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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, early June, Sep, Oct, Nov. 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

A combination of wild adventure and a perfect opportunity to immerse in Bhutan unique culture, this itinerary is designed to incorporate the same. This trek indeed is very popular despite been strenuous, with the highest point being 4,115m. Trek starts from Drugyal Dzong in Paro and ends at Dodena near Thimphu. The route passes through two high passes from Jangothang and the views of Mt Jhomulhari (7,314m) from Jangothang is spectacular. En route the Himalayan vistas are absolutely breathtaking and one will come across numerous nomadic settlements and high altitude lakes.

  • 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

Day 01: Arrive Paro

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Fly to Paro, Bhutan (7,590') on Druk Air, the national airline of Bhutan.

After visa formalities at the Paro airport, you will be driven to the hotel overlooking the beautiful Paro Valley. We'll have a late afternoon visit to the National Museum housed in an old watchtower above Paro Dzong (a dzong is a fortress-monastery). The museum's collections include displays of spectacular thangkas (religious scroll paintings), bronze statues, Bhutan's beautiful stamps, and the Tshogshing Lhakhang (Temple of the Tree of Wisdom) with its carvings depicting the history of Buddhism.

Overnight at Hotel.

 Day 02: Paro Sightseeing

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Today you will spend the day exploring interesting sights in the Paro valley. It includes a visit to the national museum, a fascinating place housed in an old watch tower above the huge fortified monastery. The museum holds a unique and varied collection ranging from ancient armor to textiles and paintings. Then, we drive to the head of the valley and visit Drukgyel Dzong built in a location that was chosen for its control over the route to Tibet. A spectacular view of Mount Jumolhari (23,996 ft/7314 m) can be seen from here. Also visit the impressive Rinpung Dzong and make short walks to private village homes and stroll around town.

Overnight at Hotel.    

 Day 03: Paro – Hike to Taktsang Monastery

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Drive about nine miles north of Paro town to the trailhead where we start our 1½-hour hike to a Tea House from where we enjoy the great view of Taktsang Monastery (its name means "Tiger's Nest"), perched on a cliff 2,700' above the floor of the Paro Valley. Our hike follows a steep switchback trail and serves as a great warm-up for our trek. After a break with tea and cookies, you have the option to sit outside the building and admire the monastery and its beautiful surroundings. If you feel energetic you can continue another thirty minutes to a closer viewpoint. After lunch at the tea house we descend to the valley floor. Drive back to Paro.

Overnight at Hotel.

 Day 04: Begin trek from Paro/Shana 

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

We drive north of Paro town to the trail head near Drukgyel Dzong (8,462'), where our pack ponies are loaded up with all the gear for our trek. We begin the trek by following the Paro River as it winds past traditional farmhouses with cultivated fields of red rice, chilies, potatoes, and millet. In about five hours of walking, we arrive at our first campsite by the river near the village of Shana at 9,413 feet.

Overnight in Tents

 Day 05: Trek to Soi Thangthangkha

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

We continue up through the valley of the Paro River which gradually narrows as the trail leads higher, winding up and down through a thick, lush forest of oak, pine and juniper. As we get closer to our camp for the night, we begin to see the snowcapped summit of Chomolhari - a mountain that is sacred to the Bhutanese. We camp at Soi Thangthangkha (11,900'). (8-9 hours hiking.) Overnight in Tents

 Day 06: Trek to Jangothang

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

We continue following the Paro River as the valley widens again, opening to a spectacular area surrounded by high ridges and snowcapped peaks. A few yak-herding families are based in this area. We may be lucky to purchase some yak cheese from them or have lunch in one of their simple, traditional homes. Camp at Jangothang (13,450') below a ruined fortress near the base of Chomolhari. (5-6 hours hiking.)Overnight in Tents

 Day 07: Jangothang Halt

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Today is a free day to rest and explore. There are many optional hikes in the area where you can gain altitude quickly which is good for acclimatization. Of course, you can also opt to stay at camp to take in the views and rest for the challenging day ahead.

Overnight in Tents.

 Day 08: Trek Jangothang - Lingshi

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Walk up towards the pass through wide pasture land. Depending on the season you are there, you might find some yak herders in their camping tents along the way. As you come down after the pass to the Lingshi basin, you will see some beautiful views of the Lingshi Dzong and the valley and also Tserim Kang (mountain) and its descending glaciers at the north end of the valley. Camp in a stone shelter with a built-in fire pit or in the tent. Alt. 4150m. Distance 19 km. Time 5-6 Hr.

 Day 09: Lingshi – Shodu

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

The path follows the stream up towards the valley opposite the Dzong, gradually ascending through the valley for about four hours until the stiff climb at the pass. After the pass it is a long and gradual descent to the Shodu camp at an altitude of 3750m. Walking time 9/10 hours.

 Overnight in Tent

Day 10: Shodu – Barshong

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

At this place one comes back to the tree line. The path follows the Thimphu river, descending through the rhododendron, juniper and other alpine forests. The view of the cliff facing rocks and waterfall is stunning. Hot lunch will be served by the river side. After lunch the trail gradually ascends to the ruins of Barshong Dzong reaching the camp at the altitude of 3.600m. Walking time 6/7 hours.Overnight in Tent.

Day 11: Barshong – Dalamkencho

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

The route descends through alpine forests and once again joins the Thimphu river for a while. After lunch climb up to Dalamkencho camp at the altitude of 3,600m. Walking time 5/6 hours.Overnight in Tent

 Day 12: Dalamkencho – Dodena – Thimphu

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

The path descends through bamboo forests all the way to Dalamkencho, finally joining the Thimphu river again. Arrive at Dodena where you will be picked up by our transporter and transferred to Thimphu.Overnight at Hotel.

 Day 13: 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 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.Overnight Hotel.

 Day 14: Drive to Punakha /Wangdue, sightseeing

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


In the morning we drive to Punakha (3 hrs) which was the old winter capital. Leaving Thimphu the road climbs via a series of zigzags over the Dochu La Pass, 10,000ft/3,048m.  On a clear day panoramic views can be had of the Eastern Himalaya including Bhutan's highest mountain, Gangkar Punsum, 24,770ft/7,550m.  The road drops down through varied forest finally emerging into the intensively cultivated Punakha valley. In the afternoon hike to Chimi Lhakhang, the Divine Madman’s temple. It is a beautiful walk through a lovely village. The temple can be visited and there is a tree outside which is supposed to have sprouted up after Drukpa Kunley sent a thunderbolt from an adjoining valley to kill some evil spirits who had gathered at the site. Also visit Punakha Dzong - a most beautiful Dzong of Bhutan situated on the confluence of two rivers.Overnight at hotel

 Day 15: Drive to Paro via Thimphu

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

In the morning, we visit Wangdue phodrang dzong. Follwing that we drive along the winding mountain road to Thimphu (3 hrs). Enroute cross Dochula La pass at 10,000ft/3,048m. After lunch in a fine restaurant in Thimphu, you may take a stroll around the capital. In the evening, drive to Paro (1 hr). Overnight at Hotel

 Day 16: Paro - Depart

(Breakfast)

After breakfast transfer to the Paro airport for departure to 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 recommend 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.

Dos 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 hats 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
  • Cigarette lighter
  • Small knife
  • Towel
  • 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