Jhomolhari is Bhutans’ deeply venerated guardian peak, rising on the Tibet- Bhutan border near the major trade route from India into Tibet’s Phari Valley. It is a majestic mountain, called the goddess mountain, one of the highest in the world. This trek takes you to the base of this mountain, which is considered to one of the most beautiful in the whole Himalayan range, to embrace the charm and experience the tranquility of the area. Further, experience the towns of Thimphu and Paro and gain some insight into the ways of life of the local people.

DAY 01. Paro (Ta Dzong, Rinpung Dzong)

Fly into Paro with the National carrier, Druk Air, or the newly operating Bhutan Airlines. Once at the airport, you will be greeted by the company guide who will accompany you for the duration of your stay. After lunch that will be served at your hotel, your first stop will be to the famous “Ta-Dzong “, built in 1656. Initially, a watchtower for the Paro Valley, it is now a National Museum. Next stop will be Rinpung Dzong, literally translating to “Heap of Jewels”. It is the centre of civil and religious authority of the valley. In the evening, explore the quaint and tranquil Paro town. Dinner will be served at your hotel in Paro and tuck in for a good nights’ sleep in preparation for the hike tomorrow.

DAY 02. Paro Taktsang hike

Put on your hiking shoes as today involves the approximately 2 and a half hours’ hike to the Taktsang monastery also known as Tigers nest. A drive will take you to the trail head of the mountain from where the breathtaking and memorable hike through a beautiful pine forest begins. Taktsang monastery was built on the side of a gigantic rock face. It dominates the view of the mountain at a height of 2600 meters (those with altitude sickness are recommended to take medicine for it beforehand) and clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 m into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew to this rock on which the monastery is built on the back of a flying tiger named Dorje Drolo. Climb slowly, and stop to get some light refreshments at the Taktsang cafeteria before continuing on. Also experienced ponies will be available for those interested for halfway up the trail. In the evening, explore Paro town. Dinner will be served at your hotel.

DAY 03. Paro – Gunitsawa - Trek to Shana

17km, 4-5 hours The trek officially begins today. Drive about 15 minutes up to Drugyel, the ruined Dzong. Mount Jhomolhari, dominating the skyline at 24,500 feet, reaches skyward beyond the Dzong. At this point the trek begins. Walk along the Paro River, following the river gently uphill past farmhouses, cultivated rice fields of red rice. The trail then proceeds up a wide valley beneath forest-covered mountains. Pass bright red chilly drying on the farmhouse rooftops and golden wheat fields. After about 5 hours, reach your first campsite at Shana. Dinner will be served there and you can recover strength and energy for another days trek with a good nights’ rest.

DAY 04. Shana - Soi Thanthangka

22km, 8-9 hours Today will be slightly more challenging, as it will be longer and involve walking over more uneven terrain, than the previous day. After an early breakfast, enter into the Jigme Dorji National Park. Trek up through the valley, alongside the Paro River. The trail heads gradually up the river valley, passing farms and crossing and re-crossing the river many times. The trail then ascends and descends and the footing can be quite challenging at times, with river rocks on the path. Then pass through a thick, lush forest of oak, pine and juniper. After a stop for tea, you will cross a bridge. Then soon campsite for the night will come into sight. Once at camp, replenish yourself after a long arduous walk with dinner in Soi Thangthangkha, at 3610 meters and get a well deserved good nights’ rest.

DAY 05. Soi Thanthanka - Jangothang

19km, 6-7 hours After breakfast, and packing up, continue up the Pa Chu until the widening valley. Then, climb to a beautiful flat plateau with a small chorten and continue the walk until reaching a plateau where lunch will be waiting for you. Then continue, now above tree line, through a spectacular valley lined with snow peaks and several huge waterfalls. Pass the small village of Jangothang, and within an hour, reach campsite for the night, at the base of the ruins of an ancient fortress and if whether permits, Jhomolhari looming at the end of the valley. If arrival at camp is early enough, it will be possible to take some optional evening hikes in the region, so whip your cameras out for another session of photography! Dinner will be served at your campsite.

DAY 06. Jangathang - Chorapang (via Bangtuela)

16km, 6hours After breakfast, begin a climb that will eventually give out on spectacular views of Jitchu Drake and Jhomolhari, some of the highest mountains in the world. At the top of the plateau, the trail will level out and after crossing a small hill, the first lake will come into view. Finally, skirt several streams and a small lake as you make way towards the final climb to the pass. One of the several upsides of this trek is that you may be able to spot some Blue Sheep, in herds at times. Also, you may come across footprints of the famous snow leopards known to be living in this region. Soon cross the Bang Tue La Pass, the highest point of the trek at 15,600 feet, and cross a small glacial stream. Upon reaching the Bang Tue La Pass, sit and take in the beauty of the scenery or put up some prayer flags for the well being of all sentient beings. Not much uphill as before the pass, so enjoy the trek before you soon descend to campsite for the night at Chorposang, in the Soi Yaksa valley, where dinner will be served.

