Bhutan Nature & Cultural Hiking Tours

 
  • Days: 12
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Overview

Trip facts

Duration: 12 Days

Activities: Cultural Tour

Departure From: Paro

Country: Nepal

Region: Bhutan

Price: USD 3,890

Group size: Min 1-12 Min

This cultural tour and day hike in Bhutan is a combined tour covering both cultural and natural majestic beauty of Bhutan to get the most out.

This tour includes day hikes to lead you to the imperial Dzongs (fortresses) that are fundamental to Bhutanese Buddhism, hike to the remote villages of Bhutan to explore their traditions and lifestyles, visit several monasteries, and on the way enjoy - the beautiful diverse landscapes. We finally end our tour by hiking to the Tiger Nest Monastery - the best part of this tour.

This day hike in Bhutan is one of the ideal ones as anyone can easily accomplish this which takes around 12 days to complete. This tour begins with a scenic airstrip to Paro where on the air we get beautiful views of Mount Chomolhari and Jichu Drake along with other Himalayan peaks. We then explore Paro by visiting several monasteries and then drive to Thimpu. On the way, we pass the Chele La pass to get the beautiful views of Jomolhari and Jichu Drake.

We be sightseeing Thimpu by visiting heritage museums, memorial chorten, art and paintings institute etc. Next, we drive to the ancient capital of Bhutan - Punkaha crossing the striking Dochu La Pass into the subtropical vales and if the weather permits, will also get the spectacular views of Himalayan peaks. We then visit the Punakha Dzong and as sightseeing, we visit some of the villages to experience the traditions and lifestyle of people living here. Next, we drive to Bhumthang to visit the ancient monastery - Jambay Lhakhang and many other including the Dzongs, etc.

We then have a sightseeing drive to Wangdue and then to Paro. Lastly, we will be hiking to the Taktsang monastery which is the focal point of this tour. We then wrap up and fly back to our destination.

This tour is designed for those people having a limited vacation time of 12 days or so to cover the rich culture, heritage sites and hike to the valley with the pristine subtropical environment. If the above mention days are not flexible with your schedule, then you can try some other ones from our galley as according to your vacation schedule. The best part of exploring Bhutan is that you can travel in every season. Other Himalayan countries have some specific season but Bhutan can be relished anytime. For more information about this tour, please feel free to contact or email us.

Here we list our itinerary for Bhutan Nature & Cultural Hiking Tour:

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2250m /7382ft)

As during your flight to Bhutan you will be witnessing the fabulous view of the Himalayas including with the Bhutan peak Jumolhari and Jichu Drake which are the sacred peak of Bhutan. As reaching the airport of Bhutan our representative team of Accent Himalaya will be greeting you and then they will take us to the respective hotel. After freshening up in the hotel we will start our tour where we will begin exploring first by visiting the Rinpung Dzong which means the fortress heap of jewels erected in 1646. After that we will be visiting the ancient temple of the Bhutan- Kichu Lhakhang then we will be heading to visit the Drugyal Dzong which was built by Zhabdrung Nawang Namgyal in 1646. We will be spending our night at Paro.

  Welcome Dinner

Day 2: Excursion to Chele La Pass then drive to Thimphu: 174km, 5 – 6 hours

After having our breakfast we will take a scenic drive to Chele La pass which is at 3810 meters. Hiking sideways the high crests spread with vibrant Buddhist prayer flags and the magnificent sights of Mt. Jumolhari and other several peaks as well as unbelievable panoramas into the vales beneath the pass. We will be having our lunch at the pass. Then we will be hiking down to the ridges to reach the Kila Gompa -Nunnery which is snuggled in a rugged patch beneath the pass and perched precariously sideways a rock face. We will be walking for a few miles via the dense forests and head towards the roadside and at road our car will be there and then our driver will drive us to Thimphu. We will be spending our night at Thimpu.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Sightseeing in Thimphu

In the morning after the breakfast we will be visiting the memorial Chorten which was built in the honor of the 3rd king who ruled over this country from 1952- 1972. Then after that we will be visiting the nunnery temple and the mini zoo of Bhutan and here we get to spot the national animal of Bhutan which is Takin and after that we will be exploring some of the landmarks of Thimpu and also we will be visiting the traditional medicinal institute and the traditional painting school, museum, Tashi dzong and the paper factory. As for Saturday and Sunday most of the landmark are usually closed so if we reach during the weekends then we will be exploring the Bhutan market. We will be spending our night at Thimpu.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4: Thimphu to Punakha (1,250m/4,100ft): 76 km, 2 - 3 hours

