Bhutan

Bhutan Base Camp

It’s hard to wing it in Bhutan. The government famously controls tourism, imposing a daily $250 guide fee to access...

Bike

Last August, as I mountain-biked down 10,302-foot Dochula Mountain Pass, just outside the capital, Bhutan’s eldest prince zipped by me on a b’Twin racing bike. Soon after, the prince...

Access and Resources

Peak seasons are spring and fall, when the Hima­layan winter and South...

Trek

Bhutan’s 24-day Snowman Trek is rightly touted as one of the hardest in the world. The journey crosses ten Himalayan mountain passes and tops out at 17,591 feet. But there are plenty of...

Mountain Biking and Trekking Bhutan

Bhutan admitted about 65,000 visitors in 2011; this year, a national initiative aims to nearly double that number. But don’t worry: the Switzerland-size country of 700,000 remains...

2011 Trips of the Year: Float Bhutan

Northwest Rafting Company co-owner Zach Collier was one of just 25,000 travelers admitted to Bhutan last year. His first move: befriending Ugyen Dorji, local river outfitter and kayak instructor...

Cosmic Whiplash

It's an auspicious day in the Himalayas. I haven't consulted a Buddhist astrologer to confirm whether it's officially auspicious in the traditional sense of the word, but good omens are...

In the Field with Brian Doben

Every once in a while, even the most world-weary veteran traveler will happen upon a place that stands out among the rest. For professional photographer Brian Doben, this place was Bhutan. Doben...

Himalayan Heaven

Leave it to Bhutan—the Switzerland-size Buddhist kingdom wedged between Tibet and India that's become the pinnacle of exclusive adventure travel—to be the new home of two ultra...

Beyond Belief

TO PROPITIATE THE GODS, Sonam the cook lights a sang— a small votive fire of fresh juniper bows sprinkled with buckwheat flour— as soon as we reach camp. The smoke purls up like...

Life's a Wild Trip

13. Master the Art of the F-Stop Cuba / Vision and Discover in Havana Here's your shot at playing globetrotting photojournalist. You'll spend six mornings discussing theory,...

Bhutan: The High Lunana Trek

AT A GLANCE Trek Length: 24 days, approximately 210 miles Maximum Altitude: 16,847 feet Physical Challenge: 1 2 3 4 5 Price (Group...

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