Best Season: January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November and December. Duration: 8 Days Meals : Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner Tour Guide: Available Activity: SightSeeing,Trekking Type of Trek: Trekking and cultural sightseeing.
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In contrast to rest of the trek routes in Bhutan, the altitude only ranges between 1000 m to 2000 m hence making it a best trek route for winter season (December to February). Another best time to trek on this trails are spring (March – May) and autumn seasons (September – November).

Places covered: Paro, Thimphu, Punakha and Wangduephodrang.

Difficulty grading: Easy

Best Season: January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November and December.

Nature of Tour: Trekking and cultural sightseeing.

Day 01: Arrival at Paro – Thimphu (cultural sightseeing)

Welcome to Bhutan. Your guide and driver will be waiting for you at Paro International airport. In Paro we visit the places below:

Paro Rinpung Dzong: Located on the bank of Pachu River, Paro Dzong, formally known as Rinchen Pung Dzong (shortened to Rinpung Dzong), was built in 1644 under the command of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It is one of the most beautiful and historically important dzongs in the country. Today, it houses both district administration and monastic body.

Paro Ta Dzong (national museum): Located on a spur above Rinpung Dzong, five and a half kilometres’ drive from Tshongdu town, the dzong was built in the mid-17th century as a watchtower overlooking Rinpung Dzong by Lanyongpa Tenzin Drukdra and Chogyal Migyur Tenpa. The circular dzong houses the National Museum of Bhutan.

Then we move to the Capital. The drive from Paro to Thimphu will take around one hour. After reaching Thimphu, check into your hotel, enjoy your lunch and set out for exploring Thimphu city and places around it. Towards evening visit to National Memorial Chorten, mingle with elderly people, circumambulate the stupa and get blessed.

National Memorial Chorten: Located in the heart of Thimphu city, it was built in 1974 by Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Phuntsho Choden in memory of her son, Third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The three-storey choeten houses several relics such as Phurba Lhatshog, Kagay, Khrowo Nampur Gyalwa, Guru Tshengye, and Khenlop Chesum. The choeten is today the spiritual nerve centre of the city.

Overnight: At hotel in Thimphu

Day 02: Thimphu excursion – Punakha (cultural sightseeing)

In the morning visit to Buddha statue located at Kuenselphodrang.

Buddha Statue: Located at Kuenselphodrang, facing Thimphu valley down bellow is the worlds’ largest and tallest Buddha statue standing at the height of 169 feet (52m). The statue houses one hundred thousand of smaller Buddha statues, the exact replica of the outer Buddha statue. From here one can have a 360 degree view of Thimphu valley.

From here we will drive towards Punakha via Dochula Pass. After descending down from Dochula pass for about an hour, we will reach Khemae Lhakhang. Pay visit to the Lhakhang and head further up towards Punakha. Check into your hotel and towards evening visit Punakha Dzong.

Dochula Pass: Located 23 km east of Thimphu city, Dochula pass at the height of 3100 m above sea level is Bhutan’s most decorated and beautiful pass. On this pass is 108 stupas called Druk Wangyal Chortens, built by Queen mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. There is also a temple called Druk Wangyal Lhakhang built in the honour of fourth king of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck for his service to his subjects. The front yard of this temple is a venue for Druk Wangyal festival which is conducted annually in the month of December. On the backdrop of this pass is the stunning view of snow capped mountain ranges and amongst which is Bhutan’s tallest mountain Mt. Gangkar Puensum(7570m).

Khemae Lhakhang: Located on a hillock in Lobesa (Punakha), the temple was built in 1499 by Lam Ngawang Chogyal, the cousin of Lam Drukpa Kunley, on the spot where the latter subdued a demon who was running away in the form of a dog. Lam Drukpa Kunley buried the demon and said there was no dog now (khe – dog; mae – no). Hence, the temple came to be known as the “temple of no dog”. Today however it is pronounced as Chimi Lhakhang. The temple contains the bow and arrows of Lam Drukpa Kunley and a phallus to bless the visitor.

Punakha Dzong: The dzong is situated on a stretch of a land where two rivers – Phochu and Mochu – meet. The dzong was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1937 and named it Pungthang Dewa Chenpai Phodrang, the palace of great bliss. Later it became the final retreat palace for him. The first monarch, King Ugyen Wangchuck, was crowned there and it served as the capital of the country until 1955. Today it serves as the winter residence of the Central Monastic Body. The sacred relic Rangjung Kharsapani is also kept in the Machen Temple inside the Dzong.

