Dates: November 1 - 12, 2015
Duration: 12 days (9 days in Bhutan)
Activity: Class II/III Rafting + Cultural Tours
Meet: Paro, Bhutan
Price: $3995 + $975 for roundtrip flight in/out of Bangkok
This mountainous country is often referred to as "the last Shangri-la" and is perhaps one of the least traveled places in the world. However, balancing modernization with ancient culture and traditions, Bhutan has become increasingly accessible to foreigners. Maintaining a tourism policy of "low-volume, high value" and the King's concept of "Gross National Happiness", this tiny land-locked nation offers immense value for nature loving paddlers.
Bhutan is located east of Nepal, south of Tibet and north of India. Two major river systems have carved deep gorges and created vastly untouched natural environments. Rivers are fed by monsoons and the snow run-off of the Himalayas. Thanks to the national religion of Vajrayana Buddhism, which honors nature and the sanctity of life, Bhutan's forests and wildlife remain pristine and intact. The country boasts a 64% forest cover. Paddling the whitewater of Bhutan will offer a unique view of the country rarely even seen by the Bhutanese. November is the perfect time of year to see this country by raft. The summer rainy season has ended leaving rivers high enough to run, and the cold Himalayan winter has yet to descend into the valleys.
You'll spend your days traveling and rafting throughout this virtually untouched natural environment. More than a river trip, you will have the chance to embrace the culture and history of Bhutan and encounter the peaceful, fun-loving citizens as you journey down the Paro Chhu, Mo Chhu or Thimphu Chhu. With views of the Himalayas, visits to Buddhist monasteries and an exploration of the rich history of this tiny kingdom, you won't want to miss this incredible journey.
ECHO manager and seasoned river guide, Zach Collier, will lead this Rafting and Cultural Tour of Bhutan. Zach has traveled throughout the world including an extended journey through Southeast and Central Asia. He adores the warmth of the people in this part of the world and looks forward to paddling you through this incredible landscape.