Primary forest, towering mountains, buddhist traditions, stunning dzongs, and Gross National Happiness are a few of the unique traits the last great Himalayan kingdom boasts. The landlocked nation of Bhutan blends the ancient and the modern unlike anywhere else on the planet, preserving its buddhist culture and embracing environmental conservation for future generations. Where the rice is red, chilis are eaten as a main dish, and monasteries are tucked away high in the Himalayas,  this country holds many surprises. Having committed itself to environmental protections through modifications to its constitution in the mid 1990s, Bhutan prides itself on 72% forest coverage, absorbing more carbon than it omits, and sustainable tourism. Come see for yourself exactly what this country has to offer, we are confident you will find yourself in the last Shangri-La!!


Population: 797,765

Official Language: Dzongkha

Fun Fact: Bhutan is the first nation in the world with constitutional obligations to protect the environment, one of which requires the country to always have at least 60% forest coverage.

Custom Group Itineraries

Below please find a selection of sample itineraries that have been custom-tailored for high school educators and their students to fit specific learning objectives and goals.

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    Bhutan 16 Day Cultural Journey

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    Program Highlights
    • Hike to the Tiger's Nest monastery high in the Himalayas.
    • Promote Bhutan's famous Global National Happiness policy through a community-based conservation project.
    • White water raft the Mo Chhu river and camp along the shore.
    • Explore Buddhist traditions and history in the Jambay and Kurjey Lhakhang temples.
  • When our daughter approached us about wanting to do this trip we had so many apprehensions as parents. (Her only apprehensions were food and bugs!). Paul Laurie was marvelous in spending time discussing all my concerns during a long phone conversation. Sarah has just returned from her trip & had the most amazing time!! Not knowing anyone quickly translformed into making new friends unlike any experience she has had. Her time spent with her host family was absolutely a life changing experience.. The arena built for the village by the group leaves a lasting physical & emotional impression for everyone. Kudos to the numerous videos produced & posted for their trip! I have tremendous respect for Walking Tree, and the way this trip opened my daughter's eyes like no other trip has ever done for her before.

    Debbie McAfee Program Name: Costa Rica Discovery B • Travel Year: 2012 • School: Bothell High School • State: Washington

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