October 11 — 23, 2023
Woman’s Heritage Walk
Cherishing the past to inform our best future
Bhutan Sustainable Development Fee for 12 days @ 200 USD a day = 2,400 USD
Bhutan Tourist Visa
12 Weeks of Wellness Training
Renowned Bhutanese Trekking Guide
Daily Teachings by Buddhist Monk
Medical Doctor Embedded in The Walk
Support, Packing Tips, and Constant Communication Prior to Departure
11 Days of Adventure in Bhutan
Entrance Fees to Historic Places
4-Night Stay in an Historic Hotel in Thimphu and 8 Nights in Old World Tents
11 Traditional Bhutanese Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner meals, as well as Healthy Snacks
5 Cultural and Heritage Lectures by Noted Historians
Daily Yoga Stretching
Support of WHW Team of 7 Organizers
Support Horses to Ensure Walker Safety
Bhutanese Dance Demonstration
Event Swag and a Must Have T-Shirt
Lifetime Membership in a Unique and Supportive Sisterhood and a Life Changing Journey
We are forever grateful to the individuals, companies, and businesses that believed in the strength and tenacity of women and supported this challenge. Click here to see what sponsors have blessed us since 2016.
Walks in and around:
- Punakha Valley
- Yesbasa Village
- Soe Thangthangka
Historical Visits to:
- Punakga Dzong
- Khamsum Youlay Namgay Chorten
- Royal Bhotanical Garden
- Tiger’s Nest
- Neila Pass
- Yalila Pass
- Textile Museum
- Wang Simian Nunnery
Lectures by Experts on:
- Traditional Bhutanese Clothing
- Buddism in Bhutan
- History of Bhutan
- Tradination Dance
- Women’s Leadership in Bhutan
- Gross Nathinal Happiness
- Zero Carbon Emission Vow
Meet the local team
Growing up in a close-knit community in Thambji, Punakha Valley, Punap Ugyen Wangchuk learned to appreciate the importance of tradition and culture at a very young age. Customs and Bhutanese ceremonies were an integral part of Ugyen’s life while growing up in his village.
He is a graduate of Dodedrak Buddhist Institute and the Tango Buddhist college, after which he studied English in the beautiful state of Hawaii in the United States. He is well grounded in Buddhist studies, the liturgy, and their religious observations.
Apart from being knowledgeable in Buddhist studies, he possesses an amazing expertise in photography and enjoys sharing his skills with his guests. His love and passion for Bhutan’s unique culture, tradition, pristine nature and diverse ecosystem inspired him to show the world his home and so, since 2002, Ugyen has been professionally guiding travelers to Bhutan. With over 20 years of experience in the tourism sector, Ugyen has led countless cultural, trekking, and photographic tours in Bhutan.
What is the fitness level required for the Walk.
Trekking in the mountains of Bhutan for 12 days, including passes of 13,000 feet, is a physically demanding and challenging adventure, and a good level of fitness is required. Here are some things to consider when determining if you are ready for this level of activity:
Cardiovascular fitness: Trekking at high altitude for 12 days, including passes over 13,000 feet, requires a good level of cardiovascular fitness. This can be achieved by regular aerobic exercise such as brisk walking, cycling, or running, as well as by gradually increasing the altitude you are training at.
Endurance: Being able to trek for several hours at a time and at high altitude requires a good level of endurance. Building up to this level of activity can be done by gradually increasing the duration and intensity of your training over time.
Strength: Trekking at high altitude for 12 days requires good leg and core strength to help you maintain good posture and to carry your gear. Regular strength training exercises such as squats, lunges, and leg press can help to build leg and core strength.
Flexibility: Trekking at high altitude for long periods of time can be hard on the body, so flexibility is important to reduce the risk of injury. Stretching and yoga can help to improve your flexibility.
Training: It’s important to train for this level of activity by gradually increasing the distance and altitude of your training over time.
Acclimatization: As you will be trekking at high altitude, you will need to allow yourself sufficient time to acclimatize before starting the trek.
Altitude sickness: Be aware of the symptoms of altitude sickness and know how to prevent and treat it.
It’s essential to consult with your doctor before attempting this level of activity, particularly if you have any health concerns or haven’t been physically active in a while. A medical clearance is required as part of the application.
It’s also important to note that, as you will be trekking at high altitude, it’s essential to be well-prepared and to have a plan in case of an emergency, including knowing how to prevent and treat altitude sickness.
In addition to physical fitness, it is also important to have a positive attitude and good mental preparation for the trek. The trek will be challenging, and it’s important to be prepared for this, both physically and mentally. The 12 weeks of Wellness will help you to prepare. With proper preparation and training, you can increase your chances of having a successful and enjoyable trek in the mountains of Bhutan.
What will be the weather during our journey?
Bhutan has a diverse climate due to its varying elevation, with different regions experiencing different weather patterns. In general, October is considered the pre-winter season, and the weather can be cool and dry.
