Day 1: After you arrive in Paro international airport, you will be received by our representative.
The flight into Paro on Druk Air/Bhutan airlines (only international flight) is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of Bhutan. If the weather is clear you can see magnificent views of the peaks, give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land on arrival at Paro international airport.
Check in Hotel with welcoming tea or coffee. After lunch we will drive towards the ruins of DrugyelDzong, the dzong was built in 1649 under the behest of ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyal to commemorate victory of an invasion from Tibet. In early 1950s, the dzong was almost completely destroyed by fire. It is listed as a tentative site in Bhutan’s Tentative List for UNESCO inclusion. On the way to DrugyelDzong we will stop for a while at the view point where you can see the Tigers Nest which you will be hiking on your last day of the tour. Today’s short drive is mainly to let you all acclimatize to the altitude. If time permits take a leisurely walk around Paro town.
Day 2: Paro – Paro (Day Hike to Tiger Nest)
After breakfast we will drive to the base of Taktsang (Tigers Nest) and start the hike to the magical temple known as Taktsang (the “Tiger’s Nest). This hike is mainly kept on the second day in order to acclimatize. Taktsang is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites in the Himalayan World. The temple itself is perched on a granite cliff that drops 2,000 feet to the valley floor. The name is derived from a legend that Guru Rinpoche flew across the mountains to this spot on the back of a tigress,
Reaching a cave in which he meditated for three months, converting the people of Paro Valley to Buddhism during his stay. The path takes us through a forest of oak and rhododendron and we arrive at a small chorten surrounded by prayer flags. With a little more effort, we will reach a tea-house and a spectacular view of Taktsang. That will be our lunch stop. Those who choose can hike further, to an overlook that is almost at eye level with the temple.
Day 3: Paro to Thimphu (60 Km)
Today after breakfast, we will drive towards Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan. On the way we will stop at TamchogLhakhang to see one of the oldest Iron Chain Bridge from 15th century. Later once we reach Thimphu we will check in to the hotel first. Then after taking a rest for a while, we will take a ride towards the big Buddha Statue. The biking trail (3.5 Km) starts from Kuenselphodrang (Buddha Statue) and ends at debsi. Once we reach at the end point of the trail, we will be riding back to the capital.
Day 4: Thimphu to Punakha(75 Km) (cycling)
Today will be a major hill challenge to the famous pass at Dochula,(45 Km from Thimphu), known for its spiritual energy and 108 Chortens that are atop the pass. On a clear day you will see Eastern Himalayan Mountain Ranges. After lunch descend down the pass through pristine forest.
Later in the evening we will visit PunakhaDzong: Dzong located in between two rivers, mo Chu (Female River) from its left and pho Chu (Male River) from its right, it was built in 1637 by ZhabdrungNgawangNamgyel in commanding position at the confluence. The Dzong was called DrukPungthangDecchenPhodrang (the palace of Great Happiness) in olden days and arguably the country’s most attractive Dzong
Overnight at Punakha
Day 5: Punakha – Punakha
After breakfast drive through Punakha Valley. For further exploration of this scenic valley, the destination for this morning, hike up through the farm land to KhamsumYuelayNamgyelChorten,a shrine built by royal family a startlingly ornate and elaborate structure with images of VajraKila and superb view of Punakha Valley. The hike will take around 2 hours.
Then while coming back we will stop at the suspension bridge where the white river rafting starts. Mo Chu river with 20 Km course comprising around 15 rapids with 2 – 2+ rapids.
Drifting past imposing 17th century PunakhaDzong, watching world’s rarest bird, the white belled Heron in its natural habitat and Kingfishers frolicking on riverbank – all these topped off with spectacular sight of serene lush green alpine valleys, are the most amazing experience you would love to treasure and we will be stopping at the old WangdiphodrangDzong.
Overnight at Punakha
Day 6: Punakha – Thimphu
Today we will be driving back to Thimphu. There will be no programs related to adventure today. Today we will be spending our time by visiting temples and other cultural sightseeing.
On the way we will be stopping at Dochula Pass and we will be spending some time. Later we will check into the hotel and then we will start our program. We will be visiting The National Institute of ZorigChusum: is the center for Bhutanese Art education. It was set up by the Government of Bhutan with the sole objective of preserving the rich culture and tradition of Bhutan and training students in all the traditional arts forms. The curricula cover a comprehensive course of drawing, painting, wood and slate craving, embroidery, sculptures, weaving and paper making. Then we will be visiting Folk Heritage Museum: it is a restored three-story traditional rammed mud and timber that resembles the rural household in the Thimphu area during the mid-19th century, domestic tools equipment that were used by rural families of that period and also provides you a glimpse of lifestyle, items and artifacts of Bhutanese villages and rural households.
