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16Download holiday itineraries fromwww.mountainkingdoms.come: info@mountainkingdoms.comU p until 1962 when the first 'jeep track' from the border to Thimphu was completed, there were no roads at all in Bhutan. Until then, even visiting Indian presidents took roughly a week on horseback to reach the capital from the Indian border.The Druk Path trek takes in the most varied and beautiful sections of the original mule trail through the mountains from Paro to Thimphu; Bhutan's main towns. We walk through rhododendron forest, alive with colour in the spring, across open yak pastures and along glorious high ridges. Highlights along the way include serene sacred lakes teeming with trout, meeting nomadic yak herders, visiting a haunted monastery, and in good weather, wonderful views of the snow capped eastern Himalaya. Our five-day trek is combined with the must see cultural highlights of Paro, Punakha and Thimphu, and two of the departures will attend lively annual festivals.O ur time in Bhutan begins in Paro where we walk up to Tiger's Nest Monastery before starting our first trek to the modern day capital, Thimphu. En route there are views of snow capped Chomolhari, Bhutan's second highest peak, and our walk on mountain paths gives an insight into Bhutan's remoteness prior to the first roads being built.After a rest in Thimphu, a second four-day trek again takes us through glorious countryside to the old capital of Punakha, set in a verdant valley with one of the most enchanting dzongs in the Kingdom.The spring departure attends the most important religious festival in the Bhutanese calendar, the Paro Tsechu. Here we see the unfurling of the three-storey high 'thangka' early in the morning. Direct rays of sunlight must not touch the sacred image that people from all over Bhutan travel once a year to see. Druk Path TrekThe perfect moderate trek through magnificent mountain country from Paro to Thimphu.The Chorten PathFollow the original Chorten Path to reach the least visited of all the Himalayan capitals, Thimphu.Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clients£2,395£2,395£3,095£3,050Land OnlyLand OnlyFlight IncludedFlight IncludedTue 15 Mar - Sat 02 Apr 11Tue 12 Apr - Sat 30 Apr 11Tue 04 Oct - Sat 22 Oct 11On Trek: 9 days Local LeaderAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 10 Camping: 7Optional: Single Room £210 Single Tent £75Insurance: £99Trek | Duration: 19 DaysFestivalMar departure onlyGrade: Moderate/VigorousOn Trek: 5 days Local LeaderAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 8Camping: 4Optional: Single Room £175 Single Tent £50Insurance: £95 Trek | Duration: 14 Days£1,895£1,950£1,950£2,595£2,595£2,695Land OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlyFlight IncludedFlight IncludedFlight IncludedSun 13 Mar - Sat 26 Mar 11Sun 06 Nov - Sat 19 Nov 11Sun 25 Sep - Sat 08 Oct 11FestivalMar & Sep departures onlyGrade: ModerateGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clientsFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comBhutan The HimalayaChorten Ningpo, The Chorten Path, Steve Berry

17telephone: 0845 330 8579 (local call rate, UK only)international telephone: +44 1453 844 400www.mountainkingdoms.comT o our knowledge we were the first British company to offer this fascinating trek in the little visited central area of Bhutan. A real highlight is the opportunity to interact (through your guides) with the friendly and hospitable local villagers. After a memorable drive to the interior, the trek visits remote villages in the Black Mountains. We walk through terraced farmland and broadleaf forests, with an impressive array of flora and fauna, to arrive at Nabji, site of the temple containing the sacred relics of the treasure discoverer, Terton Pemalingpa. This trek is carefully designed to benefit the villages we pass through and each village provides our group with a guide, porters and food. Mountain Kingdoms pays the villages for these services, ensuring that money goes directly back to the community. B ack in 1989 Mountain Kingdoms pioneered the first trek in the unique region of Merak & Sakten, before it was closed to visitors just a couple of years later, perhaps to protect one of the few remaining habitats of the Yeti! Now re-opened, we are delighted to be able to offer this rare opportunity to visit an isolated and culturally distinct region of Bhutan.After sightseeing in Delhi we fly to Gauhati in northern India and travel to the eastern border of Bhutan. From here it is a relatively short distance to the picturesque town of Tashigang with its imposing hilltop dzong. We have time to explore Tashigang before heading off on our seven-day circular trek through the villages of Merak and Sakten. The region's intriguing semi-nomadic Brokpa people have architecture, clothing, head gear, language and customs that are entirely different from those found across the rest of Bhutan. The scenery is extremely pretty and varied with haunting views of the eastern Himalaya.Extend your holiday - why not consider visiting Kaziranga National Park one of India's very best game parks? Detailed information and prices available from our office: 0845 330 8579Treasure Discoverer's Trek - the Nabji Trail A delightful low altitude community trek in a remote, unspoilt area.The Brokpas of Eastern BhutanStep back in time on this enchanting trek through little visited Eastern Bhutan.A Bhutanese welcome, Steve BerryGuaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients£2,450£2,895Land OnlyFlight IncludedSat 23 Oct - Sat 06 Nov 11On Trek: 7 days Local LeaderAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 4Lodges/Guesthouses: 3Camping: 6Optional: Single Room £265 Single Tent £75Insurance: £95 Trek | Duration: 15 DaysGrade: Moderate/VigorousOn Trek: 6 days Local LeaderAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 9/10 Camping: 5 Lodges: 2/3Optional: Single Room £240 Single Tent £50Insurance: £99Trek | Duration: 19 Days£2,435£2,450£3,025£3,195Land OnlyLand OnlyFlight IncludedFlight IncludedTue 08 Feb - Sat 26 Feb 11Tue 08 Nov - Sat 26 Nov 11FestivalFeb departure onlyGrade: Moderate Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clientsFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comThe Himalaya Bhutan