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Bhutan Wilderness Expedition 14 Days – US$3300 per person

Experience the wondrous Bhutanese countryside via hiking, trekking, rafting and walking the unexplored path.

Trip Length: 14 Days / 13 Nights.
Trip Facts:
This is an adventure that will take you up to the dizzying heights of the Tiger’s Nest Monastery.Also trek leisurely across the most beautiful Himalayan meadows. Rafting and mountain biking also form part of the package.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Paro
The flight to Paro crosses the Himalayan Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to your hotel. In the afternoon you can visit the ParoDzong. It was built in 1646 and now houses government offices and religious institutions, as do all the Dzongs (forts) currently. You’ll cross a traditional wooden bridge on the way to the Dzong. Afterward you will visit KichuLhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. From there you will be taken to the DrukgyalDzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), which was built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over Tibetan invaders during the 1600s. On a clear day you can see Mount Jumolhari, Bhutan’s second-highest mountain at 7,329 meters, from the village below the Dzong. In the evening you can stroll through the Paro market and town. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 2 : Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery
After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan’s most famous monastery. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from SingyeDzong in Lhuntse to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. Lunch would be served in the Cafeteria on the way. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 3 : Paro – Punakha
After early breakfast you will drive or ride on bikes on several stretches of road till you stop en route for lunch at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayan Mountains. Start biking downhill from the Dochula Pass till you reach Punakha. It is an exhilarating ride. Check into hotel in Punakha. Overnight hotel in Punakha.

Day 4 : Punakha Rafting
After breakfast, hike through a forest of pines and farmlands along the bank of Pho Chu River for about 2 hours till you reach Samdhingkha (put in). Your rafting crew will be waiting here for you. Then start rafting along the Pho Chu River coming across stretches of Class II and IV rapids. Upon arriving at a beach-like stretch of sand, some distance from a Chorten, you will be served lunch on the sandy embankment. The post-lunch rafting session will continue till you reach the relatively placid section of the river below the PunakhaDzong. After tea, drive to Gangtey through the forests of oak, rhododendron, and bamboos. Overnight hotel in Gangtey.

Day 5 Gangtey – Gogona (15 km, 6/7 hours)

Trek begins
Trek commences today. The trail winds up on a slow climb through meadows and fields and then ascends the Tselela pass (3,400m), which is also your lunch stop. Then it descends gradually for some time through forests of junipers, bamboo, magnolias and rhododendrons. After the last short climb, you reach Gogona village. The people of Gogona were originally nomads and they speak a language called Bjopkha (language of nomads). Overnight: Camp.

Day 6 :Gogona – Khotokha (16 km, 6/7 hours)
The trail winds up gently above Gogona village, climbing into a forest of firs, oaks, spruce, rhododendron, cypress and junipers. Along and gradual climb leads to Shobjula pass (3,400m), later the path leads down to a wide valley of Khotokha, a summer place of people of Sha (Wangdiphodrang district). Overnight: Camp.

Day 7: Khotokha – Chazam (12 km, 5 hours) Trek ends
A short ascend leads to a pass then the path descends steeply through ever changing vegetation till the bridge in Wangdiphodrang. Your trek ends here. Your car will be waiting here for transfer to Trongsa. Overnight hotel in Trongsa.

Day 8 :Trongsa – Bumthang
In the morning you’ll visit TrongsaDzong, the masterpiece of Bhutanese architecture, and you’ll also see Ta Dzong, the watchtower built to defend this Dzong. After lunch, you’ll proceed to Bumthang, the religious heartland of the nation, with lush valleys and hilly forests. After crossing a high pass, guests can bike all the way to Bumthang. The road is broad and all downhill after the pass. You can spend the evening strolling through Bumthang town. Overnight hotel in Bumthang.

