Be one of the first to explore the reopened Trans Bhutan path


In September – after two years of extensive restoration and a delayed launch due to COVID 19 – the Kingdom of Bhutan will reopen its historic and sacred Trans Bhutan Trail for the first time in 60 years.

The trail will officially reopen at a formal ceremony in Bhutan on September 28, 2022, and as an exclusive launch partner, G Adventures will be the first group adventure operator to take travelers along the Trans Bhutan Trail when the inaugural, sold-out, departure departs on October 2, 2022.

Other highly anticipated destinations returning to G Adventures’ travel portfolio in September include Australia and New Zealand, which is perfect timing for people to book a trip down to escape the northern hemisphere winter now that the borders of Europe are over. the two countries have officially reopened for international travel.

Yves Marceau, vice president of product at G Adventures, says the operator is excited to move back to these three countries — which are some of the latest to reopen to foreign travelers — and bring tourist dollars back to local communities, with especially in Bhutan.

“We are honored to partner with the Bhutan Canada Foundation and the Trans Bhutan Trail to launch this newly restored route in magical Bhutan, and we are thrilled with how popular the new trips have been, even with the delay in the reopening. It is a country that we have been traveling in for over ten years and that we have long admired for its dedication to the happiness of its people and sustainable way of life; both philosophies that align with our values ​​as an organisation. G Adventures is the pioneer of community tourism and our mission as a company is to provide travelers with an exceptional travel experience while providing much-needed economic benefits to locals.

“Trails have historically linked remote communities and helped distribute much-needed income to locals as travelers roam the countryside. Our new itineraries cover the highlights of the trail as hikers traverse forests and meadows and travel through rural settlements around the Dzongs. Travelers can walk an average of three to four hours each day and expect delicious local meals every evening, whether camping or staying in homestays, hotels or local guest houses,” says Marceau.

Sam Blyth, Chairman of the Bhutan Canada Foundation, and Lead Donor for the Trans Bhutan Trail, says G Adventures was an obvious partner to help revitalize the trail, given the company’s long history and success in conducting small group travel and giving back to destinations through its commitment to community tourism.

“The restoration of the trail not only provides income for locals – especially young people – in rural communities, but is also a community project designed to preserve an ancient cultural icon and provide travelers with a sustainable experience. Economic benefit will flow directly to the local communities as a result of community tourism, whether it be homestays, purchasing local supplies for multi-day trips or hiring local guides,” said Blyth.

Two new Active trekking routes are available to book with G Adventures in Bhutan until 2023. There is an 11-day Camp the Trans Bhutan Trail trip with camping and homestays, and a 12-day Highlights of the Trans Bhutan Trail route with accommodation in homestays, local guest houses and hotels.

The two tours focus on pulling specially selected sections of the 250-mile trail and connecting with local people to learn about Bhutan’s life and culture, combining active travel and cultural immersion with the benefits of community tourism.



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