Trekking in Bhutan

Trekking in Bhutan

Bhutan trekking   one of the greatest ways to taste the Exotic Mountain and landscape of Himalayan Bhutan of kingdom. The strong terrain passing through the stunning array of mountain and valley and sightings of world's rarest flora and fauna in a totally unspoiled atmosphere gives a unique feeling to the traveler. Predominantly Buddhist, the exotic culture and architecture of Bhutan can be something to marvel at during the trek. Bhutan trek is extremely special with only a handful of walkers joining the nomadic yak herders and local villagers on the trail. It is also a haven for Eco-tourists. Many regions are still largely unexplored due to strict visitor plan maintained by the administration. From a simpler one-day trek to the more robust multi-days trek, Bhutan has adventure-travel activities suiting everyone's attention and private preferences. 

Trip Itinerary

   Day 01:

Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Day 02:

Kathmandu valley sight seeing and trip preparation

Day 03:

Fly from Kathmandu to Paro (2,135m/7,000 ft)

Day 04:

Explore Paro yourself

Day 05:

Paro to Chonana, 4-5 hrs walking

Day 06:

Chonana to Jebkarpo, 5-6 hrs walking

Day 07:

Jebkarpo to Lower Mingula, 4-5 hrs walking

Day 08:

Lower Mingula to Thong, 5-6 hrs walking

Day 09:

Thong to Drugyel Dzong, 3-4 hrs walking

Day 10:

Drive to Thimpu, 2 hours

Day 11:

Thimpu to Wangduephodrang

Day 12:

Wangduephodrang to Paro

Day 13:

Fly from Paro to Kathmandu

Day 14:

Half day Kathmandu valley sight seeing

Day 15:

Departure from Kathmandu

  Detail Itinerary,

    Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264 ft)

Welcome to Himalayan country of Nepal. Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan intl. airport our representative welcomes you and assists to transfer in your hotel in Kathmandu. After time to get refreshed, evening you'll meet and transfer for welcome dinner in one of the typical Nepalese restaurant in the heart of Kathmandu and briefing about your trip and overnight at Hotel.


Day 02: Kathmandu valley sight seeing and trip preparation
Today, morning after breakfast at the hotel we will ready after your breakfast to head on for our guided day trip to world heritage sites in Kathmandu valley and visit the highlights of Kathmandu and the surrounding areas. We take you to visit the pilgrimage sites of Hindus temple Pashupatinath, one of the most important shrine of Shiva temples on the subcontinent which is place of thousand of devotees, Saddhus (holy men/Baba), and can be seen the cremating body most of the times in the holy riverbank of Bagmati. Hundreds of monkeys are giggling with you and take a time to exploring surrounding area and visit Bouddhanath stupa an another pilgrimage centre which is most popular and important place for Buddhist. You can explore with rounding prayer wheel and flattering colorful flag with melodious chanting noise.


After visiting Bouddhanath stupa we'll drive to the City of Devotees (Bhaktapur). This traditional and traffic free town is the third biggest town in the Valley. We'll explore the medieval like squares, courtyards and temples of this vibrant town. After a stop for lunch at a restaurant in Bhaktapur it's time to drive back to Kathmandu and meet up with travel manager for your Bhutan tour briefing and overnight at the hotel.


Day 03: Fly from Kathmandu to Paro (2,135m/7,000 ft)
This morning you'll be transferred to intl. airport for your flight to Paro with dramatic Himalayan scenery flight and arrive at Paro Bhutanese representative will pick up you and transfer to the hotel. After refreshed briefing and start our trip by today. Paro is a small town situated in a beautiful and peaceful valley. We'll visit the ruined fortress of Drugyel Dzong in its strategic position where it once defended the Paro valley from Tibetan invasion from the north in the early 17th century. On a clear day Mount Chomolhari (7320m) can be seen towering over the dzong. From here we'll continue on and take a short hike (2-3 hours) uphill through traditional villages and pine forest to reach the viewpoint at Taktsang Monastery. Horses can also be arranged for the journey uphill in extra payment. The monastery clings to a huge granite cliff 800m above the Paro valley. We'll continue on through the beautiful valley to visit the watch tower, known locally as Ta-Dzong. The tower was housed into the National Museum in the 1960s by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. After visit around explore the local market as well and back to hotel for overnight.


