This tour package would take you across the kingdom – from broad western valleys to central alpine valleys and then to the warmer Eastern parts of Bhutan. As you would climb from one mountain pass into another and drop down into valleys, you would be astonished to learn that people of one valley speak an entirely different language from the next. You would be going into the eastern land of the Sharchops – the Easterners.
The itinerary also includes a short three days trek through three beautiful valleys in central Bhutan where you will truly be taken back to the middle ages. You would be camping in the middle of these wide and open alpine valleys. The trek would be a real wilderness experience.
“…scarcely touched by modern times.” –
Journey Across Kingdom itinerary
Arrival at Paro
Arrive at Paro by Druk Air flight. Reception will be arranged for you on arrival. Lunch. Stroll through Paro town in the evening.
Night halt: Paro
Paro Valley Sightseeing
After breakfast drive to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong (the Fortress where Drukpas won over joint Tibetan-Mongol Invasions in 1700s). Along the way, one can view the sacred Mount Jhomolhari (7,314m) – The abode of the Goddess Jhomo. Visit Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan dating back to 8th Century.
End the day by visiting typical farmhouse to experience the daily life of Bhutanese people.
Paro Taktsang. Afternoon drive to Thimphu
Full day excursion to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) monastery. Drive to Satsam Chorten and then hike up to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) built on the face of a 1000 m rock cliff. This is one of the holiest sites in the Himalayas for Lamaist Buddhists.
Evening drive to Thimphu.
Sightseeing in Thimphu
Thimphu valley sightseeing for full day which includes: Memorial Chorten (Stupa), Bhutan Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, National Library, School of Fine Arts, Institute of Traditional Medicine, Tashicho-dzong (the seat of the Royal Government), Zilukha Nunnery, Traditional Handmade Paper Factory and Handicrafts Emporium.
Night halt: Thimphu.
Thimphu – Punakha
Proceed to Punakha with sightseeing at Dochula pass (3,050 m)(Stunning scenery of the Himalayan Peaks). Afternoon – visit Punakha Dzong & stroll through countryside.
Night halt: Punakha.
Punakha to Wangdue. Afternoon drive to Trongsa
Morning visit Wangdue Phodrang Dzong. Then proceed to Chendibji Chorten (Nepalese style Buddhist stupa) on the way. Lunch at Trongsa. Afternoon view Tronsa dzong from outside learning its history and visit Ta Dzong (Watch Tower). Evening free or take a stroll through Trongsa town.
Night halt: Hotel in Trongsa
Tongsa – Bumthang
After breakfast, proceed to Bumthang across Yotong La pass (3,400 m). Visit the various monasteries in the valley: Jakar Dzong, Jambay Lhakhang (8th Century) , Kurje Monastery (8th Century) and Tamshing Lhakhang (15th Century).
Night halt: Hotel in Bumthang
Bumthang – Mongar
Early morning drive to Mongar across Thrumsengla pass (3,800 m). The mountains of eastern Bhutan can be seen in clear weather.
Evening visit Mongar Dzong and stroll the Eastern Bhutan Countryside.
Night halt: Mongar.
Mongar to Trashigang and back to Mongar
On the way visit Gomphu Kora Monastery. Visit Trashigang Dzong and town. Proceed for Mongar.
Night halt: Mongar.
Mongar – Bumthang
Night halt: Trongsa.
Rest Day in Bumthang
Take a stroll in the beautiful Bumthang valley. Or visit one of those ancient temples that dot the countryside. It’s a rest day after many days of driving around!!
Bumthang – Gangtey/Gogona
After breakfast, drive early to Gangtey. Visit Gangtey Monastery.
For a closer view of the country, we are going to trek through three beautiful wilderness valleys at the heart of the country. After lunch trek from Phobjikha valley into Gogona Valley via Tsela Pass.
Night halt: Camp in Gogona Valley.
Gogona to Khotokha
After breakfast, gradually climb to Shobe La Pass (3800m). Then descend into Khotokha valley.
Night halt: Camp at Khotokha valley
Khotokha to Punakha
After breakfast, climb Tashila Pass. From there it is all down hill to Chuzomsa where our transport would pick you up. You would be in a hotel in Punakha for the night.
Night Halt: Hotel in Punakha
Punakha to Paro via Thimphu
After breakfast, head to Thimphu. Do some souvenir shopping or visit the Vegetable market (if you previously missed). In the afternoon, head for Paro. Late Afternoon free to stroll through town.
Paro Airport: Departure from Bhutan
After early breakfast, you would be driven to airport for your outbound flight.