Bhutan for Active Traveler
This Wilderness Medicine CME course takes place in the remote Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan. It is a country of mountains, untouched forests, and fortified monasteries that lies nestled in the high Himalaya. A country the size of Switzerland with a population of less than one million, it vigilantly protects it ancient traditions, religion and culture. Traveling there is like visiting Nepal or Tibet forty years ago. National Geographic has called it the last “Shangri-La.”
Our CME course will take us on a journey that will start in the rarely visited Eastern part of Bhutan and allow us to visit the remote valleys of Tashigang, the fortified monastery and weaving center at Lhuentse. From Lhunentse we will travel through the heart of Bhutan visiting the famous monasteries and villages at Bumthang, Trongsa, and Punakha. From Punakha we will proceed over the 10,300 foot Dochu La Pass with its spectacular views of Bhutan’s Himalaya to the capital at Thimpu and then on to the famous fortified monastery at Paro.
The culmination of our journey will come at the end of our trip when we hike for 3 hours to visit the “Tigers Nest” of Takstang, the most famous and sacred of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on side of a sheer cliff 3,000 ft above the Paro valley. No other monastery in the world can match the grandeur of Takstang’s natural setting. This wilderness medicine course is designed for the active traveler. Bhutan’s spectacular mountain scenery provides the perfect setting for day hikers to explore its remote villages and mountain paths.