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

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Group Size

Any

Trial Access:

Private and comfortable drive.

Best Season:

All over the year.

Bhutan Cultural Tour with Saga La trek is the mesmerizing tour that begins with the sun high, showing the clear track. Make your gadgets ready to capture the mystic path filled with amazement on every corner. Because of the many mysterious and hypnotizing factors, Bhutan is well-known for its magical flashes. Like the Property of the Thunder Dragon, the Kingdom high above the ground, and, the Land of the Unseen Treasures.

Thimpu is a mesmerizing city and the people here never forget to follow the discipline. It is always the top priority for people to respect their culture. They maintain the rules of red, green and yellow lights on their hearts. They are very good at doing the handwork remarkably. Color-Combined dresses are very eye-catching.

Apart from the culture and dress, the food is another must-try in Bhutan. Oh my God, it is mouthwatering as well as spicy. But the food items are surely going to satisfy both your heart and the taste of the mouth. As a compliment, you will always see the smiling mountains like Mount Jhomolhari and Mount Drageygang high on the sky, with a soft blanket of clouds covered with the white snow.

As you travel through ‘Haa planters’, you feel like time traveling to the history. It lets you forget about the modern lifestyle and other modern equipment. It still follows the ancient culture, thus, it is one of the remote villages in the country. Your journey does not end here. You walk with the history of the virgin woods. Not to mention, the birds singing beautifully will hypnotize you. Therefore, it is also called the home of birds from Sagala to Tahung.

Paro: Bhutan has all the surreal beauty that will absolutely blow your mind. The second most popular place to be in Bhutan is Paro. It lies in its surreal beauty of nature, the bewildering setting of the valley floor shadowed by mountains, the meandering Paro Chu River and the abundance of monasteries and institutions. It is situated west of Thimphu and exhibits the most natural form of nature. The rich culture, heritage, old temples as well as monasteries, are still intact in their authentic outlook.

Paro is also home to the only airport in the country and the National Museum. Moreover, the scenic terraced lands are known to produce the country’s most of the red rice. In the northern end of the valley, the grandeur of Bhutan’s tallest peak Mt.Jomolahri basks in eternal glory. The air journey in and out of Paro showcases some stunning views of the Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makalu, Jomolahri, Tsrim Gang, and Jichu Drakey.

In conclusion, this is not the end of your trip to Bhutan but is just the beginning.

Starting Price

USD 1899 per person

Group Discount : Available

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Itinerary

Arrival on: Paro

Departure from: Paro

Day 1

Arrival at Paro and drive to Thimpu.

Meals included: BB

After arrival at Paro airport, a representative of Himalayan trekkers will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel in Thimpu.

After a brief rest, you will have a sightseeing of some popular destinations like Memorial Chorten, Buddha point, Tashichho Dzong and also explore local markets in the evening.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 2 hrs drive

Day 2

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

Meals included: BB

After a warm breakfast, we will drive to Lobesa from where we will start our hike.

We will have a short hike to Chhimi Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries of the country 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, the famous suspension bridge and also explore 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.

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: BB

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

In Haa, you will also explore Lamperi Botanical garden, Lhakhang Karpo, Lhakhang Nagpo and stroll 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: 4-5 hrs

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), Kyichu Lhakhang. 

Overnight.

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

Day 6

Taktsang Monastery Hike.

Meals included: BB

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.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: an hour drive & 45 min hike.

Day 7

Departure.

The final day of departure has come. You will leave the country on the flight from the Paro Airport finally bidding farewell to this small and beautiful country.

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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

Breakfast is usually included with your B&B Accommodation within the cost that is evident.
For other meals in the city, you would have to pay separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place to fit your taste.

In more remote areas, usually, there are not many options. But you can always find hygienic and well-prepared food. Moreover, almost all the meals during the trek are included in the cost. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available!

On top of that, Himalayan Trekkers also organizes Welcome and Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

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
  • All Transfers as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Bhutan Entry Fees
  • Entrance Fees
  • Guide and Driver
  • Welcome/Farewell Dinner
  • All Taxes

Whats Not Included

  • International Airfares and Airport tax
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, liquor, room service, phone bills, bar bills, etc.
  • Tips to Guide and Driver
  • Your Travel Insurance
  • Any cost occurs from any unfavorable conditions such as landslide, bad weather, flight cancellation, etc.


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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