Bhutan Trek and Tour

Bhutan Trek and Tour

Mount Machhapuchhre and Annapurna base camp, Nepal

Trekking in Bhutan is the best way to experience its well-conserved pristine natural environment. Trail meanders through green meadows where hairy yaks graze; elusive blue sheep and takins gallop on mountain slopes and tall rhododendron trees bursting with pink and red flowers adorn the valleys and mountain tops. You will also pass through villages of nomadic yak herders and be captivated by their closet rustic lifestyle. As mountains in Bhutan are considered abode of deities and home for legendary yeti – hence they remain unconquered.

Trekking offers an opportunity to witness stunning views of unclimbed snow-capped mountains. Whether you are looking for a glimpse of the Himalayas or long treks, we have all for you. Our short treks offer an insight to the Himalayas within a short span of time and long arduous treks befit true adventure seekers. All these treks go over prayer flag festooned scenic passes, which are as high as 5000 meters. Bhutan offers unique ways of trekking in the Himalayas.
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Trek Package

Bhutan Druk Path Trekking

About This Trek

Bhutan Druk Path Trekking Trek is the most popular trek in the Bhutan as it passes through a gorgeous natural landscape of blue pine forests, high ridges and pristine lakes while at the same time offering the opportunity to visit some ancient Lhakhangs, Dzongs, and villages.

The Druk Path Trek is also a fairly easy hike to undertake as the distances between rest camps is fairly short. The trail takes you through forests of fir, blue pine and dwarf rhododendrons at altitudes ranging between 2400 to 4200 m. On the third day, hikers will arrive at Jimiling Lake, whose crystal clear waters are home to gigantic trout. This trek also offers hikers stunning views of Mount Gangkar Puensum, the highest unscaled peak in the world. The best times to embark on the Druk Path Trek are March, April, May and June or September, October, and November.

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Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival day in Kathmandu , Nepal, check into hotel and rest.

Day 02: Full day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu valley and excursions to Nagarkot Himalayan view point

Day 03: Enjoy the sunrise & mountain view with breakfast in Nagarkot and we drive back via Bhaktapur on of the historical sights with temples, Prepare for Bhutan trip.

Day 04: Fly to Bhutan arrival at Paro:
You will be met by our representative, and transferred to your Paro hotel. Overnight at the hotel in Paro. If time permit we go to see Paro market, then visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of Bhutan . In the afternoon visit Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower and now the National Museum . Then walk down the hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong), "the fortress of the heap of jewels".

Day 05: Paro valley sightseeing and Tiger's nest hike
In the morning after brekfast drive northwest up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders. Though largely destroyed by fire in 1951, its towering walls are still an imposing sight. On a clear day there is a splendid view of Mt. Chomolhari from the approach road to Drukgyel Dzong. Visit one of the typical village houses clustered near the dzong. After this drive to the trek starting point to take an excursion to Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tiger's Nest. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche, founding father of the Bhutanese form of Mahayana Buddhism, arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery. Taktsang was damaged severely by fire in 1998 and at present restoration work is in progress. But tourists are still able to visit the lookout point. Overnight in Paro.

Day 06: Paro - Jele Dzong 8km, 3 hours trek
Today is a short trekking day. The journey starts with a short climb up to Jele Dzong. The trek trail ascends gradually up to the camp, and if the weather is clear Paro valley can be seen with snow-capped mountains behind. Above the camp is Jele-la pass (3,400m) and Jele Dzong (mostly in ruins). There is also a lhakhang containing a statue of Buddha Sakyamuni. Overnight camp.

Day 07: Jele Dzong - Jangchulakha 10km, 3-4 hours trek
Begin with a one and a half hour climb and then ascend more gradually upwards. The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and rhododendrons. You will have fine views of Chomolhari and other snow capped peaks if the weather is right, and you may hear some monal pheasants calling during the day. You may see yak herders around your campsite. Overnight camp.

Day 08: Jangchulakha - Jimilangtsho 11km, 4 hours trek
The trail follows the ridge, and on a clear day the views of the mountains and valley are sensational. You will enjoy a great view of Jichu Drake (6,989m), the peak representing the protective deity of Paro. Our camp is close to the Jimilangtsho lakes, which are famous for their giant sized trout. Overnight camp.

