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Hike through Bhutan

India-Bhutan-India(Ex. Airfare)
13 Nights / 14 Days
Validity till: 31st Dec 2018

Day 1: Arrival at Paro

Paro Elevation: 2,280 m

Upon arrival you will be welcomed and escorted to your lodge/hotel by your host/guide from GoXimbo. The wide and fertile valley of Paro is considered as the “Rice bowl of the country”. Your guide will take you for a stroll around the vibrant town of Paro in the evening. Followed by welcome dinner and overnight stay at Paro.

Attractions of the day:

  • Paro Dzong or the Rinpung Dzong - ‘Fortress of the heap of Jewels’.
  • Ta Dzong: It is the National Museum, a conical watch tower overlooking the Rinpung Dzong.
  • Overnight Thimphu.

Day 2: Thimphu Day Hikes

Thimphu Elevation: 2,320 m

Travel to Thimphu in morning and trek to Wangditse Goemba after visiting Mini Zoo and Sangaygang Hilltop. Overnight stay at Thimphu.

Attractions of the day:

  • Mini Zoo at Motithang which houses Takin, the National animal of Bhutan.
  • Wangditse Goemba, located at an hour walk distance from the Mini Zoo area.

Day 3: Tango Hike, Thimphu

Hike up to Tango Monastery, a monastic school and retreat built in the 15th century. It takes about one hour. The monastery is the residence of the Druk Desi Gyalse Tenzin Rabgye, a lama who is a reincarnation of the 16th century monk who founded Tango. Thimphu valley sightseeing in the afternoon.

Attractions of the day:

  • The Memorial Stupa
  • Painting School
  • Changangkha Lhakhang
  • Weaving center
  • Handicraft stores

Day 4: Thimphu, Dochu La and Punakha

Punakha Elevation: 1,310 m

We shall visit the Arts and Crafts School and Folk Heritage Museum in Thimphu, then head out of town for a spectacular 3-hour drive to Punakha, crossing the Dochu La (3,140 m).

After a hot lunch at a café atop the pass, continue our drive to the Punakha Valley via the tiny village of Thinleygang (6,000ft), the starting point for our afternoon hike of about 2.5 hours to Lobsakha village. The forests on the mountainsides are home to barking deer, Himalayan black bear, and wonderful birdlife, from Himalayan barbets to cuckoos. Overnight stay at Punakha.

Day 5: Khamsum Yuley Namgay Chorten

Hike to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, perched high on the strategic ridge above Punakha valley in Yebesa, 7 km from Punakha. Visit Punakha Dzong in the afternoon. Overnight stay at Punakha lodge.

  • Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten: The chorten contains the images of all the manifestation of the wrathful Dorji Phurpa (vajra kila). It was built by the Royal Family of Bhutan to help remove negative forces and promote peace, stability and harmony in the changing world, and the well-being and long life of our beloved monarch.
  • Punakha Dzong: The second of Bhutan’s Dzongs built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Rinpoche. The official name is Druk Pungthang Dechen Phodrang, which translates as "The Palace of Great Happiness".

Day 6: Chimmi Lhakhang, Wangde Phodrang and Phobjikha

Short 30 minutes walk to Chimmi Lhakhang, a fertility temple dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, a Tibetan Buddhist saint and a folk hero popularly known as “The Divine Madman”. Later, drive to Phobjikha Valley. Dinner and overnight stay at Phobjikha.

Day 7: Phobjikha Valley

Phobjikha Elevation: 2,900 m

Hike in the beautiful environment of the Phobjikha Valley, with its alpine setting on the western slope of the Black Mountains. The Gangtey sits on a prominent hilltop overlooking the great expanse of the entire Phobjikha valley.

In winter, flocks of 200-300 Black-necked Cranes (Grus nigricollis) migrates to this valley from Tibet to spend the winter foraging of the valley floor. The cranes arrive some time around late October and stay through roughly mid-February. Overnight stay at lodge.

Day 8: Phobjikha to Thimphu

A five-hour drive brings us back to Thimphu via the magnificent Dochu La Pass. Followed by afternoon sightseeing in Thimphu. Overnight stay at Thimphu.

Day 9: Haa Valley and Yongto Camp

Haa Elevation: 2,670 m

A three-hour drive brings us to Haa Valley in western Bhutan. Haa is a picturesque fertile valley ideal for mountain biking and hiking.

Attractions of the day:

  • Overnight camp at Yongto Camp
  • Enjoy hot-stone bath
  • Lhakhang Karpo - “Temple of the White Dove”
  • Lhakhang Nakpo - “Temple of the Black Dove”

These temples are believed to have been built in the 8th century by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo, after he sent two doves (one black and one white) to find a sacred place to build a monastery.

Day 10: Haa Valley and Yongto Camp

Hike along the banks of the Haa river toward the Chumbi Valley. En route, visit Gechukha Lhakhang, Jamtey Gompa and Yangto Gompa. Hike down to Yangto village and ascend back to our camp at Yongto. In the evening, villagers from Yongto shall visit us at our camp and perform their traditional dances. Overnight stay at camp.

Total Hiking Time: About 5-6 Hours

Day 11: Haa Valley and Kartsho Gompa

Hike gradually up through beautiful rhododendron and pine forests to Motori Ridge (10,000feet) and then descend to Damothang meadow. Visit Karsho Gompa and traditional farmhouses. After lunch, descend to Kartsho village and Wangtsa village on our way back to our Hotel.

Total Hiking Time: About 5-6 Hours

Day 12: Paro Valley Sightseeing

A drive of about two hours brings us to Paro, where we freshen up at our lodge. Take a stroll around Paro in the afternoon.

Attractions of the day:

  • Kichu Lhakhang: One of the 108 temples built by the Tibetan king Songsten Gampo in the 7th century to subdue an ogress. There is another temple said to be built on the same day called Jampey Lhakhang in Bumthang.
  • Dungtse Lhakhang: An unusual Chorten-like temple that was built in 1433 by the iron-bridge builder Thangthong Gyalpo.
  • Drugyel Dzong: The ruins of the Drugyal Dzong, “The Fortress of the Victorious Drukpa People” stands on a scenic knoll at one end of Paro valley. It was built in 1646 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyel to commemorate victory over Tibetan invasions.

Day 13: Taktshang Monastery

We hike up through pine forests to the striking monastic retreat of Taktshang. The Taktshang or “The Tiger’s Nest Monastery” clings precariously to a cliff of 3,000 feet above the Paro Valley. The legend has it that Guru Rinpoche flew to the site of the monastery on the back of a tigress, a manifestation of his consort Yeshe Tshogyal, to subdue a local demon. He then meditated in a cave for three months. For the local people it is a place of pilgrimage, but for a tourist, a hike up to the view point opposite the monastery is exhausting, thrilling and a mystical experience.

Total Hiking Time: About 4 Hours

Day 14: Departure

Depart from Paro International Airport to your homeland. Your Guide will escort you to bid you farewell and safe journey back home.

TASHI DELEK…!!!!

Note: The itineraries can be tailored to suit your interest and convenience.

Hike Through Bhutan

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