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Essence Of Bhutan

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highlights
  • See the landscape on a short hike to Chimi La Khang
  • Immerse yourself in the local Bhutanese culture
  • Explore the monasteries and palaces of Paro, Thimpu and Punakha
  • Visit the amazing cliff-hanging monastery, Tiger’s Nest
Experience the peaceful Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan on this trip of a lifetime and discover the Buthanese lifestyle, landscapes, and culture!

On this comprehensive tour, you will hike to the well-known Taktshang Monastery, also called Tiger’s Nest, on a trail through pine trees decorated with Spanish moss and the occasional fluttering prayer flags. Discover local history through the handicrafts, costumes and ancient weapons in the National Museum and around Paro. Visit Thimphu, the political and economic center of Bhutan and a living gallery of traditional Bhutanese culture. See panoramic views of the Himalayas from Dochula Pass on the way to Punakha, and take a short hike through scenic forests to Chimi La Khang, commonly known as the Fertility Temple.

Our itinerary also gives participants an opportunity to interact with the people of Druk Yul and experience the Bhutanese way of life in its undiminished natural form. See more details in the itinerary.

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5.0 - Excellent Based on 1 review
Bhutan August 2017
Anonymous From Italy At
5 - Excellent
“I did the 3 nights/2 days trip to Bhutan and I was very satisfied!
The guide and the driver were excellent,really nice and professional.
Hotels,food and transports were perfects!
I strongly reccomend Adventure Thirdpole Treks.”
3 Star Hotel
A spectacular descent through mountainous valleys brings you into the Kingdom of Bhutan. The beautiful airport is your first glimpse of what's ahead. After clearing customs and visa control, you are met by your driver and guide. A short drive along the valley brings you to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. This very picturesque drive passes rural homes, hillside monasteries, and chortens.The drive will take around one hour.

Thimphu has a population of about 100,000. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. In the evening, we will visit the handicrafts Emporium, where all types of Bhutanese handicrafts are made and sold.
4-5 hours 3 Star Hotel
In the morning we'll visit: the National Memorial Chorten, built in honor of the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck; the Folk Heritage Museum, which is dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past through exhibition of items and artifacts used households; and the Textile Museum, where the art of traditional weaving is preserved through exhibition and a good collection of old textiles rich in its color and design.

Lunch served at a restaurant in Thimphu. After lunch depart to Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan. Leaving Thimphu, the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050 m). This pass often offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. After stopping for a tea and the view, we descend along a series of hairpin bends to the fertile valley of Punakha and drive to your hotel and check-in. Visit Punakha Dzong winter seat of the Je Khenpo (chief abbot of Bhutan) and the Monk Body, remarkably located between the rivers of the Mo (Female) Chu and Pho (Male) Chu.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
4-5 hours 3 Star Hotel
Today we start early for the fabulous drive to the central valleys of Bhutan. The drive to Bumthang via Trongsa is approximately seven hours crossing over Pele La pass (3,300 m) and yotongla pass (3,400 m). The central road across the Black Mountains was completed 30 years ago, and it brought about great changes to the people in central Bhutan.

We pass Wangdue, one of the major towns and district headquarters of Western Bhutan where we make a short stop to view the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, dramatically located on the spur of a hill at the confluence of the Tsang Chu and Dang Chu rivers. We then climb steadily passing through semi-tropical vegetation and then to Pelela Pass (3,300 m) with alpine environments of rhododendrons and dwarf bamboo. This pass is traditionally considered the boundary between West and East of Bhutan. If the weather is clear the Himalayan ranges can be seen, particularly the peak of Jhomulhari (7,314 m) to the west. En route we cross Chendebji Chorten built many centuries ago to suppress a demon.

In Trongsa we visit the impressive Trongsa Dzong, ancestral home of the ruling dynasty. In olden days the Dzong commanded the passage between East and West Bhutan. We then drive to Bumthang Valley, described as one of the most beautiful spots in the Himalayas, across the Yotongla pass (3,400 m).

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
4-5 hours 3 Star Hotel
This is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Bhuddhism. The Guru and his lineage of Tertons (treasure-finders) have led to the sprouting of many temples in the valley.

In the morning we visit Jambay Lhakhang (one of the oldest temples in Bhutan built in 7th century) and visit Kurjey Lhakhang (where Guru Rinpoche subdued a local demon and left his body imprint on a rock), hike to visit the Tamshing monastery, one of the oldest monastic schools built by Tertons Pema Lingpa.

After lunch hike to Thangbi valley across the suspension bridge and visit the Thangbi Lhakhang built in the 14th century, on the way back visit Jakar Dzong, the seat of the district administration.

In the evening, stroll in Chamkhar Town. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
3 Star Hotel
Today after breakfast we drive back to Wangdue via Gangtey and over the Pelela Pass (3,300m). The drive is approximately six and a half hours, climbing steadily through semi-tropical vegetation with an alpine environment of rhododendrons and dwarf bamboo. Gangtey lies towards the east of Punakha and Wangdue on the flanks of the Black Mountains. There is an old monastery of Gangtey Gompa dating back to the 17th century.

A few kilometers past the Gompa on the valley floor is the fascinating valley of Phobjikha. The gently sloping hillsides of Phobjikha are described as the most beautiful valley in the Himalayas. This is the winter home of black-necked cranes that migrate from the arid plains in the north to pass winter in milder and lower climates.

After the visits to Gangtey Monastery continue your drive to Wangdue. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
5 hours 3 Star Hotel
After breakfast drive over the Docula pass (3,050m) to Paro with a lunch stop and some shopping at Thimphu.

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
5 hours 3 Star Hotel
After breakfast drive the winding road to Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fortress, which once defended the valley from Tibetan invasions. We then drive to Ramthangkha, the terminating point of the motorable road and then hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest). The hike up to the cafeteria will take around two hours of average walking speed and is located 2,950 meters (9,678 feet) above sea level. At the view point, enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of Tigeress in the 8th century. If you desire then you can hike up to the monastery and visit the monastery which contains thirteen holy places.

After the visit to the temples walk back to the cafeteria for your lunch. After lunch we walk back to the road point and then visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.

In the afternoon visit the National Museum, Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower which now houses the National Museum, and visit Paro Rinpung Dzong, built in the 17th century to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. The Dzong is now used as an administration center and school for monks.

Take an evening stroll through the main town of Paro. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
In the morning our company escort will bid you farewell at Paro airport. Good-bye and happy journey back home.
what’s included
  • Airport transfers
  • A minimum of 3-star twin sharing accommodation (4/5 star may require an additional cost) and tented camp if/where necessary
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and tea/coffee with snacks
  • Mineral water during the tour and at meals
  • Services of a Government licensed & experienced English speaking Bhutanese tour guide
  • Tours / sightseeing as specified in the itinerary
  • Temple, monastery and museum entrance fees
  • Medical facilities if necessary (consulting doctors & medicine)
  • Bhutan visa fee of US $ 40 per person
  • Tourism Development Fund of US$ 10 per person
what’s excluded
  • International flight
  • Domestic flight within Bhutan
  • Your travel Insurance
  • Tips for guide and driver
Tour details
Availability Available Daily
Duration 8 days
Tour Type Private Tour  
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Paro, Bhutan
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