This is a 2 days trek starting from Sangchoekor Buddhist collage in Paro and ends at the base of Taktsang Monastery, Paro.
Day 1. Arrive Paro (Altitude 2280 m)
Your escort from Make My Holidays will receive you at the airport and drive you to the hotel.
After lunch, visit Ta Dzong (built in1656 and renovated in 1968), an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum. Below the museum is the Paro Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”, built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley. A short walk takes you to the base of the dzong and across a traditional cantilevered, covered bridge. In the evening, visit to a typical Bhutanese Farm house. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 02. Paro - Excursion to Taktsang Monastery – Thimphu (Altitude 2320 m, 54 km, 1 hr. drive)
After breakfast a short drive takes us to the base of Taktsang Monastery, from there a 2 hours walk till the viewpoint of the monastery. The trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags.
After lunch, drive to the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong, under renovation now, built in 1647 by the great Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the dzong was destroyed by accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and on a clear day experience an unforgettable view of Mt. Jhomolhari (7,314 m). On the way back, visit Kichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D by the Tibetan king Srongsen Gampo. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 03. Trek to Bumdra Monastery:
Hike from Sang Choekor Buddhist College in the Paro valley (2,800 m) to Yak pasture where we camp below Bumdra Monastery (3,800 m): After breakfast, drive to Sangchoekor Buddhist College. We walk up hill for 2 hours. We walk past Chhoe Tse Lhakhang and we came near the Bumdra Monastery (Cave of Thousand Prayers).
After lunch, we can visit the monastery or climb a peak nearby at around 4000 meter. We return to the camp. Dinner and overnight in camp.
Duration: 3–4 hours to camp, optional 2–3 hours return trek to peak,
Day 04. Return hike from Bumdra Monastery camp via Zangto Pelri Monastery
After breakfast, we return from Bumdra via the gate of Taktsang Monastery. We descend down and reach the base of the hill. We then drive to Thimphu. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Duration: 5 – 7 hours.
Day 05. Thimphu Sightseeing: (Altitude 2320 m)
Your day begins with a hike to Cheri Monastery – 1 hour walk up the gentle hill.
After lunch, visit to the National Memorial Chorten (1974) built in honour of our late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk and the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. We then visit Painting School where traditional art is still kept alive through instructions in the art of painting Thangkas (sacred Buddhist religious scrolls).
In the evening, visit to the Tashichho Dzong, seat of the national government and the Central Monastic Body, including the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan). Overnight in Hotel.
Day 06. Thimphu - Punakha: (Altitude 1310 m) (76 Km, 3 hrs. drive).
After breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, we stop for a while at Dochula pass to view Higher Himalayas. On the way, visit Chime Lhakhang, which was built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley. He subdued the demons with his “Magical Thunder bolt”. The Temple is also known as “the Temple of Fertility”. Lunch at Punakha. It is an easy 20-30 min walk through the paddy field.
After lunch, visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male river) and Mo Chu (Female river). In the evening, visit the longest suspension bridge in the country near the Dzong.
Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 07. Punakha – Thimphu:
After breakfast, drive to Thimphu.
After lunch, visit the Bhutanese paper factory, and then to the tallest and largest Statue of sitting Buddha, and then drive Sangaygang to get the bird’s eye view of Thimphu city, Takin preserve center on your return, and Dupthop nunnery before you return hotel. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 08. Thimphu – Paro (Departure):
After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell
Cost inclusive of:
- All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner]
- Accommodation [Twin Sharing]
- All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
- Royalty & Govt. Taxes
- Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments only
- Visa Fee.
- Airport tax
- Tourism Development fund
Cost exclusive of:
- Druk Air fares.
- Insurance Premiums,
- Payments for service provided on a personal basis.
- Cost for any services not mentioned in the "Cost Include head".
- Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
- Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water, incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services
While on Trek, the cost covers:
- Nature Recreation and Ecotourism Division (NRED) Nu.1000
- 3 meals a day,
- service of cook & Helper,
- guide, Sleeping Tent,
- Mess Tent, Kitchen Tent & Toilet Tent,
- Ponies to carry supplies,
- We will provide you with sleeping mats but you have to bring your own sleeping bags.
- THINGS TO BRING FOR A TREK IN BHUTAN
- Personal clothing: strong normal clothing (according to season). Preferably cotton, even for summer, woolen clothing for the evening and winter.
For Trekking, one must bring:
- Strong comfortable trekking boots – water-resistant for the rainy period-June-August.
- Flash light
- Rain coat (especially for rainy period –June-August)
- Head gear/hat/cap; sun and rain protection
- Water pills – for extra caution in purifying stream; (boiled water is provided at all times during the trek)
- Aspirin – incase of altitude sickness
- Lots of socks
- Warm clothes
- OPTIONAL ITEMS TO BRING FOR TREKKING IN BHUTAN
- Head gear
- Folding umbrella (only for wet months — July and August)
- One towel
- Pillow case
- Wet-packed tissue paper.