The Chomolhari Trek

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Dates: Apr-Oct - see all dates

Total Days: 14

Activity Level: 5

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Price:

2014/2015

REI member: $4,999

Non-member: $5,399

Additional Fees

Single supplement: $899

Internal flight: $800 *

*Roundtrip airfare from Bangkok to Paro (subject to change).

Special payment and cancellation policy applies; see Trip Details tab for more information.

Trip Dates:

2014

  • Apr 4–17
  • May 2–15
  • Oct 3–16
  • Oct 17–30
  • Oct 31 – Nov 13

2015

  • Apr 3–16
  • May 1–14
  • Oct 2–15
  • Oct 16–29
  • Oct 30 – Nov 12

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Group Size: 2-16

Activity Level: 5

Activities:

  • Trekking

Accommodations:

Hotels, 6 nights; Camping, 7 nights

Trip Highlights

  • Trek to Chomolhari, Bhutan's Mountain Goddess
  • Be immersed in Bhutan's culture, balancing rich traditions with modernization
  • Take in spectacular vistas, ancient Buddhist temples, and colorful fortresses
  • Watch traditional archery practice and learn about ancient medicine
  • Explore Bhutan, a small country slowing opening to the outside world

Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, is a mystical and medieval kingdom situated along the southern slopes of the Himalaya range between India and Tibet. Here Buddhist culture remains largely untouched by the outside world; its people and nature coexist in a sacred balance. Our journey combines a world-class Himalayan trek to Chomolhari (24,000'), the Mountain Goddess, with a cultural immersion unique to Bhutan.

We trek to over 16,000' (Bhonte La) visiting remote villages, learning about the traditional lifestyles of yak-herders and highland farmers along the way. Bring your camera—Bhutan's valleys and mountains, virgin forests and crystal lakes are unsurpassed in their pristine beauty. Explore ancient monasteries clinging to cliff sides, ornate temples, and colorful fortresses (dzongs)—all this, while enjoying superb mountain scenery.

This tiny kingdom is a unique blend of old and new—a hidden country slowly opening up to the modern world but with a keen balance of its rich traditions. Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime trek!

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Itinerary Summary

  • Day 1 - Arrive in Thimphu, home of the revered Royal family.
  • Day 2 - Explore Thimphu's market and temples. Watch archery, the national sport.
  • Day 3 - See the views from Dochu La and visit the temple of the Divine Madman.
  • Day 4 - Learn about traditional medicine and Bhutanese crafts.
  • Day 5 - Begin the Chomolhari Trek following the Paro River valley to Shana Camp.
  • Day 6 - Enter Jigme Dorji National Park with forests of oak and rhododendron.
  • Day 7 - Take in mountain vistas en route to Chomolhari base camp, Jangothang.
  • Day 8 - Choose from a variety of spectacular hikes or rest up at camp.
  • Day 9 - Pass sacred Tsophu Lakes on the way to Bonte La, our highest pass.
  • Day 10 - The trail leads us across the Takang La.
  • Day 11 - We crest our last pass, Thombu La, and enjoy a ridge walk with big views.
  • Day 12 - We return to Drugyel Dzong for a tour of this 17th c. fortress.
  • Day 13 - Hike to Taksang Monastery, perched 2000' above the valley floor.
  • Day 14 - Say a final goodbye to this tiny Himalayan Kingdom.

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Trip Itinerary and Details

Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance and traveling on an overnight flight.

  • Day 1 - Arrive in Thimphu, home of the revered Royal family.

    Your trip begins today with an early morning flight from Bangkok, Thailand to Paro, Bhutan. REI Adventures will make the roundtrip flight reservations for you at the time of your registration. The flight from Bangkok to Paro on Druk Air is beautiful and a befitting introduction to the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. On arrival you are met by your Bhutanese leader and transferred to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan and home of the revered Bhutanese Royal Family. Overnight in Thimphu. Lunch and dinner included.

    Driving: 2 hours.

  • Day 2 - Explore Thimphu's market and temples. Watch archery, the national sport.

    We spend the majority of the day enjoying the sites of Thimphu, including the lively market and its many stalls of local goods, the Zangdopelri temple and the Changlimithang where we watch young Bhutanese practicing archery (a favorite pastime). After lunch we visit the Dupthop Lhakhang (monastery for nuns) and the Memorial Chorten which was built in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Overnight in Thimphu. All meals included.

  • Day 3 - See the views from Dochu La and visit the temple of the Divine Madman.

