Travel Best of Hikes in Bhutan

Travel Best of Hikes in Bhutan

  • Camping
  • CommunityBasedTourism
  • CrossBorder
  • CulturalSight-seeing
  • FarmHouseStay
  • Festival
  • Hiking
  • Meditation
  • Photography
  • Textile
  • Trekking
  • ValueAddedActivity
  • VillageLife
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Trip Code: T018
Trip Duration : 12 Days
Trek Duration:
Trip Type: Exclusive Tours
Difficulty Level:
Psychical Demand:
Destination(s): Bhutan
Highest Altitude:
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Highest Camp:
Max Group Size: 16
Best Season: April to June & Mid September to Mid Nov
Trip Start: Paro
Trip End:Samdrupjongkhar/Paro
Avg. user rating:
Trip Route: Paro > Thimphu > Punakha > Gantey > Trongsa > Bumthang
Activities: Hiking, Visit Farm House, Monastery, Museums, Weekend market, Stroll around the City etc

Overview


On your hiking trip to Asia this program Travel Best of hikes in Bhutan or Bhutan hiking tour or Bhutan hiking trip is tailored for our clients who are adventurous and likes trekking in Himalayas but hates the idea of having to camp overnight with various Best of hikes in Bhutan. The hikes that we have for you will take you through the wilderness to the isolated temples and monasteries, remote and peaceful villages, and to high passes along the forsaken ancient trade route with breathtaking mountain sceneries that are accessible only on foot. Bhutan Creative Tours has exclusive access to some of your longer hikes where you are not likely to come across any other explorers. We offer Eco-tourists and wildlife admirers the wonderful opportunity to explore nature in its pristine state. No doubt! This is an ultimate choice to see Bhutan at its best.

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

Intinerary


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

1

Arrival in Paro, Bhutan.
Walking – easy to moderate, 1-3 hours.The flight to Paro is most spectacular in the entire Himalayas. Flight along the Himalayan range over the foothills offers fascinating views and an exciting descent into the Kingdom. As you disembark from the aircraft you will be greeted by the cool, clean and fresh mountain air of Bhutan. After immigration formalities and baggage collection, you will be received by our representative, and will drive you to the hotel.Linch will be served in the hotel or resturent in the town.This afternoon we will visit the National Museum, housed in the round multi-storied Ta Dzong, built in 1775. The Ta Dzong was once the watch tower for the massive Paro Dzong, built in the 17th century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The museum’s collection includes ancient artifacts, weapons, a collection of antique thangkha (painted or embroidered religious pictures), textiles, and stamps. We walk from the museum to the Paro Dzong, the religious and secular center of Paro, and certainly the most dominant feature in the valley. The dzong was first conceived in the 15th-century, and finally consecrated in 1646.

Hotel in Paro.

2

Paro-Paro.
Taktsang (Tigers Nest) Monastery
Hiking – moderate, 4-5 hours on hiking trails; approximate elevation gain of 1,650 feet.This morning we enjoy a hike to the famous cliffside-hermitage called Taktsang, the “Tiger’s Nest.” This monastic retreat is built into a sheer cliff face high above the Paro valley. Legend has it that the Tibetan Buddhist Saint Padmasambhava flew across the Himalayas on the back of a tiger and landed here, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan. Entry into the monastery is now permitted, and we may be allowed to visit this sacred site. We enjoy a trailside lunch and the views of the valley below before descending to the valley floor.Refreshing ourselves after our hike, we visit a local farmhouse and relax our muscles while enjoying a traditional hot stone bath therapy. Mineral-laden stones are fired and then immersed in a tub of water. As it cools down another heated stone is added to maintain a comfortable temperature. This is an incredibly relaxing Bhutanese therapy, and a fit ending to our day of activity. We are served a traditional Bhutanese meal prepared by a local family at their farmhouse.

Hotel in Paro.

3

Paro-Paro.
Cheli La Pass to Kila Gompa
Hiking – moderate, 2-3 hours on hiking trails and dirt roads; approximate elevation loss of 1,300 feet.Today after the breakfast we will drive for about approximately 2 hours through the pine forest and later towards the end og the drive you will experience the change in the vegetation and see fir,juniper,rododendon and you will be above the tree line gaining abot 1500mts from the valley .This will be the higest on the entire trip.we emerge from the blue pine and rhododendron forest into windswept highlands favored by yaks and dotted with azaleas, edelweiss and perhaps even the famous blue poppy at certain times of the year. We enjoy tantalizing glimpses of some of Bhutan’s highest peaks along the route if the weather is clear. Upon reaching the summit of the pass, western Bhutan is laid before us, with the unspoiled Haa valley and the mountains of Sikkim to the west, Mt. Chomolhari and Tibet to the north, and the patchwork fields of the Paro Valley to the east.Leaving the prayer-flag-swathed col and our vehicle behind, we strike off along the ridge, passing through meadows, before re-entering forests of larch, spruce, hemlock, fir and rhododendron. After a little under two hours we see the Kila Gompa, seemingly suspended in rock crags. Home to approximately 30 nuns, this place has served as a retreat for mediation since the 9th century. Kila means “spiritual dagger,” and is known to tame the negative emotions of anger, ignorance and greed.

