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7 Days Hiking and Cultural Journey in Bhutan

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 7 - 14 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 21 people
Destination(s): Bhutan  
Specialty Categories: Cultural Journey   Hiking & Trekking  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1680 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2250 US Dollar (USD)

This trip combines the best of what Bhutan can offer with a good blend of both cultural and active pursuits! Begin in the capital of Thimphu before exploring Punakha with its stunning cultivated valley and very few glacial phobjikha valley scenery. Explore the beautiful Paro valley where you end your visit with the remarkable Taktshang Monastery.

Day 1.
Fly to Paro / Drive to Thimphu (altitude: 7,700 feet). Fly by the magnificent views of the snow-capped Himalayas on the way to Paro valley. Drive 1.5 hours to Thimphu. Explore the capital’s Highlights!!! Visit BBS Tower viewpoint for a stunning view of the valley before visiting the Takin Preserve to see Bhutan’s national animal along with the view of the majestic Tashichoe Dzong, the seat of the government. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 2.
Thimphu Circumvent the Memorial Chorten before mesmerizing at the gigantic statue of Buddha Dordema (169ft). And visit 12th-century Changangkha Lhakhang, see a cultural aspect of blessing and naming the newly born child from the oldest temple of Wang valley.

Catch the bustling Centenary Farmers Market, the best opportunity to see the colorful vegetables, dairy products and to mix with the locals along with the Bhutanese archery game (the national sport) at Changlingmithang National Stadium. Later visit the National Institute of Traditional Medicine and Folk Heritage Museum. Take a walk along the streets of Thimphu and enjoy some free shopping. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 3.
Thimphu / Punakha (altitude: 4,500 feet) Drive about 3 hours to Punakha. Climb up the mountain road to Dochu-La at 3140m. On a clear day, the pass commands a wonderful panorama of the Eastern Himalayans. Descend through the varied forest and finally emerging into the cultivated valley of Punakha. Hike through beautiful rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang (no dog temple).

Afternoon, visit Punakha Dzong located at the confluence of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu, arguably the most impressive Dzong in the country. Later visit a stunning hill-top nunnery- Sangchen Dorji Lhundrup Chholing dedicated to the bodhisattva of compassion. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 4.
Punakha / Phobjikha valley (altitude: 9,800 feet) Morning hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten, built to prevail peace and tranquillity. Drive about 3.5 hours to Phobjikha valley. Visit Gangtey Gonpa hidden in the beautiful Phobjikha valley. The valley is also the last winter grounds of the black-necked cranes that migrate from the Tibetan plateau mid-October to March. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 5.
Phobjikha to Paro (altitude: 7,400 feet) Drive about 8 hours to Paro. Take an hour nature trail hike from the valley floor through the conifers up to the monastery. Drive back to Paro valley. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 6.
Hike to Taktshang Gonpa Clings to the edge of the sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below, the Taktshang Monastery defies all engineering logic. Hike up for a dramatic view or choose to take a pony ride that can be arranged at an additional cost. Upon descent, enjoy a spectacular drive to the remote ruins of Drugyel Dzong before the oldest Kichu Lhakhang built by first Buddhist King of Tibet. (Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included)

Day 7.
Departure Transfer to Paro International Airport for your onward flight. (Breakfast included)

Tour Guide Credentials:
All our trips are escorted by highly experienced with extensive knowledge of our history, culture and religion. All of them speak fluent English and various dialects of the local areas that we visit.

Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Accommodations and all meals
- sightseeing and entrance fees
- all ground transportation by air-con private vehicle
- services of knowledgeable and English-speaking local guides and driver
- a bottle of water per person per day for all surface travel
- Bhutan visa fee

About This Supplier
Location: Bhutan
Joined InfoHub: Oct 2016

M21637 is officially recognized and licensed by Tourism Council of Bhutan. We have been started to create unique trips that will give a much closer looks of our country at the best possible value to promote sustainable tourism in Bhutan. We focus on reducing the environmental impact of travel, preserve the local...

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