Fly into Paro. If you are flying in from Delhi or Kathmandu the flight over the Himalayas is one of the most spectacular experiences one will ever experience. You will fly past Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga and the entire Himalayan range visible on the left side. On landing at Paro you will be met by our representative. After Customs and Immigrations formalities, you will be escorted to the hotel. Over night at hotel
Drive the winding road northwest up the Pa-Chu to Drukgyel Dzong, the ruined Fortress which once defended this valley from Tibetan invasion. This Dzong was built in the 17th century by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel, the spiritual leader of Bhutan. It is believed that through the miraculous power of Shabdrung that the Bhutanese were able to defeat the Tibetans seven times. The name Drukgyel Dzong means 'victorious fortress'. On a clear day one can view Mt. Jomolhari the sacred Mountain. On the way back visit one of the Typical Bhutanese farm house. Lunch at the Hotel. After lunch drive to Ta-Dzong which was once the watch tower for Paro valley, now it houses the National Museum and then walk down hill pass the Paro Dzong and crossing the typical traditional roofed bridge to Paro town. Overnight at hotel.
Start of Trek Day 1: Distance 17 kms and walking time 5-6 hours. Starting at Drukgyel(2580m) and camp near Sharna Zampa(2870m). Gradual climb following the Paro river through the agriculture valley and villages. The campsite is opposite to the Gunyitsawa Army check post in a meadow.
Trek Day 2: Distance 22 kms and walking time 6-7 hours. Starting at Sharna Zampa (2870m) and camp at Thangthangka(3630m). The trial is a gradual ascent with plenty of ups and downs through conifer forest, ferns and Rhododendrons. A magnificent view of Mt. Jomolhari can be seen from your camp site on clear days.
Trek Day 3 : Distance 19 kms and walking distance 5-6 hours. Starting at Thangthangka (3630m) and camp at Jangothang (4090m). Today trial passes an army post and the village of Soe and a small settlement at Takethang. Yak herders live here . Camp beneath a ruined fortress at the base of Mt. Jomolhari.
Trek Day 4: Acclimatization Day. You can spend the day relaxing or there are several day hikes to choose from. Two interesting hikes would be to get views of Mt.Jumolhari or Jichu Drake. If you are interested in a lake then you can take the hike to Tsophu. Overnight at camp.
Trek Day 5: Distance 18 kms and walking time 5-6 hours. Starting at Jangothang (4090m) and camp at Lingshi (4010m) Today you encounter your first major pass at 4890m ( Nyile-la ).You also get snow peak views of Tserim Kang (6789m) Camp near a stream in a meadow.
Trek Day 6: Halt : Its worth a visit to Lingshi Dzong. You can also make an excursion to Tsokha (lake) i.e. Base Camp of Jichu-Drake. During the excursion hundreds of Blue Sheep, Musk Deer could be seen. Tsokha is at 4500 m. and the hike is about 4-5 hours.
Trek Day 7: Distance 22 kms and walking time 8-9 hours. Starting at Lingshi (4010m) and camp at Shodu (4110m)The first half of the trek is mostly through treeless valley until you start ascending to Yeli-la pass at 4820 m, from here Mt. Jomolhari, Mt. Tsherimgang and Mt. Masagang can be seen on clear days. Camp in a meadow.
Trek Day 8: Distance 16 kms and walking time 5-6 hours. Starting at Shodu (4110m) and camp at Barshong (3680 m) Todays trial winds up & down following the Thimphu Chhu and crossing it six times. A final climb for about an hour walk will bring you to Barshong. Camp just below the ruins of a small Dzong.
Trek Day 9: Distance 15 kms and walking time 5-6 hours. Starting at Barshong (3680m) and camp at Dolam Kencho (3430m). The trial descends gently down to meet Thimphu Chhu through the dense forest of Rhododendron, birch, conifer trees and across the pasture land. Camp in a meadow
Trek Day 10 End of Trek: Distance 8 km and walking time 3 hours. Starting at Dolam Kencho (3430m) and end of trek at Dodina (2600m). Today is an easy 3 hour descending till Dodina where your vehicle will meet you. It is a 30 minute drive to Thimphu. Overnight at Hotel.
