The making of the Himalaya: A geological traverse across Bhutan

08 November 2018 to 21 November 2018
From £4,985 with flights
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Traverse the Kingdom of Bhutan, entering at Paro in the west and departing from the south east along the land border to Assam, India. During the journey you will explore the major building blocks of the Himalayan mountains and discuss their role in throwing up the highest mountain range on Earth and their impact on the Bhutanese who live amongst them. Journey with specialist Professor Nigel Harris who has published extensively on the geology of the Himalaya since 1985, when he crossed Tibet with Professor Augusto Gansser, the grandfather of Himalayan geology.


  • Enjoy visits to astonishing Bhutanese fortresses and monasteries
  • Visit the vertiginous cliffs of Taktshang Gompa, providing the most spectacular example of the core gneisses
  • Examine evidence of climate change from accelerated glacial melting causing major flood events in the Himalayan valleys
  • Discuss the thick sediments of the Tethyan Ocean, formed between India and Asia before the collision which heralded the Himalaya 50 million years ago
  • Enjoy stunning views from the high passes of the High Himalaya, including several Bhutanese and Tibetan peaks over 7,000 metres

Trip scholars

Professor Nigel Harris (Camb), Professor of Tectonics, Open University. He will be joined by Lecturer Dr Tom Argles, specialist on Himalayan structures and metamorphism

Booking details

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