome

Trip Reviews

Bhutan Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 17 reviews.
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A treasure I will keep forever

★★★★★
I’ve been dreaming of Bhutan ever since hearing Zach describe the trip nearly 6 years ago. It’s Dzongs, Temples, rafting, hiking, artistic traditions and architecture, amazing scenery and wildlife, and the Bhutanese people enthralled me. Bhutan is a treasure I will keep forever.
- Carolyn Nielsen

Life Changing

★★★★★
This trip combines all the ingredients for a life changing experience. Bhutan is a beautiful, peaceful country. The Bhutanese are warm and friendly people. It’s off the beaten path of typical tours and with the mix of adventure and culture you will never be lacking for new experiences. I went at 60 and was not in great shape. The guides and tour assistants made sure all our needs were cared for with love and respect. By pushing my comfort zone I managed to impress myself with what I was capable of!! In such turbulent times this is the adventure for today. You will leave feeling restored spiritually, mentally, emotionally and physically. I cannot recommend it enough! Go!!
- Nancy Hobson

Epic trip of a lifetime!

★★★★★
The thrills I had visiting Bhutan - experiencing rafting that was sometimes beyond my comfort level, exploring the rich and spiritual culture of the region, enjoying the company of fellow travelers and appreciating the guidance and warmth of each and every guide.
- Joan Cassiani

Best adventure ever!

★★★★★
I felt very safe and comfortable on the river because these guides are skilled and knowledgeable. They are also very fun and kind - I can’t imagine a better way to experience Bhutan. The rivers are spectacular, the culture fascinating and we had excellent guides. Absolutely a 5-star experience.
- Dayna Stern

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