    We depart Thimphu early to maximize our chances of big Himalayan panoramas from the 10,460' Dochu La (La means pass). Today's explorations take us to Punakha and Wangdue Valleys, the location of the ancient Punakha Dzong which is spectacularly situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu (chu means river). This impressive fortress is now used as the winter seat for the spiritual head of Bhutan, Je Khenpo. In addition, we stop at the ancient monastery of Chimi Lhakahng built in 1499 by one of Bhutan's favorite Buddhist saints, Lama Drukpa Kunley, often called the "Divine Madman" for his outrageous teachings. Overnight in Punakha. All meals included.

  • Day 4 - Learn about traditional medicine and Bhutanese crafts.

    We return to Thimphu to enjoy a full afternoon of sightseeing at the National Institute of Traditional Medicine and the Museum of Herbal Remedies. We also visit the Institute for Zorig Chusum (13 arts) where young Bhutanese are trained in the traditional Bhutanese crafts. Overnight in Thimphu. All meals included.

  • Day 5 - Begin the Chomolhari Trek following the Paro River valley to Shana Camp.

    We begin our trek at Drugyel Dzong (8,591') a short drive northwest of Paro. Now a ruin, Drugyel Dzong served as a fortress in the 17th century. If the day is clear, the view of Chomolhari is spectacular. Our Bhutanese staff loads gear onto ponies and we begin our trek following the narrowing Paro River Valley past traditional farmhouses, chortens, prayer flags and up through blue pine and rhododendron forests. Arrive at Shana (9,480') for our first night of camping. All meals included.

    Trekking 9.3 miles, 5-6 hours; Elevation gain: 1,020'; loss 260'.

  • Day 6 - Enter Jigme Dorji National Park with forests of oak and rhododendron.

    The trail continues its gradual climb alongside the Paro Chu and into the high mountain country. The rocky and sometimes muddy trail enters Jigme Dorji National Park and continues ascending through a beautiful thick forest of oak rhododendron, bamboo, and ferns. We cross bridges on several small streams, arriving at Soi Thangthangkha (12,088') where we camp tonight. All meals included.

    Trekking 13.6 miles, 6-7 hours; Elevation gain: 2,250'.

  • Day 7 - Take in mountain vistas en route to Chomolhari base camp, Jangothang.

    Today's trek is all about big mountain vistas, breathing crisp, clean air, and the immense beauty of the landscapes. Hiking at high elevation, we take it slow and drink a lot of water. Along the way we visit with yak herdsman, perhaps purchasing some of their hard and very tasty cheeses. Views of spiky Jitchu Drake (22,470') appear before us, soon to be joined by the massive ice-covered east face of Chomolhari (23,995'). We camp below a ruined fortress at Jangothang (13,415'), the Chomolhari base camp. From here the views of Chomolhari, the Divine Mountain, and other significant mountains are superb. All meals included.

    Trekking 10.5 miles, 5-6 hours; Elevation gain: 1,530'.

  • Day 8 - Choose from a variety of spectacular hikes or rest up at camp.

    A welcome layover day to rest. Or with the help of your guides, choose from a variety of impressive day hikes. Chomolhari and its subsidiary is directly west, Jitchu Drake is to the north, and unclimbed summits and rip-saw ridges are to the east. All meals included.

  • Day 9 - Pass sacred Tsophu Lakes on the way to Bonte La, our highest pass.

    An exciting, full day as the trail leads north to the last settlement in the valley and drops to the Paro Chu. We cross a bridge over the river and ascend more steeply to a large cirque and the turquoise blue Tsophu Lakes (14,270'). The views of Chomolhari, Chomolhari II and Jitchu Drake are breathtaking! The trail continues alongside the Tsophu Lakes and another steep push takes us to the breathtaking scenery of Bhonte La (la means "pass"). At 16,040' this is the highest point of the trek and it is marked by cairns and prayer flags. Take time to enjoy the scenery! There are views of the Basingthang Peaks (~18,000') and a big snowy peak to the south called Chatarake. The trail drops down a steep narrow gully to a large grass covered area. We then wind our way through yak pastures before descending very steeply through a narrow gully to Dumzo (12,464') where we camp for the evening. All meals included.

    Trekking 13 miles, 8-9 hours; Elevation gain: 2,790', elevation loss: 3,600'.

  • Day 10 - The trail leads us across the Takang La.

