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High in the hills of Bhutan, the Himalayan landscape is pristine and life is guided by simple Buddhist principles. When organizing a trek through this unspoiled swath of the world, look no farther than Amankora's network of lodges, a Luxist Awards' nominee in the Best Adventure Getaway category.
Amankora's name is derived from the Sanskrit word aman, meaning peace, and the Bhutanese Dzongha word kora, meaning circular pilgrimage. Appropriately, the tailor-made journeys-which vary from 7 to 12 nights-wend their way in a circle through each of Amankora's five lodges. A one-week trek starts in the bustling Bhutanese capital Thimpu, where you can visit attractions including the National Library and National Textile Museum. Head to Trashi Chhoe Dzong on your second day and view 16th Century buildings now home to an astrology school before hiking to Cheri Goemba monastery.
The next phase of your trip takes you on a drive through the treacherous alpine passes between Thimpu and Punakha. Continue along to the pine forests of Paro, where hikes take you across suspension bridges, lush forests and terraced farmland. On the last day, you'll hike to Taktshang Goemba, better known as "Tiger's Nest," a mountainside monastery perched nearly a kilometer above the valley floor.
Amankora's seven-night journeys start at $9,100 per person and include road permits, all meals, driver service and a 60-minute massage to be enjoyed at any of the five lodges. For folks who'd like a smaller dose of the trekking lifestyle, rooms at any of Amankora's lodges can be rented starting at $1,300 per night.
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