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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. 

9 night tour
DEPARTS: Paro, Bhutan

Scheduled trips: 

15th - 24th October 2018 (US$3,195)

Custom dates also available on request

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.

Find out approximate trip price in your own currency here


TRIP EXCLUSIONS

  • International airfare to Bhutan. (This can be arranged for you.  Please contact us for details).
  • Stopover hotel if needed
  • Comprehensive travel insurance.  Click here for an insurance quote.
  • Additional activities not included in the itinerary
  • Alcoholic or soft drinks
  • Laundry
  • Tips for guide & driver

Trip Inclusions

  • Transport by private mini-bus and driver
  • All meals, mineral water, tea & coffee 
  • 9 nights excellent hotel accommodation (5-star in Paro, comfortable elsewhere)
  • Bhutan visa, Bhutan government tourism royalties and local taxes
  • All entrance fees and activities as included in itinerary
  • English speaking Bhutanese guide

 

trip overview

Your walking holiday begins in the beautiful Paro Valley where you stay in a stunning Bhutanese style boutique hotel located on the edge of a forest. Wake up to breath-taking views of Himalayan peaks in your deluxe villa. We 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 2 nights. We explore the valley on foot, with day hikes to remote monasteries in this fabulous off the beaten track location. From here we drive to Thimpu, one of the world’s smallest capital cities, and the only one in the world without traffic lights! Spend two nights in a stylish hotel which combines traditional architecture with excellent spa facilities. Combine sightseeing in the city 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 our two night stay.

Here we hike across the fields to 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 ancient monastery was built in 1637. Punakha served as Bhutan’s capital for 300 years, and is the place where traditionally the Kings of Bhutan have been crowned.  On the following day we hike to the beautiful Khamsum Chorten, the old hilltop temple at Giligang and Punakha Dzong, with the opportunity to experience stunning views of the valleys on both the Mo Chhu and Po Chuu side.

We return to Paro for the Zuri Dzong hike. This is a leisurely 2 hour hike through forests to Gonsaka Lhakhang and Zuri Dzong which provides wonderful views over the valley and Dzong.  Zuri Dzong dates from 1352 and is home to the valley’s local protector gods.

Before leaving Bhutan we 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 ancient monastery clinging miraculously to a sheer cliff. The views are magnificent over the Paro valley, and the only sounds to be heard are prayer flags blowing in the wind.

itinerary

 

DAY 1

Arrive in Paro:   You will be met at the airport by your guide and travel to your hotel just outside Paro. Visit Paro Dzong, the National Museum & famous Nyamai Zam Bridge. Altitude: 2,250 m                                                                                                           Overnight: Paro

DAY 2

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

DAY 3

Haa:  Day hike to Jamtey Goempa Monastery, Yangthang Goempa and then to Yangthang village.                                                                                                                         Walking time: 3 hrs                                                                                                       Overnight: Haa

DAY 4 

Thimpu:   Drive to Thimpu and enjoy a city walk and visit Trashi Choe Dzong. Visit 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

DAY 5 

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. Optional extra hike is available on request.                                                                                                         Walking time: 2.5 hrs                                                                                                     Overnight: Thimpu

DAY 6

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

DAY 7

Punakha:  Day hike to Khamsum Chorten and Giligang.                                                       Walking time: 5 hrs                                                                                                      Overnight: Wangdue Phodrang

DAY 8

Paro:  Return to Paro and do the Zuri hike.                                                                     Walking time: 1 hr                                                                                                                         Driving time: 4 hrs                                                                                                                     Altitude: 2,250 m                                                                                                                     Overnight: Paro

DAY 9

Paro:  Tiger's Nest hike.                                                                                                             Walking time: 4-5 hrs                                                                                                   Overnight: Paro.

DAY 10

Depart Paro