Later we will Visit National memorial Chorten which was built in 1974 in the memory of our Third king H.M Jigme DojiWangchuk , who had wished to erect a monument to world peace and prosperity, died before his plan came to fruition. However the Royal family and Cabinet resolved to fulfill his wishes. Later in the evening we will be visiting TashichhoeDzong the “Fortress of Auspicious Religion” where today like most of the other fortresses in Bhutan serves as the Administrative and Religious Center. Evening at leisure in Thimphu town.
Tomorrow we will be going for a trekking which starts from Thimphu and ends in Paro. It will take 6 days to complete. You can leave your luggage with Colorful Bhutan Travels and they will transfer your language to Paro. Make sure you carry your own Sleeping bag and other necessary trekking equipment. Your Trekking Guide will brief you in the evening at the hotel.
Overnight at Thimphu
Trekking over view
Druk Path Trek is one of the finest short treks in Bhutan. Leading through an ancient trading route, over high mountain passes, it connects the valleys of Paro and Thimpu. Trail passes through alpine yak pastures, spectacular rhododendron forests and beautiful lakes stocked with snowy mountain trouts.
Camp at Phajoding
Day 7: After Breakfast you will be driving towards the radio station from there the trekking will start.
BBS tower to Phajoding:
Distance 4-5 km, 4 to 5 hours, 1,130 m ascent, camp altitude 3,750 m. After reaching the tower you will be walking uphill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. Once you reach the Phojoding Monastery, the trekking staff will be ready with your tents pitched and waiting for you with tea and some snacks. You can go and visit few monastery and interact with monks and teacher.
Day 8: Phajoding – SimkotraTsho (lake)
Distance 10 km, 6-7 hours, 680 m ascent, 130 m descent, and camp altitude 4,110 m. The day begins with a gradual climb. If the weather permits, you will have a spectacular view of Mount GangkarPuensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and several other Himalayan peaks. The campsite is close to SimkotraTsho Lake.
Camp at SimkotraTsho
Day 9: SIMKOTRA TSHO – JIMGELANG TSHO
Distance 11 km, 4-5 hours, 400 m ascent, 820 m descent, camp altitude 3,870 m.
The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and past Janetso Lake. You may come across some yak herder camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. This lake is known for its giant sized trout. The campsite is close to the JimgelangTsho Lake
Day 10: JIMGELANG TSHO – JANGCHULAKHA
Distance 11 km, 5-6 hours, 330 m descent, 230 m ascent, and camp altitude 3,770 m.
The trail follows a ridge and on a clear day the view of the mountains and valley are simply stunning. You may see herders and their yaks around your campsite.
Camp at Jangchulakha
Day 11: JANGCHULAKHA – JILI DZONG
Distance 10 km, 2-3 hours, 50 m ascent, 310 m descent, camp altitude 3,480 m
You begin with a steep climb for roughly an hour and a half, then the slope evens a bit and the ascent is more gradual. The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron tress and thick alpine forests.
Camp at JiliDzong
Day 12: JILI DZONG – PARO
Distance 7 km, 2-3 hours, 1,090 m descent, today we will be descending all the way to Ta Dzong (National Museum) in Paro. Our car will be waiting for us. Then we will directly drive towards our hotel where you can take shower and rest for some time. Later we will drive towards the town for shopping.
We will try Hot Stone Bath at Paro before the Cultural Show Program
Later in the evening we will arrange a Cultural Show. You will be witnessing our traditional folk dances and also mask dances which are usually performed during the famous festival called Tshechu here in Bhutan. Colorful Bhutan Travels arranges cultural show for their clients to take back home not only the memories of natural beauty of the kingdom of Bhutan but also some memories of our unique culture (songs and Dances) and traditions which you may cherish throughout your life.
Day 13: Paro
After breakfast, depart from Paro Airport. Your guide will be there to see you off on behalf of the company.
- All meals – American plan include
- English-speaking guide for the threkking and cultural tour
- All entrance fees in places of interest
- Internal land transportation
- Rafting charges, cycles, hot stone bath, cultural program
- Accommodation – minimum of 3* hotels or resorts
- Camping equipment
- All Government taxes
- Travel Insurance
- Laundry services
- Telephone and shopping services
- Tipping service providers
- Air fare
Tour cancellation & refund policy (please contact)