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Day 1 : Arrival at Paro Airport
After you arrive in Paro international airport, you will be received by our representative from Charisma Bhutan Tours & Treks. Check in Hotel with welcoming tea or coffee.
Ta Dzong, The circular dzong houses the National Museum of Bhutan.
Paro Rinpung Dzong, the bank of Pachu River, Paro Dzong, formally known as Rinchen Pung Dzong (shortened to Rinpung Dzong), was built in 1644 under the command of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It is one of the most beautiful and historically important dzongs in the country.
Drugyel Dzong, the dzong was built in 1649 under the behest of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate victory of an invasion from Tibet. In early 1950s, the dzong was almost completely destroyed by fire. It is listed as a tentative site in Bhutan’s Tentative List for UNESCO inclusion.
Overnight at hotel in Paro
Day 2 : Paro Sightseeing (Day Hike to Tiger Nest)
After breakfast drive to the base of Taktsang (Tigers Nest) and start the hike to the magical temple known as Taktsang (the “Tiger’s Nest). This hike is mainly kept on the second day in order to acclimatize. Taktsang is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites in the Himalayan World.
Kichu Lhakhang, drive from Paro town, the temple is one of the two among 108 temples built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in the 7th century to subdue a demon that lay supine across Tibet and Bhutan.
Overnight at hotel in Paro
Day 3 : Paro – Thimphu (cycling)
After breakfast drive towards Thimphu the capital city of Bhutan.
Tamchog Lhakhang to see one of the oldest Iron Chain Bridge from 15th century. Later once we reach Thimphu we will check in to the hotel first.
Ride (cycling) towards the big Buddha Statue. The biking trail (3.5 Km) starts from Kuenselphodrang (Buddha Statue). One can view Thimphu city with fresh breathe of air reach at the end point of the trail and riding back to the hotel.
Overnight at hotel in Thimphu
Day 4 : Thimphu – Punakha vai Dochula pass
After breakfast drive towards Punakha
Dochula, 108 Chortens that are atop the pass, on a clear day you will see Eastern Himalayan Mountain Ranges.
Punakha Dzong, located in between two rivers, Mo Chu (Female River) from its left and Pho Chu (Male River) from its right, it was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in commanding position at the confluence.
Chimi Lhakhang, the temple was built in 1499 by Lam Ngawang Chogyal, the cousin of Lam Drukpa Kunley, on the spot where the latter subdued a demon who was running away in the form of a dog. Lam Drukpa Kunley buried the demon and said there was no dog now (khe – dog; mae – no).
Overnight at hotel in Punakha
Day 5 : Punakha – Thimphu
After breakfast drive through Punakha Valley, for further exploration of this scenic valley, the destination for this morning and afternoon drive back to Thimphu.
Hike up through the farm land to Khamsum Yuelay Namgyel Chorten,a shrine built by royal family a startlingly ornate and elaborate structure with images of VajraKila and superb view of Punakha Valley. The hike will take around 2 hours. Then while coming back we will stop at the suspension bridge where the white river rafting starts.
Rafting in Mo chu river originating in the mountainous hill of Northern Bhutan and Pho chu river fed by glaciers in upper Punakha glacial valley offer tremendous rating opportunity.
Overnight at hotel in Thimphu
Day 6 : Thimphu sightseeing
After breakfast sightseening day
The National Institute of Zorig Chusum (school of arts and crafts), is the center for Bhutanese Art education. It was set up by the Government of Bhutan with the sole objective of preserving the rich culture and tradition of Bhutan and training students in all the traditional arts forms.
Folk Heritage Museum, it is a restored three-story traditional rammed mud and timber that resembles the rural household in the Thimphu area during the mid-19th century, domestic tools equipment that were used by rural families of that period and also provides you a glimpse of lifestyle, items and artifacts of Bhutanese villages and rural households.
National memorial Chorten, which was built in 1974 in the memory of our Third king Jigme Doji Wangchuk , who had wished to erect a monument to world peace and prosperity, died before his plan came to fruition.