In the lower elevations, the temperature ranges from around 15-20 degrees Celsius (59-68 degrees Fahrenheit) during the day and around 5-10 degrees Celsius (41-50 degrees Fahrenheit) at night. The higher elevations can be much cooler, with temperatures dropping below freezing at night. It’s also possible to have some rain, as it is the tail end of the monsoon season, but it’s usually light and not that frequent.
Given that your journey is planned between October 11-23, it’s not possible to give an accurate forecast as the weather can change depending on the location, altitude and the year.
What should I bring, how should I pack for such a journey?
Here is a list of essentials that you should bring and how to pack for a journey in Bhutan in October:
Clothing: Pack comfortable and breathable clothing that can be layered, including a waterproof jacket and pants, thermal underwear, a fleece or down jacket, a hat, gloves, and a scarf. Pack enough clothes to last 12 days and be prepared for varying weather conditions.
Footwear: Pack a sturdy and comfortable pair of hiking boots or shoes with good grip and support. Also, pack a pair of lightweight shoes or sandals for camp.
Sleeping gear: Pack a good quality, lightweight sleeping bag, and a camping pillow. We will provide comfortable warm sleeping mats.
Daypack: Pack a good quality, comfortable hydration backpack that can be worn for long periods of time amd hold all your day gear, such as water, snacks, camera, and extra layers. Your non-daily essentials will be moved forward to the next campsite. Pack at least 2-3 liters of water capacity and a water purification system.
It’s also important to pack a lightweight and waterproof rain cover for your backpack in case of unexpected rain.
Food: Pack high-energy snacks such as nuts, dried fruits, and protein bars
First-Aid kit: Pack a comprehensive first-aid kit, including bandages, pain relievers, anti-inflammatory, and antibiotic ointment.
Headlamp or flashlight: Pack a headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries.
Personal hygiene items: Pack personal hygiene items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, wet wipes, and hand sanitizer.
Sun protection: Pack a wide brim hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and lip balm.
Cash and cards: Pack enough cash and credit cards for emergencies.
Travel documents: Pack your passport, visa, and any other important travel documents.
Additionally, it’s important to consider the cultural customs of Bhutan, and pack clothes that are appropriate for the temples and monasteries you will be visiting. Avoid wearing revealing or tight clothing and bring clothes that cover your knees and shoulders.
Finally, it’s a good idea to bring a small amount of cash in local currency, as many places in Bhutan do not accept credit or debit cards.
Overall, the key is to be well-prepared, comfortable and keep it minimalistic, so you can focus on the journey and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Bhutan.
What is the food like? Will it be vegetarian or non-vegetarian?
The food in Bhutan is diverse and flavorful, and it is heavily influenced by traditional Tibetan and Indian cuisine. The staple food is rice and chili, and dishes are often prepared with a variety of locally grown vegetables and herbs.
Bhutanese cuisine is known for its use of chili peppers and cheese, which are used in many dishes. The traditional Bhutanese diet includes a lot of red rice, buckwheat, and wheat, as well as vegetables and meat.
The Bhutanese people are largely Buddhist, so there is a significant number of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. There is a strong tradition of vegetarianism in Bhutan, and many Bhutanese people avoid meat, especially on religious days.
Vegetarian options include dishes such as Ema Datshi (chili and cheese), Jasha Maru (spicy chicken), and Kewa Datshi (potatoes and cheese). Non-vegetarian options include dishes such as Phaksha Paa (pork with chili), Hoentoe (buckwheat noodles with meat) and Goep (tripe).
If you have any dietary restrictions or preferences, it’s important to communicate them in advance with us to ensure that suitable food options are available during your journey.
What type of accommodation will be provided during the trek?
Charming, unique hotels when in Punakha, Para, and Thimphu.
During the mountain trek, you will be sleeping in traditional tents used by Yak Herders. They are specially designed to give you an old world feeling and to be light enough to be carried on horseback to the next location. We know you will enjoy them.
What do you mean by acclimatization and altitude sickness?
Acclimatization is the process of adjusting to the decreased oxygen levels at higher elevations, which is necessary when trekking or traveling to high altitude regions such as Bhutan. When you ascend to elevations above 2,500 meters (8,200 feet), your body needs time to adjust to the lower levels of oxygen in the air.
The best way to prepare for high altitude is to allow your body time to acclimatize. This can be done by gradually increasing your elevation over time and avoiding rapid ascent. The general recommendation is to spend a night at an altitude of 2,500-3,000 meters (8,200-9,800 feet) before moving on to higher elevations.
Other things that can help your body acclimatize include:
Drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated
- Eating high-energy foods
- Getting enough rest and sleep
- Taking it easy on the first few days and avoid overexertion and using oxygen supplements if needed
Being aware of symptoms of altitude sickness and knowing how to prevent and treat it.
It’s important to note that not everyone will acclimatize at the same rate, and some people may be more susceptible to altitude sickness. If you are experiencing symptoms of altitude sickness such as headaches, nausea, fatigue, and shortness of breath, it’s important to descend to a lower altitude and seek medical attention if necessary.
In summary, acclimatization is an important process that helps your body adjust to the lower levels of oxygen at high altitudes, and it is essential for a safe and comfortable journey in high altitude regions like Bhutan.