Day 09: Jimilangtsho - Simkota 11km, 4 hours trek
The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and passes by the lake of Janetsho . Today you may come across some yak herders' camps and get an idea of how these people live. We camp overnight close to Simkota Lake , and if you are lucky you can catch a lake trout for your dinner.

Day 10: Simkota - Phajoding 10km, 4 hours trek
Today trek begins with a gradual climb, and if the weather permits you will enjoy majestic views of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, and a host of other peaks. The trail slowly descends through juniper trees to a campsite beside a community hall near Phajoding cafeteria. Overnight in cafeteria or camp, depending on weather conditions.

Day 11 : Phajoding - Thimphu 5km, 3 hours trek
The trek to Thimphu is downhill all the way, passing through a forested area of mostly blue pine. Taking a leisurely pace, you reach Thimphu in about 3 hours. Afternoon at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu, Bhutan.

Day 12 : Excursion to Punakha valley / Wangduephodrang
After breakfast, full day excursion to the Punakha and Wangdue valleys. The drive from Thimphu crosses Dochu-la pass (3,088m) from which there are the most enchanting mountain views. In Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong situated at the junction of the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. Built in the 17 th century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, this dzong has played important role in Bhutan 's history. Then drive to Wangduephodrang, to visit 17 th century Wangduephodrang Dzong and the local market. Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.

Day 13 : Punakha - Thimphu - Paro valley
Drive from Punakha to Thimpu , sightseeing in Thimphu, In the evening drive to Paro. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 14 : Departure to Kathmandu
Transfer to airport for flight to Kathmandu, pick up and check into hotel - optional sightseeing, free in Kathmandu for shopping and bargain, evening Nepali cultural show and dinner

Day 15: Final Departure, transfer to airport

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25 days trek total cost $25000

Cost Include(s)
  • All Airport – Hotel – Airport transfer
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch Dinner) including Tea/coffee and hot water
  • Best suited accommodation during the trek
  • An experienced Guide, Assistant Guide (5 trekkers: A.G), and Porter (as your need) to carry luggage during the trek
  • All salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, meals, and accommodation for the Nepalese crew members
  • All Government Paper works and Permits for the trekking (TIMS Card/ National Parks/ Conservation area fees)
  • All grounded transportation and airfare during the trek
  • All Government and Local Taxes
  • Special area trekking permit fee
  • Relaxation, head or feet reflexology (before departure)
Cost Exclude(s)
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • International airfare and airport taxes
  • Items of personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, mineral waters, cold drinks, laundry bills, cigarettes, phone calls etc
  • Extra cost on shower, battery charge
  • Personal Travel and rescue insurance
  • Rescue charge if needed (we can arrange), any kind of unforeseen expenses etc
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Gratitude/Tips for the Crew
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Jhomolhari Trek

About This Trek

One of Bhutan’s most popular trek, it offers spectacular views of 7314m high Jumolhari, its companion Jitchu Drake, Tserim Kang and the adjoining peaks. Mt. Jhomolhari is spelled as Chomolhari, Jumolhari or Jomolhari but they are all the same. Bhutan’s deeply venerated guardian peak rises on the Tibet-Bhutan border near the major ancient trade route from India into Tibet’s Pharr Valley. It is thought by many to be the most beautiful mountain in the whole length of the Himalayas.

The trek passes through Bhutan’s little-visited villages, valley’s and forests, with opportunities to see blue sheep, along with a huge variety of bird life. In the spring, Rhododendrons, Azaleas, and masses of wildflowers carpet the high meadows, and pear and apple trees blossom in the valleys. In the fall, rice paddies ripen to a golden brown, and Yak herders bring their charges down from high summer pastures.

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Day to Day Itinerary

DAY 01 ARRIVE PARO BY DRUK AIR FROM BANGKOK, DELHI, KOLKATA OR KATHMANDU.

Arrive Paro by Druk Air, the only national carrier. The flight offers you beautiful view of the Himalayan ranges. Weather permitting views of Mt. Everest and Kanchenjunga is visible. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by our members. Afternoon/evening time at leisure. Overnight Hotel.

