Adventures Tour To Bhutan, for 09 nights/10 days

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Travel along mystical mountains, visit various dzongs and Buddhist gompas, trek along scenic nature trails, experience the Dragon Kingdom with cultural interactions at a local farm, take in stunning Himalayan mountain views

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Day 1: Paro

Arrive at any time, arrival transfer included. Take an orientation walk of Paro town before dinner at a local restaurant.

Arrive in Bhutan, clear customs, and meet your CEO. Catch the included transfer to the hotel.

Go for a short orientation walk of the town and enjoy a local dinner with the group.

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Paro Airport – Paro

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Orientation Walk

30m-1h

Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

1h

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Meals included: Dinner

DAY 1: ARRIVE PARO

Flight into Paro with Druk Air, crosses the Himalayan Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari 7314m and Jichu Drake 6794m peaks in Bhutan. On arrival our guide will greet you and transfer to Hotel. 

In the afternoon you will visit the Kyichu Lhakhang the holy monastery dates back to 7th century, Drugyel dzong the fort defended the Paro valley from the Tibetan attack from the north in the early 17th century. On clear weather Mountain Jhomolhari 7314 meters can see. Overnight stay at Hotel, Paro.

Day 2: Paro

Hike to the stunning Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest). After lunch, hike back down to Kyichu Temple, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.

After breakfast, drive about 30 mins to the base of the famous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest).

After lunch at the cafeteria, head back down and drive to Kyichu Lhakang Temple, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.

In the evening, enjoy free time to explore Paro.

Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery Hike

Paro5h30m-5h30m

Hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest); containing 13 holy relics, it's considered one of the most venerated pilgrim sites of the Himalayan world. It is also where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. Take in the stunning views en route and the incredible vista from this monastery, which clings to the rock towering 2,953m above the valley.

Kyichu Lhakhang Temple Visit

Paro

Enjoy a visit to one of Bhutan's oldest and most beautiful temples. Built in the 7th century, Kyichu Lhakhang Temple boasts stunning art work inside and throughout the courtyards.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 2: FLY TO YONPHULA & DRIVE TO TASHIGANG

You will fly to Yonphula in the east. On arrival you will received by our representative and 1hour drive to Tashigang. In the afternoon visit Tashigang Dzong, is the major district in Bhutan and it lies in the far east on the river Gamri Chu. It was once center of demanding trade with Tibet. The Dzong hugs a spur at more than 400m, over the Gamri River. The Dzong commands a amazing view of the surrounding countryside. Built in 1659 A.D. it is protected on three sides by the river and ravines, and from behind by the mountains. It serves as the administrative seat for the district and the local monastic community and you can stroll through the town, absorbing the culture of eastern Bhutan. Today Tashigang town it is the junction of the east west highway.

Day 3: Paro/Bumdrak Camp

Trek through fluttering prayer flags, rhododendron trees, and conifer forests to reach Bumdrak camp at 3860m.

Bumdrak Trek Day 1

Bumdrak Camp4h-5h12km

Start with a short drive to the start point of the trek at 2950m. Climb steadily upwards for 2.5hrs to your picturesque lunch spot with stunning views of the Paro valley. Take your time and appreciate your surroundings as you go. The 18 different types of rhododendrons and lush conifer forest will give you plenty to look at. After lunch, continue on a more gradual incline for 1.5hrs to reach your home for the evening, Bumdrak Camp at 3860m.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 3: TASHIGANG – CHALING – DONMANG CHU

Drive from Trashigang (3739ft/1140m) to Radi village and Chaling (5943ft/1812m) and the starting point your trekking team will be waiting here for you. Your trail is a steady climb today on a slippery footpath through forest, occasionally the Murbi Chhu, finishing in 3-4hr at Chobaling winter grazing grounds (9305ft/2837m), Mendula pass 3300m decent to Donmang Chu about 2km half hour walk. Overnight at tented camp. Approxmatlly 20km, 7hours walk, Ascend 2217meter and 230meter descend.

Day 4: Bumdrak Camp/Thimphu

Trek back down through grassy meadows and trees covered in wispy moss. Continue with a short ride to Thimphu, the capital city.

 Bumdrak Trek Day 2

 

Bumdrak Camp3h30m-4h

After breakfast, start the descent. The majority of the trekking will be downhill on a steep incline, so walking poles are helpful. Trek through spruce, hemlock, cypress, and fir. A fairytale-like meadow ends the trek, complete with wild edible strawberries if the season is right.

