Bhutan Sightseeing, Trekking and Biking
This trio package where you get an opportunity to explore, trek to the Bhutan valley and do some adventurous biking experiences in one package. Bhutan – “the land of thunder dragon” and one of the monarch country have very decent people who follow their unique culture and traditions. As you will be cycling to the peaceful track, where on the trails, you pass through gorgeous coniferous woodlands, get stunning views of the glacial lakes and striking passes, and cycling up to the high hills - you get the beautiful views of the snowcapped peaks.
This interesting package proceeds you through the rich culture of Paro, Thimpu, Wangdue, Punakha to Trongsa, as well as the widespread valley of Bumthang including a trek to the Tiger Nest monastery, visit several Dzongs (fortresses), ancient monasteries, museums, views of the splendid Mount Chomalahari plus several other Himalayan peaks. We also get the company and warm hospitability of the people here.
Our adventure trip begins with an airstrip where you get the majestic view of Mount Chomolhari and Jichu Drake peaks during the flight. After reaching Paro, we will be visiting the Paro Dzong and the next day, we hike to the Taktsang monastery. It is said that the guru Padmasambhava mediated in this cave centuries ago. From here, we retrace back to Paro.
The next day, we begin trekking to Jele Dzong where we get the beautiful sight of the Paro valley and snowcapped peaks. We are then headed to visit the Jokhang temple. Continuing trekking through alpine and rhododendron forests, we cross several points like Jangchulakha, Jimilangtsho, Langrithang and Tsaluna monastery (one of the sacred site of the spiritual guru Rimpoche) and cross the villages of Tsaluna. Finally, we drive to Thimpu, then to Punakha, and to Bhumthang where we will be visiting the famed monastery i.e. Gangtey monastery. From here, we will wrap up and retrace back to Thimpu.
The perfect trekking and cycling season would be in the month of March to May and from September to November. On this adventures, you get to experience trekking to the beautiful valley, sightseeing this pristine and mystical country plus escapade the cycling to the peaceful and clean environment. For more information and how about of this sightseeing, trekking and biking tour, please feel free to email or contact us.
Below we list our detailed itinerary for this Tour and Trek:
Day 01: Arrival and sightseeing in Paro (2,250m /7,382ft)
During your flight near Bhutan you can enjoy the great view of the Himalayas including with the Bhutan sacred peaks Jomolhari and the Jichu Drake peaks. As you land at the Bhutan airport our representative of the Accent Himalaya will welcome you and take us to the respective hotel. Then we will freshen up and start our tour where we will be visiting the Ringpung Dzong which was constructed in 1646. After that we will be visiting the oldest temple named Kichu Langkhang. We will spend our night in Paro.
Day 02: Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery then return to Paro
Today we will be hiking to the most well-known monastery named Taktsang Monastery in English it is called the tiger nest monastery. The monastery is located at the high precarious cliff at 3180 meter. It is in saying that the Buddhism spiritual master Guru Rimpoche had flown on the back of the tiger back and head into the cave to meditate which now stands as the Taktsang monastery. We will be having our lunch at the cafeteria restaurant which is situated on the midway up to the mountain. After exploring the monastery in depth we will then hiking down the valley and drive to Paro. We will spend our night in Paro.
Day 03: Trek begins: Paro to JeleDzong(3,480m/11,415ft): 10 km, 4-5 hours
Today we will began our trek where we will firstly hiking for awhile to reach at Dzong. Before reaching our campsite our path lead through dense forests. Reaching at the camp and above the camp of the hill there is a jele Dzong and from this dzong one can capture the stunning snowcapped peaks and even the paro valley can be spot. This Dzong was constructed in the 15th century and near the Dzong there is a temple having the statue of Buddha Sakyamuni. We will spend our night in camp.
Day 04: JeleDzong to Jangchulakha (3,770m/12,365ft): 10 km, 3-4 hours
Today we will be trekking for 2 hours where we will start with the gradual climb and descend. After that we will be passing lush rhododendron and pine forests and then we will reach at jangchulakah. We will continue our trek and then we will reach at campsite where we will get the astonishing view of the landscapes beneath. We will spend our night in camp.
Day 05: Jangchulakha to Jimilangtsho, then to Langrithang (3500m/ 11482ft): 15km, 4-5 hours
Today after a short ascend and our path follows the ridge and if the weather is clear we will get the amazing view of the mount Chomohari including with the Himalayas. After that we will ascend up for awhile and then we will reach at Jimilangtscho Lake at the altitude of 3700 meter and here we will be having our lunch. After that we will descend down via rhododendron and fir forests and then we will reach at Langrithang and here we will be spending our night in camp.