Day 9 :Bumthang
Day excursion to Tang Valley. Tang valley is the most remote valley in Bumthang, and this will make a nice enjoyable excursion. You’ll make a stop in Tang valley for lunch and will have a chance to visit the UgyenChholing Palace and explore the village. On the way back to town, you will see MebarTsho (Burning Lake), where some of Guru Rinpoche’s treasures were found in the 15th century by the famous treasure discover PemaLingpa. It’s a good place to meditate. You will also have a chance to tour TamshingLhakhang, a treasure house of interesting religious Buddhist paintings. In the evening you can visit local shops. Overnight hotel in Bumthang.

Day 10: Bumthang – Punakha
Morning visit to JambayLhakhang, the monastery built in 7th century by Tibetan King SongtsenGampo, TamshingLhakhang, located on opposite side of the river is important place to visit, housing interesting religious paintings. Drive to Punakha with lunch en route. Overnight hotel in Punakha.

Day 11: Punakha – Thimphu
After breakfast visit PunakhaDzong (the summer residence of monk bodies). After that ride on bikes for about 12 km to reach KhamsumYulleyNamgyalChorten, which is situated on a beautiful hillock, called Nizergang. It houses the paintings that belong to Nyingmapa Traditions. Ride back to Punakha for lunch. After lunch drive to Thimphu, and on the way stop at Metshina Village and walk across the rice field for about 20 minutes to visit Chime Lhakhang (the Temple dedicated to Devine Madman). Check into hotel in Thimphu. In the evening stroll freely in town. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 12 Hike to Tango Monastery
In the morning you can hike to Tango Monastery, which was built by the “Divine Madman” in the 15th century. It’s a center of study for monks, and it affords a great view of the Thimphu Valley. On the grounds of the monastery is a “sin-testing” tunnel–it is said that if you have sinned, you will get stuck in the tunnel, and if you are without sin, you will go through with ease! After lunch, you can hike to Cheri Monastery, which was built in 1620 and housed the first monk body. The Shabdrung father’s ashes are contained inside the monastery. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.

Day 13: Thimphu – Paro
In the morning, you will visit Memorial Chorten, Changgangkha Monastery, Broadcast tower for the great view of Thimphu Valley, Mini zoo to see Takins – the national animal of Bhutan. Then also visit Nunnery Temple, School of Arts and Crafts (where 13 arts & crafts of the country is kept alive), National Library (has collection of ancient manuscrpits) and Folk Heritage Museum which gives an insight to a Bhutanese rural lives. After lunch, you will drive to Paro. You will tour the National Museum, which was formerly the watchtower for the ParoDzong. It now houses a collection of fine arts, paintings, thangkas, statues, and antiques. In the evening you can visit a traditional farmhouse and, if you wish, enjoy a hot-stone bath and a typical Bhutanese dinner. Overnight hotel in Paro.

Day 14 Depart Paro
After breakfast drive to the airport for departure.

Cost Information and Question?
Tour Cost starts from USD $ 3300 per person on twin sharing and $2965 for groups above 3 pax.
Group should have at-least 2 and above.

Whats is Included in the Cost?

  • All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner]
  • Accommodation [Twin Sharing] Single Room Supplement Extra US $: 40 per room per night.
  • 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
  • Guide
  • Sightseeing

While on Trek the cost includes following:

While on Trek, the cost covers:

  • 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.

What is NOT Included in the cost?

  • Airfare.
  • 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.

Can i change the tour program if i want to?

Yes you can change the program but the program shouldn’t include another destination as this involves Visa date change which may not be possible.

How is the Trekking arranged and safety?

Trekking is completely away from cities and everything has to be arranged and there is no hotels or motels and your accommodation will be in the tent and its completely safe.

Travel Gear:  It is very important to pack lightly.  No matter how long your trip is or where you are planning to go, it is always essential to pack with minimal amounts of clothes and other supplies.  One medium-large backpack or rolling duffel and a day pack should be enough for a 2-4 week trip. Before getting on the plane, we recommend walking around the block several times with your bags and to see how it feels.  If it feels heavy, then it would be wise to take out any nonessential items.
Here are the essentials:

1 pair of Hiking Boots/Sturdy Sneakers

Sleeping Bag and insulation pad

Ground cloth or tarp (recommended but not required)

Rain Gear (waterproof pants and jacket)

Towel

3-5 T-Shirts

1 Lightweight Fleece or Wool Sweater

2 Pairs of Nylon pants

5-7 Pairs of Socks ( polypropylene or wool are recommended)

3-5 Pairs of Underwear

Sunglasses

Personal Toiletries (you may want to carry your own toilet paper and some zip-lock bags, as bathrooms may not be readily available.)

