TRIP OVERVIEW BHUTAN TOUR WITH HIKE 6 DAYS
We warmly welcome to the legendary mountain kingdom in the Himalayas, the last Shangri-La – Bhutan. This 6-days tour is incredible cultural tour in the Bhutan. The 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 151km 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 Hike to 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: Arrive in Paro – (2255m)
Upon crossing over the Himalaya Mountains, our flight to Paro offers spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival we will be greeted by the guide at the airport and escorted to the hotel. After lunch, we visit the Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower that is now the National Museum. Then we walk down the trail to visit the Rinpung Dzong meaning “fortress of the heap of jewels”. Our next visit includes Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country and the Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort) built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear day, we can see Mt. Jumolhari, Bhutan’s second-highest mountain at 7,314m. Overnight at hotel in Paro.
Day 2: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery , drive to Thimphu (54 Km, 1 hour) (2325)
After breakfast, we hike (to & from 4-5 hours)to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery – Bhutan’s most famous monastery situated at 3180m. 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. Our lunch will be served in the Cafeteria, located about halfway up on the mountain. The monastery is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900m above Paro Valley. After having explored the monastery, we hike down to the valley floor. In the evening, we drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.
Day 3: Hike to Wangditse Goempa, on the day Thimphu sightseeing
In the morning, you will drive to BBS Tower and then hike (2 and half hrs) to Wangditse Goempa on leveled trail with great view of Trashichho Dzong. You can also get a view of Samtenling Palace, home to the forth King and Dorje Drak meditation retreat on the hillside above. After staying for some time at the Goempa, you will return to Thimphu. On the way back, you will also have an opportunity see Takins — unique national animal that is found only in the Himalayas. After lunch, visit to the King’s Memorial Chorten (built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1951-1972), visit the nunnery temple, the National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts) and the National Institute of Traditional Medicine. You can also visit the Textile Museum, the Handicraft Emporium, the traditional paper factory and the majestic Tashichhodzong. In the evening, we may even enjoy strolling through Thimphu downtown and absorb the life style of the people. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.
Day 4: Hike to Lungchutse, drive to Punakha (75 Km, 2-3 hours) (1255)
After breakfast, you will drive to Dochula La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. You will begin 2 hours hike to Lungchuzekha Monastery. From 108 chortens, the trail passes through rhododendron forests. Walking along the high ridges dotted with colorful Buddhist prayer flags offers us stunning views of Himalayas, plus incredible vistas into the valleys below the pass. Hike back to Dochula. After lunch, drive downhill through the forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. And, we further traverse through rice field and while driving along the bank of the Punakha River, we arrive at Punakha. On the way, we 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. Upon our choice we can receive the blessing from the Lama`s wooden phallus! Overnight at hotel in Punakha.
Day 5: Hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel, drive to Paro (145 km, 4 hrs)
At the day break, we drive to north of Punakha around 12 km. From the road point we will hike (2 hours) to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, which is located on a beautiful hillock called Ngezergang. It contains elaborate paintings dedicated to old sect of Buddhism. We further hike back to Punakha. On the way back, we visit the Punakha Dzong, stunningly situated in between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. In the afternoon, we drive back to Paro and check into our hotel on arrival. Overnight at hotel in Paro.
Day 6: Depart from Paro
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, we will be escorted to the airport in the morning depending on the flight schedule and our destination. Finally representative fromAdventure Himalaya Treks will bid us farewell.
What Is Included
* 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
What Is Not Included
* Airfare to/from Paro, Bhutan
* 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 )
1-2 people = USD 1650 per person
3-12 people = USD 1400 per person
( Note! above price valid until end of 2013 )