BHUTAN


Imagine for a moment, a place where Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross National Product. Travel to the Haa Valley, where you’ll be welcomed into a traditional rammed-earth home of the extended family of your guide, Phuntso Norbu. Your host family churns butter by hand, grinds buckwheat with a stone mill and shares the wonders of village life with you. Bhutan is where the old and new are alchemically intertwined, creating magic – to the delight of all who visit.

Bhutan Gallery

To get to meet people’s brothers and sisters and uncles within the course of our travel was completely unique. And to have Phuntso there translating, I really felt I got to have conversations with local people. One woman had never had a visitor in her home from outside of her community and she was so warm, so excited to talk to us ladies – she wished we could all speak the same language so that we could talk more openly.
Joanna D.

Jomolhari Yaksa Trek


PRICE

$4,195 based on 2 people

DURATION

13D / 12N

DEPARTURES

Sept. 24 – Oct. 6, 2018 or custom departures. Best from April-June and September-November

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate –
Challenging

ROUTE

Paro – Thonga Zamba – Soi Thangthangkha – Jangothang – Soi Yaksa – Thombu Shong – Zakhapang – Thimphu – Paro

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

Customizable,
homestay

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Overview

Trek through scattered villages and farmland into pristine and verdant forested valleys, to the land of yak herders, where yaks graze and lumber across the beautiful sloping alpine-mountain sides. Experience a unique homestay in a jaw-dropping setting. Also includes time to explore Paro and Thimphu, including a visit to the infamous Tiger’s Nest Monastery.

Highlights
  • World-class trek in a spectacular Himalayan setting
  • Rare homestay opportunity in a traditional farmhouse nestled deep in the mountains
  • Experienced local guides and hosts share their lives and knowledge
  • Explore temples, reserves and museums to learn about Bhutan’s rich culture
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Cultural Immersion and the Paro Festival


PRICE

$3,875 based on 2 people

DURATION

12D / 11N

DEPARTURE DATES

March 26 – April 6, 2018

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate

ROUTE

Paro – Dorikha – Paro – Thimphu – Punakha – Tigers Nest – Paro

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

Customizable,
village experience

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Overview

On this cultural immersion program you will be spending time living with the villagers of Dorikha, who maintain two villages – one for winter and one for summer. Learn about this traditional way of life, and enjoy highlights of this ancient kingdom including Punakha, Thimphu and a breathtaking visit to the Tiger’s Nest. The famous Paro Festival is an unforgettable part of this journey.

Highlights
  • Unique opportunity to live and learn with a local family
  • Witness the unfurling of the worlds largest religious Thangka scroll at the Paro Tsechu festival
  • Experience an ancient nomadic culture off the tourist circuit
  • Discover the Bhutanese culture through explorations of temples, reserves and museums
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Trailing Nomads Fall Migration


PRICE

$3,875 based on 2 people

DURATION

12D / 11N

DEPARTURE DATES

September 12 – 23, 2018

ACTIVITY LEVEL

Moderate

ROUTE

Paro – Dorikha – Lasono – Dorikha – Thimphu – Punakha – Paro – Tigers Nest

PROGRAM ELEMENTS

Customizable,
village experience

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Overview

On this journey, you will be tracing the trails of the Dorips, who have been migrating to their warmer village in the south every winter for hundreds of years. A homestay allows you to live with and learn from the Dorips, and you’ll also absorb Bhutan’s beauty by visiting Tiger’s Nest monastery and witnessing the Thimpu Tsechu festival.

Highlights
  • Unique opportunity to live with a local family
  • Experience the Thimpu Tsechu Festival, Bhutan’s most revered annual festival
  • Trace the trail of the Dorips, an ancient nomadic culture (with the option to trek)
  • Hike to the infamous Tigers Nest Monastery
  • Discover Bhutanese culture by exploring temples, reserves and museums
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WHY TRAVEL WITH US

Crooked Trails is a non-profit organization focused on transforming tourism into a positive force in the world. We create travel programs that reflect our values and are worthy of the trust placed in us by our travelers. By traveling with us, you can be assured that your money will go to support our partner communities, the causes we support, and our on-going work to make tourism better. We do this by:

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    Selecting locally-owned hotels, restaurants and transportation in order to ensure your money benefits local people.

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    Employing experienced local guides who are paid a fair wage.

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    Offsetting the environmental impacts of travel through initiatives such as our Travelers Against Plastic (TAP) campaign, demonstrating ways to protect local resources, and encouraging the purchase of carbon offsets.

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    Educating travelers in cultural sensitivity and the social, economic, and environmental impacts of their travels.

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    Acting on our commitment to the social and cultural protection of people in our host countries.

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    Offering unique experiences and opportunities for authentic engagement.

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    Donating a portion of your trip fees to the community development projects we support.

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