Bhutan Tour with Day Hiking

 
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Overview

Trip facts

Duration: 6 Days

Activities: Tour

Country: Bhutan

Region: Bhutan

Price: USD 2,150

Group size: Min 1-12 Min

 

Bhutan - A Buddhist kingdom and the second largest Himalayan country located in the eastern Himalayas borders China to the north and India to the south. It is a beautiful monarch country to experience the unique culture and also perfect for day hiking. The following package can be easily accomplished within 6 days - from sightseeing Paro, hiking to the famous monastery - Taktsang monastery (also known as Tiger Nest Monastery) constructed on high cliff, visiting several Dzongs (fortresses) in the city where numerous festivals are held, exploring museums, several Gompas, and many other interesting places.

Bhutan Tour with Day hiking has a wisely planned course which offers you a good chance to explore this lovely & unspoiled unique culture alongside the country’s varied biodiversity and climate ranging from arctic to sub-tropical. Besides that, we will be exploring Paro, Thimpu, Punakha, and a wonderful hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Lungchutse/Trashigang Gompa, and Khamsum Yulley Namgyal. Plus you get the delightful chance to relish the outstanding architecture of several fortresses and nunneries, explore the unique way of life of Bhutanese (Drukpa) people, their rich Buddhist culture, green stunning vales, and picture-perfect sights of the valley.

This easy tour and hike to Bhutan begin from an airstrip to Paro. After reaching this beautiful city, we will be visiting the Rinpung Dzongs (fortresses). We then head to visit several other Dzongs and hike to Tiger Nest Monastery. The next day we hike for an hour to reach Wangditse Gompa where we get the beautiful view of Tashi Dzongs. From here, we head to Thimpu, then to Punakha and retrace back to Paro to take an airstrip back to Kathmandu.

This journey is flawless for a sole wanderer, family holiday with children and elderly people (as being an easy hike), group voyagers and adventurer eager to experience the distinct culture. Bhutan can be delighted every season but if you want to experience and explore their unique festivals, then you might want to schedule in spring as in different fortresses - the festivals are celebrated which is quite unique.

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and sightseeing Paro (2,250m/7,382ft)

Day 2: Paro to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft): 54 km, 1-hour drive: Hike to Taktsang Monastery

Day 3: Hike to Wangditse Gompa followed by sightseeing Thimphu

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

Day 5: Punakha to Paro: 130 km, 4 hours’ drive: Hike to KhamsumYulley Namgyal Chorten

Day 6: Final Departure

Here we list our detailed course for Bhutan tour with Day Hiking:

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2,250m/7,382ft)

During your flight near Bhutan you will get the picturesque view of the Himalayas including with the sacred peak of Bhutan Mt. Jomolhari and the Jichu Drake peaks. As you arrive at airport our representative from the Accent Himalaya will pick you up from the airport and transferred to your hotel. Relaxing for awhile and freshening up we will then visit some of the landmarks of Paro which are Ringpung Dzong which was constructed in 1646 and now this Dzong is the managerial office of Paro Dzongkhang. Next we will visit the ancient Lhankhang- temple of Bhutan known Kichu Lhankhang after that we will visit the Drugyal Dzong which was constructed in 1646. We will spend our night in Paro.

  Welcome Dinner

Day 2: Paro to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft): 54 km, 1 hour drive: Hike to Taktsang Monastery

We will hike to the most known monasteries known as Taktsang monastery which is also known as Tiger Nest monastery. This monastery is located at the high cliff at 3180 meter and from here one gets the amazing view of Paro valley. This monastery has a myth that the earlier Buddhism spiritual master -Guru Rimpoche had ride on the tigress back and fly to the cave to meditate which now called as Taktsang. We will be having lunch at a restaurant which is situated halfway up to the mountain. After exploring Taktsang monastery in depth and clicking best pictures we will then retrace back to Paro valley and drive to Thimpu. We will spend our night in Thimpu.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3: Hike to WangditseGompa followed by sightseeing in Thimphu