In the evening we will be visiting Tashichhoe Dzong the “Fortress of Auspicious Religion” where today like most of the other fortresses in Bhutan serves as the Administrative and Religious Center.
Overnight at Thimphu
Note: Next Day trekking over view
Druk Path Trek is one of the finest short treks in Bhutan. Leading through an ancient trading route, over high mountain passes, it connects the valleys of Paro and Thimpu. Trail passes through spectacular rhododendron forests, alpine yak pastures and beautiful lakes stocked with snowy mountain trouts.
Day 7 : Thimphu – Phajoding
After Breakfast drive towards the radio station from there the trekking will start.
BBS tower to Phajoding, Distance 6 km, 5 hours, 1,130 m ascent, camp altitude 3,750 m. After reaching the tower you will be walking uphill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. Once you reach the Phojoding Monastery, the trekking staff will be ready with your tents pitched and waiting for you with tea and some snacks.
Overnight camp at Phajoding
Day 8 : Phajoding – Simkotra Tsho (lake)
After breakfast walk a distance 10 km, 7 hours and camp altitude 4,110 m. The day begins with a gradual climb. If the weather permits, you will have a spectacular view of Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and several other Himalayan peaks. The campsite is close to Simkotra Tsho Lake.
Camp at Simkotra Tsho
Day 9 : Simkotra Tsho – Jimgelang Tsho
After breakfast walk a distance 11 km, 6 hours and camp altitude 3,870 m towards Jimgelang Lake.
The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and past Janetso Lake. You may come across some yak herder camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. This lake is known for its giant sized trout.
Overnight camp at Jimgelang Lake
Day 10 : Jimgelang Tsho – Jangchulakha
After breakfast walk a distance 12 km, 6 hours, and camp altitude 3,770 m.
The trail follows a ridge and on a clear day the view of the mountains and valley are simply stunning. You may see herders and their yaks around your campsite.
Overnight camp at Jangchulakha
Day 11 : Jangchulakha – Jili Dzong
After breakfast walk a distance 10 km, 3 hours and camp altitude 3,480 m
You begin with a steep climb for about an hour and a half, then the slope evens a bit and the ascent is more gradual. The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and dwarf rhododendron tress.
Overnight camp at Jili Dzong
Day 12 : Jili Dzong – Paro Town
After breakfast a walking distance 7 km, 3 hours, today we will be descending all the way to Ta Dzong (National Museum) in Paro town. Our car will be waiting for us, and then we will directly drive towards our hotel where you can take shower and rest for some time.
Leisure time at Paro town
We will try Hot Stone Bath at Paro before the Cultural Show Program
Overnight at hotel in Paro
Day 13 : Paro for Departure
After breakfast, drive to Paro Airport and our guide will be there to see you off on behalf of the company.
Other Terms & Conditions :
We Guaranteed your Visa Approval
The following are the details required for processing your Bhutan tourist visa prior to the dates of your travel to Bhutan.
1. Scanned copy of passport
3. Permanent Address
The visa will be approved by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) once the full payment is transferred in the Tourism Council of Bhutan account, kindly note that without full payment TCB will not approve the visa clearance.
Indian Nationals travelling to Bhutan do not need Visa.
1. Voter Identity Card or
2. Passport or
3. Aadhaar card with supporting documents (Like Pan card or Driving License) with more than six months validity however is required for presentation at the immigration during entry, to obtain an entry permit along with a copy of passport size photograph and a copy of your passport or VIC or Aadhaar Card.
Bhutan Government with the aim to provide efficient and better services to the regional tourists (Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian nationals) an online permit system, so all visitors booking their tour with us can get free online permit provided they have valid passports only. Thus our guests don’t need to stand on queue for longer time.
Documents required for Permit:
4. Passport with validity of at least six months
5. Voter Identification Card for Indians
6. Aadhaar Card with supporting Documents.
7. Birth Certificate in original must be produced for children and a photo copy of the same must be attached with a prescribed application form.
