Day 01: Arrival in Paro
Today at your arrival at the airport, our local tour executive will welcome you with the traditional Bhutanese welcoming style way and transferred to your hotel. After short refreshment you will be driven out for short sightseeing in the enchanting Paro valley. Your sightseeing in Paro begins with your first visit to the impressive Paro Dzong which lies on the other side of the Paa Chhu River on a small hill towering over the valley below. This giant fortress has its history form twelfth century and later consecrated by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in the year 1946. Your next stop is the Ta Dzong (watchtower) that lies just above Paro dzong and dated back to 1650 and later in the reign of the Third King turned into museum housing collections of Bhutanese treasures. Your last stop of the day is the Jangsa Dumtse Lhakhang en-route to National Museum. This temple is built by Saint Drubthob Thangtong Gyalpo who came to Bhutan in search of iron ore to be used for the construction of bridges in his homeland Tibet. It was built in the year 1421. This is the only temple built in the shape of a chorten and is literally chained down since local people belief that otherwise it will fly off to heaven.
Day 02: Hike to the Famous Taktshang Goempa
We suggest an early start – This famous Tiger’s Nest lies at an altitude of 3000ft/915m from the valley and 9700ft/2950m from the sea level. According to the legend Guru Rinpoche visited the site in the eight century flying from the eastern Bhutan on the back of the tigress (a form of one of his consort). He spent for three month in the cave meditating and demining his terrifying form of Dorji Droloe subjugating the evil spirit that resides here. The trail to the goempa is quite an uphill task and takes you through beautiful pine forest and many trees festooned with Spanish moos. Reaching half way there you can veer off, leading to the restaurant for a short refreshment and then walk short distance until you see clearly and seemingly within reach. After Taktsang, walk down the same path to the parking lot and drive to visit Kyechu Lhakhang. This lhakhang dated back to seventh century and was one of the oldest temples in Bhutan along with Jambay Lhakhang in Bumthang. It’s worth visiting.
Day 03: Paro – Sharna Zampa
After the breakfast, drive to Drukgyel, a tiny village that lies at the head of the Paro valley and is negotiable within eight kilometer and takes around thirty minutes. The ruined fortress lies on the small ridge above the parking lot is the Drukgyel Dzong which means the “victorious fortress”. We suggest you to make a short visit to the site. This beautiful fortress lies in ruin overlooking the valley below was built in 1649 to commemorate the victory of Bhutanese over the allied Tibetan-Mongolian forces. It once houses the finest armory in the country. If the weather is clear the towering majestic view of Mt Jomolhari (24000ft/7314m) in its pyramid-shape with snow-clad massif that lies at the border can be visible. After completion, drive further northern end of Gunitsawa Village where you will begin your first day adventure trek. The trek takes you pass by an army post after an trek permit is endorsed. The gentle ascent takes you through climbing midst of blue pine and fir forest to your campsite at Sharna Zampa at an altitude of 9348ft/2850m, which lies on the opposite side of the river.
Day 04: Sharna Zampa – Soi Thangthanka
The trail takes you through following Paro Chhu River with lots of sharp ascent and descent through pint, fir, and oak, spruce and rhododendron forest. As you continues through crossing the river valley with a section of negotiating rocks as the trail continues through oak and rhododendron forest and then through rich forest of birch and firs, the valley finally narrows gradually to a mere path and descends to a rolling alpine meadow. If the weather is clear, you will have a good view of the majestic Mt. Jomolhari (24000ft/7314m) looming at the valley head. Your campsite will be setup here at an altitude of 11808ft/3600m.
Day 05: Soi Thangthanka – Jangothang
If you have missed to see Mt. Jomolhari (24000ft/7314m) on your arrival – we suggest you to make an early wake up for the panoramic view of the Mt. Jomolhari. The majestic goddess of mountain will reveal its beauty bathing in the down light. Following the river above the tree line and rock-hooping you will enjoy your first glimpses of spectacular view of high mountain ridge and snow-capped peaks as you enter through yak herder’s camp. Yaks and yak herders camp becomes a regular features through the day. Passing through muddy track you will pass by high altitude settlement of Soi, Takethang and Dangochang and a short walk through the valley finally takes you to one of the most beautiful campsite of the Himalaya, the Jangothang campsite at an altitude of 13448ft/4100m.
Day 06: Jangothang Halt
Spent your day at the camp, acclimatizing and drinking in the magnificent view of Mt. Jomolhari (24000ft/7314m) and Mt. Jichu Drakey (6794m). There are several possibilities of half-day walk that takes you to different vantage points with breathtaking views of the snow-capped mountain peaks such as Mt. Jomolhari (24000ft/7314m) and Mt. Jichu Drakey (6794m) and other peaks with high altitude lakes. If you have opted your fishing license you could even chose to go fishing at the high altitude lake of Tshophu. There are other good short hiking trails in different direction. Discuss with your guide.
Day 07: Jangothang – Lingshi
Today your trail takes you to the northern last settlement of this trek. This region is isolated but incredibly beautiful. The trail takes you traverse a large glacier valley with several moraines and the beautiful high altitude lakes of Tshophu (4380m) and then ascending your climb, the steep and windy pass of Bhonte La Pass (4890m) which is the highest point in this trek. As you traverse through Dhumzo Chhu River, your trail takes you downstream passing the high altitude settlement of Soi Yaktsa the trail finally leads you to the base camp of Mt. Jichu Drakey (6794m) where your campsite lies at Chha Shi Thang at an altitude of 13153ft/4010m with a wonderful view of Lingshi Dzong and on a clear day with Mt. Tsherim Gang.
