Trekking Tours

Trekking in Bhutan is quite challenging and it is for real adventure seekers. The hill side tends to be almost vertical, the climate is windier, damper and colder, and the daily altitude gain is more than in any other Himalayan nation. Hidden in the folds of the Himalayas, Bhutan is a beautiful country, comprising rolling hills, dense forests, and deep valleys steeped in Buddhist tradition and culture. With the highest unclimbed mountain massif in the world – Gangkar Punsum (7,541 m) and several other climbed and unclimbed peaks of more than 7,000 m high, its offers beautiful but overwhelming views of the Himalayas.

To enjoy the beautiful landscape, its flora and fauna, there is no better way than trekking in Bhutan. Bhutanese have wondered all over their country on foot for centuries carving out treks through valleys and passes. Each Bhutan trek has its own special features. Bhutan treks do not require any special skill. The trails are generally in good condition. Fit and experienced walkers would have no difficulty navigating them, although natural obstacles such as snowfall or landslides could require a change of plans. For the less experience trekkers, there are several trails like DrukPath trek, Bumthang culture trek, Samtengang trek, Merak and Sakteng community trek, and Nabjikorphu community trek, and many more. Bhutan trekking started in 1978. Around 1000 tourists a year visit Bhutan for trekking, and most of them opt for Jomolhari Yaksa trek and Jomolhari Round trek, easy accessible from the north of Paro. However, the Bhutan trek comprises long days with several ascents and descents each day. The valleys are steeper here than in other Himalayan destinations.

Bhutan Trekking season

Bhutan treks in spring: - Most trekkers visit in spring and fall, which is the main trekking season in Bhutan.
Bhutan treks in winter: - This is not the time to go for high passes. But the weather is ideal for low altitude treks. The clear blue skies offer unique opportunities to enjoy beautiful views of snow-capped mountains.
Bhutan treks in summer: - Despite the rain, muddy trails and leeches, one can enjoy short treks and beautiful vegetation.
These days, with climate changes, one can go trekking in all four seasons. However, one has to choose the trek carefully.

Responsible
The trekkers are very well looked after by Bhutan Sempa Tours and Treks experienced trekking guides. Overnight accommodation in tents and luggage is carried by packs of mules and yaks. You will also be accompanied by potters, and Bhutanese trekking crews, who will carry your picnic lunch, put tents, and cook delicious meals.

OVERVIEW OF TREKS

TRIP OVERVIEW

The Lonely Planet describes the Snowman Trek as one of the most difficult treks of the world. Besides being difficult, it is also one of the most beautiful and adventurous trek. The trek starts from Paro Drukgyel Dzong taking and you to Lunana, the highest settlement in the Country through several passes. Crossing over 5,400m pass and sleeping at 5,000m plus altitude. Walking over 400 miles crossing over 14 passes. It is known that there are more people who have been able to reach the top of Everest than to have successfully completed this trek. Once the trek is complete, you will feel like nothing is impossible.

OUTLINE

Day 01 | Arrival in Paro
Day 02 | Paro Sightseeing
Day 03 | Paro to Shana (Trek begins)
Day 04 | Shana to Thangthangkha
Day 05 | Thangthangkha to Jangothang
Day 06 | Jangothang Halt
Day 07 | Jangothang to Lingshi
Day 08 | Lingshi to Chebisa
Day 09 | Chebisa to Shakaypasa
Day 10 | Shakaypasa to Tsheringyangu
Day 11 | Tsheringyangu to Limithang
Day 12 | Limithang to Laya
Day 13 | Laya Halt
Day 14 | Laya - Rodophu
Day 15 | Rodophu to Narithang
Day 16 | Narithang to Tarina
Day 17 | Tarina to Wochey
Day 18 | Wochey to Lhedi
Day 19 | Lhedi to Thanza
Day 20 | Thanza Halt
Day 21 | Thanza to Tshorim
Day 22 | Tshorim to Sarim
Day 23 | Sarim to Geshey Woma
Day 24 | Geshey Woma to Uruthan
Day 25 | Uruthang to Dur Tsachu
Day 26 | Dur Tsachu Halt
Day 27 | Dur Tsachu to Tshochenchen
Day 28 | Tshochenchen to Lunsum/Ghorsum
Day 29 | Ghorsum to Bumthang (Trek ends)
Day 30 | Bumthang Sightseeing
Day 31 | Bumthang - Punakha (7 Hrs)
Day 32 | Punakha - Thimphu (3 Hrs)
Day 33 | Thimphu - Paro (1 Hr)
Day 34 | Departure

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 | Arrival in Paro
Altitude: 2200m/7364ft
Upon your arrival, you would be greeted by our representative (guide) and drive to the hotel. In the afternoon visit National Museum, the first of its kind which has a collection from natural history to religious paintings. Evening stroll old Paro town and have a look into some local handicrafts store. Overnight: Paro

Day 02 | Paro Sightseeing
Early morning hike to the Tiger's nest which will take about 2 hrs for a normal hiker to reach,visit the sacred temple of tiger nest. Lunch on the way back in cafeteria. Afternoon visit 17 century Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden. Evening back to hotel. Overnight: Paro

Day 03 | Paro to Shana (start of Trek)
Distance: 15km/9.3 miles
Walking time:5hrs to 6hrs
Sleeping altitude: 2900m/9480ft
we start our trek from Drugyal Dzong which was built in 1654 by the Zhabdrung to commemorate one of the many war victories against the Tibetans. Follow the Paro Chu upstream through the village of Tshento on a dirt road for about an hour. We will have lunch on the trail. Just before reaching our camp, we will have to pass through an army check post, where your guide will take care of all the trekking permits which is necessary. Overnight camp.

Day 04 | Shana to Soi Thangthanka
Distance: 21km/14miles
Walking time: 8hrs to 9 hrs
Sleeping altitude: 3620m/11200ft
The trail from Shana to Soi Thangthanka is a very rocky series of small ups and downs along the Paro Chu and can be very muddy if it rains. About 3 hours into the trek, you will come at a junction where a trail branches to go to Tibet. Don't go to Tibet!.......hehhehe. Overnight camp.

Day 05 | Soi Thangthanka to Jangothang
Distance: 16km/11miles
Walking time: 5hrs to 6hrs
Sleeping altitude: 4100m/13260ft
Today you will come across small sparse settlements, and herds of yaks. You will also be crossing the tree line (4000m). Our camp at Jangothang will bring us face to face with the majestic Jomolhari. Jangothang means the land of ruins; you will see ruins of some old settlements, which no one seems to know much about. Overnight camp.

Day 06 | Jangothang Halt
Acclimatization and rest day. A good optional hike is to climb to the Tshophu Lake at 4300m, which is about an hour and half from Jangothang. Overnight camp.

Day 07 | Jangothang to Lingshi
Distance: 21km/13miles
Walking time:6hrs to 7hrs
Sleeping altitude: 4040m/13150ft
Pass to cross: Nyele La, 4890m
Heading uphill from Jangothang we cross the first of the many passes. 4 hours of uphill climbing will take us over the very windy Nyele La pass at 4090m. Scree makes it a little tricky to go down the pass on the other side. Lingshi dzong will soon be visible in a distance. Overnight camp.

Day 08 | Lingshi to Chebisa
Distance: 16km/10miles
Walking time: 3hrs to 4hrs
Sleeping altitude: 3990m/13090ft
Since today's hike will not be as long, we can afford to wander around a bit. We will start off by visiting the Lingshi dzong, built on a commanding hill by the Shabdrung in the 1600s. About 3 hours into our trek is the dramatic village of Gangyul, surrounded by a natural amphitheatre of cliffs. Our camp is in windy Chebisa, a small village with 2 storey stone houses. Overnight camp.

Day 09 | Chebisa to Shakaypasa
Distance: 14.5km/9miles
Walking time: 5hrs to 6hrs
Pass to cross: Goku La, 4350m
Sleeping altitude: 4000m/13120ft
Two hours of climbing from Chebisa will get us over the Goku La pass at 4350m. From the pass we descend into a rhododendron filled valley, and continue past some yak herder camps to Shakaypasa. Overnight camp.

Day 10 | Shakaypasa to Tsheringyangu
Distance: 17km/11miles
Walking time; 6hrs to 7hrs
Pass to cross: Jari La, 4747m
Sleeping altitude: 4050m/13365ft
An early morning start will get us on the way to Jari La pass at 4747m. From the pass, its all the way downhill into the picturesque valley of Tsharijatha where herds of takin (the national animal of Bhutan) are normally seen in the summers. From here a small climb will take us to our camp at Tsheringyangu. Overnight camp.

Day 11 | Tsheringyangu to Limithang
Distance: 18km/10.8ft
Walking time: 6hrs to 7hrs
Pass to cross: Sinche La, 5015m/16550ft
Sleeping altitude: 4160m/13728ft
Snow Leopard country. Being highly elusive animals, it is very rare to spot one but their paw marks can be seen occasionally. Starting early, a strenuous hike will get us over the Sinchey La. Descending to Limithang we will see the snow covered peak of Gangchenta (6840m) and the glacially carved Gangchenta valley. Gangchenta means Great Tiger Mountain. Overnight camp.

Day 12 | Limithang to Laya
Distance: 10km/6miles
Walking time: 5hrs to 6hrs
Sleeping altitude: 3915m/12919ft
Since we are nearing Laya, we will come across Layaps going to tend to their yaks. We will be entering Laya from the west, through narrow cobble stone paths between houses, to camp in the wheat field that belongs to a friend.
Overnight camp.

Day 13 | Laya Halt Rest day | Explore Laya
One can go up to the village of Laya at 3800 m or just laze around at camp. This day will help us acclimatize before crossing the tree line.
Overnight camp.

Day 14 | Laya - Rodophu
Distance: 21km/12.6miles
Walking time: 8 hrs
Sleeping altitude: 4,285m/14140ft
Following the river downstream for a while and heading east will lead us to Rodophu. Certain sections of the trail are washed away by frequent landslide making us negotiate the trail over huge boulders. Rodophu is a small, narrow and rocky valley used by the people of Laya when they migrate with their Yaks.
Overnight camp.

