10 Days in Bhutan: Our Recommendations

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Ten days might sound like a lot of time to spend in this tiny blob of green below the eastern Himalayas. But trust us when we say that a trip to Bhutan has a lot to offer, ranging from ancient monasteries and centuries-old dzongs (fortresses), to challenging trails and highland lakes hidden amid the mountains above Paro and Thimphu. Whether you want to go on a hiking trip of a lifetime, visit temples or just soak up the laid-back vibes of its cities, there is a lot to see and do during 10 days in Bhutan. In fact, you can combine multiple experiences in the country within this time frame. 

Below are our top three Bhutan itineraries that last for 10 to 11 days.

10 days in Bhutan: Druk Path Trek with Bhutanese Cultural Experience

Paro is a small valley of Bhutan.
Paro is known an the historic valley of Bhutan
Punakha Dzong is the administrative center of the Punakha district.
Punakha Dzong oldest Dzong and one of the most beautiful shrine in Bhutan
Day 1 Arrive in Bhutan and explore Paro’s Rinpung Dzong
Day 2 Hike up to Tiger’s Nest, Bhutan’s most famous monastery
Day 3 Trek to 15th-century ruins at Jele Dzong
Day 4 Venture through alpine and rhododendron forests to Jangchulakha
Day 5 Cross a mountain pass and camp close to Jimilangtsho lakes
Day 6 Ascend to summit overlooking Janetsho Lake, overnight near Simkota Lake
Day 7 Hike in the backdrop of Mount Gangkar Puensum
Day 8 Drive from Thimphu to Punakha, stop at Dochula Pass
Day 9 Drive to Paro, visit Chimi Lhakhang and Druk Wangyal Monastery
Day 10 Depart Paro for your onward journey

:Bhutan’s rich nature and deep-rooted Buddhist culture are on the offing during this ten-day trip. Soak up its gorgeous landscape of colossal cliffs, high ridges, blue pine forests and crystalline lakes as you follow the trails used by muleteers and shepherds in the past. Spend your nights near highland lakes. Next, cover the highlights of Thimphu, Paro and Punakha. Visit Punakha Dzong, which was built in the 17th century, see Chimi Lhakhang, and cross Dochula Pass. See tour.

10 days in Bhutan: Ancient Monasteries and Shrines

Thimpu is the capital of Bhutan.
An aerial view of Thimpu
Punakha, the former capital of Bhutan.
Punakha Suspension Bridge in Bhutan is known as one of the oldest bridge in the world
Day 1 Arrive in Paro and drive to the Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu
Day 2 Explore Thimphu Valley, see its highlights
Day 3 Enjoy scenic drive across Dochula Pass with views of eastern Himalayas
Day 4 Drive across Pelela and Yutongla passes en route to Bumthang
Day 5 Discover Bumthang Valley, see its Buddhist temples and monasteries
Day 6 Continue to Punakha and enjoy free afternoon
Day 7 See the highlights of Punakha, including Punakha Dzong
Day 8 Drive to Paro with stopover at Simtokha Dzong
Day 9 Hike up to Tiger’s Nest, see ancient Kyichu Lhakhang
Day 10 Bid farewell to Paro

You have ample time to explore the country’s fascinating mix of ancient traditions and stunning landscapes during 10 days in Bhutan with this private tour. Starting from the capital city of Thimphu, this trip takes you to historic temples, ancient monasteries and fortresses that have stood for centuries. Also included are scenic drives across mountain passes and hikes through Bhutan’s dramatic landscape. See tour.

11 Days in Bhutan: Druk Path Trek

Bhutan is one of the most exotic places to visit in Asia.
Enjoy a visit to the Tiger's Nest monastery in Bhutan 
Day 1 Arrive in Paro
Day 2 See the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong in Paro
Day 3 Hit the trail to Jele Dzong, enjoy views of eastern Himalayas
Day 4 Trek to Jangu Lakhang
Day 5 Follow a ridge to Jimilangtso Lake
Day 6 Hike through dwarf rhododendron forests, camp near Simkota Lake
Day 7 Reach the highest point of the trail en route to Phajoding
Day 8 Take the downhill trail to Thimphu, overnight in Punakha
Day 9 Cover the highlights of Punakha, including Punakha Dzong
Day 10 Discover Thimphu during a sightseeing tour and drive to Paro
Day 11 Transfer to the airport for your flight home

While technically not a 10-day Bhutan itinerary, this eleven-day trip is more than worth it as it gives you the chance to experience Bhutan’s fabled trails. Cover the major sights of Paro before strapping on your hiking boots and heading for a six-day trek through the hills around the Paro Valley. Spend your nights in high-altitude camps and stay near alpine lakes as you continue to the capital city of Thimphu. The eastern Himalayas provide a beautiful backdrop to your journey, and the relatively short day hikes feature a welcoming collection of beautiful ridge walks. See tour.

With 10 days in Bhutan, you have enough time to see jaw-dropping mountains, looming dzongs and ancient monasteries that come to life at prayer time. Just in case the above itineraries do not meet your requirements, we have travel experts in Bhutan who can help you plan the perfect itinerary. Check out our guide on how many days to spend in Bhutan for more advice and trip ideas. If you're ready to go, connect with our travel experts based in Bhutan.

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