Tariffs

All tours must be booked through a licensed Bhutanese Tour operation such as Norzin Tours. You can only experience Bhutan through an all-inclusive package tour for which a fixed daily tariff set by the Royal government of Bhutan.

NB: “The Royal Government of Bhutan sets minimum selling prices for packages to Bhutan. These must be paid in US dollars prior to arrival in Bhutan” – Tourism Council of Bhutan.

The following is the Minimum Daily Package, as regulated by the Government of Bhutan:


Low Season High Season
Group of 3 persons or more 200 $/night/person 250 $/night/person
Single Individual 200 $ + 40 $ (surcharge)/night 250 $ + 40 $ (surcharge)/night
2 persons only 200 $ + 30$ (surcharge)/night/person 250 $ + 30 $ (surcharge)/night/person
Children below 5 years No cost, only 40 $ visa fee per child
Children 5 – 12 years 50 % discount per child child on Minimum daily package
Full time students undue 25 years 25 % discount per student on Minimum daily package
Group of 11 people 50 % discount for one person
Group exceeding 16 people 100 % discount for one person

What is included in the Minimum Daily Package?

A minimum of 2 or 3 star government approved accommodation at all times (4 or 5 star requires an additional premium)
A licensed English speaking Bhutanese tour guide for the duration of your stay (extra charges for German/French/Japanese speaking guides.)
All internal transport with a licensed driver (excluding internal flights) for duration of your stay
Camping and haulage for trekking tours
All meals in Government approved hotels or local restaurants (Breakfast and lunch usually at the hotel/accommodation, lunch at local tourist restaurants; packed lunches for journeys passing through areas where local tourist restaurants are not available, on treks and hikes.)
Sightseeing, entrance fees to museums and monuments, all permits
All internal taxes and charges
All Sustainable Development Fee of 65 $ per day. This fee goes towards the welfare of the Bhutanese people through, free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, , building of infrastructure.

However, the following are not included in the Minimum Daily Package and you will have to organize them yourselves:

Not included in the MDP:

Air tickets from your point of departure through to Paro International Airport in Bhutan
Travel Insurance
Accommodation, meals, transport and other services required in case of delayed arrivals

Snowman Trek – 26 Days

Overview

This trek leads from the high altitudes of the Bhutanese Himalayas. It is a rather tough trek and requires a bit of endurance. You will be taken into the Lunana region, then to Gangkhar Phuensum and through some of the remotest areas. This 26 days of trek is considered one of the most difficult, but will be one of the most memorable, as you spend almost a month in the Bhutanese mountains.

Day 1: Paro (Ta Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang)

Once at Paro airport, you will be received the company guide, who will accompany you for the duration of your stay. After lunch, visit theTa Dzong, at about16 km away from Paro town. The dzong is of great historical importance to the Bhutanese people as it is where a Tibetan invasion had been defeated. If the weather is clear, be treated to a most spectacular view of the sacred Mount Jhomolhari, also known as the Goddess Mountain, one the highest in the world. Follow a trail downwards and see the Rinpung Dzong, literally translating to “Heap of Jewels”. It is the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. Then, visit Kyichu Lhakhang. Indeed, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the 8th century. Many elderly pilgrims go round the monastery in order to gain good merit! In the evening explore the quaint and tranquil Paro town, then dinner at your hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Paro – Sharna Zampa

17km, 5-6 hours Today the trek officially begins. Drive 12 km north of Paro valley from your hotel, after breakfast, to the historic Drugyal Dzong ruins, from where the trek starts. The trekking crew will be waiting for you. After a brief meeting, walk downhill on a wide trail following the Pachhu, climbing gently through rice terraces and fields of millet. After sometime, the valley widens giving into the tiny settlements of Mitshi Zampa and Sangatan. Reach the army post of Gunitsawa passing through blue pine forest. At this point, the trekking permit will be checked and stamped; and is the final stop before the border to Tibet. Then, cross Pachu River on a wooden bridge and climb to Sharna Zampa at 2,870m. Just beyond Sharna Zampa, campsite will be set up for the night amongst several meadows surrounded by trees.

Day 2: Sharna Zampa to Soi Thangkha

22km, 7-8 hours The path continues alongside the Pachhu (Paro river), ascending and descending through pine, oak and spruce forests. 2 hours later, reach Shingkharap, a stone house at 3110m. Cross a bridge towards the left side of the river. Enjoy ahot packed lunch that will be served. Continue walking and then climb through rhododendron forests and finally once you cross the bridge, you reach campsite at Soi Thangkha, at 3750m.

Day 3: Soi Thangkha to Jangothang base camp

19km, 5-6 hours Gain significant heightas the path leads you above tree line. Climb for a while until the army camp. Then follow the river above the tree line, all whilst appreciating the stunning view of surrounding snowcapped peaks. Cotinue walking until you enter the yak herders’ camp, where a hot lunch will be served. Then follow the trail past the yak herder settlements of Soe and Takethang. Walk across a plateau and up a stream bed and Dangochang village, from where the campsite of Jangothang at an altitude of 4,040m comes into view. Enjoy the spectacular views of Mount Jumolhari and Jichu Drake.

Day 4: Jangothang acclimatization and exploration

Explore Jangothang today. It is flat grassy land base, beneath the colossal Mount Jumolhari and Jitchu Drake. As it is common for people to get altitude sickness at this point, trekkers halt here. If you choose, there will be a four-hour acclimatization hike to the north of your campthat involves, climbing on an open slope until Mt Jichu Drakye (6989m) comes into view. Then, hike further up until the monumental Mount Jumolhari can be seen. If lucky you can come across animals, birds and flowes such as the “blue sheep”, golden eagles and the blue poppy. However, if you do not wish to hike, you can just remain at camp, relaxing and exploring the surrounding areas.

Day 5: Jangothang to Lingshi

19km, 6-7 hours The trek starts from Jangothang. Follow the stream and about half an hour later, cross the bridge over to the right side. Climb up to the first ridge with another beautiful angle of the Mount Jumolhari (7314m), Jichu Drake (6989m) and Tshering Gang (6789m). Continue walking towards the valley, then climb to the Ngye La pass at an altitude of 4,700m. After the pass, gradually descend to campsite at an altitude of 4010m.

Day 6: Lingshi to Chebisa

12km, 5-6 hours Visit the Lingshi Dzong, perched on the hilltop with a view of green hills, and the mountains surrounding it. The Dzong served, for centuries, as a way station for weary Buddhist pilgrims and also as a defense fort against Tibetan and Mongol invaders. Then, walk to Chebisa, a small little village, through villages and yak herders’ camp. Campsite will be set up at Chebisa, by the side of a stream at an altitude of 3,850m.

Day 7: Chebisa to Shoumuthang

17km, 6-7 hours Today, start with a climb of about 4 hours, up a ridge to Gogu La pass (4,500m). You may sight the rare blue sheep on the rocks near the top of this pass. After the pass, descend through rhododendron bushes. After lunch, continue along the trail with intermittent ascents and descents to Shakepasa. From there, walk down through a thick rhododendron forest .Climb steeply up to the northern side of the valley and pass by a couple of yak herder’s camp until campsite at Shomuthang beside a stream at an altitude 4,250m.

Day 8: Shoumuthang to Rogluthang

17km, 6-7 hours Walk through edelweiss bound trail and climb to Jari La pass at altitude 4,700m. Appreciate a view, to the south-east, of Kangbum at 6526m. Then, descend to Tsarijathang valley, which is the summer residence of rare Himalayan Takins. From here, cross over to the left side of the stream, and climb until campsite at Robluthang, at a rocky meadow.

Day 9: Robluthang to Lingmithang

19km, 7-8 hours The path will take you acorss the highest pass in the entire trek. Climb up, crossing streams, passing marmot holes and moraine, until you reach the top of Shingchen La pass (5005m). Appreciate the stunning view of Gangchenta or the Tiger Mountain (6,840m) to the north. After the pass, the trail will take you down to Kango Chhu River. Cross a stream and then walk through cedar forests until Lingmethang (4,140m), a beautiful scattered meadow by the river with Tiger Mountain, where campsite will be set up for the night.

