Thimphu Tsechu and Thangbi Mani Festival Tour - 9 Days

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Participate in interesting Bhutanese festivals and also explore the renowned landmarks of Bhutan
Destination: Bhutan Trip Cost: $2880 USD
Group size: 1-12 people Max-Altitude: 3,180m/10433ft
Arrival on: Paro, Bhutan Departure from: Paro, Bhutan
Meals: All meals
Accommodation: Standard hotels

Trip Introduction

Festivals have a special place in the hearts of the Bhutanese. Locals come from miles around to attend these festivals of dance, feasting and socializing in their best clothes. On your 9-day tour you will not only be participating in the grand Thimphu Tshechu festival along with Thangbi Mani festival 2017, but will also be visiting popular landmarks like dzongs (fortress), monasteries scattered throughout the country.  The Thimphu Tsechu and Thangbi Mani Festival Tour also takes you hiking to some of the beautiful hiking destinations of the country including the famous Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, believed to be the epitome of the rich Bhutanese culture.

Please note that the following itinerary has been especially designed to cover the Thimphu and Thangbi Mani festivals in the autumn of 2017.

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: (30 Sep, Wednesday): Arrival in Paro then transfer to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft): 54 km, 1 hour
As your flight nears Bhutan, you can enjoy amazing views of the Himalayas including the sacred Chomolhari and Jichu Drake peaks. At the airport, you will be greeted by a representative from Himalayan Glacier who will take you to your hotel in Thimphu for a good night's sleep. In the evening you can either take a rest at your hotel or stroll through the town. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 2: (01Oct, Thursday): Thimphu Tsechu festival
After an early breakfast, we participate in the Thimphu festival which will be held at the courtyard of Tashichho Dzong. During the festival, we get to enjoy religious mask dances, other national dances, receive blessings and socialize. The Tshechu is a festival in honour of Guru Rimpoche, the saint who brought Buddhism to Bhutan and the Himalayan region. Bhutanese believe that everyone must attend a Tshechu and witness the mask dances at least once in their life in order to receive blessings and wash away their sins. Overnight in Thimphu.
Day 3: (02 Oct, Friday): Thimphu to Punakha (1,250m/4,100ft): 76 km, 2 - 3 hours
After breakfast, we enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at Dochu La pass at 3,100m, where on a clear day we get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, we drive downhill through rhododendron, fir and hemlock forests. In Punakha we visit the Punakha Dzong which is located between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. Overnight in Punakha.
Day 4: (03 Oct, Saturday): Punakha to Bumthang (2,850m/9,350ft): 214 km, 7 hours
After an early breakfast, we drive to Bumthang, the cultural heartland of Bhutan. The route is along a spectacular winding road, crossing 3,300-meter-high Pele La Pass. There is even a chance of spotting yaks on the trail at certain times of a year. We stop in Trongsa for lunch. After which we visit Trongsa Dzong, a masterpiece in Bhutanese architecture. Then, proceed to Bumthang through lush valleys and forests. Along the way we stop at a yathra (textile weaving) factory, where the yathras are designed with patterns unique to Bumthang, and we can even watch some of the weavers at their looms. Overnight in Bumthang.
Day 5: (04 Oct, Sunday): Thangbi Mani festival and Sightseeing in Bumthang
After an early breakfast, we will get to witness the Thangbi Mani festival. It is another popular festival of Bhutan and is held in Chhoekhor Gewog in Bumthang to bring peace, prosperity and also for better harvest. Mask dances are also a part of this festival. After spending half the day at the festival, we go for sightseeing in Bumthang including 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.  We then visit Tamshing Lhakhang, a treasure house of interesting religious Buddhist paintings and we can also visit local shops. Overnight in Bumthang.
Day 6: (05 Oct, Monday): Bumthang to Wangdue (1,240m/4,068ft): 197 km, 5 - 6 hours
We begin the day by touring Bumthang market then drive to Wangdue. On the way, we stop at Chendebji Chhorten for lunch. The chhorten was built in the 18th century by lama Shida. It is built in the Nepalese style with eyes painted at the four cardinal points. Next, we cross two spectacular high passes before reaching Wangdue. The village is well known for its magnificent bamboo work and slate carvings. Overnight in Wangdue.
Day 7: (06 Oct, Tuesday): Wangdue to Paro: 124 km, 4 - 5 hours
On the way to Paro, we stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, a fertility temple dedicated to the Devine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. After reaching Dochu La pass we also visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery. With elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works, the Druk Wangyal Monastery is the one of its kind in the country. We stop at Thimphu for lunch and also tour the weekend market at the bank of the Thimphu River. The vendors sell all kinds of goods from fresh chilies, cheese and mangoes to Bhutanese handicrafts and household items. Overnight in Paro.
Day 8: (07 Oct, Wednesday): Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery
After breakfast, we hike for 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 the mountain. After having explored the monastery, we hike down to the valley floor and return to Paro. Overnight in Paro.
Day 9: (08 Oct, Thursday): Final departure
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, after breakfast, we will be taken to the airport for final departure.

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.

Included in the Cost

  • Pickups and drops from hotels and airports
  • Government approved A and B category hotels on twin- shared basis
  • All meals, tea and snacks
  • Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
  • English speaking, trained and experienced local guide and staff
  • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
  • Company services and all required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties

Not Included in the Cost

  • 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

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.


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, Wangdue and Bumthang. We use Hotel Migmar in Thimphu, Meri Puensum Resort in Punakha, Hotel Peling in Bumthang, Dragon’s Nest Resort in Wangdue and Tashi Namgay Resort in Paro. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost USD 560.


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.

Equipments & Packing List

The packing list has been created with the objective of getting maximum comfort with minimum possible weight. Please bring only what is necessary, as this will be helpful to you and the field staff.

Luggage Weight Restrictions

Druk Air has a 44 pound (20 kg) weight limit for checked luggage and another 11 pound weight limit for carry-on luggage on their flights. Your carry-on bags are restricted to one piece, and the size should not exceed 17" x 13" x 8".

Official Papers
  • Passport with minimum validity of 6 months
  • Copy of the first page of your passport
  • Airline tickets
  • Visa approval for Bhutan (to be brought with you)
Packing List for Cultural /City Tours
  • 2 pairs of lightweight long pants
  • 2 pairs of dress pants / dresses for evening
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 4 short-sleeved shirts/blouses
  • 1 long-sleeved shirt for sun protection (also while visiting dzongs, temples and monasteries).
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sleepers
  • Warm jackets (if trip falls in Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan & Feb)
  • 1 sweater or light weight jacket
  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes
Personal toiletries
  • Insect repellent
  • Spare nylon duffel bag for purchase
  • Sunscreen rated 20 SPF or higher
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses, prescription glasses
  • 1 visor/sun hat
  • Daypack/Hip pack for day trips
  • Prescription medications
  • Essential drugs such as diarrhea, headache pills and also pills for cold and cough
  • Anti bacterial wipes or lotion (for face and hands)

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 by email. If you want to talk to us directly feel free to call us at: 00977-98510-55684