DAY 02 DAY HIKE TO TAKTSANG MONASTERY (altitude acclimatization)

Day hike to Taktsang monastery (Tigers nest monastery). The hike which is all the way uphill takes about 2 /3 hours through pine forests. The monastery which clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the Paro valley was devastated by fire in 1998 but the Royal Government has taken immediate steps to restore the monastery to its original splendor. It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. The demons were subdued who were trying to stop the spread of Buddhism and converted the Paro valley to Buddhism. During the end of the 17 century, a monastery was built on the spot where the saint meditated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time. Stroll back to your hotel.

Paro Altitude. 2300m. elevation gain. 2800m. total hike about 7km.

DAY 03 DRIVE TO DRUGYEL DZONG AND TREK TO SHANA CAMP

Drive to Drugyel Dzong where the trek begins. The path goes upstream of the Pachu river through villages gradually ascending to 2800 meters at Shana camp. Walking time 5/6 hours.

DAY 04 TREK FROM SHANA TO SOI THANTHANGKHA

Shana to Soi Thangthangkha. The trail again follows the Pachu river ascending through pine, oak, and spruce forest. Lunch will be served near a wooden bridge. The camp is at an altitude of 3800 meters near a stone shelter. Walking time 7/8 hours.

DAY 05 TREK FROM SOI TO JANGOTHANG.

So to Jangothang. Climb slowly for a while till you reach an army camp. Then follow the river above tree line with stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Hot lunch will be served inside a Yak herders camp. An easy walk will reach you to Jangothang at an altitude of 4050 meters. The view of Jhomolhari (7320 meters) and Jichu Drake (6900
meters) is superb. Both the mountains are still virgin peaks. Walking time 4/5 hours.

DAY 06 REST DAY AT JANGOTHANG

Halt at Jangothang. Explore the surrounding areas like Tshophu Lake, visit Yakherders or simply relax.

DAY 07 TREK FROM JANGOTHANG TO LINGSHI

Jangothang to Lingshi. The trail follows the stream for a half hour and crosses the bridge to the right side. Climb up the ridge and enjoy stunning views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake, and Tshrim Khang mountains. Then walk through the wide open valley sometimes coming across herds of blue sheep. The climb up to the Nyele la pass 4700 meters is not too difficult and the view is breathtaking. After the pass, its a gradual descent and through the valley with beautiful views on all side. Nearing the camp you will see the Lingshi Dzong perched on top of a hill with commanding a view of the valley. Arrive camp at 4100 meters near a stone shelter. Walking time 6/7 hours.

DAY 08 TREK FROM LINGSHI TO SHODU

Lingshi to Shodu. Today is the most difficult day so start early. Begin to walk opposite the dzong gradually through the valley until the stiff climb to Yale la pass at 4950 meters the highest point of the trip. The panoramic view of Mt.Chomolhari, Jichu Drake, and Tshrim Gang is breathtaking. After the pass is a long descent to the camp at 3750 meters. Walking time 7/8 hours.

DAY 09 TREK FROM SHODU TO BARSHONG

Shodu to Barshong. The path follows the Thimchu river descending through rhododendron, Juniper and pine forests. The view of the cliff facing rocks and water falls are stunning. The trail gradually ascends after 3/4 hours to the ruins of Barshong Dzong reaching the camp at 3500 meters. Walking time 5/6 hours.

DAY 10 TREK FROM BARSHONG TO DODINA AND DRIVE TO THIMPHU

Barshong to Dodina. The path descends for a while joining the Thimchu river and gradually ascending and descending through thick bamboo and pine forests. From Dolemkencho the trail descends all the way to Dodina where the Our coach will be waiting for your return. Walking time 7/8 hours. Drive 1 and a half hour to Thimphu (capital city). Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 11 SIGHTSEEING IN THIMPHU AND DRIVE TO PARO

AM stroll around the market and do some sightseeing and shopping in Thimphu and drive 2 hours to Paro. PM Paro sightseeing.

