Bhutan Photos

Have a closer look at the people, wildlife, scenery and accommodations you will enjoy on your JOURNEYS trip. Most of these pictures have been take by the JOURNEYS staff, but we welcome the submissions of JOURNEYS travelers.

Colorful prayer flags mark the sacred heights of road and tail passes in Bhutan.
Colorful prayer flags mark the sacred heights of road and tail passes in Bhutan.

Try to schedule your trip to include a
Try to schedule your trip to include a "Tsechu", or Buddhist Temple festsival.

The road to Punakha passes over Dorchu La (Pass), from which you may have a great view of the mountains.
The road to Punakha passes over Dorchu La (Pass), from which you may have a great view of the mountains.


Another view from near Dorchu La.
Another view from near Dorchu La.

Every Buddhist Temple in Bhutan is painted with colorful images illustrating scenes from the life of Buddha and famous Buddhist disciples.
Every Buddhist Temple in Bhutan is painted with colorful images illustrating scenes from the life of Buddha and famous Buddhist disciples.

Monks gather for the annual unveiling of an enormous religious painting.
Monks gather for the annual unveiling of an enormous religious painting.


Each temple and monastery holds an annual festival. Dancing and special ceremonies offer great photographic opportunities.
Each temple and monastery holds an annual festival. Dancing and special ceremonies offer great photographic opportunities.

Running through fire purges pilgrims of their sins.
Running through fire purges pilgrims of their sins.

Tsechu Festivals are occasions to wear your finest clothes.
Tsechu Festivals are occasions to wear your finest clothes.


A dancing Monk performs spectacular whirling choreography while in a trance.
A dancing Monk performs spectacular whirling choreography while in a trance.

The short trek to Tatsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) passes by this beautiful chorten surrounded by prayer flags. Most JOURNEYS trips to Bhutan visit this location.
The short trek to Tatsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) passes by this beautiful chorten surrounded by prayer flags. Most JOURNEYS trips to Bhutan visit this location.

Trekking from Chomolhari in October always holds the chance of a shower, but the beautiful scenery outshines the raindrops!
Trekking from Chomolhari in October always holds the chance of a shower, but the beautiful scenery outshines the raindrops!


The Chomolhari trek offers great views of snowy Himalayan peaks, when the weather cooperates.
The Chomolhari trek offers great views of snowy Himalayan peaks, when the weather cooperates.

Chomolohari peak looms above a Buddhist chorten near the convergence of two trekking trails in eastern Bhutan.
Chomolohari peak looms above a Buddhist chorten near the convergence of two trekking trails in eastern Bhutan.

The forests of Bhutan are wonderfully rich and unspoiled. They play host to a huge variety of plants and animals.
The forests of Bhutan are wonderfully rich and unspoiled. They play host to a huge variety of plants and animals.


Mules are used to transport loads on trekking paths in Bhutan. The lead animal often wears a colorful headress and a resonant bell making him easy to locate in the thick forest.
Mules are used to transport loads on trekking paths in Bhutan. The lead animal often wears a colorful headress and a resonant bell making him easy to locate in the thick forest.

The rivers of Bhutan are fast flowing and mostly very clean. The forest resources are well managed, and many areas are strictly protected from uses which create erosion or pollution.
The rivers of Bhutan are fast flowing and mostly very clean. The forest resources are well managed, and many areas are strictly protected from uses which create erosion or pollution.

If you trek in Bhutan with JOURNEYS, your gear will travel from camp to camp on the backs of ponies or mules, supervised by local muleteers.
If you trek in Bhutan with JOURNEYS, your gear will travel from camp to camp on the backs of ponies or mules, supervised by local muleteers.


JOURNEYS guide Karma Dorje leads many of our Bhutan treks. He has more than 20 years of experience as a guide in Bhutan. He has hiked every trekking trail open to foreign visitors.
JOURNEYS guide Karma Dorje leads many of our Bhutan treks. He has more than 20 years of experience as a guide in Bhutan. He has hiked every trekking trail open to foreign visitors.

Morning in the trekking camp is activity filled. Horseman prep and feed the stock while your cooks prepare a hot breakfast for you.
Morning in the trekking camp is activity filled. Horseman prep and feed the stock while your cooks prepare a hot breakfast for you.

Horses await their loads in the chilly morning air.
Horses await their loads in the chilly morning air.


Every JOURNEYS Bhutan trip includes a visit to the Tiger's Nest (Tatsang Monastery). Often we can obtain special permission to attend the ceremonies inside.
Every JOURNEYS Bhutan trip includes a visit to the Tiger's Nest (Tatsang Monastery). Often we can obtain special permission to attend the ceremonies inside.

A typical JOURNEYS Bhutan trek campsite at about 10,000' elevation near Chomolhari Peak.
A typical JOURNEYS Bhutan trek campsite at about 10,000' elevation near Chomolhari Peak.

Stop and talk with the people working in the fields. They'll wonder where you are from. You can ask them how the rice or barley are doing this year.
Stop and talk with the people working in the fields. They'll wonder where you are from. You can ask them how the rice or barley are doing this year.


So what is this Gorp stuff? A trekker shares a bit of trail mix with a Bhutanese farmer.
So what is this Gorp stuff? A trekker shares a bit of trail mix with a Bhutanese farmer.

Trekking routes in Bhutan cross and re-cross rushing rivers. Usually, the bridges are sturdy and well-maintained.
Trekking routes in Bhutan cross and re-cross rushing rivers. Usually, the bridges are sturdy and well-maintained.

A shot from the JOURNEYS October 2004 Chomolhari Trek group.
A shot from the JOURNEYS October 2004 Chomolhari Trek group.


This is the view of our destination peak, Chomolhari, from the start of the trek at the ancient fortress of Drugyel Dzong, near Paro, Bhutan.
This is the view of our destination peak, Chomolhari, from the start of the trek at the ancient fortress of Drugyel Dzong, near Paro, Bhutan.

A masked dancer practices outside of the Bhutan National Theater.
A masked dancer practices outside of the Bhutan National Theater.

In the fall, golden fields of ripening rice are the terraced treasure of the Paro Valley. The Paro Dzong is in the background.
In the fall, golden fields of ripening rice are the terraced treasure of the Paro Valley. The Paro Dzong is in the background.


Bhutan has taken steps to protect the natural environment of the Himalayas. Much of the Chomolhari trek occurs within the Jigme Dorji National Park.
Bhutan has taken steps to protect the natural environment of the Himalayas. Much of the Chomolhari trek occurs within the Jigme Dorji National Park.

Expect to get your feet wet on a Fall trek in Bhutan.
Expect to get your feet wet on a Fall trek in Bhutan.

The owner of this ancient farmhouse invited us in for tea to wait out the snow shower.
The owner of this ancient farmhouse invited us in for tea to wait out the snow shower.


We awoke to snow almost down to our campsite near Chomolhari Basecamp.
We awoke to snow almost down to our campsite near Chomolhari Basecamp.

The bright red native berries brightens the misty landscape and serves as food for migrant birds.
The bright red native berries brightens the misty landscape and serves as food for migrant birds.

The high reaches of the Paro River descend from permanent glaciers and eventually drain into the Ganges.
The high reaches of the Paro River descend from permanent glaciers and eventually drain into the Ganges.


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