BHUTAN WALKING TOUR

SOFT ADVENTURES
 
     
Tour Code :  908
Duration of Tour :  11 
Start City :  Thimphu
End City :  Paro
 
  • Complimentary Breakfast
  • Cab Facilities
Price From:$ 3440

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Discover Northern Laos
     
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Price : 3845
Scheduled / Operates on : All year round
Duration of Tour : 12 Day(s) : 11 Night(s) :
Visiting Cities : Houei Xay - Pakbeng - Muang La - Muangkhua - MuangNgoi - MuangKiau - Luang Prabang - Vang Vieng - Vientiane
Indochina Treasure Laos | Cambodia Tours
     
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Price : 3498
Scheduled / Operates on : All year round
Duration of Tour : 16 Day(s) : 15 Night(s) :
Visiting Cities : Luang Prabang - Pakou - Luang Prabang - Vientiane – Pakse – Khong Island - Siem Reap - Phnom Penh – Sihanoukville
Discover North to South Laos
     
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Price : 3326
Scheduled / Operates on : All year round
Duration of Tour : 10 Day(s) : 9 Night(s) :
Visiting Cities : LUANG PRABANG - XIENGKHOUANG - VIENTIANE - PAKSE - KHONG ISLAND - UBON /Thailand
Colorful Hill Tribes of Northern Laos
     
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Price : 3605
Scheduled / Operates on : Year Round - from Oct2014 to Feb2015
Duration of Tour : 11 Day(s) : 10 Night(s) :
Visiting Cities : Vientiane - Luang Namtha - Muang Sing - Xiengkok - Oudomxay - Muang La - Luang Prabang
Colorful Capitals Thailand | Laos | Cambodia Tours
     
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Price : 4485
Scheduled / Operates on : All year round
Duration of Tour : 12 Day(s) : 11 Night(s) :
Visiting Cities : BANGKOK - LUANG PRABANG - VIENTIANE - PHNOM PENH - SIEM REAP
Southern Island Laos | Cambodia Tours
     
Price : 3485
Scheduled / Operates on : All year round
Duration of Tour : 12 Day(s) : 11 Night(s) :
Visiting Cities : UBON RATCHATHANI - CHONG MEK - CHAMPASAK - WAT PHOU - XE PIAN - DON KHONE - STUNG TRENG - KRATIE - CHHLONG - KAMPONG CHAM - KAMPONG THOM - SAMBOR PREI KUK - SIEM REAP
Thimphu Festival
     
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Price : 3812
Scheduled / Operates on :
Duration of Tour : 10 Day(s) : 9 Night(s) :
Visiting Cities : Thimphu, Paro,Punakha, Wangdue
DRUK PATH TREK
     
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Price : 3520
Scheduled / Operates on : yes
Duration of Tour : 8 Day(s) : 7 Night(s) :
Visiting Cities : Thimphu and Paro
1000 lake trek
     
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Price : 4054
Scheduled / Operates on : yes
Duration of Tour : 9 Day(s) : 8 Night(s) :
Visiting Cities : Thimphu, Paro, Punakha
Thimphu Festival
     
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Price : 3812
Scheduled / Operates on :
Duration of Tour : 10 Day(s) : 9 Night(s) :
Visiting Cities : Thimphu, Paro,Punakha, Wangdue
BHUTAN UPCOMING TSHECHU 2017
     
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Price : 830
Scheduled / Operates on : 19
Duration of Tour : 7 Day(s) : 6 Night(s) :
Visiting Cities : Paro, Thimphu, Punakha
DRUK PATH TREK
     
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Price : 3520
Scheduled / Operates on : yes
Duration of Tour : 8 Day(s) : 7 Night(s) :
Visiting Cities : Thimphu and Paro
1000 lake trek
     
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Price : 4054
Scheduled / Operates on : yes
Duration of Tour : 9 Day(s) : 8 Night(s) :
Visiting Cities : Thimphu, Paro, Punakha
Kayaking & Rafting
     
Price : 2550
Scheduled / Operates on : 9am -7pm
Duration of Tour : 7 Day(s) : 6 Night(s) :
Visiting Cities : Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Wangdiphodrang
Family Holiday in Bhutan
     
