Duration: 12 Days
Activities: Cultural Tour
Departure From: Paro
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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Day 1: Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2250m /7382ft)
Day 2: Excursion to Chele La Pass then drive to Thimphu: 174km, 5 – 6 hours
Day 3: Sightseeing in Thimphu
Day 4: Thimphu to Punakha (1,250m/4,100ft): 76 km, 2 - 3 hours
Day 5: Punakha Village Tour
Day 6: Punakha to Bumthang (2,850m/9,350ft): 214 km, 7 hours
Day 7: Sightseeing in Bumthang
Day 8: Excursion to Tang Valley then back to Bumthang: 84km, 3 hours
Day 9: Bumthang to Wangdue (1,240m/4,068ft): 197 km, 5 - 6 hours
Day 10: Wangdue to Paro: 124 km, 4 - 5 hours
Day 11: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery
Day 12: Final departure
Includes and Excludes
- 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
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:
- 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).
- Warm jackets (if the trip falls in Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan & Feb)
- 1 sweater or lightweight jacket
- 1 pair of comfortable walking shoes
- 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.
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.