Morning start the sightseeing with Zelukha Nunnery, National Library, Memorial Chorten of Late King, Handicrafts Emporium, Post Office and walk around Thimphu city for shopping of souvenirs from Bhutan. If this day falls on a Saturday or Sunday a visit to the Weekend Market is a must. After lunch drive to Paro enroute visit to Simtokha Dzong the first fort built in 1627-29 by Shabdrung who unified the Kingdom and continue the journey following the Thimphu river till Chuzom (Confluence) and taking the direction toward Paro following Pa-chu for 2 hours. Overnight at Hotel.
Morning drive to Paro International Airport for departure to your onward destination.
Note: This is a sample intended to give you a general idea of the likely trip schedule numerous factors such as weather, tour conditions, the physical ability of the participants etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants' safety, comfort and general well being. RATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Surcharges: Individual tourists and smaller groups of less than three persons shall be subject to surcharge, over and above the minimum daily rates applicable, as follows:
Single individual US$ 40 per night
Group of 2 persons US$ 30 per person per night
Clear passport scanned and in colour of the tourist should be sent to us at least 30 days in advance. Best to send a scanned photo too if passport is not clear.
On receiving the tour payment, we shall process the visa on behalf of the tourist and we will advise the visa approval document to the agent/tourist by scanned image in email to board the flight.
We will also book, purchase and deliver the Druk Air tickets on behalf of our guest. Actual visa is stamped on the visitor's passport on arrival at the port of entry.
Note: (The Government will process the visa only on depositing the full tour payment with them)
There will be no discounts for diplomatic passport holders.
There shall be no charge for CHILDREN up to the age of 5 years except for actual expenses. However, those between the ages of 6-12 years accompanied by elders/ guardians shall be given 50% discount.
Full time STUDENTS below the age of 25 years holding valid identity cards and date of birth from their academic institutions shall also be given a 25% discount.
Detailed information on Druk Air flights, tour and trekking programmes, festivals, places of interest, hotels etc can be obtained from us.
Tour/Trek Reservation: For Cultural Tours and Trekking, booking arrangements and planning must be completed at least 3 months in advance for regular season and at least 4 months in advance for peak/festival season. The spring and autumn festivals are our peak times for tourism, and without early reservations it can be difficult to confirm flights and hotels.
BTS offers your clients a choice of the finest and best organized trekking experiences in the entire Himalayas.
If our packages cannot find one that suits your interest we can always work out with customized Tour/Trek depending upon the interest and duration of you or your groups, please contact us at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Payment Procedure: Advance payment in full for the entire tour package must be sent to Bhutan Travel Service at least 3 months prior to arrival. It is advisable to remit payment for Druk Air flights 4/5 months in advance or at the time of booking. This will help us to obtain confirmed seats on the requested flights.
Payment is done through wire transfers; we do not have credit card facility in Bhutan for tour payments.
Full tour Payment has to be transferred (wired) on confirming your Bhutan Visit with us to the following account of our Bank - Bhutan National Bank, maintained at Citi Bank, New York.
Bank charges are additional on the above amount.
Please request your bank to remit money through Bhutan National Bank Ltd., Correspondent Bank as follows:
Bank Address : Standard Chartered Bank Ltd.,
(Correspondent Bank) One Madison Avenue, New York,
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FED ABA: 026002561
Beneficiary Bank Account : 358-202-171-9001 (USD A/C)
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GPO Building, Chang Lam, Thimphu, Bhutan
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Cancellation Policy: Tour Programmes booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows:
within 30 days of start of programme ---> no charges except for actual assessment
within 21 days --> 50% of rate
within 14 days and after arrival in Bhutan ----> 100% of rate after arrival in Bhutan
Flights booked and cancelled 30 days or more from travel date, 75% refund but no administration fee. 50% refund between 30 - last 10days from travel date, no refund if cancelled within last 10 days from travel date but valid for one year with additional costs.
Administrative fee of USD 25 applicable per cancellation.
USD 10 or equivalent local currency for every date change.
No name change permitted once booking is made on the same PNR.
Delayed Arrivals: There is no charge for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights or road blocks. The tourist must however bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required.
Note: Nepali rupees and Thai Baht and INR (Indian Rupees) denominations of 500 and above are not accepted in Bhutan.
Mr Mr. Karma Khorko