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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Bhutan

Cities Visited

Gangtey, Haa, Paro, Punakha, Thimphu

Tour Itinerary

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

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.

Day 1: Paro/Thimphu
Arrive at any time, and transfer to Thimpu.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Khang Residency (or similar)
Meal(s): Dinner

Day 2: Thimphu
Visit the National Memorial Chorten, the Buddha Point, and Motithang Takin Preserve. In the evening, visit Tashichho Dzong.
Activity: The chorten is one of the most prominent religious structures in Thimphu, and for local Bhutanese it is a popular part of their daily prayers. Watch locals walk around the Chorten, spinning the prayer wheels and meditating in this lovely and peaceful spot.
Activity: Known as the "Buddha Point," the Buddha Dordenma is a massive Buddha statue in Thimphu made of bronze and gold. Take lots of pictures - it's beautiful!
Activity: Enjoy a visit to the Motithang Takin Preserve, which was once a mini zoo. The area was converted into a preserve for Bhutan's national animal, the takin, which is a cross between a goat and an antelope.
Activity: Enjoy a visit to Tashichho Dzong, a Buddhist monastery and fortress. Its main building is typical of Bhutanese architecture, with whitewashed walls and a golden roof. The original structure was built in 1216 and now houses the civil government.
Accommodation: Khang Residency (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Get a true taste of local life and stay overnight in a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse. Please note facilities at the farmhouse are basic, there will be no showers or running water for this night. Simple bedding is provided.
Activity: Visit the Royal So­ciety for Protection of Nature's (RSPN) Black-Necked Crane Centre. Learn more about these birds and their environment. Please note that this activity is available only during the migration season, between October and February.
Accommodation: Gangtey Farm House (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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.
Activity: Enjoy a walk across Phobjikha Valley to the Gangtey Gonpa Monastery. Visit the monastery, built in the 16th century and renovated in 2008. Take in the architecture and be sure to check out the amazing relics inside - they are said to be the most sacred in all of Bhutan.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Take a short hike to Chime Lhakhang, temple of the "Divine Madman." Built in 1499, it is mainly visited today by women as it is known as the temple of fertility.
Accommodation: Meri Puensum Resort (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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.
Activity: Visit Punakha Dzong, the winter seat of the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body, remarkably located between the rivers of the Mo (female) Chu and Pho (male) Chu. It is the second oldest and second largest dzong (fortress) in Bhutan and one of its most majestic structures, housing many sacred relics. It is also the winter capital of the Je Khenpo (chief abbot).
Activity: Cross the suspension bridge and then hike to Khamsum Yueley Chorten. Enjoy hike through rice terraces, farms, and deep pine forest until we reach the stupa, which was consecrated in December 1999. Take a moment to breathe and admire the view, it's superb.
Activity: Enjoy a hike and visit to the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery and Temple complex. Perched on a ridge amid pine trees and overlooking the 3 Valleys of Toebesa, Punakha and Wangdi Phodrang, the complex is a meditation and traditional arts training center for nuns. Enjoy the peace and quiet and learn about the nunnery which was established by the Royal Grandfather.
Accommodation: Meri Puensum Resort (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Explore the beautiful Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) near Haa town, only recently opened to tourists. It is believed that a black and a white pigeon were released to select where to build the temples in Haa valley. The white pigeon landed in the foothills of the mountain Chenrizi where the White Temple now stands.
Accommodation: Rigsum Resort (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Hike through the deep forest of pine trees and rhododendrons to Kila Goempa nunnery (approx 2.5 hrs). It seems to cling to a rocky cliff and houses around 60-70 nuns. This is a moderate level hike through stunningly beautiful scenery.
Accommodation: Metta Resort & Spa (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 8: Paro/Bumdrak Camp
Trek through fluttering prayer flags, rhododendron trees, and conifer forests to reach Bumdrak camp at 3860m.
Activity: Start with a short drive to the start point of the trek at 2950m. Climb steadily upwards for 2.5hrs to your picturesque lunch spot with stunning views of the Paro valley. Take your time and appreciate your surroundings as you go. The 18 different types of rhododendrons and lush conifer forest will give you plenty to look at. After lunch, continue on a more gradual incline for 1.5hrs to reach your home for the evening, Bumdrak Camp at 3860m.
Accommodation: Bumdrak Camp (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

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.
Activity: After breakfast, start the descent. The majority of the trekking will be downhill on a steep incline, so walking poles are helpful. Trek through spruce, hemlock, cypress, and fir. A fairytale-like meadow ends the trek, complete with wild edible strawberries if the season is right.
Activity: Hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger's Nest); containing 13 holy relics, it's considered one of the most venerated pilgrim sites of the Himalayan world. It is also where Guru Padmasambhava is said to have landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. Take in the stunning views en route and the incredible vista from this monastery, which clings to the rock towering 2,953m above the valley.
Activity: Enjoy a visit to one of Bhutan's oldest and most beautiful temples. Built in the 7th century, Kyichu Lhakhang Temple boasts stunning art work inside and throughout the courtyards.
Accommodation: Metta Resort & Spa (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch Dinner

Day 10: Paro
Depart at any time. Airport transfer included.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Meal(s): Breakfast

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Inclusions

Meals Included
9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners

Transport
Private vehicle, walking.

Inclusions
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.

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Accommodations

Hotels/guesthouses (7 nts), camping (1 nt), farmhouse stay (1 nt).

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

G Adventures Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4
Accommodations
3.6
Itinerary
4.1
Professional Staff
4.3
Repeat with Operator
4
Value for Money
3.9

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