Overnight: At hotel in Punakha

Day 03: Punakha – Limukha (trekking)
Walking distance: 12 km Time taken: 4 hours Campsite altitude: 1980 m The trek begins from Punakha Dzong. We will cross Bhutan’s longest suspension bridge over Pho Chhu River and ascend towards our next stop over, Limukha via Shengana village.
Day 04: Limukha – Chhungsakha (trekking)
Walking distance: 14 km Time taken: 5 hours Campsite altitude: 1550 m Today after trekking for around 5 hours, we will spend our night at campsite located next to Chhungsakha, a small village of around 10 households.
Day 05: Chhungsakha – Samtengang (trekking)
Walking Distance: 13 km Time taken: 5 hours Campsite altitude: 1830 m Today at the end of the day, we will camp near a small lake at Samtengang village.
Day 06: Samtengang – Chuzomsa- Wangduephodrang (trekking)
Walking distance: 15 km Time taken: 5 hours After trekking for about 5 hours from Samtengang campsite, we will finally reach at Chuzomsa, our extraction point. From here we will drive to Thimphu where we will spend our night. Overnight: At hotel in Thimphu.
Day 07: Thimphu – Paro (Tiger Nest Day)

Today after breakfast, we will drive back to Paro . After reaching Paro, we will visit to following places:

Then we move to Paro and hike the spectacular and one most sacred place of the country famously called Tiger’s Nest or Paro Taksang.

Kichu Lhakhang: Located about 10 minutes’ drive from Paro town, the temple is one of the two among 108 temples built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century to subdue a demon that lay supine across Tibet and Bhutan. The temple contains sacred relics dating back to the 7th century like a statue of Lord Buddha and four statues of Chagtong Chentong. It also contains the statues of Guru Nangsi Zilnon, Dolma Kukuli (a manifestation of Tara), Zhabdrung, the bone relic of his Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.

After the hike guide provides you relaxation in a Bhutanese farm house with facility to have a hot stone bath, wear the traditional dresses, try out national game and drat and dine out like  a Bhutanese with the local made wine.

Overnight: At hotel in Paro

Day 08: Departure

After your breakfast, guide and driver will see you off at Paro international airport for your onward destination.

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Itineraries

Day 1

Arrival at Paro – Thimphu (cultural sightseeing)

Welcome to Bhutan. Your guide and driver will be waiting for you at Paro International airport. In Paro we visit the places below: 1. Paro Rinpung Dzong 2. Paro Ta Dzong (national museum) 3. Then we move to the Capital. The drive from Paro to Thimphu will take around one hour. After reaching Thimphu, check into your hotel, enjoy your lunch and set out for exploring Thimphu city and places around it. Towards evening visit to National Memorial Chorten, mingle with elderly people, circumambulate the stupa and get blessed. Overnight: At hotel in Thimphu

Day 2

Thimphu excursion – Punakha (cultural sightseeing)

In the morning visit to Buddha statue located at Kuenselphodrang. Buddha Statue: Located at Kuenselphodrang, facing Thimphu valley down bellow is the worlds’ largest and tallest Buddha statue standing at the height of 169 feet (52m). The statue houses one hundred thousand of smaller Buddha statues, the exact replica of the outer Buddha statue. From here one can have a 360 degree view of Thimphu valley. From here we will drive towards Punakha via Dochula Pass. After descending down from Dochula pass for about an hour, we will reach Khemae Lhakhang. Pay visit to the Lhakhang and head further up towards Punakha. Check into your hotel and towards evening visit Punakha Dzong. Dochula Pass: Located 23 km east of Thimphu city, Dochula pass at the height of 3100 m above sea level is Bhutan’s most decorated and beautiful pass. On this pass is 108 stupas called Druk Wangyal Chortens, built by Queen mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck. There is also a temple called Druk Wangyal Lhakhang built in the honour of fourth king of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuck for his service to his subjects. The front yard of this temple is a venue for Druk Wangyal festival which is conducted annually in the month of December. On the backdrop of this pass is the stunning view of snow capped mountain ranges and amongst which is Bhutan’s tallest mountain Mt. Gangkar Puensum(7570m). Khemae Lhakhang: Located on a hillock in Lobesa (Punakha), the temple was built in 1499 by Lam Ngawang Chogyal, the cousin of Lam Drukpa Kunley, on the spot where the latter subdued a demon who was running away in the form of a dog. Lam Drukpa Kunley buried the demon and said there was no dog now (khe – dog; mae – no). Hence, the temple came to be known as the “temple of no dog”. Today however it is pronounced as Chimi Lhakhang. The temple contains the bow and arrows of Lam Drukpa Kunley and a phallus to bless the visitor. Punakha Dzong: The dzong is situated on a stretch of a land where two rivers – Phochu and Mochu – meet. The dzong was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1937 and named it Pungthang Dewa Chenpai Phodrang, the palace of great bliss. Later it became the final retreat palace for him. The first monarch, King Ugyen Wangchuck, was crowned there and it served as the capital of the country until 1955. Today it serves as the winter residence of the Central Monastic Body. The sacred relic Rangjung Kharsapani is also kept in the Machen Temple inside the Dzong. Overnight: At hotel in Punakha

Day 3

Punakha – Limukha (trekking)

Walking distance: 12 km Time taken: 4 hours Campsite altitude: 1980 m The trek begins from Punakha Dzong. We will cross Bhutan’s longest suspension bridge over Pho Chhu River and ascend towards our next stop over, Limukha via Shengana village.

