Discovery expedition to the Soul of Happiness, in Bhutan

Legacy building


The retreat will give you an insider experience at the GNH Centre and other bodies that measure and apply GNH principles. You will talk about the ways GNH is practiced, discuss the importance of environmental conservation as a pillar of GNH and reveal the critical role of cultural preservation as another pillar of GNH. 



The leader of the expedition is the Founder of bē and President of the World Happiness Foundation, Luis Gallardo. He is partnered with MyBhutan; whose unique position based in Bhutan’s capital city, with deep ties to the local community, allows access that is unparalleled. The retreat will not only be an immersion into the governing body of GNH but will also be a personal experience with locals and their most sacred temples, monasteries, fortresses, and landscapes, and with our inner and outer worlds.

His Royal Highness Prince Jigyel Ugyen Wangchuck

"Gross National Happiness (GNH) is being able to find the right balance between economic well-being and emotional well-being."

GNH Effects

Bhutan’s leading government policy

This exciting itinerary evokes the extraordinary Last Shangri-La.

Day 1 Thimphu

Day 2 Thimphu

Day 3 Thimphu

Day 4 Dochula & Punakha

Day 5 Phobjikha

Day 6 Phobjikha

Day 7 Thimphu

Day 8 Paro

Day 9 Depart



El distrito de Paro es un microcosmos de Bután. En sus 1.287 kilómetros cuadrados se encuentran algunas de las fortalezas más antiguas de Bután, los valiosos artefactos del Museo Nacional y los centros religiosos que se aferran a los acantilados y que para muchos extranjeros son un icono de Bután.


El dzongkhag de Thimphu es el próspero corazón político y económico de Bután. Contiene la capital del mismo nombre y comprende ocho gewogs, o agrupaciones de pueblos.

Aproximadamente la mitad del distrito, la parte norte, se encuentra dentro de los límites medioambientales protegidos del Parque Nacional Jigme Dorji.


Hundreds of prayer flags flap in the wind at Dochula, sending out merit to all sentient beings. Dochula is the pass between Thimphu and Punakha.

For centuries people have travelled through this pass when heading East or West in the country.

On a clear day the views are astonishing. Visible are many snow covered 7.000-metre summits including Gangkhar Phuensum, the world’s highest unclimbed mountain.


The beautiful and fertile Punakha Valley follows the course of the Punak Tsang Chhu south from its source at the confluence of the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu – the famed “Mother” and “Father” rivers – to the modern settlement of Wangdue Phodrang and beyond.

At just 1250 meters (4,100ft) elevation, the climate of the lush Punakha Valley often feels hot and sultry in comparison to that of Thimphu, which sits at almost twice the altitude.

This fact makes the valley a popular winter getaway for Thimphupas.


Situated on the west flank of the Black Mountains that separate it from central Bhutan’s Trongsa district, Phobjikha Valley is a wide, flat glacial carving of such extraordinary beauty that for some Bhutanese, it is their favorite valley of all.

Phobjikha is known for its habitat for endangered birds, especially the Black Neck Crane.

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We support shapers and change-makers in their positive impact.

His Holiness Khedrup Rinpoche

Since His Holiness Khedrup Rinpoche and Luis Gallardo met in Bhutan back in September 2017, there has been a deep connection in their higher purposes.  They are working together for a world with more happiness and less misery making accesible the wisdom of Buddha and the reflection of his teachings in a modern world. 

I'm Gyambo. The guardian of a Bhutan clean

My focus is to educate and help cleaning Bhutan in four main areas:

1.  Monasteries.

2. Construction sites.

3. Camp Sites.

4. Drivers.

Ecological Resilience is a key dimension of our GNH (Gross National Happiness) and I want to make a positive impact in it. If you believe in me and my work I welcome your support. 

Greener Lyfe Farm
in Bhutan

More than half of the Bhutanese are farmers. Agriculture constitutes a very small part of GDP.

Trying to find a different income than the harvest. This is the challenge that Greener Life is trying to solve.

The way to do it is that our farms are attractive as tourist destinations and centers of innovation and culture.

We plan these favorable changes for our farm in Paro:

  • Improve your infrastructure.
  • Get it to attract the local community.
  • Innovate and develop agricultural techniques that work best in the area.

If we can successfully monetize, we can save the Bhutan farm.


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