Bhutan: The Unwavering Landlocked Country of Himalayas

Bhutan: The Unwavering Landlocked Country of Himalayas

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:

10 Days

Country:
Max Altitude:

Yutong La pass (3425m).

Group Size

Any

Trial Access:

Flight and comfortable drive.

Best Season:

All over the year.

Bhutan is The Unwavering Landlocked Country of Himalayas. While traveling through the landscapes of Bhutan, you will encounter breathtaking highways carved out in the mountains, high croplands, and deep valleys. Not only that you also see a whole lot of serenity in the remote parts of the country.

The amount of beauty Bhutan offers is simply out of this world. It is incomparable to any other place. The scenic country preserves all its roots of culture and tradition. Not only that but the country also conserves the environment within the mountain ranges. Bhutan is like a piece of paradise on the Earth. Here one can witness the deep mountainous Gangtey valley only to stare at such a site without a blink of an eye. The country is so calm and serene. It is even majestic to watch the locals doing their daily chores. Once you land in Bhutan, you feel complete freedom from all the worries of the world.

Apart from that, you encounter lots of monks in remote parts of the country, practicing their religion. Thus, you can see how religious the country is. Whether you are visiting the 12th-century temple of Thimpu or exploring the monasteries of Bumthang, you will simply leave awe-inspired by the religious heritage of the country. If you are a spiritual kind of person then, you love this country more.

The journey to Bhutan showcases the immense beauty of the wonders of the rich cultural heritage of the country. One of the most surprising things about the country is the people of the land. That means people are completely forgotten by the modern world. The best way to wander the country is by hiking through the farmlands, climbing the mountains, and walking down the valleys and rivers to perfectly experience the magnificence of the country. It is always advisable to hire an expert guide to provide you with the best comfort and enjoyment.

So, convert your leisure into a memorable journey exploring the Himalayan country with Himalayan trekkers. 

Starting Price

USD 2539 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: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Upon your arrival at Paro airport, a representative from Himalayan trekkers will pick you from the airport and assist you to explore the surrounding areas and a ride-along to move to the city of Thimpu.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 2hrs drive.

Day 2

Scenic drive to Gangtey via .

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We take an early breakfast and take a drive to Dochu-La pass (3,088m), stopping for the brief moment to gaze upon the beauty of the Mani walls and prayer flags along the way. The country hosts some of the highest roads in the world, hence one can always get carried away by the scenery of the landscapes. Since the weather conditions were favorable, we witness the mountainous peaks of the Himalayas along the northeast to immerse in its glory. There are a number of mountains ranges one can witness along the path such as Masagang (7,158m), Tsendegang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m), Jejegangphugang (7,158m), Kangphugang (7,170m), Zongaphugang (7,060m) and Gangkar Puensum(7,497 m-highest peak of Bhutan).

We continue our drive towards the Gangtey and reach to Wanduephodrang to have our lunch. Once we had our lunch, we steep downwards to Wangduephodrang valley, which is about 1,700 m below the pass. We made a visit to Wanduephodrang Dzong, located at the formation of two rivers. We also make a visit to the Dang Chu forest, which is full of bamboo and oak tree. Then we cross Pele La pass (3390m) to visit Radak Shang Temple. Then we, finally reach the hidden Phobjikha valley. What follows is the evening walk to the serene village in Gangtey.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs drive

Day 3

Explore Gangtey valley.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Gangtey is famous for one of the flat valleys which encompasses the wide space of the region that is a rare experience in Bhutan as opposed to other close forested valleys. We begin to explore the beautiful Phobjikha valley and then head for the monastery.

The monastery is located on one of the small hills raised from the valley floor. The monastery is the only Nyingmapa monastery on the western side of the Black Mountains and accounts for the biggest Nyingmapa monastery in Bhutan. The surroundings of the valley are envisaged by the large village, where the locals take care of the monastery.

We then visit the Black Neck Crane Center, which is famous as the place for breeding cranes. There are many pathways to further explore the beautiful valley.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 4

Scenic drive to Bumthang; most historic part of Bhutan.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

The next morning is followed up by the journey of Bumthang. The journey is very long, but at the same time, very memorable owing to the dramatic landscapes of farmlands, deep river valleys and roadways carved out of the mountain passes.