Following a picnic lunch and our visit to the temple, we walk downhill on a dirt road that winds its way through conifers and rhododendrons and provides us with occasional glimpses of Cheli La, where we came from. After about 45 minutes, we arrive at our private vehicle that awaits us for our return to Paro. Along the way, if time allows, we break our journey with a short walking detour to Dzongdrakha Gompa and its fine stupa. This rocky aerie is the site of the annual and more intimate local Paro dromoche, the precursor to the grander Paro Tsechu or festival. Here we may have the opportunity to see the Grey Langur monkey, and we are afforded excellent views over the sweeping Paro Valley.

The late afternoon we have time to relax or explore the Paro market before our dinner at local restaurant.

Hotel in Paro.

4

Paro-Punakha(4-5 hours Drive)
Walking – easy, 1-2 hours on local paths.This morning, after an early breakfast, we say goodbye to Paro and transfer to Punakha, our home for the next two nights. The road to Punakha crosses the Dochula Pass (10,230 ft), offering a great view of the eastern Himalayan mountains. From the pass our road descends through magnificent pine and rhododendron forests and wanders through some of the most picturesque countryside in Bhutan.On our road to Punakha we stop in a small village where a short walk brings us to Chime Lhakang, a temple dedicated to the Lama Drukpa Kunley. Drukpa Kunley is one of Bhutan’s favorite saints, and is more commonly known as the Divine Madman. He traveled throughout Bhutan and Tibet using songs, humor and outrageous behavior to dramatize his teachings, believing that the stiffness of the clergy and social conventions were keeping people from learning the true Buddhist teachings. This site is still believed to hold fertility powers for women wanting to conceive.

Hotel in punakha.

5

Punakha-Punakha.Today we drive through the Punakha Valley; Hiking – easy to moderate, 3-4 hours on dirt roads and trails. we begin our walk by first ascending a series of switchbacks to the Namgyel Khamsum Yuely Temple. From the viewpoint at this modern temple we are afforded grand views of the Mo Chu River Valley below. We descend from the temple and follow a well-worn path down the valley through rice fields and small villages. Along the way we are rewarded with stunning views, the terraced rice paddies providing an exotic backdrop to the river below. After enjoying a picnic lunch alongside the river, we continue our walk to the Punakha Dzong. Constructed in 1637, the Punakha Dzong was the second of Bhutan’s dzongs and for many years it served as the seat of the government. Today it is the home to Bhutan’s spiritual leader, the chief abbot Je Khempo, who resides here with 1,000 monks during the winter months due to Punakha’s relatively low altitude by Himalayan standards (4,000 feet). From this spectacular dzong we can look back to see the Namgyel Khamsum Yuely Temple perched on the hillside far in the distance.A 20 minute short walk from the dzong takes us to our vans, waiting to transfer us back to our hotel for the evening.

Hotel in punakha.

6

Punakha-Bumthang.Today the drive to bumthang will be approximately 7-8 hours. The road to bumthang is an incredible feat of engineering which follows Himalayan ridges and valleys towards the cultural heartland of Bhutan. A winding and twisting route via the Pele La brings us to Trongsa, the ancestral home of Bhutan’s current royal dynasty, the Wangchuks. We visit the sprawling Trongsa Dzong, perhaps the most impressive Dzong in the kingdom. It is one of the most aesthetic and magnificent works of traditional Bhutanese architecture. Given its strategic location high above the Mande Chhu, it is often described as being perched so high on a mountain that clouds float below it.Lunch will be served in Trongsa and After lunch visit to the dzong, we continue along the road to the Bumthang Dzongkag (district) and the town of Jakar, our base for the coming days. Along the way we visit yathra weavingcentre where hand-spun, hand-woven wool strips with patterns specific to the Bumthang region are created. These strips were once used as shawls and raincoats to protect against the winter cold of Bumthang, but today they are more often fashioned into short jackets that women wear. The Bumthang region encompasses four major valleys: Choskhor, Tang, Ura and Chhume. The dzongs and the most important temples are in the large Choskhor valley, commonly referred to as the Bumthang Valley. Different from most other valleys in Bhutan, Bumthang is spacious and open and ideal for walkers and hikers. There are numerous Buddhist monasteries and pilgrimage sites to explore, making it the cultural and historic center of Bhutan. It would be difficult to find as many important temples and monasteries in such a small area anywhere else in Bhutan, and almost every little valley or hill has a background of interesting myths and legends about kings, Buddhist masters, and serpents.