    This is an "up and down and up" kind of hiking day. Our trek takes us across Takhung La (14,880'). The pass has several cairns wrapped in prayer flags. Looking back you can see the Bonte La and looking down the other side is tonight's campsite. Climbing up the small hills on either side of the pass you get distant views of Kanchenjunga (28,160') and even Makalu (27,760') in Nepal, weather permitting. The trail stays high to the left and then winds gently downhill to camp at Thombu Shong (13,510'). All meals included.

    Trekking 7 miles, 5-6 hours; Elevation gain: 2,420'; Elevation loss: 1,370'.

  • Day 11 - We crest our last pass, Thombu La, and enjoy a ridge walk with big views.

    We begin with a climb out of the valley to a crest at Thombu La (14,005'); here we enjoy our last views of the high peaks and a delightful ridge walk. Edelweiss grows in abundance and the huge lammergeyers (bearded vultures) soar in the warm thermals of the valley below. Then it's a steep 2-3 hour descent to conclude today's trek at the same camp as Day 3. Enjoy a final evening celebrating a wonderful adventure with our Bhutanese trekking crew. All meals included.

    Trekking 8 miles, 6 hours; Elevation gain: 495', elevation loss: 4,525'.

  • Day 12 - We return to Drugyel Dzong for a tour of this 17th c. fortress.

    The trek from Shana (9,480') to Drugyel Dzong (8,591') is the reverse of the trek on Day 3. We bid farewell to our trekking crew and tour the dzong that was built in the 17th century by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel, the spiritual leader of Bhutan. It is believed that through the meticulous power of Shabdrung, the Bhutanese were able to defeat the Tibetans seven times. The name Drugyel Dzong means "victorious fortress." We return to our comfortable hotel in Paro in the afternoon and the remainder of the day if free for relaxation or exploring Paro. All meals included.

    Trekking 10.5 miles, 4 hours; Elevation gain: 260', elevation loss: 1,020'.

  • Day 13 - Hike to Taksang Monastery, perched 2000' above the valley floor.

    A short drive from Paro bring us to the trailhead at the base of Taktsang (Tiger's Nest), Bhutan's most famous monastery. Built in the 1600's, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 2,700' into the valley below. It is said that Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuntse to meditate in a cave where Taktsang now stands. A 2-3 hour steep hike through the forest brings us to a famed viewpoint overlooking the monastery. In the afternoon we visit Kyichu Ihakhang, a small temple believed to have been built in the 7th century by a Tibetan king, as well as Dungtse Lhathang which boasts three floors of paintings representing hell, earth and heaven. We return to Paro for our farewell dinner. All meals included.

    Hiking 3-5 hours; Elevation gain/loss: ~2,000 feet.

  • Day 14 - Say a final goodbye to this tiny Himalayan Kingdom.

    We depart Paro on a flight to Bangkok, Thailand. Any hotel stay in Bangkok is not included, please make reservations if needed. Breakfast included.

    Note: Bhutan requires all passports to be valid for 6 months beyond the last day of your trip (Day 14 of this itinerary).

Note on Itinerary

Although we do our best to adhere to the schedule listed above, this itinerary is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.

Air Travel

Please check with us before purchasing your airline tickets to ensure your trip has the necessary minimum number of participants required to operate.

Price Includes

Double-occupancy accommodations; meals as noted in the itinerary; all transfers noted in the itinerary; monument entrance fees and government taxes; group visa; all trekking equipment except sleeping bag; English speaking guide, trekking support staff; pack animals as needed.

Not Included

Air transportation to/from Bangkok, Thailand or Delhi, India; pre-and post-trip hotel and meal costs; cost of obtaining a passport, insurance of any kind; medical immunizations; optional gratuities to guide(s); monastery donations; items of a personal nature such as beverages, liquor, laundry fees, internet and phone calls.

Special Payment and Cancellation Policy

In addition to the $400 deposit required to reserve your space (fully refundable up to 91 days prior to departure), the cost of your flight on Druk Air from Bangkok to Paro (mandatory add-on cost and subject to change) is also due at the time of registration. This payment is due in full and is non-refundable unless REI Adventures cancels your departure for any reason.  Upon your registration, we purchase your air tickets immediately as seats into Bhutan are very limited. These are non-refundable tickets. If you needed to cancel your participation on this trip for a reason covered by your optional Travel Insurance plan, this flight cost would be reimbursable by that plan.

