7 Nights 8 Days-Bhutan Hiking & Cultural Tour

The tiny Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan awaits, nestled high in the Himalayas its isolation from the world has cultivated a culture rich in traditions, religion and a benevolent monarchy. The dramatic landscapes, from snow capped peaks and deeply forested slopes to raging, boulder strewn rivers, sit largely undisturbed as the endeared environmental initiatives and religious beliefs leave the Kingdom pristine and a jewel of nature. The program takes you into this ancient Kingdom for an adventure into the hearts and lands of charming farmers, fascinating weavers, enchanting monks and charismatic leaders.

Bhutan hiking and cultural tour commences with a scenic flight that flies you over the beautiful Himalayas and lands at the Paro International airport in central Bhutan. After landing in Paro airport we will check in to the hotel and later go for a day tour around Paro. We will visit some of the places and monuments in Paro and get back to the hotel for the overnight stay. Next day will visit Thimphu which is the capital city of Bhutan. The day tour to Thimphu is really going to an exciting trip as we will be exploring the tallest sitting Buddha in Bhutan with an great view over the city of Thimphu, takin preserve, followed by an hike to Cheri monastery after lunch. Exploring the culture and tradition of this magical country is yet another interesting part of our tour. Following days we will be exploring more places of Bhutan. We will explore Punakha and many other places that entice us with its glorifying beauty and amazing monuments.

Day 1: Arrive in Paro, Bhutan

Pass By:  Bhutan Private Day Tours, Paro  00975 Bhutan
Flying in to the country’s only airport, in the beautiful Paro valley, the clear mountain air, forested ridges, imposing monasteries and welcoming Bhutanese people in their striking national dress, provides a breath-taking first impression. On arrival at Paro airport, after immigration and custom formalities, your guide from Breakfree Adventures will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel. After lunch we head out of the tourist trail for a short hike to 15th century Zurig Lhakhang above Paro Dzong overlooking the valley. It offers great views of Ta Dzong (watch Tower) and Paro Rinpung Dzong (one and half hour approx.). Enroute, visit the iconic 17th century Paro Rinpung Dzong which means “the fortress of the heap of jewels”. A quick descent takes us to covered cantilever bridge marked with giant stupas. Upon descent, drive 30 minutes to see the exterior of the remote ruins of Drukgyel Dzong (entry not allowed) and on clear day, you would be rewarded with a view of snow-capped Mt Jhomolhari, which is the third highest mountain in Bhutan.

Stop At: Rinpung Dzong, Paro, Bhutan
Visit Rinpung Dzong in Paro, Bhutan
Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Paro River, Paro Bhutan
Enjoy the view of Paro River

Meals included:
• Breakfast

• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Nakshel Boutique Resort and Spa or Similar accommodation depends on availabilty.


Day 2: Paro – Thimphu – Hike To Tango Cheri Monastery

Stop At: Thimphu Chorten (Memorial Chorten), Thimphu Bhutan
After early breakfast from the hotel we drive for 1.5 Hrs to reach the capital city Thimphu, and upon arrival take a drive up the valley towards north along Thim Chhu (river) for a short hike to Cheri Monastery. The short drive through the countryside surrounding Thimphu brings us to the Jigme Dorji Wildlife Sanctuary, the largest protected area in the country. The park is home to several endangered species including the Takin, snow leopard, blue sheep, tiger, red panda, and the Himalayan black bear. More than 300 species of birds have been cataloged within the park and it’s so rich in plants.

Our walk begins from the small village of Dodena as we go across the covered bridge over the Thim Chhu to climb up steadily to Cheri; a small monastery perched on the hill with a view over the Thimphu Valley. Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel built this monastery in 1620, and this is where the first community of monks in Bhutan was established. The monastery is considered very sacred as it contains the ashes of Tempi Nima, the father of the first Shabdrung of Bhutan, and beautiful frescoes of Buddhist saints. Shabdrung also spent three years in retreat here and it’s a renowned meditation place even today. After our visit to the monastery, we descend back the way we came, keeping our eyes open for the goral (wild goat) that are often spotted on the cliffs nearby.
Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Cheri Gompa Monastery, Dodeyna, Thimphu Bhutan
Lovely hike to Cheri Monastery
Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Jigme Dorji National Park, Thimphu Bhutan
A nice visit to Jigme Dorji National Park, Thimphu

Pass By: Thimphu’s Weekend Market, Chhogyal Lam, Thimphu Bhutan
If we are there in Weekend, visit Thimphu’s Weekend Market.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Hotel Ariya/Similar accommodation depends on availabilty.

Day 3: Drive from Thimphu to Punakha

Stop At: Punakha Dzong, Punakha 13001 Bhutan
After Breakfast, drive for about an hour along the east-west highway till Dochu La (3050m) to begin yet another hike(driving distance: 1 hour). The view of the Himalayas from Dochu La is spectacular to the north when the sky is clear. The pass is marked by 108 chortens (Stupa), which are Buddhist reliquaries, memorials to the teachings of the Buddha. Sometimes actual relics of the Buddha or revered monks are inserted into the dome of the stupa, but whether or not there are relics inside, the stupas mark the landscape with reminders of the Buddha’s teachings. Also, a short visit to Punakha Suspension bridge.

