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Explore the World's Only Carbon-Negative Country

Bhutan is currently the world's only carbon-negative country.

By: Sara Sheehy + Save to a List

Bhutan takes it's commitment to the future of our planet seriously. 

Sandwiched between the two highly industrialized nations of China and India, the Himalayan country of Bhutan is feeling the impact of a changing climate. Rising temperatures are melting the ice in their beloved mountains, and newly-created glacial rivers are threatening villages and farms. 

In the face of an uncertain future, Bhutan is now the world's only carbon-negative country. They are dedicating 72% of its land to forest cover, and they have amended their constitution to ensure that forested areas never fall below 60%. The result? The country offsets 6 million tons of CO2 every year...more than double the amount that it produces.

This year, see Bhutan for yourself by booking an adventure with World Expeditions. World Expeditions works hard to minimize the carbon emissions of their trips by focusing on human-powered activities and utilizing low-emission accommodations. As of November 1, they have pledged to absorb the cost of credits to offset the unavoidable emissions on all of their trips.

Visiting a carbon-negative country with a carbon-neutral adventure guide? Yes, please.

Here are a few trips that we're eyeing in Bhutan with World Expeditions this year.

Bhutan Snowman Trek

If you're looking for a challenge, look no further than the Bhutan Snowman Trek. This is the most challenging trip in Bhutan and it accesses one of the most remote regions of this already remote country. Visit tiny Buddhist monasteries, explore secluded villages, and cross 11 high passes on this 27-day trek.

Jambay Lhakhang Festival

Bhutan first opened its doors to international travelers in the 1970s, and those first visitors were entranced by its untouched wilderness and deep cultural traditions. That same feeling of wonder exists today, and there's no better way to explore it than with this 13-day trip through western and central Bhutan. During this trek, you'll witness the beauty of the Jambay Lhakhang Festival in Bumthang, Bhutan's cultural heart.

Essence of Bhutan

This journey in Bhutan may be shorter than the others, but it doesn't lack for excitement. Discover the sights and sounds of Thimphu (the only Asian capital city without a stoplight), explore the beautiful Punakha Dzong, and visit remote Gangtey Valley. You'll also have the chance to hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery, known as the "Tiger's Nest."

Bhutan High Trails via Laya

Trek over high mountain passes, be awed by the sacred peak of Jomolhari, and experience Laya, one of the most remote settlements on earth and home to the indigenous Layap. This 18-day trip brings you into the heartland of Bhutan. In addition to trekking through a phenomenal part of the Himalayas, you'll experience memorable aspects of local culture with a visit to the famous "Tiger's Nest" Monastery and exploring ancient market places of Bhutan cities Thimphu and Paro. 

Learn more about World Expedition's 100% carbon offset pledge!

All photos courtesy of World Expeditions

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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