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Pickup info

Upon arrival to Paro international airport, a car, driver and guide will await to meet you and have you escorted to the hotel. Your itinerary is flexible and picking time for daily tours will depend on what you have communicated to the guide. Most of the time pick up location will be your hotel unless it a trekking tour. In case of tight itinerary, your guide will have the time recommended to you.

Booking notes

Rate per person per night includes following

Accommodation
All Meals
Transportation with a dedicated driver.
Licensed english speaking guide
All site seeing indicated in the itinerary
All government taxes
Route permits and special permits
Entrance fee in monument and museums.
Mineral Water and soft drinks

On Trek the following will be provided

Tents on trek. (Sleeping,Toilet, dining and shower tents are provided)
Ponies (Animals to carry your luggage)
Hot water will be served on trek
Trekking Cook and kitchen equipments

Value Addition

Use of cell phone with local number
Use of internet complimentary where ever possible
Departure Bhutanese Souvenir
One time private cultural dance performance ( For stays of 15 days)

Administrative Service offered

Purchase of Druk air ticket(Can be purchased from website also)
Bhutan visa processing

Other mandatory charges not included in the Tariff

Druk Air Airfare

There are no real treks (with tents) but gentle to moderate walks and excursions to villages from the comforts of your hotel. Travel into the interior of Bhutan, as far as Bumthang valley, considered the holiest and cultural Epicenter of Bhutan. It is a perfect trip for those who are seeking light petty day treks and to return to the comforts of the hotels by night. On this trip, we will walk out to visit villages, temples, and hermit's nests from the major towns of Paro, Thimphu, Punakha, Wangdiphodrang and Jakar. Sometimes when driving from one place to another, even though the scenery is very spectacular, it is tiring at times. To break this monotony and to enhance the enjoyment, we stop and walk out to explore the villages nearby. This trip provides an opportunity to come in close contact with the people and be exposed to rich and diverse cultural heritage of Bhutan, its distinctive Buddhist monasteries, fortresses and the friendly lifestyle.

  • Physicality: Low
    Physical rating

    From relaxed (low) to ones where you need to be fit to join in.

    Low

    No surprises here. These tours/activities are those most anyone can do if they are fine with fairly flat walks and getting in and out of transport.

    Medium

    Like to be active, even very active, but not pushed too far. This is the one for you.

    High

    These tours/activities require you to be very fit. Probably not suitable for children.

  • Group size: from 1 to 20 people
  • Pickup location: 

    Upon arrival to Paro international airport, a car, driver and guide will await to meet you and have you escorted to the hotel. Your itinerary is flexible and picking time for daily tours will depend on what you have communicated to the guide. Most of the time pick up location will be your hotel unless it a trekking tour. In case of tight itinerary, your guide will have the time recommended to you.

  • Drop-off location: 

    Throughout the tour you are entitled to a dedicated car, driver and guide. All drop-off location will be your hotel unless it a trekking tour. Upon completion of tour, you will be dropped to Paro international airport for your onward international flight or other location as agreed.

  • Pickup time: (9.00 AM - 9.30 AM)
  • Drop-off time: (5.00 PM - 5.30 PM)

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Paro

(Lunch & Dinner)

Fly to Paro, Bhutan, on Druk Air, the national airline of Bhutan. If you get a seat on the left side of the plane and if weather permits, you may have spectacular views of the high peaks of the Himalayas. After visa formalities at the Paro airport (7,590'), you are met by our Bhutanese guide and taken to the hotel. There is usually time do some sightseeing, which may include visit to the Paro Rinphung Dzong (a dzong is a fortress-monastery) and the downtown of Paro. Overnight at hotel, Paro

 Day 02: Chele La Hike /Paro Mesuem

(Breakfast,  Lunch & Dinner)

This morning a scenic drive of 1 & ½ hr will bring us to Chele La pass at an altitude of aprrox. 3900m/1300ft. On one side is the Paro and on the other side is Haa valley. The hike of this morning begins from a short descent below the pass. It is about a half hour uphill and shorter coming down hill. The hike brings you to a clusters of shelters built on sheer cliffs, under the rock/cave and a temple that houses some 50 or so nuns. Visit the surroundings and meet some of the nuns. Return drive to Paro and visit Bhutan's national museum, a fascinating place housed in an old watchtower above the huge Paro. There will also be a chance to wander around the small township of Paro itself. Overnight hotel, Paro.