We will hike up to the isolated temple called Lungchuzay, which dates back to 14th century. The trail gradually goes up through the forest of rhododendrons, magnolias, birches, firs, hemlocks, and bamboos, occasionally passing by meadows that are being used as the yak pastures(time: 4-6 hours approx.). From the pass, we begin descending through varied forest and finally emerging into the highly cultivated valley of Punakha. Along the way down if time permits then we would take some of the natural trail walks downs towards Punkha (which will all be downhill)
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Punakha Suspension Bridge, Punakha Dzong, Punakha 13001 Bhutan
A visit to Punakha Suspension Bridge
Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Dochula Pass, Thimphu Bhutan
Witness the Himalayan ranges from Dochula Pass.
Duration: 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at RKPO Green Resort or Similar accommodation depends on availabilty.

Day 4: Punakha/Thimphu/Paro

Pass By: Punakha Dzong, Punakha 13001 Bhutan
In Punakha, we will visit the Dzong that was built by Shabdrung, in 1637, on a strategic place at the confluence of Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers. The Dzong has played a hallowed role in the history of Bhutan. It served as the seat of Shabdrung’s government, several foreign delegations were received here in 18th and 19th century, the election and coronation of the first King was observed in 1907, and the Third King convened the first National Assembly in the Dzong. The central monastic body continues to reside here in winter. The embalmed bodies of Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and Terton Pema Lingpa are housed on the top floor of the main tower. Damaged by four catastrophic fires and an earthquake, the Dzong has been fully restored by the present King from the latest fire in 1987.

After lunch, take a short hike to Chime lhakhang (fertility temple which take about 1-2 hours approx.); we retrace our journey back To Dochu la pass. After lunch at the café continue our drive to Paro, after reaching we would spend the evening moving around the town of Paro and do some shopping’s like snack for tomorrows trek.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight stay at Nakshel Boutique  Resort and Spa or Similar accommodation depends on availabilty.

Day 5: Hike To Chumphu Temple

Pass By: Chumphu Nye, Paro Bhutan
After an early breakfast we set for an days hike to the Floating statue Temple in Paro where not many tourist would go as this site is promoted by few travel agent the hike to Chumphu Nye starts from the upper Dop Shari Valley after a drive for about half an hour on the dirt road from Paro till its end. Then keep walking along the river till you get to a place where there is a small chorten (stupa). Take a look form there, you see Chumphu Nye above you atop a hill on your left.

This walk would be an easy one as the path way is through the river side which has an mixture of gentle up hill and downhill but at the very end after reaching the small temple when we can finally see the temple we have to make an steep climb up for 45 Mins to reach and see the amazing floating statue of Dorji Pham.

After visiting the temple we would start our hike back through the same road and would stop for a picnic lunch near the river, after lunch we carry on with our hike until the starting point. With this, we are able to bring forth yet another beautiful hike in Bhutan to all our clients. We would drive back to the hotel and rest for a big hike to tigers nest the next day.

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight stay at Nakshel Boutique Resort and Spa or Similar accommodation depends on availabilty.


Day 6: Hike To Tiger Nest Monastery

Stop At: Paro Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), Taktsang Trail, Paro 11001 Bhutan
This morning, we make an excursion to Taktshang Monastery – this has to be the monastery with the most outstanding setting in Bhutan. Set on a vertical cliff face at 2950m above sea level, it defies all engineering logic. For the energetic, hike 2 hours up to get a more dramatic view of the monastery. (The hike demands a certain level of fitness and a pony ride to the monastery can be arranged at additional cost)

One can also have the opportunity to meet the local villages in a local farm house. Walk through cultivated farmlands and the village dotted along the way and end off to enjoy a home-cooked dinner in a local farmhouse for the authentic Bhutanese experience!
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Metta Resort, Khankhu Resort or Similar accommodation depends on availabilty.

Day 7: Excursion to Chelela Pass and Kyichu Lakhang

Start early for the drive to Chele La Pass which, at 3,988m (12,499ft), is the highest road pass in Bhutan, snaking upwards through blue pine and rhododendron (Etho Metho) forests for 35 kilometres. On a clear day the view sweeps away to the snow-dome of Bhutan’s second highest peak, Mt Jhomolhari (7314m or 23,996ft), and down to the Haa Valley, which only opened to foreigners in 2002 due to its proximity to the border with Sikkim and Tibet. This unspoiled valley harks back to a simpler, more traditional time. Striding out along the Edelweiss-covered ridge (Edelweiss flowers during the summer months only), we pass a sky burial site. Descend for the two-hour hike through dense rhododendron forest, possibly sighting shaggy yaks, to Kila Goemba, an ancient nunnery nestled in a craggy patch on the mountainside.
Drive a few kilometres north of Paro, and we pay our respects at Kyichu Lhakhang; this is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan with its magic orange tree that bears fruit all year round.

Day 8:  Departure from Bhutan

Today we will bid fond farewell to this beautiful Himalayan country and take an early flight back to Singapore. We hope by now you would have made some friends and also kept many photos and beautiful memories of Bhutan! And we look forward to seeing you again in this beautiful land of endless Enchantments! Tashi Delek!

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