Day 06: Trek to Tsaluna, drive to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft), Trek ends: 11km, 4 hours trek
Today we will be trekking via thick rhododendron forest along with following the river and then we will reach at the sacred monastery named Tsaluna monastery. Further trekking we will reach at the beautiful village- Tsaluna and here you can observe beautiful farmlands. Continuing hiking for awhile and enjoy the scenery and then we will drive to Thimpu. In the evening hours we will be wandering the Thimpu Street and here you get to familiar with the local people and their lifestyles. We will spend our night in Thimpu.
Day 07: Thimphu to Punakha (1,250m/4,100ft): 76 km, 2-3 hours
Today after the breakfast we take a scenic drive to Punakha and then we will be stopping for a tea at Dochu la Pass at 3100 meter and if the weather is clear we will get the remarkable view of the Himalayas. After that we will be passing via rhododendron hemlock and fir forests. After that we will pass via rice fields alongside the river banks and then we will reach at Punakha and after having our lunch we will be visiting the Punakha Dzong which was constructed in 1637- 38. This Dzong is the second ancient and the second biggest Dzong of Bhutan. We will spend our night in Punakha.
Note: for the biking one can attempt from the Dochu la pass to the valley of Punakha to Gasa Damji road.
Day 08: Punakha to Trongsa (2180m/7150ft): 146Km, 4 hours
Today we will be heading to Trongsa- palace of the royal family. The way is along a impressive winding trail where we will be crossing the pele la pass at 3300 meter and on the way we will get to view the yak herders and amazing landscapes of Bhutan. We will be having our lunch at Chendebji which has a small stupa exactly built same like Nepal Boudhanath stupa as it was constructed in the style of Nepali. Then reaching Trongsa we will check in into the hotel and evening hours we will stroll around the Trongsa town. We will spend our night in Trongsa.
Note: for the biking option one can attempt from the Pele la pass toward Trongsa which is 70 kilometer and it is said that it is the longest downhill stretch in the whole world.
Day 09: Trongsa to Bumthang (2580m/8465ft): 68km, 2 hours
Today early morning we will be visiting the Trongsa Dzong. After that we will be touring the Ta Dzong which is constructed to protect this Trongsa Dzong. After that we will head to the religious heartland of Bhutan- Bhumthang – stunning town with the thick forests and valley. On the way we will stop at the Yathra – a textile weaving factory which is at Chumey and observe the weavers designing different unique patterns. Reaching at Bhumthan we will check in into the hotel and you can relax. We will spend our night in Bhumthang.
Note: for the biking option you can ride down to the hill from Yotong la pass at 3425 meter toward Getsa and from here one can ride alongside the valley to Jakar.
Day 10: Sightseeing in Bumthang
Today we will be sightseeing Bhumthang as well as exploring the Jakar Dzong, Jambey Lhankhang and kurje Lhangkhang. After exploring all this sites we will have lunch and explore the Tamshing Lhangkhang one of the great temple where one can find fascinating Buddhist religious paintings. In the evening hours we will stroll around the local shops. We will spend our night in Bhumthang.
For the biking option you can ride in Bhumthang valley.
Day 11: Bumthang to Phobjikha Valley (3,000m/9,840ft): 129km, 5-6 hours
Today we will start by a drive to Gangtey and we wil stop for a lunch in Chendebji. After a lunch we will continue our drive via lush oak and rhododendron forests and within awhile we will reach at Gangtey village and here we will be visiting the Gangtey monastery which is situated at the hill where one get the beautiful view of the Phobjikha valley. We will spend our night in camp.
For the biking option one can ride downhill to Yotong la pass toward Trongsa and from the Pele la pass toward Gangtey.
Day 12: Phobjikha Valley to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft): 127 km, 4-5 hours
Today we will retrace back to Thimpu and for a lunch we will stop at Wangdue and on the way we will be visiting the Druk wangyal monastery and in this monastery the painting is totally unique reveling the ancestry of the present kingdom and their works. In the evening time we will be exploring the Thimpu streets. We will spend our night in Thimpu.
For the biking option you can ride downhill commencing Lawa la pass toward Wangdue and from the Dochu la pass toward Thimpu.
Day 13: Final departure
Today your journey finally comes to an end as after the breakfast we will leave Thimpu and head to Paro airport as the Druk airlines usually departs in the morning because to avoid the harsh weather conditions.