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/Thimphu (1D)
Arrive at any time, and transfer to Thimpu.
Day 2 Thimphu (1B, 1L, 1D)
Visit the National Memorial Chorten, the Buddha Point, and Motithang Takin Preserve. In the evening, visit Tashichho Dzong.
Day 3 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. Visit the Black-Necked Crane Centre and learn about these birds and their environment.
Day 4 Gangtey Gonpa/Punākha (1B, 1L, 1D)
Hike in the Phobjikha Valley and explore the Gangtey Gonpa Monastery. Afterwards, travel to the ancient capital of Punakha and enjoy a short hike in Lobeysa to Chime Lhakhang, built in 1499.
Day 5 Punākha (1B, 1L, 1D)
Visit Punakha Dzong, the winter capital of the Je Khenpo (chief abbot). Later, hike to Khamsum Yueley Chorten and take in the views, followed by a visit to the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery.
Day 6 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 7 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 8 Paro/Bumdrak Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)
Trek through fluttering prayer flags, rhododendron trees, and conifer forests to reach Bumdrak camp at 3860m.
Day 9 Paro (1B, 1L, 1D)
Trek back down through grassy meadows and trees covered in wispy moss. Later, hike to the stunning Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) and the Kyichu Temple, one of the oldest in Bhutan.
Day 10 Paro (1B)
Depart at any time. Airport transfer included.
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