Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 4 - You might encounter a few high-altitude hikes or other more strenuous activities. Pro tip: Put down that pastry, buster.
Group Size: Max 15, avg 12
Meals Included: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
Accommodations: Hotels/guesthouses (7 nts), camping (1 nt), farmhouse stay (1 nt).
Travel along mystical mountains, visit various dzongs and Buddhist gompas, trek along scenic nature trails, experience the "Dragon Kingdom" with cultural interactions at a local farm, take in stunning Himalayan mountain views
Imagine a country where a land's worth is measured differently - think Gross National Happiness instead of Gross Domestic Product. Now stop dreaming because you are in the unexplored mountain kingdom of Bhutan. Beauty and wisdom are revealed at each dzong, every gompa and, most incredibly, in the eyes of every smiling Buddhist monk you meet. On treks through remote trails and visits to Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha, nature lovers, photographers, and culture junkies will uncover a purity of culture, traditions, and kindness.
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- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 6/30/2018
- 10 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Paro||Day 1 Paro (1D)|
Arrive in Bhutan, clear customs, and meet your CEO. Catch the included transfer to the hotel. Go for a short orientation walk of the town and enjoy a local dinner with the group. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle
|Day 2||Paro||Day 2 Paro (1B, 1L, 1D)|
After breakfast, drive about 30 mins to the base of the famous Taktsang Monastery (Tigers Nest). After lunch at the cafeteria, head back down and drive to Kyichu Lhakang Temple, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. In the evening, enjoy free time to explore Paro. Included Activities: Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery Hike Kyichu Lhakhang Temple Visit
|Day 3||Bumdrak Camp||Day 3 Paro/Bumdrak Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Trek through fluttering prayer flags, rhododendron trees, and conifer forests to reach Bumdrak camp at 3860m. Included Activities: Bumdrak Trek Day 1
|Day 4||Thimphu||Day 4 Bumdrak Camp/Thimphu (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Trek back down through grassy meadows and trees covered in wispy moss. Continue with a short ride to Thimphu, the capital city. Included Activities: Bumdrak Trek Day 2 Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
|Day 5||Thimphu||Day 5 Thimphu (1B, 1L, 1D)|
In the evening, visit the Tashi Chhoedzong, known as the "Fortress of Glorious Religion", initially built in 1702. Today, it houses the main secretariat building, the central monk body, and the office of the king. Included Activities: Memorial Chorten Visit Buddha Point Visit Motithang Takin Preserve Visit Tashichho Dzong Visit
|Day 6||Gangtey Gonpa||Day 6 Thimphu/Gangtey Gonpa (1B, 1L, 1D)|
The road climbs steeply through forests, with hanging lichen up near the Dochula Pass (3,050m/10,007 ft). The pass offers panoramic views of the Himalayan Mountains. Stop for tea and check out the view before continuing on to Gangtey Gompa. Opt to visit the Black-Necked Crane Centre before dinner or wander around the small town to see young monks from the nearby school meandering in the street. Included Activities: Farmhouse Stay Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)
|Day 7||Punakha||Day 7 Gangtey Gonpa/Punakha (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Punakha before visiting Punakha Dzong. This is the winter capital of the Je Khenpo (chief abbot). Included Activities: Chime Lhakhang Visit Punakha Dzong Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)
|Day 8||Haa Dzongkhag||Day 8 Punakha/Haa Dzongkhag (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Wind through deep gorges and blue pine forests before reaching the valley. Here, well visit the Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) and walk around Haa town in the evening. Included Activities: Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)
|Day 9||Paro||Day 9 Haa Dzongkhag/Paro (1B, 1L, 1D)|
After visiting the nunnery, follow the trail down through the forest to the road to meet the van. Drive back to Paro with time in the evening to wander the streets and pick up some souvenirs. Enjoy a final dinner with the group on your last night in Bhutan. Included Activities: Kila Goempa Nunnery Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
|Day 10||Paro||Day 10 Paro (1B)|
Your CEO will help arrange your transfer to the airport and all exit formalities before your journey home. Transport: Private Vehicle
Local Flights: N/A
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Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
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