Bhutan Trip Advisor is Now 1-derful Bhutan Tours
Best time: Mid-March to November
Duration: 10N/ 11D
Entry: Paro Exit: Paro
Day 01 – Arrival, Paro
On arrival, guests will be received at the airport by 1-derful Bhutan Tours’s guide who will take you to town for refreshment.
Drive to your hotel for lunch and to freshen up. After lunch, visit the National Museum and Paro Rinpung Dzong, the District Administrations’ and Religious activities’ centre. Drive back to your hotel and rest for the day.
Overnight at a hotel in Paro.
Day 02: Paro (Chelela drive) – Thimphu
Post breakfast, drive up to Chelela Pass (3800m), the highest paved motorable point in the country to get used to the altitude. The drive is along a somewhat lonely stretch that goes zigzag up the mountain until you finally reach the pass. The pass is marked with lots of fluttering prayer flags and once there you can go for a short hike up the mountain ridge to get spectacular views of Mount. Jomolhari, Paro valley and Haa valley. Drive back down to Paro after that, have lunch in town and then start drive to Thimphu and check-in at your hotel. Visit the Takin Conservation Centre and later, Tashichhoe Dzong. Go back to the hotel and maybe walk around town in the evening on your own or with your guide.
Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu
Day 03: Geynikha - Gur: (5Km, 4hrs.)
Post early breakfast drive to Geneykha and then start your trek from the road end point. You will first go down the valley and come to a suspension bridge. After crossing a suspension bridge, the trail heads west for a while, then climbs steeply towards the south to a rock platform and a crest at 3200 meters. A further walk of about two hours leads to a camp in a forest clearing at 3350 meters.
Day 04: Gur – Labatamba: (12 Km, 5hrs.)
Cross the pass at 4240 meters for a view of spectacular Dagala village. Pass though several herders camps enroute to the foot of the broad Labatamba valley at 4300 meters near Utso Lake, where plenty of Golden Trout flourish. There are so many lakes in the vicinity. Camp near the lake.
Day 05: Labatamba – Panka: (8 Km, 4 hrs.)
The trail climbs along the western side of the lake to saddle at 4500 meters, where there are good mountain views. From the pass there is a steep descent to another lake at 4350 meters. A short distance beyond the lake leads to the valley and then to Panka at 4000 meters.
Day 06: Panka halt
Explore the mountains and lakes in between the high valleys.
Day 07: Panka – Talakha: (8 km, 4 hrs)
The route leads north crossing a pass at 4000 meters, then climbs along the side of the ridge to a crest at 4270 meters. From here there is a view of the Dagala range and a view of Thimphu, far to the North. It is then a long descent through forests to the Goemba and village of Talakha (3083 meters).
Day 08: Talakha – Chamgang: (3 Km, 3 Hrs)
Walk downhill on a steep trail to Chamgang from where the Vehicle will pick you up and drive to Thimphu
Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu
Day 09: Thimphu, Dochula excursion – Drive to Paro
After breakfast, visit
Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory which produces paper using traditional Bhutanese methods. The paper products at the factory are made from Daphne and Mulberry plant bark. There is a small shop at the factory that sells a variety of paper and stationary produced from paper made at the factory.
Then go visit
National Institute of Zorig Chusum which was introduced to the country in the 15th century by Terton Pema Lingpa, also known as great treasure discoverer. The tradition arts and craft represent the knowledge and ability that has been handed down to master craftsmen and artisan through each generation. The institute offers an opportunity and scope for learning arts and crafts, especially for students coming from poor family backgrounds. The students have their own showroom for the visitors and the prices are at cheapest rate in the city, the amount of money they make is used for their further education and training purposes.
Drive to Dochula Pass (3,100 m), where on a sunny day, you can get stunning views of the Himalayan ranges. The Dochu La Pass is probably the best known mountain pass in Bhutan. Located at an altitude of 3150 meter above sea level, the Dochu La Pass is about 30 kilometer away from the capital city Thimphu and the road to Punakha. On a clear day the pass offers visitors a spectacular view of the majestic eastern Himalayan Ranges. A cup of hot coffee or tea at the pass has almost become part of tradition for people travelling to and fro from Punakha to the capital city.
There is a small cafeteria at the pass that offers a chance for travelers to enjoy a hot beverage or a snack, it is located just off the road and overlooks the pass and is an ideal place to sit back, relax and enjoy the view. Another striking feature at the pass are the 108 Druk Wangyal Khangzang Chortens, that were built for the well-being of all sentiment beings on earth. The 108 Chorten were built as a tribute to the Kings of Bhutan for their selfless service and leadership they offer to the people of Bhutan. These Stupas or Chortens also represent the peoples love, appreciation and loyalty towards the country’s King.
Come back down to Thimphu, have lunch and then leave for Paro
Overnight at a hotel in Paro.
Day 10: Paro, Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) hike
Have early breakfast and drive up to the base of Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). The most famous and sacred site among all the places in Bhutan. Guru Padmasambhava is said to have come riding on a flying tigress to this place and meditated in a cave for 3 months, it wasn’t until Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal came to this place and meditated that it gained the popularity that it has now. The present structure is said to be built in the 15th century but was destroyed by fire in 1998 and has been restored.
The walk is about 2 hours till the top through wide pathways which was built during the restoration works. One hour into the climb there is a tea point from where you get a very good view of the monastery, they also serve lunch here. From there it’s about another 45 minutes climb to the 2nd view point and the highest point in the hike.
Overnight at a hotel in Paro
` DAY 11: DEPARTURE
Drukpath TREK (9D / 10D)
JOMOLHARI TREK (14N / 15D)
NUB TSHONAPATA TREK (14N / 15D)
LAYA GASA TREK ( 17N / 18D )
SNOWMAN TREK (34N / 35D)
DAGALA TREK (11N / 12D)