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  • Attend the colourful and vibrant Thimphu Festival, Bhutan's biggest cultural event
  • Trek in the Bhutan Himalaya from Paro to Thimphu
  • Experience a fully supported camping based trek
  • Ascend high passes and be rewarded with stunning mountain views
The trip Bhutan Thimphu Festival & Trek starts and ends in Paro. It is a trekking trip that takes 11 days taking you through Paro in Bhutan. Bhutan Thimphu Festival & Trek is a guided small group trip that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Trek from Paro to Thimphu and take in the colourful Thimphu Festival. Commencing our trip in the beautiful alpine valley of Paro, we take time to explore the areas rich cultural history and stunning scenery, including a day walk to the famous Taktsang Monastery. This prepares us for our trek, which winds through old growth forest to the capital of Thimphu, where the annual festival takes place. Bhutan is host to many cultural and religious festivals, and the Thimphu Tshechu is a spectacle of colourful celebration where onlookers are believed to be blessed with good fortune. Taking place over three days, there are a number of culturally and religiously significant dances. It is an exciting time to be in Bhutan, and the local people turn out in their best traditional dress and jewelry for the occasion. At the conclusion of the festival, we return to Paro via the Simtokha Dzong.
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“The ‘Annapurna Trek’ is the hallmark trek for alpine trekking almost anywhere in the world and is a must-do for anyone who loves alpine scenery. The trek would not disappoint anyone for scenic value and World Expeditions have complimented the walk with excellent local staff and a good choice of accommodations and catering. I would not expect to walk in this part of the world in greater comfort and with less hardship. World Expeditions have finely polished this ‘Jewel in the Crown’ of alpine treks that provides participants with life-long memories of magnificent mountain grandeur. I am glad I did it with World Expeditions, I had really excellent experiences.”
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“I've never left a country and tour with so much positive energy. Our guide Dilli was so patient, kind and friendly. He was also very attentive and professional when we showed signs of poor health. The route we took on the Annapurna trek took us through very interesting, different and beautiful terrains. We learnt and saw how locals lived and the Nepalese community are one of the most hospitable and friendly people. The trek can be difficult at times but very rewarding with beautiful scenery. We even managed to spot some wild monkeys on the way up. Overall I would definitely recommend this tour!”
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“The Bhutan Cultural Journey was outstanding! Sonam, our leader, was not only professional and knowledgeable, but was easily able to cater the daily activities to best meet the needs of the group. Everything went smoothly from start to finish. Bhutan is an incredibly beautiful country, and the itinerary of this trip provided an excellent overview of the country and it's culture.”
Arrive Paro by Druk Air flight which will offer you great views of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga, Chomolhari, Tsrim gang and Jichu Drake. The moment you step out of the plane you will see the difference . Bhutan welcomes you with cool, clean fresh air. Peace and quietness is just another bonous. ITT representatives will escort you to Kichu resort. If time prevails visit the National museum & Rinpung Dzong.
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The Paro valley is truly beautiful, being a location for various farming activities, including commercial quantities of asparagus, strawberries and shitake mushrooms for export, plus various grain and vegetable crops. It is a patchwork of colours delineated by well kept traditional design farm houses that are ornately decorated. All of the slopes surrounding the valley are forested and the hint of mountains beyond is alluring. Simply driving through the willow lined streets is relaxing and uplifting – there is no clutter of people, or traffic or rubbish, (Plastic bags are banned). Our morning is spent exploring and appreciating the Tigers Nest Monastery or Taktsang, as it is known in Bhutan, a short drive from our resort. It takes us about two hours to walk up the winding trail steeply through chir pine forest to a tea house and excellent vantage point. Another half hour walk takes us almost directly opposite the cliffs where the monastery is set. The monastery is the divine resting place of the Guru Ringpoche, and although it was once accidentally burnt down, it has been reconstructed to it's former glory. We return back to our accommodation in the early afternoon.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
We rise early and after breakfast drive to Ta-Dzong where we commence our trek to Jele Dzong. Today is rather a short trekking day so you can relax and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Paro vally. The hike is gradually uphill through pine forest. Camp will be next to a Dzong which was renovated recently. Camp is at 3100 meters.
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  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Jele dzong to Jangchulakha. Today the trek begins uphill through huge rhododendron trees. We may encounter yak herders during the winter season. Camp at 3650 meters.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
The trail follows the ridge and in clear weather we will gain lovely views of the mountains. The path descends for sometime and our camp will be near a lake abundant with trout at 3600 meters.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
We trek through forests of dwarf rhododendron shrubs passing two lakes. After passing the second lake we begin to ascend gradually. From the top of the ridge we enjoy the majestic view of Mt.Gangkar Punsum (7520m), the highest mountain in Bhutan. We continue for one and half hours before reaching the steep descend to Phajoding camp at 3500 meters. At night you can see the lights of the capital, Thimphu glittering in a bowl shaped valley.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Today is the easiest day of trekking. We make our way for three hours down hill through pine forest. Upon reaching Motithang, we will be met and transferred to our hotel. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight hotel.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
The Thimphu Tsechu is held in the courtyard of the Tashichho Dzong, and the Bhutanese come from all over the country, dressed in their finest clothes to attend. It is believed that those who witness the festival will be brought much luck and their wishes and dreams realised. It is the biggest cultural festival in Bhutan, and we spend the entire day attending. Like most festivals in Bhutan, the Thimphu festival is held to honour Guru Rinpoche, who in the 8th Century contributed to diffusion of Tantric Buddhism in the Himalayan regions. It is held from the 9th to 11th of the 8th month of the Bhutanese Calendar in Autumn. The main attraction of the festival is the many colourful dances, each with a religious and cultural significance. Have your camera at the ready to document this colourful once in a lifetime experience!
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
The morning will be spent attending the festival followed by sightseeing in the afternoon. We visit the Memorial chorten built in the memory of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, 15 century Changangkha monastery, and Motithang mini zoo to see the rare "Takin" national animal of Bhutan. The remainder of the day can be spent with free time in the market.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
En-route to Paro we visit the oldest building in Bhutan, the Simtokha Dzong. The afternoon will be spent in Paro where we will visit the Taa Dzong and Paro Dzong. Overnight Kichu Resort.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Early morning transfer to the airport.
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
Accommodation
  • Good quality accommodation in towns
Meals
  • 10 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 10 dinners
Transport
  • Airport transfers (day 1 and 11 only)
  • Private transportation
Guide
  • Expert bilingual guide
Others
  • Group medical kit
  • The use of a World Expeditions trek pack which includes a quality sleeping bag, down or fibre fill jacket and insulated mat valued at US$500
  • Souvenir World Expeditions kit bag
  • All group camping equipment
  • All park entrance fees and trekking permits
  • Pack animals to carry all your personal equipment 20kgs
  • Bhutan Government visa and sustainability fees
what’s excluded
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Aerated & alcoholic drinks
  • Bottled water
  • Airport & departure taxes
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A deposit of 500 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 69 days before departure. For any departures within 27 October 2019 full payment is required.

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The Bhutan Thimphu Festival & Trek tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Bhutan Thimphu Festival & Trek tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Bhutan Thimphu Festival & Trek tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.
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