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Price : 2636
Scheduled / Operates on : yes
Duration of Tour : 7 Day(s) : 6 Night(s) :
Visiting Cities : Thimphu, Paro, Punakha

Tour Details

Visiting Cities :
Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Wangdue
Scheduled / Operates on :
9AM
View | Location :
Fotress, Museum, National library,World biggest sitting Buddha, Tiger Nest
Sightseeing :
Unexplored parts of Bhutan
No of Accommodates :
2
Day(s) :
11
Night(s) :
10
Costs of Children :
2240
Pick-up service :
SUV vehicle
Supplementary addon on facilities :
yes
Drop-off service :
SUV vehicle
Entertainments :
Night life
Multilingual guide tape :
yes

SUMMARY

Tour Code :
908
Duration of Tour :
11
Start City :
Thimphu
End City :
Paro
Destination Country :
Bhutan
Destination State :
Thimbu
Day(s) :
11
Night(s) :
10

REALTOR REPRESENTATION

Presented by:  BHUTAN BEST TRAVEL AGENCY WORLDTOUR PLAN
Package Name :
Free Package

Company Name : World Tour Plan
Contact Info :
City or Town : Thimphu
State : Thimphu
Country : Bhutan
Postcode : 00975
Phone : 02327682

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Tour Details

This Bhutan walking tour will take you through stunning, isolated wilderness to rarely visited monasteries, remote and peaceful villages and valleys, and to high passes offering breathtaking mountain scenery that are only accessible only by foot. This fantastic tour provides a wonderful opportunity to explore Bhutan’s natural wonders at their best, as well as gain a true experience of traditional life with an afternoon spent as a guest in a village. This tour also explores the highlights of Bhutan’s culturally rich western valleys of Paro, Punakha and Thimphu and beautiful Phobjikha. :: Walk through landscapes of lush valleys, dense forests and rushing streams. :: Enjoy an afternoon experience life in a traditional Bhutanese village. :: Explore the stunning Phobjikha Valley, winter home to the Black-Necked Crane. :: Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya. :: Experience Bhutan’s unique culture up-close with farmhouse visits and village excursions. :: Visit many cultural attractions including medieval fortresses (Dzongs), markets and museums. :: Hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery, perched on a cliff 900m above the valley floor. :: Marvel at the elaborate and ancient wall paintings and carvings in Dzongs and temples. :: Incorporate a Value-Added Option such as a cooking lesson or meditation session with a monk. http://www.responsibletravel.com/holiday/16011/bhutan-walking-tour

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Tour Inclusions

• Cab Facilities
• Service fee for tour guide
• Local tax
• Dinner
• Internet Access
• Hotel pickup and drop off
• Room service and meals
• Amusement Park Nearby
• Complimentary Breakfast
• Lunch
• Transportation

