Our hand-crafted cultural hiking adventures will have you following ancient pilgrim trails to remote mountain villages and sacred sites, and to the world’s greatest mountain range. Accompanied by phenomenal Trip Leaders and excellent local guides, you’ll climb to Bhutan’s cliff-perched “Tiger’s Nest,” overnight in an ancient Japanese temple, or trek to traditional Sherpa villages and wake to views of Everest. Join us!
Imagine trekking amid the most famous peaks of the Himalaya by day and staying in a cozy lodge each night! Hike to Pangboche, the oldest monastery in Nepal’s Khumbu region—with stunning views of the ice-coated pyramid Ama Dablam—and circle down a high trail to tranquil Phortse, a well-preserved Sherpa village off the main Everest route.
We’ve selected the most beautiful hikes to create a unique journey across this legendary isle. Arriving in Shikoku by boat, the way pilgrims did in centuries past, we’ll hike trails between venerated temples, climb one of the region’s highest peaks, luxuriate in the thousand-year-old Dogo Onsen (hot spring), and overnight on Awaji Island, known in folklore as the birthplace of Japan.
In this striking moonscape of 20,000-foot peaks, we’ll hike to oasis-like villages under a cobalt-blue sky, take in extraordinary Buddhist frescoes and festivals, discover the grand hilltop monasteries of the Indus Valley, cross the world’s highest motorable road, and witness a golden sunset from atop a massive statue of the Maitreya Buddha!
In this rare Himalayan world, you’ll head up the pilgrim trail to reach centuries-old Taktsang Monastery (the “Tiger’s Nest”), clinging to a cliff 3,000 feet above the Paro Valley, witness intricate dance-dramas depicting age-old tales of demons and deities, and hike through riverside villages to Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple dedicated to the Tibetan Buddhist saint known as “the divine madman.”
“Hiking to a local farm and meeting the family was a lovely experience, and attending the Paro festival was magical in its own way, adding to the sense of connecting more deeply with this country. The King happened to be there on our second day and mingling with the people, which was a learning experience in its own right.” — Barbara C., Tempe, AZ,Hiker’s Journey to Bhutan