Day 10: Lingmithang to Laya

10km, 3-4 hours Pass through a damp forest, covered with moss where you can hear different types of birds. Then arrive at Laya village, the second highest settlement in the country, at an altitude of 3,800m.

Day 11: Rest day at Laya

Today will be a rest day allowing you to explore around Laya village. It is possible to visit any of the houses around, as Bhutanese hospitality is offered to anyone, with a cup of chang (local wine).Take in the gorgeous view of the peaks surrounding this settlement. Also interact with the local people and appreciate their traditional attires. For instance, the women wear traditional black wool kiras and conical bamboo hats decorated with turquoise, silver ornaments and strings of beads. Dinner will be served at campsite.

Day 12: Laya to Rodophu

19km, 7-8 hours The trail leads down to the Lunana trail junction and then climbs to hilltop with good views over the Mo Chhu and the Rhodo Chhu. Follow the Rhodo Chhu valley, first through mixed conifers and then through rhododendron, above tree line. From top of a large rockslide, enjoy a view of the glacial valley and a big glacier on Tsenda Gang (7100m). Reach campsite at Rodophu.

 
Day 13: Rodophu to Narithang

17km, 5-6 hours Follow the alpine grassland where you will see many yaks, then continue alongside the river through rhododendron shrubs before turning right up the hill. Then climb to a high open valley to Tshomo La Pass (4915m), from where you can appreciate the breathtaking views of Mount Jomolhari and Tibetan border. Next, hike on the barren land and after some time arrive at Narithang (4900m), where campsite for the night will be set up.

Day 14: Narithang to Tarina

18km, 6-7 hours Climb to Ganglakarchung Pass at an altitude of 5120m. From the pass, enjoy the views of Kangbum (6530m), Tsendhen Gang (7100m), Teri Gang (7300m) and Jejegangphu Gang (7120m). Then descend to the edge of straight cliff with views of glacial hanging from Teri Gang forming two turquoise-colored lakes at the base. Continue descending through a steep path, until arriving at campsite in Tarina, at 4350m.

Day 15: Tarina to Woche

15km, 5-6 Walk through junipers down the Tangchu River, passing through amazing waterfalls. Climb out of the valley for sometime, and then make a steep ascent to Woche Village, which is the first settlement in Lunana region at an altitude of 4350m.Tuck in for the night at campsite there.

Day 16: Woche to Lhedi

19km, 6-7 hours Start by climbing up the Woche valley. Then descend to a wooden bridge across a Woche Chu River and climb up past a clear glacial lake to reach Keche La pass (4650m). Then there will be another descent to Pochu Valley, reaching Thaga village at 4050m, pass a few scattered settlements, waterfalls and reach campsite at Lhedi (4200m).

Day 17: Lhedi to Thanza

19km, 6-7 hours Walk through several farms and then reach Chuzo Village (4090m) and visit the Chezo Dzong. Then follow the trail along the riverbed and climb a steep hill until reaching Thanza valley at 4250m.

Dau 18: Rest day in Thanza

Today is a rest day! You can choose between two optional activities for the day. First choice is to visit the Thanza village, an untouched medieval-like society, or explore nearby glacial lakes. Or the other option is to take a hike through small moraine rocks to clusters of Raphstreng Tsho and Thorthormi Tsho, the source of Phochu River of Punakha. You can also enjoy a magnificent view of Table Mountain (locally known as Zongphu Gang).

Day 19 : Thanza to Tshochena

18km, 7-8 hours Start by climbing to a large boulders hill, to the south of Thanza. After few hours of easy walk, reach Danji (4500m), where you may spot herds of blue sheep grazing on the meadows. Then climb to the top of a ridge and continue walking until reaching the junction of trails leading to Gangkar Phunsum and Tshochena. Take the trail to the right leading to Jaze La pass; at 5200m. On the way, enjoy majestic views of surrounding mountains. Then there will be a final descent to Tshochena at 5000m, where campsite will be set up.

Day 20: Tshochena to Jichu Dramo

14km, 5-6 hours Trek alongside a blue-green lake, then climb to a ridge at 5150m. From here, follow the trail that ascends and descends over a small rounded hill, pass a glacial lake and reach Loju La pass (5170m). Cross a small hill and descend further down to the highest campsite of the trek, at Jichudramo camp (5050m), where camp will be set up for the night.

Day 21: Jichu Dramo to Chukarpo

15km, 5-6 hours Start by climbing through a moraine path to Rinchen Zoe pass (5350m). From this pass, The Gangkar Puensum (7520m), highest mountain in Bhutan can be seen. Then descend through lakes and yak pastures until reaching camp at Thongsa Thang (4400m), not far from Chukarpo.

Day 22: Chukarpo to Tampetsho

19km, 7-8 hours Descend to a Galapang yak pasture. Then climb steeply through forests of junipers and silver firs, and then walk alongside a stream leading to the lake. At the end of the lake, campsite for the night will be set up at Tampetsho.

Day 23: Tampetsho to Maraothang

24km, 4-5 hours Today Climb steeply to the Tampela Pass (4600m), and then descend to the Omtsho Lake; where according to legend, in 15th century, the famous saint Terton Pema Lingpa miraculously discovered a treasure from it. Follow the trail until the outlet of the lake. Continue walking until reaching a large open area. Then walk along mixed forests to reach the last campsite of the trek at Maraothang at 3620m.

Day 24: Maraothang to Nika Chhu Zam

20km, 6-7 hours The trail goes downhill through bamboo forests, rhododendron forest, deep mud pools and streams, to a large grassy area overlooking the road and the Sephu Village (2650m). Transport will be waiting for you at this point, which will escort you to Punakha and put an end to a fabulous, almost a month long trek.

Day 25: Punkha (Punakha Dzong, Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten) – Thimphu (Memorial Chorten, Tashichhodzong) – Paro

First stop is the astonishing Punakha Dzong, built in 1637. It is situated between two rivers, the Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). Punakha Dzong served as the seat of the Government until 1955. It truly is a magnificent fortress, in which, the much mediatised Royal Wedding of the Fifth King of Bhutan took place to the beautiful Queen Jetsun Pema in October 2011. Then drive about 7km out of Punakha town, crossing a spectacular suspension bridge with prayer flags fluttering in the wind, over the Mochu River. From this point, enjoy a walk of about 30-45 minutes to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten (Stupa), perched on a strategic beautiful ridge overlooking the nearby villages under Kabisa gewog. After lunch, drive to Thimphu, and visit the Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to the late Third King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Next, if time permits, visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicines, the National Institute of Zorig Chusum (School of 13 arts & crafts), where you can appreciate the beautiful local crafts and art. Drive to Paro, and enjoy dinner at your hotel in Paro.

Day 26: Departure from Paro airport to onwards destination

Drive to the Paro International Airport and get checked in. Then it will be time to part from your guide and driver! We can only hope that you would have had an unforgettable and fantastic trip to Bhutan! Tashi Delek!

Merak Sakteng Trek -13 days

Overview

This is a moderate trek that will pass through semi-nomadic villages. The trek begins at Chaling and ends in Phongmey. Merak Sakteng is unique in the sense that it allows visitors to experience a semi-nomadic lifestyle and culture, like nowhere else in the country. The valley is in the protected area of Sakteng Wildlife Sanctuary in Trashigang Dzongkhag, in Eastern Bhutan.

Day 1: Guwahati – Samdrupjongkhar

Once you land in Guwahati Airport, in India; about 3 hours drive from Samdrupjongkhar (Bhutanese border town to India), you will be met by your guide, who will escort you to Samdrupjongkhar. In the evening, enjoy some leisure time to explore the town. Dinner and over night stay at hotel in Samdrupjongkhar.

Day 2: Samdrupjongkhar – Ranjung

There will be a 7 and half hours drive to Rangjung. Hot pack lunch near a nice location by the roadside. Admire the view of diverse flora and fauna. On reaching Rangjung check into hotel, then enjoy leisure time to explore Rangjung. Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Day 3: Ranjung – Shetimi (Merak Sakteng Trek starts)

4 hours Today the trek officially starts! From Ranjung, drive to Chaling, where horses and cooks will be waiting for you; and from which point the trek begins. Dinner and over night stay at the camp at Shetimi.