Day 15 | Rodophu to Narithang
Distance: 16km/9.6miles
Walking time: 6 hrs
Sleeping altitude: 4800m/15840ft
Climbing out of the Rodophu valley, we will be out in the open. There is no vegetation except sparse short grass. Keep your eyes on the look out for Blue sheep. This is also snow leopard territory. At our camp, we come face to face with the Ganglakarchung, the sight overwhelming.
Overnight camp.

Day 16 | Narithang to Tarina
Distance: 18km/10.8miles
Walking time: 7 hrs
Pass to cross: Karchula pass 5,215m/17209.5ft
Sleeping altitude: 4100m/13530ft
From our camp, the climb up to the Karchula pass (5,080 m) is long and hard. From the pass, the view is spectacular with the Tarina lakes in the north east flanked by Masagang, Tsendagang and Terigang. It is steep downhill from the pass, so if you have bad knees, be careful and remember to go slow. Our camp is in the valley on the banks of the Tarina stream.
Overnight camp.

Day 17 | Tarina to Wochey
Distance: 12Km/7.2miles
Walking time: 6 hrs
Sleeping altitude: 4160m/13728ft
The day is much easier as the path follows the river down stream along the valley. A climb of about 400 m uphill after lunch will take us to the village of Wochey.
Overnight camp.

Day 18 | Wochey to Lhedi
Distance: 18km/10.8miles
Walking time: 7 hrs
Pass to cross: Kechey la pass, 4661m/15381.3ft
Sleeping altitude: 3,730m/12309ft
The trek starts through juniper and fir forests and then through rhododendron gushes. We climb up to Kechey la pass (4,580 m) where one can have a great view of the mountains. From the pass, we climb down to the village of Tega made up of 2 houses. Walking along the sandy riverside, we can see stunning views of Table Mountain. Follow the river, the main tributary of Pho Chu, until Lhedi village, where we will camp in from of the community school.
Overnight camp.

Day 19 | Lhedi to Thanza
Distance: 16km/9.6miles
Walking time: 6 hrs
Sleeping altitude: 4145 m/13678.5ft
The trek continues following the river, rising gradually to Choezo village. The valley was washed away by the glacial flood of 1994, forming dramatic landscape. A bridge will finally take us to Thanza at 4,000 m on of the remotest human settlements on the face of earth.
Overnight camp.

Day 20 | Thanza Halt
One can walk around or climb up the ridge to see the view of the lakes and mountains.

Day 21 | Thanza to Tshorim
Distance: 20km/12miles
Walking time: 7 hrs
Altitude: 5304 m/17503.2
The trek starts with a climb up to the ridge with great view of the Table Mountain and Thanza below.
Overnight camp.

Day 22 | Tshorim to Sarim (Gangkhar Puensum base camp)
Distance: 17km/10miles
Walking time: 6 hrs
Pass to cross: Gophula pass, 5467m/18041.1ft
Sleeping altitude: 5050m/16665ft
We start the day with a short climb to the Tshorim lakes. Walk on the side of the lake enjoying the panoramic views of the Gophula range. The last climb to Gophula pass (5,230 m) is very short. After crossing the pass at 5230 m, the trail descends down to our camp, on the banks of the Sha Chu 4,970 m.
Overnight camp.

Day 23 | Sarim to Geshey Woma/Menchu Gang
Distance: 18km/10.8miles
Walking time: 7 hrs
Sleeping altitude: 4,400 m/14520ft
Time to leave the beautiful mountains, but the trek is far from over. The trail follows the Sha Chu and descends gradually to Geshey Woma.
Overnight camp.

Day 24 | Geshey Woma/Menchu Gang to Uruthang
Distance: 20km/12ft
Walking time: 8 hrs
Pass to cross: Shakala pass, 4982m/16440.6ft
Sleeping altitude: 4,345m/14338.5ft
Continues following the Sha Chu for about 3 hour's until. A long climb will take us over the steep Shakala pass at 4800 m. From the pass we have to climb down to the lakes and trek over another pass, the Waruthang pass at 4590 m before reaching our camp.
Overnight camp.

Day 25 | Uruthang to Dur Tsachu
Distance: 11km/6.6miles
Walking time: 7 hrs
Pass to cross: Juelela pass, 4685m/15460.5ft
Sleeping altitude: 3470m/11451ft
A short climb will take us over the Juelela pass at 4,685m. After the pass the trail winds down to the riverside through dense rhododendron, juniper and conifer forest. Our camp is at the Dur Tsachu hot spring, where the great tantric master Guru Padmasambava is supposed to have bathed in the 8th century.
Overnight camp.

Day 26 | Dur Tsachu Halt
A day to try yourself natural hot spring bath and relax.

Day 27 | Dur Tsachu to Tshochenchen
Distance: 20km/12miles
Walking time: 8 hrs
Sleeping altitude: of 3,200 m/10560ft
Today we cross our last pass of the trek. It is a long and steep climb with great views of the mountains in Lunana. We will be passing turquoise lakes and yak herders tents before arriving at our camp.
Overnight camp.

Day 28 | Tshochenchen to Lunsum/Ghorsum
Distance: 11km/6.6miles
Walking time: 5 hrs.
Sleeping altitude: 3180m/10494ft
Today walk is much easier descending down. We change from yak to horses and mules because the yaks do not like the warm valleys below.
Overnight camp.

Day 29 | Ghorsum to Jakar (Trek ends)
Distance: 9km/5.6miles
Walking time: 4 hrs.
Sleeping altitude: 2700 m/8910ft
Today is the last day of our trek. It's an easy and short walk. We will be met by our bus at Tokto Zam and driven to our hotel in Jakar
Overnight: Jakar | Altitude: 2650m/8745ft

Day 30 | Jakar sightseeing
Altitude: 2650m/8745ft
Visit Jambay Lakhang, the one of the first 2 Buddhist temples built in the country. This is the home of the naked dance that is still performing annually. Visit Kurjey Temple, the site where royals are cremated, one can either walk cross the suspension bridge and visit the village of Parar and Tamshing or drive there. End your day with a walk passing by the Swiss farm. Evening stroll in Jakar town and try some local pancake and noodles.
Overnight: Hotel at Jakar

Day 31 | Jakar - Punakha (7 Hrs)
Altitude: 1350m/4455ft
Enjoy your drive to Punakha through Yotongla pass at 3400m and Chelela pass at 3300m. on arrival in Punakha check into your hotel. Evening if time permit visit the Souvenir Making Center and the Punakha Dzong (fortress) which houses the most elaborated temple in the country.
Overnight:Hotel at Punakha

Day 32 | Punakha - Thimphu (3 Hrs)
Altitude: 2300m/7590ft
Check out from the hotel visit Chimi Lhakang on foot, the temple of fertility associated with religious art of phallus. In Thimphu, visit school of Arts and crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan. Drive pass by Memorial Chorten (temple) built in memory of the late 3rd King. Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley, Enclosure where national animal, Takin are kept and Zilukha Nunnery.
Overnight: Hotel at Thimphu

Day 33 | Thimphu - Paro (1 Hr)
Morning check out from the hotel and proceed further for city sightseeing. Lunch in the town. Evening drive back to Paro, a nice hot stone bath in your hotel. Rest of the time at leisure.
Overnight: Hotel at Paro

Day 34 | Departure
Early morning flight out of Paro, Your guide will bid you farewell at the airport.

GEAR REQUIREMENTS

General

  • Long pants and full sleves while entering a temple and fotress(dzong)
  • Backpack
  • Socks
  • Camp shoes/sandals/flip-flops
  • Fleece jacket
  • Down jacket
  • Wind/rain jacket
  • Day-wear shirt
  • Warm hat
  • Trekking poles
  • Sunglasses
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Water bottle
  • Torch / Flashlight
  • Toiletries and odds & ends
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen/lip balm with SPF
  • Moisturiser
  • Sun hat
  • First aid kit
  • Camera and spare set of battery
  • Snacks and nutrition
  • Swiss knife/Leatherman.
  • Baby Wipes.
  • Anti-bacterial Hand Gel.
  • Books to read.
  • Journal

Especially for Trek

  • Sleeping bag(trek)
  • Sleeping bag liner(trek)
  • Inflatable sleeping pad(trek)
  • Duffel bags(trek)
  • Gaiters(trek)
  • Trekking pants(trek)

TARIFF DETAILS

Standard Mandated Tariff:

Daily Tariff High tourist season: US $250 per person per night on twin sharing basis during the Month of March, April, May, September, October and November
Daily Tariff low tourist season: US $ 200 per person per night on twin sharing basis during the month of January, February, June, July, August, December
FIT Surcharge for groups if 1 and 2 persons: US $ 40 and US $ 30 per person per night
Visa fee: US $ 40 per person
Tourism Development Fee: US $ 10 per person
FOC tour leader: 16 Pax and above
FOC tour leader: 32 Pax and above

Discounts

There shall be no charge for CHILDREN up to the age of 5 years. However, those between the ages of 6-12 years accompanied by elders / guardians shall be given 50% discount on daily rates and 100% discount on Royalty.
Full time STUDENTS below the age of 25 years holding valid identity cards from their academic institutions shall also be given a 25% discount on daily rates.
A discount of 50% on daily rates shall be given to one person in a group of 11 to 15 people. 100% discount shall be given to one member in a group exceeding 16 persons.
50%discount on Royalty shall be provided after the 8th night and 100% discount on Royalty shall be provided after the 14th night.
Luxury Package
The Luxury package is based on 4 or 5 star hotel (Aman kora, Uma and Zhiwaling and Taj Tashi) categories with extra services in addition to the Govt. Fixed minimum tariff of US$250/person/Night

Rate under cutting prohibited

The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) is responsible for all regulations and monitoring of all travel agents in Bhutan. Only upon receiving full payment, based on the mandated cost the visa is approved. Upon receiving your payment, we make a deposit to our account with the TCB, and the money is withheld by TCB until the trip is successfully taken place. It grantees safety of your payment and the services provided by us with integrity, experience and quality.

