Bhutan Cultural Tour with Saga La Trek

Bhutan Cultural Tour with Saga La Trek

TripGrade: Moderate
Moderate or Grade B Trip - comprises a week to 15 days. It can reach up to 5000 meters high in altitude range, but the trails will be moderate (nor easy, nor tough). High altitude may matter on walking speed and distance. You need to have some acclimatization over 3000 meters.

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Duration:

7 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

3150m (Sagala)

Group Size

Any

Trial Access:

Private and comfortable drive.

Best Season:

All over the year.

The Bhutan Cultural Tour with Saga La Trek is a fascinating tour that begins with the sun high, showing the track clear. Due to numerous mysterious and mesmerizing factors, Bhutan is known for its magical sparkles.

A small country hidden in the Himalayas has the title of "Happiest Country" with one of the fastest-growing GDP in the world. “The Last Shangri La, Bhutan” has been preserving its ancestral culture since the 17th century, keeping itself isolated from the outside world and globalization.

Our 7 Days’/6 Nights’ Bhutan Cultural Tour with Saga La Trek begins with a flight to Paro, considered to be one of the most spectacular flights in the world. A scenic drive to the capital Thimpu from Paro International Airport on the same day follows the tour route.

As you travel through the "Haa Valley", you feel like traveling back in time to history. It allows you to ignore the modern lifestyle as it still follows the ancient culture. The hike to  Saga La is comforting as the track takes you through tranquil surroundings along with towering as a backdrop.

Paro, the second most popular place to be in Bhutan. It lies in the surreal beauty of nature, the bewildering scenery of the valley floor shaded by mountains, the meandering Paro Chu River, and the abundance of monasteries and institutions. The rich culture, heritage, ancient temples, and monasteries are still intact in their authentic appearance.

This short trip to this beautiful nation concludes in Paro. However, this is not the end of your trip to Bhutan. A unique visit to the place will make you visit it again and again.

Starting Price

USD 1899 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Paro

Departure from: Paro

Day 1

Arrival in Paro and drive to Thimpu.

Meals included: Lunch & Dinner

Upon arrival at Paro airport, a Bhutan based representative of Himalayan trekkers will greet you and tranfer you at the hotel in the capital, Thimpu. 

After a brief rest, you will have a sightseeing tour of some popular landmarks like Memorial Chorten, Buddha Point,  and Tashichho Dzong. In the evening, you can explore the local markets, check out some restaurants, and bars.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 2 hrs drive

Day 2

Drive to Lobesa, hike to Chhimi Lhakhang, Punakha and explore.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After a warm breakfast, we will drive to Lobesa, the starting point for your hiking.

We will have a short hike to Chhimi Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries of the country. It was built back in the 15th century by Lam Ngawang Chogyal at the place where his cousin, the famous Lam Drukpa Kuenley (also known as the Divine Madman) fought and subdued a powerful demon.

Then we will come to Punakha where we will explore the Punakha Dzong, and the famous suspension bridge.  You will also explore the farmhouse in the evening, where you get to witness the local culture and lifestyle and also overwhelming hospitality. The Bhutanese culture will have a great impact on you. 

Overnight. 

Accommodation: Hotel/guest house/ local lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 3 hrs drive and 45 min hike.

Day 3

Drive to Haa valley and explore.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Soon after breakfast, you will have a scenic drive to Haa valley following the same way of Thimpu. Haa valley is the most picturesque site in the kingdom where tradition and culture with its natural beauty attract everyone.  

En route to Haa, you will stop by the Lamperi Botanical Garden and explore it for an ample of time. 

Once you are in the valley, you will explore the top attractions like Lhakhang Karpo (white temple), and Lhakhang Nagpo (Black temple). You can stroll around the streets of Haa town in the evening where cultural shows are performed on a daily basis.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel/guest house/ local lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs drive

Day 4

Trek to Sagala via Tahung.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This trek goes through the Saga La and takes you to the Dongney Tsho (3200m). The journey begins on a gradual hike through the meadows and coniferous forests for an hour followed by a strenuous two hours climb which will finally lead you to the Saga Pass.

Saga Pass is blessed with serene remoteness and bewildering views in all directions, on the side of the Paro Valley one can see the grandeur and glamour of the majestic Jomolahri Peak and also sights of the famed shining Taktsang Monastery as well as Drugyel Dzong. On the western side, the Tibetan Border can be seen at a distance. The descending walk from here traverses through beautiful coniferous forests till you reach the open campsite of Dongney Tsho where you will be staying the night.