Day 4: Shetimi – Merak

Start the trek to Merak, where houses are crowed up at a hillside at an altitude of 3400m. In the late afternoon, after reaching the camp, explore the Merak village. Dinner and over night stay at the camp.

Day 5: Merak – Meserteng

5-6 hours The journey for today will be about 5 to 6 hours. Cross the Nyakchungla at 4300m. From the pass, descend utill campsite at Meserteng. Dinner and over night stay at the camp, Meserteng/Rinagpo. .

Day 6: Meserteng – Sakteng

3-4 hours Short and east trek today. Lunch will be served upon reaching campsite in Sakteng. Then, explore the Manirong, Tengma and Pusa village. In the evening, enjoy a dance program organized by the local people for your benefit. It is common for the local people to come pay a visit to the campsite with ‘Tshogchang’, local alcohol. Dinner and overnight stay at Sakteng.

Day 7: Sakteng halt

Today, no trekking! It is a day to explore the Sakteng and Brongmang village. Also visit Borangtse and Kushu Guru Lhakhang. Lunch and dinner will be served at the camp or one of the farm houses in Sakteng.

Day 8: Sakteng – Takhti

5-6 hours Today, trek to Takthi. Stop to enjoy a hot packed lunch and continue the trek to the campsite in Takthi. .

Day 9: Takhti –Joenkhar

~5 hours Trek to Joenkhar. Once at said destination, enjoy leisure time in the evening to explore surroundings. Dinner and over night stay at campsite in Joenkhar .

Day 10: Joenkhar – Phonmey – Rangjung (End of trek)

3-4 hours Trek to Phonmey, where lunch will be served and officially the end of the trek. Car and driver will be waiting for you there, and part ways with horsemen and cooks. Drive to Rangjung, once there, enjoy evening at leisure. Dinner and over night stay at Hotel.

Day 11: Rangjung – Trashiyangtse (day excursion)

After breakfast, drive to Trashiyangtse. Visit Gomphu Kora Lhakhang, the old dzong of Trashiyangtse on the way. At Trashi Yangtshi, see the Chorten Kora and Trashi Yangtshi town. After lunch, you will drive back to Trashigang. Dinner and over night stay at Trashigang hotel.

Day 12: Rangjung – Samdrupjongkhar

Drive to Samdrup Jongkhar. At Khaling, visit the weaving center, place for young girls to learn the art of weaving and also the natural dyes, used in their textiles. Enjoy a hot pack lunch, and continue journey to Samdrup Jongkhar. In the evening, meet the Indian driver, who will escort you to Guwahati Airport. Dinner and over night stay at S/Jongkhar.

Day 13: Samdrupjongkhar – Guwahati

The guide will bid you farewell. Then the I

Dagala Thousand Lakes Trek -7 days

Overview

A rather strenuous trek but worthwhile because of the tranquility and beauty of natural landscape that can be enjoyed during the journey. The 7 days trek will take you into an area ornamented with multiple of pure, clear lakes. As you walk amidst the gleaming lakes, you can appreciate stunning views of the Himalayan mountain range, including some the highest peaks of the world, including Mount Everest, Mount Jhomolhari, Jitchu Drakse, amongst others.

Day 1: Paro (Ta Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang) – Thimphu

The flight to Paro crosses the Himalayan Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the Mount Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival, you will be greeted by one of our guides that will accompany you for the duration of your visit. After lunch, visit “Ta-Dzong “, built in 1656. Initially a watchtower for the Paro Valley, it has now been converted into a National Museum. Then, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and the most sacred shrine in the country.  Drive for one hour to Thimphu. Dinner will be served at the hotel.

Day 2: Thimphu (Genekha) – Gur


7km, 5 hours The trek officialy beigns on this day. From Thimphu, drive to the starting point of the trek at the beautiful Genekha village (2800 m). Walk through terraced fields and conifers vegetation, with a short descent down to the river. After crossing the river, climb until a huge rock platform at 3350m from where you can enjoy a picturesque view of the valley lying below. Continue for another two hours until campsite at Gur, set amidst yak pastures, comes into view. Dinner will be served at campsite.

Day 3: Gur – Labatama

12km, 6 hours Continue the journey across the ridges, amidst flowers and large meadow; and enjoy the beauty of the rugged mountain vegetation. Crossing tiny streams, climb gently through scattered birches and rhododendrons to arrive at Pagalabtsa pass (4,250m). From this point, have spectacular views of Kanchenjunga and most of snowcapped Bhutanese Himalayan peaks. Upon descending from the pass, take in a magnificent view of the whole Dagala range meadows and yak herders camp, near which lunch will be served. Continue your descent until you reach into the Labatama valley and then ascend gradually to reach Utsho Lake (4,300m), where campsite will be set.

Day 4: Labatama – Panka

8km, 5-6 hours Climb along the western side of Dala Tsho. You may have a view, depending on the weather, of the mountain peaks including Everest (Nepal), Kanchenjunga, Jumolhari, Jitchu Drake, Tshering Gang, Khangbum, Masang Gang, Tshenda Gang and Gangche Ta. The path then descends, passing some yak herder huts to Docha Chu. Follow the river for a while, on a slope, after some ascents and descents, campsite at Pankha (4000m) will come into view. Dinner and tuck in for the night before another day of trek!

Day 5: Panka – Talakha

14km, 8 hours The trail will cross several passes, from where you can enjoy impressive views of snowcapped mountains. See varieties of Blue Poppy (June-July), and different types of mountain birds. If you are interested in ornithology, this may be an extra exciting day for you. Once at Tala La pass at (4180m), start a long descent to Talakha Monastery, where campsite will be set up, for dinner and rest for the night.

Day 6: Talakha – Chamgang – Thimphu

6km, 3 hours From the monastery, descend a short distance through mixed vegetation and apple orchards to the road leading to Chamgang village, where the transport will be waiting to escort you to Thimphu. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 7: Thimphu (Memorial Chorten, Tashichhodzong, Takin Reserve) – Paro (Drugyel Dzong, Rinpung Dzong)

Today explore the capital city. After breakfast, visit the Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to the late Third King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. It is a place where most important religious as well as non religious events, regularly graced by members of the royal family, are held. For example, a beautiful Flower Exhibition was organized there in honor of Princess Mako of Japans’ visit to Bhutan, in June 2017. Then stop at the spectacular Tashichhodzong, the main seat of power of Bhutan, home to the Kings’ Throne room. It also serves as the summer residence of the Central Monastic Body and the Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot of Bhutan. Then, visit the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts shops, where you can buy hand-woven textiles, thangkha paintings made from local materials. After lunch, visit the takin preserve, the national animal of Bhutan, in Motithang, at the edge of Thimphu. Drive to Paro and once thereenjoy leisure timeto pick up a souvenir or two for your loved ones back home. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: Departure from Paro to onwards destination

Drive to the Paro International Airport and get checked in. Then it will be time to part from your guide and driver! We can only hope that you would have had an unforgettable and fantastic trip to Bhutan! Tashi Delek!

Punakha Winter Trek – 9 Days

Overview

This is a short and easy trek through Punakha, once the capital city of Bhutan. The trail passes through several villages, forests and rice fields. You can also enjoy glorious views of Phajoding Monastery and also cross the Sinchula Pass. It will truly provide an insight into one of the most beautiful districts of Bhutan. The trek also includes visits of Paro and Thimphu; and the world reknown hike to Taktsang monastery, perched on the face of giant rock cliff. So this 9 days trip will allow you an insight into western Bhutan.

Day 1: Paro (Ta Dzong)

Fly into Paro on the national carrier Drukair, or the more recent company Bhutan Airlines, and enjoy the aerial view of Paro valley and its surrounding peaks. At the airport, you will greeted by the company guide, who will accompany you for the duration of your stay. Transfer to your hotel, where lunch will be served. Then visit the famous “ Ta-Dzong “, built in 1656. Initially a watchtower for the Paro Valley, it has now been converted into a National Museum. Then, enjoy leisure time in the evening, to get acquainted with the town of Paro. Dinner will be served in the comfort of your hotel.