The price includes:

All internal Taxes (10%) and service charges (10%)
35% Government royalty
All accommodation in tourist A grade Hotel approved by the Tourism Council of Bhutan or as mentioned
All meals, tea and coffee
Service of professional and a licensed Bhutanese English speaking guide
All internal transport airport transfers (Toyota or Hyundai SUVs for FIT, Toyota Haice Bus or Hyundai H1 for small groups and Toyota Coaster Bus for bigger groups)
Complimentary mineral or bottled drinking water throughout the trip (inside car)
All permits and museum entry fees throughout the trip

Does not include:

Air fare
Bar bills
Laundry
Travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Tour cancellation:
No charge for the tour canceled before 30 days of arrival date
50% cancellation charge for the tour canceled before 20 days of arrival date
No refund for less than 20 days of arrival date
Flights cancellation: Cancellation policies (documentation charge of US$ 20 for change of dates)
100% refund for cancellation made before 60 days of travel date
40% refund for cancellation made before 30 days of travel date
NO refund for cancellation made less than 20 days of travel date only the tax fee
There is no charge for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights or road blocks. The tourist must however bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required.

Transportation:

1-2 Pax we use Toyota or Hyundai SUVs
3-7 Pax we use Toyota or Hyundai H1 bus
8 Pax and above, we use Toyota coaster bus

Food:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner will be served in buffet

PAYMENT PROCEDURE

Tour Payment:

Once the trip is confirmed, payment must be made to confirm the trip. For the flight, we issue your tickets only when the payment is wired from your side. Bank transfer is the only mode of payment for Bhutan tour package.

Payment Procedure

As a mandatory directive from the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB), full payment has to be made in advance in US dollars. The payment upon reaching us is directly deposited in our account with TCB, for analyzing and enabling us to process our online visa system. We will not be allowed to withdraw the payment, until your trip has concluded successfully. This grantees safety of your payment and assures all integrity and services provided by us. Please note that all the tour groups in Bhutan are subject to the following payment procedure. Please be assured of confidence and security when using this payment method.

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TRIP OVERVIEW

The Drukpath Trek is one of the easiest and the shortest trek. The Drukpath trek starts from Paro and ends in Thimphu. Probably the most popular trek in Bhutan, due to its relative ease and the short duration in which it can be done in, it can be enjoyed even by older people. It is also a good trek to look at rhododendrons and other high altitude plants.

Itinerary

Day 01 | Arrival in Paro
Day 02 | Paro Sightseeing
Day 03 | Paro to Jela Dzong (Trek begins)
Day 04 | Jela Dzong to Jangchublakha
Day 05 | Jangchublakha to Jimilangtsho
Day 06 | Jimilangtsho to Labana
Day 07 | Labana to Thimphu (Trek Ends)
Day 08 | Thimphu Sightseeing
Day 09 | Thimphu to Punakha
Day 10 | Punakha to Paro
Day 11 | Departure

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 | Arrival in Paro
Altitude: 2200m/7364ft
On arrival in Paro our guide will receive you and check you into your hotel. After lunch we will see the rich history of Bhutan exhibited in the 17th century National Museum. The Paro Dzong, a massive fortress built in the 17th century now houses the monastic body. A tour of this beautiful Dzong will introduce us to the unique aspects of the Bhutanese Buddhism. A lovely stroll downhill from the Dzong over an old cantilever bridge wraps up an eventful first day in this magical kingdom
Overnight in Paro Hotel

Day 02 | Paro Sightseeing
Hike to Taksang (Tiger Nest) (2800 ft) above the Paro valley floor: This day hike is not only historically and culturally interesting, but also incredibly scenic! It takes about 3hours to 4 hours round trip. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria and back to Hotel. Visit kichu lhangkhang later.
Overnight in Paro Hotel

Day 03 | Paro to Jela Dzong (start of Trek)
Distance: 10 km/6 miles
Walking time:4 hrs to 5 hrs
Sleeping altitude: 3000m/9900ft
The start of the Drukpath Trek is at the historic Ta Dzong, the National Museum. We follow a dirt road until it gives way to our trail in the pine forests. The trail is uphill all the way till Jela Dzong, a temple built as a war fortress in the olden days, overlooking the Paro valley below.
Overnight camp.

Day 04 | Jela Dzong to Jangchublakha
Distance: 10 km/6 miles
Walking time: 4 hrs to 5 hrs
Sleeping altitude: 3200m/10560ft
Today's trail looks like the setting of Stephen Spielberg's Jurassic Park. With ancient firs wrapped in Spanish moss, a dinosaur or a Bhutanese Yeti might actually surprise you around the bend. You may see yak herders around the campsite.
Overnight camp.

Day 05 | Jangchublakha to Jimilangtsho
Distance: 13 km/7.8 miles
Walking time: 6 hrs
Sleeping altitude: 3300m/10890ft
The trek today starts off with a climb, overlooking the rolling valleys below. Rhododendrons and other high altitude shrubs decorate the rocky trail which climbs up and down. On a clear day the Jhomolhari can be seen. Our camp is at the lake of Jimilangtsho.
Overnight camp.

Day 06 | Jimilangtsho to Labana
Distance: 15 km/9 miles
Walking time: 7 hrs
Sleeping altitude: 3500m/11550ft
The trail will take us through dwarf rhododendrons and junipers. We will also pass the lakes of Janatso and Simkotha. The view of the far ridge across the valley which you trekked will fill you with a sense of personal satisfaction and renew you with extra confidence in yourself. Tonight is going to be the coldest of all our camps.
Overnight camp.

Day 07 | Labana to Thimphu
Distance: 12 km/7.2 miles
Walking time:6 hrs
Sleeping altitude: 2400m/7920ft
Pass to cross: Pumo La, 4200m
An hours' climb from the camp will take us over the highest pass on this trek at 4100m. On a clear day we can see the Gangkhar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan. Descending from the pass over rocky steps, we will be greeted by the sight of Thimphu far below in the valley. From this point on, it's all downhill. We will be passing through the temple and meditation center complex of Phajoding. Our transport will meet us just as we start emerging from the forest.
Overnight in Thimphu hotel

Day 08 | Thimphu Sightseeing
Distance: 16km/10miles
Sleeping altitude: 2400m/7920ft
Explore Thimphu. Visit the National Memorial Chorten (monument), the Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, Takin zoo, the National Library, the Government Handicrafts and the Handicrafts Emporium.
Overnight in Thimphu hotel

Day 09 | Thimphu to Punakha
Drive :3 hrs
Distance:77 km
Sleeping altitude: 1350m/4455ft
Drive to Punakha over the Dochu La pass. If we are lucky with the weather, we can see the entire eastern himalaya from this pass on a clear day. Punakha was the capital of Bhutan until the 1950s. Today, the central monk body moves to Punakha in the winter when it gets too cold in Thimphu. With a climate almost tropical in the summer, the valley is blessed with an abundance of fruits and rice. After lunch we will visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong which without doubt showcases the finest example of Bhutanese arts and crafts. After the Dzong, we will go on a short drive in the lush upper Punakha valley and hike for 45 minutes to the beautiful chorten temple of Khamsum Yuley on a hill.
Overnight in Punakha hotel

Day 10 | Punakha to Paro
Distance: 140 km/84 miles
Walking time; 4 hrs to 5 hrs
Sleeping altitude: 2200m/7260ft
Bhutan is a place where people live in magic and mysticism. When a couple cannot have children, they pray for the blessings of the Chimi Lhakhang, the temple of fertility, blessed by the Divine Mad Man, in the 1500s. We will start off our day with a short hike to this temple which will take us through a village surrounded by rice fields. Lunch at the tea shop at the Dochu La pass, and we will resume our drive to Paro
Overnight in Paro hotel

Day 11 | Departure at Airport
Early morning flight from the Paro International Airport

GEAR REQUIREMENTS

General

  • Long pants and full sleves while entering a temple and fotress(dzong)
  • Backpack
  • Socks
  • Camp shoes/sandals/flip-flops
  • Fleece jacket
  • Down jacket
  • Wind/rain jacket
  • Day-wear shirt
  • Warm hat
  • Trekking poles
  • Sunglasses
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Water bottle
  • Torch / Flashlight
  • Toiletries and odds & ends
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen/lip balm with SPF
  • Moisturiser
  • Sun hat
  • First aid kit
  • Camera and spare set of battery
  • Snacks and nutrition
  • Swiss knife/Leatherman.
  • Baby Wipes.
  • Anti-bacterial Hand Gel.
  • Books to read.
  • Journal

Especially for Trek

  • Sleeping bag(trek)
  • Sleeping bag liner(trek)
  • Inflatable sleeping pad(trek)
  • Duffel bags(trek)
  • Gaiters(trek)
  • Trekking pants(trek)

TARIFF DETAILS

Standard Mandated Tariff:

Daily Tariff High tourist season: US $250 per person per night on twin sharing basis during the Month of March, April, May, September, October and November
Daily Tariff low tourist season: US $ 200 per person per night on twin sharing basis during the month of January, February, June, July, August, December
FIT Surcharge for groups if 1 and 2 persons: US $ 40 and US $ 30 per person per night
Visa fee: US $ 40 per person
Tourism Development Fee: US $ 10 per person
FOC tour leader: 16 Pax and above
FOC tour leader: 32 Pax and above

Discounts

There shall be no charge for CHILDREN up to the age of 5 years. However, those between the ages of 6-12 years accompanied by elders / guardians shall be given 50% discount on daily rates and 100% discount on Royalty.
Full time STUDENTS below the age of 25 years holding valid identity cards from their academic institutions shall also be given a 25% discount on daily rates.
A discount of 50% on daily rates shall be given to one person in a group of 11 to 15 people. 100% discount shall be given to one member in a group exceeding 16 persons.
50%discount on Royalty shall be provided after the 8th night and 100% discount on Royalty shall be provided after the 14th night.
Luxury Package
The Luxury package is based on 4 or 5 star hotel (Aman kora, Uma and Zhiwaling and Taj Tashi) categories with extra services in addition to the Govt. Fixed minimum tariff of US$250/person/Night

Rate under cutting prohibited

The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) is responsible for all regulations and monitoring of all travel agents in Bhutan. Only upon receiving full payment, based on the mandated cost the visa is approved. Upon receiving your payment, we make a deposit to our account with the TCB, and the money is withheld by TCB until the trip is successfully taken place. It grantees safety of your payment and the services provided by us with integrity, experience and quality.

