Blue Sky Escapes’ founder, Krystal Tan, will never send you anywhere she hasn’t been to. She helps you go on adventures to far-flung destinations such as Peru, Mongolia and Bhutan. And these experiences in such less-trodden places are always tried-and-tested.
In Mongolia, you can participate in a herd migration with nomadic families. You will camp and live with these itinerant folk in a traditional Mongolian yurt and get first-hand experience of their way of life. You will even assist the family in taking down their gers (round tents), vaccinating the cattle in preparation for the migration, and shepherding more than 400 goats, yaks, cows and horses towards the next camp.
Your next option could be a spiritual fitness retreat in Bhutan. This will involve a multiday trek in the Bhutanese Himalayas to campsites surrounded by mountains or rolling meadows. “The journey includes meditation sessions with a spiritual master and pilgrimage hikes to iconic monasteries carved into cliff sides – and we’re not just talking about the renowned Tiger’s Nest,” shares Krystal.
Blue Sky Escapes can also craft experiences tailored towards research, creativity, wellness, or humanitarian or environmental interests.
As journeys are personalised, costs vary. An 11-day trip to Mongolia, including the nomadic migration, starts from US$4,000 (S$5,264) a person (excluding international flights). www.blueskyescapes.com.
Krystal Tan is working with a pro fitness instructor to organise a spiritual fitness retreat in Bhutan. Besides meditation and hikes, this experience will include special meals with a renowned historian and royal adviser.
With Blue Sky Escapes’ Peru trekking brand, Andean Condor Voyager, you can navigate and camp in the rugged Andes mountain range of Cordillera Huayhuash and other remote areas.
Travellers can participate in biannual (summer and winter) herd migrations with Mongolian families. This shepherding experience – from one camp to a nearby one – takes one to two days. Migrations in the wild Altai mountains take more than three days, over some 100km.
Samode Palace’s mezzanine sitting room is resplendent with marbleinlaid walls, rich tapestries, jewelled armchairs and wall frescoes.
Opposite: One of the many beautiful archways in the palace’s magnificent durbar hall, well restored by local craftsmen.