Day 04: Explore Paro yourself
Today, you have full day at leisure in the Paro valley to explore the most beautiful part of the town or to acclimatize yourself a hike to Taktsang monastery meaning a tiger's den lies at an altitude of 3000m which takes about 2/3 hours. The monastery was gutted by fire in 1998 but the remains of the structure still attract visitors. The Royal Government has taken immediate steps to restore and re-construct the old structure. Tea and snacks will be served at the cafeteria where you can gaze at this beautiful monument built during the 17th century. After exploring the area stroll back to hotel for overnight, remaining time visit local market and surrounding areas.


Day 05: Paro to Chonana (3100m/10,168ft), 4-5 hrs walking
Today, after the breakfast we'll take a drive to the trekking starting point and start our walk with gradual uphill through the farm houses and can be seen good view of the landscapes. On arrival at Chonana we'll stop for the overnight at camp.


Day 06: Chonana to Jebkarpo (3650m/11,972ft), 5-6 hrs walking
We continue our trek with almost uphill today. So, you can walk on your pace and frequently stopping will help to go further. Today all the trails goes through the forest filled with many species of Primula and Rhododendrons. After arrive at the top can be visible of magnificent scenic Himalayan range along Chele La and walk through the ridge and overnight at camp at Jebkarpo.


Day 07: Jebkarpo to Lower Mingula (3750m/12,300ft), 4-5 hrs walking.
This morning we wake to see lovely scenic views of Mt. Chomolharo, Jichu Drake and Tshrim Gang with a sunrise and after breakfast trek onwards along the ridge with scenic picturesque view and also offer the bird's eye view of Paro and Haa valley and on arrival at Mingula we'll stop at the camp.


Day 08: Lower Mingula to Thong (3650m/11,972ft), 5-6 hrs walking.
Today we'll start our journey continuing and offer excellent views of the mountains and valleys with passing some across yak herders' camp. We can visit one of the camps and enjoy their companion. As tradition you will be offered butter tea or chang (local wine) and enjoys with locals and overnight at camp.


Day 09: Thong to Drugyel Dzong (2400m/7872ft), 3-4 hrs walking .
This morning we have easy walking with descending trails and all the way through pine and rhododendron forest and will arrive near the ruined fortress which, once defended the valley from Tibetan Invasion during the 17th Century and take a drive back to Paro.


Day 10: Drive to Thimpu, 2 hours,
Today, we drive to Capital city of Bhutan and this will be a pleasant one mainly due to the well maintained road through out Bhutan and upon arrival at the Thimpu and check into the Hotel Druk or River view or similar. You'll have time to rest and refreshed and afternoon we take you to visit the Memorial chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, 15 century Changangkha monastery, Motithang mini zoo to see the rare "Takin" national animal of Bhutan and drive further down with good view of the Thimphu valley and one more visit the new Drupthob nunnery and stroll back to hotel or rest of the time explore the local market and overnight at hotel.


Day 11: Thimpu to Wangduephodrang,
We take to visit more surrounding areas after your breakfast as Painting school, National library, Royal goldsmith workshop and Handicraft centers and afternoon we drive around 3 hours to Wangduephodrang crossing through the Dochula pass 3100 meters. On fine weather you will see the eastern Himalayan ranges including the highest mountain in Bhutan Mt. Gangar Punsum 7520 meters. The drive from the pass is all the way downhill dropping to the lower and warmer valleys of lobesa. Visit the Wangduephodrang Dzong from outside and the market area and overnight at Wangdi Kichu Resort or similar.


Day 12: Wangduephodrang to Paro,
This morning we drive 45 minutes to Punakha and visit the Punakha Dzong which served as an old capital of Bhutan. This remarkable fortress is built between two rivers and has survived many glacial floods and fire. Every year during the month of February a procession known as the Punakha Serda takes place to commemorate the victory over the Tibetans and after exploring here we drive to Thimphu and further to Paro village for overnight at Kichu resort similar.


