Last week I was telling you about the precious moment we spent with the children in our Foundation in Kathmandu. After those intense experiences and once again rucksacks on our backs we headed for the mysterious Kingdom of Bhutan to undertake a new trip.

You won’t have heard too much about his country. Situated to the east of Nepal, between China and India, and profoundly Buddhist, it has kept its borders sealed from outside influence and of course, from western tourism. The government of Bhutan does not grant permits to climb their mountains (which are considered sacred and constitute the last foothills of the Himalayas) and it is very difficult to get a visa even to do a walking route. In the end, however, after processing all the permits, we were finally able to begin yet another beautiful adventure in a totally unknown country. On this occasion, my expedition colleagues were my parents; a factor that made the trip even more distinct and which, as often happens in these cases, much more enriching.

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You won’t have heard too much about his country. Situated to the east of Nepal, between China and India, and profoundly Buddhist, it has kept its borders sealed from outside influence and of course, from western tourism. The government of Bhutan does not grant permits to climb their mountains (which are considered sacred and constitute the last foothills of the Himalayas) and it is very difficult to get a visa even to do a walking route. In the end, however, after processing all the permits, we were finally able to begin yet another beautiful adventure in a totally unknown country. On this occasion, my expedition colleagues were my parents; a factor that made the trip even more distinct and which, as often happens in these cases, much more enriching.

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Apart from getting to know the practically unspoiled nature of Bhutan, we also had the opportunity to experience the profound religiousness and spirituality of the people, both in the relations with them and in the profusion of Buddhist monuments and monasteries dotted throughout the country. The most outstanding is the Monastery of Takshang (Tiger´s Nest) that sits atop a vertical cliff of more than 3000 metres. A breath-taking sight which moves you and poses the question of how many lives were sacrificed, centuries ago, in building it.

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In short, an unforgettable experience in what is probably one of the last virgin paradises left on the planet. Let’s hope we know how to preserve it for future generations.