On this trek, enjoy two of the main towns of Bhutan; Paro and Thimphu and their respective famous monuments. Then walk through the trails that will lead you through beautiful forests and flowers specific to Bhutan. Also see yak settlements and perhaps even the rare blue sheep. All this whilst surrounded by some of the highest and most dominating peaks of the Himalayan range. Campsites will be set up in a way that the snowcapped mountains are in view. This 7 days trek will allow you to get in touch with the nature of the Kingdom.
DAY 01. Paro (Drugyel Dzong, Kyichu Lhakhang)
Fly into Paro, with a spectacular view of the valley and its surrounding peaks. Once at the airport, the company guide who will accompany you for the duration of your stay will meet you. Drive to your hotel in Paro and check in. After lunch, first stop will be Drugyel Dzong, at about16 km away from Paro town. The dzong is of great historical importance to the Bhutanese people as it is where Tibetan invasion had been defeated centuries ago. If the weather is clear, be treated to a most spectacular view of the sacred Mount Jhomolhari, also known as the Goddess Mountain, one the highest in the world. Next visit Kyichu Lhakhang. Indeed, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the 8th century. Many elderly pilgrims go round the monastery in order to gain good merit. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Paro.
DAY 02. Paro - Jilli Dzong
10 km, 4-5 hours After breakfast, drive to the National Museum (Ta-Dzong), starting point of the trail for the day. Pass a few farms and blue pine and fir forests to Damche Gom. Then start descending to the camp site below Jilli dzong. Keep your cameras ready as you may get some beautiful picture opportunities of the Paro Valley and the high snow capped Himalayas. Replenish yourself with dinner kept ready at your campsite near Jillidzong.
DAY 03. Jilli Dzong– Jangchu Lhakhang
10km, 3-4 hours Continue the journey with a short and steep climb for about an hour and a half through conifer and rhododendron forests, with numerous orchids, ferns and wildflowers on the trail. Maybe even catch a glimpse of the majestic Jhomolhari to the north, if the weather permits, and see yak herder settlements, living in yak wool tents, if in summer. Then descend towards campsite at Jangchu Lhakhang where dinner will be served, and tuck in for the night to get a good nights’ rest before another day of trekking!
DAY 04. Jangchu Lhakhang – Jigmeling Tsho
11km, 4hours Aim for the day is to reach the Jigmeling Tsho, a lake further north. After breakfast, follow a trail along the ridge of the mountains and cross a series of passes, each marked by a stone memorial and prayer flags. If a clear day, gets a stunning view of the peaks bordering Tibet. Then there will be a long and gradual descent through alpine meadows, through rhododendron and conifer forest that will lead to overnight camp close to the lake Jigmeling. It is also common to fish giant sized trout, which, if lucky may be served for dinner!
DAY 05. Jigmeling Tsho – Simkotra Tsho
11km, 4 hours Today, ascend through a rhododendron forest, and pass through grazing meadows. After about three hours, reach Janye Tsho at 3950 meters. Then some short ascents and descents before finally reaching Simkotra Tsho at 4050 meters. Once again, you may come across some yak herders’ camps. Appreciate the Jilli dzong and the ridge line you had trekked along a few days ago, from that point. Finally dinner will be served at your overnight camp near the lake in Simkotra Tsho.
DAY 06. Simkotra – Phajoding
10 km, 4-5 hours Today will be the final day along the ridges! After a good breakfast, start a gradual climb and head over a series of small passes taking you towards the Thimphu Valley. If the weather permits, catch a spectacular view of Mt. Gangkar Phuensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and several other Himalayan peaks. Once again pass some yak herders settlements and alpine lakes before reaching the Phume La at 4200 meters. From this point continue your descent towards Phajodhing, where a monastery and meditation retreat centre is located; and also a very important pilgrimage site for Bhutanese people. Finally, replenish yourself with dinner at the campsite set up above Phajoding Monastery.