Hotel in Bumthang.

7-8

Bumthang Valley sites
Easy walking.While in Bumthang we visit many of the valley’s significant sites. We visit Jampa Lhakhang, where according to legend it was one of 108 temples built in a day by Tibetan King Songsten Gampo to pin down an evil ogress (Jampa holds down the left knee.) In keeping with Bhutan’s significant historical figures, we also visit the Kurjey Lakhang where Guru Rimpoche came in the 8th century to settle issues with feuding local rulers. With a flash of his magic, the guru resolved the conflict and converted everyone to Buddhism, leaving his body imprint on a rock for which Kurjey Lhakhang is named. The Kurjey Lhakhang temple complex is made up of three buildings and the body imprint of the guru can be seen in the first and oldest of the temples which was built in 1652.In the evenings we sample local specialties such as buckwheat noodles and pancakes, local Swiss cheese, fresh apple juice, and a delicious local wheat beer; and take part in local song and dance.

Hotel in Bumthang.

9

Bumthang-Thimphu.Today we retrace our route to the capital city of Thimpu and home to Bhutan’s royal family, the Wangchuks. Before becoming Bhutan’s official national capitol in 1961, Thimphu was simply a rural farming valley. Small and secluded, Thimphu is unlike any other world capital. The city is quiet and there are still only a few streets, no traffic lights, and none of the traffic problems common to other Asian capitols.Dinner this evening will be Asian-Bhutanese cuisine at one of the finer restaurants in Thimphu.

Hotel in Bumthang.

10

Thimphu-Thimphu.
Walking– easy, 2-4 hours.Thimphu is a city ideally explored on foot, and our walk today takes us to many interesting sights. Before the day is through, we may visit the newly built National Textile Museum, the Thimphu Dzong (seat of the government and main monk body), the School of Traditional Arts and Crafts, the Heritage Museum, and the Handicrafts Emporium, displaying the rich traditional crafts of the kingdom.This afternoon you are free to spend as you like. There is time for walking, relaxing, or searching for the perfect traditional weaving in a Thimphu handicraft shop. Beautiful weavings in wool, silk and cotton, basketwork, silver jewelry, thangkas, and other traditional crafts of the Kingdom are available in various shops.

Early this evening we enjoy a talk about shamanism in Bhutan by Sangay Wangchuk, a published author and veteran Boundless Journeys guide from Punakha, who wrote “Seeing with the Third Eye: Growing up with Angay in rural Bhutan.” We conclude our day with a dinner at another favorite restaurant in Thimpu.

11

Thimphu-Paro
Hiking – easy to moderate, 3-4 hours on dirt roads and trails.This morning a short drive through the countryside surrounding Thimphu brings us to the Jigme Dorji Wildlife Sanctuary, the largest protected area in the country. The park is home to several endangered species including the takin, snow leopard, blue sheep, tiger, red panda, and the Himalayan black bear. More than 300 species of birds have been cataloged within the park.Our walk begins from the small village of Dodena. Our trail starts by crossing a covered bridge over the Wang Chhu and we climb steadily to Cheri Goemba, a small monastery perched on the hill with a view over the Thimphu Valley. Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal built this monastery in 1620, and this is where the first community of monks in Bhutan was established. The monastery is consider very sacred as it contains the ashes of Tempi Nima, the father of the first Shabdrung of Bhutan, and beautiful frescoes of Buddhist saints.

After our visit to the monastery, we descend back the way we came, keeping our eyes open for the goral (wild goat) that are often spotted on the cliffs nearby. Back at the village of Dodena we follow a riverside trail via Begana to Cabesa, home to the Choki School of Arts. The Choki School is private and provides free skills-related education in the traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan to Bhutanese children who are unable to attend or complete their formal education. After visiting the school we continue along the riverside trail and pass through small rural villages before returning to Thimphu.

Tonight we share one last dinner together as we celebrate our journey through this magical kingdom and the kind welcome that we have received from the generous people of Bhutan.

Evening Drive to paro for about 1hour 20 minute.

Hotel in Paro.

12

Paro-Departure.
Transfer to Paro international Airport for departureAfter an early morning transfer to Paro, our flight returns us to Bangkok where we say farewell and journey home, or continue on to other exciting destinations.*The tour program might change to as per your request on your arrival.

*A note about driving times: these are estimated times based on actual driving. The total transfer time is longer when taking into account rest stops.

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FAQ

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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