Bhutan Kayaking and Rafting Tour

Bhutan Kayaking and Rafting Tour

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  • CommunityBasedTourism
  • CrossBorder
  • CulturalSight-seeing
  • FarmHouseStay
  • Festival
  • Hiking
  • Meditation
  • Photography
  • Textile
  • Trekking
  • ValueAddedActivity
  • VillageLife
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Trip Code: T018
Trip Duration : 9 Days
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Trip Type: Exclusive Tours
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Destination(s): Bhutan
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Max Group Size: 16
Best Season: April to June & Mid September to Mid Nov
Trip Start: Paro
Trip End: Paro
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Trip Route: Paro > Thimphu > Punakha
Activities: Hiking, Visit Farm House, Kayaking and Rafting Tour, Monastery, Museums, Weekend market, Stroll around the City etc


The Himalayan rafting tours tell how much Rivers of Bhutan are the best known secrets to explore Bhutan Kayaking and Rafting Tour. Fed by the Eastern Himalayas, the six rivers (Wang Chhu, Sunkosh, Puna Tsang Chhu, MangdeChhu, Kuri Chhu and Dangme Chhu and their tributaries) are used for kayaking and rafting. They cut through high valleys and low plains to meet up with the Brahmaputra River in India. The natural setting and the sheer variety of the rivers’ courses makes up for a unique opportunity to explore Bhutan’s beautiful wilderness. It is more than a teaser and an invitation to anyone interested in adventure travels. The rivers with high currents and depths reaching a maximum of about five meters are best for kayaking and rafting; at some places Rivers pass gently on and in others the rivers rage through loudly, dominating the environment. Although adventure sports and tourism are relatively recent introductions, it is gaining on in popularity.

The sport offers something for everyone: There is easy rafting for beginners and hair-raising runs for the veterans. Besides the rafts and the kayaks, Bhutanese agents also organize walking and trekking expeditions along the scenic river banks. The best time for rafting and kayaking is from March to April and November to December.


Bhutanese rafting and kayaking guides are well trained and will do everything to ensure that you enjoy the adventures minus the risks.

The rivers of Bhutan were first graded for water sports in 1997 by the experienced duo Gerry Mofatt and Peter Knowles at the invitation of the Royal Government, under the erstwhile Department of Tourism to survey potential routes.

They trained the first batch of Bhutanese river-guides and conducted surveys
Since then, other rivers have been surveyed including the PunatsangChhu, Manas and AmoChhu
TCB guidelines ensure that all operators use well maintained professional equipment and a reasonable guide-client ratio

Here are some of the Rafting and Kayaking Routes

ParoChhu (Bondey – Isuna Bridge)
Location: Paro Valley, Western Bhutan
Length: Approximately 10 km (3 hours)
Difficulty: Class III-IV
Flow: About 500 cfs
Season: March – April
Craft: Kayaks recommended due to narrow and steep rapids

Upper Pho Chhu (Wangthangkha – Samdingkha)
Location: Punakha Valley, Western Bhutan
Length: Approximately 7 km (2 hours)
Difficulty: Class III-IV
Flow: 2000 -3000 cfs
Season: March – April, October – November
Craft: Kayaks and Rafts

Mo Chhu – Tashitang Devil’s Gorge Section (Tashithang- Below PunakhaDzong)
Location: Punakha Valley, Western Bhutan
Length: 12 km, 5 -7 hours with scouting
Difficulty: Class V
Flow: 1000 cfs
Season: February/December.

Craft: Kayaks only (too steep for rafts)
(Caution: higher than medium flows makes this run dangerous. High water runs not recommended for amateurs)

MangdeChhu – Upper Section (YundoCholing Palace- Langthel)
Location: Trongsa, Central Bhutan
Length: Approximately 5 km (2 hours with scouting)
Difficulty: Class IV
Flows: Approximately 3000 cfs
Season: March – April, November – December
Craft: Kayaks

For detail tour program contact us and also you can do this with the cultural tours. We don’t have rafts and kikes in all the places it has to come from Thimphu. So it has to be done in advance.You can see the program and choose the location and let us know.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the impressive Dzong (fortresses), former palaces and Buddhist monasteries!
  • Hike through the ridge top Goembas (monasteries) and meet the monks.
  • Hike through the terraced farmlands and villages, visit the farmhouses and meet the villagers.
  • Attend the local festivals and events.
  • Visit the vibrant markets and towns.
  • Visit the traditional arts and crafts workshop, meet the artisans, weavers and painters!
  • And much more…

What’s included

  • Receive and Transfer to Airport
  • Double/Twin in 3 Star Hotel
  • 3 Meals every day with Evening Tea
  • Toyota SUV for FIT & Toyota Bus for Group with Driver.
  • English Speaking Guide
  • All Sightseeing
  • Museum Fees
  • Bhutan Visa
  • All Permits
  • Bottled Mineral Water
  • Walks and Hikes

What’s is Not Include

  • Guide and Driver tip
  • International Airfare
  • Laundry Charges
  • Internet, International calls
  • Other Beverages
  • Donation when photographing
  • Travel Insurance
  • Baggage Handlers tip


You’ll follow an itinerary which has been researched and planned by our experts, saving you all the hassle of organizing the trip. The itineraries are designed to minimize the time spent travelling and maximize the variety of experiences. From small buses to riverboats as well as on foot.

Itinerary at a Glance:

  • DAY 1: Arrival in Paro, Bhutan.
  • DAY 2: Paro-Paro
  • DAY 3: Paro-Paro.
  • DAY 4: Paro-Punakha(4-5 hours Drive)
  • DAY 5: Punakha-Punakha.
  • DAY 6: Punakha-Bumthang.
  • DAY 7&8: Bumthang Valley sites
  • DAY 9: Bumthang-Thimphu.
  • DAY 10: Thimphu-Thimphu.
  • DAY 11: Thimphu-Paro.
  • DAY 12: Paro-Departure.

