Paro

Bhutan is known as the land of the peaceful Dragon, a hidden corner high in the eastern Himalaya, sandwiched between Tibet to the north and the Indian states of Sikkim to the west, Assam to the south and Arunachel Pradesh to the east.

The country within these borders forms a giant staircase of elevations, from the grassy floodplains and riverine forests in the south through semi-tropical and alpine forests to some of the highest unclimbed Himalayan peaks on earth.

For most people who travel to Bhutan they feel privileged given that the Bhutan is one of the few Kingdoms that protects nature from spoil. Sitting in Paro, you feel the power of the mountains in the distance, and nature’s stillness, raw untouched beauty. It is a place that captures your attention and leaves you with a lasting impression, a Kingdom of immense beauty and happiness.

In Bhutan there are seven peaks you cannot climb the due to the mountains being respected and regarded holy. There are numerous stories written about these peaks as they are guarded by Dieties. and highest unclimbed mountain in the world is Gangkhar Puensum at 7,570 metres (24,840 ft) and the second highest unclimbed but most beautiful and famous in Bhutan is Mount Jhomolhari at 7,326 metres (24,035 ft).

Unless Bhutan changes its mind about mountaineering, it is likely to stay the world’s highest unclimbed mountain. Bhutan banned climbing on mountains higher than 6000 meters in 1994 respect to local spiritual beliefs, and then banned mountain climbing completely in 2003.

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