Heartily welcome to the legendary mountain kingdom in the Himalayas, the last Shangri-La - Bhutan. Bhutan is wedged between two Asian giants - India and China, bestowed by nature with an incredible diversity in topography resulting in a wide range of flora and fauna. Bhutan's elevation from a few hundred meters above sea level to among the highest mountains, makes it one of the most diverse countries in terms of topography. Moreover, Bhutan is also recognized by UNESCO as one of 10 centers for bio-diversity, all within a distance of 150 kilometers resulting in sub-tropical climate to Arctic-like climate. Bhutan is the only last remaining country which follows the Vajrayana Buddhism as the state religion.
Our Bhutan Tour with Day Hikes-6-Days combines cultural and natural grandeur of Bhutan so that you would be able to make the most out of your Bhutan Tour in the shortest possible time. For this we have included both cultural tours to important Bhutan towns as well as day hikes to the monasteries. The tour begins in the scenic Paro Valley with a hike to the famous Tiger's Nest (Taktsang) monastery. After visiting Thimphu, a unique capital city that has a blend of traditional and modern touch, we drive across the picturesque Dochu La Pass into the subtropical valleys of Punakha. The tour also includes two more hike: to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel and to Lungchutse/Trashigang Goenpa. During the journey, you will experience breath-taking view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks including the sacred Jumolhari and Mount Jichu Drake in Bhutan.
Day to Day Itinerary
Day 1: KLIA to Kathmandu Airport
Depart from KLIA at 8.30am arrive Kathmandu at 11.00am, pick up from airport and to Tibet Guest house.
Free and easy.
Day 2: Arrive Paro - (2250m/7382ft)
Crossing over the Himalaya Mountains, the flight to Paro offers spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by the guide at the airport and transferred to the hotel. After lunch, visit the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now the National Museum. Then walk down the trail to visit the Rinpung Dzong meaning fortress of the heap of jewels". Next visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. Our next visit would be the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear day you can see Mount Jumolhari, Bhutan's second-highest mountain at 7,314meters. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 3: Hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery, Drive: Paro-Thimphu (2320m/7610 ft): 1 hr/54 km
After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery - Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant, located about halfway up on the mountain. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. After having explored the monastery, hike down to the valley floor. In the evening, drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
Day 4: Thimphu Sightseeing
Morning visit to the King's Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), the radio tower (for a great view of Thimphu Valley and the Thimphu Dzong), and the zoo, which contains the national animal of Bhutan: the takin. Then we visit the nunnery temple, the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts) and the National Institute of Traditional Medicine. After a relaxing lunch, you will visit the Textile Museum, the Handicraft Emporium, the traditional paper factory and the majestic Tashichhodzong. In the evening, you may enjoy strolling through Thimphu town and absorb the life style of the people. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
Day 5: Hike to Lungchutse/Trashigang Goenpa, Drive to Punakha (1250m/4100 ft): 2-3 hrs/76 km
Morning scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. From 108 chortens the trail gradually climbs into red, white and pink rhododendron forest with some steep sections before branching left to Lungchutse Monastery. From the pass, drive downhill through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. Traverse through rice field and driving along the bank of the Punakha River, we arrive at Punakha. On the way, stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to the Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. If you wish, receive the blessing from the Lama`s wooden phallus! Overnight hotel in Punakha.
Day 6: Hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel, drive to Paro: 4 hr/140 km
Morning drive to north of Punakha for about 12 km. From the road point you will hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, which is located on a beautiful hillock called Ngezergang. It contains elaborate paintings dedicated to old sect of Buddhism. Hike back to Punakha. On the way back, visit the Punakha Dzong, stunningly situated in between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. In the afternoon, drive back to Paro. Check into your hotel on arrival. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 7: Depart from Paro
Drive to airport for departure. Today we bid farewell to the tiny Himalayan Kingdom and her friendly people. Druk Air generally departs in the early morning to avoid adverse weather conditions. Therefore, after taking breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport in the morning depending on the flight schedule and your destination. Our representative will bid you farewell.
Pick up from Airport to Tibet Guset House.
Day 8: Nepal Day tour
After having breakfast in Kathmandu, you will prepare for a guided tour of the amazing sights in the Kathmandu Valley. You can visit Durbar Square, Swayambhunath ‘Monkey' Temple, the famous Hindu temple – Pashupatinath and the largest Stupa in Nepal – Boudha. Conclude the trip.
Transfer to airport.
Kathmandu Durbar Square: - Is on of the popular place visited due to its exquisite architecture and artistic embellishment. Kathmandu Durbar Square is retaining its individuality since 723 AD which was led by Gunakam Dev. The complex of palaces, courtyards & temples, built in 1200-1768 AD used be the seat of ancient Malla kings of Kathmandu which epitomizes the religious and Cultural life of the people.
Monkey Temple (Syambunath): - which is on of the world's most glorious Buddhist Chaitya. It is believed that the disciple of Manjushri built the Stupa of Swayambunath with the overseeing eyes on the summit of the lotus hill more than2000 years ago. The top of the hill chock (about 77m above the level of Kathmandu) provides a terrific view of the city of Kathmandu. The chaityas form the main structure, which is made up of solid brick & clay supporting a lofty conical spire capped by a pinnacle of copper gilt. The Hill of Swayambhu is a mosaic of Chaityas & pagoda temples and is a popular tourist attraction.
Pashupatinath temple: - Which is a Hindu temple dedicated to lord Shiva, one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world. It lies 5 KM east from the city on the bank of Bagmati River. The Temple of Pashupatinath with its two tiered golden roof houses sacred linga or Phallic symbols of lord Shiva and the silver doors are famous for their superb architecture. The entrance the Temple precinct is permitted to Hindu only. However, visitors can clearly see the Temple and the activities performed in the Temple premises from the eastern bank of Bagmati River. The Temple is believed to be built before 400 AD. Bank every day having Cremation at the bank of Bagmati River.
Buddhanath stupa : - Is on of the biggest stupas in the world, which was built by Lichchhavi king Mana Dev in the 5th Century AD. It is situated 8 KM east of Kathmandu. The colossal and ancient Stupa of buddhanath is 36 meters high and is a world heritage site. It is also known as “Khasti” or “dew drops” as it is said that the builders had to use dew drops to mix the mortar because Kathmandu was suffering from a severe drought during its construction.
Trip Cost Includes
- All meals, tea & snacks
- Government approved A & B category hotels on twin sharing basis
- All airport pick ups and drops
- Ground transport in comfortable private vehicle
- Experienced English speaking guides and local staff
- All city tour with permits and entrance fees for museums and monuments
- All government taxes
- Bhutan Visa fee
- Airfare to/from Paro, Bhutan
- Return Flight from KLIA to Kathmandu airport by Royal Nepal airline.
- All meals not included except breakfast.
- Entrance fee for all temple.
Trip Cost Does Not Include
Items of a personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet , laundry etc.)
Trip cancellation and Medical/Evacuation Insurance
Tips for Staff ( guide and driver )
Items of a personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet , laundry etc.)
Tips for Staff (guide and driver)
Every effort will be made to keep to the above schedule, but as this is Adventure expedition in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road slides, avalanches, public strikes, natural changes of walking track, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travelers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to schedule.