Bhutan Adventure

Classic, Paro to Paro
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Tour description

Imagine a country where a land’s worth is measured differently — think Gross National Happiness instead of Gross Domestic Product. Now stop dreaming because you are in the unexplored mountain kingdom of Bhutan. Beauty and wisdom are revealed at each dzong, every gompa, and most incredibly, in the eyes of every smiling Buddhist monk you meet. On treks through remote trails and visits to Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha, nature lovers, photographers, and culture junkies will uncover a purity of experiences, traditions, and kindness.

What's included

  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Local Living Moment: Farmhouse Stay, Gangtey Gonpa
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Paro orientation tour
  • National Museum visit
  • Memorial Chorten visit
  • Buddha Point visit
  • Motithang Takin Preserve visit
  • Tashichho Dzong visit
  • Black-Necked Crane Centre visit
  • Phobjikha Valley hike
  • Chime Lhakhang visit
  • Punakha Dzong visit
  • Hike to Khamsum Yueley Chorten
  • Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery visit
  • White Temple visit in the Haa Valley
  • Hike to Kila Gompa Nunnery
  • Bumdrak trekking with camping (2 days)
  • Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) visit and hike
  • Kyichu Lhakhang Temple visit

Highlights

  • Travel along mystical mountains
  • Visit various dzongs and buddhist gompas
  • Trek along scenic nature trails
  • Experience the dragon kingdom with cultural interactions at a local farm
  • Take in stunning himalayan mountain views

Itinerary

Day 1: Paro/Thimphu Arrive at any time, and transfer to Thimpu.

Day 2: Thimphu Visit the National Memorial Chorten, the Buddha Point, and Motithang Takin Preserve. In the evening, visit Tashichho Dzong.

Day 3: Thimphu/Gangtey Gonpa Drive through the Bhutanese countryside passing small villages and panoramic views of the Himalayas en route to Gangtey for a night in a family's farmhouse. Visit the Black-Necked Crane Centre and learn about these birds and their environment.

Day 4: Gangtey Gonpa/Punākha Hike in the Phobjikha Valley and explore the Gangtey Gonpa Monastery. Afterwards, travel to the ancient capital of Punakha and enjoy a short hike in Lobeysa to Chime Lhakhang, built in 1499.

Day 5: Punākha Visit Punakha Dzong, the winter capital of the Je Khenpo (chief abbot). Later, hike to Khamsum Yueley Chorten and take in the views, followed by a visit to the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery.

Day 6: Punākha/Haa Dzongkhag Enjoy Punakha before driving to Haa Valley. Take in more scenic Himalayan ranges and valleys. Visit the White Temple (Lhakhang Karpo) before an evening walk around town.

Day 7: Haa Dzongkhag/Paro Enjoy a short hike up to Kila Gompa, a nunnery perched on a cliff housing over 60 nuns. Continue on to Paro, with free time to wander the streets and pick up some souvenirs.

Day 8: Paro/Bumdrak Camp Trek through fluttering prayer flags, rhododendron trees, and conifer forests to reach Bumdrak camp at 3860m.

Day 9: Paro Trek back down through grassy meadows and trees covered in wispy moss. Later, hike to the stunning Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) and the Kyichu Temple, one of the oldest in Bhutan.

Day 10: Paro Depart at any time. Airport transfer included.