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Bhutan Tour with Trekking-14 days

Tiger Monastery Bhutan Tiger Monastery Bhutan Phuentsholing Buddha Temple Phuentsholing Buddha Temple Punakha Dzong, the ancient capital of Bhutan Punakha Dzong, the ancient capital of Bhutan

Trip Introduction

Closed to the outsiders for centuries, Bhutan has long been a mysterious land for foreigners. Our ‘Bhutan Tour with Trekking’ combines both trekking through rugged mountain terrains and a journey into the mystical Buddhist cultural towns of Paro, Thimpu and Punakha. While touring the towns we visit popular landmarks like Rinpung Dzong (fortress), Kichu Lhakhang, Drugyal Dzong, King's Memorial Chorten and even hike to the famous Taktsang (Tiger’s nest) monastery. We also cross the Dochu La pass while enjoying constant company of the stunning Bhutanese landscape. 

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.

Trip Cost

1-2 pax= US $ 4810 per person
3-12 pax = US $ 4160 per person
( Note! above price valid until end of 2014 )

What Is Included

  • Bhutanese visa fee
  • All airport pickups and drops
  • All meals, tea and snacks
  • Government approved A and B category hotels on twin-shared basis in cities and camping (in tents) during trekking
  • Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
  • English speaking, trained and experienced guides and local staff
  • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums as per the itinerary
  • All required government taxes
  • Porter and pack animals for the trekking
  • Trekking equipments like 2-men sleeping tents, dining tents, kitchen tents, toilet tents, and sleeping mats

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)
  • Travel insurance

Accommodations

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 booking, we will be accommodated in A grade hotels in Paro and Thimpu and B grade hotel in Punakha. We use Tashi Namgay Resort in Paro, Hotel Migmar in Thimpu and Meri Puensum Resort in Punakha. We will also be camping (in tents) during trekking. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost USD 420.

Meals

All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are included during your stay in Bhutan. A variety of meals are available in most hotels – the most popular being 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. While trekking, fresh foods and meats will be served during the initial days and high quality tinned foods during the end of the trek.

Day to Day Itinerary

DAY 01:  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. Today, we will visit Rinpung Dzong which was built in 1646 and now houses the district Monastic Body and government administrative offices of Paro Dzongkhag. We will also visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country and Drugyal Dzong, built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. Overnight in Paro.

Day 02:  Acclimatization hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery (3,180m/10,430 ft)

After breakfast, we hike for around 4 -5 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 drive back to Paro. Overnight in Paro.

Day 03:  Trek starts: Paro to Shana (2,870m/9,413ft): 17km, 5-6 hours

The trek starts from Drugyal Dzong at 2,580m with a downhill walk on a wide trail. The trail climbs gently through well-maintained rice terraces and fields of millet. The route later enters an area of apple orchards and forests. Soon the valley widens and we reach the army post of Gunitsawa at 2,810m. This is the last stop before Tibet.  We will camp a little further from Shana Zampa, at the meadows surrounded by trees. Overnight camping.

Day 04:  Shana to Sio Thangkha (3,750m/12,300ft): 20km, 6-7 hours

The trail follows Pa Chhu (Paro River), ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forests. Hot lunch will be served after crossing the bridge towards the left side of the river. After lunch, we will follow the river again and climb up through the rhododendron forests. We cross the bridge for the last time before reaching our campsite.  Overnight camping.

Day 05:  Sio Thangkha to Jangothang (4,040m/13,251ft): 19km, 5-6 hours

Our path ascends for a while until we reach an army camp. We will then follow the Paro River above the tree line enjoying stunning views of surrounding peaks. Hot lunch will be served inside a yak herder's camp. A short walk into the valley will take us to our camp at Jangothang. From here, the view of Mt. Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peak are superb.  Overnight camping.

Day 06:  Jangothang to Lingshi (4,000m/13,120ft): 19 km, 6-7 hours

We follow a stream for a while before climbing a ridge. From the top of the ridge we get amazing views of Mt. Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshering Gang. The trail then moves towards a valley on an almost flat path until the climb to the Ngye La pass (4,700m). After crossing the pass, we gradually descend to Lingshi and take pleasure in the panoramic view of the peaks and Lingshi Dzong. Overnight in Lingshi.

