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Tour Overview of the Himalayan Hike

  Total Days- 6 Days/5 Nights
  Trip Dates- Throughout the year

Outlined Itinerary

  Day 1- Arrive Paro to Thimphu(55km/2 hrs drive)
  Day 2- Thimphu(1250 meters/1:30 hr hike)
  Day 3- Thimphu to Punakha((75km/2:30 hrs drive)
  Day 4- Punakha to Paro(130km/4:30 hrs drive)
  Day 5- Paro(3810 meters/2 to 3 hrs hike)
  Day 6- Paro Depart

Detailed Itinerary of the Himalayan Hike

Day 1- Today we will fly to Paro (7,500'), Bhutan, on Druk Air, the national airline of Bhutan. If the weather cooperates, you might have spectacular views of four of the ten highest peaks in the world-Everest, Cho Oyu, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga-plus peaks in Bhutan such as Chomolhari, Jichu Drakye, and Tsering Kang. After meeting with you tour guide at the Paro airport, we'll drive into town for lunch.

We then drive to Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, where we check into our hotel. In the afternoon we will visit some of the sites in town. These may include the Memorial Chorten, a shrine built in the memory of the late king, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk; Tashichho Dzong, seat of Bhutan's administrative and religious center; the Traditional Hospital of Herbal Medicine; and a school that trains students to paint, sculpt, and carve religious artwork. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 2- After breakfast, drive to Thimphu and then to our trailhead where we set out on our hike: a steep, hour-long climb to Tango Goemba, a Buddhist institute originally founded in the 12th century (the present building was constructed in the 15th century). It is now a Buddhist institute for higher learning. We have lunch, then drive back to Thimphu and up to Wangdi Tse for a peaceful one hour loop hike where we can enjoy wonderful views of Thimphu, but see few others on the trail. Return to Thimphu for dinner and overnight. (3-4 hours moderate hiking)

Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 3 - In the morning we will drive across the Dochu La pass at 10,000 feet, where we might view the snow-covered peaks of the eastern Himalaya (weather permitting). The pass is marked by hundreds of colorful fluttering prayerflags and is an awesome sight. We then continue to Punakha, winter seat of the highest lama in Bhutan until the 1950s.

We will visit the ancient Punakha Dzong dating back to the 17th century, which is spectacularly situated at the confluence of the Mo and Phu Rivers.

Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 4 - Morning drive to Paro. In the afternoon, we'll visit the National Museum, housed in an old watchtower above the Paro Dzong. The museum's collections include displays of spectacular thangkas (religious scroll paintings), bronze statues, Bhutan's beautiful stamps, and the Tshogshing Lhakhang ("Temple of the Tree of Wisdom"), with its carvings depicting the history of Buddhism. Time permitting, we will also visit the Paro Dzong, built in 1644 by the Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 5- Today we'll take a steep, 1-hour hike to a teahouse, where we enjoy a great view of Taktsang Monastery (its name means "tiger's nest"), perched on a cliff 2,700 feet above the floor of the Paro Valley. Our hike follows a steep switchback trail through the forest.

After a break with tea and cookies, you have the option to sit outside the tea house and admire the monastery and its beautiful surroundings or, if you feel energetic, continue another hour to a closer viewpoint. Much of Taktsang was destroyed by a fire in April 1998, but it is now completely rebuilt. We'll have some time in the afternoon to explore Paro on our own.

Overnight at the Hotel.

Day 6 - After an early breakfast in the hotel, our representative will drop you to the airport for your flight to onward destination.

Inclusions/Exclusions

    What's Included

  • Private guided tour
  • Visas for Bhutan
  • All meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
  • A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide
  • An experienced driver
  • All internal Taxes and charges (including the royalty).
  • A minimum of 3 star accommodation (4 & 5 star may require an additional premium).
  • All internal transport (excluding internal flights)
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours

    What's Excluded

  • Flight on other airline to catch Drukair Flight
  • Hotel stay outside of Bhutan
  • Travel Insurance (can be arranged with us)
  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • Alcoholic drink
  • Expenditure of personal nature

Package Name: Himalayan Hike

    What's Included

  • Private guided tour
  • Visas for Bhutan
  • All meals (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
  • A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide
  • An experienced driver
  • All internal Taxes and charges (including the royalty).
  • A minimum of 3 star accommodation (4 & 5 star may require an additional premium).
  • All internal transport (excluding internal flights)
  • Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours

    What's Excluded

  • Flight on other airline to catch Drukair Flight
  • Hotel stay outside of Bhutan
  • Travel Insurance (can be arranged with us)
  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • Alcoholic drink
  • Expenditure of personal nature