Tour Exclusions

ITINERARY & FEATURES

Bhutan Walking Tour

DAY 01: PARO: The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular mountain flights in the world, with a constantly changing panorama of some of the highest mountains on earth. Our representative will meet you at Paro airport. After lunch enjoy afternoon sightseeing around Paro, including a visit to the National Museum, Ta Dzong. This museum houses many religious relics, works of art and handicrafts offering a great orientation into Bhutan’s historical, cultural, and religious past. Next, visit the Rimpong Dzong to see the painting of the great saint Milarepa, considered as the master of meditation by the Bhutanese and believed to have attained enlightenment in a lifetime. Dzong’s are large monasteries and district administrative centers, which were once strategic forts. Afterwards, transfer for Thimphu for overnight (1.5 hours). Day 2: THIMPHU: Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Thimphu beginning with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten depicting the Buddhist faith in the form of paintings and statues. This temple was first initiated by the Third King as a protection from the negative elements of modernization. The Royal Queen Mother completed it as a memorial stupa for the Third King who passed away in the year 1972. You will also visit the 12th century Changangkha Temple and Drubthob monastery housing the Zilukha Nunnery. If there is time, you may visit the nursing pen for the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan, and Tashichhodzong. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu. Day 3: THIMPHU (HIKE TO CHERI MONASTERY) : Morning drive through the countryside surrounding Thimphu to Jigme Dorji Wildlife Sanctuary, the largest protected area in the Bhutan. The park is home to several endangered species including the takin, snow leopard, blue sheep, tiger, red panda, and the Himalayan black bear. More than 300 species of birds have been cataloged within the park. Our walk begins from the small village of Dodena. Our trail starts by crossing a covered bridge over the Thim chhu and we climb steadily to Cheri Goemba, a small monastery perched on the hill with a view over the Thimphu Valley. Shabdrung built the monastery in 1620, and is the location where the first community of monks in Bhutan was established. The monastery is considered very sacred as it contains the ashes of Tempi Nima, the father of the first Shabdrung of Bhutan, and beautiful frescoes of Buddhist saints. Shabdrung also spent three years in retreat here and it’s a renowned meditation place even today. After our visit to the monastery, we descend back the way we came, keeping our eyes open for the goral (wild goat) that are often spotted on the cliffs nearby. Back at the village of Dodena we will have picnic lunch along the clean and unpolluted Thimphu River. After lunch, we follow a riverside trail via Begana to Cabesa, home to the Choki School of Arts. The Choki School is private and provides free skills-related education in the traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan to Bhutanese children who are unable to attend or complete their formal education. After visiting the school we continue along the riverside trail and pass through small rural villages before returning to Thimphu. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu. Day 4: DAY 04: THIMPHU – PUNAKHA (HIKE: TASHIGANG GOENPA/LUNGCHOTSE LHAKHANG/DOCHU LA): Depart Thimphu, driving for about 45 minutes before beginningour hike to Tashigang goenpa (3200m). This monastery was built in 1786 by the 12th Je Khenpo. From Tashigang monastery you will enjoy a gradual uphill climb of about 2 hours to 18th century Lungchotse Lhakhang. The picturesque route passes through forests of rhododendrons, magnolias, birches, firs, hemlocks and bamboos, and occasionally meadows that are being used as yak pastures. The view from Lungchotse Lhakhang over the entire Bhutan Himalaya and its snow covered peaks is amazing. We will walk down hill for about an hour until we reach Dochula pass, a wonderful sight marked by 108 chortens (Stupa), and on a cleat day an incredible view of Himalayan peaks. Here will be meet our waiting vehicle and driver. Drive for about for about an hour & half down into the sub-tropical Punakha Valley. Overnight at your hotel in Punakha/ Wangduephodrang. Day 5: PUNAKHA: In the morning visit Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 by the Shabdrung, the ‘Unifier of Bhutan’ as predicted by the great Guru Rimpoche (Padmasambhava). It is situated at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu (Mother and Father Rivers) and is the winter headquarters of the Je Khenpo and hundreds of monks who move en masse from Thimphu to this warmer location. The three story main temple of the Punakha Dzong is a breathtaking example of traditional architecture with four intricately embossed entrance pillars crafted from cypress and decorated in gold and silver. Afterwards drive to Yabesa village and hike to through ricefields and up to Khamsum Yueley Namgyal Chorten, built by her majesty the queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk. Perched high on a hill on the bank of the river, the Chorten houses paintings belonging to Nyingmapa Traditions. Take a picnic lunch on a picturesque riverside before driving to Lobesa for a pleasant walk through small hillside villages to visit a farm house. Here we will see a Traditional Bhutanese cooking and farming demonstration. This will include the milking of a cow, followed by the churning of milk and the production of cheese and butter. We will also experience the brewing of local wine (“Ara”) and preparation of the national dish, “Emadasti”. Afterwards walk down through terraced ricefields to the main road where your vehicle awaits. Day 6: PUNAKHA – PHOBJIKHA VALLEY: After breakfast transfer to Phobjikha Valley via the bustling market town of Wangduephodrang. Drive up a winding mountain road through oak and rhododendron forests, and over a high pass down into the wide and picturesque Phobjikha valley. Phobjikha is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black necked cranes (November – March) migrating from the Tibetan plateau. The valley is one of the most beautiful in Bhutan. Visit the Phobjikha Sanctuary with an opportunity to view the majestic black necked cranes (Nov-Mar only) and Gangtey Gompa (Monastery), dating back to the 16th century and the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan. Overnight at your hotel in Phobjikha. Day 7: PHOBJIKHA VALLEY (KAYCHE LA HIKE): Drive to Longtey Village located beyond Pele La pass (3,420m) for a hike across Kayche La (3700m) and back to Gangtey. We climb up gradually through the thickets of dwarf bamboos, birch, rhododendron, hemlock and fir rich with diverse birdlife to Kayche La, marked with some prayer flags. The other side of the pass is mostly meadows, and it’s all downhill to Gangtey through the long and beautiful stretch of meadows and farms. Overnight at your hotel in Phobjikha. Day 8: PHOBJIKHA VALLEY – PARO: Morning walk to explore the village of Gangtey before departing for Paro (approx 7 hrs). From Gangtey the road gradually descends into the balmy Punakha valley before climbing up over Dochu La Pass. Overnight at your hotel in Paro. Day 9: PARO: After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery. The trail is broad and the walk of approximately 1.5 to 2 hours uphill takes you almost a kilometre above the Paro valley floor (for those who cannot hike we will arrange a horse for transfer up to cafeteria). The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The Monastery is also an important pilgrim site for the Buddhists. The great Guru Rimpoche is said to have flown here on the back of a tigress when he brought the teachings of the Buddhist Dharma to Bhutan in the 8th Century. He then mediated in a cave there for three months where the monastery was later built. The cave is said to be the origin of Buddhism in Bhutan. Nearby there is a teahouse where you can stop for refreshments before returning to Paro for lunch. In the afternoon drive to the ruins of the 17th Century Drukgyel Dzong, an historic monument built by the Shabdrung to commemorate his victory against invading Tibetans in 1644. In fine weather the towering peak of the sacred Mount Jomolhari (7314m) appears as a stunning backdrop. On the return drive to Paro, visit 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the 108 temples constructed by the Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Kyichu is built in a manner similar to the Jokhang in Lhasa. Inside there is a great golden image of Buddha Shakyamuni. Overnight at your hotel in Paro. Day 10: PARO: Morning drive up to Cheli La Pass through mixed forests offering panoramic views of the snow-capped Himalayas. Enjoy a hike of approximately 3 hours up along the meadow to Kung Karpo La (4100m) enjoying breathtaking views on a clear day of the snowcapped mountains along the ridge that divides Paro and Haa valley. The short steep descent from the top will take us to the nunnery of Kila Gompa. Here the nuns, called anims, live a life of contemplation and seclusion, with daily prayer and spiritual practice. The temple itself is surrounded by numerous meditation huts, and many hidden caves lie inside the rocky cliffs. The gompa is surrounded by a lush forest dominated by tall firs. Sparkling mountain streams wind down the slopes, which are covered with a variety of wildflowers and plants. Kila Gompa is historically significant as a sacred meditation site. Many renowned Buddhist saints have come here to find peace and seclusion. The main temple houses ancient statues of Chenrezig (Avalokiteswara) and Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) among others. The walk down from here to the road is lined with small white chortens and it will take us about an hour. Overnight at your hotel in Paro. Day 11: DEPART PARO: Breakfast in the hotel, then drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination. Tashi Delek!