Day 2: Paro (Taktsang, Drugyel Dzong)

Time for an adventurous day! Drive to the base of the very famous Taktsang Monastery, also called the “Tigers nest, from which point the approximately 2 and a half hours’ breathtaking hike through a pine forest begins. Taktsang was built on the side of a gigantic rock face, dominating the view of the mountain at the height of 2600 meters (those with altitude sickness are recommended to take medicine for it beforehand).

Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew to this rock on which the monastery is built on the back of a flying tiger named Dorje Drolo. Experienced ponies can be hired for half of the journey upwards, for those who do not feel up to the task. Lunch will be served at your descent from the mountain. After some rest, visit Drugyel Dzong , at about16 km away from Paro town. This ruined fortress has great historical importance for the Bhutanese people, as it is where they had defeated their long time archirivals, the Tibetans centuries ago. If the weather is clear on this day, have a most spectacular view of the sacred Mount Jhomolhari, also known as the Goddess Mountain, one the highest in the world. Then, replenish yourself with your dinner served at your hotel.

Day 3: Paro – Thimphu (Memorial Chorten, Zorig Chusum, Tashichho Dzong)

Today it will be time to discover the capital city. Drive to Thimphu, after breakfast, on a one hour scenic drive, giving spectacular views of the young and fresh mountains of the Bhutan. The road will take you through winding roads, by the Paro Chu (Chu meaning water or river) downstream to the confluence with the Wang Chu. At this point, turn upstream and travel along the Wang Chu to Thimphu. Lunch will be served upon arrival. Then visit the Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to the late Third King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. It is a place where most important religious as well as non religious events, regularly graced by members of the royal family, are held. For example, a beautiful Flower Exhibition was organized there in honor of Princess Mako of Japans’ visit to Bhutan, in June 2017.

Then visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicines, the National Institute of Zorig Chusum (School of 13 arts & crafts), where you can appreciate the beautiful local crafts and art. In the evening, visit the spectacular Tashichhodzong, the main seat of power of Bhutan, home to the Kings’ Throne room. It also serves as the summer residence of the Overview

This is a short and easy trek through Punakha, once the capital city of Bhutan. The trail passes through several villages, forests and rice fields. You can also enjoy glorious views of Phajoding Monastery and also cross the Sinchula Pass. It will truly provide an insight into one of the most beautiful districts of Bhutan. The trek also includes visits of Paro and Thimphu; and the world reknown hike to Taktsang monastery, perched on the face of giant rock cliff. So this 9 days trip will allow you an insight into western Bhutan.

Day 1: Paro (Ta Dzong)

Fly into Paro on the national carrier Drukair, or the more recent company Bhutan Airlines, and enjoy the aerial view of Paro valley and its surrounding peaks. At the airport, you will greeted by the company guide, who will accompany you for the duration of your stay. Transfer to your hotel, where lunch will be served. Then visit the famous “ Ta-Dzong “, built in 1656. Initially a watchtower for the Paro Valley, it has now been converted into a National Museum. Then, enjoy leisure time in the evening, to get acquainted with the town of Paro. Dinner will be served in the comfort of your hotel.

Day 2: Paro (Taktsang, Drugyel Dzong)

Time for an adventurous day! Drive to the base of the very famous Taktsang Monastery, also called the “Tigers nest, from which point the approximately 2 and a half hours’ breathtaking hike through a pine forest begins. Taktsang was built on the side of a gigantic rock face, dominating the view of the mountain at the height of 2600 meters (those with altitude sickness are recommended to take medicine for it beforehand).

Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew to this rock on which the monastery is built on the back of a flying tiger named Dorje Drolo. Experienced ponies can be hired for half of the journey upwards, for those who do not feel up to the task. Lunch will be served at your descent from the mountain. After some rest, visit Drugyel Dzong , at about16 km away from Paro town. This ruined fortress has great historical importance for the Bhutanese people, as it is where they had defeated their long time archirivals, the Tibetans centuries ago. If the weather is clear on this day, have a most spectacular view of the sacred Mount Jhomolhari, also known as the Goddess Mountain, one the highest in the world. Then, replenish yourself with your dinner served at your hotel.

Day 3: Paro – Thimphu (Memorial Chorten, Zorig Chusum, Tashichho Dzong)

Today it will be time to discover the capital city. Drive to Thimphu, after breakfast, on a one hour scenic drive, giving spectacular views of the young and fresh mountains of the Bhutan. The road will take you through winding roads, by the Paro Chu (Chu meaning water or river) downstream to the confluence with the Wang Chu. At this point, turn upstream and travel along the Wang Chu to Thimphu. Lunch will be served upon arrival. Then visit the Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to the late Third King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. It is a place where most important religious as well as non religious events, regularly graced by members of the royal family, are held. For example, a beautiful Flower Exhibition was organized there in honor of Princess Mako of Japans’ visit to Bhutan, in June 2017.

Then visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicines, the National Institute of Zorig Chusum (School of 13 arts & crafts), where you can appreciate the beautiful Central Monastic Body and the Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot of Bhutan. End the pleasant day with a dinner at your hotel, in Thimphu.

Day 4: Thimphu – Dopshing

17km, 8 hours The trekking phase of the trip officially begins. After breakfast, drive to the north of Thimphu valley towards Dechencholing Palace. From that point, walk to Chamina Village, which is the starting point of the hike through an unsealed road, on an old footpath, towards the ancient capital of Bhutan, Punakha. Walk on gradual slopes and if the weather is clear, have a spectacular view of the Phajoding monastery, one of the most sacred and famous monasteries in Bhutan, located just above Thimphu. Also, enjoy an incredible view of the Himalayan ranges. After a few kilometers, spot the Thinleygang village and Talo Monastery and the vehicle road leading towards Punakha. From this point, the trek will more or less be downhill and finally reach campsite for the night at Dopshing. A hot dinner will be served at your campsite.

Day 5: Dopshing – Chorten Ningpo

18km, 6-7 hours Today, journey mainly through a thick forest, while passing some villages on the way. Catch some wonderful photo opportunities as you pass through the beautiful paddy fields. Campsite will be located at an altitude of 2,700 meters near Chorten Nignpo, a very well known, stupa connected to the very popular patron saint, The Divine Madman Lam Drukpa Kuenley, of Bhutan. Dinner will be served at campsite.

Day 6: Punakha (Punakha Dzong, Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten)

No more trek, but time to explore Punakha. After breakfast, pack up and drive to Punakha. First stop is the astonishing Punakha Dzong, built in 1637. It stands between two rivers, the Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). Punakha Dzong served as the seat of the Government until 1955. The much mediatised Royal Wedding of the Fifth King of Bhutan took place in the Dzong, to the beautiful Queen Jetsun Pema in October 2011. After lunch, drive about 7km out of Punakha town, crossing a spectacular suspension bridge with prayer flags fluttering in the wind, over the Mochu River.

From this point, enjoy a walk of about 30-45 minutes to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten (Stupa), perched on a strategic beautiful ridge overlooking the nearby villages under Kabisa gewog. The stupa took 9 years to build under the sponsorship of Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangden Wangchuck to promote peace, stability, harmony throughout the world. An interesting fact about the stupa is that it is the first of its kind in the world to have been constructed in consultation of holy scriptures, as visualized by Dudjom Lingpa, rather than engineering books. End the day with dinner at your hotel in Punakha.

Day 7: Punakha (Chimi Lhakhang) – Dochula Pass – Thimphu

Today, on the way back to Thimphu, there will be a stop at Chimi Lhakhang. It is a famous monastery built n 1499, by the cousin of Lama Drukpa Kuenley (the famous patron saint of Bhutan, also known as the Divine Madaman!) in his honor for having subdued a nearby demoness with his “magic thunderbolt of wisdom”. Also, this monastery is famous as the “Temple of Fertility”, as it is known to be a place where people trying to conceive a child come to for blessings.