DAY 12 TRANSFER TO AIRPORT FOR DEPARTURE

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25 days trek total cost $25000

Cost Include(s)
  • All Airport – Hotel – Airport transfer
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch Dinner) including Tea/coffee and hot water
  • Best suited accommodation during the trek
  • An experienced Guide, Assistant Guide (5 trekkers: A.G), and Porter (as your need) to carry luggage during the trek
  • All salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, meals, and accommodation for the Nepalese crew members
  • All Government Paper works and Permits for the trekking (TIMS Card/ National Parks/ Conservation area fees)
  • All grounded transportation and airfare during the trek
  • All Government and Local Taxes
  • Special area trekking permit fee
  • Relaxation, head or feet reflexology (before departure)
Cost Exclude(s)
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • International airfare and airport taxes
  • Items of personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, mineral waters, cold drinks, laundry bills, cigarettes, phone calls etc
  • Extra cost on shower, battery charge
  • Personal Travel and rescue insurance
  • Rescue charge if needed (we can arrange), any kind of unforeseen expenses etc
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Gratitude/Tips for the Crew
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Tour Package

Bhutan Cultural Tour

About This Tour

Bhutan Travel Bureau’s range of Bhutan cultural tours are designed to bring clients into close contact with an unspoiled land that is home to a vibrant Buddhist way of life, and as close in spirit to Shambala – or paradise – as an earth bound kingdom can be. Our popular Bhutan tours cover the valleys of Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Wangduephodrang, Gangtey Phobjikha, Trongsa, Bumthang, and Trashigang. In these townships, you can really discover the spirit of the Bhutanese, as well as visit numerous sacred sites, Dzongs, temples, landmarks, monasteries, markets, farmhouses, schools & museums. All our tour programs are flexible and can be easily tailored to suit. Guests have the option of staying in either our range of carefully selected, the government approved tourist class hotels and lodges, or upgrade (additional costs) to superior, luxury hotels and resorts. Further upgrade options including specialized transport can be utilized as part of our range of luxury tours. Visit Ultimate Bhutan, The Cloud Kingdom, and The Last Shangri-La to view sample itineraries of luxury tours that we can customize. To enhance your Bhutan cultural tour why not consider a specialized activity including cycling, photography, camping and walking as featured on our Specialised Tours page, or a unique Bhutan festival tour or one of our many Value-Added Options to provide a more in-depth experience of Bhutanese culture.

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Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01 - Arrival at Paro Airport. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 02 - Sightseeing around Paro then evening drive to Thimphu. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 03 - Sightseeing in and around Thimphu. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 04 - Drive from Thimphu to Gangtey/Phobjikha. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 05 - Drive from Gangtey to Bumthang. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 06 - Sightseeing in and around Bumthang. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 07 - Drive through Trongsa to Punakha. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 08 - Sightseeing in Punkha with overnight accommodation in Paro. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 09 - Sightseeing in and around Paro. Overnight at a hotel.

Day 10 - Transfer to international airport for your final departure.

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25 days trek total cost $25000

Cost Include(s)
  • All Airport – Hotel – Airport transfer
  • 3 meals per day during the trek (Breakfast Lunch Dinner) including Tea/coffee and hot water
  • Best suited accommodation during the trek
  • An experienced Guide, Assistant Guide (5 trekkers: A.G), and Porter (as your need) to carry luggage during the trek
  • All salary, insurance, equipment, transportation, meals, and accommodation for the Nepalese crew members
  • All Government Paper works and Permits for the trekking (TIMS Card/ National Parks/ Conservation area fees)
  • All grounded transportation and airfare during the trek
  • All Government and Local Taxes
  • Special area trekking permit fee
  • Relaxation, head or feet reflexology (before departure)
Cost Exclude(s)
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • International airfare and airport taxes
  • Items of personal expenses such as alcoholic drinks, mineral waters, cold drinks, laundry bills, cigarettes, phone calls etc
  • Extra cost on shower, battery charge
  • Personal Travel and rescue insurance
  • Rescue charge if needed (we can arrange), any kind of unforeseen expenses etc
  • Personal trekking equipment
  • Gratitude/Tips for the Crew
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