Qualifications

This trip is rated Strenuous [5]. Trekking in Bhutan is for active people in good health who enjoy vigorous hiking. Bhutan has an "up and down" topography, there is very little level walking. We expect participants to be strong, experienced hikers in good physical condition. Gear and supplies will be carried by horses, leaving members free to carry only a daypack. No technical climbing or other special abilities are required. However, each person should be equipped with a "spirit of adventure" and have prior experience with backcountry camping, sleeping in a tent and willingness to undergo the potential hardships of outdoor living and long days on the trail. This trek spends considerable time at altitudes between 8,000' and 16,100+'. The trails themselves are only moderate, but at these altitudes hiking will feel more strenuous. A good physical conditioning program must be undertaken several months in advance to get into shape. A physician's signature is required for participation on this trip.

Weather

Thimphu and Paro are both at about 8,000'. Daytime temperatures range from 65 - 70°F with evenings averaging 55 - 60°. While trekking, our highest camping location is 13,700', and our highest point is a 16,040' pass. Daytime highs of 45 - 55°F are usual. Nighttime and early morning temperatures are generally around freezing (32° F) but can drop into the 20s. When traveling in the mountains, participants must be prepared for variable weather conditions that can change suddenly and include sunshine, rainfall and snow.

Single Travelers

If you are traveling alone and specifically request single accommodations, you will be asked to pay the single supplement fee. There is no single supplement fee for those willing to share accommodations, and we will assign you a roommate of the same gender if possible. Please be advised that there are a limited number of single accommodations available.

General Information

This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and pre-departure information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.

The Chomolhari Trek Gear List

The key to staying comfortable on an active trip is layering. To get maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection.  This gear list was created to help you choose your clothing and gear for this trip. Try to bring only what is necessary, this will help you and the field staff.

Luggage Weight Restrictions

Druk Air imposes a 44 pound weight restriction for the combined weight of your checked luggage and carry-on bag. Carry-on luggage is limited to one bag only, with a maximum weight of 11 pounds, which is factored into your total weight allowance of 44 lbs. Druk Air limits carry-ons to 100 cm (39 inches, combined length, width, height). Prior to beginning the trek, gear and clothing is divided into "trek" and "non-trek" items. Non-trek items are left in Thimphu and will be transported to Paro for retrieval after the trek.

Gear Checklist

Provided Gear
  • Tents, stoves, fuel
  • Sleeping pads, 2” thick foam (or bring your own)
  • Cooking and eating utensils
  • Trip Leader first aid kit
Official Papers
  • Valid passport
  • Copy of first page of passport
  • Airline tickets
  • Visa form for Bhutan (bring with you)
Luggage (see weight restrictions)
  • Duffel bag size, 6,500 - 10,000 cu. in., frameless, water & abrasion resistant
  • Duffel bag, small and frameless, for storage of non-trek items
  • Daypack to carry your camera, water bottles, extra clothing
  • Daypack raincover
  • Luggage tags and locks (two sets)
Camping Gear
  • Sleeping bag with stuff sack, rated to 10°F (or lower if you tend to sleep cold)
Travel Clothing
  • Bring a few lightweight, easily washable items for travel and daily wear
Outerwear
  • Rain jacket and pants, roomy and waterproof
  • Insulated parka/jacket (required), down or synthetic, able to fit over several layers
Footwear
  • Hiking boots, sturdy, water-proof, broken in
  • Camp shoes: trail shoes or sneakers
  • Sandals
Clothing
  • Midweight fleece or wool sweater/jacket
  • Fleece pants or tights
  • Midweight and expedition weight thermal underwear top/bottom (1 each)
  • Hiking pants/skirt
  • Long-sleeve synthetic shirts
  • T-shirts, synthetic are best
  • Underwear
  • Hiking and liner socks, wool or synthetic
Clothing Accessories
  • Sun hat
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Bandana
  • Wool or fleece gloves
  • Thin liner gloves
  • Gaiters, mid-calf height
Travel Accessories
  • Two 1-quart water bottles or hydration system
  • Headlamp and spare batteries
  • Trekking poles (highly recommended)
  • Sunblock and lip balm with high SPF
  • Sunglasses with strap (side-shields or glacier glasses recommended)
  • Toiletry kit
  • Towel, small and quick dry
  • Toilet kit ditty bag: 2 rolls toilet tissue, Ziploc bags, hand sanitizer gel, wet wipes
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Ear plugs
  • Several Ziploc plastic bags for wet items
  • Two large plastic garbage sacks (to line the inside of your duffel in case of rain)
  • Favorite energy snacks
Optional Field Gear
  • Camera, memory card, spare battery, charger
  • Sleeping pad (provided but ok to bring own)
  • Bite valve cover (if using hydration pack)
  • Down or synthetic-fill pants (late fall trek)
  • Down booties (late Fall trek - around camp)
  • Knee supports
  • Spare contact lenses or glasses
  • Reading and writing materials
  • Passport pouch or money pouch
  • Motion sickness remedies