Next stop before Thimphu will be at the Dochula Pass where you can appreciate a spectacular array of 108 chortens, built in honor of the Fourth King, Jigme Singye Wangchuk, by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. A wonderful location, very popular amongst tourist as well as locals, offering a 360 degree panoramic view of the snowcapped Himalayan ranges. If the weather permits, even catch a glimpse of Gasa Dzong at a distance. Then continue the journey towards Thimphu. In the evening, enjoy leisure time to explore more of the nooks and corners of Thimphu town. Dine at your hotel in Thimphu.

Day 8: Thimphu (Tango Monastery, Kuenselphodrang) – Paro

Have a relatively relaxed second last day in Bhutan, but only after a one hour hike to the Tango monastery. After breakfast, drive to the base of Dodeyna from which point the hike begins through a beautiful forest. Tango monastery was founded in the 13th century by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo and the great founder of Bhutan, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who was known to have meditated in its cave.

After lunch and some rest, drive uphill to the Kuenselphodrang to see a large statue of Buddha Shakya at 52 meters high. From this point, you will have an excellent location for pictures and be able to enjoy a bird’s eye view of Thimphu town. Next stop is the National Institute of Traditional Medicines, followed by the National Insitute of Zorig Chusum (School of 13 arts & crafts), Royal Textiles Academy and local handmade paper house. Then time to bid adieu to the capital city, Thimphu, and its sights and smells. Your guide and driver will escort you, in the evening, back to Paro. Dinner will be served at your hotel.

Day 9: Departure from Paro Airport to onwards destination

Drive to the Paro International Airport and get checked in. Then it will be time to part from your guide and driver! We can only hope that you would have had an unforgettable and fantastic trip to Bhutan! Tashi Delek!

GANGTEY TREK – 8 Days

Overview

This is relatively easy and short trek through several beautiful villages and monasteries. Gangtey is famous for being the valley of the black necked cranes that migrate there. Moreover, the monastery there is considered one of the most important seats of the Pema Lingpa tradition, the most important patron saint of Bhutan. This 8 day trek will be a wonderful experience through western and central Bhutan.

Day 1: Paro (Ta Dzong) – Thimphu (Tashichodzong, National Library, Painting School, School of Traditional Medecine)

Once at Paro International Airport, the company guide who will accompany you for the duration of your stay will greet you. Proceed on a one hour drive to Thimphu but first, make a stop for sightseeing at “Ta-Dzong “, built in 1656. Initially a watchtower for the Paro Valley, it has now been converted into a National Museum. Then continue onwards to Thimphu, after lunch on a drive through winding roads, by the Paro Chu (Chu meaning water or river) downstream to the confluence with the Wang Chu. There, you will turn upstream and travel along the Wang Chu to Thimphu. First stop will be TashichhoDzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery, housing most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room; also serving as summer residence for the Je Khenpo, Chief Abbot of Bhutan and the central monastic body.

Next stop is the National Library, safeguarding a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts. After, drive to Painting School, famous for traditional “thangkha” paintings; where you will see students at work producing intricate design on cloth. If time permits, also visit the Traditional Medicine Institute. Dinner and a good nights rest at your hotel in Thimphu.

Day 2: Thimphu – Dochula Pass – Punakha Dzong

Drive to Punakha from Thimphu. On the way stop at Dochula Pass, at an altitude of 3150 meters, to appreciate a spectacular array of 108 chortens, built in honor of the Fourth King, Jigme Singye Wangchuk, by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. The spot offerrs 360 degree panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges. The journey then continues through varying scenes of greenery all the way to Punakha. First stop is the astonishing Punakha Dzong, built in 1637. It is situated between two rivers, the Pho Chu (Male River) and the Mo Chu (Female River). The Dzong served as the seat of the Government until 1955. It also was the lieu, in which, the much mediatised Royal Wedding of the Fifth King of Bhutan took place to the beautiful Queen Jetsun Pema, in October 2011. Dinner will be served at your hotel in Punakha.

Day 3: Punakha (Khamsum Yuelley Chorten) – Gangtey (Gangtey Monastery)

After an early breakfast, drive about 7km out of Punakha town, crossing a spectacular suspension bridge with prayer flags fluttering in the wind, over the Mochu River. From that point, begin a walk of about 30-45 minutes to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten (Stupa) , perched on a strategic beautiful ridge overlooking the nearby villages under Kabisa gewog. The stupa was built under the sponsorship of Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangden Wangchuck to promote peace, stability, harmony throughout the world, and took nine years to complete.

Proceed to Gangtey, in the famous Phobjikha valley, in the Wangdue Phodrang district, on a three hour drive. Upon arrival, lunch will be served. Then visit the Gangtey monastery located on a hill overlooking the valley. It is the main seat of the Pema Lingpa tradition, the main patron saint of Bhutan, to whom the Royal Family is said to have descended from. This monastery is circled, by the famous migrating black necked cranes three times, on arrival and when returning to Tibet in October each year. Dinner will be served at your hotel in Phobjikha.

Day 4: Phobjikha -Zasa

15km, 6-7 hours Put your trekking shoes on and trekking officially begins! After breakfast, drive to the village of Tabiting from Phobjikha. The trail winds through meadows and fields and there is climb through a beautiful forest up to TseleLa, located at 3430 meters. From here you descend into the Juge Kangkha Chhu valley. Further on, the path leads to Gogona, famous for its delicious “Gogona Cheese” production. Then soon enough see the campsite a bit further on, besides a small stream in a yak pasture called Zasa. Finally, after a long day, dinner will be served at the campsite in Zasa, at 3130 meters. Tuck in well for the night for the trek the next day!

Day 5 – Zasa-Chortenkarpo

16km, 5-7 hours Start by a gentle climb to Shobe La pass at 3480 meters altitude. From there, descend to a wide valley, after which Khotokha, a village of a couple of dozens of houses comes into view. A final gentle ascent until four chortens comes into view, from where you will start to see campsite for the night at Chortenkarpo. After another tiring, but nonetheless exhilarating day, replenish yourselves with dinner before tucking in for the night at Chorten Karpo.

Day 6: Chorten Karpo – Tekke – Thimphu

(Gangtey)

12km, 4-5 hours Start the last day of trek by climbing until you reach a forest road. Begin an easy walk to a little ridge, followed by a walk back into the valley. Pass through some of Bhutans’ most famous and exquisite bird watching places. So if you are a bird enthusiast, or interested in ornithology, this will be an extra exciting day, as you may be able to spot rare birds such as the Great Pied Horn, so do have binoculars or cameras ready, to enjoy some rare sights of nature! At Tekke Zam, the transport will meet you to escort you back to Thimphu. Upon arrival, dinner will be served at your hotel in Thimphu.

Day 7: Thimphu (Tango Monastery, Memorial Chorten, Kuensel Phodrang) – Paro

Day in Thimphu will be relatively relaxed, but only after a one hour hike to the Tango monastery. After breakfast, drive to the base of Dodeyna from where the hike through a beautiful forest begins. Tango monastery was founded in the 13th century by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo and the great founder of Bhutan, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who was known to have meditated in its cave. Lunch will be served at your descent. Then visit the Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to the late Third King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. It is a place where important religious and non religious events are held and, graced by members of the Royal Family of Bhutan time and again.

Then drive to Kuenselphodrang to see one of the largest statues of Buddha Shakya Muni at 52 meters high. From this point, enjoy an excellent location for pictures and a bird’s eye view of Thimphu town. In the evening, if time permits, visit National Institute of Traditional Medicines, the National Insitute of ZorigChusum (School of 13 arts & crafts), Royal Textiles Academy and local handmade paper house to appreciate the beautiful age old crafts and medicine of Bhutan. Finally, time to bid adieu to Thimphu, and drive to Paro, where dinner will be served at your hotel.

Day 8: Departure from Paro airport to onwards destination

You will be driven to Paro International Airport where your guide will accompany you to bid you farewell, after breakfast. We already miss you and until next time! Tashi Delek!