Day 4

Limukha – Chhungsakha (trekking)

Walking distance: 14 km Time taken: 5 hours Campsite altitude: 1550 m Today after trekking for around 5 hours, we will spend our night at campsite located next to Chhungsakha, a small village of around 10 households.

Day 5

Chhungsakha – Samtengang (trekking)

Walking Distance: 13 km Time taken: 5 hours Campsite altitude: 1830 m Today at the end of the day, we will camp near a small lake at Samtengang village.

Day 6

Samtengang – Chuzomsa- Wangduephodrang (trekking)

Walking distance: 15 km Time taken: 5 hours After trekking for about 5 hours from Samtengang campsite, we will finally reach at Chuzomsa, our extraction point. From here we will drive to Thimphu where we will spend our night. Overnight: At hotel in Thimphu.

Day 7

Thimphu – Paro (Tiger Nest Day)

Today after breakfast, we will drive back to Paro . After reaching Paro, we will visit to following places: Then we move to Paro and hike the spectacular and one most sacred place of the country famously called Tiger’s Nest or Paro Taksang. Kichu Lhakhang: Located about 10 minutes’ drive from Paro town, the temple is one of the two among 108 temples built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century to subdue a demon that lay supine across Tibet and Bhutan. The temple contains sacred relics dating back to the 7th century like a statue of Lord Buddha and four statues of Chagtong Chentong. It also contains the statues of Guru Nangsi Zilnon, Dolma Kukuli (a manifestation of Tara), Zhabdrung, the bone relic of his Holiness Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. After the hike guide provides you relaxation in a Bhutanese farm house with facility to have a hot stone bath, wear the traditional dresses, try out national game and drat and dine out like a Bhutanese with the local made wine. Overnight: At hotel in Paro

Day 8

Departure

After your breakfast, guide and driver will see you off at Paro international airport for your onward destination.
  • Airport pick-up and drop off service
  • Trekking Guide
  • Accommodation (as per the itinerary)
  • Sleeping bags, down jackets, duffel bags and trekking sticks (if required)
  • Trekking permit of National park
  • TIMS (Trekking Information Management System )
  • Insurance and equipment for the trekking staffs
  • First Aid Kit
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks, beverages, hot shower, extra accommodation in Thimpu
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Meals & hotel accommodation in Thimpu(with out itinerary )
  • Pricing Name
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    Max Group Size
    Price
     
  • Pricing Name: 1 person (Basic camping)
    Min Group Size: 1 pax
    Max Group Size: 1 pax
    price: $ 2510 /Person
  • Pricing Name: 1 person (Mid-range camping)
    Min Group Size: 1 pax
    Max Group Size: 1 pax
    price: $ 3100 /Person
  • Pricing Name: 1 person (Luxury camping)
    Min Group Size: 1 pax
    Max Group Size: 1 pax
    price: $ 3700 /Person
  • Pricing Name: 2-4 person (Basic camping)
    Min Group Size: 2 pax
    Max Group Size: 4 pax
    price: $ 2400 /Person
  • Pricing Name: 2-4 person (Mid-range camping)
    Min Group Size: 2 pax
    Max Group Size: 4 pax
    price: $ 2900 /Person
  • Pricing Name: 2-4 person (Luxury camping)
    Min Group Size: 2 pax
    Max Group Size: 4 pax
    price: $ 3550 /Person
  • Pricing Name: 5-7 person (Basic camping)
    Min Group Size: 5 pax
    Max Group Size: 7 pax
    price: $ 2200 /Person
  • Pricing Name: 5-7 person (Mid-range camping)
    Min Group Size: 5 pax
    Max Group Size: 7 pax
    price: $ 2800 /Person

If you want to cancel your trip, your payment made will be refunded after deducting the bank charges and other service charges. But the visitors have to let us know immediately as and when they decide to cancel their tour.

Tour Programs booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows: –

within 60 days of the start of the tour programme: Free
within 30 days: 15% of the rate
within 14 days: 30% of the rate
within 7 days: 50% of the rate
Less than 7 days or cancellation without notice: 100% of the rate

There shall be no charge for the number of days of delay in departure of visitor due to weather conditions, Druk Air/Bhutan Airline problems or roadblocks. They will be charged only the actual expenses on accommodation, food transport and any other services required.

It is highly recommended that you purchase travel insurance prior to travel.

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