Day 07:  Lingshi to Shodu (4,100m/13,450ft): 22km, 8-9 hours

The Laya Gasa route leaves the Jumolhari trek here. We climb up towards a small white Chhorten on a ridge then turn south to the deep Mo Chhu valley. Our trail is largely on a treeless valley, climbing steadily for a while. However, after crossing the Mo Chhu River our journey will be on a steep trail to Yeli La pass (4,820m). From the pass, we can enjoy amazing views of the mountains like Jumolhari, Gangchen Ta, Tshering Gang and Masang Gang. Then we descend to our camp at Shodu, a meadow with a beautiful Chhorten. Overnight in Shodu.  

Day 08:  Shodu to Barshong (3,600m/11,810ft): 16km, 6-7 hours

We follow the Thimpu River, descending through rhododendron, juniper and other alpine forests. On our journey we get to enjoy stunning views of high cliffs and waterfalls. Lunch will be served by the riverside. After lunch we gradually ascend to the ruins of Barshong Dzong. Overnight in Barshong 

Day 09:  Barshong to Dolam Kencho (3,600m/11,810ft): 15km, 5-6 hours

Our trail descends gently through dense rhododendron, birch and conifers forests until it meets Thimpu River at the bottom. We walk on the left side of the river, climbing over ridges and descending to side streams. Our trail then crosses steep cliff to Dolam Kencho, a pastureland where we spend the night. 

Day 10:  Dolam Kencho to Thimphu (2,350m/7,710ft): 8km, 3 hours:  Trek ends 

We walk on a steep and winding trail in and out the Thimpu River towards the south until we reach Dodena. There, we will be picked up by Himalayan Glacier’s representative and driven to our hotel in Thimpu. In the evening, we may stroll in the streets of Thimpu and soak in the rich culture and lifestyle of the locals. Overnight in Thimpu.

Day 11:  Sightseeing in Thimpu

In the morning, we visit nunnery temple, mini zoo to see Takin, the national animal of Bhutan and the radio tower (for a great view of the Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong). After lunch, we visit other landmarks of Thimpu including the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Bhutanese traditional painting school, folk heritage museum, the majestic Tashichho Dzong and the traditional paper factory. However, some of the landmarks are closed in the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays). Therefore, if we are in Thimpu during the weekends, we explore the Weekend Market instead. Overnight in Thimpu.

Day 12:  Thimphu to Punakha (1,250m/4,100ft): 76 km, 2 - 3 hours

After breakfast, we will visit King’s Memorial Chorten which was built in the memory of third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972. We then have lunch and continue our drive to Punakha via Dochu La Pass (3,100m). The road to Punakha descends from the pass through the magnificent pine and rhododendron forests and wanders through some of Bhutan's most spectacular countryside laden with beautiful rice fields along the river banks. Overnight in Punakha.

Day 13:  Punakha to Paro: 130 km, 4 hours

Today is the day we visit Punakha Dzong which symbolizes Bhutanese architecture where dzongs were built without iron nails. Built in between 1637-1638, it is the second oldest and second largest dzong in Bhutan. We then drive towards Paro via Dochula Pass. We will also visit Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple dedicated to Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley en route. After the tour of the temple, we continue our drive to Paro with a stop in Thimpu for lunch. Overnight in Paro.

Day 14:  Final Departure

Today we bid farewell to the tiny Himalayan Kingdom and her friendly people. After early breakfast, we leave for Paro airport. Druk Air generally departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions. Therefore, after breakfast, we will be taken to the airport in the morning for final departure.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition upon joining any of Himalayan Glacier's trips that all clients be insured for comprehensive expenses that might incur due to medical issues or accidents (this includes air ambulance, helicopter rescue, and treatment costs). Please note that we don't arrange or sell insurance.For more information

Equipment and Packing List

While packing for Bhutan Tour with Trekking certain equipments are essential. Please Click here for this trip's comprehensive checklist.

Trip Start Dates

We will organize this trip on the dates requested by you. Please contact us for your customized departure date. Spring (March to June) and autumn (September to November) are the best time to visit Bhutan. The months of April and May offer the natural grandeur of rhododendron blooms whereas Bhutan observes its biggest festivals during spring.

Additional Information

Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you wish to discuss any aspect of this trip or your suitability for it please contact us.
Trip Facts

Price From

$ 4160 USD

Trip Code

HGTBT-0198
  • Activities: Trekking and Hiking, Cultural and Historical Tours
  • Trip Duration:14 Days
  • Altitude:Maximum: 4,040m/13250 ft
  • Accommodation: Standard hotels and camps (tents)
  • Meals:All meals
  • Transportation: 4WD car or Hiace
  • Group Size: Maximum of 12 people
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