Today after the breakfast our driver will drive us to Punakha and on the way we will stop at Dochu la Pass which is at 3100 meters to enjoy the stunning view of the Himalayas and then we will drive from the pass via the dense hemlock, fir and rhododendron forests. Before reaching Punakha we will transient through the rice fields alongside the river banks. Then we will have our lunch and then we will visit the Punakha Dzong one of the second largest and the second ancient dzong of Bhutan. We will be spending our night at Punakha.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Punakha Village Tour

Today we will drive to Punakha Dzong and then we will be walking across the suspension bridge and then following the way to farm houses we will progressively ascend to Dompola Hills and here we can enjoy the marvelous view of Dzong, Mo- chu and Pho –chu river and the incredible village surrounding with dense pine forests. After that we will be hiking uphill for two hours to reach Limbhukha-one of the beautiful village known for its serene nature. We will be touring the village and also explore their culture and their way of living. The people will serve you the local butter tea and the local wine called Chang. After finishing the tour and exploring the village we will get on the car and our drive will take us to the hotel of Punakha. We will be spending our night at Punakha.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Punakha to Bumthang (2,850m/9,350ft): 214 km, 7 hours

After having our breakfast our driver will drive us to Bumthang- the cultural heartland of Bhutan. The trail we will be heading is the windy trail where we will be crossing the Pele La pass which is at 3300 meters and on the way you might also get to spot yaks. For the lunch we will be stopping at Trongsa and after that we will be visiting the Trongsa Dzong and then we will head through the dense forests and valley to Bhumthang. On the way we will stop at Yathra- textile weaving factory and there we will be viewing the weavers designing the different textile. We will be spending our night at Bhumthang.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7: Sightseeing in Bumthang

We will be sightseeing Bhumthang by visiting the Jakar Dzong- the organizational center of the valley and after that we will be visiting the oldest monasteries Jambey Lhakhang and then Kurje Lhakhang one of the well-known sacred places which is said that in this cave there is a mark of the spiritual Guru Rimpoche where he did his meditation and in this cave there is mark of this Guru. And then we will be having our lunch at Tamshing Lhakhang and in the evening we can wander around the local shops. We will be spending our night at Bumthang.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 8: Excursion to Tang Valley then back to Bumthang: 84km, 3 hours

We will be exploring the Tang valley the most isolated valley of Bumthang as well as we will be also visiting the nearby villages. After that we will be hiking to Ugyen Chholing Palace one of the 16th-century old which was earlier huge hall now it has turned into a museum. Then we will be visiting Mebar Tsho which means Burning Lake. We will be spending our night at Bumthang.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 9: Bumthang to Wangdue (1,240m/4,068ft): 197 km, 5 - 6 hours

Today we will be sightseeing the Bumthang market and our driver will drive us to Wangdue. We will stop for our lunch at Chendebji Chorten. It was constructed in the 18th century by lama Shida. Before reaching Wangdue we will be crossing the two remarkable high passes. We will be spending our night at Wangdue.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 10: Wangdue to Paro: 124 km, 4 - 5 hours

Today we will head to Paro and then we will stop at Metshina village and then we will be hiking for 20 minutes via the rice- fields to Chimi Lhakhang then we will reach at Dochu La pass after that we will be visiting Druk Wangyal monastery. We will be spending our night at Paro.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 11: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

Today after breakfast we will be hiking to Taktsang also known as Tiger Nest Monastery which is situated on the high cliff at 3,180 meters which are the well-known monastery and most visited monastery by the travelers. It is said that Guru Rimpoche one of the spiritual masters of Buddhism has flown on the back of a tiger to meditate in the cave of Taktsang Monastery. We will be having our lunch at the cafeteria restaurant which is situated nearby midway to the mountain. After that we will be hiking down to the valley and then we will retrace back to Paro. We will be spending our night at Paro.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 12: Final departure

Today the journey finally comes to an end and our team will drop you at the airport three hours than your flight so, you reach safely to your own destination.

  Breakfast

Includes and Excludes

 

What's Included

  • Bhutanese visa fee
  • All airport pickup and drop
  • All meals, tea and snacks
  • Government approved A and B category hotels and standard lodge on twin- shared basis
  • Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
  • English speaking, trained and experienced guide and local staff
  • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums as per the itinerary
  • All required government taxes

Not Included in the Cost

  • All airfares
  • 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)
  • Travel insurance

Trip Note

 

Accommodation in Bhutan

Accent Himalaya manages its best to provide comfortable accommodation. Bhutanese hotels are approved and classified by the Government of Bhutan as grade A, B, and C which is equivalent to 3 or 4 - star hotels elsewhere. Based on availability at the time booking, Grade ‘A' hotels will be provided in cities like Thimpu, Paro and so. All accommodations are on a twin-shared basis. A single supplement can be served on request with an additional charge.

