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Trekking in Bhutan: Thimpu & Goodbyes

Hello Everyone,

Today we drove a couple hours up through the mountains on a great road, visiting a temple before arriving in the capital city of Thimpu. We spent most of the day wandering around the town and souvenir shopping. We had our last dinner in Bhutan tonight at a local restaurant with another fun song and dance program, performed while we enjoyed a traditional Bhutanese meal. We leave early tomorrow morning to Paro for our flights home. This was a great journey through western Bhutan and we hope you will join us next year! Thanks for following along!

Ben

Trekking in Bhutan: Punaka

Hello Everyone,

Today we said goodbye to our wonderful Bhutanese crew and headed down the windy, muddy road by van to Punaka. After arriving at our hotel we went into town to visit the famous Punaka Fortress, situated in between the Male and Female rivers. After touring the fortress we walked around town and then headed back to the hotel for dinner. Tomorrow we head to Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan. We will spend our last day touring the city and doing some shopping before flying out early the next day. It’s been an incredible journey!

Thanks for following along,

Ben

Trekking in Bhutan: Gasa!

Hello Everyone,

Today we had our last—but not easy—hike out of the mountains to end our trek. We woke up at our beautiful campsite near the Mother River then started our 7 hour hike, which took us up and down as we stayed high above the River. It became pretty muddy on most of the trail before we moved onto a road being constructed that will eventually connect near Laya. We walked 6 – 7 miles along the road until we met our driver a few miles before Gasa. After an hour or so van ride, we descended below Gasa to hot springs where we took showers and soaked in the pools. It was a great way to end the trek! We just finished up dinner, and are settled in to our primitive rooms near the hot springs for the night. Tomorrow we will travel by car to another small town to visit a fortress built in the 1600’s. We will stay that night in Punaka before spending our last day in the capital city, Thimpu. It’s been a great adventure here in Bhutan! I will send a few more photos in the next few days before we wrap up the trip. Thanks for following along on our trek! Below is a photo from Laya a few days ago, where we saw local women sing and dance to some traditional songs.

Thanks,

Ben

Bhutan Trek Team Reaches Laya, the Highest Village in Bhutan

Bhutan Trek Team— more miles, views, and perfect weather

I don’t have a single thing to say needs to be improved upon and will tell you that Ben did an (typical for AAI) excellent job of handling the necessary minor changes to itinerary and added on some nice cultural features that made the trip a very special experience.

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