DRUK PATH TREK – 7 Days

Overview

On this trek, enjoy two of the main towns of Bhutan; Paro and Thimphu and their respective famous monuments. Then walk through the trails that will lead you through beautiful forests and flowers specific to Bhutan. Also see yak settlements and perhaps even the rare blue sheep. All this whilst surrounded by some of the highest and most dominating peaks of the Himalayan range. Campsites will be set up in a way that the snowcapped mountains are in view. This 7 days trek will allow you to get in touch with the nature of the Kingdom.

Day 1: Paro (Drugyel Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang)

Fly into Paro, with a spectacular view of the valley and its surrounding peaks. Once at the airport, the company guide who will accompany you for the duration of your stay will meet you. Drive to your hotel in Paro and check in. After lunch, first stop will be Drugyel Dzong, at about16 km away from Paro town. The dzong is of great historical importance to the Bhutanese people as it is where Tibetan invasion had been defeated centuries ago. If the weather is clear, be treated to a most spectacular view of the sacred Mount Jhomolhari, also known as the Goddess Mountain, one the highest in the world. Next visit Kyichu Lhakhang. Indeed, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the 8th century. Many elderly pilgrims go round the monastery in order to gain good merit. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Paro.

Day 2: Paro – Jilli Dzong

10 km, 4-5 hours After breakfast, drive to the National Museum (Ta-Dzong), starting point of the trail for the day. Pass a few farms and blue pine and fir forests to Damche Gom. Then start descending to the camp site below Jilli dzong. Keep your cameras ready as you may get some beautiful picture opportunities of the Paro Valley and the high snow capped Himalayas. Replenish yourself with dinner kept ready at your campsite near Jillidzong.

Day 3: Jilli Dzong– Jangchu Lhakhang

10km, 3-4 hours Continue the journey with a short and steep climb for about an hour and a half through conifer and rhododendron forests, with numerous orchids, ferns and wildflowers on the trail. Maybe even catch a glimpse of the majestic Jhomolhari to the north, if the weather permits, and see yak herder settlements, living in yak wool tents, if in summer. Then descend towards campsite at Jangchu Lhakhang where dinner will be served, and tuck in for the night to get a good nights’ rest before another day of trekking!

Day 4: Jangchu Lhakhang – Jigmeling Tsho 

11km, 4hours Aim for the day is to reach the Jigmeling Tsho, a lake further north. After breakfast, follow a trail along the ridge of the mountains and cross a series of passes, each marked by a stone memorial and prayer flags. If a clear day, gets a stunning view of the peaks bordering Tibet. Then there will be a long and gradual descent through alpine meadows, through rhododendron and conifer forest that will lead to overnight camp close to the lake Jigmeling. It is also common to fish giant sized trout, which, if lucky may be served for dinner!

Day 5: Jigmeling Tsho – Simkotra Tsho

11km, 4 hours Today, ascend through a rhododendron forest, and pass through grazing meadows. After about three hours, reach Janye Tsho at 3950 meters. Then some short ascents and descents before finally reaching Simkotra Tsho at 4050 meters. Once again, you may come across some yak herders’ camps. Appreciate the Jilli dzong and the ridge line you had trekked along a few days ago, from that point. Finally dinner will be served at your overnight camp near the lake in Simkotra Tsho.

Day 6: Simkotra – Phajoding 

10 km, 4-5 hours Today will be the final day along the ridges! After a good breakfast, start a gradual climb and head over a series of small passes taking you towards the Thimphu Valley. If the weather permits, catch a spectacular view of Mt. Gangkar Phuensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and several other Himalayan peaks. Once again pass some yak herders settlements and alpine lakes before reaching the Phume La at 4200 meters. From this point continue your descent towards Phajodhing, where a monastery and meditation retreat centre is located; and also a very important pilgrimage site for Bhutanese people. Finally, replenish yourself with dinner at the campsite set up above Phajoding Monastery.

Day 7: Phajoding – Thimphu (Memorial Chorten, Kuenselphodrang)

4km, 3 hours From Phajoding, start with a steep descent, passing through mixed forest of mostly blue pine, towards Motithang, at the edge of Thimphu. Once within Thimphu, your transport will meet you and be driven to your hotel. After lunch, first stop will be the Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to the late Third King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. It is a place for most important religious as well as non religious events, graced by members of the Royal Family time and again. You may even see people, from the elderly to the youngest doing “coras” (going around the Stupa to accumulate good merit), and some people, in workout gear, vigorously trying to gain merit and some exercise at the same time! Next stop will be Kuenselphodrang to see one of the largest statues of Buddha Shakya Muni at 52 meters high. From this point, you will have an excellent location for pictures and be able to enjoy a bird’s eye view of Thimphu town. It will then be time to say goodbye to the capital city and be driven to Paro, where dinner will be served at your hotel.

Day 8: Departure from Paro airport to onwards destination

You will be driven to Paro International Airport where your guide will accompany you to bid you farewell, after breakfast. We already miss you and until next time! Tashi Delek!

TREKS -10 Days Trek

Overview

Jhomolhari is Bhutans’ deeply venerated guardian peak, rising on the Tibet- Bhutan border near the major trade route from India into Tibet’s Phari Valley. It is a majestic mountain, called the goddess mountain, one of the highest in the world. This trek takes you to the base of this mountain, which is considered to one of the most beautiful in the whole Himalayan range, to embrace the charm and experience the tranquility of the area. Further, experience the towns of Thimphu and Paro and gain some insight into the ways of life of the local people.

Day 1: Paro (Ta Dzong, Rinpung Dzong)

Fly into Paro with the National carrier, Druk Air, or the newly operating Bhutan Airlines. Once at the airport, you will be greeted by the company guide who will accompany you for the duration of your stay. After lunch that will be served at your hotel, your first stop will be to the famous “Ta-Dzong “, built in 1656. Initially, a watchtower for the Paro Valley, it is now a National Museum. Next stop will be Rinpung Dzong, literally translating to “Heap of Jewels”. It is the centre of civil and religious authority of the valley. In the evening, explore the quaint and tranquil Paro town. Dinner will be served at your hotel in Paro and tuck in for a good nights’ sleep in preparation for the hike tomorrow.

Day 2: Paro Taktsang hike

Put on your hiking shoes as today involves the approximately 2 and a half hours’ hike to the Taktsang monastery also known as Tigers nest. A drive will take you to the trail head of the mountain from where the breathtaking and memorable hike through a beautiful pine forest begins. Taktsang monastery was built on the side of a gigantic rock face. It dominates the view of the mountain at a height of 2600 meters (those with altitude sickness are recommended to take medicine for it beforehand) and clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 m into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew to this rock on which the monastery is built on the back of a flying tiger named Dorje Drolo. Climb slowly, and stop to get some light refreshments at the Taktsang cafeteria before continuing on. Also experienced ponies will be available for those interested for halfway up the trail. In the evening, explore Paro town. Dinner will be served at your hotel.

Day 3: Paro – Gunitsawa – Trek to Shana

17km, 4-5 hours The trek officially begins today. Drive about 15 minutes up to Drugyel, the ruined Dzong. Mount Jhomolhari, dominating the skyline at 24,500 feet, reaches skyward beyond the Dzong. At this point the trek begins. Walk along the Paro River, following the river gently uphill past farmhouses, cultivated rice fields of red rice. The trail then proceeds up a wide valley beneath forest-covered mountains. Pass bright red chilly drying on the farmhouse rooftops and golden wheat fields. After about 5 hours, reach your first campsite at Shana. Dinner will be served there and you can recover strength and energy for another days trek with a good nights’ rest.

Day 4: Shana – Soi Thanthangka

22km, 8-9 hours Today will be slightly more challenging, as it will be longer and involve walking over more uneven terrain, than the previous day. After an early breakfast, enter into the Jigme Dorji National Park. Trek up through the valley, alongside the Paro River. The trail heads gradually up the river valley, passing farms and crossing and re-crossing the river many times. The trail then ascends and descends and the footing can be quite challenging at times, with river rocks on the path. Then pass through a thick, lush forest of oak, pine and juniper. After a stop for tea, you will cross a bridge. Then soon campsite for the night will come into sight. Once at camp, replenish yourself after a long arduous walk with dinner in Soi Thangthangkha, at 3610 meters and get a well deserved good nights’ rest.

