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.
  • My experience with Walking Tree was fantastic. I was able to help plan as much of the itinerary as I wanted, something no other company but Walking Tree offered. Walking Tree continues to be the only program we endorse at our school, and for good reason. The service component at the orphanage, coupled with the cultural immersion in Mexico City and Guanajuato, made Mexico an overwhelming success. I'd highly recommend that teachers consider this unique custom opportunity with Walking Tree Travel.

    Tyler Hansbrough Bellarmine College Prep • $2000 for an all inclusive, custom designed, 12-day program to Mexico

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