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Western Bhutan Walking Holiday

4 Night 5 Days

Western Bhutan Walking Holiday

$1040 per person

This five-day Bhutan trekking trip includes visits to rural villages and temple excursions, allowing you to appreciate both the natural and spiritual beauty of this less-visited, tranquil country.

During a Bhutan trekking vacation, there are numerous festivals and cultural events to attend, with Buddhism taking center stage in the spring (March and April) and autumn (September and October) ( Sept, Oct, and Nov).

Get in touch to find out the best time to visit Bhutan and what could be going on when you want to go walking.

The Tour’s Highlights

  • Interactive cultural hikes and calm and peaceful nature treks can help you unwind after a long day in the city.
  • Dochula Pass 3000m-4000m, Buddha Dordenma cultural walk, Thimphu Lungutse Nature Hike
  • Khamsum Chorten is a Buddhist monastery in Khamsum, Tibet. Hike through rice paddies, bamboo groves, and orange groves for a cultural experience.
  • Hike up to Tiger’s Nest and further to the peak.
  • Rice fields, Rural beauty, and a peaceful way of life in village homes
  • Meaningful cultural exchange, traditional home-cooked meals
  • A vibrant market, ancient customs, and contemporary times
  • Games involving archery
  • Monuments to the past, huge historic fortifications

Destinations

Paro, Thimphu and Punakha Valley

Duration

5 Days

Arival/Departure Location

Paro International Airport. Paro, Bhutan

Departure Time

Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.

Include

  • English speaking Bhutanese guide
  • All lodging in 3 stars traditional lodges
  • Airport transfers
  • Land transfers in a private vehicle
  • Processing and purchase of Bhutanese visitor pass.
  • Meals, tea, coffee, snacks and non alcoholic beverages
  • Bottle water on the private vehicle, and in the hotels.
  • All entrance fees for listed activities.
  • Visa and permit processing

Related Tours

  • Departure
    Paro Airport
  • Included
    Western Bhutan Walking Holiday
    Visa and permit processing
    Processing and purchase of Bhutanese visitor pass
    Land transfers in private vehicle
    Airport transfers
    Dedicated tour vehicle and driver
    3 Meals a Day (B/L/D)
    3 Star Accomodation (twin sharing)
    Entry Fees for Parks and Monuments
    Dedicated English Speaking Guide
  • Not Included
    Domestic Flight
    Flights To and From Bhutan
    Tips for Guides and Drivers
    Government Royalty and Taxes
    5 Star Accommodation
    Travel Insurance
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Day 1: Arrival and acclimatize
Bhutan Airlines offers flights to the Himalayas. As the plane travels north towards the Tibet border, the green wall of hills known as the 'Dooars' or entrances to Bhutan rises higher and higher. Silvery rivers run through valleys, waterfalls cascade down forested mountainsides, and the enormous snowcapped peaks of the inner Himalayas rise to the heavens to the north. On both sides of the plane, farm dwellings dot the slopes. As the plane descends into the Paro valley, look down to see Paro Dzong perched on a hilltop overlooking the Paro Chu (river), with Ta Dzong, previously a watchtower, and now the National Museum, rising above it.

Our guide will pick you up from Paro airport and take you to Thimphu. Bhutan's capital, after you have completed your arrival formalities. Thimphu is an intriguing blend of history and contemporary.

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Day 2: Punakha Bhutan's Ancient capital
Punakha, Bhutan's ancient capital, is the second day's destination. Our first stretch of the journey eastward to Punakha follows the Thimphu river, climbing steeply to the Dochu La pass (3050 meters), the day's highest point, where, weather permitting, we will be treated to breathtaking panoramas of the Eastern Himalayas' huge, snow-capped peaks. We descend from the pass to the Punakha Valley's lowlands, passing through rhododendron and magnolia trees.

We'll climb 3 hours from Dochu La Pass to Lungchutse, one of Bhutan's most popular meditation spots. In the Thimphu area, this is one of our most refreshing and beautiful walks. The climb is lovely, and the 360-degree view of the Bhutanese Himalaya from the meditation center is THE BEST of the Himalayan range.

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Day 3: Punakha Valley Hike & Paro Home stay
Today we'll go on a morning exploration of the 17th-century Punakha Dzong's vast architectural complex. Punakha Dzong was erected on a river island at the junction of the huge Phochu and Mochu Rivers in Punakha. The rivers provided natural security against intruders, yet they did not block views of the Dzong. The enormous building, which was the largest and most splendid of its sort at the time, could be seen from all four sides. Punakha Dzong, built on a strategic location, was finished in 1637 AD and represented the pinnacle of Bhutanese art and architecture. Following our visit to the Dzong, we'll go on a lovely climb to a lovely three-story stupa chorten with views of the upper Punakha Valley. This monument was constructed to counteract bad forces and support Bhutan's peace, stability, and harmony. The view of the Punakha valley from here is exquisite, the mood is serene, and the inside artwork illustrating Dudjum Rimpoche's teachings is magnificent. Linger at the chorten for a while, relaxing and quietly absorbing the peaceful beauty of the setting. We'll go to Paro in the evening to visit Aum Om's home for a home-cooked lunch and a traditional hot-stone bath (cost not included).

They heat the water for the baths, stones heated over a fire are placed in the wooden tubs. Locals think that the mineral content of the stones is released into the water, providing it with medicinal properties. Those who like might assist in preparing our Bhutanese supper, which we will all enjoy tonight!

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Day 4: Tiger’s nest hike
Taksang Goempa: Tiger's Nest Monastery is a must-see on any trip to Bhutan. It's perched precariously on the edge of a cliff, and you're left wondering how it got there until you find that it's where the tiger came to rest; thus, it had to be where the monastery was. The ascent is steep at points, and there are some side drop-offs. A riding pony can be rented for a ride part way up but not back down. Despite the steep ascent, many not hikers complete it; we take our time.

If we have the energy, we can trek up to the summit above the Tiger's Nest. There are three temples here, all highly revered, but they are not on the normal tourist path. The view from the summit of the surrounding regions is breathtaking!

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Day 5: Departure
Alas, all good things must come to an end, and our time in Bhutan is drawing to a close. After breakfast, we'll head to the airport to catch our trip home. We hope you enjoyed your visit, found it worthwhile, and left with newfound insights.