Hiking in Bhutan

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13 Nights 14 Days
Availability : Any season
Tour Details:
Duration 13 nights and 14 days
Guide Knowledgeable and experienced guide with good command over English
Tour Highlights Cultural sightseeing, nature, beautiful landscape, interaction with the locals, hikes

 

Truly adventurous tour with hikes to some of the most remote places in the country. The tour features visits to remote villages, monasteries, and temples that most people never see, all while hiking through the rich fields and lush vegetation.

Tour Itinerary:
Day 1: Arrival in Paro

Our company’s representative will welcome you at the airport and escort you to the hotel for some refreshments and lunch.

After lunch at the hotel, begin Paro sightseeing by driving to the National Museum (once a watch tower – Ta Dzong), which has some of the Kingdom’s fascinating collection of art, artifacts, thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps. Then, drive to the massive Rinpung Dzong (Castle on a Heap of Precious Jewels), another historic Bhutanese structure. After visiting the museum you can enjoy the Zuri hike for about 1 hour or more which starts from Ta Dzong and stop at Hotel Uma. Later, take a stroll of Paro town. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2: Dzongdra village and Kila Gompa hike

Drive for about 20 minutes and hike to Dzongdrakha village. The village clings to a cliff overlooking the rice fields and Paro valley.

Drive for about an hour and hike to kila Gompa monastery. The monastery consists of about 30 nuns. You can meet them over a cup of tea in the temple before continue hiking towards Chela pass 3988m. From the pass, you will get the stunning view over the Himalayas. Drive to Paro valley and stall around the town. Overnight hotel.

Day 3: The beautiful flight to Bumthang

Transfer to airport for your stunning 30min to flight. Upon arrival in the charming valley visit the following places. It is possible to visit most of the places on foot:

Jakar Dzong: Built in 17th century, Jakar Dzong had played a vital role in the history of the country by defending the enemies from the north and from the valley itself. The name “Jakar” means White bird and it houses the Bumthang district headquarter and is home to about 60 resident monks.
Wangdichholing Dzong: Built in 1900 by the father of first king, it was used as the summer residence of the first two kings. Beautiful woodwork and colorful paintings abound, and it currently houses about 30 monks.
Jambay Lhakhang: The temple is dedicated to the Buddha of the Future and was built in the 7th century. It is one of the oldest temples in the country.
Kurjey Lhakhang: Kurjey means, “Body imprint.” Buddhism was first founded in this temple.
Tamshing Lhakhang: The painting inside the temple dates back to 15th century.

Stall around the town in the evening. Overnight: hotel.

Day 4: Kunzangdra Gompa and Tang village

Drive to Pedseling Monastery with panoramic view of the Bumthang valley. Visit the monastery and hike beyond monastery over the ridge and to Kunzangdra Goemba. After the Goemba, hike down towards Tang village. Your car will wait for you at the end of the village for drive to hotel. Overnight hotel.

Day 5: Tharpaling hike and Yotongla pass

Drive to Lamey Gompa and hike towards Tharpaling Monastery. The walk runs along the ridge of Kikila, through the tick forest of pine and draft bamboos and finally follows the royal trail, used by the kings in the past. You will have an amazing view of the surrounding valleys. A great saint called Longchen Runjam built the monstery and it houses about 100 monks. You can hike further above the monastery to around 3500m for an amazing view over the Chamkhar valley. Drive to Trongsa for overnight. Overnight hotel.

Day 6: Trongsa dzong and Chendepji stupa

In the morning visit 17th century Trongsa dzong, this dzong is the most strategically located dzong in the country. It has been said that it took almost 150 years to construct this dzong to its full grandeur. Bhutan’s modern-day kings originated from this place, and the first two kings sometimes used to live here in the winter months.

Visit Ta-Dzong (the watch tower), which was converted into a museum in 2008. The museum houses about 244 items used over the years by the Wangchuck dynasty. 
After lunch, transfer to Phobjikha. Overnight hotel.

Day 7: Glacial valley of Phobjikha

Hike from the hotel towards Gangtey through the beautiful glacial valley. The villagers of Gangtey are said to be descendants of about 50 gomchen (lay monks) who settled there long ago. The Gangtey Gompa monastic school was built in 1613 and is the biggest Nyimapa School in the western part of Bhutan. In the afternoon, hike towards the Kilkhorthang village through small villages and small shops. Kilkhorthang village consist of about nine houses and beautiful temple. You can visit some houses to meet the families. Overnight hotel.

