Arrival in Paro - transfer to Thimphu
At your arrival in Paro, you'll be greeted by your private driver and guide before taking the road to Thimphu. We'll start the visit of the capital with the National Memorial Chorten before continuing to the Tashichhodzong, the office of the King. Don't forget, we special in tailoring tour, tell us what you like to do, and we will custom each and everyday of the tour to fit your preferences.
Thimphu and its surrounding
On the morning of the second day, we'll a do a city tour of Thimphu including a visit of the National Library, the Art School of Bhutan, and the National Institute of Traditional Medicine. In the afternoon, we'll wander the Handicraft Emporium market before taking a short car ride to Buddha Dordenma for sunset.
Today's program will take you to the pictureste Dochu La pass before reaching the quaint city of Gangtey. in the afternoon, you can take a leisurely walk around the village to discover the surrounding or if you want something more active, we can organize a game of archery - the national sport of Bhutan.
Today, you will continue the visit of this beautiful valley by learning more about its special seasonal inhabitant the black-necked crane. In the afternoon, we will hike on the Gangtey Nature Trail before joining the locals for a game of archery.
Upon reaching Punakha, we'll take a stroll across the Valley to reach the Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of the Mad Man before being invited in a farm house for the traditional butter tea.
Punakha and its surrounding
On this day, we'll start with a Hike to Khamsum Yuelley Temple, a stunning monument recently built by the Queens . This place offer an amaizing view of the Punakha Valley and the Moo Chhu River. You will them hop on a raft, and descend the gentle Moo Chhu river until you reach the Punakha dzong. We'll spend the afternoon exploring the former administrative and religious nerve centre of Bhutan, the Punakha. Fully restored in recent years, the building returned to its original lustre.
Punakha and its surrounding
Today, take a morning cycling up the beautiful Pho Chhu River, famous for the White-Bellied Heron and dramatic scenery.
The Pho Chhu River (or male river) is less visited than the Mo Chhu River (female river) and as such is a great valley to explore. The track is ideal for cycling, given it is exceptionally flat and receives little or no traffic. This afternoon will take a leisure walk through the paddy fields and villages to reach the Chimi Lakghang, the auspicious fertility monastery built in 1944, where numerous couple visit to pray to become pregnant and receive a Wang (blessing) from the saint.
After a 5 hours journey, we will arrive in Haa, we’ll sit down for apicnic between the river and the imposing Haa Dzong to rest and appreciate the idyllic tranquillity of this site. We suggest staying at a farm house while in Haa and joining the locals in their daily task, you could learn how to cook the national dish Ema Datsi, visit the farmland or play darts.
Today, we’ll start by taking the road to Paro, which is just a short drive away. Along the way, clear days offer some of the best view of Bhutan through dense blue pine and rhododendron forests. The Road reach the Chele-La pass, the highest point on Bhutan’s Dantak roads at 3,988 m above sea levels. We’ll then be hopping on bikes and free-wheeling 2,000 meters down to the Paro Valley. The city of Paro is rich in Bhutanese culture and history. In Paro, we will visit some of the country’s oldest religious buildings and the National Museum.
The adventure begins with a morning drive up to the Sang Choekor to meet our ponies and while they are being loaded we may
pay our respects at the College. The trek starts at 2800 meters with
an initial 2 hours ascent of a ridge that can be steep at times but in the
cool shade of the Blue Pine and Juniper forest.
Along the way, we will enjoy spectacular views of both Paro and Do Chhu valleys, a visit to Chhoe Tse Lhakhang (temple); which nestles at the side of the mountain. We will spend a night nearby the Bumdra Monastery (the cave of a
thousand prayers) at 3,800 meters.
Today, we’ll be a more relaxing day. After a breakfast at the camp,
we will visit the temple of Bumdra, if we are lucky we may
have an audience with the monks, otherwise will witness their
prayers and meditation. In the afternoon, we’ll take the onward trail to the peak above
the camp. The roundtrip takes around 2 to 3 hours, and offer a
more challenging portion. This peak at 4,000 meters of altitude offers amazing views of the Mount Jomolhari and the Himalayan range.
Bumdra trek day 3 - Tiger's Nest
Today you will hike towards the magical Tiger' s Nest Monastery (but
unlike other travellers, you reach it from above), and also many of the other buildings that tourists do not see on a standard walk up to the monastery. The path snakes across the mountainside between these monasteries before reaching the gardens of Zangto Pelri (Heaven on Earth) from which you can, if you are brave, peer over the edge. We’ll then take the final ascent to the Paro Valley floor (45 min) and
check into our hotel.
This morning, we'll take road to the airport for your departure flight. We'll stop along the way for your last experience of Bhutan. You'll be invited to plant a tree to off-set the carbon emitted during your trip.