Western Bhutan Walking Holiday

4 Nights / 5 Days

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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

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

Itinerary

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DAY 01

Day 1: Reach the destination and acclimatize

Fly into Bhutan above the beautiful Himalayan mountains.The green wall of hills known as the “Dooars,” or entrances to Bhutan, rises higher and higher as the aircraft flies northward toward the Tibet border. Silvery rivers meander through valleys. Waterfalls tumble down mountains covered in forest, while to the north, the massive snow-capped peaks of the inner Himalayas rise to the heavens. Farmhouses are scattered across the slopes on both sides of the plane. Look down to see Paro Dzong, located on a hilltop overlooking the Paro Chu (river), and Ta Dzong, formerly a watchtower and now the National Museum, rising above it as the aircraft descended into the Paro valley.

Our guide will pick you up at the Paro airport and drive you to Thimphu after you have finished your immigration formalities to the capital of Bhutan. The fascinating fusion of old and new can be found in Thimphu.

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DAY 02

Day 2: Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan

We start the second day at Punakha, the country of Bhutan’s ancient capital. Our first portion of the journey to Punakha in the east follows the Thimphu river and climbs steeply to the day’s highest point, the DochuLa pass (3050 meters), witness the stunning views of the enormous, snow-capped peaks of the Eastern Himalayas.

From Dochu La Pass, one of Bhutan’s most popular meditation locations, we’ll trek for three hours to Lungchutse. The climb is beautiful, and the meditation center offers THE BEST panoramic view of the entire Bhutanese Himalaya.

The hike offers a lot of rhododendron and magnolia trees as we make our way from the Dochula Pass to the lowlands of the Punakha Valley.

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DAY 02

Day Three: Punakha Valley Hike and Homestay in Paro

The third day of the itinerary starts with an early morning architectural tour of the expansive Punakha Dzong complex. The fortress was built on an island in the river during the year 1637 AD to combat negative forces and promote the peace, stability, and harmony of Bhutan.

Spend time at the chorten relaxing and enjoying the serene beauty of the surroundings.

We’ll trek up to a magnificent three-story stupa chorten with views of the upper Punakha Valley after visiting the Dzong.

Next, we’ll travel to Paro in the evening and have lunch at Aum Om’s house before taking a traditional hot-stone bath (cost not included). Stones heated over a fire are put in the wooden tubs to heat the bath water. According to locals, the mineral content of the stones releases into the water and gives it therapeutic effects.

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DAY 04

Day 4: Hike to Tiger's Nest

The Taksang Goempa: Tiger’s Nest Monastery is one of the main highlights of anyone who visits Bhutan. There are some side drop-offs and some difficult sections of the ascent. A riding pony can be rented for a ride up, but not back down. Many people who are not hikers succeed in climbing the hard incline; we take our time.

We can hike up to the peak above the Tiger’s Nest if we have the energy. This area has three temples, all of which are highly revered. However, they are not located along the main tourist route. Atmospheric views of the surroundings can be seen from the summit!

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DAY 05

Day 5: Departure

Alas, every nice thing has to come to an end, and our time in Bhutan is approaching close.   We’ll leave for the airport to catch our flight home after breakfast. We hope you had a good time, found it worthwhile, and left with newfound insights.

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