Things to Consider

  • Pack essential items such as your passport, money, eyewear, a change of clothing, hiking boots and medications in your carry-on baggage in case your luggage is delayed.
  • Culturally sensitive dressing tips: For women, pants (or Capri length pants) and/or a skirt (mid-calf or longer (A-line style works best for hiking) is recommended. Tights, hiking shorts and sports tops are not advised unless worn under other clothing. For men, pants are best. Men may wear hiking shorts, but they should be longer, near the knees. Men should never go shirtless.
  • Make sure boots are broken-in. Bring moleskin or Blister Block for foot treatment. Thin liner socks worn under regular hiking socks may minimize the risk of blisters. The liner sock should be synthetic, not cotton. Test your sock combination before you go on the trip.
  • Cotton is wonderful in warm weather. However, once it becomes wet it will drain your body heat. Bring wool or synthetics such as Capilene, MTS and Thermax.
  • Bring a small ditty bag that includes a Ziploc bag with toilet tissue, spare Ziploc bags to dispose of soiled tissue, a small bottle of hand sanitizer and/or wet wipes. There are no reliable feminine health supplies available in Bhutan; women are advised to bring these from home. Your ditty bag will be carried in your daypack throughout the trip, including while sightseeing.
  • Gaiters are useful for keeping mud, debris, and snow out of your boots. Ankle to mid-calf length is ideal.
  • Stuff sacks are great for sorting gear. Use different sizes/colors to differentiate contents.
  • Accommodation in Bhutan is not centrally heated, but portable electric heaters and plenty of blankets are generally provided in rooms. Consider bringing an additional set of long underwear to sleep in for extra warmth.

 

Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.

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  • Once in a lifetime experience (6)
  • Well organized itinerary (6)
  • Activity level (4)

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      4.0

      Good

      By asdaaaaaaaaaaaaaas

      from Kent

      Comments about REI Adventures The Chomolhari Trek:

      Its a good trip

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Chomolhari trekking & tza tzas

      By jsakai

      from SF Bay Area

      About Me Casual Adventurer

      Pros

      • 48 - almost perfect
      • Activity Level
      • Before the rush
      • Exceeded Expectations
      • Food
      • Group Camaraderie
      • Guides
      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
      • Quality Equipment Provided
      • Well Organized Itinerary

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          Comments about REI Adventures The Chomolhari Trek:

          Bring digestive relief of choice for potential adverse reaction to cheese and chili sauce at every meal.
          Remember to enjoy indoor plumbing when you can get it.
          They kind of get the concept of vegetarian but vegan not so much.
          Even if you usually don't get carsick, you might on the longer drives here.

          Remember it's not a resort economy - yet. Expect kinda rustic and simple accommodations and meals.

          Gross national happiness = what a concept.

          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
          • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
          • Why did you choose this trip?:
          • The few photos I'd seen of Bhutan were spectacular - a dream trip for years.
          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
          • Meeting the elevation challenge. Seeing the country before the big push to really ramp up tourism in the near future. Song and dance around the bonfire with the trekking crew.
          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
          • Be sure you have completely weatherproof gear and clothing. We were lucky - only a day or two of rain on the trek -- but it was heavy and every place that could leak or seep did. Parts of the trail are very rocky, deeply trenched, and (when wet) slippery/slidey deep mud.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Incredible Trip!

          By Blue Dog

          from Denver, CO

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          Pros

          • Activity Level
          • Exceeded Expectations
          • Group Camaraderie
          • Guides
          • Once in a Lifetime Experience
          • Well Organized Itinerary

          Cons

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              Comments about REI Adventures The Chomolhari Trek:

              This was an amazing trip! The people, culture, and the trek were fascinating - there was never a dull moment. If you are into photography, it was heaven!

              As with any adventure like this, make sure you follow the gear list and if you are bringing anything you have not used before, test it out prior to the trip (including clothes). Pack as little as you can to get by - managing a big bag inside of a tent is a challenge. Also, bring your own snacks but know you can buy things in Thimpu at the beginning of the trip.

              Be prepared for a true adventure of a life time!

              • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
              • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Destination
              • Why did you choose this trip?:
              • Hiking in the Himalayas has always been a dream of mine.
              • What was the highlight of your trip?:
              • The views of the mountains are UNBELIEVABLE!!
              • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
              • Please be in shape for this trek! The 5 rating is there for a reason - you, your fellow trekkers and guides will have a much better time!

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              BEST TRIP EVER

              By The Metzgers

              from Jacksonville beach florida

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              Pros

              • Activity Level
              • Exceeded Expectations
              • Good adjust to altitude
              • Group Camaraderie
              • Guides
              • Once in a Lifetime Experience
              • Quality Equipment Provided
              • Well Organized Itinerary

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                  Comments about REI Adventures The Chomolhari Trek:

                  Beautiful scenery; unsurpassed culture; well organized and good adjustment to altitude; good opportunity to truly experience Bhutan and its people.

                  • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                  • Active Adventures, Destination, I Liked the Itinerary, Recommended by a Friend
                  • Why did you choose this trip?:
                  • Destination and a great culture--see the highest mountains in the world
                  • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                  • overall culture and beautiful country
                  • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                  • a not to miss vacation experience

                  (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  The hills are alive!

                  By Estherl

                  from Santa Cruz, CA

                  About Me First-Time Adventurer

                  Pros

                  • Group Camaraderie
                  • Guides
                  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                  • Well Organized Itinerary

                  Cons

                  • Accommodations
                  • Camping equipment
                  • Food
                  • Food in the cities

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                    Comments about REI Adventures The Chomolhari Trek:

                    The guides, the views and the culture were great about this trip. The cook on the trail was amazing.
                    The hotels, the outdoor gear and the endless buffet meals were not so great. The hotels were remote and some didn't have hot showers. The tents were not well designed and the mats went flat after the first day (REI products). It would have been nice to have some meals where we could order from the menu.

                    • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                    • All the Details Planned for Me, Destination, Good Value, Recommended by a Friend
                    • Why did you choose this trip?:
                    • Our friends were on this trip and we wanted to see Bhutan.
                    • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                    • The incredible views of the mountains and the interaction with the culture of Bhutan.
                    • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                    • Train hard for this trip as it is "strenuous".

                    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Bhutan

                    By Dempewolff

                    from Berlin, MA

                    About Me Casual Adventurer

                    Pros

                    • Accommodations
                    • Activity Level
                    • Group Camaraderie
                    • Guides
                    • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                    • Quality Equipment Provided
                    • Well Organized Itinerary

                    Cons

                    • Activity Level
                    • Etickets
                    • Food

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                      Comments about REI Adventures The Chomolhari Trek:

                      You need to tell vegetarians that they should supplement protein.
                      Also, the info on Druk air etickets was not right - we didn't ever get etickets. We had to entrust the ticket agent.
                      There were extra service charges at the Bangkok hotel that were not included in the itinerary. And it would be a useful reminder that some Visas are not active in Bangkok, so we needed a cash deposit for the room of $200. Hard to come up with at the end of a trip.

                      • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                      • Active Adventures, All the Details Planned for Me, Commitment to Sustainability, Destination
                      • Why did you choose this trip?:
                      • I have been wanting to go to bhutan for a while. I have been very happy with REI trips.
                      • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                      • Great guide, wonderful views. Yaks walked through our tentsite, giving us great photos!The tiger's Next was fabulous.
                      • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                      • If you are vegetarian, bring your own protein in the form of nuts or bars.

                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Amazing trek meets remarkable culture

                      By Robert W

                      from New York City

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                      Pros

                      • Exceeded Expectations
                      • Food
                      • Group Camaraderie
                      • Guides
                      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
                      • Well Organized Itinerary

                      Cons

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                          Comments about REI Adventures The Chomolhari Trek:

                          Bhutan really is another world. Our guides obviously took great pleasure in sharing their knowledge of Bhutan's history, traditions, cuisine and natural beauty. REI Adventures always seems to attract a congenial group. Most of all, I appreciated the balance between immersion in a Himalayan Buddhist kingdom and vigorous montain trekking. Just wonderful!

                          • Why Did You Choose to Travel with REI Adventures?:
                          • Active Adventures, Destination, Good Value, I Liked the Itinerary, Travel with Like-minded Outdoor Enthusiasts
                          • Why did you choose this trip?:
                          • A friend recounted her own Chomolhari trek with great enthusiasm and inspired me to see for myself.
                          • What was the highlight of your trip?:
                          • One spectacular day of trekking after another.
                          • What would be your advice to potential travelers?:
                          • Visit Bhutan now, while it retains so much of its uniquely appealing national character.

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