The price includes:

All internal Taxes (10%) and service charges (10%)
35% Government royalty
All accommodation in tourist A grade Hotel approved by the Tourism Council of Bhutan or as mentioned
All meals, tea and coffee
Service of professional and a licensed Bhutanese English speaking guide
All internal transport airport transfers (Toyota or Hyundai SUVs for FIT, Toyota Haice Bus or Hyundai H1 for small groups and Toyota Coaster Bus for bigger groups)
Complimentary mineral or bottled drinking water throughout the trip (inside car)
All permits and museum entry fees throughout the trip

Does not include:

Air fare
Bar bills
Laundry
Travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Tour cancellation:
No charge for the tour canceled before 30 days of arrival date
50% cancellation charge for the tour canceled before 20 days of arrival date
No refund for less than 20 days of arrival date
Flights cancellation: Cancellation policies (documentation charge of US$ 20 for change of dates)
100% refund for cancellation made before 60 days of travel date
40% refund for cancellation made before 30 days of travel date
NO refund for cancellation made less than 20 days of travel date only the tax fee
There is no charge for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights or road blocks. The tourist must however bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required.

Transportation:

1-2 Pax we use Toyota or Hyundai SUVs
3-7 Pax we use Toyota or Hyundai H1 bus
8 Pax and above, we use Toyota coaster bus

Food:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner will be served in buffet

PAYMENT PROCEDURE

Tour Payment:

Once the trip is confirmed, payment must be made to confirm the trip. For the flight, we issue your tickets only when the payment is wired from your side. Bank transfer is the only mode of payment for Bhutan tour package.

Payment Procedure

As a mandatory directive from the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB), full payment has to be made in advance in US dollars. The payment upon reaching us is directly deposited in our account with TCB, for analyzing and enabling us to process our online visa system. We will not be allowed to withdraw the payment, until your trip has concluded successfully. This grantees safety of your payment and assures all integrity and services provided by us. Please note that all the tour groups in Bhutan are subject to the following payment procedure. Please be assured of confidence and security when using this payment method.

To transfer money to Bhutan National Bank, from any place outside Bhutan and India, Please request your bank to remit money through Bhutan National Bank Ltd., Correspondent Bank as follows:

 Bank Address                                        
 Beneficiary Account Number  
 Beneficiary Bank  
 Beneficiary Ultimate Beneficiary  

TRIP OVERVIEW

The Jumolhari Trek takes you from 2,600m /8400ft up to 4,000m / 13000ft. It could even go up to 5,224m / 16900ft if you choose and is the most popular route taken. This is partly because of its access to Paro and Thimphu and the fact that it is of moderate difficulty. In addition, the duration of the trek is ideal for most trekkers. Besides the Chance to trek to the base of the impressive Jumolhari Mountain, beautiful campsites and the amazing views of Mt. Jichu Drakey, Mt. Tshering Gang and Mt. Masang-Gang, you will be able to spot Blue Sheep, Snow Leopard, Marmot, Himalayan Griffon, Lammergeier, Blue poppy and many more alpine flowers.

Itinerary

Day 01 | Arrival in Paro
Day 02 | Paro Sightseeing
Day 03 | Paro to Shana (Treking begins)
Day 04 | Shana to Soi Thangthangkha
Day 05 | Soi Thangthangkha to Jangothang
Day 06 | Jangothang Halt
Day 07 | Jangothang to Lingshi
Day 08 | Lingshi to Shodu
Day 09 | Shodu to Barshog
Day 10 | Barshog to Dolam Kencho
Day 11 | Dolam Kencho to Thimphu (Treking Ends)
Day 12 | Thimphu Sightseeing
Day 13 | Thimphu to Punakha
Day 14 | Punakha to Paro
Day 15 | departure from Paro

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 | Arrival in Paro
Altitude: 2200m/7364ft
The flight into Paro on our national carrier, and drive to Hotel. Visit Ta Dzong, National Museum (Paro Rimpung Dzong), the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley.
Overnight in Paro Hotel

Day 02 | Paro Sightseeing
Hike to Taksang (Tiger Nest) (2800 ft) above the Paro valley floor: This day hike is not only historically and culturally interesting, but also incredibly scenic! It takes about 3 hours to 4 hours round trip. Lunch will be served at the cafeteria and back to Hotel. Visit kichu lhangkhang later.
Overnight in Paro Hotel

Day 03 | Paro to Shana (start of Trek)
Distance: 15 km/9.3 miles
Walking time:5 hrs to 6 hrs
Sleeping altitude: 2890m/9840ft
We will start the trek from Drukgyel Dzong, and reach Gunitsawa army outpost appears not long before the end of the first day's trek. The campsite at Shana, just beyond, is situated at at good location.
Overnight camp.

Day 04 | Shana to Soi Thangthangka
Distance: 21 km/14 miles
Walking time: 8 hrs to 9 hrs
Sleeping altitude: 3620m/11200ft
Though the trail is rocky and bumpy, it is not strenuous. In rainy conditions it can get quite muddy.
Overnight camp.

Day 05 | Soi Thangthanka to Jangothang
Distance: 16 km/11 miles
Walking time: 6 hrs
Sleeping altitude: 4100m/13260ft
Today you will come across small sparse settlements, and herds of yaks. You will also be crossing the tree line (4000m). Our camp at Jangothang will bring us face to face with the majestic Jomolhari. Jangothang means the land of ruins; you will see ruins of some old settlements, which no one seems to know much about
Overnight camp.

Day 06 | Jangothang Halt
Acclimatization and rest day. A good optional hike is to climb to the Tshophu Lake at 4300m, which is about an hour and half from Jangothang.
Overnight camp.

Day 07 | Jangothang to Lingshi
Distance: 21 km/13 miles
Walking time:7 hrs - 8 hrs
Sleeping altitude: 4040m/13150ft
Pass to cross: Nyele La, 4890m
Heading uphill from Jangothang we cross the first of the many passes. 4 hours of uphill climbing will take us over the very windy Nyele La pass at 4090m. Scree makes it a little tricky to go down the pass on the other side. Lingshi dzong will soon be visible in a distance.
Overnight camp

Day 08 | Lingshi to Shodu
Distance: 22 km/ 13.6 miles
Walking Time: 6 hrs to7 hrs
Sleeping altitude: 4080m/13380ft
Pass to cross: YeleLa, 4950m
Its would be Long and difficult today. Start towards the YeleLa(pass) at16,235ft/4,950m. Camp site in a meadow at Shodu.
Overnight camp

Day 09 | Shodu to Barshong
Distance: 14 km/ 8.7 miles
Walking Time: 5 hrs -6 hrs
Sleeping altitude: 3500m/11250ft
It would be Moderate and pleasant trek today. The River that you are now following is the source of Thimphu Chu, a popular campsite called DomsheSa. Overnight camp.
Overnight camp

Day 10 | Barshong to Dolam Kencho
Distance: 15 km/ 9.3 miles
Walking time; 4 hrs to 5 hrs
Sleeping altitude: 3290m/10790ft
The trail starts with a gentle descent and passes through a dense forest of rhododendron, birch and conifer trees.
Overnight camp

Day 11 | Dolam Kencho to Dodena: Thimphu
Distance: 7 km/ 4.3 miles
Walking time; 4 hrs to 5 hrs
Sleeping altitude: 2400m/7590ft
The final day's trek is not all downhill, rather it twists and turns and rises and falls. When you reach to Dodina, drive over to Thimphu.
Overnight at Hotel in thimphu.

Day12 | Thimphu Sightseeing
Today you would do some sightseeing to Memorial Chorten, Handicraft emporium, Arts & craft School, Hand made paper place, Changzamtok textile, Nunnery, Takin reserve. Overnight at hotel.

Day13 | Thimphu to Punakha
Distance:77 km
Drive :3 hrs
Altitude: 1350m/4455ft
We go over Dochula Pass, which on clear days offers panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain ranges. The road descends into the fertile valley of Punakha. Before reaching punakha we go for a short hike to chimmi lhankhang. After lunch we go to see the picturesque dzong of Bhutan, the punakha dzong.
Overnight at Punakha.

Day14 | Punakha to Paro
Distance: 140 km/84 miles
Driving time: 4 hrs
Altitude: 2200m/7260ft
Stop at Thimphu for last minute shopping and head for Paro.
Over night at Paro.

