Women’s Humanitourism

Susan L. Eckert ASMP/AdventureWomen Inc

Susan L. Eckert ASMP/AdventureWomen Inc

It’s the world’s oldest adventure travel company for active women over 30, and it is providing unprecedented cultural access to a still little known destination. AdventureWomen, Inc. has created a custom, women-only excursion to Bhutan that includes hiking the Himalayas, cultural exploration, and jaw-dropping sightseeing. Most significant is the element of giving back that is built into the itinerary. There are three humanitarian projects for participants: blanket and clothing donations to Buddhist nunneries and monasteries, sponsoring and attending a special ceremony at a sacred temple, and donating reading glasses to women weavers to help in their work.

Part of the trip description is : “Throughout this Bhutan journey, travelers are immersed in the culture, history, and Buddhist practices of this amazing country. Participants visit the friendly Bhutanese people in their traditional pastoral hamlets; walk to spectacular ancient dzongs, monasteries and Buddhist temples; and ogle at sweeping vistas of scenic valleys and the snow-capped Himalayas. Culturally and spiritually, this modern-day “Shangri-La” is a profoundly rich country where human relations and Buddhist beliefs outweigh economic indicators—where “gross national happiness” is promoted by the King of Bhutan as a measure of his enchanting country’s progress.”

Dates are October 17-30. I’m desperate to go to Bhutan, and doing it in a way that also makes a contribution to the local communities seems dreamy to me. I would SO do this trip if I were able. Have fun!


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