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Land of the Thunder Dragon

Bhutan

Rafting, Kayaking, and Cultural Tours

Rivers and Dzongs of Bhutan

  • Length: 9 days
  • Dates: November 3-11 and November 5-13, 2020
  • Activities: Class II/III Rafting, Hiking, and Cultural Tours
  • Meeting Place: Paro, Bhutan
  • Trip Cost: $4095
  • Additional Costs: $995 for round trip flights from Bangkok and $495 single supplement
  • Optional Extension: November 14-19 in Eastern Bhutan (contact us for details)
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Fabulous Time

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I had a fabulous time on the trip with you. You picked excellent sites for us to visit, arranged the most *amazing* river side lunches and found excellent guides to make it happen. While there are any number of things I might have wanted more of at the moment--one more rapid, one more minute looking at wrathful demons, one more bite of ema datsi--I came to appreciate both balance and cessation of desire.

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 will include all lodging, all camping and rafting gear, group meals and entrance to sights visited as a group. You will need to purchase airfare to Asia as well as a flight from either Bangkok, Kathmandu, Calcutta or Delhi 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 12 reviews.
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5 5 5

Fabulous Time

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5 5 1
I had a fabulous time on the trip with you. You picked excellent sites for us to visit, arranged the most *amazing* river side lunches and found excellent guides to make it happen. While there are any number of things I might have wanted more of at the moment--one more rapid, one more minute looking at wrathful demons, one more bite of ema datsi--I came to appreciate both balance and cessation of desire.
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Outstanding

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I feel very fortunate to have been on this trip, and I thank the day I somehow ran into the Northwest Rafting Company web site in 2016, and had the good idea to sign up for your newsletters. It was those interesting and compelling emails that first got me interested in joining you for the Owyhee. Now I’ve done three trips with your group and I’m signed for a fourth. You do outstanding work, you make it look easy, and I can tell it is your passion. Thank you.
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Well Organized

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Everything was well organized and went smoothly. Zach had us thoroughly prepared for the adventure.
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Great work!

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The thoughtfulness of all the guides was wonderful, US and Bhutanese. The flow of each day was excellent, from meals, rafting, temples, culture and hiking.

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