Bhutan Adventure (Trek and cultural tour)

Bhutan Adventure (Trek and cultural tour)

Day to Itinerary

Day 01: Kathmandu-Paro You will experience breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan peaks like the sacred Mt. Jhumolhari & Jichu Drake in Bhutan. Up On arrival meet with guide and drive to Hotel.
Overnight at hotel Tenzinling Resort. (L/D)

Day 02: Excursion to Taktsang Monastery. Morning, hike to the famous Taktsang the Tiger's Nest. This magical monastery clings to vertical granite cliff 3000 m. above the valley floor. Legend says that Guru Padmasambhava flew here on the back of a Tigress hence the name to meditate. The tigress was actually his favorite consort, Yeshey Tsogyal, whom he transformed into a flying tigress for the purpose of his journey.
Afternoon, visit the 7th century Kiychu monastery, the National Museum and Paro Dzong. Overnight at Hotel Tenzinling Resort. (B/L/D)

Day 03: Paro-Jeledzong (Trek Begins) Distance is 6-7 km. - Altitude 8500 ft. The trek trail is rather gradual till the weather is clear the Paro Valley can be seen with the snow-capped mountains. O/n camp. (B/L/D)

Day 04: Jeledzong - Jangchulakha Distance - 10 km. Altitude - 9500 ft. The trek begins an hour & a half climb andascends gradually up. The trail takes you through a thick alpine forest andrhododendrons trees. You may see Yaks around the campsite. O/n camp. (B/L/D)

Day 05: Jangchulakha - Jimilangtso Distance - 11 km. Altitude - 11000 ft. The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the views of the mountains and the valley are beautiful. The camp is close to the Lake of Jimilangtso. These lakes are known for their giant sized trout. O/n camp. (B/L/D)

Day 06: Jimilangtso - Simkota Distance - 11 km. Alt. - 11500 ft. The trail takes you through dwarf Rhododendron trees and then pass by the lake of Janetso. Today you may come across some Yak Herders camp and you can really have a look as how these people live. Camp is close to Simkota Lake filled with trout. (B/L/D)

Day 07: Simkota – Phajoding Distance - 10 km. Alt. - 9500 ft. Today you begin with a gradual climb and if the weather permits you will have a beautiful views of Mt. Gangkar Punsum the highest in Bhutan and also other Himalayan Mountains. The slow descends will reach you at Phajoding cafeteria. O/n at camp. (B/L/D)

Day 08: Phajoding - Thimpu Distance - 7-8 km. Alt. - 8050 ft. The trek to Thimphu is all the way down through aforested area of mostly Blue Pine. Taking leisurely you will reach in about 3 hours. Overnight at Hotel Khang Residency. (B/L/D)

Day 09: Thimpu Morning, visit the School of Traditional Arts & Crafts (National Institute of Zorig Chusum) where you can see students undergo training in Bhutan’s 13 traditional arts & crafts followed by a visit to the Takin Preserve to see the rarenational animal of Bhutan. A further drive towards the BBS Tower site will provide a bird’s eye view of the capital city. In the afternoon, you can take a mountain bike ride towards Tango and Cherry meditation centers for more nature and cultural sightseeing. Overnight at Khang Residency. (B/L/D)

Day 10: Thimpu - Gangtey/Phobjikha After breakfast hotel, drive leisurely towards Gangtey and Phobjikha valley. Phobjikha valley has been declared as the first eco-tourism destination of Bhutan by the Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RSPN). The valley falls under the Black Mountain Natural Park. Phobjikha valley is the winter home to rare and endangered black necked cranes (grus nigricllis) which migrate in large folks to Bhutan from Tibet & Sikang, Yunnan and Tonkin in easternChina by late November. For centuries the cranes have captured the human imagination with their intelligence, poise, sociality, beauty and freedom, which have given rise to several myths, legends, folktales and songs. In 2008 there were about 250 cranes and the numbers vary each year. By mid February, the cranes fly back across the Himalayas to their summer homes in Tibet andChina. Besides cranes, there are lot's of other wild animals in the surrounding valleys like wild boar, barking deer, Himalayan black bear, red fox, leopard and many more. Visit the Nature Education center and talk to the experts there. Visit the cranes roosting area. Visit the carpet factory and the Sacred Gangtey Monastery which dominates the valley. Overnight Gangtey at Hotel Dewachen (B/L/D)

Day 11: Gangtey-Trongsa The journey to the Central Bhutan begins today. The drive to Trongsa takes approximately 3 - 4 hrs.. It takes you across across Pelela Pass (3300 m.). The famous Chendiji Chorten is situated at the base of the hills. You can see the realy Bhutanese settlements along these routes. Overnight Trongsa at Yangkhil Resort. (B/L/D)

Day 12: Trongsa-Bumthang Morning, visit Trongsa Dzong and the Fort Museum (Ta Dzong). Afternoon, transfer to Bumthang. Drive to Bumthang takes 2-3 hrs. Tales of great Guru Padmasambhava dominates this holy valley. From the view point you can see the Jakar Dzong "The Castle of White Bird". Check in at Hotel Gongkhar and have lunch. After lunch, time at leisure. Overnight Bumthange at Guest house. (B/L/D)

Day 13: Bumthang Full day sightseeing in and around this holy valley. This is one of the great places in Bhutan to look around by riding a Mountain Bike. Overnight Bumthang at Guest house (B/L/D)

Day 14: Bumthang– Punakha/Gangdi Start your journey back towards Western Bhutan with sightseeing stops en-route. Overnight at Punakaha at Hotel Punantschhu cottage

Day 15: Punakha/Wangdi - Paro This morning, visit Punakha Dzong and do some local sightseeing. Late afternoon, transfer to Paro. Overnight Paro at Tenzinling Resort

Day 16: Paro - Kathmandu After breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Paro Airport for your departure flight to Kathmandu. Service ends.

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