Como Hotels and Resorts - Uma Paro- Bhutan

The Himalayan Explorer by Como

The Himalayan Explorer by Como

$8002 per person
7 Days 6 Nights

Head to the heart of the ethereal kingdom of Bhutan with COMO – a country often referred to as the ‘last Shangri-La’.

Our six-night package to Bhutan is the ultimate in luxury adventure travel, immersing you in the country’s Buddhist culture. The exploration comprises four days of guided walks around the Paro Valley region, including visits to Taktsang ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery and the ancient temple of Kyichu Lhakhang. You will also pass two days at COMO Uma Punakha in the Punakha Valley, with a chance to visit a 300-year-old Dzong. The itinerary includes time to enjoy the bustle of Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, and road journeys taking in the exceptional Himalayan vistas. Returning to your comfortable COMO base in the mountains each evening, there will be plenty of time to relax. At COMO Uma Paro, you can enjoy the swimming pool, steam room and daily yoga classes, as well as a 60-minute COMO Shambhala body treatment.


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  • Departure/Return Location
    Uma by Como, Paro
  • Included
    All Experiences, day-walks and visits
    All meals
    English Speaking Guide
    Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone bill, alcohol
    Private Car and driver
  • Not Included
    Departure Taxes if applicable
    Domestic and International Flight
    Sustainable Development Fee
    Tips for guide and driver
    Travel insurance

Tour Plan

Arrival, check-in and local sightseeing
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be greeted by staff from COMO Uma Paro who will assist with the 10-minute transfer to the property. After checking in and spending some time settling into your new surroundings, we will take you on your first foray into the Himalayan Kingdom, with sightseeing in Paro town and a temple visit. This afternoon trip allows you to acclimatise to the rarefied air at this altitude and to get to know your guide. Overnight: COMO Uma Paro
Paro to Punakha Valley via Thimphu and Dochu La
The capital Thimphu, sprawled across the wooded western hillside of the Wang Chhu river, is Bhutan’s centre of government, religion and commerce. During the journey from COMO Uma Paro to COMO Uma Punakha, you can stop off in the nation’s largest city, with an immersive tour taking in some of the major attractions, including the Buddha Dordenma statue, the National Memorial Chorten, a view of Trashi Chhoe Dzong and the Folk Heritage Museum (exact tour itinerary varies). After leaving Thimphu, the drive to Punakha is spectacular, winding snake-like up the 3,000m-high mountain pass of Dochu La, offering views of 108 ‘chortens’ (Buddhist shrines), forests of cluttering prayer flags and, on a clear day, sweeping views of the Himalayan range. Duration of drive: 3 to 4 hours (126km) Overnight: COMO Uma Punakha
Chimmi Lhakhang, Punakha Dzong and Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
This is a full day of exploration through the lush Punakha Valley, which at 1,200m is low enough for bananas and oranges to grow. The morning starts with a short walk across farmhouses and rice paddies to Chimmi Lhakhang, a 15th-century fertility temple dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, a Tibetan Buddhist saint, better known as the ‘Divine Madman’. This site has long been a pilgrimage for couples hoping to start a family. Heading further down the valley, the 300-year-old Punakha Dzong comes into view. Built in the 17th century by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (who founded the Kingdom of Bhutan), the fortress once housed the country’s government. It is now the winter home of Je Khenpo, the head abbot of Bhutan, along with a retinue of 1,000 monks. After lunch, the tour takes you on a walk through homesteads and farmland to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, a shrine recently built by the royal family. Duration: 6 to 7 hours Difficulty: Easy to moderate Overnight: COMO Uma Punakha
Punakha Valley to Paro, Chuzom and Tamchog Lhakhang
Retrace your steps back over the Dochu La Pass for another chance to view the Himalayan mountain range. Returning to the Chuzom (the confluence of the rivers Wang Chhu and Paro Chhu), you can glimpse three nearby shrines, built to ward off evil spirits – each with a different style of architecture: Nepali, Tibetan and Bhutanese. Time-permitting, there will be a visit to Tamchog Lhakhang, a temple built by Thangtong Gyalpo, a pioneering engineer who introduced the construction of suspension bridges into Bhutan and Tibet (several of which are still in use today). The final part of the drive to COMO Uma Paro is through apple orchards and rice paddies. You can see out the day here trying something from our activities menu such as archery, Bhutan’s national sport. Duration of drive: 3 to 4 hours (126km) Difficulty: Easy Overnight: COMO Uma Paro
Paro Valley – Taktsang walk
The historical Paro Valley is the focus of today’s activities, culminating in a visit to the Taktsang ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery, one of Bhutan’s most important pieces of architecture. According to legend, this cliffside is where Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) landed on the back of a flying tigress, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan from Tibet. The trip starts early in order to avoid the hot sun during the two-hour climb to the Tiger’s Nest viewpoint. We have a steep hike past a waterfall and ending among beautiful murals at the monastery’s main entrance. If time allows, there is the possibility of heading further up to visit remote temples. After lunch – either a prepared picnic or from the charming Taktsang cafeteria – you return to COMO Uma Paro, where you can recharge on your final night, enjoying the steam rooms, gym and swimming pool or indulging in one of our COMO Shambhala treatments. Duration: 6 to 8 hours Difficulty: Moderate to hard Overnight: COMO Uma Paro
Depart Bhutan
Your 10-minute transfer to Paro International Airport will be arranged according to your flight schedule
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