Day15 | Depart Paro to your destination
Say goodbye to Bhutan and board a flight for onward destination. We hope you will carry this gentle Kingdom in your heart: May it bring peace to you and others. Have a safe journey Home

 

GEAR REQUIREMENTS

General

  • Long pants and full sleves while entering a temple and fotress(dzong)
  • Backpack
  • Socks
  • Camp shoes/sandals/flip-flops
  • Fleece jacket
  • Down jacket
  • Wind/rain jacket
  • Day-wear shirt
  • Warm hat
  • Trekking poles
  • Sunglasses
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Water bottle
  • Torch / Flashlight
  • Toiletries and odds & ends
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen/lip balm with SPF
  • Moisturiser
  • Sun hat
  • First aid kit
  • Camera and spare set of battery
  • Snacks and nutrition
  • Swiss knife/Leatherman.
  • Baby Wipes.
  • Anti-bacterial Hand Gel.
  • Books to read.
  • Journal

Especially for Trek

  • Sleeping bag(trek)
  • Sleeping bag liner(trek)
  • Inflatable sleeping pad(trek)
  • Duffel bags(trek)
  • Gaiters(trek)
  • Trekking pants(trek)

TARIFF DETAILS

Standard Mandated Tariff:

Daily Tariff High tourist season: US $250 per person per night on twin sharing basis during the Month of March, April, May, September, October and November
Daily Tariff low tourist season: US $ 200 per person per night on twin sharing basis during the month of January, February, June, July, August, December
FIT Surcharge for groups if 1 and 2 persons: US $ 40 and US $ 30 per person per night
Visa fee: US $ 40 per person
Tourism Development Fee: US $ 10 per person
FOC tour leader: 16 Pax and above
FOC tour leader: 32 Pax and above

Discounts

There shall be no charge for CHILDREN up to the age of 5 years. However, those between the ages of 6-12 years accompanied by elders / guardians shall be given 50% discount on daily rates and 100% discount on Royalty.
Full time STUDENTS below the age of 25 years holding valid identity cards from their academic institutions shall also be given a 25% discount on daily rates.
A discount of 50% on daily rates shall be given to one person in a group of 11 to 15 people. 100% discount shall be given to one member in a group exceeding 16 persons.
50%discount on Royalty shall be provided after the 8th night and 100% discount on Royalty shall be provided after the 14th night.
Luxury Package
The Luxury package is based on 4 or 5 star hotel (Aman kora, Uma and Zhiwaling and Taj Tashi) categories with extra services in addition to the Govt. Fixed minimum tariff of US$250/person/Night

Rate under cutting prohibited

The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) is responsible for all regulations and monitoring of all travel agents in Bhutan. Only upon receiving full payment, based on the mandated cost the visa is approved. Upon receiving your payment, we make a deposit to our account with the TCB, and the money is withheld by TCB until the trip is successfully taken place. It grantees safety of your payment and the services provided by us with integrity, experience and quality.

The price includes:

All internal Taxes (10%) and service charges (10%)
35% Government royalty
All accommodation in tourist A grade Hotel approved by the Tourism Council of Bhutan or as mentioned
All meals, tea and coffee
Service of professional and a licensed Bhutanese English speaking guide
All internal transport airport transfers (Toyota or Hyundai SUVs for FIT, Toyota Haice Bus or Hyundai H1 for small groups and Toyota Coaster Bus for bigger groups)
Complimentary mineral or bottled drinking water throughout the trip (inside car)
All permits and museum entry fees throughout the trip

Does not include:

Air fare
Bar bills
Laundry
Travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Tour cancellation:
No charge for the tour canceled before 30 days of arrival date
50% cancellation charge for the tour canceled before 20 days of arrival date
No refund for less than 20 days of arrival date
Flights cancellation: Cancellation policies (documentation charge of US$ 20 for change of dates)
100% refund for cancellation made before 60 days of travel date
40% refund for cancellation made before 30 days of travel date
NO refund for cancellation made less than 20 days of travel date only the tax fee
There is no charge for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights or road blocks. The tourist must however bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required.

Transportation:

1-2 Pax we use Toyota or Hyundai SUVs
3-7 Pax we use Toyota or Hyundai H1 bus
8 Pax and above, we use Toyota coaster bus

Food:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner will be served in buffet

PAYMENT PROCEDURE

Tour Payment:

Once the trip is confirmed, payment must be made to confirm the trip. For the flight, we issue your tickets only when the payment is wired from your side. Bank transfer is the only mode of payment for Bhutan tour package.

Payment Procedure

As a mandatory directive from the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB), full payment has to be made in advance in US dollars. The payment upon reaching us is directly deposited in our account with TCB, for analyzing and enabling us to process our online visa system. We will not be allowed to withdraw the payment, until your trip has concluded successfully. This grantees safety of your payment and assures all integrity and services provided by us. Please note that all the tour groups in Bhutan are subject to the following payment procedure. Please be assured of confidence and security when using this payment method.

To transfer money to Bhutan National Bank, from any place outside Bhutan and India, Please request your bank to remit money through Bhutan National Bank Ltd., Correspondent Bank as follows:

 Bank Address                                        
 Beneficiary Account Number  
 Beneficiary Bank  
 Beneficiary Ultimate Beneficiary  

TRIP OVERVIEW

The trek across the top of eastern Bhutan is tough and involves a tremendous long, steep descent; it used to be an important trade route before completion of National Highway. Nowadays hardly anybody, except some ardent trekkers, travels along this route anymore. The route can also be seen as an extension of the Snowman Trek ending in Bumthang. The combination of the two of them, Snowman and Rodung La trek, connects the country from the west (Paro) to the far east (Trashi Yangtse). Although the trek does not lead into really high altitude, it is tough and involves long steep descents or ascents, depending on the side you start the trek. Definitely one of the harder treks in Bhutan.

Itinerary

Day 01 | Arrival in Paro
Day 02 | Paro to Thimphu
Day 03 |Thimphu sightseeing
Day 04 | Thimphu to Trongsa
Day 05 | Trongsa to Bumthang
Day 06 | Bumthang to Ngang(trek starts)
Day 07 | Ngang Lhangkhang to Ugyenchholing
Day 08 | Ugyencholing to PhokPhey
Day 09 | Phokphey to Pimi
Day 10 | Pimi to Khini Lhangkhang
Day 11 | Khini Lhangkhang to Tangmachu
Day 12 | Tangmachu to Menji
Day 13 | Menji to Pemi
Day 14 | Pemi to Taupong
Day 15 | Taupong to Trashi Yangtse (trek ends)
Day 16 | Trashi Yangtse to Tashigang
Day 17 | Trashigang to S/jongkhar
Day 18 | Departure via Gauwhati

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1 | Arrive Paro
Altitude: 2200m/7260ft
Upon your arrival, you would be greeted by our representative (guide) and drive to the hotel. In the afternoon visit National Museum, the first of its kind which has a collection from natural history to religious paintings. Evening stroll old Paro town and have a look into some local handicrafts store.
Overnight: Paro Hotel

Day 2 | Paro - Thimphu
Drive: 1 hr
Distance:60 km/ 36 miles
Altitude: 2400m/7920ft
Before arriving Thimphu, you would see Simtokha Dzong, Kingdom's oldest Dzong built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Afternoon visit Memorial Chorten, built in the memory of Third King of Bhutan. Then in the evening visit Tashichho Dzong, Thimphu's most impressive building situated at the banks of Wang Chhu which, houses the King's Throne room and it is also the summer residence of the Chief Abbot.
Overnight:Thimphu Hotel

Day 3 | Thimphu (sightseeing)
Morning visit the weekend market (Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday), Handmade paper Mill, School of Arts and crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan, Lunch in town. Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley, Enclosure where national animal, Takin are kept and Zilukha Nunnery
Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 4 | Thimphu - Trongsa
Distance: 200 km/ 120 miles
Time:7 hrs to 8 hrs
Passes on the way:Dochula-3115m/10279ft, Pelela-3392m/11193ft
Sleeping altitude:2316m/7642ft(Trongsa)
After early breakfast, drive to Dochula pass. If weather permits, you can see a range of high mountains of Eastern Himalayan. Further drive onwards to Wangdiphodrang town for lunch. The descent from Dochula into Wangdiphodrang valley is quite long as the difference is 1700 meters. Proceed to Trongsa across Pelela pass, the traditional boundary between east and west. A large prayer flag marks the pass and the ground is covered with high altitude dwarf bamboo. Stop en route at Chendebji Chorten, which was built in 18th century by lama named Shida. It is Nepalese in style with eyes painted at four cardinal points. Arrive Trongsa and check into hotel in Trongsa.
Overnight at the hotel in Trongsa.

Day 5 | Trongsa - Bumthang
Distance: 68 km/40.8 miles
Time: 2 hrs to 3 hrs
Pass on the way: Yutongla-3400m/11220ft
Sleeping altitude:2564m/8463ft(Bumthang)
After breakfast, you'll visit Trongsa Dzong, the masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture, and you'll also see Ta Dzong, the former watchtower built to defend this Dzong. This watchtower is now converted into a state-of-the-art museum. Then drive to Bumthang, through the Yutong La pass. Further 13 km ahead, the road enters into a wide, open cultivated valley known as Chumey. On arrival in Bumthang, check into the hotel. After lunch visit to Kurjey Lhakhang (where the saint body imprint on a rock), he Jambay Lhakhang (7th century), Tamshing Monastery (containing one of the oldest painting in Bhutan), the Jakar Dzong (administrative center of the region). Later, take a stroll in the village.
Overnight at the hotel in Bumthang.

Day 6 | Bumthang - Ngang Lhakhang (Start of trek)
Distance: 20 km/ 12 miles
Time: 6 hrs to 7 hrs
Sleeping altitude: 2,800m/9240ft
Trek begins today. The route takes you around Chamkhar Chhu, a river rich in trout. Lunch at the Thangbi Lhakhang, a temple built by the first Karma Shamar in 13th century. Further ahead you enter Ngang Yul, "Swan Land" and at its center is Ngang Lhakhang, the "Swan Temple". This part of the valley was at first inhabitated by swans who gave their name (Ngang) to the place. The Lama Namkha Samdrup, having dreamt a vision of how to build a temple, shot an arrow at the spot where the arrow landed, the Ngang Lhakhang was erected.
Overnight camp.

Day 7 | Ngang Lhakhang - Ugyenchholing
Sleeping Altitude : 2,850m
Distance: 5 km/3 miles
Time: 2 hrs to 3 hrs
Pass on the way: Phephe La-3,353m/11064ft
Climb gradually to Phephe La pass (3,353m). Follow the trail until the pass takes you through one of the most beautiful forested areas of this region. Allow for stops to enjoy the natural beauty of the surroundings.
Overnight camp

Day 8 | Ugyenchholing - Phokphey
Sleeping altitude: 3,600m/11880ft
Distance: 17 km/10.2 miles
walking time: 5 hrs to 6 hrs.
Today's walk is through bamboos, hemlock and finally up to alpine forest.
Overnight camp.

