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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Bhutan

Cities Visited

Thimphu, Punakha, Paro


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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.

Hygiene and Safety Protocols for G Adventures Tours

Travel with Confidence

Your safety, as well as the safety of employees and partners, has always been G Adventures top priority, which is why new physical distancing and cleaning measures have been put in place on all of the tours. New Travel with Confidence policy features new health and safety procedures from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave, without taking away from having the time of your life. The policy will evolve as time goes on and as G Adventures continues to monitor local public health recommendations, but what won't change is the commitment to keeping you safe as you explore big, beautiful world.


Before you join us

Global Connection Officers

GCOs (the people who answer when you call us) are available 24/7 to help with any questions you have prior to your trip, so you can feel confident and safe before leaving. No matter what time of day, they're there to respond to you — even at 3AM. They'll be up to date on local regulations and restrictions and can guide you through your travel process as smoothly as possible. And if you don't feel well before travelling, there's the Book with Confidence policy that helps you reschedule your trip for when you do, which they can help you with too (terms & conditions apply). If you book flights with us and there are any changes, rest assured that the team will support you by making new arrangements on your behalf.

Smaller groups

Groups have always been small. This offers security, access, camaraderie, and a connection with your destination you won't get by travelling on bus tours or on your own. The average group size is 12, ensuring travellers can engage with each other without being squeezed together like sardines — and that was before physical distancing became a reality. Plus, if you have 8 or more friends you'd like to adventure with, you can reserve the entire trip!

My own room

If you're joining one of the small group tours on your own, good on ya! If you are a solo traveller sharing a room with someone, G Adventures will do their best to ensure they will be your roommate for the entire journey to support distancing efforts. G Adventures has 'My Own Rooms' available as an extra option for tours (pending availability), and they'll be offering more of these at more affordable prices to make it even easier to have a bit more space.


When you arrive

Chief Experience Officers

CEOs are responsible for ensuring you have the time of your life while keeping you as safe as possible. Here's how they're ready to do that:

  • They're trained in First Aid, CPR, and other safety protocols
  • They're supported 24/7 by the field staff in offices around the world who are well-equipped to handle emergencies
  • They can help you find local clinics if you're feeling sick
  • They'll receive new training to ensure they are up to date on all health and safety policies during these evolving times
  • They have extensive local knowledge to proactively help you navigate wherever you're travelling
  • Their local knowledge allows for greater flexibility when it comes to knowing the best time to visit certain highlights to avoid crowds whenever possible and suggesting the restaurants with the strictest hygiene practices or those where you can reserve your own table or room in advance
  • They'll wear face masks when necessary based on local guidelines and recommendations

You & your fellow travellers

Travellers' safety and wellbeing is G Adventures biggest concern. If you're not feeling well before your departure, G Adventures has a Book with Confidence policy that provides you with flexibility and freedom to delay leaving until you're back to 100% healthy (terms & conditions apply). If you have a fever or any other symptoms on tour, you may be required to have a doctor clear you before rejoining us. All travellers are requested to bring face coverings, whether they're buffs, face masks or bandanas (extra style points encouraged). G Adventures makes every effort to have hand sanitizer available, but recommend bringing your own.


While on tour

Planes, trains, automobiles and more

Small private transport vehicles

  • Every surface in G Adventures well-kept fleet of private vehicles will get at least one daily deep cleaning
  • Each traveller will have a daily assigned seat
  • Hand-sanitizer will be required every time you board the vehicle
  • Facial coverings will be recommended while on-board
Boats
  • Every surface will get at least one daily deep cleaning
  • High-traffic areas will receive more frequent cleaning
  • Hand-sanitizer or hand washing will be required every time you board the boat, as well as before and after meals
  • To support physical distancing, meals may have assigned seating and there will be assigned slots for activities and rooming
  • Facial coverings will be recommended and welcomed on-board
  • Your crew is trained in health and safety measures (including food handling) and all cooking staff will follow up-to-date advice from health authorities
Local transportation
  • Use of local transportation will be limited wherever possible. Please reference the Trip Details for each individual tour for specifics
  • If local transportation is used, precautions will be followed in adherence to local health and safety regulations to keep travellers safe and sound.

Where you'll be staying safe

G Adventures has always carefully selected accommodation partners for high standards and local roots. Travelling in small groups means that the stay is in smaller hotels too, with fewer guests — which means less daily contact with others outside your group in public spaces. Now G Adventures is working with accommodation partners to optimize their health, safety and cleanliness procedures, as well as creating additional measures for physical distancing. Here are some of the things G Adventures is working on to help keep you safe:

  • Daily deep cleaning and disinfecting of all surface areas inside your room with extra cleaning on light switches, door handles, TV remotes, and thermostats
  • No hotel staff will enter your room after it has been cleaned
  • Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting of all public restrooms and all surfaces in public areas. This might include the closure of public spaces such as gyms, bars, restaurants, and meeting rooms for periods throughout the day
  • Wherever possible, groups will stay on the lower floors to limit elevator use
  • Hotels will implement social distancing protocols in line with local regulations
This is just the beginning of commitments to keeping you sleeping safe and sound. G Adventures will continue to evolve and roll-out these and additional policies as needed.

A good & safe place to eat

G Adventures has always carefully selected food service partners and worked closely with them to ensure they are meeting health, safety, and cleanliness standards with their facilities, staff training, and food preparation and delivery. Wherever possible, G Adventures will reserve separate tables or private rooms at the restaurants visited on the trip, opt for more "al fresco" opportunities when it is possible (gotta love that fresh air!), and ensure breakfasts can be "grab and go" boxes, while avoiding family style or self-serve buffets for meals. G Adventures wants you to feel comfortable and safe as you savour every last bite.

Activities

You've always had freedom and flexibility to do your own thing on tours with optional activities and experiences. Now, you'll still have those options with added measures to keep you healthy and safe. All equipment for activities on tour, including hiking poles, camping supplies, life jackets, snorkels, etc., will be cleaned thoroughly at least once a day and disinfected between use. When travellers are responsible for putting up their own tents on camping itineraries, you will be given the supplies required to disinfect your gear. G Adventures will also do their best to make activities and highlights stops happen during non-peak hours, so you can have fun and feel safe no matter what you're doing.


Before you leave

A healthy goodbye

If you're not feeling well at the end of your tour for any reason, let your CEO know and they can help get you access to medical care and support. Because we want you to head home after a life-changing experience feeling just as good (let's be honest, way better) than when you left.

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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.

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