Bhutan is a country where a land’s worth is measured differently – think Gross National Happiness instead of Gross Domestic Product. You are in the unexplored mountain kingdom of Bhutan. Beauty and wisdom are revealed at each Dzong, every Gompa and, most incredibly, in the eyes of every smiling Buddhist monk you meet. On treks through remote trails and visits to Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha, nature lovers, photographers, and culture junkies will uncover a purity of culture, traditions, and kindness.
You will arrive in Bhutan, meet your guide and then check into the hotel in Paro. You will have free time for the rest of day, to explore the town if you want to.
After breakfast, we will drive about 30 mins to the base of the famous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). After lunch, we will head back down and drive to Kyichu Lhakang Temple, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. In the evening, you will enjoy free time to explore Paro.
This day, we will trek through fluttering prayer flags, rhododendron trees, and conifer forests to reach Bumdrak camp at 3860m, where we will stay overnight.
We will trek back down through grassy meadows and trees covered in wispy moss, continue with a short ride (2hrs) to Thimphu, the capital city.
In the evening, we will 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. We will also visit Memorial Chorten, Buddha Point, Motithang Takin Preserve and Tashichho Dzong.
The road climbs steeply through forests, with hanging lichen up near the Dochula Pass (3,050m). 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 Center before dinner or wander around the small town to see young monks from the nearby school meandering in the street. We will spend the night in a Farmhouse.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Punakha before visiting Punakha Dzong. This is the winter capital of the Je Khenpo (chief abbot). We will visit Chime Lhakhang and Punakha Dzong.
Wind through deep gorges and blue pine forests before reaching the valley. There, we’ll visit the Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) and walk around Haa town in the evening.
After visiting the nunnery, we will follow the trail down through the forest to the road to meet the van. Then, we will 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.
We will help arrange your transfer to the airport for your journey to Kathmandu.
What is Included
- Flight tickets Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu
- All necessary travel permits to Bhutan
- Entrance ticket fees for all the sight spots
- Private transportation in Bhutan
- English speaking local guide
- Accommodation and meals
- Lodging and meals for guide and drivers
- First aid kit
- Porters during the trekking days
What is Excluded
- Your travel insurance which should cover emergency evacuation
- Your personal expenses like beverages, laundry, phone calls…
- Your personal activities like stone bath or archery
- Tips for the guide and driver (tipping is expected)