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Land of the Thunder Dragon

Bhutan
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Duration

10 Days 9 Nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

16 people

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Land of the Thunder Dragon” combines with the main cultural highlights of the Kingdom of Bhutan with five days of scenic trekking. The Druk Path trek connects the valleys of Paro and Thimpu following the old trading route between the main towns in Bhutan. You will follow a quiet forest trail and up to alpine yak pastures, once above the tree line you see the spectacular view of the Himalaya along the Bhutan – Tibet border including Chomolhari, Jitchu Drake and Gangkar Punsum. You have several days visiting Bhutan’s main cultural sites, before the trek you will explore Paro Valley with a walk to Taktsang or ’Tigers Nest’ monastery. After the trek we explore Thimphu as well as Punakha’s 17th century Dzong.

Land of the Thunder Dragon Highlights :

  • A scenic trek between the Paro and Thimphu valleys which crosses Jele La as well as Jangchu La passes with superb views of the snow capped mountains of the eastern Himalaya.
  • There are several days before as well as after the trek to explore Paro and Thimpu where your local Bhutanese guide will introduce you to the culture of Bhutan.

Trip Price Includes :

  • Bhutan visa.
  • All transfers including airport collections in Paro.
  • Twin share or double rooms at all places on the itinerary.
  • All meals and mineral water included while in Bhutan.
  • All tour arrangements including Bhutanese guide (English speaking trained and licensed by the Department of Tourism).
  • Meals allowance for your guide as well as driver.
  • All trekking arrangements including permits as well as fees, tents, Bhutanese guide, pack animals and cook.
  • Transportation will  be provided via a comfortable and clean car, minivan or tourist bus depending upon the groups size.
  • All entrance tickets as noted in the tour’s itinerary.

Note: All accommodations are on twin-shared basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 370.

Trip Price Excludes :

  • International flight to/from Paro.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Use of bar as well as beverages in hotel, laundry, telephone calls or internet and personal shopping.
  • Tips for your guide and driver.
  • Optional Attractions that are not specified in the itinerary.
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Fly to Paro (2,280m).

You will be met on arrival at Paro airport and driven back to the hotel. Please provide travel plans on booking and we will arrange the pick-up and transfer. A full trek briefing will be given in the afternoon. Please get in touch with us if you like a quote for your flight to Paro (flying from Bangkok, Singapore, Kathmandu and Delhi). Overnight at hotel in Paro (Meals: L,D).

Sightseeing in Paro (2,280m).

Paro is Bhutan’s second largest town and the valley also contains some of the most significant religious and historic sites in the country as well as Bhutan’s only airport. After breakfast we will organise a walk up to the Taktsang monastery known as the “Tiger’s Nest”. It takes about 2 to 3 hours to walk through pine forest and up to the monastery perched on a cliff overlooking the valley. Overnight at hotel in Paro (Meals: B,L,D).

Trek to Jele Dzong (3,400m)- 4 to 5 hours trek.

We drive to the road head at the Ta-Dzong National Museum which is the old watchtower above Paro Dzong. The trek starts along a jeep track before turning off onto a trail and after 2 hours we pass a mani wall at Damche Gom. We continue the climb through blue pine forest and after a further hour arrive to clearing in forest where we usually have lunch. After lunch we walk for an hour through rhododendron and a yak pasture to Jele La. Our camp is a short walk down on other side of the pass. Overnight camping (Meals: B,L,D).

Trek to Tshokam (3,950m)- 4 hours trek.

The trail starts with a climb through rhododendron forest and back up to Jele La and then along the ridge to Jele Dzong. The view down the Paro Valley is superb from here with Chomolhari visible in the distance. After a visit to the monastery we follow the ridge through forest of blue pine and rhododendron to the clearing at Jangchu, Lakha. We continue further along the trail for half an hour to Tshokam. Overnight camping (Meals: B,L,D).

Trek to Jana Tsho (3,950m)- 6 to 7 hours trek.

From camp we take the high trail as the views are far better than the alternative trail following the valley up to Jana Tsho. After climbing up to the Jangchu La at 4,180m, there are superb views from the pass of Mount Chomolhari. After following the ridge for an hour we descend to the beautiful lake at Jimi Lang Tsho. After a break to enjoy the area we ascend up through rhododendron for a further one and half hours to our camp at Jana Tsho. Overnight camping (Meals: B,L,D).

Trek to Phajoding Gompa (3,700m)- 5 hours trek.

After breakfast we ascend from Jana Tsho on a stone path towards Simkotra La then continue along a trail above Simkotra Tsho. Today there are a further seven minor passes to cross and from the fifth pass called Thujedraj the highest unclimbed peak called Gangkar Puensum becomes visible. We recommend you scramble up small rocky hill to the left of the pass where, on a clear day, the whole Bhutan Himalaya can be seen. The final pass is Dochu La where you can see Thimphu valley, there is a steep descent to Phajoding monastery where we camp for the night. Overnight camping (Meals: B,L,D).

Trek to Thimpu (2,320m)- 3 hours trek.

The trail from the camp is downhill all the way to Thimphu passing through blue pine forest. It is not too far to the town so we should get there in time for lunch. In the afternoon there is time to explore the town with your guide, this might include the Tashichodzong, the National library, the pottery and silversmith’s workshops,the late King’s Memorial Chorten, the School of Painting, the Heritage Museum, the Textiles Museum, the paper factory and the Swiss bakery. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu (Meals: B,L,D).

Drive to Punakha (1,300m) - 4 hours trek.

Today we drive to Punakha and en route we cross Dochu La pass at 3,100m. There is a long climb to Dochu La where there is superb view of the Himalayas including Gangkar Punsum, from the pass the road descends to Punakha. We will visit Divine Madman’s monastery called Chimi Lhakang before checking in to our hotel. Overnight at hotel in Punakha (Meals: B,L,D).

Drive to Paro- 5 hours driving.

After breakfast we make the short drive to Punakha where we visit the Dzong. Punakha is the traditional winter capital of Bhutan and has a Dzong which is home to over thousand monks in the winter. It was built in the 17th century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Then we drive back to Paro passing through Thimphu. Overnight at hotel in Paro (Meals: B,L,D).

Fly back home.

Transfer to Paro airport for flight back home.

Tour's Location

Bhutan

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