Celebrating the re-opening of Bhutan and the inauguration of what promises to be one of the world’s greatest walking trails, luxury tour operator Red Savannah has unveiled three exceptional itineraries taking in some of the very best stretches of the Trans Bhutan Trail. Officially opening on the 28th September 2022, the restoration of this historic 250-mile route from east to west will shine a new spotlight on Bhutan. This forward-thinking nation is justifiably proud of its highly-acclaimed carbon negative status, as well as its regular high scoring in the Gross National Happiness index, and those embarking upon the Trans Bhutan Trail will experience first-hand the exceptional warmth of the Bhutanese people.
A journey along the trail – which has origins dating back to at least the 15th century – meanders through the Himalayan kingdom’s untouched landscapes via centuries-old communities, showcasing not only the country’s spectacular natural beauty and biodiversity but also the unique heritage of the Bhutanese people. Red Savannah, employing their years of expertise and first-hand knowledge of Bhutan, have carved the 28-sector route into a selection of manageable itineraries, offering options of varying levels of luxury and adventure. These comprise:
1. A ten-day route of maximum comfort, with no nights spent under canvas. This includes two days of scenic Trans Bhutan Trail walking, indulgence at two luxurious Six Senses properties, a cookery class, archery lesson, and time spent in the protected glacial valley of Gangtey.
2. An intrepid 12-day adventure to eastern Bhutan, staying in a mixture of signature campsites, guesthouses and hotels, and offering an insight into regions that only very few get to experience.
3. A memorable 8-day Bhutanese highlights itinerary with a moderate level of adventure and injections of luxury, where the enchanting destinations of Thimphu and Punakha are connected by three days of walking along the Trans Bhutan Trail.
Furthermore, all three Red Savannah itineraries offer:
· Access to a dedicated support vehicle throughout, offering maximum flexibility for those unsure of how much walking they may wish to undertake each day – and ideal for mixed groups or couples where one participant seeks less exertion than the other.
· Visits to historic Bhutanese dzongs and opportunities to participate in spiritual rituals, all accompanied by a passionate local guide.
· Opportunities to sample a Bhutanese hot stone bath, an ancient healing ritual drawing upon the influences Indian Ayurveda and centuries-old Tibetan medicine.
· The option to hike to Paro Takstang, Bhutan’s iconic Tiger’s Nest monastery.
· Restorative free time to enjoy the spa facilities and gourmet cuisine at the hand-picked luxury hotels that bookend each of the three itineraries.
· A meaningful contribution to sustainable tourism and economic development in Bhutan, with all profits generated by the Trans Bhutan Trail reinvested in its infrastructure and the communities who live along the trail.
Prices start from £7,844 per person based on two adults sharing, and includes seven nights’ accommodation in a range of signature campsites, guesthouses and luxury hotels, all transfers, private guiding, sightseeing and entrances with English-speaking guide, support vehicle for walking trail sections, Bhutanese Sustainable Development Fee, Bhutan Visa fees and airport arrival assistance in Bhutan.