Day 08: Lingshi – Shodu
Entering the remote glacier valley of Lingshi, your today’s day walk is an arduous and tiring one. Your trail leads you pass by Yelila Pass which lies at an altitude of 16236ft/4950m and the pass offers you with spectacular views of Mt. Jomolhari, Mt. Tsherim Gang and Mt. Masa Gang. The trail takes you all the way steep downhill from the Yeli La Pass (16236ft/4950m) till you reached your campsite at Shodu.
Day 09: Shodu – Barshong
Today you will follow Thimphu Chhu River, mainly descending to Thimphu valley. The beautiful walks takes you passing through rhododendron and birch forest and then pass a beautiful waterfall along the way and then the trial finally narrow down till you reach the slope and gradually ascends to the ruins of Barshong Dzong, where you will halt for night.
Day 10: Barshong – Dolam Kencho
The trail takes you through dense forest of rhododendron, birch, conifer, maples, alpine bamboos and picturesque meadows take you down through Thimphu Chhu River valley with an ascent to a pasture land of Dolam Kencho in a pleasant meadow where you will camp.
Day 11: Dolam Kencho – Dodena (Thimphu)
Your last day trek brings through forested areas with small ascent and descent winding up through crossing small pass you will finally reached to Dodena, the northern end settlement of Thimphu city which is also the exit and entry part of Jigme Dorji Wangchuk National Park. Reaching the parking lot at Dodena near by the impressive cantilever bridge, which leads to Cheri Gompa, climb up to Cheri Gompa which takes a short forty-five minutes’ walk. This magnificently located Gompa is built by Zhabdung in 1620 and is the place where he established the first monk body. Descending downhill from the Gompa, your drive takes you to the main capital city of Bhutan.
Day 12: Thimphu – Paro (Depart)
After your morning breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward destination. Your tour guide and driver will see you off at the airport.
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Single Individual: USD 3,270/-
Group of 02 Members: USD 3,140/- per person
Group of 03 Members and Above: USD 2,800/- per person
• Rate inclusive of all three meals both local and continental healthy cuisine
• Rate inclusive of all accommodation [three star hotels with double/twin sharing basis]
• Rate inclusive of air-conditioned tourist standard transportation
• Rate inclusive of local tour English-speaking licensed guide on all your sightseeing tours
• Rate inclusive of extensive choices of flexible comprehensive tour itineraries
• Rate inclusive of Bhutan Government Royalty fees of $ 65 per person per nights
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Inclusive on Trek
• Rate inclusive of dinning tent, toilet tent, dome or A-frame sleeping tent (twin-sharing), mattress, foldable tables & chairs, plates & washing bowl
• Rate inclusive of basic First Aid kit box
• Rate inclusive of drinks including local wine
• Arrival Refreshment
• One bottle mineral water each a day
• A small farewell gifts on the day of departure
• One time cultural program for group exceeding above 7 members
• One time farewell dinner for group above 7 members at local farmhouse to give an insight into the traditional Bhutanese cuisine
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Luxury Hotel & Resort Package
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Eco Friendly Deluxe Camping
Experience and immerse yourself in the great outdoors by staying and spending one –two nights with deluxe camping trip soaking deep into the heart of the most breath taking natural scenery with the sights and sounds of nature. Having your own dome tent set-up and relaxing yourself away from the crowded city. With numerous hiking options and exploring village farms, there is simply too many ways you can come close with nature in Bhutan.
Yoga & Meditation
Bhutan in the Himalaya is one of the most remote and secluded kingdom. It offers an ideal environment to enjoy an intoxicating yoga, meditation and other practices for inner wellbeing. As Buddha explained, human problem and suffering arise from confusion and negative states of mind and that can be removed by our positive state of mind. Unwind a daily yoga and meditation retreat and enjoy your Bhutan holiday with maximum day opportunity in exploring the charm of Bhutan.
White River Rafting
The glacier fed fast flowing untamed rivers of Bhutan provides one of a kind of adventure experience for travelers seeking water sports in an unspoiled and unexplored environment. Whether you are looking for easy rafts or large and powerful heave curved-out narrow valley rafts, we can arrange a rafting & kayaking trip for you regardless of age and experiences. Our scenic white river rafting and kayaking water sport are perfect for anyone looking for an ideal challenge for their trip in the pristine natural setting.
Hot Spring Therapy
There are numerous hot spring found in Bhutan and has been used by the Bhutanese people for centuries with a belief that water has miraculous healing power and medicinal properties to cure certain diseases. We see less tourist giving values in discovering the naturally hot spring, though it is common among the local people. Come and admire the natural splendor, dip into the pristine natural hot springs and enjoy the great countryside with scenic and beautiful hiking trails through rich forest with sights and sounds of nature.
Hot Stone Bath and Home Stay Program
Unwind the traditional practice of hot stone bath therapy by spending a night in a typical Bhutanese farmland. It is a ritual in itself and is one of the favorite activities for the local Bhutanese people as a method to overcome various complications and illnesses. Along with hot stone bath an overnight experience of home stay offers an opportunity to experience the complete lifestyle, culture and day-to-day activities of the host family. Visitors will enjoy home-cooked meals and the unparalleled hospitality of a Bhutanese host.