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Paro – Thimphu1h30m-2h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Free Time

Thimphu

Wander through Bhutan's capital city.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 4: DONMANG CHU – MERAK

Donmang Chu through the river from where another 3-4 hour easy hiking leads to Merak village (11536ft/3517m) via Gangu village, or on to Sakteng (9709ft/2960m). Spend a day or two in Merak. You can visit the Lhakhangs, explore the village, watch weaving, take a 4hr hike to the lake where the local deity,Aum Jumo, resides ,or a 5 -6hr loop to visit Bujla grazing area (13,373ft/4077m). Overnight at tented camp. Approxmatlly14km, 5hours walk, ascend 396 meter.

Day 5: Thimphu

Visit the National Memorial Chorten, the Buddha Point, and Motithang Takin Preserve. In the evening, visit Tashichho Dzong.

In the evening, visit the Tashi Chhoedzong, known as the "Fortress of Glorious Religion", initially built in 1702. Today, it houses the main secretariat building, the central monk body, and the office of the king.

Memorial Chorten Visit

Thimphu

The chorten is one of the most prominent religious structures in Thimphu, and for local Bhutanese it is a popular part of their daily prayers. Watch locals walk around the Chorten, spinning the prayer wheels and meditating in this lovely and peaceful spot.

Buddha Point Visit

Thimphu

Known as the "Buddha Point", the Buddha Dordenma is a massive Buddha statue in Thimphu made of bronze and gold. Take lots of pictures -- it's beautiful.

Motithang Takin Preserve Visit

Thimphu

Enjoy a visit to the Motithang Takin Preserve, which was once a mini zoo. The area was converted into a preserve for Bhutan's national animal, the takin, which is a cross between a goat and an antelope.

Tashichho Dzong Visit

Thimphu

Enjoy a visit to Tashichho Dzong, a Buddhist monastery and fortress. Its main building is typical of Bhutanese architecture, with whitewashed walls and a golden roof. The original structure was built in 1216 and now houses the civil government.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 5: MERAK – MIKSATHANG

Today be prepared to take the stiffest journey of the trek crossing the highest Nachungla pass at (13,579ft/4140m).. Your trail starts from the campsite climb steadily climb 2-2.5 hours lead to the pass at 3900m from here you can make last sight of Merak valley. The trek through the lush forest line of juniper and rhododendron forests and conquer the Nachungla pass, from here steep 3 hours decent. Then you will arrive to Miksateng at 3079m. Overnight at tented camp. Approximately 16km, 5hours walk, ascend 633meter and descend 1074meter.

Day 6: Thimphu/Gangtey Gonpa

Drive through the Bhutanese countryside passing small villages and panoramic views of the Himalayas en route to Gangtey for a night in a family's farmhouse.

The road climbs steeply through forests, with hanging lichen up near the Dochula Pass (3,050m/10,007 ft). The pass offers panoramic views of the Himalayan Mountains. Stop for tea and check out the view before continuing on to Gangtey Gompa.

Opt to visit the Black-Necked Crane Centre before dinner or wander around the small town to see young monks from the nearby school meandering in the street.

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Thimphu – Gangtey Gonpa6h-7h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Your Local Living Moment: Farmhouse Stay

Get a true taste of local life and stay overnight in a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse. Please note facilities at the farmhouse are basic, there will be no showers or running water for this night. Simple bedding is provided.

Optional Activities - Day 6Hide

Black-Necked Crane Centre Visit

Gangtey Gonpa

Visit the Royal So­ciety for Protection of Nature’s (RSPN) Black-Necked Crane Centre. Learn more about these birds and their environment. Please note that this activity is available only during the migration season, between October and February.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 6: MIKSATHANG – SAKTENG

Today you trek 1 hour along the river. At the end of the day a steep climb of 1hrourleads to Chorten, from where it is 30minutes down to Sakteng, located at 3079meter in a big open space surrounded by heavily forested mountains. Overnight at tented camp. Approximately 17km, 5hours walk, ascend 81meter and descend 310meter.

Day 7: Gangtey Gonpa/Punākha

Head to the ancient capital of Punakha. Enjoy a short hike in Lobeysa to Chime Lhakhang, built in 1499 before visiting Punakha Dzong.

Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Punakha before visiting Punakha Dzong. This is the winter capital of the Je Khenpo (chief abbot).

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Gangtey Gonpa – Punākha3h-4h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Chime Lhakhang Visit

Punākha30m-1h

Take a short hike to Chime Lhakhang, temple of the “Divine Madman." Built in 1499, it is mainly visited today by women as it is known as the temple of fertility.

Punakha Dzong Visit

Punākha

Visit Punakha Dzong, the winter seat of the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body, remarkably located between the rivers of the Mo (female) Chu and Pho (male) Chu. It is the second oldest and second largest dzong (fortress) in Bhutan and one of its most majestic structures, housing many sacred relics. It is also the winter capital of the Je Khenpo (chief abbot).

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 7: SAKTENG

It’s worth spending an extra day in Sakteng to explore. Sakteng had about 60 houses in the 1930s,and the village has grown a little since then. The inhabitants are very religious, and north and east of Sakteng-in India-are many important Buddhist temples. Three routes leave Sakteng village. One to the north, crossing the Se La range via the Nyingsang La (12,200ft/3721m) into India; one to the east, crossing the Orke La Arka La (13,900ft/4240m), very close to the border with India; and finally the Nyuksang La (13,579ft/4140m) to the southwest.

Day 8: Punākha/Haa Dzongkhag

Enjoy Punakha before driving to Haa Valley. Take in more scenic Himalayan ranges and valleys. Visit the White Temple (Lhakhang Karpo) before an evening walk around town.

Wind through deep gorges and blue pine forests before reaching the valley. Here, we'll visit the Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) and walk around Haa town in the evening.

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Punākha – Haa Dzongkhag6h-7h

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) Visit

Haa Dzongkhag

Explore the beautiful Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) near Haa town, only recently opened to tourists. It is believed that a black and a white pigeon were released to select where to build the temples in Haa valley. The white pigeon landed in the foothills of the mountain Chenrizi where the White Temple now stands.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 8: SAKTENG – JOENKHAR

If you don’t want to stop, carry on to Joenkhar (5894ft/1797m) crossing a small pass, Munde La (9604ft/2928m). There are a couple of small ups and downs before reaching Jyonkhar after 5-6hr. Overnight in tented camp. Approximately 17km, 7hours, walk, acsend 74meter and descend 1291meter.

Day 9: Haa Dzongkhag/Paro

Enjoy a short hike up to Kila Gompa, a nunnery perched on a cliff housing over 60 nuns. Continue on to Paro, with free time to wander the streets and pick up some souvenirs.

After visiting the nunnery, follow the trail down through the forest to the road to meet the van. Drive back to Paro with time in the evening to wander the streets and pick up some souvenirs.

Enjoy a final dinner with the group on your last night in Bhutan.

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Haa Dzongkhag – Paro2h-3h65km

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Kila Goempa Nunnery Hike

Haa Dzongkhag2h-3h

Hike through the deep forest of pine trees and rhododendrons to Kila Goempa nunnery (approx 2.5 hrs). It seems to cling to a rocky cliff and houses around 60-70 nuns. This is a moderate level hike through stunningly beautiful scenery.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 9: JYONKHAR – PHONGME

Jyonkhar (5894ft/1797m) to Phong Me (6006ft/1831m) in2.5-3hr, including one stiff climb of 1hour before reaching Phoneme. You will meet your transport and drive escort to Trashigang. On the way, stop at Khardung nunnery and visit their Monastery. Overnight stay hotel in Trashigang.

Day 10: Paro

Depart at any time. Airport transfer included.

Your CEO will help arrange your transfer to the airport and all exit formalities before your journey home.

DAY 10: FLY TO PARO /BUMTHANG or DRIVE BY ROAD

On arrive on Chamkhar domestic airport you will receive and drive to hotel. After light refreshment your day excursion will start. The Bumthang Valley, consist of four valleys of Ura, Chumey, Tang and Chokhor and are considered to be one of the gorgeous and blessed valleys of Bhutan. The valley is one of the best-looking valleys in the kingdom. If the weather is clear, you will love the view of green valley, scattered with hundreds of temples, thousand of flags and striking Chamkhar River flow through the valley.

