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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

The best time to Undertake the Trek Mar, Apr, May, June, Sep, Oct. For more details on Treks in Bhutan. Follow the link

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 the trek. (Sleeping, equipmentsToilet, dining and shower tents are provided)
Ponies (Animals to carry your luggage)
Hot water will be served on trek
Trekking Cook and equipment

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

Excellent itinerary incorporating the popular, Jumolhari Trek and Bumthang, the spiritual heartland of Bhutan. Indeed allows one to explore Bhutan’s two most prized attributes, the majestic Himalayan vistas and the rich unique culture. The trek starts with gentle ascent through Bhutan's undisturbed forest of rhododendrons and pines. Passing through the villages with lush fields of rice, wheat, barley and rising above the tree lines one arrives in regions sparsely inhabited by the migrant yak herders. The trail continues through enchanting snow peak flanked valley to the base of Mount Jumolhari and its spike shaped companion, Jichu Drake. One spends one entire day exploring or just relaxing and enjoying the wonders of nature. This trek is considered as one of the most beautiful treks encountering abundant of wildlife, including, blue sheep, Takin and variety of birds, perhaps under the surveillance of the elusive snow leopard. Located at the northwestern border with Tibet, the trek to the base camp of this dome shaped mountain provides an opportunity to experience the panoramic views of some of the world's highest peaks.

  • Physicality: Medium
    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

Daty 01: Arrive Paro, Drive to Paro

(Lunch & Dinner)

En-flight to Paro, one will experience the breath taking view of Himalayas (weather permitting). On arrival at Paro airport, you are met by our representatives and transferred to Thimphu. The road follows the Pachu river to the confluence where it meets the Wangchu river to continue north following the Wangchu upstream to Thimphu. The capital city has an estimated population of 95,000 people. The drive to Thimphu takes about 1 hour but we will break the journey in between to look at the Tamchoe Lhakhang temple on the other side of Pachu river. Crossing the confluence we will drive along the old road and visit the nunnery founded by great Buddhist master Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Thimphu Sightseeing

(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 memory of the third Late King of Bhutan, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Many Bhutanese people gather here to pray every day. After breakfast, we'll begin 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 follow an eight-year program in traditional arts such as drawing, painting, woodcarving and sculpture. Time permitting, 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 political and religious administration. Then visit the Textile Museum, the Heritage Museum and the Mini Zoo to see the national animal – the Takin. If time permits a visit to the national library is programmed. If time is available, 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 shall pay a visit to the great Tashichho Dzong, seat of Bhutan's political and religious administration. If your visit falls on weekends then you will be taken to visit the colorful weekend Market held officially on Saturdays and Sundays. Recently, these markets seem to start from late afternoon of Friday. The weekend market in Thimphu is a place where people from daily walks of life come to buy and sell vegetables and items of everyday use providing a great photo opportunity.Overnight at hotel.

 Day 03: Thimphu-Trongsa

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Today, we drive to Trongsa via Punakha and Wangdue valley for 6 hours. En-route we stop at DochuLa Pass, 10,000ft/3,048m to view the eastern Himalayas, including Bhutan's highest mountain - Gangkar Punsum which is 24,770ft/7,550m. From the pass, the road then drops down through varied – ever changing forest finally emerging into the intensively cultivated Punakha and Wangdue valley. From Wangdue we drive uphill crossing Pele La pass 3400m. We continue driving towards east to Trongsa for 3 hours climbing again to Pele La pass, where we make a short stop once again to view the pristine vegetation around. Descent from the pass brings you to famous Chendebje stupa. It is a popular picnic lunch spot and pilgrimage for Bhutanese driving along the east-west road. In the evening, arrive in the town of Trongsa, 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.Overnight at hotel.

 Day 04: Trongsa – Bumthang (Jakar)

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

After breakfast, wander around Trongsa town and visit the huge and historical Trongsa Dzong and the watchtower above the main Dzong. It has a fine temple at the top containing original Mongol Armour and a large prayer wheel outside. After lunch, drive to Bumthang for 2.5 hours across the Yotong La pass at 11,234' then descend into Chumey valley, the first of four Bumthang valleys. In Chumey, visit the Yathra (a colorful wool weaves) Weaving Units. Then drive onto the Jakar the center of the Bumthang valleys.

