The Kingdom of Bhutan is an area that’s vast and rich in dramatic landscapes. For visitors, the region offers an eye opening experience with its numerous and stunning monasteries and dzongs or fortresses. Due to its terrain, exploring the area is time consuming but well worth it.
However for those who are strapped for time, COMO Uma Bhutan may have an answer in the form of a six-night helicopter itinerary that will allow its guests to access some of the Kingdom’s further flung wonders and experience authentic Bhutanese life.
The ‘Scenic Heli-Adventure’ journeys deep into the Kingdom’s heartland and explores four important but distinctly different valleys: The Laya Valley otherwise known as Bhutan’s ‘hidden paradise,’ the tropical Punakha Valley with its magnificent dzongs, the emerald Valley of Paro, with rice paddies and ancient temples, and the Labatama Valley, home to the Turquoise Lake and to Bhutan’s nomadic people.
Guests will be able to experience two guided helicopter trips, allowing them to experience dramatic scenic flights over homesteads, farmland, pine forests and lush valleys and giving them access to hard-to-reach areas while avoiding lengthy single-track roads.
Throughout the itinerary guests will return each night to the luxury and comfort of COMO Uma Bhutan lodges, with four nights at COMO Uma Paro and two nights at COMO Uma Punakha.
After two nights at COMO Uma Paro, the first of two guided helicopter flights across Bhutan take guests to COMO’s second property, COMO Uma Punakha, flying over a spectacular scenic Laya village, a hidden paradise located between the two main valleys, and home to the Layap people.
Basing themselves from COMO Uma Punakha for the next two nights, guests will partake in a range of guided excursions – plus an optional white-water rafting trip- to take them deep into Bhutan’s mystical mountainous regions.
Another privately guided helicopter flight will take guests to Labatama Valley, home of the dramatic, almost inaccessible ‘Utsho Tsho,’ or Turquoise Lake, for a hike through nomadic yak-herding lands where they may see yaks, marmot and a rare species of blue sheep.
The helicopter will then return to COMO Uma Paro for a final two nights, where a complimentary body treatment or yoga session at COMO Shambhala Retreat will be offered as a great way to wind down at the end of the thrilling six-night adventure.