On the way, we make way for Trongsa, a quiet and serene village in the remote part of the country to visit a Dzong. The place is a former home to Bhutan’s monarch filled with monks practicing their religions in a calm environment. One can hear the music of horns, flutes, and drums along the quite skyline that will give you chill down the spine. We also visit Ta Dzong, a famous watchtower built for defending Dzong. Then we resume our journey to reach Yotong La (3425m) the highest point of the trip, followed up by Chhume Valley down the path.

Finally, we reach Bumthang and check in to the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 6-7 hrs drive

Day 5

Sightseeing and exploring the Bumthang.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Bumthang is often called as the district of four valleys of Chumey, Choekhor, Tang, and Ura. The latitude can vary from valley to valley ranging in between 2,600 m to 4,000 m. The place is home to many ancient Buddhist temples and monasteries.

We begin our journey from Choekhoe valley, which is approximately 1.5 hours journey from our hotel. There are endless options to choose from in the valley. We head for Wangdichhoeling, the home to 2nd King. Then we make a visit to grand Kurje Lhakhang, which is revered as one of the most sacred places of Bhutan where Guru Rimpoche was known to have meditated. From the Kurje monastery, we take a tarmac road south along the banks of the river to reach Jambey Lhakhang. The temple was built as Tibetan King Songsten Gampo in the 7th century, also one of the oldest ones in Bhutan.

Then we take our lunch. After lunch, we visit Tamshing Lhakhang, founded in 1501 by Pema Lingpa. The monastery is home to ancient wall paintings. We also make a visit to Jakar Dzong also known as the ‘castle of white birds’.

After returning, we take a walk to Bumthang’s market before finally resting in the hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 6

Continuing our scenic drive to Punakha.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, we will enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan.

After reaching Punakha, relax in the hotel or explore some local markets. Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 7-8 hrs drive.

Day 7

Small hike and explore Punakha.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

 We begin our journey with a hike up in the fields of rice, followed by strolling through the banks of the river Mo Chu. Then we move ahead with Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a masterpiece monument of the modern time, built by the Queens in 1999.

We follow up with a hike towards Khuruthang, passing through Punthsho Pelri Palace and other winter homes of the royal family before finally reaching Punakha Dzong. The Dzong has a rich history, built-in 1637 by Shadbring Ngawang Namgyal, which was built to serve as a religious and administrative center of the region. Due to excessive damage from natural disasters, the Dzong was restored recently by the present monarch. The Dzong is open to visitors during festivals and in summers. The Dzong is strategically located at the junction of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. The Dzong fortress also serves as a home for monarch heads and as an administrative quarter of the region.

Accommodation: Hotel

Day 8

Return back to Paro.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

In the morning, we head back for Paro after having breakfast. En route we make a visit to Semtokha Dzong-the palace of profound tantric teaching’. The palace is located on the hill, just a few kilometers out of the town. Once we arrive at Paro, we check in to the Hotel.

After lunch, we decide to visit Ta Dzong, which was originally built as the watchtower, now known as Bhutan’s National Museum. The museum houses some of the most antique arts and crafts of the country dated back a long time of history. One will be amazed to see all the natural and historical artifacts situated under one roof. You can also see the wall gallery painted with Buddhist lore and many legends. Moving forward, we encounter Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan King in the Himalayas. This temple represents the foundation of Buddhism in Bhutan. Then we make a visit to the local farmhouse, only to welcome by the locals and join in their lifestyle and culture feast.

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs drive.

Day 9

Hike to Tiger nest monastery and sightseeing of Paro.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After a warm and nice breakfast served at the hotel, we will hike up the 4200 steps to the Tiger's Nest, locally known as the Taktsang Monastery. This monastery has been the identification of Bhutan for a long time because of its religious significance and also because of its location. The Mahayana Buddhist believes that the first Dalai Lama, Padmasambhaflewed on a back of a tigress to her for Meditation.

After enjoying a hike and delicious lunch, we will visit the Drukghal Dzong, Sat sham Chorten, and Kyichu Lhakhang. 

Overnight.

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 3-4 hrs hike.

Day 10

Departure from land of thunder dragon.

A representative of Himalayan trekkers will assist and transfer you to the airport for connecting flights back to your home town.

Hope you enjoyed this trip with us and please do remember us for other exciting and amazing (cultural, adventurous and special) trips in the Himalayas.

Have a safe journey!

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Accommodation

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

Generally, in cities like Paro, Thimpu, Gangtey, Bumthang, and Punakha, 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. 

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.

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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