Meals and Drinks in Bhutan

All the meals and breakfast required for you are included as in our package. A variety of meals are available in most hotels - the most popular being Indian, Chinese, and the more common Continental food. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan such as pork, beef, chicken, and fish. Also for the best is to ask the hotel and restaurant to recommend for seasonal and fresh food. Dinner and breakfast will be served in the same hotel where you spend overnight and the team leader or guide will find you a good place for lunch on the way to your destination. We recommend you to carry water purification pills along with you as normal water will be provided free of cost. But if you wish to drink bottled water, they are also available. However, bottled water and liquors are not included in the package.

Best Time to Travel

Best Seasons to visit Bhutan are in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-October). The months of April and May offer the natural grandeur of rhododendron blooms although Bhutan observes its biggest festivals during spring. Bhutan can also be visited during summer and winter if one wishes to avoid the crowd. However, summers are wet and winters are pretty cold which might not suit everyone.

Luggage or Backpack for tour

You will be carrying a small backpack with your water bottle, camera, tissue paper, towel, or other gears that you need to use frequently on the trip. The clothes and gears that you don't need can be packed and left in the locker or safe deposit box in the hotel free of cost.

Druk Air has a 44 pound (20 kg) weight limit for checked luggage and another 11 - pound weight limit for carry-on luggage on their flights. Your carry-on bags are restricted to one piece, and the size should not exceed 17" x 13" x 8". You have to remember following things before packing:

Official Papers

  • Passport with minimum validity of 6 months
  • Copy of the first page of your passport
  • Airline tickets
  • Visa approval for Bhutan (should be brought with you)

Packing List for Cultural or City Tours

  • 2 pairs of lightweight long pants
  • 2 pairs of dress pants/dresses for evening
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 4 short-sleeved shirts/blouses
  • 1 long-sleeved shirt for sun protection (also while visiting Dzongs, temples and monasteries).
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Sleepers
  • Warm jackets (if the trip falls in Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan & Feb)
  • 1 sweater or lightweight jacket
  • 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes

Personal toiletries

  • Insect repellent
  • Spare nylon duffel bag for purchase
  • Sunscreen rated 20 SPF or higher
  • Lip balm
  • Sunglasses, prescription glasses
  • 1 visor/sun hat
  • Daypack/Hip pack for day trips
  • Prescription medications
  • Essential drugs such as for diarrhea, headache pills, pills for cold and cough
  • Anti-bacterial wipes or lotion (for face and hands)

 

Personal Expenses on Trek

Your personal expense literally depends upon your personal habit; whether you are alcoholic or non-alcoholic, extravagant or thrifty and so on. Normally, the cost of the meal and accommodation during the trek are covered in our package and you will be liable to pay for table drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages), snacks while trekking, souvenirs, hot shower (available in some places), tips to the guide and porters. Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we suggest you give tip and allocate 10-15 percent of your total tour cost if you are satisfied with their service.

Our Greetings at Airport

We advise you to flow the information of your international flight details after you confirm Bhutan Nature & Cultural Hiking Tour with Accent Himalaya for our meeting and greetings. Right after you cross the Customs and check out of the terminal building, you will find our representative holding a placard with your name or the name of the company (Accent Himalaya) and drop you to your hotel in a private car. In case you have booked the hotel by yourself, we suggest you inform us in advance the name of the hotel you are about to stay so that our representative can drop you to your hotel and would be easier to meet with the team leader or the guide.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it

Our normal Itinerary includes 12 days for Bhutan Nature & Cultural Hiking Tour which is the most usual and practical. In the package, the days of your arrival and departure and a day of city tour are also counted. In case you managed further schedule, you want to exclude those days for our service and just want us to help you with the trekking part, upon your request, we can rearrange and adjust the itinerary and let you know about the final cost for the trip.

Also, you can extend or shorten your trek if you feel it's necessary with consulting our guide on the way to your destination. We recommend you to finish the trek within the last day mentioned in our package as many unforeseen circumstances may befall at any time.

Insurance/Rescue/Evacuation

Health, Safety, and Security of the clients are always our top most priority. So, In case of a serious sickness or any mishaps, while you are in Bhutan Nature & Cultural Hiking Tour (which we believe will not happen), we will do everything to transfer you to the nearest hospital to save your life and you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in evacuation/rescue. So, please make sure that these expenses are covered by your insurance policy before assigning for the trek or you have to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Please ensure that you've insured yourself before doing the trip and visit Travel insurance page for more info about it.

Booking and Payment

You are required to make 20% (nonrefundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book Bhutan Nature & Cultural Hiking Tour along with a photocopy of your passport and flight details (arrival detail, flight name, number and time) and the remaining 80% balance is due when you arrive in Nepal. You have an option of paying the advance by bank transfer or credit card. So, do let us know which modes of payment are convenient for you, then we will forward the details of payment. We also accept transactions via Pay Pal.

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