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.

While traveling through the landscapes of Bhutan, you will find impressive roads carved out of mountains, high farmland, and deep valleys. Not only that, but you also see a lot of serenity in the remote parts of the country.

The amount of beauty Bhutan offers is simply out of this world. 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. 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.

The journey to Bhutan shows the immense beauty of the wonders of the rich cultural heritage of the country. 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. 

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 in Paro & drive to Thimpu

Meals included: 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 Dochu La Pass (3,088m)

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.If the weather condition is favorable, we may witness the mountainous peaks of the Himalayas along the northeast to immerse in its glory.

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 pay 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.

Finally we 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

Today, after breakfast, we begin to explore the beautiful Phobjikha valley and then head for the Gangtey Monastery.

The monastery is located on one of the small hills raised from the valley floor.  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.

By the evening, you will be taken back to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay. 

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

Day 4

Scenic drive to Bumthang

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning, we drive towards 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. We also visit Ta Dzong, a famous watchtower built for defending Dzong. 

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

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

Day 5

Bumthang sightseeing

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

We begin our journey from Choekhoe valley, which is approximately 1.5 hours journey from our hotel. 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. 

After lunch, we will 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 Estimated Walking Distance: 5-6 hrs sightseeing

Day 6

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 to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a masterpiece monument of the modern time. 

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 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.

Overnight. 

Accommodation: Hotel Estimated Walking Distance: 2-3 hrs hike

Day 8

Drive 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 Simtokha Dzong-the palace of profound tantric teaching’. 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. 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 Taktsang Monastery & Paro sightseeing

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.

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 day

Meals included: Breakfast

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!

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 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

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. 

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 offs
  • All transfers as per the itinerary
  • Accommodation as per the itinerary
  • All meals (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
  • Bhutan Entry Fees
  • All Permit and Entrance Fees
  • Guide and Driver
  • A bottled water 
  • 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.
  • 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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