Bumthang valley is considered as 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.Overnight at lodge.

Day 05: Bumthang Valley

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

After breakfast start the walk from the hotel to Jambay Lhakang (Lhakhang means temple) and continue to Kurjey Lhakang. After Kurjey, you will 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. Potential sites are the homeopathic hospital, the cheese factory, the Dzong translated as ‘Castle of the White Bird', perhaps one or two local temples and a visit to the woodcraft workshop and five water wheels behind Wangdicholing Old Palace. Overnight at lodge.

 Day 06: Bumthang - Punakha

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

From the township of Jakar, you first climb out of the Bumthang valley 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 Trongsa but instead of stopping here for the night you will drive on, past Chendebji Stupa, over the Pele La (11,000ft/3,353m) and descend until you reach your hotel in Punakha. Total drive of about 6 -7 hours. Overnight at hotel.

Day 07: Punakha-Paro

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Punakha is at lower elevation of approx. 1200m and therefore it is warmer and has semi-tropical vegetation with cactuses, bananas and orange groves. Punakha Dzong used to be the winter capital of Bhutan until 1958 and even today the head Abbot and central monastic body move here from Thimphu’s Tashicho Dzong for residence during the winter months.In the morning, visit the impressive Punakha Dzong at the confluence of Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. Later, drive to the road head from where you can take a pleasant 20 minute walk through the paddy fields and farm houses to visit the Chimi Lhakhang temple dedicated to Bhutan’s popular saint Drukpa Kuenley, also known as the “Divine Madman” (1455-1529). He preached in a way unlike the stiffness of clergy and society of the time. He dramatized the teachings using songs and outrageous sexual humor! Bold Phallus symbols and paintings on the houses or temples come as a result his influence to date. En-route, you may be invited to a village home. After lunch, drive to Paro via Thimphu and climb again to Dochu La pass at an altitude of 3100m where we make a stop for tea and snacks and to view the peaks of the eastern Himalayas if there is clear weather. Descent from the pass brings you to the village of Hongtsho, a Tibetan settlement and then onto Thimphu. After tea and snacks in Thimphu drive to Paro for another 1 hour. En route, make occasional stops to look at landscapes and sites. Overnight hotel.

 Day 08: Start trek Paro - Shana

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

In the morning, drive to Paro for 2 hours along the same road you took on your first day of arrival. From Paro, you will drive for about fifteen minutes to Drugyal Dzong where the road ends and start the trek by following the river gently uphill through a narrowing valley of paddy fields. You will find plenty of traditional farm houses in a purely rural setting. The camp site is just beyond an army outpost. Alt. 2800m, Distance 17 km, walking time 5 hours with 350 m ascend. Overnight in Tents.

Day 10: Trek Shana – Soe Thangthangkha

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Continue uphill through the river valley which narrows and closes in after some distance. The trail then winds up and down along river. Most of the trail actually is down hill after the initial climb. The camp site is located in a meadow with stone shelter. Alt. approx. 3400m, distance 22 km, walking time 7 hours with 780 m ascend. Overnights in Tents.

 Day 10: Trek Soe ThangthangkhaJangothang

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Walk up along the Pachu (Paro river), pass a small army outpost where the valley begins to widen again. You can now clearly view the high ridges and the snow- capped mountains all around. You can also view the yaks and the yak herders’ winter homes. Camp beneath a ruined fortress at the base of the Chomolhari mountain. Alt. 4040m. , Distance 19 km and time 5-6 hours with 480 m ascend. Overnight in Tents.

 Day 11: Jangothang Halt

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Jangothang is one of the most spectacular camping places in the entire Himalayas. A Chain of snow peaks form the eastern side of Paro river which is clear little brook here. Yak herder villages and trout-filled lakes can be visited. You may hike towards the glaciers of Chomolhari, or towards the Tshophu Lakes for magnificent views, fish or explore nomad’s houses villages. Of course, you can also opt to stay at camp, take in the views and rest for the challenging day ahead. Overnight in Tents.