Personal Medication

Camera, Batteries and Film/Digital Memory Cards

Adapter and Surge Protector.

Light- weight thermal shirts or long underwear ( recommended but not required)

Many of you may be wondering what type of power socket is being used in Bhutan.  For Class 1 appliances, a Type 1 3-pin plug and socket is being used.

Why is it important to bring these plugs?  For one, this age is also known as the  ‘cloud-computing‘ era, meaning more and more people are bringing their electrical devices overseas to use and enjoy.  Whether it be a mobile phone, palm or PDA device, laptop, or other electrical device, all these use batteries and many need to be recharged.  It is very important to bring along the right pin plugs because most often, the power socket type is not the same type as in your own country. Although these plugs are just a small item, it will save you lots of time upon arrival if the right adaptors are brought.
Not only will you be needing to bring along a power socket adaptor, it is essential that you also bring a 2-pin adaptor socket to fit nicely into either a wall socket or shave socket. This type of adaptor and socket is available at your local electrical or travel shop.

 

People often tell us it was colder on trek than they had anticipated – please make sure you bring plenty of warm clothes particularly for night time – it can be below freezing in camp.

This list includes everything you might want on a long and high altitude trek so you may not need everything mentioned here but it should be useful as a list of ideas to consider – ask us if you need help.

General

  • Rucksack or kit bag to put overnight trekking kit in for horses to carry (may get a bit beaten up)
  • Waterproof sac to put over your day pack and plastic bags to help segregate and organize things in kit bag
  • Day pack (30 litres or so) to carry things you want access to during the day
  • Sleeping bag – 3 season up to about 3000 metres, 4 season above that
  • Silk liner for extra warmth
  • Thermarest inflating mattress (if you feel you need extra padding – thin mattresses are provided)
  • Inflatable pillow (if you find it more comfortable to have a head support when sleeping on flat ground)

Clothing  (generally, layers of clothing make sense as temperature changes regularly)

  • Trekking trousers
  • Fleece pants or tracksuit to wear in camp
  • T-shirts, long sleeve shirts, sweatshirt
  • Thermal underwear (top and bottom) for night use

Outerwear

  • Down jacket if above 3500 meters
  • Fleece
  • Windproof jacket
  • Waterproofs
  • Scarf and gloves

Footwear

  • Hiking boots (should be water repellent)
  • Sandals or trainers for use in camp
  • Thick hiking socks and silk sock liners to guard against blisters
  • Gaiters if trekking close to the monsoon season or in snow

Headwear

  • Broad brimmed hat or baseball cap for sun during the day with bandana for shading the neck
  • Woollen hat or balaclava for evenings
  • Polarising sunglasses – best to have the ones with side covers.
  • Mosquitoes repellent cream.

Other

  • Walking poles
  • Head torch with spare batteries and bulbs
  • Washing line
  • Small knife
  • Water bottles (preferably metal)
  • Dextrose tablets, snack bars and energy drinks

Medicines

  • Medicine for diarrhoea eg Immodium
  • Rehydration sachets eg Dioralyte
  • Paracetamol or Nurofen
  • Plasters and Compeed for blisters
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Strepsils, Lemsip, cold and flu medicine
  • Sting relief and Insect repellent

Toiletries etc

  • Travel towel and sponge
  • Soap and biodegradable liquid for laundry
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Toilet paper, tissues, wet wipes
  • Sun cream (including total sun block)
  • Lip salve
  • Iodine tablets – or you can just use boiled water and on shorter treks mineral water
  • Tweezers
  • Camera, film and polarising filter
  • Books, iPod, playing cards and other diversions for evenings.

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