Walking through Bhutan: A Scenic Hiking Tour
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Embark on a captivating journey with "Walking Through Bhutan," a scenic hiking tour that unveils the Himalayan kingdom's breathtaking landscapes and cultural gems. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of Thimphu, hike to ancient monasteries like Cheri Goemba, and explore Punakha's historic dzong. Raft on the Pho Chhu River, discover Gangteng Valley's pristine beauty, and trek to the iconic Tiger's Nest Monastery in Paro. This tour invites you to embrace Bhutan's natural wonders and spiritual heritage through exhilarating hikes and cultural encounters.
Day 1: Arrival in Paro - Transfer to Thimphu
Upon arrival at Paro International Airport, you'll be greeted by our representative, initiating your Bhutanese journey. The scenic drive to Thimphu, Bhutan's capital, allows you to absorb the picturesque landscapes. After checking into your chosen Thimphu accommodation, unwind or take a leisurely stroll to explore the city center, absorbing the unique Bhutanese atmosphere.
Day 2: Thimphu - Hike to Cheri Goemba
Commence the day with a nourishing breakfast at your hotel, preparing for an unforgettable hike to Cheri Goemba. This ancient monastery, situated in a pristine forest above Thimphu, offers a remarkable 4-hour round-trip trek. Immerse yourself in lush landscapes and enjoy awe-inspiring views of the surrounding valleys. Upon returning to Thimphu, take the opportunity to relax and reflect on your rewarding hike.
Day 3: Thimphu - Punakha
After a delightful breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Punakha, Bhutan's former capital. Traverse the breathtaking Dochula Pass at an elevation of 3,100 meters, relishing panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain range. Upon reaching Punakha, visit the awe-inspiring Punakha Dzong, strategically located at the confluence of the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu rivers. Explore the intricacies of the dzong's architecture and delve into its historical and spiritual significance.
Day 4: Khamsung Yuely Namgyel Temple Rafting and Punakha Dzong
Start your day with a delectable breakfast, followed by a journey to Khamsung Yuely Namgyel Temple. Embark on a short but rewarding hike leading to the Chorten Nyingpo monastery, where you can immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere and relish the scenic views. The afternoon promises an adrenaline rush with an exhilarating white-water rafting adventure on the Pho Chhu river. Conclude the day by visiting Punakha Dzong, a marvel of Bhutanese architecture and one of the most historically significant dzongs in the country.
Day 5: Punakha - Gangteng Valley
Fuel up with a hearty breakfast as you embark on a scenic drive to Gangteng Valley in the Wangdue Phodrang district. Known for its unspoiled beauty, the valley invites you to explore its natural wonders through a short hike. Visit the Gangteng Monastery, one of Bhutan's largest and most vital Nyingma monasteries, and be captivated by its grandeur and tranquil surroundings.
Day 6: Gangteng - Thimphu
After a satisfying breakfast in Gangteng, return to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Spend the afternoon exploring Thimphu's rich culture and history, with visits to landmarks such as the grand Buddha Dordenma statue, the National Memorial Chorten, and the Tashichho Dzong. Experience the unique blend of tradition and modernity that defines Thimphu.
Day 7: Thimphu - Paro Tiger's Nest Hike
A substantial breakfast sets the stage for a day filled with adventure. Journey to Paro and embark on one of Bhutan's most iconic hikes – the trek to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery. Perched on cliffs above the Paro Valley, this sacred site offers stunning panoramic views. The approximately 5-hour round-trip trek provides a profound and awe-inspiring experience.
Day 8: Departure
Savor a delicious breakfast on your final day in Bhutan. Our team will facilitate your transfer to Paro International Airport, marking the conclusion of your memorable Bhutan adventure. As you depart, carry cherished memories of Bhutan's stunning landscapes, rich culture, and warm hospitality.
- Accommodation in 3-star hotels on twin-sharing basis
- All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
- Private transportation with a driver for the entire tour
- English-speaking licensed Bhutanese tour guide
- Entry fees to museums, monuments and attractions mentioned in the itinerary
- Royalty fees and taxes to the government
- Bottled water in the car during sightseeing
- Visa arrangement
- Hiking permits
- International flights
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, and shopping
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
- Tips for the guide and driver