Accommodation: Hotel/guest house house/ local lodges Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs

Day 5

Continue trek to Chodeypu, drive to Paro and explore.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The steep downhill to Genchu Zam makes the first part of the walk that lasts for around 1.5 hours. This hike makes your way through nutcrackers laughing thrushes, pheasants, magpies, and other thick vegetation. As you get down, you will see a small and pretty village known as Chodeypu, comprising of not more than eight houses and a temple. At the base of the Laump Bjara mountain, this is a really pretty village filled with mountain goats. Another one hour of walking finally takes you to the Balakha Chhu marking the end of the ancient Haa Planters Trail.

From here, you will drive to Paro and explore some landmarks like National Museum, Paro Rinpung Dzong (monastery), and Kyichu Lhakhang

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 3 hrs trek and 2-3 hrs drive.

Day 6

Hike to Taktsang Monastery

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The Taktsang Monastery also is known as the Tiger’s Nest and is an iconic destination in the country resting at the edge of a cliff at 3000 m above the Paro Valley. It has a lot of historical importance as it is believed that divine Guru Rimpoche meditated in the monastery for over three months.

Built back in the 17th century, the majestic monastery caught fire in the year of 1998 but was rebuilt to its whole glamour again in 2003. The Taktsang Hike is a pure adrenaline rush and heart-pounding experience as the trail is quite adventurous and challenging. Filled with strenuous climbs, unpaved trail and a steep slope make the 4 hours climb a memorable experience. There is a total of three viewpoints along the way that shows the supremacy of the monastery from different distances.

The Taktsang Monastery is known as the 10th holiest site in the Buddhist World and is a structure that seems impossible to build. There are a total of three temples inside the Takstang Complex, each reflecting upon the valour of the construction. Though it is a must-visit for tourists, the hike up to the Taktsang is quite challenging yet enthralling. We also provide our valued tourists with riding ponies for making your journey easier and fun.

For the rest of the day, you can explore the neighboring village. 

Overnight. 

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 1 hr drive and 45 min hike.

Day 7

Departure.

Meals included: Breakfast

The day of departure has come.

After your last breakfast at Bhutan, you will leave the country on the flight from the Paro Airport finally bidding farewell to your Bhutanese guide, and this small, and beautiful country.

 

Estimated Walking Distance: 30 min private drive

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promises to manage the best, most comfortable and preferable accommodation.

Generally, in cities like Thimpu and Paro, we arrange basic three-star facilities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra. 

Although all the places might not have all the modern facilities, we will make sure to arrange safe and comfortable accommodation. In general, hygienic and safe tea houses/local lodges/ home-stays with all the basic facilities are arranged. But you can, if possible, personalize according to your preference. 

Meals

All meals in Bhutan are included within the evident cost. However, if you want to eat your meals other than at your hotel or local restaurant, you will have to pay the additional amount.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!

Please go through the detailed itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you travel to your heart’s content.


Inclusion

Whats Included

  • Airport pick-up and drop off 
  • All transfers as per the itinerary
  • All accommodation with meals as per the itinerary
  • Bhutan Visa Fees
  • Entrance Fees for museum, dzongs, monasteries, and monuments 
  • Experienced english speaking guide 
  • Guide and Driver
  • A bottle of mineral water 
  • All government fees, royalty, taxes and surcharges 

Whats Not Included

 

  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, phone bills, bar bills, etc.
  • Tips to Guide and Driver (Expected)
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable conditions such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in the INCLUSION section 


GearList

Gears required for the trek vary upon destination and season. Trekking shoes, down jacket, sleeping bag, hiking poles are the essential ones. Besides these – the following list is suggested:

Head

  • Sun hat or scarf
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscream
  • Lip Balm.

Feet

  • Thin & Warm Socks - 2 pairs
  • Sandals
  • Trekking Shoes on the trek
  • Comfortable Shoes in cities

Body

  • Warm gloves
  • T-shirts
  • Light jackets and pullovers
  • Wind – stopper jacket
  • Undergarments
  • Hiking shorts
  • Cotton/woolen pants or trousers

Accessories

  • Earplug
  • Electronics gadgets of your choice
  • Spare Battery
  • Notebook, pen, guidebook and map
  • Tour/Trekking Bag
  • Hiking Poles
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Down jacket
  • Toiletries (toilet paper, toothbrush/paste, nail cutter, anti-bacterial hand wash

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