The Amankora Journey
$8033 per person
9 Days 8 Nights
Explore the valleys of Thimphu, Gangtey, Punakha and Paro with a private guide, taking in ancient monasteries, majestic mountains and more of this high-altitude Himalayan kingdom. Amankora’s continuous all-inclusive journeys can be adjusted to suit preferences, both before arrival and on the ground.
Highlights of the tour
∴ Stay in Bhutan’s most luxurious hotels with your own private driver/guide at your disposal on a tailored private itinerary
∴ Choose from a wide choice of experiences, from the more active trekking, to cultural experiences or simply just enjoying the views
∴ Learn Bhutan fascinating history as you visit ancients fortresses and temples
∴ All meals and house beverages, including house wines and spirits are included at Amankora hotels.
Departure/Return LocationParo, Bhutan
IncludedAccommodationAll Experiences, day-walks and visitsAll mealsEnglish Speaking GuidePermits and VisaPrivate Car and driverTips for guide and driver
Not IncludedDeparture Taxes if applicableDomestic and International FlightPersonal expenses such as laundry, telephone bill, alcoholTravel insurance
Arriva in Paro - Transfer to Thimphu
Explore forested mountains dotted with monasteries and temples on route to Thimphu. A gentle walk through the city with afternoon visits to museums and chortens offers a window into the ancient culture, before a night at Amankora Thimphu.
Thimphu city Tour
Thimphu Valley - home to the seat of Bhutan's royal government and a monastic astrology academy. An invigorating walk crosses one of the country’s oldest cantilever bridges to Cheri Goemba, where the kingdom’s first community of monks was based.
Thimphu to Gangtey
Ascend 3,000-metre mountain passes with Himalayan views before reaching Amankora Gangtey in the Phobjikha Valley. Stroll through Gangtey Village, lost in time, and visit the striking Gangtey Goemba at the head of the valley before taking a Tsa-Tsa making class where you will be creating miniature terra cotta stupas at Amankora's Gangtey Lodge.
Glimpse the majestic, endangered black-necked crane in their breeding grounds in season. The valley’s varied terrain can be explored on foot or mountain bike, and a personal blessing may be arranged when the Gangtey Tulku is in residence. Experience the Bhutanese national sport of archery when you make your way back to the lodge.
Gangtey to Punakha
A brief journey to the Punakha valley meanders along the river Dang, taking in bamboo and oak forests. Visit Talo Village, home to the temple of the Queen Mother’s protective deity, and take an afternoon hike to an ancient monastery near Amankora Punakha
Hike alongside the river Mo, through tiered rice paddies to a Chorten built by the Queen Mother. Picnic on the banks of the River Punak, near the winter homes of the royal family, before visiting the majestic Punakha dzong and the 15th-century Chimi fertility temple
Punakha to Paro
Wind through the Wang and Paro river valleys to Amankora Paro, surrounded by pines. Explore nearby ruins as well as some of the valley’s oldest and holiest religious monuments, followed by an evening prayer flag printing demonstration, lecture or an astrology session.
Paro - Tiger's Nest
Discover artefacts dating back to 4000 BCE at the National Museum. A morning hike ascends a cliff-face to one of Bhutan’s most revered sites – Tiger’s Nest. Depart from Paro airport the next morning.
Depart from Paro airport this morning