Day 9 | Phokphey to Pimi
Time: 6 hrs
Distance: 9.9 miles/16 km
Sleeping altitude: 2971m/9807ft
Pass on the way: Khempa La-4010m/13235ft.
Start with flat trail for 1 hour and climb to highest Khempa La. If the weather is good, you will see the tallest Mountain Gangkar puensum 24,750ft. Another short climb will reach you to Rodung La (pass). After the pass there will be a steep descent through rocky narrow trail to Pimi.
Overnight camp.

Day10 | Pimi to Khini lakhang
Time: 6 hrs
Distance: 15.5 km / 9.3 miles
Sleeping altitude: 2022m/6675ft
The trail starts to descent for most part of the day and pass through few settlements. Only a short climb to camp at the end.
Overnight camp.

Day11 | Khini Lakhang to TangmaChu
Time: 5 hrs to 6 hrs
Distance: 17 km / 10.5 miles
Sleeping altitude: 1600m/5280ft
After the Tage La pass (1760m/5,685ft), the trail descends to the KuriChhu.
Overnight camp.

Day12 | Tangmachu to Menji
Time: 5 hrs to 6 hrs
Distance: 12 km / 7.4 miles
Visit the Giant Guru Rimpoche's Statue. Visit Lhuntse Dzong(fortress).
Overnight at Menji village.

Day13 | Menji to Pemi
Time: 5 hrs to 6 hrs
Distance: 13 km/ 8 miles
Sleeping altitude: 8331ft/2540m
Continue to ascent for couple of hours to the top where you will find meadows used as summer grazing land. You are at the camp at Pemi.
Overnight camp.

Day14 | Pemi to Taupong
Time: 7 hrs to 8 hrs
Distance: 21 km / 13 miles
Sleeping altitude: 8226ft/2508m.
Pass on the way: DongLa-3946m/13,025ft
Its steep descend through the deep forest with rocky and muddy trail to camp at Taupong.
Overnight camp.

Day15. Taupong to Tashi Yangtse
Distance 24 km/14.4miles
Time: 8hrs to 9hrs
Sleeping altitude:1830m/6039ft.
Today is the longest trek. It is a gradually downhill till Yangtse through Chir pine and hardwood forests like oak of sub tropical forest zone. Continue your hike through old cantilever bridge below the Dzong.
Over night at Hotel at tashi Yangtse

Day16 | Tashi Yangtse to Tashigang
Time: 2 hrs
Distance: 53 km / 31.8 miles
Altitude:1151m/3790ft(Trashigang)
Today you will do some sightseeing, visit Chorten Kora, drive to Tashigang.
Overnight at Tashigang Hotel.

Day17 | Tashigang to SamdrupJongkhar
Time : 6 hrs
Distance: 175 km.Altitude:180 m/594ft(S/Jongkhar)
From here we start our 6 hour journey to the border town of Samdrup Jongkhar, drive pass Khaling and Wamrong.
Overnight at Samdrup Jongkhar Hotel.

Day18 | Samdrupjongkhar to India
We say farewell to each other and continue your destination towards India.

 

GEAR REQUIREMENTS

General

  • Long pants and full sleves while entering a temple and fotress(dzong)
  • Backpack
  • Socks
  • Camp shoes/sandals/flip-flops
  • Fleece jacket
  • Down jacket
  • Wind/rain jacket
  • Day-wear shirt
  • Warm hat
  • Trekking poles
  • Sunglasses
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Water bottle
  • Torch / Flashlight
  • Toiletries and odds & ends
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen/lip balm with SPF
  • Moisturiser
  • Sun hat
  • First aid kit
  • Camera and spare set of battery
  • Snacks and nutrition
  • Swiss knife/Leatherman.
  • Baby Wipes.
  • Anti-bacterial Hand Gel.
  • Books to read.
  • Journal

Especially for Trek

  • Sleeping bag(trek)
  • Sleeping bag liner(trek)
  • Inflatable sleeping pad(trek)
  • Duffel bags(trek)
  • Gaiters(trek)
  • Trekking pants(trek)

TARIFF DETAILS

Standard Mandated Tariff:

Daily Tariff High tourist season: US $250 per person per night on twin sharing basis during the Month of March, April, May, September, October and November
Daily Tariff low tourist season: US $ 200 per person per night on twin sharing basis during the month of January, February, June, July, August, December
FIT Surcharge for groups if 1 and 2 persons: US $ 40 and US $ 30 per person per night
Visa fee: US $ 40 per person
Tourism Development Fee: US $ 10 per person
FOC tour leader: 16 Pax and above
FOC tour leader: 32 Pax and above

Discounts

There shall be no charge for CHILDREN up to the age of 5 years. However, those between the ages of 6-12 years accompanied by elders / guardians shall be given 50% discount on daily rates and 100% discount on Royalty.
Full time STUDENTS below the age of 25 years holding valid identity cards from their academic institutions shall also be given a 25% discount on daily rates.
A discount of 50% on daily rates shall be given to one person in a group of 11 to 15 people. 100% discount shall be given to one member in a group exceeding 16 persons.
50%discount on Royalty shall be provided after the 8th night and 100% discount on Royalty shall be provided after the 14th night.
Luxury Package
The Luxury package is based on 4 or 5 star hotel (Aman kora, Uma and Zhiwaling and Taj Tashi) categories with extra services in addition to the Govt. Fixed minimum tariff of US$250/person/Night

Rate under cutting prohibited

The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) is responsible for all regulations and monitoring of all travel agents in Bhutan. Only upon receiving full payment, based on the mandated cost the visa is approved. Upon receiving your payment, we make a deposit to our account with the TCB, and the money is withheld by TCB until the trip is successfully taken place. It grantees safety of your payment and the services provided by us with integrity, experience and quality.

The price includes:

All internal Taxes (10%) and service charges (10%)
35% Government royalty
All accommodation in tourist A grade Hotel approved by the Tourism Council of Bhutan or as mentioned
All meals, tea and coffee
Service of professional and a licensed Bhutanese English speaking guide
All internal transport airport transfers (Toyota or Hyundai SUVs for FIT, Toyota Haice Bus or Hyundai H1 for small groups and Toyota Coaster Bus for bigger groups)
Complimentary mineral or bottled drinking water throughout the trip (inside car)
All permits and museum entry fees throughout the trip

Does not include:

Air fare
Bar bills
Laundry
Travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Tour cancellation:
No charge for the tour canceled before 30 days of arrival date
50% cancellation charge for the tour canceled before 20 days of arrival date
No refund for less than 20 days of arrival date
Flights cancellation: Cancellation policies (documentation charge of US$ 20 for change of dates)
100% refund for cancellation made before 60 days of travel date
40% refund for cancellation made before 30 days of travel date
NO refund for cancellation made less than 20 days of travel date only the tax fee
There is no charge for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights or road blocks. The tourist must however bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required.

Transportation:

1-2 Pax we use Toyota or Hyundai SUVs
3-7 Pax we use Toyota or Hyundai H1 bus
8 Pax and above, we use Toyota coaster bus

Food:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner will be served in buffet

PAYMENT PROCEDURE

Tour Payment:

Once the trip is confirmed, payment must be made to confirm the trip. For the flight, we issue your tickets only when the payment is wired from your side. Bank transfer is the only mode of payment for Bhutan tour package.

Payment Procedure

As a mandatory directive from the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB), full payment has to be made in advance in US dollars. The payment upon reaching us is directly deposited in our account with TCB, for analyzing and enabling us to process our online visa system. We will not be allowed to withdraw the payment, until your trip has concluded successfully. This grantees safety of your payment and assures all integrity and services provided by us. Please note that all the tour groups in Bhutan are subject to the following payment procedure. Please be assured of confidence and security when using this payment method.

To transfer money to Bhutan National Bank, from any place outside Bhutan and India, Please request your bank to remit money through Bhutan National Bank Ltd., Correspondent Bank as follows:

 Bank Address                                        
 Beneficiary Account Number  
 Beneficiary Bank  
 Beneficiary Ultimate Beneficiary  

TRIP OVERVIEW

The trek leads up to plenty of beautiful high altitude mountain lakes and provides stunning views of the whole Bhutanese Himalaya. Although most days are short, the day from Gur to Labatama involves a lot of climbing and is, therefore, pretty strenuous. Dagala trek offers the view of all the high mountain peaks of Bhutan including the world's third highest peak, Mt. Kenchenjunga and few other high peaks of Nepal. This is also a trek where you will see lots of lakes and the name, Dagala thousand lake trek comes from it. The trek starts between Thimphu and Paro highway and ends in Thimphu. The first two days of the trek is quite difficult and it's all uphill. But the view on the way is worth the climb.

Itinerary

Day 01 | Arrival in Paro
Day 02 | Paro Sightseeing
Day 03 | Paro to Thimphu
Day 04 | Thimphu sightseeing
Day 05 | Thimphu to Genekha(trek starts)
Day 06 | Genekha to Gur
Day 07 | Gur to labatama
Day 08 | Labatama Halt
Day 09 | Labatama Halt
Day 10 | Labatama to Panka
Day 11 | Panka to Telekha
Day 12 | Telekha to Thimphu to Paro (Ends)
Day 13 | Departure

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 | Arrival in Paro
Altitude: 2200m/7364ft
Upon your arrival, you would be greeted by our representative (guide) and drive to the hotel. In the afternoon visit National Museum, the first of its kind which has a collection from natural history to religious paintings. Evening stroll old Paro town and have a look into some local handicrafts store.
Overnight in Paro Hotel

Day 02 | Paro Sightseeing
Early morning hike to the Tiger’s nest which will take about 1 ½ hrs for a normal hiker to reach,visit the sacred temple of tiger nest. Lunch on the way back in cafeteria. Afternoon visit 17 century Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden. Evening back to hotel.
Overnight in Paro Hotel

Day 03 | Paro to Thimphu
Distance: 60 km/36 miles
Driving time:1 hrs
Sleeping altitude: 2400m/7920ft
Before arriving Thimphu, you would see Simtokha Dzong, Kingdom’s oldest Dzong built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Afternoon visit Memorial Chorten, built in the memory of Third King of Bhutan. Then in the evening visit Tashichho Dzong, Thimphu’s most impressive building situated at the banks of Wang Chhu which, houses the King’s Throne room and it is also the summer residence of the Chief Abbot.
Overnight in Thimphu Hotel

Day 04 | Thimphu (sight seeing)
Morning visit the weekend market (Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday), Handmade paper Mill, School of Arts and crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan, Lunch in town. Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley, Enclosure where national animal, Takin are kept and Zilukha Nunnery
Overnight Hotel in Thimphu.

