Bhutan Tour

Luxury Tour
to Bhutan

Duration
7 Days
Group Size
2 - 8 people
Difficulty
Easy

The Kingdom of Bhutan sits in the Eastern Himalaya, bordered by Tibet and India. The country’s landscape ranges from lush sub-tropical plains to the sub-alpine Himalaya mountains in the north, with peaks over 7,000m.

Tour code: GE021

This tour will take you to Bhutan’s most iconic sites, such as Tiger’s Nest, Trashi Chhoe Dzong

ITINERARY IN OUTLINE

  • Day 01: Arrive in Paro (2,250m) and drive to Thimphu (2,350m). Transfer to hotel. Afternoon visit must-see museums and cultural centres.
  • Day 02: Hike to Cheri Goemba and Pangri Zampa. Explore the city and visit Trashi Chhoe Dzong.
  • Day 03: Drive to Punakha (1,250m) via the Dochu La pass and Chimi Lhakhang monastery. 2.5 hours.
  • Day 04: Hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten and other activities in Punakha.
  • Day 05: Drive to Paro (2,250m) in the morning – 4 hours. Enjoy an afternoon and evening strolling in the open fields and villages and learning about Bhutan’s culture.
  • Day 06: Hike to the Tiger’s Nest (2,950m) – 4 hours. Or take a mule if so desired. In the afternoon explore Buddhist temples or visit Paro town.
  • Day 07: Depart from Bhutan.

The Kingdom of Bhutan sits in the Eastern Himalaya, bordered by Tibet and India. The country’s landscape ranges from lush sub-tropical plains to the sub-alpine Himalaya mountains in the north, with peaks over 7,000m. Wildlife is abundant and includes elephant, tiger, red panda, Himalaya black bear, black necked crane, sloth bear, leopard and gray wolf. Thimphu, the capital of the country, sits at an altitude of 2,350m but visitors arrive via the airport at Paro (2,250m), a 1.5 hours drive away.

This tour will take you to Bhutan’s most iconic sites, such as Tiger’s Nest – a monastery built on a sheer cliff of 2,950m and Trashi Chhoe Dzong, seat of Bhutan’s government. We will also visit culturally interesting places such as the Folk Heritage Museum, Textile Museum and craft bazaar and other market places. For your relaxation you can also take advantage of spa facilities, archery, and hot stone baths.

Tour Map

Tour Overview

Tour Duration
7 Days
Max. Elevation
2950m
(Tiger’s Nest)
Group Size
2 - 8 people
Difficulty
Moderate
Start / End

Paro

Itinerary

Day 01: ARRIVE IN PARO (2,250M) DRIVE TO THIMPU 1.5 HRS

Enjoy one of the world’s most spectacular descents as your early morning flight arrives in Paro over the breathtaking Himalaya mountains. On arrival, you will be met by your guide who will accompany you on your 1.5 hour drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. There is time to freshen up before exploring the surrounding area. This includes a visit to the Institute of Traditional Medicines, School of Arts and Crafts, Folk Heritage Museum and Simply Bhutan Museum, National Library, Textile Museum, Weaving Centre, Buddha point and the National Memorial Chorten. Alternatively, enjoy a easy hike through the Wangditse Leisure Forest Trail. Tonight take the opportunity of relaxing in the hotel’s spa.

Overnight : Hotel Aman Kora Thimphu

Day 02: EXPLORE THIMPHU AND SURROUNDS

After breakfast take a short morning hike to Cheri Coemba monastery and the 16th century Pangri Zampa, a monastic training school for astrologers. Explore the capital’s cottage industries such as traditional paper making and hand rolled incense, shop among the many Himalayan artefacts. or make your very own stamp at the post office. If your visit falls over a weekend, you can visit the craft bazaar and vegetable market. After lunch visit the Trashi Chhoe Dzong, which is the seat of Bhutan’s government. Stroll past the Takin Animal Sanctuary at sunset where you will see beautiful views over the Thimphu valley.

Overnight : Hotel Aman Kora Thimphu

Hotel Aman Kora Thimpu, Thimpu

DAY 3: DRIVE TO PUNAKHA (1,250M) 2.5 HRS

Depart Thimphu in the early morning and drive over the Dochu La pass with beautiful views of the Himalaya peaks. Pass one of Bhutan’s first fortress monasteries, the 17th century Simtokha Dzong, and ancient wall paintings at the Hongtsho Goemba monastery. Set in a fertile valley at the junction of the Mo Chhu (Female River) and the Pho Chhu (Male River), exotic fruit and rice is cultivated here. Visit Chimi Lhakhang, or fertility monastery. Built in 1499 many childless couples come here to pray for children to the saint with the ‘magical thunderbolt of wisdom’.

Overnight : Hotel Aman Kora Punakha

DAY 4: HIKE TO KHAMSUM YUELLEY NAMGYAL CHORTEN

After breakfast hike up to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, built by the Queen Mother and consecrated in 1999. Then visit the impressive Punakha Dzong, which houses the remains of Bhutan’s first ruler. This is the winter residence of the monastic order’s leader and his monks. In the afternoon, try your hand at archery, the national pastime of Bhutan.