Day 8: Monks trail

Drive for about half an hour and hike from the valley towards Wangdue. People from the valley used this trail to descend down in the south in winter. It was also an important trail used by the monks in the past to migrate to winter residence to Sha Chitokha. You will come across lots of flowers in April and it is also highly recommended for the people who love birds. The hike will take approximately 5hrs. Your car will wait for you at Khelyekhar village to drive you to Punakha for overnight. Overnight hotel.

Day 9: The Divine madman and rice fields

Continue to Punakha and visit Punakha Dzong.
Built in 1637 between the confluence of the Po chu (male river) and Mo chu (female river), this fortress monastery is the winter residence of Bhutan’s spiritual leader, the Je Khenpo or Head Abbot, and the central Monk Body comprising of over 350 monks. Drive further up the valley towards Nyzergang village and hike over the suspension bridge and through the rice fields to the Khamsum Yuley Namgyel temple. The temple was built for the current king and the painting inside the temple are really beautiful. Stop at Lobesa and take a short hike to Chhi-med Lhakhang, (which means “no dogs” temple) in the picturesque valley, to visit the temple of Bhutan’s foremost Saint, the Lama Drukpa Kuenley (popularly known as the “Divine Madman”). Overnight hotel.

Day 10: Dochula pass and Lungchuzekha temple

Drive towards Dochula pass 3150m, the pass is decorated with 108 Druk Wangyel Chorten, which were built to celebrate the stability and progress, brought to Bhutan by His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth King. These stupas symbolize Bhutanese spiritual and artist traditions. Spend some time photographing this most beautiful pass in Bhutan. 
 Hike to Lungchuzekha monastery for about 2hrs through the beautiful fir and rhododendron forest. You will have a commanding view over the Himalayas from the monastery.

Hike back to Dochula for lunch and after lunch, drive to Thimphu. Free time in the town
Overnight hotel

Day 11: Cheri Meditation Centre and Trashichhoedzong

After breakfast, drive about 45 minutes north of Thimphu and then hike to Cheri Meditation centre. Tango is located at a place considered sacred from times immemorial. Meet some monks and discuss about the Buddhism and meditation. Afternoon, in the town
Buddha point: Overlooking the Thimphu town, it is one of the biggest statues of Buddha in the country.
Changzamtog weaving centre followed by textile museum: The women there weave with very intricate patterns.
In the evening visit Trashichhodzong: Built in the 17th century, this dzong is the summer residence of the central monastic body headed by the Je Khenpo (chief spiritual leader). The king’s office is also located inside this dzong. The woodwork and the paintings are among the finest in the country. You may take pictures in the courtyard. 
Overnight: hotel

Day 12: Buddha statue and Iron Bridge

In the morning visit the following places:

Memorial chorten: It is one of the best places to take pictures, given the many pilgrims walking around this huge stupa. It was built in memory of the revered third king who passed away in 1972.
Buddha point: Overlooking the Thimphu town, it is one of the biggest statues of Buddha in the country.
Changzamtog weaving centre followed by textile museum: The women there weave with very intricate patterns.
Archery: National game of Bhutan, you will come across lot of Bhutanese men playing everyday.
Changangkha monastery: Built in 13th century, this is one of the most important monasteries for the people of Thimphu. Children born in Thimphu are brought to this monastery for blessing and protection.

In the afternoon, transfer to Paro
On the way to Paro, stop at Tachhogang and hike over the suspension bridge to Tachhogang monastery. In the evening visit a farmhouse for dinner and for hot stone bath.
Overnight hotel

Day 13: Takshang Goemba

Hike to the Guru’s glory. Takshang (2900m/10,000ft) is considered one of the holiest sites in the entire Buddhist faith. It was said that Guru Rimpoche, the founder of Buddhism in Himalayan countries, came to this place riding on the back of a tigress and meditated here for about three months. As a result, Takshang has been an important place of pilgrimage and reflection for more than 1200 years. The monastery clings to a sheer cliff two thousand feet above Paro valley.
The total hike will take the average person about 4 hours. From the parking area, it will take about one hour to reach the teahouse, and then another one and a half hours to the temple. You can visit the different temples inside the main Takshang complex.

Stop for lunch at the teahouse on the way back.

Takshang is a paradise for photographers. Apart from the stunning view, you will see beautiful waterfalls, meditation caves, water prayer wheels, many prayer flags, and stupas. Overnight hotel.

Day 14: Departure

Transfer to airport for departure.