Bhutan's traffic-light free capital and precariously perched Buddhist monasteries are only one side of the kingdom's story. As a nation that puts environmental preservation at the forefront of governmental policy, Bhutan boasts some magnificent tracts of unspoilt wilderness. This expedition trip – the first like it to be operated by Intrepid – aims to showcase the natural beauty of the country with an itinerary that ventures into its valleys and peaks as well as tours its regular attractions. Start in Paro, climb to the mighty Tigers Nest Monastery then head east to the capital Thimphu. This unhurried city is the only capital in the world without traffic lights, fly to and spend a day checking out riverside Bumthang, site of some of the country's oldest temple complexes, then enjoy four days shooting the rapids of the Drangme Chhu (river) by raft. If you're one for remote adventuring in irregular destinations, this is a trip not to be missed.

Highlights

Happiness is serious business in Bhutan. Instead of measuring the nation's wealth by Gross National Produce, Bhutan pursues a Gross National Happiness index

Leave your road-rage at home, Bhutan is completely traffic-light free

In Bhutan's official language of Dzongkha, the country is known as 'Druk Yul'. Literally, 'Land of the Thunder Dragon'

In March 2016, the birth of a baby prince was celebrated with the planting of 108,000 trees

Strict quotas exist on how many visitors may visit Bhutan each year

Paro Taktsang. Known as Tiger's Nest Monastery in English, this is one scenically situated temple complex