Day 13: Paro to Kathmandu,
This morning we'll transfer to the airport at Paro to catch our short but very scenic flight over the Himalayan range to reach Kathmandu, Nepal with great views of Mt Everest, Kanchenjunga, Chomolhari, Tsrim Gang and Jichu Drake can be seen returning to the Kathmandu. On arrival at Kathmandu we''ll pick up transfer to the hotel. Remaining time rest and relax at the hotel or explore the Thamel area.


Day 14: Half day Kathmandu valley sight seeing,
After your breakfast at hotel we'll be ready for 3 hrs Kathmandu valley sight seeing as visit Swoyambhunath stupa also known as monkey temple covering wide range of area with highest point of Kathmandu valley and enjoy the 360 degrees of valley view. After exploring the surrounding areas visit to Kathmandu Durbar Square which is old royal palace of Kathmandu and can be seen lot of temple, architectures and Kumari (living goddess) and walk in a freak street and afternoon back to hotel for the lunch and remaining time last minutes shopping or simply relax at the hotel.


Day 15: Departure from Kathmandu
Today is free or last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives for you until your departure flight/drive or to commence any extra trips or activities you may have booked with us. If departing, you'll be transferred to the International Airport for your departure flight to your onwards destination.

Cost Includes Cost Excludes,

 Cost Included:

Airport Pick Up & Drop Services:

» Pick Up » : Welcomes you with garland of flower in Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to your hotel,

» Domestic Drop/Pick Up » : Kathmandu Domestic Airport drop & pick up as flight indicated in itinerary.

» All the pick up and drop as per the itinerary

Trip Briefing & Information:

» We provide you Eco-friendly Tour file consisting broad trip information

Sight Seeing:

» Sightseeing  » : Kathmandu valley sightseeing, necessary arrangements

Accommodations & Meals:

(All twin sharing basis)

(Single room also served with extra charge) :

» Kathmandu » : Four Star deluxe twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast as per itinerary

» Twin sharing hotel accommodation in Bhutan (B Category hotel)

» Meals, full board(breakfast, lunch & dinner) in Bhutan

Flight / Transportation:

» Hotel arrival and departure transfer by private vehicle

» All ground transportation by private vehicle

» Filght » : Kathmandu to Paro to Kathmandu Flight tickets

Trekking Permit :

» Major Entry permit & fees

National Park Fare:

» All fees for sightseeing and Monasteries as per the itinerary

» All Entry fees

First Aid:

» Exclusive medical kit bag

Trekking Crews :

» Guide » : Government Registered, well trained English speaking guide

Porter Equipment :

» N/A

Insurance:

 » N/A

Trekking Equipment :

» Nepal Vision Duffel Bag and a t-shirt

» Down Jacket and sleeping bag on hiring basis

Certificate:

» Nepal Vision adventure certificate

Others:

» All applicable taxes and service charges

Cost Excluded:

Visa:

» Bhutan visa fee

» Nepal  » : Nepal entry visa fees

Airfare:

» All flights (except Kathmandu to Paro & return) and departure taxes

Meals:

» Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

Drinks:

» All cold drinks and any beverages are not included on trip price.

» Drinking Water » : Drinking water is not included in the trip price.

Insurance:

» You have to make your travel & rescue insurance by yourself before leave for travel

Optional Excursion:

» Provide such service with extra charge on your request.

» Optional Excursions » : Our optional excursions are culture trips, ethno trips, and festival trips, monastery meditation with Lama & monks, nature medicine trips, bird watching, sports, farming trips and other incentive trips as per the client’s interest.

Trekking Equipment:

» You have to arrange your personal trekking equipment such as trekking poles, water bottle etc… by yourself (see our equipment list).

Tipping:

» Tips for driver, guides and porters are not included in the cost.

Others:

» Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters.

» Hot Shower in during the trekking period is not included.

» Cost arising out of landslides, road blockade, and rescue of any form, cancellation of flight or reasons beyond our control.

» Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

Equipment List

health and insurance

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