Bhutan Trek 2017: Chomolhari


Join Trekking for Kids in a unique and exclusive opportunity to trek through the magnificent mountains of the happiest kingdom in the world, Bhutan.  Immerse yourself in the gentle culture, experience the drama of the landscape, and make life a little better for the orphaned and at-risk children living in Bhutan.  Children without resources or parents are typically cared for in a monastery, so our work will focus on improving living conditions in a select monastery in the capital region.

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The Trek

We start our adventure in the city of Paro, acclimatizing by hiking to the Tasking Monastery, an important pilgrim site for Buddhists and built on a sheer cliff face 900 meters above the valley floor.  After visiting the Monastery and ancient temples in the area, we will attend the Paro Tsechu Festival, a cultural and religious festival welcoming people from all walks of life, including locals who walk miles in their finest to participate.  After the festival, we begin our trek by following the Chomolhari River, climbing through forests and meadows. Seven more days of trekking through breathtaking scenery, remote villages, and cultural and historic treasures, taking us through multiple mountain passes - the highest of which is 4890 meters - will give the trekker a complete and thorough experience of this beautiful mountain kingdom. After the trek we will spend a couple of nights in Thimphu and Punakha, both beautiful cities full of rich history.

Our Work

We will work at a select Monastery in the Paro region, home to orphaned and at-risk children. The project is to be determined, and our schedule will include one day prior to the trek working to complete the project we have funded and participating in activities with the children.

Please contact Tricia Donaldson, Director of Operations, for more information.

Expedition Costs

April 8-21, 2017 (Please note: dates listed are the arrival and departure dates to/from Paro)

Fundraising Commitment: min. $1000 (tax-deductible donations for monastery projects)

 • TFK trip leader
• Local tour guide
• 7 day fully-supported, guided Trek with local guides (you only carry a daypack)
• 6 nights tent camping on Trek 

• 4 nights hotel (double or triple occupancy) in Paro
• 2 nights hotel (double or triple occupancy) in Thimphu
• 1 night hotel (double or triple occupancy) in Punakhau
• All meals
• All ground transportation, including airport pick-up and drop-off

• Trekking permit and conservation fees

• All entrance fees to sites

• Group travel insurance

• Work projects and activities at monastery with the children
• TFK t-shirt and luggage tags

Not Included 
 • Airfare to Paro

• Bhutan Visa 

• All tips, including for local trekking team
• Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, bottled water

Expedition Requirements

• 18 years or older
• Good health
• Physically fit
• Willing to raise minimum $1000 for orphanage

3 Step Process

1. Apply • Fill out the online application
• Pay $500 deposit ($50 non-refundable)

2. Prepare • Read Information and Fundraising Packet from TFK
• Start a training regimen if not already exercising regularly
• Fundraise for orphanage projects
• Gather all necessary gear for the Trek
• Pay remaining Expedition fees
• Arrange flights

3. Experience • Arrive in-country and meet your TFK group leaders and fellow Trekkers.
• Enjoy a trip of a lifetime!

We are committed to supporting you every step of the way, both before and during your Expedition.

Click here to read about TFK’s Registration and Cancellation Policies.

Expedition Dates for Bhutan Trek

April 8-21, 2017 (Please note: dates listed are the arrival and departure dates to/from Paro)

Click here to download a pdf of the Itinerary for our Bhutan Trek.

Gear List

Gear List

Fundraising Resources

After signing up for an Expedition, Trekkers receive a Fundraising Kit, and access to the Trekker Resource Center, with online tips and tools to help you succeed.

TFK Brochures • brief version of the website in printed form
• great introduction to TFK for your donors

Personal Fundraising Page
• solicit donations on your page
• set fundraising goals
• track progress in real time
• upload photos
• post messages to donors

Other Resources • Ideas for raising your $1000 minimum
• form letters to help you get started
• fundraising logs
• receipts and forms
• orphanage project flyer

Contact our Director of Operations, Tricia Donaldson, for more information.

Bhutan Trek 2017

Expedition Dates: April 8-21, 2017
(in-country dates)
Deadline to Apply: December 21 (or until filled)
Days: 14
Tax-deductible portion of trip cost: $1000
Service Work: Monastery
Fundraising Commitment: $1000 in tax-deductible donations for the projects at the monastery
Activity Level: strenuous


Select a Trekker‘s name below to visit their personal fundraising page. Help them reach their goal by making a donation today.


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