Imagine a country where a land’s worth is measured differently — think Gross National Happiness instead of Gross Domestic Product. Now stop dreaming because you are in the unexplored mountain kingdom of Bhutan. Beauty and wisdom are revealed at each dzong, every gompa, and most incredibly, in the eyes of every smiling Buddhist monk you meet. On treks through remote trails and visits to Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha, nature lovers, photographers, and culture junkies will uncover a purity of culture, traditions, and kindness.
Day 1 Paro (1D)
Arrive at any time, arrival transfer included. Take an orientation walk of Paro town before dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 2 Paro (1B, 1L, 1D)
Hike to the stunning Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). After lunch, hike back down to Kyichu Temple, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.
Day 3 Paro/Bumdrak Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)
Trek through fluttering prayer flags, rhododendron trees, and conifer forests to reach Bumdrak camp at 3860m.
Day 4 Bumdrak Camp/Thimphu (1B, 1L, 1D)
Trek back down through grassy meadows and trees covered in wispy moss. Continue with a short ride to Thimphu, the capital city.
Day 5 Thimphu (1B, 1L, 1D)
Visit the National Memorial Chorten, the Buddha Point, and Motithang Takin Preserve. In the evening, visit Tashichho Dzong.
Day 6 Thimphu/Gangtey Gonpa (1B, 1L, 1D)
Drive through the Bhutanese countryside passing small villages and panoramic views of the Himalayas en route to Gangtey for a night in a family’s farmhouse.
Day 7 Gangtey Gonpa/Punākha (1B, 1L, 1D)
Head to the ancient capital of Punakha. Enjoy a short hike in Lobeysa to Chime Lhakhang, built in 1499 before visiting Punakha Dzong.
Day 8 Punākha/Haa Dzongkhag (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy Punakha before driving to Haa Valley. Take in more scenic Himalayan ranges and valleys. Visit the White Temple (Lhakhang Karpo) before an evening walk around town.
Day 9 Haa Dzongkhag/Paro (1B, 1L, 1D)
Enjoy a short hike up to Kila Gompa, a nunnery perched on a cliff housing over 60 nuns. Continue on to Paro, with free time to wander the streets and pick up some souvenirs.
Day 10 Paro (1B)
Depart at any time. Airport transfer included.
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