Detail Itinerary


Arrive at the Paro Airport-Drive To Thimphu
Distance Driving:1hour 20 minutes.On Arrive at the Paro airport aftwer finishing your couston and immigration you will be received by the representative of Bhutan Creative Tours outside the airport terminal and drive to paro town to explore the town after lunch or evening tea, drive to Thimphu.


Sightseeing in ThimphuWhole day sightseeing in Thimphu on your motorcycles.Visit the NationalFolk Heritage Museum, the ZorigChusum school of 13 traditional arts/crafts, the Textile Museum, theMemorial Chorten (stupa) and the SimtokhaDzong. Visit the colourful vegetable market . Enjoy a fantastic meal in some of the best restaurants with choice of Bhutanese, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Thai culinary. Ride up to the Buddha-point to see the largest statue of Buddha Doderma and continue to the Takin Reserve center to see the national animal of Bhutan.


Drive :3 hours ApproximatelyDrive to Punakha over the Dochula pass (3050m). Visit ChhimiLhakhang temple on the way, which involves a nice walk through a village surrounded by paddy fields. Continue to your campsite in Punakha, which is next to the Mo chhu river. Enjoy camping with bonfire in the evening.


Drive up 2 hours to Tashitang for RaftingFor those who dare, our kayakers will take on the Tashithang Devil’s gorge today, a Class V rapid. It’s a 12km stretch taking 5 -7 hours with scouting. Higher than medium flows makes this run dangerous. A high water run is not recommended.There is a short stretch of flat water about six kilometers down, the end of which marks the start of the Devil’s Gorge, a step up from the whitewater above. There is little access to the road, so paddlers attempting this section of river should be ready to commit to the whole thing. For those, not wanting to bite off such a big chunk of hard whitewater, we’ll do the Mo Chhu Upper run. Drive up 14km to the Mo Chhu Upper Run with several Class IV and V rapids. This is one of the most extreme sections of water rafted in the Punakha Valley – This run takes you through some really interesting class III & IV rapids and a beautiful gorge. We see lots of bird life and it is not uncommon to see a family of otters.


Wangdue RaftingDrive through the unpaved dirt road of 12 kms will take you to the valley of Samdenkha where you will start the second day rafting. This wonderful class III river is would be a good introduction to whitewater rafting with some fun intermediate rapids and spectacular scenery. You will pass by many village farmhouses and also see farmers in the field. After lunch drive to Wangdue to visit the wangdueDzong.


Drive:4-5 hours Approximately.Drive to Trongsa and visit the Tower of Trongsa museum and the TrongsaDzong. Explore the town in the evening.


Rafting & kyiking.Paddle the canyon of the MangdeChhuriver. It offers one of the finest stretches of whitewater and an absolutely raunchy river canyon. While the road follows the river for the entire run, the river quickly disappears into a sheer sided bedrock canyon, heavily overgrown with dense jungle. The canyon walls are dotted with wild honey combs we often come across wildlife like Golden Langurs, Macques, variety of birds, gorals and if you are lucky, even a leopard. Overnight in Jangbi Community-based tourism product campsite with a local cultural show. Be entertained by the community residents.


Trongsa-PhubjikhaHike back to the road and will proceed on to the Phobjikha Valley. After crossing the Pele La pass, we will make a left turn on another road that will lead us to the broad and beautiful valley of Phobjikha. This valley also serves as the winter home for the rare black-necked crane that migrates from the plateau of Tibet. If your visit is from end of October then we will have ample opportunity to witness the rare black necked crane feeding in the marshy meadow. Our car will drop us before arriving at the Gangtey Monastery


Drive to ParoVisit the oldest temple KyichuLhakhang.


ParoWhole day sightseeing in Paro including a hike up to the Tiger’s nest and the National Museum in the evening.


Depart from Paro airport.


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What is the best time to visit Bhutan?

In Bhutan every season has its own charm; as such the country has variety of doings to the tourist according to their interest. But the most visited months are usually March, April and May during which the country is at its best scenery as the spring just hits off and of course in the later months of the year like August, September, October and November. These are the peak seasons as the weather during these time of the years are pleasant and warm and not to forget the festival months. However, Bhutan Creative Tours is focusing to spread out visitation over the year because, come rain or shine, there is something for all parts of the year. The winters are cold, but we have winter treks and festivals in the southern parts of Bhutan,which has warm weather through out the year. A winter in Bhutan is characterized by clear blue skies, but you need your jackets with you.

Do I need a Visa for Bhutan? How can I obtain a Visa for Bhutan?

All visitors traveling to Bhutan are required to obtain a Visa prior to your arrival to Bhutan, except for Indian nationals holding a valid Indian passport. After your confirmation to visit Bhutan with us, you can just download and fill out the Visa Application form from our website and send it to us. We’ll have the visa confirmation letter processed within 7 working days and send it to you. The Visa Application System used by the national tourism office is designed by our CEO when he was working as the Chief Researcher for the Tourism Council of Bhutan. This makes it very easy for us to leverage visa processing even during the final minutes before your arrival to Bhutan.

What Documents will I require at the Airport when I come to Bhutan?

You will need your Passport which has 6 months validity for its expiry date, Druk Air e-ticket, whether you booked it through us or the Druk air’s website and your Visa confirmation letter which we will send you prior to your arrival in the country. And please to carry a copy of your tour itinerary as well.

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