This Bhutan expedition is a rare chance to trek the remote Himalaya and summit a rarely climbed and unnamed 5,400m peak
Despite the speed of our hyper-connected world, Bhutan is still remote and mystical. This Bhutan expedition is an ambitious 16-day journey into this mountainous haven of the eastern Himalayas and includes 10 days of trekking. You’ll also have the rare chance to summit a 5,400 mountain.
The main goal of this adventure is to summit an unnamed 5,400m peak in the heart of Bhutan. Over the course of ten days, as you make your way, acclimatising slowly, to the peak, you’ll have an unobstructed view of the wondrous Gangkhar Puensum. This 7,570m mountain is the highest unclimbed peak on earth. Basecamp will be in the same valley that climber and adventurer Levison Wood camped during his Walking the Himalayas TV series.
- Attempt to summit a 5,400m unnamed mountain
- View the summit of Gangkhar Puensum, the world’s highest unclimbed peak
- Spend ten days trekking through the remote and rugged valleys of Bhutan, places that very few outsiders have seen
The terrain varies throughout the country. Bordered by India, China, Sikkim, West Bengal, and Assam, Bhutan is completely landlocked. On one extreme you have subtropical plains, and on the other, sub-Alpine Himalayan coolness.
Outside of the trek, you’ll have the opportunity to discover a few of the many monasteries and temples that Bhutan is famous for. Perhaps the most famous is Paro Taktsang, or Tiger’s Nest. Built in the late 17th century, legend tells that Guru Padmasambhava meditated on this spot for three years, three months, and three days. He is also credited with bringing Buddhism to the Bhutanese.
The Bhutanese pride themselves on their gross national happiness. Predominantly Buddhist with a large minority of Hindu’s, it has been voted the happiest country in all of Asia. They were the first country to drop gross domestic product as the main development indicator and instead adopt happiness.