 Day 03: Paro (hike Paro Taktsang) –Drive to Thimphu.

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Your hike this morning is to site of Taktsang Monastery (meaning Tiger's nest), tragically wrecked in a fire early in 1998. The monastery, which has now been rebuilt, is perched some 2,000ft/600m up on a sheer cliff overlooking the valley and was said to be where the legendary Indian saint, Guru Padmasambhava, flew from Tibet on the back of a tiger to defeat five demons, who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan. The hike is about 2 hrs to the teahouse, from where you may either opt to go further uphill near the monastery for about 45 mins. Lunch is served at the tea house with the majestic views of Taktsang above and the Paro valley at the bottom. The return trek to the road head is downhill and takes about half the time it has taken you to come up. You will then be driven to Thimphu about 2 hrs away. Dinner and Overnight at hotel, Thimphu.

Day 04: Thimphu Valley: Walk to Cheri Gompa (4-5 hours).

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

This is a pleasant rural walk, gently up a valley through paddy fields and woodland via a Tibetan village. The walk commences at the junction just before the village of Dechencholing (15 mins drive from Thimphu). Walk through the village and on along a dirt track to Pangri Zampa gompa, by the river. The route passes Tibetan village, through paddy fields, past chortens and the village of Choku to Begana (also known as Dodena). From Dodena, after crossing the cantilevered bridge, it is another 30-45 minutes steep climb up hill. Cheri Dorji Dhen was first built in 1620 by Shabdrung, the first ruler of Bhutan, who also established the first order of monks here. It is usually possible to enter Cheri courtyard, but may not be allowed to visit the shrines inside. Descend to the bottom of the hill, where your transport arrives to take you back to Thimphu. There is plenty of time to wander around in the evening. Dinner and Overnight at Hotel, Thimphu.

 Day 05: Thimphu

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Early in the morning, you can take a self-guided ten-minute walk from the hotel to the Memorial Chorten, a shrine built in the memory of the late king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Many Bhutanese people gather here to pray every day. After breakfast, we'll begin our sightseeing with a visit to a nunnery on the outskirts of Thimphu. We will then visit the School of Arts and Crafts (or "painting school"), where Bhutanese children can follow an eight-year program in traditional arts, such as drawing, painting, woodcarving, and sculpture. Visit Textile Museum, the Heritage Museum and perhaps the national library. And on available time, we may also visit the Traditional Hospital of Herbal Medicine or watch the Royal Silversmiths create relief work for the monasteries and see how paper is made from the daphne plant with cosmos flower petals and other plants. At the end of the day, we may also pay a visit to the great Tashichho Dzong, seat of Bhutan's administrative and religious center. Overnight hotel, Thimphu

Day 06: Thimphu-Punakha; village walks

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

In the morning you drive to Punakha, the old winter capital. En-route stop at Dochu LaPass, 10,000ft/3,048m to view the eastern Himalayas, including Bhutan's highest mountain, Gangkar Punsum, 24,770ft/7,550m. The road then drops down through varied –ever changing forest, finally emerging into the highly cultivated Punakha valley. In the afternoon you will make a short trek to visit the Crown Prince's chorten and nearby villages. You return on a different route through the village to Sonagasa (the King’s winter residence) and through to Punakha Dzong, following the Mo chu river. You will meet the vehicle and visit Punakha Dzong, provided the head abbot is not is residence. Dinner and Overnight at hotel, Punakha.

 Day 07: Punakha/Wangdue-Tongsa.

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Drive down the valley to the town of Wangdiphodrang. Here again there is a very large fortress built in the shape of a sleeping bull. Our road gradually winds its way up towards the Pele La Pass at 11,152ft, where we make stop for views of the snow clad peaks, including that of Bhutan’s sacred peak Mt. Chomolhari. Possibly, your picnic lunch is planned at Chedebji Chorten (Stupa) patterned after Swayambhunath in Kathmandu. It is a popular picnic lunch and pilgrimage for Bhutanese driving east-west road. In afternoon, we arrive in the town of Tongsa, the site of the largest Dzong in Bhutan and certainly one of the most impressive ones. It was from here that the present royal family emerged as the most powerful force at the beginning of this century. Wander around Tongsa Township and visit the watchtower above the main Dzong. It has a fine temple at the top containing original Mongol Armour and a large prayer wheel outside. Total drive of about 6 & ½ hours. Dinner and Overnight at Hotel, Trongsa.

