Western Bhutan Walking Holiday
This Five day Bhutan trekking holiday takes in many aspects of day-to-day life for local people with trips to rural villages and temple tours ensuring you experience both the natural and the spiritual beauty of this lesser-visited, peaceful province.
There are many festivals and cultural events to experience during a Bhutan trekking holiday with Buddhism featuring strongly during the spring (March and April) and the autumn ( Sept, Oct and Nov).
Get in touch to find out the best time to go and what might be occurring when you’d like to come walking in Bhutan.
Highlights of the Tour
- Relieve city stress through interactive cultural hikes and calm and peaceful nature treks
- Buddha Dordenma cultural hike, Thimphu
- Lungutse Nature Hike, Dochula Pass 3000m-4000m
- Khamsum Chorten Cultural hike through rice paddies, bamboo grooves and orange orchards
- Hike to Tiger’s Nest and further up to the summit
- Rice paddies, Rural beauty, relaxing life style in village homes
- Meaningful cultural exchange, traditional home cooked meals
- Colorful market, old customs, modern times
- Archery games
- Historical monuments, massive ancient forts
Paro, Thimphu and Punakha Valley
Paro International Airport. Paro, Bhutan
Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
- 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
IncludedWestern Bhutan Walking HolidayVisa and permit processingProcessing and purchase of Bhutanese visitor passLand transfers in private vehicleAirport transfersDedicated tour vehicle and driver3 Meals a Day (B/L/D)3 Star Accomodation (twin sharing)Entry Fees for Parks and MonumentsDedicated English Speaking Guide
Not IncludedDomestic FlightFlights To and From BhutanTips for Guides and DriversGovernment Royalty and Taxes5 Star AccommodationTravel Insurance
Day 1: Arrival and acclimatize
Fly into the Himalayas with Bhutan Airlines. The green wall of hills known as ‘Dooars’ or gateways to Bhutan rise ever higher as the plane flies north towards the Tibet border. Silvery rivers rush along the valleys, waterfalls plunge down forested mountainside, and to the north, the great snowcapped peaks of the inner Himalayas rise up to the heavens. Farm houses dot the hillsides on either side of the plane. As the aircraft enters the Paro valley, look down and you will see Paro Dzong on the hillside overlooking the Paro Chu (river), with Ta Dzong, formerly a watchtower and now the National Museum, above it.
Our guide will meet you in Paro airport, and after completion of arrival formalities you will be transferred to Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, an exciting blend of tradition and modernity.
Day 2: Punakha Bhutan Ancient’s capital
Our drive eastward to Punakha first, follows the Thimphu river climbing steeply to the Dochu La pass (3050 meters), the high point of the day’s journey where weather permitting, we will have magnificent views of the gigantic, snow covered peaks of the Eastern Himalayas. From the pass we drop down to the lowlands of the Punakha Valley passing forests of rhododendron and magnolia.
From Dochu La Pass, we’ll hike 3 hours up to Lungchutse – one of Bhutan’s most favorite meditation sites. This is one of our most rejuvenating and picturesque hikes in the Thimphu area. The hike is beautiful and the 360 degree sight of the Bhutanese Himalaya from the meditation center is THE Best you will get of the Himalayan range.
Day 3: Paro Local Connection
We have a morning exploration of the massive architectural structure of the 17th-century Punakha Dzong today. Punakha Dzong was strategically built at the confluence, the river island between the mighty Phochu and Mochu Rivers in Punakha. While the rivers provided natural defense against invaders, it did not obstruct the view of the Dzong. The imposing structure, the biggest and the most magnificent of its kind at that particular point in time, was visible from all four sides. The construction of Punakha Dzong on the strategic location was completed in 1637 AD and it represented the supreme flowering Bhutanese art and architecture.
Following our visit to the Dzong, we will head off for a beautiful hike to a delightful 3 story stupa chorten, that looks down on the upper Punakha Valley. This monument was built to remove negative forces and promote peace, stability and harmony in Bhutan. The Punakha valley view from her is idyllic, the atmosphere is tranquil and the interior artwork depicting the teaching of Dudjum Rimpoche is magnificient. Linger long at the chorten, relaxing and simly appreciating the harmonious beauty of the location.
We’ll transfer to Paro for the evening visiting Aum Om’s home, for a home cooked meal and an optional,(cost not included) traditional hot-stone bath.
Stones heated in wood fires are placed into the wooden tubs to heat water for the baths. The locals believe that in this way mineral from the stones are released into the water giving them curative powers. Those who wish can help prepare our Bhutanese dinner for tonight, which we’ll all enjoy!
Day 4: Tiger’s nest hike
No trip to Bhutan is complete without a visit to Taksang Goempa – Tiger’s Nest Monastery. Perched incredibly on the edge of a cliff one wonders how it got there, until you learn that it’s where the tiger few to, so obviously it is where the monastery had to be. The walk up is steep at times, and there are some drop offs to the side. It’s possible to rent a riding pony for a ride part way up, but not back down. Despite the long climb, many who are not hikers make the ascent, we just take our time.
We have the energy, it’s possible to hike further up to the summit, above the Tiger’s Nest. Here there are three temples all highly venerated as well but not on the usual tourist route. The view towards surround areas from the summit is astoundingly beautiful!
Day 5: Departure
Alas, all good things must come to an end and our time in Bhutan is over. After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our departure flight. We hope you have enjoyed your visit, have found it rewarding, and leave with new found understanding.Tashi Delek !