Day 5: Soi Thanthanka – Jangothang

19km, 6-7 hours After breakfast, and packing up, continue up the Pa Chu until the widening valley. Then, climb to a beautiful flat plateau with a small chorten and continue the walk until reaching a plateau where lunch will be waiting for you. Then continue, now above tree line, through a spectacular valley lined with snow peaks and several huge waterfalls. Pass the small village of Jangothang, and within an hour, reach campsite for the night, at the base of the ruins of an ancient fortress and if whether permits, Jhomolhari looming at the end of the valley. If arrival at camp is early enough, it will be possible to take some optional evening hikes in the region, so whip your cameras out for another session of photography! Dinner will be served at your campsite.

Day 6: Jangathang – Chorapang (via Bangtuela)

16km, 6hours After breakfast, begin a climb that will eventually give out on spectacular views of Jitchu Drake and Jhomolhari, some of the highest mountains in the world. At the top of the plateau, the trail will level out and after crossing a small hill, the first lake will come into view. Finally, skirt several streams and a small lake as you make way towards the final climb to the pass.  One of the several upsides of this trek is that you may be able to spot some Blue Sheep, in herds at times. Also, you may come across footprints of the famous snow leopards known to be living in this region. Soon cross the Bang Tue La Pass, the highest point of the trek at 15,600 feet, and cross a small glacial stream. Upon reaching the Bang Tue La Pass, sit and take in the beauty of the scenery or put up some prayer flags for the well being of all sentient beings. Not much uphill as before the pass, so enjoy the trek before you soon descend to campsite for the night at Chorposang, in the Soi Yaksa valley, where dinner will be served.

Day 7: Chorapang – Thongbue

11km, 4 – 5 hours Start with a steady climb, passing small “chortens” (stupas), herders with their yaks, even reaching above tree line. Soon enter into the next valley and cross a river fed by melting snow, and slowly begin the climb to the pass. Soon after reaching the pass, campsite for the night will be visible from that point. Also, before the descent to your camp, if the weather permits; take in the majestic views of the mount Jhomolhari and Jitchu Drake; as well as Kanchenjunga in the distance! Dinner will be served at your campsite at Thongbue before you tuck in for the night.

Day 8: Thongbue – Gunitsawa – Paro

13 km, 4- 5 hours Today, the trail climbs steeply from camp up the side of a mountain covered with dwarf rhododendron. A relatively short but steep climb, from which point, wonderful part of the trek route begins. For almost two hours, walk along a ridgeline trail with drop offs to the valley floors below on both sides. If clear, enjoy panoramic views of the major peaks and distant valleys. Eventually, drop down from the high ridge and begin to glimpse views of another dramatic peak, Drake Gang. At this point, it is an area of rocky cliffs and parapets, drop further to a lovely spot with views of the valleys below you. From this tranquil spot, begin one of the most challenging parts of the trek. For the next three hours, drop steeply on a switchback trail losing about 4500 feet. Then, descend to the valley floor. For the remaining journey from Gunitsawa to Drugyel Dzong, enjoy the relatively flat walk to the road head. Upon arrival at a certain point, you will be met by your transportation and driven to your hotel in Paro.

Day 9: Paro – Thimphu (Memorial Chorten, Kuenselphodrang – Zorig Chusum)

In the morning after breakfast, drive to Thimphu. First stop will be the Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to the late Third King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. It is a place for important religious and non religious festivals, graced by members of Royal Family time and again. For example, events like the most recent Flower Exhibition in June 2017, in honor of Princess Mako of Japans’ visit took place there. Most people, from the elderly to the youngest come to do “coras” (going around the Stupa to accumulate good merit). You may even see some people, in workout gear, vigorously trying to gain merit and some exercise at the same time!

Next stop will be Kuenselphodrang to see a large statue of Buddha Shakya at 52 meters high. From this point, you will have an excellent location for pictures and be able to enjoy a bird’s eye view of Thimphu town. If time permits, visit National Institute of Traditional Medicines, National Insitute of ZorigChusum (School of 13 arts & crafts), Royal Textiles Academy and local handmade paper house. Then time to bid adieu to the capital city and head back to your hotel in Paro where dinner will be served.

Day 10: Departure from Paro Aiport to onwards destination

You will be driven to Paro International Airport where your guide will accompany you to bid you farewell, after breakfast. We already miss you and until next time! Tashi Delek!

West, Central and Eastern Bhutan – 11 Days Tour

Overview

You enter Bhutan through Paro. You will cover Thimphu, Punakha, Central Bhutan and then the East, which will also be your exit point from Bhutan. It is a well balanced itinerary that allows you to gain insight on the ways of life and cultures and history of Bhutan, more or less, as a whole. The East truly has much to offer in terms of scenery and history. This tour will lead you through the important places of the nation; as well as the most beautiful and scenic areas.

Day 1: Arrive Paro

Once in Paro, you will be met by the company guide who will be with you throughout the visit. Check into your hotel and enjoy leisure time in the afternoon, to take a stroll around Paro. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 2: Paro (Ta Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, Drugyel Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang)

Paro is a most picturesque valley. In the morning, visit Ta Dzong, built in 1656. Initially a watchtower for the Paro Valley, it has now been converted into a National Museum. Follow a trail down to Rinpung Dzong, literally translating to “Heap of Jewels”, right below the Ta-Dzong.

After lunch, visit Drugyel Dzong, about16 km away from Paro town, built in 1644. This ruined fortress has great historical importance for the Bhutanese people as it is where they had defeated Tibetan invasion centuries ago. If weather is clear, catch a most spectacular sight of the sacred Mount Jhomolhari, also known as the Goddess Mountain, one the highest in the world. The Dzong was used as an administrative center until a fire in 1951 caused by butter lamp, destroyed it. Next visit the Kyichu Lhakhang. Indeed one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating back to the introduction of Buddhism in the 8th century. Many elderly pilgrims go round the monastery in order to gain good merit. In the evening, enjoy free time to explore the quaint and tranquil Paro town. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 3: Paro – Thimphu (Semtokha Dzong, Tashichhodzong, Memorial Chorten, Handicrafts Emporium)

(Simtokha Dzong)

Drive to Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, passing through idyllic countryside, with villages and paddy fields on either side of the road. En route, you will visit Semtokha Dzong, one of the oldest fortresses of the country, which now houses the Institute for Language and Cultural Studies. Once in Thimphu, first stop will be Tashichhodzong; the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room. It also serves as summer residence for the Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Then, visit the National Memorial Chorten. The building of this landmark was originally made by Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who had wanted to erect a monument for world peace and prosperity. Then proceed to the Handicrafts Emporium, where you can see a wide range of traditional handicrafts. Enjoy a leisurely stroll in the evening, around Thimphu. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 4: Thimphu (National Library, Zorig Chusum, National institute for Traditional Medecine) – Dochu La Pass – Punakha (Punakha Dzong)

Start the day with a visit to the National Library, safeguarding a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts. After that, visit the Institute forTraditional Medicine, where Bhutan’s famed traditional herbal medicines are compounded and dispensed. Next will be the Zorig Chusum, where students undergo a six-year training course in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts. After lunch, proceed to Punakha across Dochu-la pass (3,088m). Punakha served as the capital of Bhutan until 1955. Visit the beautiful Punakha Dzong, which served as the seat of the Government until 1955. A magnificent fortress, in which, the much mediatized Royal Wedding of the Fifth King of Bhutan took place to the beautiful Queen Jetsun Pema in October 2011. The Dzong also serves as winter residence of Je-Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan) and the Central Monastic Body. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 5: Punakha – Wangduephodrang (Wangdue Dzong) – Gangtey (Phobjikha, Gangtey Monastery)

After breakfast, drive to Wangduephodrang and visit the Dzong, built in 1638 and situated at the confluence of Mo Chu and Tsang Chu rivers. Unfortunately, the Dzong caught fire on the 24th of June 2012, literally destroying it to the grounds save for the lower walls, much to the horror and anguish of the Bhutanese people. Currently it is still under construction and is expected to continue until 2021. Wangdue district is famous for its fine bamboo work and stone carvings.Then drive up a winding mountain road through oak and rhododendron forest to Phobjikha.