 

The valley is also called Switzerland of Bhutan. Your visit in Bumthang to Jakar Dzong, the administrative center of the valley; Jambay Lhakhang, one of the firstborn monasteries in the Bhutan, dating back from the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan; and Kujey Lhakhang, one of the most holy places, where Guru Rinpoche left his body imprint on the cave when he was meditating. From here you will walk 30minutes to Tamshing Lhakhang lies on the other side of the Chamkhar River. It was built by Terton Pemalingpa the treasures discover, he was the ancestors of Bhutan present Royal Family; Kenchosum Lhakhang; and Mebar Tsho (Lake of Burning Fire), and this is a holy lake for the Bhutanese who believe that Pema Lingpa discovered religious treasures from the lake. Overnight stay at Hotel, Bumthang.

DAY 11: BUMTHANG – PHOBJIKHA (2982m): 155KM/APPROX 5 ½ HR

Today you will drive into the glacier valley of Phobjikha the valley is one of the most significant wildlife preserves in the country, because of the large flock of black-necked cranes in winter. The valley also has a very interesting Nyingmapa monastery dates back to the 17th century.

Your lunch at Chendebjee, after lunch you will continue drive to Phobjika valley and we can do short walk leads downhill from mani stone wall just north of Gangtey Goenpa to the Khewa Lhakhang. The trail descends to Semchubara village and keeps straight at the Chortens into the edge of the forest, before descending to a square Chorten and the Lhakhang. From here we can cross over the metal bridge to the community school. Overnight stay at Hotel, Gangtey.

DAY 12: PHOBJIKHA – THIMPHU: 130KM/APPROX 5HR

Before driving to Punakha the Kingdom’s richest agricultural land and most dramatic river valleys, you will visit to Crane Observation and information center. Then continue drive to en route stop at Wangdue and short wlak to Rinchen Gang clustered village, houses are made from mud and stones. The people of the village are said to be Indian origin. On the way you will stop at Mitsina village and visit Chimi Lhakhang the monastery of fertility.

In afternoon you will stop at Dochu La for lunch, from there you can enjoy the view of Himalayan ranges and snow peaks. You will also visit Druk Wanggyal Lhakhang built by the eldest Queen mother; the past and future appear to merge in the details of the Lhakhang that tells the story of a supreme warrior figure whose vision pierces the distant future. Continue drive to Thimphu capital city of Bhutan. Evening freely stroll in town and visit shops. Overnight stay at Hotel, Thimphu.

DAY 13: THIMPHU (2320m)

Today’s exploration of Thimphu will take with visit to National Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to world peace and prosperity in 1974 in memory of the Third King of Bhutan; the Kingdom’s rich culture at the National Library; the National Institute of Zorig Chusum where students undergo training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts; Folk Heritage Museum which will provide an insight into traditional Bhutanese farm house and rural past through exhibits and documentation of rural life.Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, a fortress like temple, which lies perched on a ridge above Thimphu; Taken Preserve to see the rare national animal of Bhutan. This animal is chosen as the national animal of Bhutan for its uniqueness and its association with the country’s religious history and mythology. Visit to Buddha point – the Buddha Dordenma Project is the construction of a 138.6-foot-tall Shakyamuni Buddha statue (inclusive of lotus) seated on a 62-foot-tall throne in the Kingdom of Bhutan, symbolizes peerless virility to bestow blessings, peace, and happiness on the whole world. A further drive towards the BBS tower will provide a bird’s eye view of the capital; visit nunnery temple and followed by a visit to Tashichho Dzong or “the fortress of the glorious religion” which is Bhutan’s administration and religious centre and houses the throne room of His Majesty the King of Bhutan, other Government offices. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Evening drive to Paro. Overnight stay in Hotel, Paro.

DAY 14: PARO: Hike to Taktshang ‘Tiger’s Nest’

After breakfast you will drive through the beautiful Paro Valley and stunning hike on foot or on accommodating mule to the Taktsang Goemba or Tiger’s Nest viewpoint. The hike, which is all the way uphill, takes about 2 hours through pine forests. The Goemba, which clings to a huge granite cliff 900 meters, it is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. It is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their lifetime.

In the afternoon you will visit the auspicious Kyichu Lhakhang the sacred monastery dates back to 7th century, Drugyel dzong, and the fort defended the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. On clear weather Mountain Jhomolhari 7314 meters can see. Overnight stay in Hotel, Paro.

DAY 15: PARO DEPARTURE

Early morning drive to the Paro International Airport for onward journey.

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