Early morning we take a scenic drive to BBST tower and then we will be hiking for an hour to Wangditse Gompa and from here one get breathtaking view of Tashi Cho Dzong. Even we get fabulous view of Samtenling palace and it is the abode of 4th king. After exploring the Gompa we will retrace back to Thimphu. As on the way to Thimpu we will stop and visit the Memorial Chorten which was constructed for the late third king who ruled from 1952- 1972. Next we will visit the nunnery temple, library where you will find ancient manuscripts after that visit traditional medicine institute center, traditional paper factory, textile museum and Tashicho Dzong. Later in evening we will stroll around the Thimphu streets and perceive the local people and their way of living. We will spend our night in Thimphu.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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

Today after the breakfast we will drive towards Dochu La Pass which is at 3100 meter and if the weather is clear we will get the magnificence view of Himalayas. After that we will hike to Lungchutse monastery with 108 chortens as our path passes via dense rhododendron forests. After that we will be hiking to the high ridges and on the way we will pass through colorful Buddhist prayer flags with fantastic view of Himalayas. We will then hiking back to the Dochu la Pass and here we will be having our lunch. After a lunch we will drive downhill via rhododendron, hemlock and fir forests. We will be stopping at Metshina village and then we will be walking for 20 minutes via rice fields and then we will reach at Chimi Lhangkhang and then we will explore this Lhangkhang- temple. We will spend our night in Punakha.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5: Punakha to Paro: 130 km, 4 hours’ drive: Hike to KhamsumYulleyNamgyalChorten

Today we will take a scenic drive to Paro as firstly we will began with hiking to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten where we will be hiking for at least 2 hours. It is located at the exquisite hill known Ngezergang and in this Chorten it has a superb painting which depict old- sect of Buddhism. We will be hiking further to Punakha and on the way we will visit the Punakha Dzong which is the second ancient and second biggest Dzong of the country which was constructed in 1637. After exploring the Dzong and later in afternoon we take a drive to Paro. We will spend our night in Paro.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6: Final Departure

Today your journey Bhutan tour and day hikes comes to an end. As we will leave airport early morning after breakfast because as the Druk air departs in morning to circumvent from such unfavorable weather condition so, mostly the Druk air take off only in morning. Our representative from the Accent Himalaya will be dropping you at the airport three hours earlier than your flight schedule so, you get ample of time for the airport custom formalities.

  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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)

 

Packing List for Trek

Please be advised that there are no trekking stores in Bhutan. Therefore, sleeping bag and daypack items should be brought with you prior as these are two obligatory items for trekking. Accent Himalaya does provide trekking equipment such as tents, stoves, fuels, sleeping pads, cooking and eating utensils, and first aid kit.

Daypack

  • Duffel bag for storing gear(s) (if not weatherproof, bring eg. plastic bags) 
  • Warm sleeping bag (- 8 to100 C) 
  • First aid kit (blister kit with specifically 2nd skin, aspirin, cough drops,)
  • Headlamp 
  • Camera and extra batteries 
  • 2-liter water bottles (if you bring a camelback, also  bring a Nalgene) 
  • Water purification tablets (iodine or chlorine to carry in daypack) 
  • Insulated drinking mug 
  • Lightweight toiletries (travel size shampoo, soap is best for trekking) 
  • Sunscreen and lip screen 
  • Small towel

Suggested clothing list

  • Down Parka 
  • Gore-Tex shell and pants 
  • Warm fleece jacket 
  • Comfy trekking boots (we prefer- lowa) 
  • Lightweight shoes 
  • 4 pairs of trekking socks 
  • 2 long sleeve Capilene shirts 
  • 2 Capilene bottoms (mid and heavyweight) 
  • 2 trekking shirts (non-cotton is best) 
  • Trekking pants (zip off shorts are better) 
  • 1 pair of shorts 
  • 1 bandana 
  • 1 pair of winter gloves (i.e.: ski) 
  • 1 pair of lightweight gloves (i.e.: fleece)
  • Flip flops
  • Warm hat
  • Sun hat
  • 2 pairs of sunglasses

Miscellaneous Items

  • Anti-bacterial wipes or lotion (for face and hands) 
  • 10 or more energy bars (we do provide 3 meals per day on the trek!) 
  • Prescription medications 
  • Over the counter drugs for diarrhea, headaches and cold

 

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 at some places) tips to the guide and porters. Tips to the guide and porter are your personal choice. However, we advise you to 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 your Bhutan tour with Day Hiking 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 6 days for Bhutan tour with Day Hiking 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 tour with Day Hiking (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% (non-refundable) payment in advance in order to confirm and book Bhutan tour with Day Hiking 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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