|Duration:||12 Days||Trip Code:||HGTBT-0155|
|Primary activity:||Cultural and Historical Tours,Multiple Activities||Secondary activity:||Trekking and Hiking,Adventure Sports|
|Group size:||2-12 people||Max-Altitude:||3,770m/12,365ft|
|Country:||Bhutan||Transportation:||Private vehicles (car or 4WD or Hiace)|
|Arrival on:||Paro, Bhutan||Departure from:||Paro, Bhutan|
|Accomodation:||Standard hotels and camping (tents)|
After breakfast, we enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at Dochu La Pass (3,100 meters), where on a clear day we get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, we drive downhill through rhododendron, fir and hemlock forests. We then pass through rice fields along river banks and reach Punakha. After lunch, we visit Punakha Dzong. Built between 1637-1638, it is the second oldest and the second largest dzong in Bhutan. Overnight in Punakha.Biking Options: Downhill from Dochula Pass to Punakha valley and round Punakha valley including to and fro 12 km north till Gasa-Damji road head.
After an early breakfast, we drive to Bumthang which is the cultural heartland of Bhutan. The route is along a beautiful winding road. We cross Pele La Pass (3,300m) and stop at Trongsa for lunch. After lunch, we visit Trongsa Dzong, a masterpiece in Bhutanese architecture. We continue to Bumthang and pass lush valleys and hills on the way. We also stop at a yathra (textile weaving) factory, where the yathras are designed with patterns unique to Bumthang. Overnight in Bumthang.Biking options: The drop from Pele La Pass to Trongsa, a distance of 70km is said to be the longest downhill stretch in the world. Ride downhill from Yotong La Pass (3,425m) to Getsa. From Getsa valley we can bike along the valley till Jakar.
Today's sightseeing in Bumthang includes Jakar Dzong, the administrative center of the valley; Jambey Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan, dating back to the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan; and Kurje Lhakhang, a sacred place where Guru Rinpoche is believed to have left his body imprint on the cave when he was meditating. After the tour, we have lunch then visit Tamshing Lhakhang, a treasure house of interesting religious Buddhist paintings. In the evening, we can visit local shops. Overnight in Bumthang.Biking options: Bumthang is the largest valley in Bhutan whose wide landscape offers very good opportunity for biking in Bhutan.You can bike in and around Bumthang.
We begin the day by driving to Gangtey with a stop for lunch at Chendebji. After lunch, we continue our drive through dense forests of oak trees and rhododendrons and arrive at Gangtey village, the highest glacial valley in Bhutan. We visit Gangtey Monastery, the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan. It is located on a hill overlooking the entire Phobjikha valley, the winter habitat of the black-necked cranes, who migrate from the Tibetan plateau to escape harsh winter conditions. Overnight camping.Biking options: Downhill from Yotong La Pass to Trongsa and Pele La Pass to Gangtey.
This morning, we return to Thimphu. We stop at Wangdue for lunch. On the way, we also visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is a unique with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. In the evening, we explore the streets of Thimpu. Overnight in Thimpu.Biking options: Downhill from Lawa La Pass to Wangdue and Dochula La Pass to Thimphu.
1-2 people: USD 4450 per person
3-12 people: USD 3980 per person
(Note: Above price is valid until the end of 2015)