Finally. After our trip across South America early last year a bit longer journey is on the program. In September we will travel a month to Indonesia and Bhutan.
Indonesia is the world’s biggest open island country and has more than 240 million people spread over 6,000 of the total 17,506 islands. Three of these islands we will look at a bit more details on our journey across the land. In the early stages of our planning, we had far more destinations in mind, but the past, especially our trip to South America, where we had „scoured“ five countries in 4 weeks, has taught us that we should not clutter up our trips only to tickoff places but to be able to enjoy these as well. Our first flight thus brings us from Munich to Denpasar, the capital of Bali. For the first three nights we have already booked a accommodation and we will attune ourselves in a 100sqm villa with a private infinity pool for the upcoming trip. Anyone who has read our Thailand reports knows that we normally always sleep in very cheap hostels at the beginning of our trips and so we already had to digest one or the other culture shock 😉
From Ubud, we want to explore the island in a few trips. The next stop will be the island of Lombok and an already booked ascent of the 3728 meter high Mt Rinjani. In two days we will climb the active volcano and so walk over 40 km in blazing heat. At the moment we rush every weekend on another mountain to be so well prepareed for the torturous tour as possible 😉 Then we need some relaxation of course. On the smallest island of the Gilis – Gili Meno, we will then finish our stay in Indonesia with a lot of sleep, a few dives and island walks as well.
After a total of three weeks in Indonesia our flight from Denpasar to Kathmandu is scheduled. After a night in Nepal, we will fly with Drukair to Paro in Bhutan which is considered the most difficult airport in the world to land on and only 8 specially trained pilots are allowed to approach it. The Kingdom of Bhutan follows the „high-value, low-impact tourism,“ which means that every traveler must pay $ 240 per day, which already drastically reduce the number of visitors in general and thus floods of package-tourists should be excluded. With this daily amount, however, all costs are covered (accommodation, food, transport, etc.) In addition, by this source of revenue the independence of Bhutan is secured so that this country is one of the last remaining places in our world where even the original traditions and values far off the industrialized world are lived. Of particular importance in Bhutan is the hapiness because this is the ultimate goal of the country and the government; that all residents are happy. Accordingly, the economic performance is measured not in a currency but in hapiness. The gross national happiness. „Shangri-La“ is what the Bhutanese call their country – the last paradise.
After our arrival in Paro, we will be traveling for 8 days across the country, led by an official tour guide who will take us to the most beautiful places in Bhutan. Among other things, we will hike to Paro Taktsang or „Tiger’s Nest“, a monastery built into a cliff, visit several temples and holy sites and a large festival with traditional mask dances and rituals in the capital Thimpu. We will also spend a night at a Bhutanese family to get to know the people a little closer. At the end of our journe a 2-day trek to a monastery in high altitude is scheduled, from which one has an unbelievable view into the Himalayas.