It is required for those traveling to restricted areas beyond Dochula pass. The Route Permit is processed & issued in Thimphu, only after arrival in Bhutan. Permit can be processed only during working days:
(Monday - Friday) 9 am to 5 pm in summer (1st March - 31st October)
(Monday - Friday) 9 am. To 4 pm in winter (1st November - 28th/29th February).
Why Trekking In Bhutan?
Trekking in Bhutan with Charisma Bhutan Tours & Treks is a best way to experience the beauty of inner Himalayas with trekking in Bhutan. Bhutan has been described as the land of natural paradise and ample opportunity to walk or trek in the pristine environment. We offer trekking routes which are unparalleled in beauty and challenge. Trekking in Bhutan means walking through pristine landscapes, valleys and mountains with stunning views of the Himalayan range exposing exotic flora and fauna not seen anywhere in the globe. For the nature trekkers, we offer customized treks for ornithology, zoology and ethnology botany as Bhutan is famous for the large density of animals, birds, medicinal herbs and orchids etc.
We (Charisma Bhutan Tours & Treks) are passionate about trekking trips in Bhutan. We have the unmatched caliber and enthusiasm to unravel the unexplored gems of Bhutan.
If you’ve an adventure lover, you’ll be delighted to discover the unseen rugged side of Bhutan.
Trekking in Bhutan
With the likes of trail that takes you right at the foot of worlds’ tallest unconquered mountain (Gangkar Puensum 7550m), trekking in Bhutan will give you a new experience never like before. With more than 70 percent of the country covered by undisturbed wilderness, trekking in Bhutan will take you ever closer to the nature. These trekking trails once used by famous Buddhist saints like Guru Rinpoche (who introduced Buddhism in Bhutan) in 746 AD while visiting Bhutan from Nepal and Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (the unifier of modern Bhutan) in 1616 while fleeing Tibet for a political dispute, this routes are the genuine routes where Bhutanese people still use it today. What makes trekking in Bhutan unique is its calmness and natural feeling; credit to less numbers of trekkers visiting Bhutan and its natural unpaved trails unlike other countries around the world.
No specific trekking permits are required to trek in Bhutan. You can trek in Bhutan with normal tourist visa for international tourist and normal entry permit for regional tourist (Indian, Bangladeshis and Maldivians).
Best season for trekking in Bhutan
The best season to trek in Bhutan depends on which trekking trail you choose to but in general, March, April, May, September, October and November are the best months to trek in Bhutan. In the month of June, July and August Bhutan receives heavy rainfall and in December, January and February, the high mountain passes along the trekking trails are covered with snow, making it difficult for trekkers.
The best season to trek on different trails in Bhutan are as mentioned below:
8. Bumdra Trek - February, March, April, May, September, October, November and December. However one can trek year round despite any season on this trail.
9. Gangtey Trek - March, April, May, September, October, November and December.
10. Samtengang Trek - January, February, March, April, May, September, October, November and December. It’s doable all year round despite any season.
11. Bumthang Owl Trek - March, April, May, September, October, November and December.
12. Bumthang Cultural Trek - March, April, May, September, October, November and December.
13. Sagala Trek - March, April, May, September, October, November and December.
14. Sinchula Trek - March, April, May, September, October, November and December.
15. Druk Path Trek - March, April, May, September, October, November and December. It’s Doable all year round despite its best seasons.
16. Dagala Lake view Trek - March, April, May, September, October, November and December. Despite the best season, one can trek year round on this trail.
17. Jomolhari Trek - March, April, May, September, October and November.
18. Laya Gasa Trek - March, April, May, September, October and November.
19. Gangkar Puensum base camp trek - One can trek on this route from mid June to October but the best recommended month for this trek is October.
20. Snowmen Trek I - One can trek on this route from mid June to October but the best recommended month for this trek is October.
21. Snowmen Trek II - One can trek on this route from mid June to October but the best recommended month for this trek is October.
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