Transportation :

Inland transfers: SUV Vehicles (Hyundai Tucson /Hyundai Santa Fe/ Toyota Sedans), Toyota Hiace, Toyota Coaster, Hyundai Motor Buses – based on group strength.

Price and Payment Information

Costs of Children :
$2240
Single Room Supplement Cost:
$60
Double Room Supplement Cost:
$80
Triple Room Supplement Cost:
$90
Extra Nights per person Cost:
$330

Payment

Payment

The tourism council of Bhutan will issue the Bhutan visa to Traveler's only when you wire transfer 100% tour cost in advance. Tourism council of Bhutan will hold the tour payment and then they will release the tour cost to our account deducting the Royalty and taxes only when you have left Bhutan. The ways of paying the tour Cost: 1. Please deposit the 100% tour payment to our USD Bank accounts by wire transfer after you confirm the tour package. 2. Please email or fax us the Bank telegraphic transfer receipt copy. To wire transfer the Tour payment to Bhutan National Bank, from any Place outside Bhutan, Please request your Bank to remit money through Bhutan National Bank Ltd. Click to view your correspondent bank details. Ultimate Beneficiary details : Account No: 0000069080011 Account Holder’s Name: World Tour Plan Account Holder’s CID: 20211000051 Address : World Tour Plan, Post Box No. 1636, Thimphu, Bhutan.

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