Bhutan Trek 2021: Gangkar Puensum


Join Trekking for Kids and DAJ Expeditions for a unique and exclusive opportunity to trek through the magnificent Himalaya mountains in the happiest kingdom in the world, Bhutan. Rated the #1 travel destination for 2020 by Lonely Planet, this adventure offers the opportunity to immerse yourself in the gentle Buddhist culture of Bhutan, experience the drama of the landscape, and make life a little better for the orphaned and at-risk children living in monasteries in Bhutan as the country re-opens to the wonders of its country and the needs of its youngest.

Bhutan Trek

Our adventure begins in the city of Paro with an acclimatizing hike to the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery, an important pilgrim site for Buddhists around the world, built on a sheer cliff 3,000 feet above the valley floor. After visiting the Monastery, we travel to the capital city of Thimphu for a briefing on culture and history and to prepare for the trek. After leaving Thimphu, we journey by private vehicle through villages, over mountains, and across beautiful landscapes to Trongsa, the ancestral home of Bhutan’s ruling dynasty.

Our Adventure

The trek begins in Bumthang to the base of the highest unclimbed mountain in the world, Gangkhar Puensum, 24,840 ft. (7,570 m). The 9 day/8 night trek will be fully supported by a team of guides, horsemen, cooks and helpers. Trekkers will carry a day pack; all other items will be transported from camp to camp by horses.

Our Work

At the conclusion of the trek, our team will visit the local monastery, which is the site of our work efforts. We’ll spend a day finishing the project, soon to be announced, and interacting with the young monks living there. Games, toys, and school supplies that we bring will give ample new experiences for these children.

Fly Fishing Option

For a select few who wish to see Bhutan but not take on the 9 day trek, our well-connected team in Bhutan is arranging a fly-fishing expedition to catch and release the golden masheer, a sacred and revered fish in Buddhism culture. The fish is one of eight auspicious symbols of Buddhism, symbolizing happiness and fearless living and in the angling world, it is rare to do something few have done, but pursing the Masheer in the natural pristine and wild rivers of Bhutan definitely makes the list. The fishing group will spend 5 days rafting and fishing the Sunkosh River with esteemed fishing guide Jigme Tsuendrup, passionate fisherman and researcher.

Following the fishing expedition, the group will visit the Phibsoo Wildlife Sanctuary before traveling to meet the trekkers, where all will join together at the Monastery near Bumthang to complete the project. The entire party will fly together back to Paro for their respective flights home.

Please contact Cindy Steuart, Executive Director, for more information.

Expedition Costs

Expedition Dates: October 18-November 2, 2021 (Please note: dates listed are the arrival and departure dates to/from Paro)

Price for Expedition Cost: $8,170 for 8-10 people, $7,750 for 10-12 people

Fundraising Commitment: $1,000 (tax-deductible donations for monastery projects)


• TFK trip leader
• Professional tour guides
• RT flight Bangkok to Paro
• 9 day fully-supported, guided Trek with local guides (you only carry a daypack)
• 8 nights tent camping on Trek + 1 night at monastery

• Fishing portion includes guides, rafts, accommodations, meals and fishing expertise
• 7 nights hotel (double occupancy) in various cities
• All meals
• All ground transportation, including airport pick-up and drop-off

• Trekking permit and conservation fees

• All entrance fees to sites

• Bhutan Visa 

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

Not Included 

• Airfare to Bangkok
• All tips, including for local trekking/fishing team
• Travel insurance
 that covers covid
• Required covid testing for flight/country requirements

• Alcoholic drinks, soft drinks, bottled water

Expedition Requirements

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

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 or Fishing trip
• 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

18 October-2 November, 2021 (Please note: dates listed are the arrival and departure dates to/from Paro)

Download trekking trip itinerary here.

Download fishing trip itinerary here.

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
• project flyer

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

Bhutan Trek 2021

Expedition Dates: October 18-November 2, 2021 (in-country dates)
Trip Cost: $8,170 for 8-10 people, $7,750 for 10-12 people
Deadline to Apply: August 1 (or until filled)
Days: 16
Group Size: 8-12
Our Work: Monastery
Fundraising Commitment: $1,000
tax-deductible donations for the projects
Activity Level for Trek: 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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