Bhutan Cultural Tour with Day Hikes

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This tour combines cultural highlights with some of the good day hikes in Bhutan.
Day 1: Arrive ParoAfter arrival visit: Ta Dzong (National Museum) Rinpung Dzong Kyichu Lhakhang Evening is free to stroll in Paro Town. Walking through the market and meeting with the people will be an enjoyable experience.Day 2: Paro-Haa Valley | Hike to Chele La PassToday, drive to Haa Valley across Chelela Pass (3810m). Few miles before Chele La Pass, you will take a side road that takes you to Kila Goenpa Nunnery, which is nestled in a craggy patch on the mountain site. From here, you will hike to Chele La Pass. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the pass and continue drive to Haa. Day 3: Haa-Thimphu (115 Km/4 hours)Following breakfast, drive to Thimphu, capital city of Bhutan. En route, stop at Chuzom to see local farmers sit by the side of the road selling vegetables. Check into your hotel on arrival. Afternoon, you can stroll freely in Thimphu city.Day 4: Morning Tango Monastery hike | afternoon sightseeingIn the morning, hike to Tango Monastery. In the afternoon, visit King's Memorial Chorten, Takin Reserve, Folk Heritage Museum, the giant Buddha Statue and Tashichhodzong.Day 5: Thimphu-Punakha | hike to Lungchutse GoempaAfter breakfast, enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at the Dochu La pass (10,170 feet), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, you will hike to Lungchuzekha Monastery through rhododendron forests. Hike offers us stunning views of Himalayas. Hike back to Dochula pass, enjoy your lunch and then drive downhill to Punakha. On arrival, visit the Punakha Dzong. Day 6: Punakha-Gangtey/Phobjikha Valley | hike through Nature TrailMorning drive to Gangtey through dense forests of oak trees and rhododendrons. On arrival in Gangtey, visit Gangtey Goenpa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan. From here, you will hike to Phobjikha Valley through Gangtey Nature Trail. Today you will stay in local farmhouse to get first hand experience of Bhutanese farmers’ life.Day 7: Gangtey-ParoMorning, drive back to Paro. En route, stop at Metshina Village and take 20-minute walk through rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, the Divine Madman’s temple. After this, continue drive to Paro with stop in Thimphu for lunch.Day 8: Hike to Tiger’s Nest MonasteryToday hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery. Overnight in hotel.Day 9: Depart ParoAfter breakfast, you will drive to airport for departure.  Our representative will bid you farewell.  

What’s included

  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Airport taxes
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Entrance fees
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Local taxes
  • Afternoon tea
  • Bottled water
  • Breakfast
  • lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Driver/guide

What’s not included

  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities (optional)

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Paro After arrival visit: Ta Dzong (National Museum) Rinpung Dzong Kyichu Lhakhang Evening is free to stroll in Paro Town. Walking through the market and meeting with the people will be an enjoyable experience.
Day 2: Paro-Haa Valley | Hike to Chele La Pass Today, drive to Haa Valley across Chelela Pass (3810m). Few miles before Chele La Pass, you will take a side road that takes you to Kila Goenpa Nunnery, which is nestled in a craggy patch on the mountain site. From here, you will hike to Chele La Pass. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the pass and continue drive to Haa. 
Day 3: Haa-Thimphu (115 Km/4 hours) Following breakfast, drive to Thimphu, capital city of Bhutan. En route, stop at Chuzom to see local farmers sit by the side of the road selling vegetables. Check into your hotel on arrival. Afternoon, you can stroll freely in Thimphu city.
Day 4: Morning Tango Monastery hike | afternoon sightseeing In the morning, hike to Tango Monastery. In the afternoon, visit King's Memorial Chorten, Takin Reserve, Folk Heritage Museum, the giant Buddha Statue and Tashichhodzong.
Day 5: Thimphu-Punakha | hike to Lungchutse Goempa After breakfast, enjoy the scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at the Dochu La pass (10,170 feet), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From the pass, you will hike to Lungchuzekha Monastery through rhododendron forests. Hike offers us stunning views of Himalayas. Hike back to Dochula pass, enjoy your lunch and then drive downhill to Punakha. On arrival, visit the Punakha Dzong. 
Day 6: Punakha-Gangtey/Phobjikha Valley | hike through Nature Trail Morning drive to Gangtey through dense forests of oak trees and rhododendrons. On arrival in Gangtey, visit Gangtey Goenpa, the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan. From here, you will hike to Phobjikha Valley through Gangtey Nature Trail. Today you will stay in local farmhouse to get first hand experience of Bhutanese farmers’ life.
Day 7: Gangtey-Paro Morning, drive back to Paro. En route, stop at Metshina Village and take 20-minute walk through rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, the Divine Madman’s temple. After this, continue drive to Paro with stop in Thimphu for lunch.
Day 8: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery Today hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan's most famous monastery. Overnight in hotel.
Day 9: Depart Paro After breakfast, you will drive to airport for departure.  Our representative will bid you farewell.  
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