Bhutan Tour with day hikes-6 days
View of Tashichho Dzong from BBS Tower
Tiger's Nest Monastery
Our Bhutan Tour with Day Hikes- 6 Days combines the cultural and natural grandeur of Bhutan in the shortest possible time. The tour begins in the scenic Paro Valley with a hike to the famous Tiger's Nest (Taktsang) monastery. After visiting Thimphu, a unique capital city that has a blend of traditional and modern touch, we drive across the picturesque Dochu La Pass into the subtropical valleys of Punakha. The tour also includes two more hikes: to Wangditse Gompa and to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten. During the journey, we get to experience breath-taking view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks including the sacred Jumolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan.
Important Note :
Your safety is of paramount concern while 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, since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous regions, we cannot guarantee that we will not deviate from it. Weather conditions, health condition of a group 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.
1-2 people: USD 1850 per person
3-12 people: USD 1600 per person
(Note: above price valid until end of 2013)
What Is Included
- Bhutanese visa fee
- Pickups and drops from hotels and airports
- All meals, tea and snacks
- Government approved A and B category hotels on twin-sharing basis
- Transportation in comfortable private vehicle
- English speaking, trained and experienced guide(s) and local staff
- All city tour with permits and entrance fees for museums and monuments visits
- All government taxes
What Is Not Included
- Airfare for international flights to and from Bhutan
- Items of a personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry, etc.)
- Trip cancellation and medical/evacuation insurance
- Tips for staff (guide and driver)
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 the booking, A and B category hotels will be provided in this tour. We will be accommodated in A category hotel in Paro and Thimpu and B category hotel in Punakha. We will be staying at Hotel Tashi Namgay Resort in Paro, Hotel Mingmar in Thimpu and Meri Puensum Resort in Punakha. All accommodation will be on twin-shared basis. Single rooms can also be made available by paying an additional USD 250.
All meals will be provided in this tour. Popular cuisines include Indian, Chinese, and the more common 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 and in season.
Day to Day Itinerary
Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2,250m/7,382ft)
As our flight nears Bhutan we, can enjoy amazing views of the Himalayas including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks. At the airport, we will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier who will take us to our hotel. After lunch, we visit the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now the National Museum. We then visit the Rinpung Dzong, meaning ‘fortress of the heap of jewels’. Next, we visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. From here 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 7,314meters. Overnight in Paro.
Paro to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft): 54 km, 1 hour: Hike to Taktsang Monastery
After breakfast, we hike for around 2 hours to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3,180 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 up on 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 the valley floor and leave for Thimphu. Overnight in Thimpu.
Sightseeing in Thimpu: Hike to Wangditse Gompa
In the morning, we drive to BBS Tower and then hike for 2 hours to Wangditse Gompa on leveled trail with great view of Tashichho Dzong. From here, we also get an amazing view of the Samtenling Palace, home to the fourth King and Dorje Drak meditation retreat on the hillside above. After touring the Gompa, we return to Thimphu. After lunch, we visit the King's Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), the nunnery temple, the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts) and the National Institute of Traditional Medicine. We may also visit the Textile Museum, the Handicraft Emporium, the traditional paper factory and the majestic Tashichhodzong. In the evening, we enjoy strolling in the streets of Thimphu and observe the local lifestyle. Overnight in Thimphu.
Thimphu to Punakha (1,250m/4,100ft): 76 km, 2 - 3 hours: Hike to Chimi Lhakhang
After breakfast, we enjoy a scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at Dochu La Pass (3,100m), where on a clear day we get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, we drive downhill through the rhododendron, fir and hemlock forests. We then pass through rice fields along river banks and reach Punakha. 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 the Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Overnight in Punakha.
Punakha to Paro (2,235m/7,333ft): 140 km, 4 hours: Hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
At dawn, we drive 12km north of Punakha and begin our 2-hour hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. It is located on a beautiful hillock called Ngezergang and contains elaborate paintings dedicated to the old sect of Buddhism. We hike further towards Punakha. On the way back, we visit the Punakha Dzong which was built between 1637 to 1638. It is also the second oldest and the second largest dzong in Bhutan. In the afternoon, we drive to Paro and spend the night there.
Today we bid farewell to the tiny Himalayan Kingdom and her friendly people. Druk Air generally departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions. Therefore, it is likely that we will be taken to the airport by a Himalayan Glacier representative after taking breakfast.
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Trip Start Dates
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Spring (March to June) and autumn (September to November) are the best seasons to visit Bhutan. 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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