Bhutan Sightseeing, Trekking and Biking Tour-12 days
Thimpu City Square
View of Tashichhodzong, capital of Bhutan, Thimphu
Tiger's Nest Monastery
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Experience the wondrous Bhutanese countryside via hiking, trekking and mountain biking at one go. It is an adventure that takes you through rich coniferous forests, glacial lakes and beautiful passes up to the dizzying heights offering amazing views of snow-capped mountains. This is certainly a trip away from the hustles and bustles of civilization. Bhutan, "the Land of Thunder Dragon", is without doubt a most mysterious country in the world wedged between the world's giants, India and China - three-fourths of the country is covered in forest. The kingdom, often referred to as the last Shangri-la, is a land of outstanding people, remarkable scenery and natural wonders, and a proud and vibrant culture. Discover the cultural and natural wonders of this last remaining Mahayana Buddhist Kingdom of the Himalaya. Here is a kingdom that is just throwing off the veil of mystery and opening its doors to visitors.
Join our spectacular itinerary that includes biking along Bhutan's only lateral highway in pristine air and through rugged mountain terrains and high passes. The adventure tour encompasses must-see cultural heartlands of Paro, Thimphu, Wangdue, Punakha to Trongsa and the widest Valley of Bumthang. The country itself is undoubtedly a paradise and our itinerary combining trekking, tour, and the adventure biking makes it a comprehensive package for discovering Bhutan. We are sure that you will find it to be a trip of a lifetime!
Important Note and Optional Activities
Your safety is of paramount concern whilst traveling with Himalayan Glacier. Please note that your leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary; however, as this is adventure travel in remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it! Weather conditions, health condition of a member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Day to Day Itinerary
Arrive Paro [2250m/7382ft]
The flight to Paro crosses the Himalayan Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by the guide and will be transferred to the hotel. After lunch, visit the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now the National Museum, then walk down the trail to visit the Rinpung Dzong meaning "fortress of the heap of jewels". Next, visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. From there we will be taken to the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear day we can see Mount Jumolhari, Bhutan's second-highest mountain at 7,314 meters from here. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Acclimatization hike to Tiger's Nest [3180m/10430]
After breakfast, we hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant located about halfway upon the mountain. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. After having explored the monastery, we hike down to Paro. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Trek Par - Jele Dzong [3480m/11415 ft]: 4-5 hrs/10 km
After breakfast, we drive to the road ahead at the National Museum from where we start the trek. The trek trail is rather gradual up until the camp and if the weather is clear the Paro valley can be seen with snow-capped mountains behind including Jumolhari in the distance. Above the camp is Jele La Dzong (3,400m) and Jele Dzong mostly in ruins and there is a Lhakhang with the statute of Buddha Sakyamuni. Overnight camp.
Jele Dzong - Jangchulakha [3770 m/12365 ft]: 3-4 hrs /10 km
Before the trek, we can explore the Jele Dzong which sits at 3570m. Today's trek begins with one and half hour's climb and then again we ascend gradually up. The trail takes us through thick alpine forests and rhododendrons crossing the Jele La (3490m). Yak herders with herds of yaks might be seen around your campsite. There are fascinating views of Jumolhari and other snow capped mountains and songs of Monal pheasants during the day are very pleasant. Overnight camp.
Jangchulakha - Jimilangtsho - Tsaluna [2700m/8856 ft]: 5-6 hours/17 km. Trek ends
After a short climb, the trail follows a ridge. On a clear day, the views of Mount Jumolhari and other Himalayan ranges are sensational. After a short descent, we arrive at Jimilangtsho Lake (3700m) where we have our lunch. Then the trail descends further down to Tsaluna through forests of fir and rhododendrons following the stream. Further down, we reach Tsaluna Village, where we can see beautiful farms. In the evening, we explore nearby villages to experience the lifestyle of rural farmers. Overnight camp.
Tsaluna -Thimphu [2320m/7610 ft]
We walk along the farm roads through the village. After a few hours walk, we drive to Thimphu for lunch. After lunch, we visit to the King's Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), the National Library which contains Bhutanese history in the form of religious and historical literature. Next, we drive to Kuenselphodrang where there is a giant Buddha statue on a plateau overlooking Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong. Also, we visit the traditional paper factory and the majestic Tashichhodzong. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
Thimphu - Punakha [1250m/4100 ft]: 2-3 hrs/76 km)
After breakfast this morning, we enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day spectacular views of the Himalayas can be observed. From the pass, we drive downhill through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. We arrive Punakha after traversing through rice field and along the bank of Punakha River. On the way, we stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to Devine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. We receive a special fertility blessing from Lama's wooden phallus and after lunch we visit Punakha Dzong, stunningly situated in between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. Overnight hotel 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.