Day 05 | Thimphu - Genekha (start of trek)
Distance: 14 km/8.4miles
Walking time: 4 hrs
Sleeping altitude: 2800m/9240ft
Drive for 45 min to reach starting point of the trek. The first day walk, over mule path, will end after four hours at the signboard of Genekha School. All through the trail, terraced fields and coniferous vegetation are abundant
Overnight camp.

Day 06 | Genekha - Gur
Distance:15 km/9miles
Time:4 hrs
Sleeping altitude: 3290m/10857ft
Today's trek which is a true communion with the nature starts with alpine flora and fauna (birds are common). Two hours of gradual uphill walk and rest at huge rock platform, offers a picturesque view of the valley below. After another two hours, the trek ends. You will Camp at Gur, where flowers are abundant in spring.
Overnight camp.

Day 07 | Gur - Labatama
Distance: 12 km7.2miles
Walking time: 5 hrs
Sleeping altitude: 4300m/14190ft
While trekking across the ridges, one enjoys the beauty of the rugged mountain vegetation. Today’s trek is amidst flowers and wild asparagus (in spring). The meadows freshen the trekkers with poetic sentiments. The first pass symbolized by huge cairn gives a spectacular view of the whole Dagala range, meadows and yak herders camp. Lunch at nearby yak herder’s camp. After lunch, walk across hills and meadows, ending the third day of trek. Camp near Yutsho Lake where golden trouts are in abundance.
Overnight camp

Day 08 | Labatama Halt
Pass to cross: YeleLa, 4950m
This day is for an excursion to any of three lakes: Relitsho, Hentsho and Jamatsho. The day and place is ideal for trout fishing.
Overnight camp

Day 09 | Labatama Halt
This day is for an excursion to any of three lakes: Relitsho, Hentsho and Jamatsho. The day and place is ideal for trout fishing.
Overnight camp

Day 10 | Labatama - Panka
Distance: 8 km/4.8miles
Walking time; 4 hrs
Sleeping altitude: 4000m/13200ft
Walk for 20 min upwards and later you will have majestic view of Himalayan peaks during descent. This point is around 4,460m. The mountains peaks include Everest, Kanchenjunga, Jumolhari, Jichu Drake, Tshering Gang, Khangbum, Masang Gang, Tsendegang and Gangche Ta. Here the Himalayan monal peasants are common sight, apart from yaks and horses.
Overnight camp

Day 11 | Panka - Talekha
Distance: 7 km/ 4.3 miles
Walking time; 4 hrs
Sleeping altitude: 3080m/10164ft
This day entails the crossing of several passes, each one more impressive than the other. Search for different verities of Blue Poppy (June-July) and mountain birds. Lunch at the point, where one trail leads to Talekha and other to Wangdiphodrang. After lunch, an hour’s gradual climb brings you to the tip of the last Dagala range from where view of Thimphu is spread in the palm of observer’s hand. An hour’s walk and you are at the last camp, little above Talekha monastery.
Overnight Camp.

Day12 | Talekha - Thimphu - Paro
Distance: 6 km/ 3.6 miles
Walking time; 3 hrs
Passing through alpine and mixed vegetation (bamboo thickets and mixed wild flowers), one reaches Talekha monastery and village and once again Thimphu view is superb. Passing through mixed vegetation and apple orchards, one reaches the main road to Thimphu where your transport will be waiting. Drive to Thimphu for lunch. Evening drive back to Paro.
Overnight at hotel in Paro.

Day13 | Depart to your destination
Say goodbye to Bhutan and board a flight for onward destination. We hope you will carry this gentle Kingdom in your heart: May it bring peace to you and others. Have a safe journey Home

GEAR REQUIREMENTS

General

  • Long pants and full sleves while entering a temple and fotress(dzong)
  • Backpack
  • Socks
  • Camp shoes/sandals/flip-flops
  • Fleece jacket
  • Down jacket
  • Wind/rain jacket
  • Day-wear shirt
  • Warm hat
  • Trekking poles
  • Sunglasses
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Water bottle
  • Torch / Flashlight
  • Toiletries and odds & ends
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen/lip balm with SPF
  • Moisturiser
  • Sun hat
  • First aid kit
  • Camera and spare set of battery
  • Snacks and nutrition
  • Swiss knife/Leatherman.
  • Baby Wipes.
  • Anti-bacterial Hand Gel.
  • Books to read.
  • Journal

 Especially for Trek

 

  • Sleeping bag(trek)
  • Sleeping bag liner(trek)
  • Inflatable sleeping pad(trek)
  • Duffel bags(trek)
  • Gaiters(trek)
  • Trekking pants(trek)

 

TARIFF DETAILS

 

Standard Mandated Tariff:

 

Daily Tariff High tourist season: US $250 per person per night on twin sharing basis during the Month of March, April, May, September, October and November
Daily Tariff low tourist season: US $ 200 per person per night on twin sharing basis during the month of January, February, June, July, August, December
FIT Surcharge for groups if 1 and 2 persons: US $ 40 and US $ 30 per person per night
Visa fee: US $ 40 per person
Tourism Development Fee: US $ 10 per person
FOC tour leader: 16 Pax and above
FOC tour leader: 32 Pax and above

 

Discounts

 

There shall be no charge for CHILDREN up to the age of 5 years. However, those between the ages of 6-12 years accompanied by elders / guardians shall be given 50% discount on daily rates and 100% discount on Royalty.
Full time STUDENTS below the age of 25 years holding valid identity cards from their academic institutions shall also be given a 25% discount on daily rates.
A discount of 50% on daily rates shall be given to one person in a group of 11 to 15 people. 100% discount shall be given to one member in a group exceeding 16 persons.
50%discount on Royalty shall be provided after the 8th night and 100% discount on Royalty shall be provided after the 14th night.
Luxury Package
The Luxury package is based on 4 or 5 star hotel (Aman kora, Uma and Zhiwaling and Taj Tashi) categories with extra services in addition to the Govt. Fixed minimum tariff of US$250/person/Night

 

Rate under cutting prohibited

 

The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) is responsible for all regulations and monitoring of all travel agents in Bhutan. Only upon receiving full payment, based on the mandated cost the visa is approved. Upon receiving your payment, we make a deposit to our account with the TCB, and the money is withheld by TCB until the trip is successfully taken place. It grantees safety of your payment and the services provided by us with integrity, experience and quality.

 

The price includes:

 

All internal Taxes (10%) and service charges (10%)
35% Government royalty
All accommodation in tourist A grade Hotel approved by the Tourism Council of Bhutan or as mentioned
All meals, tea and coffee
Service of professional and a licensed Bhutanese English speaking guide
All internal transport airport transfers (Toyota or Hyundai SUVs for FIT, Toyota Haice Bus or Hyundai H1 for small groups and Toyota Coaster Bus for bigger groups)
Complimentary mineral or bottled drinking water throughout the trip (inside car)
All permits and museum entry fees throughout the trip

Does not include:

 

Air fare
Bar bills
Laundry
Travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Tour cancellation:
No charge for the tour canceled before 30 days of arrival date
50% cancellation charge for the tour canceled before 20 days of arrival date
No refund for less than 20 days of arrival date
Flights cancellation: Cancellation policies (documentation charge of US$ 20 for change of dates)
100% refund for cancellation made before 60 days of travel date
40% refund for cancellation made before 30 days of travel date
NO refund for cancellation made less than 20 days of travel date only the tax fee
There is no charge for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights or road blocks. The tourist must however bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required.

 

Transportation:

 

1-2 Pax we use Toyota or Hyundai SUVs
3-7 Pax we use Toyota or Hyundai H1 bus
8 Pax and above, we use Toyota coaster bus

 

Food:

 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner will be served in buffet

 

PAYMENT PROCEDURE

 

Tour Payment:

 

Once the trip is confirmed, payment must be made to confirm the trip. For the flight, we issue your tickets only when the payment is wired from your side. Bank transfer is the only mode of payment for Bhutan tour package.

 

Payment Procedure

 

As a mandatory directive from the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB), full payment has to be made in advance in US dollars. The payment upon reaching us is directly deposited in our account with TCB, for analyzing and enabling us to process our online visa system. We will not be allowed to withdraw the payment, until your trip has concluded successfully. This grantees safety of your payment and assures all integrity and services provided by us. Please note that all the tour groups in Bhutan are subject to the following payment procedure. Please be assured of confidence and security when using this payment method.

 

To transfer money to Bhutan National Bank, from any place outside Bhutan and India, Please request your bank to remit money through Bhutan National Bank Ltd., Correspondent Bank as follows:

 

 Bank Address                                        
 Beneficiary Account Number  
 Beneficiary Bank  
 Beneficiary Ultimate Beneficiary  

 

TRIP OVERVIEW

Samtegang trek is one of the few winter treks in Bhutan and also one of the easiest trek in Bhutan going through a very low altitude and a short duration as well. The trek leads through few small villages with very few little climbs. It's a great trek for beginners or family. The trek starts from Punakha and ends in Wangdi.