It is home to the famous black-necked cranes, during the winter; that even have a festival here in their honor, every year on 12th November, soon after their arrival from the Tibetan plateau. On their arrival they are said to circle the famous Gangtey monastery, the main seat of the Pema Lingpa tradition, three times upon arrival and departure respectively. Explore Phobjikha valley and also visit Gangtey Gompa (Monastery), the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan. Stay overnight at the guesthouse.

Day 6: Gangtey (Phobjikha) – Chendebji Chorten – Trongsa

In the morning explore Phobjikha valley, hopefully sighting some black-necked cranes, if you are there at the right time of year. Then, a three and a half hours drive will take you to Trongsa district: the ancient seat of power of the kingdom. Travel via the Pelela pass (3300 m), the traditional boundary between east and west of Bhutan. Further down the road; stop at Chendebji Chorten, built in the 18th century by a Tibetan lama. Once in Trongsa, dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 7: Trongsa (Trongsa Dzong, Ta Dzong) – Bumthang

Morning visit to Trongsa Dzong, the largest Dzong in Bhutan, built in 1644. It was the main seat of power of the Wangchuk dynasty. The first two kings of Bhutan ruled from there. Due to its strategic location, the king could control trade on the east and west of the country. Next visit the Ta Dzong, an old watch tower that is now converted into a national museum, giving tremendous insight into the history of the kingdom; and truly the most fascinating museum in Bhutan. After lunch get on a road that winds steeply up to Yutong-la pass (3,400m), then runs down through dense coniferous forest through the Chumey valley, for about three hours and a half to Bumthang, the central heart of Bhutan. Dinner and Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 8: Bumthang (Kurje Lhakhang, Jambey Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang, Jakar Dzong)

Bumthang is the general name given to a group of four valleys – Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura, with altitudes varying from 2,600 to 4,000m. In the morning, visit Kurje Lhakhang, the place where Guru Rinpoche is known to have left behind his body print in a cave after meditating for three months, to subdue an evil spirit causing illness to the then ruler of Bumthang. Then go on to visit the Jambey Lhakhang. After lunch, visit Tamshing Lhakhang, supposed to be built by Pema Lingpa, and considered the most important Nyinma monastery in Bhutan. Proceed to Jakar Dzong, “the castle of the white bird”. Then take a stroll through Bumthang’s market area. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.

Day 9: Bumthang – Mongar (Mongar Dzong)

The journey continues eastwards to Mongar, winding through more rugged terrain, on a drive of about 6 hours, with spectacular views en route. Drive takes you up into the hills above the valley and then past Ura village, before climbing sharply to the highest point on Bhutan’s motorable road network, Thrumsing-la pass (4000 m). Enjoy a picnic lunch at a scenic spot en route. Once at the destination, first stop will be Mongar Dzong, built in the 1930s and one of Bhutan’s newest dzongs. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Mongar.

Day 10: Mongar – Trashigang (Trashigang Dzong)

Today, drive 3 hours to Trashigang from Mongar, the principal township of the biggest and most populated district in the country. After lunch, visit Trashigang Dzong, serving as the administrative seat for the district. Local monastic community occupies part of the dzong. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Trashigang.

Day 11: Trashigang (Temple of Gom Kora) – excursion to Trashiyangtse (Trashiyangtse Dzong, Chorten Kora, Zorig Chusum) – Trashigang

After breakfast, visit the temple of Gom Kora, 24 km from Trashigang. Guru Rinpoche is said to have subdued a demon here, trapping it in a rock. Pass the Doksum village, on the way to Trashiyangtse. Trashiyangtse, was once an important center because it lies on one of the caravan routes leading from western and central Bhutan. Visit the Trashiyangtse Dzong, built in the late 1990s when the new district was created. If time permits, also visit the white stupa of Chorten Kora, and the nearby Institute for Zorig Chusum, where students are trained in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts and crafts. Drive back to Trashigang in the evening. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Trashigang.

Day 12: Trashigang – Samdrup Jongkhar (Sherubtse College, Zangtho Pelri) – Samdrup Jongkhar

The journey then continues to Samdrup Jongkhar, to the Indian border, on a drive that takes about 6 hours. Pass Sherubtse College in Kanglung, which was founded in 1978; a degree-granting institution affiliated to the University of Delhi. Visit the nearby Zangtho Pelri temple representing Guru Rinpoche’s paradise, built in 1978. From here, drive to Deothang, the site of a famous 19th century battle fought during the Duar Wars, in which the forces of Jigme Namgyal defeated the British. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Samdrup Jongkhar.

Day 13: Samdrup Jongkhar – Guwahati

After breakfast, your guide will bid you farewell. The Indian driver and car arranged for you by the company will drive you to the airport in Guwahati, the capital town of the Indian northeastern state of Assam, for your outbound flight. It will take about 4 hours.

Thimphu and Paro – 4 Days Tour

Overview

This 4 day trip to Bhutan will allow you to explore two important towns of the Kingdom. Thimphu is home to the Royal Family and the central government, as well as some wonderful and historically important monuments. Paro, as a beautiful wide valley, quaint and tranquil, will leave you feeling cut off from time and space. This tour will be relaxing, enjoyable and give you a quick magical glimpse into the Last Shangri La.

Day 1: Arrival at Paro Airport

Fly into the Himalayas with Druk Air, Bhutan’s national carrier, or the newly privately owned Bhutan Airlines. Once in Paro, the company guide who will be with you throughout your visit will greet you. Enjoy leisure time in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 2: Paro (Drugyel Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang, Ta Dzong, Rinpung Dzong) – Thimphu

Start day by visiting Drugyel Dzong, about16 km away from Paro town, built in 1644. The ruined fortress has great historical importance for the Bhutanese people as it is where they had defeated Tibetan invasion centuries ago. If weather is clear, enjoy a most spectacular sight of the sacred Mount Jhomolhari, also known as the Goddess Mountain, one the highest in the world. The Dzong was used as an administrative center until a fire in 1951 caused by butter lamp, destroyed it. Then drive to Kyichu Lhakhang. Indeed one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating back to the introduction of Buddhism in the 8th century. Many elderly pilgrims go round the monastery in order to gain good merit. After lunch, visit “Ta-Dzong “, built in 1656. Initially a watchtower for the Paro Valley, it has now been converted into a National Museum.

From there, follow a trail down to Rinpung Dzong, literally translating to “Heap of Jewels”, right below the Ta-Dzong. In the evening, enjoy leisure time explore the quaint and tranquil Paro town. Then proceed to Thimphu, capital city of Bhutan. Sit back and enjoy the hour long drive, giving some marvellous views of the young and fresh mountains, as well as the fresh rivers. Enjoy leisure time in the afternoon to stroll through the city, before dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Thimphu (National Library, National Institute for Traditional Medecine, Zorig Chusum, Tashichhodzong, Memorial Chorten) – Paro

Todays’ program is dedicated to really exploring Thimphu. First stop is the National Library, safeguarding a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts. Then visit the Traditional Medicine Institute, followed by the Zorig Chusum, famous for “thangkha” paintings.

After lunch, proceed to TashichhoDzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room. It also serves as summer residence for the Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Proceed to the National Memorial Chorten. The building of this landmark was originally made by Bhutan’s third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, who had wanted to erect a monument for world peace and prosperity. Then, visit the government-run Handicrafts Emporium and local crafts shops, where you can buy hand-woven textiles, thangkha paintings made from local materials. In the evening, drive to Paro. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Departure from Paro airport to onwards destination

You will be driven to Paro International Airport where your guide will accompany you to bid you farewell, after breakfast. We already miss you and until next time! Tashi Delek!