This is relatively easy and short trek through several beautiful villages and monasteries. Gangtey is famous for being the valley of the black necked cranes that migrate there. Moreover, the monastery there is considered one of the most important seats of the Pema Lingpa tradition, the most important patron saint of Bhutan. This 8 day trek will be a wonderful experience through western and central Bhutan.
DAY 01. Paro (Ta Dzong) – Thimphu (Tashichodzong, National Library, Painting School, School of Traditional Medecine)
Once at Paro International Airport, the company guide who will accompany you for the duration of your stay will greet you. Proceed on a one hour drive to Thimphu but first, make a stop for sightseeing at “Ta-Dzong “, built in 1656. Initially a watchtower for the Paro Valley, it has now been converted into a National Museum. Then continue onwards to Thimphu, after lunch on a drive through winding roads, by the Paro Chu (Chu meaning water or river) downstream to the confluence with the Wang Chu. There, you will turn upstream and travel along the Wang Chu to Thimphu. First stop will be TashichhoDzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery, housing most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room; also serving as summer residence for the Je Khenpo, Chief Abbot of Bhutan and the central monastic body.
Next stop is the National Library, safeguarding a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts. After, drive to Painting School, famous for traditional “thangkha” paintings; where you will see students at work producing intricate design on cloth. If time permits, also visit the Traditional Medicine Institute. Dinner and a good nights rest at your hotel in Thimphu.
DAY 02. Thimphu – Dochula Pass - Punakha Dzong
Drive to Punakha from Thimphu. On the way stop at Dochula Pass, at an altitude of 3150 meters, to appreciate a spectacular array of 108 chortens, built in honor of the Fourth King, Jigme Singye Wangchuk, by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk. The spot offerrs 360 degree panoramic view of the Himalayan ranges. The journey then continues through varying scenes of greenery all the way to Punakha. First stop is the astonishing Punakha Dzong, built in 1637. It is situated between two rivers, the Pho Chu (Male River) and the Mo Chu (Female River). The Dzong served as the seat of the Government until 1955. It also was the lieu, in which, the much mediatised Royal Wedding of the Fifth King of Bhutan took place to the beautiful Queen Jetsun Pema, in October 2011. Dinner will be served at your hotel in Punakha.
DAY 03. Punakha (Khamsum Yuelley Chorten) – Gangtey (Gangtey Monastery)
After an early breakfast, drive about 7km out of Punakha town, crossing a spectacular suspension bridge with prayer flags fluttering in the wind, over the Mochu River. From that point, begin a walk of about 30-45 minutes to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten (Stupa) , perched on a strategic beautiful ridge overlooking the nearby villages under Kabisa gewog. The stupa was built under the sponsorship of Her Majesty the Queen Mother Ashi Tshering Yangden Wangchuck to promote peace, stability, harmony throughout the world, and took nine years to complete.
Proceed to Gangtey, in the famous Phobjikha valley, in the Wangdue Phodrang district, on a three hour drive. Upon arrival, lunch will be served. Then visit the Gangtey monastery located on a hill overlooking the valley. It is the main seat of the Pema Lingpa tradition, the main patron saint of Bhutan, to whom the Royal Family is said to have descended from. This monastery is circled, by the famous migrating black necked cranes three times, on arrival and when returning to Tibet in October each year. Dinner will be served at your hotel in Phobjikha.
DAY 04. Phobjikha - Zasa
15km, 6-7 hours Put your trekking shoes on and trekking officially begins! After breakfast, drive to the village of Tabiting from Phobjikha. The trail winds through meadows and fields and there is climb through a beautiful forest up to TseleLa, located at 3430 meters. From here you descend into the Juge Kangkha Chhu valley. Further on, the path leads to Gogona, famous for its delicious “Gogona Cheese” production. Then soon enough see the campsite a bit further on, besides a small stream in a yak pasture called Zasa. Finally, after a long day, dinner will be served at the campsite in Zasa, at 3130 meters. Tuck in well for the night for the trek the next day!
DAY 05. Zasa - Chortenkarpo
16km, 5-7 hours Start by a gentle climb to Shobe La pass at 3480 meters altitude. From there, descend to a wide valley, after which Khotokha, a village of a couple of dozens of houses comes into view. A final gentle ascent until four chortens comes into view, from where you will start to see campsite for the night at Chortenkarpo. After another tiring, but nonetheless exhilarating day, replenish yourselves with dinner before tucking in for the night at Chorten Karpo.
DAY 06. Chorten Karpo - Tekke - Thimphu
12km, 4-5 hours Start the last day of trek by climbing until you reach a forest road. Begin an easy walk to a little ridge, followed by a walk back into the valley. Pass through some of Bhutans’ most famous and exquisite bird watching places. So if you are a bird enthusiast, or interested in ornithology, this will be an extra exciting day, as you may be able to spot rare birds such as the Great Pied Horn, so do have binoculars or cameras ready, to enjoy some rare sights of nature! At Tekke Zam, the transport will meet you to escort you back to Thimphu. Upon arrival, dinner will be served at your hotel in Thimphu.
DAY 07. Thimphu (Tango Monastery, Memorial Chorten, Kuensel Phodrang) - Paro
Day in Thimphu will be relatively relaxed, but only after a one hour hike to the Tango monastery. After breakfast, drive to the base of Dodeyna from where the hike through a beautiful forest begins. Tango monastery was founded in the 13th century by Phajo Drugom Zhigpo and the great founder of Bhutan, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, who was known to have meditated in its cave. Lunch will be served at your descent. Then visit the Memorial Chorten, a stupa dedicated to the late Third King of Bhutan, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. It is a place where important religious and non religious events are held and, graced by members of the Royal Family of Bhutan time and again.
Then drive to Kuenselphodrang to see one of the largest statues of Buddha Shakya Muni at 52 meters high. From this point, enjoy an excellent location for pictures and a bird’s eye view of Thimphu town. In the evening, if time permits, visit National Institute of Traditional Medicines, the National Insitute of ZorigChusum (School of 13 arts & crafts), Royal Textiles Academy and local handmade paper house to appreciate the beautiful age old crafts and medicine of Bhutan. Finally, time to bid adieu to Thimphu, and drive 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.
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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.
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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