Itinerary

Day 01 | Arrival in Paro and to Thimphu
Day 02 | Thimphu Sightseeing
Day 03 | Thimphu to Punakha
Day 04 | Punakha to Limukha(trek begins)
Day 05 | Limukha to Chungsakha
Day 06 | Chungsakha to samtengang
Day 07 | Samtengang to Phobjikha(Trek Ends)
Day 08 | Phobjikha to Paro
Day 09 | Paro sightseeing
Day 10 | Departure

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 | Arrival in Paro - Thimphu
Drive : 1hr
Distance:65 km / 39 miles
Altitude: 2400m/7920ft
Flight to Paro has spectacular views of the Everest, Kanchen Junga and other Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Jhomolhari and Jichu Drakey in Bhutan are awesome. On arrival in Paro our guide will receive you and transfer to Thimphu by car/bus. One can wander on your own to stroll Thimphu streets or relax in your hotel.
Overnight in Thimphu hotel

Day 02 | Thimphu sightseeing
Morning visit the weekend market (Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday), Handmade paper Mill, School of Arts and crafts where students learn 13 different arts used predominantly in Bhutan, Lunch in town. Drive pass by Memorial Chorten (temple) built in memory of the late 3rd King. Visit Changangkha Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the valley, Enclosure where national animal, Takin are kept and Zilukha Nunnery.
Overnight in Thimphu hotel

Day 03 | Thimphu - Punakha
Drive : 3hr
Distance:77 km
Altitude: 1350m/4455ft
Drive through Dochula pass, the second highest road pass in your trip at 3010m. When the weather permits one can enjoy a spectacular view of the highest mountains of Bhutan at a sight that stretches almost 180 degrees. After a short tea break continue to sub tropical Punakha. Afternoon visit the Souvenir Making Center and the Punakha Dzong (fortress) which houses the most elaborated temple in the country.
Overnight: Punakha hotel

Day 04 | Punakha - Limukha(Trek starts)
Distance: 9 km/5.4 miles
Walking time: 4hrs
Sleeping altitude: 2220m/7326ft
Drive till Punakha Dzong. The trek starts upstream from the Dzong, over the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan (180m) across the Pho Chhu. Climb gently on the left sude of the Pho Chhu through terraced feilds if mustard and winter wheat. The Punajha valley is low enough to enable two harvest, so there is plenty of activities in the fields in the winter months. The valley also produces fruits like banana and oranges. A stop to visit the village of Dompala can be organised depending on group's choice.
Overnight camp.

Day 05 | Limukha - Chungsakha
Distance: 10 km/6 miles
Walking time: 4 hrs
Sleeping altitude: 1850m/6105ft
Today your day start with leaving camp climb steeply (150m) up to a small ridge (2370m) through a cold dense forest from which doay's climb is visible. Cross this ridge and decend steeply into a small side valley where a small stream is crossed. The trail is surrounded by beautiful bridsong and oak and rhododendron forest follow an unclear trail covered by slippery leaces.
Overnight camp.

Day 06 | Chungsakha - Samtengang
Distance: 4 kms/2.4 miles
Walking time: 3 hrs
Sleeping altitude: 2050m/6765ft
The trail now takes you through the village of Sha Wangdi.Sun reaches camp late. Decend to the road in 45min and find a suspension bridge crossing the Bae Chhu at 1500m. The road leads to the slate mines of Tsheshinang at the end of the valley.The trail goes through small deeply eroded gorges which will be very slippery in the rain.December the daphne flower is already starting to flower. Camp at Samtengang at the lake side.
Overnight camp.

Day 07 | Samtengang - Tika Zam - Phobjikha (Trek Ends)
Distance: 3 kms/1.8 miles
Time: 1hrs till Tika Zam and 3hrs drive to Phobjikha
Sleeping altitude:3000m/9900ft
The trail starting near camp decends steeply through endless agricultural fields heading into the valley of the Dang Chhu. The road will be reached next to the bridge at Tika Zam (1555m) Drive till Wangdiphodrang and lunch at Tourist lodge. Then continue to drive to Thimphu. Overnight in phobjikha Hotel or farm house.
Overnight: Phobjikha Phobjikha

Day 08 | Phobjikha - Paro
Drive : 6 hrs
Distance:200 km/ 120 miles
Altitude: 2200m/7260ft
Check out from the hotel, take an easy valley hike to the Gompa which take about 2 hrs and called Phobjikha Natural Trail, further drive back to Paro. If time permits, in Paro visit the National Museum, the first of its kind which has a collection from natural history to religious paintings. Visit 17 century Paro Dzong (Fortress) on foot and continue walking through the oldest wooden bridge still in use. Evening stroll old Paro town and peep into some local handicrafts stores. One can also venture to try local restaurant for dinner.
Overnight: Paro Hotel

Day 09 | Paro Sightseeing
Morning hike to Tiger's Nest, the most revered temple in the country that literally hangs on a granite cliff overlooking the Paro Valley. Taktsang or the tiger's nest temple is the most revered temple to the Buddhist. This magical temple clings to a vertical granite cliff 800m above the valley. Legend has it that in the 8th century, Guru Rimpochey, a tantric master flew here on the back of a tigress and meditated in a cave around which the temple is built. Afternoon on your way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang, one from the 2 oldest Buddhist temples in the country, historic Drukgyal Dzong (Fortress) and Evening at leisure.
Overnight: Paro Hotel

Day 10 | Departure
Finally you say good bye to Bhutan.

GEAR REQUIREMENTS

General

  • Long pants and full sleves while entering a temple and fotress(dzong)
  • Backpack
  • Socks
  • Camp shoes/sandals/flip-flops
  • Fleece jacket
  • Down jacket
  • Wind/rain jacket
  • Day-wear shirt
  • Warm hat
  • Trekking poles
  • Sunglasses
  • Mittens/gloves
  • Water bottle
  • Torch / Flashlight
  • Toiletries and odds & ends
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen/lip balm with SPF
  • Moisturiser
  • Sun hat
  • First aid kit
  • Camera and spare set of battery
  • Snacks and nutrition
  • Swiss knife/Leatherman.
  • Baby Wipes.
  • Anti-bacterial Hand Gel.
  • Books to read.
  • Journal

Especially for Trek

  • Sleeping bag(trek)
  • Sleeping bag liner(trek)
  • Inflatable sleeping pad(trek)
  • Duffel bags(trek)
  • Gaiters(trek)
  • Trekking pants(trek)

TARIFF DETAILS

Standard Mandated Tariff:

Daily Tariff High tourist season: US $250 per person per night on twin sharing basis during the Month of March, April, May, September, October and November
Daily Tariff low tourist season: US $ 200 per person per night on twin sharing basis during the month of January, February, June, July, August, December
FIT Surcharge for groups if 1 and 2 persons: US $ 40 and US $ 30 per person per night
Visa fee: US $ 40 per person
Tourism Development Fee: US $ 10 per person
FOC tour leader: 16 Pax and above
FOC tour leader: 32 Pax and above

Discounts

There shall be no charge for CHILDREN up to the age of 5 years. However, those between the ages of 6-12 years accompanied by elders / guardians shall be given 50% discount on daily rates and 100% discount on Royalty.
Full time STUDENTS below the age of 25 years holding valid identity cards from their academic institutions shall also be given a 25% discount on daily rates.
A discount of 50% on daily rates shall be given to one person in a group of 11 to 15 people. 100% discount shall be given to one member in a group exceeding 16 persons.
50%discount on Royalty shall be provided after the 8th night and 100% discount on Royalty shall be provided after the 14th night.
Luxury Package
The Luxury package is based on 4 or 5 star hotel (Aman kora, Uma and Zhiwaling and Taj Tashi) categories with extra services in addition to the Govt. Fixed minimum tariff of US$250/person/Night

Rate under cutting prohibited

The Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) is responsible for all regulations and monitoring of all travel agents in Bhutan. Only upon receiving full payment, based on the mandated cost the visa is approved. Upon receiving your payment, we make a deposit to our account with the TCB, and the money is withheld by TCB until the trip is successfully taken place. It grantees safety of your payment and the services provided by us with integrity, experience and quality.

The price includes:

All internal Taxes (10%) and service charges (10%)
35% Government royalty
All accommodation in tourist A grade Hotel approved by the Tourism Council of Bhutan or as mentioned
All meals, tea and coffee
Service of professional and a licensed Bhutanese English speaking guide
All internal transport airport transfers (Toyota or Hyundai SUVs for FIT, Toyota Haice Bus or Hyundai H1 for small groups and Toyota Coaster Bus for bigger groups)
Complimentary mineral or bottled drinking water throughout the trip (inside car)
All permits and museum entry fees throughout the trip

Does not include:

Air fare
Bar bills
Laundry
Travel insurance
Other personal expenses
Tour cancellation:
No charge for the tour canceled before 30 days of arrival date
50% cancellation charge for the tour canceled before 20 days of arrival date
No refund for less than 20 days of arrival date
Flights cancellation: Cancellation policies (documentation charge of US$ 20 for change of dates)
100% refund for cancellation made before 60 days of travel date
40% refund for cancellation made before 30 days of travel date
NO refund for cancellation made less than 20 days of travel date only the tax fee
There is no charge for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights or road blocks. The tourist must however bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required.

Transportation:

1-2 Pax we use Toyota or Hyundai SUVs
3-7 Pax we use Toyota or Hyundai H1 bus
8 Pax and above, we use Toyota coaster bus

Food:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner will be served in buffet

PAYMENT PROCEDURE

Tour Payment:

Once the trip is confirmed, payment must be made to confirm the trip. For the flight, we issue your tickets only when the payment is wired from your side. Bank transfer is the only mode of payment for Bhutan tour package.

Payment Procedure

As a mandatory directive from the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB), full payment has to be made in advance in US dollars. The payment upon reaching us is directly deposited in our account with TCB, for analyzing and enabling us to process our online visa system. We will not be allowed to withdraw the payment, until your trip has concluded successfully. This grantees safety of your payment and assures all integrity and services provided by us. Please note that all the tour groups in Bhutan are subject to the following payment procedure. Please be assured of confidence and security when using this payment method.

To transfer money to Bhutan National Bank, from any place outside Bhutan and India, Please request your bank to remit money through Bhutan National Bank Ltd., Correspondent Bank as follows:

 Bank Address                                        
 Beneficiary Account Number  
 Beneficiary Bank  
 Beneficiary Ultimate Beneficiary  

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