 Day 12: Trek Jangothang –  Soe Thangthangkha

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

The trail leads north to the last settlement in the valley and drops to the Paro Chu, crossing it on a wooden bridge. Switch back up the side of the hill to a large cirque and the lake of Tshophu (4380m). Stay on the eastern side of the lake passing a second lake as the trail gets steeper climbing to Bhonte La (4,890m). From the pass the route winds down a ridge with a lot of criss-crossing yak trails. It finally descends to a stream. Trek downstream to a ridge, cross to the south side of the stream and continue climbing over a ridge then drop to another stream. Crossing the stream, the trail heads up the hillside dropping into a small side valley before emerging onto a ridge. Here the route turns south, ascending past a few huts to Thombu La (4250m). A steep descent leads to Thombu Shong (4180m) with two small herders huts. A further trek for a while brings us to our camp site at Soe-Thangthangklha (camp at 3800m, 21km, 8-9 hours). Overnight in Tents.

 Day 13: Trek Soe Thangthangkha– Shana

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Our hike today starts with a very gentle uphill trail. From here we can enjoy an incredible view of the amphitheater of mountains to the north. Little by little the very top of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake reappear on the distant horizon as we approach our lunch spot. The area is rich pastureland for yaks, and we'll probably see nomadic yak herders camped in their traditional woolen tents. After a short, steep climb out of camp, we leave the remote mountain area by following a ridge. From this vantage point we get a glimpse of the Paro Valley to the south. We arrive at Shana (9,413') - a usual camp site. Instead of camping at Shana, we hike further towards Drukgyel. (approx. 18 km, 7-8 hours hiking). Overnight in Tents.

 Day 14: Trek – Shana – Taksang - Paro

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

A three to four hour walk brings us back to the trailhead from where we divert towards east to the famous Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Taktsang) instead of walking south to Drukgyel Dzong the starting point of our trek. We bid farewell to our staff and ponies at the point of diversion. You, along with your guide will hike towards Taktsang. Taktsang (Tiger’s lair) monastery is a holy pilgrimage site for the Bhutanese and Buddhists. A hike up to the viewpoint opposite the monastery is exhausting, thrilling and mystical. The Taktsang monastery clings, on a seemingly impossible sheer, vertical cliff at 9680ft.You may hike till the Tea House opposite of Takstang or hike further to the temple itself. Tea and Snacks 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 until you meet our transporter and drive to Paro. Overnight at hotel.

 Day 15: Paro Sightseeing

(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Today you will be taken to visit Bhutan's national museum, a fascinating place housed in an old watchtower above the huge Paro Dzong. The Museum visit will take about two hours. This will be followed by a visit to the magnificent Rinpung Dzong which houses the administrative seat of the local government and residence of the regional monk body. Later you will be taken to visit the sacred Kyichu temple, Dungtse temple and the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong. Towards late afternoon visit to a typical Bhutanese village home is in the offing. This visit will certainly provide you an insight on the living realities of Bhutanese villagers. There will be time in the evening to walk around. Farewell dinner and overnight at hotel.

 Day 16: Paro – Depart

(Breakfast)

After breakfast, transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight to your onward destination.

Cancellation Policy

Tours booked and subsequently canceled shall be subject to the following scale of charges depending on when the notification of cancellation is received:

  1. If notification of a tour cancellation is received 45 days before your travel date, 100% of the daily tariff will be refunded. Except for airline tickets.
  2. If notification of a tour cancellation is received 30 days from the date of travel to Bhutan, 60% of the daily tourist tariff will be refunded.
  3. If notification of a trip cancellation is received 15 days prior to arrival: 50 % of the daily Bhutan tour rate will be refunded.
  4. If notification of a trip cancellation is received on and after 15 days prior to arrival: 100% Retention charges will apply:

Children policy

Children are welcomed; however we do not recommended adventure activities such as trek 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 comment on religion, royal family and chief abbot
  • Locals are very sensitive, you may 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 norm
  • 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?

  • Trekking or running shoes
  • Socks (polypropylene)
  • Down or fiber-filled jacket
  • Jumper or piled jacket
  • Hiking shorts
  • Waterproof jackets, poncho or umbrella
  • Hiking pants
  • Thermal Underwear
  • Sun hat
  • Rucksack
  • Water bottle
  • Mountain trekking boots
  • Insulated pants
  • Nylon windbreaker
  • Nylon Wind pants
  • Long underwear
  • Woolen hat
  • Gloves
  • Long gaiters
  • Toilet articles
  • Cigarette lighter
  • Small knife
  • Bandana

 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