Bhutan Walking Holiday
Experience the best of both worlds with a Bhutan Walking Holiday. Stunning landscapes and colourful culture come together in this Bhutan tour itinerary.
Explore Western Bhutan's stunning landscapes on foot with a variety of magnificent day hikes, finishing in comfortable boutique accommodation each night. Visit ancient monasteries, including the miraculous cliff-hugging Tiger's Nest, and picturesque off-the-beaten track villages. Learn about Bhutan's unique culture and traditions from your expert guide.
DEPARTS: Paro, Bhutan
Availability: All year - choose your own dates
Minimum group size: 1 person (subject to surcharges)
* Price is per person, twin share. Single room supplement is US$45 per night, subject to availability.
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Transport by private mini-bus and driver
All meals, mineral water, tea & coffee
9 nights accommodation in handpicked hotels
Bhutan visa, Bhutan government tourism royalties and local taxes
All entrance fees and activities as included in itinerary
English-speaking Bhutanese guide
Your walking holiday begins in the beautiful Paro Valley. Stay in a charming Bhutanese-style hotel located on the edge of a forest. Wake up to breathtaking views of Himalayan peaks in your rustic villa.
Drive across the Cheli La Pass at 3,810 metres to the picturesque Haa Valley, where we stay in a family-run heritage lodge for two nights. Explore the valley on foot in this fabulous off-the-beaten-track location. From here, drive to Thimpu, one of the world’s smallest capital cities, and the only one in the world without traffic lights! Combine city sightseeing with some interesting hikes around the Thimpu Valley.
We continue our journey via the scenic Dochu La Pass, offering stunning panoramic mountain views, to the fertile Punakha Valley for a two-night stay. Here we hike across the fields to the Chimi Lakhang monastery, one of the most revered temples in Bhutan, before visiting the magnificent Punakha Dzong. Situated on the confluence of two rivers, this monastery was built in 1637. Punakha served as Bhutan’s capital for 300 years, and where the Kings of Bhutan have traditionally been crowned.
On the following day, hike to the beautiful Khamsum Chorten, the old hilltop temple at Giligang, and Punakha Dzong. Experience stunning views of the valleys on both the Mo Chhu and Po Chuu sides.
Return to Paro for the Zuri Dzong hike. This is a leisurely two-hour hike through forests to Gonsaka Lhakhang and Zuri Dzong, with wonderful views over the valley. Zuri Dzong dates from 1352 and is home to the valley’s local protector gods.
Before leaving Bhutan, visit Taktshang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), Bhutan’s most famous and iconic landmark. A hike up through blue pines, passing water powered prayer wheels, leads you to this monastery clinging miraculously to a sheer cliff. The views are magnificent over the Paro Valley, and the only sounds are prayer flags blowing in the wind.
Arrive in Paro: You will be met at the airport by your guide. Travel to your hotel just outside Paro. Visit Paro Dzong, the National Museum and famous Nyamai Zam Bridge. Altitude: 2,250 m Overnight: Paro
Haa: Drive to the picturesque Haa Valley via the Cheli La Pass at 3,810 metres. From the pass, we embark on the Katsho Day Trek. Walking time: 5 hrs Altitude: 2,700 m Overnight: Haa
Haa: Day hike to Jamtey Goempa Monastery, Yangthang Goempa, and then to Yangthang village. Walking time: 3 hrs Overnight: Haa
Thimpu: Drive to Thimpu and enjoy a city walk and visit Tashi Choe Dzong, the Memorial Chorten, Buddha Point, Folk Heritage Museum, National Library and the School of Traditional Arts and Crafts. Driving time: 3-4 hrs Altitude: 2,350 m Overnight: Thimpu
Thimpu: Drive to Cheri Monastery in the Thimpu Valley for a short hike. Returning to Thimpu, visit the takin reserve, home to Bhutan’s national animal. An optional extra hike is available on request. Walking time: 2.5 hrs Overnight: Thimpu
Punakha: Drive over the Dochula Pass (3,100 m) to Punakha, and visit the Dzong and the temple of fertility. Driving time: 3 hrs Altitude: 1,310 m Overnight: Wangdue Phodrang
Punakha: Day hike to Khamsum Chorten and Giligang. Walking time: 5 hrs
Overnight: Wangdue Phodrang
Paro: Return to Paro and do the Zuri hike. Walking time: 1 hr Driving time: 4 hrs Altitude: 2,250 m Overnight: Paro
Paro: Tiger's Nest hike. Walking time: 4-5 hrs Overnight: Paro.