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 gentle treks through remote trails and visits to Paro, Thimphu and Punakha, nature lovers, photographers and cultural junkies will uncover a purity of culture, traditions and kindness.
- Arrival and Departure transfers. Paro orientation tour. Taktsang Monastery visit and hike. Thimphu guided tour. Memorial Chorten and nunnery visit. Hike to Khamsum Yueley Chorten. Farm stay in Gangtey. Haa gompa and Black and White Temple visit. Hike to Kila Goempa Nunnery. Trekking (2-day) with camping.
- 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners. (Allow USD100-150 for drinks not included.)
- Hotels/guesthouses (7 nts), camping (1 nt), farmhouse stay (1 nt).
- Private vehicle, walking
- Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
- Small group experience; Max 15, avg 12
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Day 1 Paro (1D)
Arrive at any time, arrival transfer included. Take an orientation walk of Paro town before dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 2 Paro (1B,1L,1D)
Hike to the stunning Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest). After lunch, hike back down to Kyichu Temple, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.
Day 3 Jele Dzong/Camp (1B,1L,1D)
Trek to Jele Dzong (5-6 hrs) before camping overnight.
Day 4 Tshanula/Thimphu (1B,1L,1D)
Trek to Tshanula village through rhododendron and conifer forests and scenic meadows before a short ride to Thimphu, the capital city.
Day 5 Thimphu (1B,1L,1D)
Visit the national Memorial Chorten, the Buddha point and Motithang mini zoo. In the evening visit Tashi Chhoedzong.
Day 6 Gangtey (1B,1L,1D)
Enjoy a short hike in Lobeysa to Chime Lhakhang, built in 1499. Continue on to Gangtey for a night in a family's farmhouse.
Day 7 Gangtey/Punakha (1B,1L,1D)
Enjoy some sightseeing in Gangtey before driving to the ancient capital of Punakha. Take in the panoramic views of the Himalayas before descending into Punakha Valley.
Day 8 Punakha/Haa (1B,1L,1D)
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 9 Paro (1B,1L,1D)
Drive through the Chelela Pass before a hike (2 hrs) to Kila Goempa. Continue on to Paro with free time to roam the streets and pick up some souvenirs.
Day 10 Paro (1B)
Depart at any time. Airport transfer included.
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