Overnight : Hotel Aman Kora Punakha

DAY 5: DRIVE TO PARO (2,250M) 4 HRS EXPLORE RURAL BHUTAN

On the drive to Paro enjoy a picnic along the impressive Wang Chhu and Paro Chhu valleys. In the afternoon enjoy a short stroll through open fields and village houses. In the ruins of the big prayer wheel at Drukgyel Dzong enjoy the rural sights and sounds. In the evening there is the opportunity to learn attend a lecture on Gross National Happiness, enjoy cultural performances, try your hand at prayer flag printing or enjoy a movie about the Himalaya mountains

Overnight : Hotel Aman Kora Paro

DAY 6: HIKE UP TO THE TIGER’S NEST (2,950M) 4 HRS

The Taktsang Goemba is more commonly know as the Tiger’s Nest. Built on a sheer cliff face, it offers spectacular views of the valley floor below. Mules and donkeys are available (please request ahead of time) for those who would like to ride up the steep path. Lunch will be taken in a local farmhouse, after which drive to the outskirts of Paro where there are the 7th century twin temples of Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the first Buddhist temples built in the country. Light butter lamps and learn about ancient Buddhist traditions still practised today. The alternative is to take an excursion into Paro town to visit the National Museum, which houses an intriguing collection of artefacts showing the rich culture and heritage of Bhutan. A short walk downhill, visit the Paro Dzong, a fine example of Bhutanese architecture.

Overnight : Hotel Aman Kora Paro

DAY 7: DEPARTURE TO NEPAL

This morning our local guide will take you to the airport for your return flight to Kathmandu.

Mode of Payment

To confirm your trip we request an advance payment of the quoted amount. This amount will depend on the time between booking and departure for Bhutan. Payment can be made by credit card when filling up our GE Booking Form.

If you pay by cheque/ bank draft please make it payable to:
Gurkha Encounters Pvt. Ltd.
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Baluwatar, Kathmandu 44600, Nepal
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Note: Payment through Master/Visa card has an additional bank service charge of 4%. Payment through American Express has an additional bank service charge of 5.5%.

Complimentary Services

The following services are provided complimentary to our clients:
  • Complimentary tourist registration in the respective consulate office or embassy.
  • Complimentary international flight ticket re-confirmation.
  • Complimentary Gurkha Encounters T-Shirt (subject to availability).
  • Complimentary welcome dinner in one of the finest Nepali restaurants in Kathmandu, including a culture show presented by different ethnic groups.
  • Complimentary use of freshly laundered sleeping bags and down jackets.

Services Include

  • Luxury suite accommodation in Aman Kora Resorts.
  • All meal taken in the resorts or on picnic, house beverages including select wines and spirits and laundry service.
  • Depending on group size, ground transportation will be by either a SUV Santafeem or KIA Sorento, or Toyota Hi-roof Hiace.
  • Kathmandu - Paro - Kathmandu flight ticket.
  • All the required entry fees and permit fees during your stay in Bhutan.
  • Visa Fees.
  • Service charges, government taxes and all the other similar charges.

Services Exclude

  • Extra charges borne by any natural calamities or political strikes.
  • Personal travel insurance fees.
  • Personal medical fees.
  • Tips for the guide and driver.

Terms & Conditions

A non-refundable deposit is required when booking. The non-refundable deposits are:
  • 15% deposit equivalent to the total programme cost is required within 7 days of booking with an additional:
    • 50% deposit due if booking is made more than 7 months prior to date of arrival in Bhutan.
    • 60% deposit due if booking is made less than 7 months prior to date of arrival in Bhutan.
    • Balance of the total cost is payable 100 days before arrival in Bhutan.
    • For those booking within 100 days of arrival in Bhutan, 100% of the total cost of the programme is required on booking.
  • No booking is confirmed until the above, non-fundable, amounts are paid.
  • Should the booking be cancelled within 100 days of arrival in Bhutan, 100% of the programme cost is considered non-refundable.
  • Should you wish to make alterations to the itinerary, every effort will be made to accommodate this request, but we cannot guarantee it will be possible.
  • Requests for alterations should be made in writing.
  • Cancellations should be made in writing.
  • If the reservation is cancelled in part, the remaining nights will be subject to availability after accommodating any requests on the waiting list.
  • The Company is not liable for cancellation or rescheduling due to natural, political or bureaucratic circumstances.
  • The Company is not responsible for delays caused by local weather conditions resulting in local or international flights being missed.
  • We highly recommend that guests purchase travel insurance from a recognized agent or insurance provider to cover any cancellation eventualities including cancellations based on medical grounds, professional commitments and/or travel interruptions.

Cancellation Charge Incurred

If you cancel your trip for any reason the following scale of cancellation fees will apply:
  • More than 100 days before arrival in Bhutan : 60%
  • Within 100 days of arrival in Bhutan : 100%

Things to Bring

Miscellaneous Items

  • Photo equipment with plenty of films and spare batteries
  • Reading/writing materials
  • Safety pins, sewing kits, zip lock bags for small items
  • You may wish to bring postcards of your hometown and/or photos of home and family to share with locals you meet along the route. Please do not give money or sweets to children.

Toiletry Items

  • Please bring with you a towel, pre-moistened novelettes, wash cloth, lip balm, and any additional personal items. Please ensure you bring enough personal medicines and extras in case of flight delays.

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What Our Client Says

Very nice staff, porters and Guide, who gave explanations about everything and got out their way to help, they were also very knowledgeable of the terrain and the history of places we visited.

Onatibin, Tantanatia

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