 Day 8: Tongsa-Bumthang (Jakar)

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

From Tongsa you drive across the Yotong La 11,234'and descend eventually into the valley of Chumey, the first of four Bumthang valleys. Here we will visit the Palace used primary by the second King as his summer residence, and hike for about 15 minutes that brings us to the Prakar monastery, followed by visit to Yathra Weaving centers (a Colourful wool weaving). Then we’ll drive onto the Jakar the center of Bumthang valleys. Bumthang valley is one of the most sacred in the kingdom and innumerable legends surround the area. It is here that the kings were cremated and the present royal families trace their ancestry back to a famous saint called Pemalingpa, who was also a smith in Jakar Township. Overnight at Lodge, Jakar.

 Day 09: Bumthang Valley: trek to Ugencholing

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

The region of Bumthang encompasses four major valleys: Choskhor (Jakar), Tang, Ura and Chhume. One can spend months visiting/hiking in the areas. Today you drive to Tang, for about an hour and half on a dirt road to Tang Rangmachen Lhakang and walk to Ugyen Chholing Palace, built by Deb Tshogey Dorji, a descendant of Pemalingpa. There are servants’ quarters and storage rooms in the building that surround this magnificent small palace. This is an easy walk totaling about 3 hours from the valley floor. On return stop en-route to visit Membartso, ‘the flaming pool’ of Pemalingpa. Pemalingpa (1450-1521) was one of the five great tertons (treasure discoverers) of Nyingma Buddhism. The artifacts he found and the dances he composed are all important parts of Bhutan’s heritage. Return to Jakar for overnight and dinner at Lodge, Jakar.

 Day 10: Bumthang Valley: sightseeing and walks in Jakar.

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

After breakfast start the walk from the hotel to Jambay Ihakang and continue to Kurjey lhakang. Cross the suspension bridge over to Tamshing Lhakang. Continue walking to the Swiss farm and then on to the main town area. The vehicle will meet you at this point and drive you to visit other sights in and around Jakar; which may include homeopathic hospital, the cheese factory, the castle of the 'White Bird', perhaps one or two local temples and a walk around to visit woodcraft workshop, dying workshop, and the five water wheels behind Wangdicholing Old Palace. Overnight at Lodge, Jakar.

Day 11: Bumthang-Gantey (Phobjikha Valley)

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

From the township of Jakar, you first climb out of the Bumthang valleys on the twisting mountain road towards the Yotong La (11,000ft/3,353m). Near the pass is an area of wild cane/bamboos that is a well-known habitat for Red Panda. The road then descends to Tongsa but instead of stopping here for the night you will drive on, past Chendebji Stupa, over the Pele La (11,000ft/3,353m) and start the descent towards Wangdiphodrang. However, as you descend from the Pele La you will see after a while a spur road leading up into the forest. This eventually leads into the 'hidden valley' containing the stunningly beautiful monastery of Gangtey Gompa. This lovely temple sits on top of a conical hill in the middle of the valley with a small township nestling at the foot of the hill. It is normally possible to look around the inner courtyards and meet some of the monks. The valley is also home to the famous Black Cranes that migrate in the winter from Tibet. Provided they have arrived, it may well be possible to view the cranes in their traditional winter quarters in the Phobjikha valley. This lovely valley is situated on the western slopes of the Black Mountains and is designated a conservation area. Overnight at Guest House, Phobjikha.

 Day 12: Gantey – Thimphu

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Breakfast at Gangtey, where you will probably be awakened by the calling of a myriad of crows and or the call of Cranes if they are around. Start one-hour walk to the Khebethang Nature Study Centre. This is a Royal Government of Bhutan project with WWF assistance and houses research facilities for scientists to determine conservation and management methods. It also has exhibits and is the site for workshops and interpretation courses for farmers, park staff and students. Then continue drive to west to Wangdue and Punakha valley and climb again to Dochu La, where we make a short stop once again to view the Eastern Himalayas. Descend from the pass brings you the village of Hongtsho, a Tibetan settlement and then onto Thimphu. Dinner and Overnight at hotel, Thimphu.