DAY 07. Phajoding – Thimphu (Memorial Chorten, Kuenselphodrang)
4km, 3 hours From Phajoding, start with a steep descent, passing through mixed forest of mostly blue pine, towards Motithang, at the edge of Thimphu. Once within Thimphu, your transport will meet you and be driven to your hotel. After lunch, first stop will be the Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to the late Third King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. It is a place for most important religious as well as non religious events, graced by members of the Royal Family time and again. You may even see people, from the elderly to the youngest doing “coras” (going around the Stupa to accumulate good merit), and some people, in workout gear, vigorously trying to gain merit and some exercise at the same time! Next stop will be Kuenselphodrang to see one of the largest statues of Buddha Shakya Muni at 52 meters high. From this point, you will have an excellent location for pictures and be able to enjoy a bird’s eye view of Thimphu town. It will then be time to say goodbye to the capital city and be driven to Paro, where dinner will be served at your hotel.
DAY 08. Departure from Paro airport to onwards destination
You will be driven to Paro International Airport where your guide will accompany you to bid you farewell, after breakfast. We already miss you and until next time! Tashi Delek!
Start planning your tailor-made Dream Holiday to Bhutan – The Land of happiness!
In order to experience the best and rewarding fulfillment clients must plan in advance the different logistics that you have in your minds before actually venturing into the world of trips. You might have wishes and hopes for which you need to plan.
The following information will help you to plan your dream trip to Bhutan.
1. When and how to visit Bhutan?
Choose your traveling date like Arrival/Departure date. You also need to choose entry/depart Bhutan via AIR or LAND.
By Air: Druk Air, the national carriers is the only service operator in the kingdom and operates several flights per week from Bangkok (Thailand), Delhi & Kolkata (India) and Kathmandu (Nepal) to Paro (Bhutan). The Paro International Airport is located about an hour and a half drive from Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.
Paro airport is daylight restricted, and the flights are totally dependent on the weather. As a result, sometimes flights are delayed. It is therefore a good idea to keep at least 24 hours of transit time for connecting flights out of Paro. You might also want to consider traveling on a non-restricted ticket so that if you miss a connecting flight, you can be rerouted or seated on the first available carrier.
Sometimes flights into Paro are disrupted because of unfavorable weather conditions. If this occurs, the flight will stop for the night at the transit airport. To be prepared, you may want to carry your essential personal items in your carry-on luggage.
By Land: Phuentsholing, a Bhutanese town in the southwest has road access to India. It is located about 170 km from the Indian domestic airport at Bagdogra, West Bengal. Phuentsholing is about 172 km from Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan and is about 6hours drive distance. And S/
2. What are your itineraries?
All the tours can be customized and extended as per our valued client’s requirements. There are sample itineraries for your kind reference and it will give you some general idea of the likely trip scheduled.
Complete the tour request form and submit it to us. Send us correct name list. We will send you the flight reservation status via email.
After confirming your reservation, we need the scanned copy of member’s passport.
Please remit us full payments and send us the copy of remittance paper via email. Visa will not be accepted without full payment.
We will send you the flight ticket copy and Visa Clearance Copy prior to your departure to Bhutan via email. You need to print out and carry along with you.
Start packing and looking forward to have a memorable trip in the LandThunder Dragon, DrukYul.
Trip Length: 07 nights/08 days
1pax = USD 2000
2 Pax = USD 1920 per person
3 Pax & above = USD 1880 per person.
The above price is inclusive of the followings:
- Government Royalty USD 65/person/night
- All government Taxes.
- Lodging (3* hotel – Twin Sharing)
- Meals (Three Meals a day)
- Comfortable Land Transportation within Bhutan.
- Service of guides (English Speaking)
- Camping Equipment & Haulage of trekking tours.
- Visa Fee of USD 40/person
- Mineral Water
- Tea/coffee with snacks ever evening at hotel
- Trying and wearing of our Traditional Costumes and photo shoot.
The above price shall be exclusive of the following:
- Travel Insurance Coverage
- Medical Expenses
- Sleeping bags on treks.
- Tips to guide and driver, others
- Personal bills and others