Punakha - Bumthang [2850m/9350 ft]: 8-9 hrs/214 km
After an early breakfast, we drive to Bumthang, the cultural heartland of the country. The route is along a spectacular winding road, crossing 3,300-meter-high Pele La pass, and at certain times of year it's possible to see yaks. We stop at Trongsa for lunch. After lunch, we visit Trongsa Dzong, the masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture. Then we proceed to Bumthang with lush valleys and hilly forests. Along the way we stop at a yathra (textile weaving) factory, where the yathras are designed with patterns unique to Bumthang. We can even watch some of the weavers at their looms. Check into hotel on arrival. Overnight hotel in Bumthang.
Biking options: The drop from Pele La to Trongsa, a distance of 70km is said to be the longest downhill stretch in the world. Ride downhill from Yotong La Pass (3,425 meters) to Getsa. From Getsa valley you 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 from the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan; and Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places, because Guru Rinpoche left his body imprint on the cave when he was meditating. After lunch, a chance to tour Tamshing Lhakhang, a treasure house of interesting religious Buddhist paintings. In the evening, we can visit local shops. Overnight in Bumthang.
Biking options: The largest and broad valley of Bumthang offers very good opportunity for biking in Bhutan. You can bike in the around Bumthang.
Bumthang - Phobjikha Valley [3000m/9840 ft]: 5-6 hours/129 km
We begin the day by driving to Gangtey with en route stop for lunch in Chendebji. After lunch, we continue the drive to Gangtey 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. Gangtey Monastery is located on a hill overlooking the entire Phobjikha valley. From Gangtey we can see the picturesque Black Mountain range as well as Phobjikha Valley, the winter habitat of the black-necked cranes, who migrate from Tibetan plateau to escape harsh winter conditions.
Biking options: Downhill from Yotong La Pass to Trongsa and Pele La Pass to Gangtey.
Phobjikha Valley - Thimphu [2320m/7610 ft]: 4-5 hours/127 km
This morning, we return to Thimphu. We stop at Wangdue for lunch. After lunch, we continue driving to Thimphu. On the way, we visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is the only of its kind in the country with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. Check into the on arrival. Evening is free time to explore the town of Thimphu. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Biking options: Downhill from Lawa La Pass to Wangdue and Dochula La Pass to Thimphu.
Drive Thimphu - Paro: 45 min/54 km
After early breakfast, you will drive to airport for departure. Today, you bid farewell to the Himalayan Kingdom and her friendly people. Druk Air generally departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions. Therefore, after taking breakfast, we will transfer you to the airport in the morning depending on the flight schedule and your destination. Our representative will bid you farewell.
- Round trip airport transfers and other transport as per itinerary
- All meals, tea & snacks
- Government approved A & B category hotels on twin sharing basis in city and camping (tent) during trekking
- Experienced English speaking guides and local staff
- All city tour
- Government taxes, permits, sightseeing entrance fees for museums and monuments
- Bhutan Visa fee
- Porter and pack animals for the trekking
- Trekking equipments like 2-men sleeping tents, dining tents, kitchen tents, toilet tents, and sleeping mats
- Mountain Bike
What's Not Include
- Airfare to/from Paro, Bhutan
- Items of a personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet , laundry etc.)
- Trip cancellation and Medical/Evacuation Insurance
- Tips for Staff/guide
1-2 people = USD 4450 per person
3-12 people = USD 3980 per person
( Note! above price valid until end of 2013 )
Hotels in Bhutan are approved and classified by the government as grade A, B and C. These government approved hotels are equivalent to 3-4 star hotels elsewhere. Based on availability at the time of your booking, we provide A grade hotels in Paro and Thimphu and B grade hotels in other places. We use Hotel Tashi Namgay Resort or similar in Paro, Hotel Migmar or similar in Thimpu, Meri Puensum Resort or similar in Punakha and camping (tent) during trekking. Since the this trip is designed on twin sharing basis, you share room with your fellow traveler but in case you prefer single rooms we charge USD 390 as single supplement.
Variety of meals are available in the most hotels – the most popular are Indian, Chinese, and the more common is continental food. Non vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan - pork, beef, chicken, and fish. The best advice is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend what is fresh in particular season. For the actual trekking days, our company will send wide assortment of food. You will be provided 3 meals a day – breakfast, hot picnic lunch on the way and dinner at the campsites with evening tea and snacks. Our trekking cooks are well trained and can whip up delicious meals at any altitude. If you have any special dietary needs, please let us know prior to the trek departure so that we would be able to take care of it. For the first few days during trekking, you will be served fresh foods and meats and towards the end of the trek, you will be served with the high quality tinned foods.
Equipments & Packing List
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Trip Start Dates
We will organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date.
You can join our Bhutan Tour Programs as per your convenience. Spring season (March to May) and autumn season (Mid September to November) are the best time for the Bhutan tours and trek. The months of April and May offer the natural grandeur of rhododendron blooms. The spring season also observes the biggest festivals of Bhutan.
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