 Day 13: Thimphu – Paro

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Morning is free to wander around or catch up on sightseeing missed previously here in Thimphu. In afternoon drive to Paro, stopping en-route to visit a nunnery started by a renowned Buddhist master Dilgo Khyentse. If there is time, we may also visit the Tamchoe lhakhang on the other side of Pachu River. Arrive in Paro in the evening for short stroll around the town. Farewell dinner and overnight at hotel. Overnight hotel, Paro.

Day 14: Departure

(Breakfast)

Transfer to airport in time for your international flight back home.

Cancellation Policy

Please note due to logistic reason cancellation policies are stringent in Bhutan unlike other destination, as your tour, guide, transportation, accommodation and government tax may have been already pre-paid and pre-booked. Hopefully you may not need to cancel your Bhutan tour; however should you need to cancel a tour; a written cancellation is required prior to 30 day of arrival date to avoid cancellation fee. Cancellation penalties will apply as follows.

• 30 day prior to arrival – No cancellation fee will apply

• 30-15 day prior to arrival – 50% of the total cost of tour will apply

• 15-0 day prior to arrival – 100% of the total cost of tour will apply

• No show will entail 100% of the total tour cost

Children policy

Children are welcomed; however we do not recommend adventure activities such as trekking and other adventure activities for children below ten years of age. Such activities may be undertaken provided the parents are comfortable with it. Additionally please also be reminded that no facilities or very limited facilities may be available for children.

Participant Guidelines

Trekking

Anyone who enjoys outdoor life and is physically fit can participate in treks. If you have a heart condition, please check with your doctor to ensure that it is OK to undertake high altitude treks. Allow yourself some days in Bhutan to acclimatize before you undertake any trek. Altitude sickness can be a serious problem at the altitudes in Bhutan. If you feel sick, dizzy or have a worsening headache, stop and drink as much water as possible. If the symptoms persist, return to the base. Guides are trained to look out for altitude sickness and other ailments that can affect trekkers.

Festivals

Festivals are not pageants or entertainment. They are not held as tourist attractions. They are genuine manifestations of a religious tradition from thousands of years. Obtrusive, disrespectful and discourteous behavior should be refrained from. The dance ground is not a place to eat, drink or smoke, talk or laugh loudly at inappropriate times, flash cameras or intrude on the dance space. Common courtesy should rule one’s actions when photographing the dancers or onlookers.

Do and Don’ts

  • Refrain from passing negative comments on religion, royal family and chief abbot
  • Locals are very sensitive, you don’t want to sound rude
  • Always ask for permission if you are photographing a person
  • Dress modestly. Singlet and miniskirts are not well accepted norms
  • Enter temples and monasteries only if you have permission. Allow your guide to lead you
  • Remove your shoes before entering the temple
  • Leave your camera at a safe place, if photography is prohibited
  • Refrain from using hat and sunglasses inside religious places
  • Use your right hand or both hands to give or receive
  • Leaving a donation at the temple is on personal discretion. Normally all Bhutanese do
  • Use your palm to show rather than finger, when pointing
  • Refrain from pointing your feet at anyone; cross your legs or kneel when sitting in religious places
  • Pass clockwise at all chortens and mani walls (elongated chortens inscribed with mantras)
  • Don’t wash, swim or throw objects into lakes, many of which are considered sacred

Other Disclosures

What to Pack?

Clothing

  • Jacket
  • Sweater
  • Sun hat
  • Rain deflator
  • Gloves
  • Woolen cap
  • Hiking Boot
  • Running Shoe
  • casual shoes
  • Thermal Pants

Photographic Equipments

  • Digital cameras
  • Additional Batteries
  • Additional memory cards.
  • Cables

Medicine

  • Motion Sickness
  • Head Ache
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Anti-histamine cream
  • Vitamin C
  • Food Positioning
  • Insect repellent
  • Small First Aid Kit
  • Contact lenses and solution
  • Your prescribed drug, if any.

Currency

  • US Dollar or Euro – Various domination

Photo

  • 4-6 pieces of passport size photographs

Others

  • Mini torch lights
  • Back pack
  • Sun Block
  • Moisturizers
  • Sunglasses
  • Spare glasses
  • Washing kit
  • Shaving kit
  • Small sewing kit
  • Safety pins
  • lip salve