Facts about the trek:
Total Duration: 9 nights/ 10 days
Trek Duration: 04 days.
Max. Elevation: 2,000m.
Highest Camp: 2638.
Best Seasons: March – May and September to November.
Minimum in a group: 2 pax
Day 01. Arrive at Paro (2280 meters) - Thimphu:
Your Bhutanese escort from Make My Holidays, will greet you on arrival and drive to Thimphu. In the evening, visit Tashichho Dzong (Fortress of the Glorious Religion), built in 1641 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and reconstructed in 1961 by the Late King, His Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wang chuck, who is regarded as Father of Modern Bhutan. Then visit Handicrafts Emporium to see the exquisite artistry of traditional crafts and textiles. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 02. Thimphu – Punakha: (Altitude: 1310 m)(76 Km, 3 hours drive).
Drive to Punakha via Dochula pass. If the weather is clear, we stop for a while at Dochula pass to view Higher Himalayas.
Lunch at Punakha and visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and is situated between Pho Chu (Male river) and Mo Chu (Female river). Punakha is still the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk convened the new national Assembly here in 1952. In the evening 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”. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 03. Punakha – Gasa (2638 meters):
After breakfast, drive to Gasa. Lunch at Gasa. We camp near the Hotspring. After lunch, spend the time in Hotspring. Dinner and overnight in Camp.
Day 05. Gasa:
After breakfast, visit Gasa Dzong and village around Gasa. After lunch, spend the time in Gasa Hotspring. Dinner and overnight in camp.
Day 06. Gasa – Punakha:
After breakfast, drive to Punakha: After lunch, hike to Khamsung Yulley Namgyal choling Monastery. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 07. Punakha – Thimphu:
After breakfast, drive to Wangdiphodrang and visit the Dzong gutted by fire in 2012 and under construction now. Legend relates that as the people were searching for the site of the Dzong; four ravens were seen flying away in four directions. This was considered auspicious sign, representing the spread of Buddhist religion to the four points of the compass. The Dzong is situated at the confluence of Mo Chu and Tang Chu rivers.
Then drive to Thimphu and lunch at Dochula Cafeteria. In the evening, free to stroll in the town. After dinner, you could visit one of the clubs in the town to witness some traditional dances. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 08. Thimphu (2320 meters) sightseeing – Paro:
After breakfast, visit the National Memorial Chorten, a monument dedicated to the Third King of Bhutan. His Late Majesty King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. We then visit Painting School, famous for carving and free hand art and Textile Museum followed by Postal Museum for the personalized stamps. We head to Paro after our visit to the largest statue of Buddha (In the world).
After lunch in Paro, visit the Ta dzong, an ancient watchtower, which has been, since 1967, the National Museum of Bhutan then visit Rimpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong presently houses administrative offices. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 09. Paro Sightseeing - Excursion to Taktsang Monastery:
A short drive takes us to base 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. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favourite consort.
In the evening, visit the Drukgyel dzong, under construction now, built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders in1644; the dzong name’s means indeed “ victorious Druk “. The Dzong was used as an administrative center until 1951 when a fire caused by butter lamp destroyed it. Then visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the 8th century and Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 10. Departure:
After breakfast, drive to the airport and farewell.
Tour & Trek Cost:
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.