DAY 07. Chorapang - Thongbue

11km, 4 – 5 hours Start with a steady climb, passing small “chortens” (stupas), herders with their yaks, even reaching above tree line. Soon enter into the next valley and cross a river fed by melting snow, and slowly begin the climb to the pass. Soon after reaching the pass, campsite for the night will be visible from that point. Also, before the descent to your camp, if the weather permits; take in the majestic views of the mount Jhomolhari and Jitchu Drake; as well as Kanchenjunga in the distance! Dinner will be served at your campsite at Thongbue before you tuck in for the night.

DAY 08. Thongbue – Gunitsawa - Paro

13 km, 4- 5 hours Today, the trail climbs steeply from camp up the side of a mountain covered with dwarf rhododendron. A relatively short but steep climb, from which point, wonderful part of the trek route begins. For almost two hours, walk along a ridgeline trail with drop offs to the valley floors below on both sides. If clear, enjoy panoramic views of the major peaks and distant valleys. Eventually, drop down from the high ridge and begin to glimpse views of another dramatic peak, Drake Gang. At this point, it is an area of rocky cliffs and parapets, drop further to a lovely spot with views of the valleys below you. From this tranquil spot, begin one of the most challenging parts of the trek. For the next three hours, drop steeply on a switchback trail losing about 4500 feet. Then, descend to the valley floor. For the remaining journey from Gunitsawa to Drugyel Dzong, enjoy the relatively flat walk to the road head. Upon arrival at a certain point, you will be met by your transportation and driven to your hotel in Paro.

DAY 09. Paro – Thimphu (Memorial Chorten, Kuenselphodrang – Zorig Chusum)

In the morning after breakfast, drive to Thimphu. 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 important religious and non religious festivals, graced by members of Royal Family time and again. For example, events like the most recent Flower Exhibition in June 2017, in honor of Princess Mako of Japans’ visit took place there. Most people, from the elderly to the youngest come to do “coras” (going around the Stupa to accumulate good merit). You may even see some people, in workout gear, vigorously trying to gain merit and some exercise at the same time!

Next stop will be Kuenselphodrang to see a large statue of Buddha Shakya 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. If time permits, visit National Institute of Traditional Medicines, National Insitute of ZorigChusum (School of 13 arts & crafts), Royal Textiles Academy and local handmade paper house. Then time to bid adieu to the capital city and head back to your hotel in Paro where dinner will be served.

DAY 10. Departure from Paro Aiport 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!

This is a sample itinerary, intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule. Numerous factors such as weather, tour conditions, group options and the physical condition of participants, may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of our guests, safety, comfort and general well being.

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 be reminded:

1. To carry the passport that matches the passport details indicated in the visa application.

2. The passport should have their validity more than 6months from the date of your travel.

3. For all travelers flying via India to/from the kingdom of Bhutan, to have the Indian Visa prior to their departure from their country.

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.

NOTE:

For most tours the booking must be completed 8 weeks in advance, but during the festivals booking must be completed at least 12 weeks in advance. Especially during the festivals, it can be very difficult to get the accommodation and flight seats without advance bookings, as it is a peak season for the tourist visiting Bhutan.

Trip Length: 09 nights/10 days

Costs
1pax = USD 2500
2 Pax = USD 2420 per person
3 Pax & above = USD 2380 per person.

The above price is inclusive of the followings:

  1. Government Royalty USD 65/person/night
  2. All government Taxes.
  3. Lodging (3* hotel – Twin Sharing)
  4. Meals (Three Meals a day)
  5. Comfortable Land Transportation within Bhutan.
  6. Service of guides (English Speaking)
  7. Camping Equipment & Haulage of trekking tours.
  8. Visa Fee of USD 40/person
  9. Mineral Water
  10. Tea/coffee with snacks ever evening at hotel
  11. Trying and wearing of our Traditional Costumes and photo shoot.

The above price shall be exclusive of the following:

  1. Travel Insurance Coverage
  2. Medical Expenses
  3. Laundry
  4. Drinks
  5. Sleeping bags on treks.
  6. Tips to guide and driver, others
  7. Personal bills and others
  8. Airfare.

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