12 days starting at USD $3,795 per person*
This tour unique aspect is that it begins on Day 2 with a beautiful mountain flight right into the spiritual center of Bhutan. You will experience the authenticity of the less populated Central Bhutan and weave your way back to the Western half and the capital,Thimphu. There will be a mix of day hikes in the serene Ura Valley, visits to mountain temples while relaxing amongst the Himalayas in gorgeous mountain surroundings. The highlight will be the Jakar Festival which is the most popular Tsechu, or Lama Dancing Festival, in Bumthang. It commemorates and celebrates the good deeds of the 2nd Buddha, Padmasambhava or known too, as Guru Rinpoche.
Duration: 12 days
Group Size: 1 – 16
Tour Grading: Easy to Moderate
Key Words: Jakar Festival, Mountain Flight, Tiger’s Nest
Best Season: October, November.
Trip Route: Paro, Bumthang, Yotong La Pass (3,424m/11234ft), Trongsa, Pele La Pass (3,300m/10,989ft), Phobjikha, Punakha, Dochu La Pass (3,050m/10,006ft), Thimphu, Paro.
Sights: National Museums, Jakar festival, Institute of Zorig Chusum, the Traditional Arts School in Thimphu, Astrological School of Thimphu, Traditional Medicine Institute, World’s second largest Buddha Statue, Tiger’s Nest.
Highlights: Travel to 5 major cities, hike to Tiger’s Nest, see the second-largest seated Buddha, get your astrology reading, visit the traditional art school, visit the temple of fertility, visit the Jakar Festival, traditional hot stone bath.
Trip at a Glance:
Day 01: Arrive Paro
Day 02: Paro – Bumthang (Mountain Flight)
Day 03 – 04 – 05: Bumthang (Sightseeing)
Day 06: Bumthang- Phobjikha (approx 188kms/116miles)
Day 07: Phobjikha- Punakha (approx 70kms/43miles)
Day 08: Punakha- Thimphu (approx 77 kms/47 miles)
Day 09: Thimphu (sightseeing)
Day 10: Drive to Paro (55km/34mile approx)
Day 11: Hike Tiger’s Nest
Day 12: Paro Sightseeing
Day 13: Depart to Bangkok/Delhi/Kathmandu
We use the best 3 star hotels and resorts for our tours and retreats. For 4-5 star luxury hotels, please email us your interest, we will send you a PDF from the hotel with the additional charges.
Hotels in Bhutan, are very charming and smaller with approx. 15-20 rooms with larger hotels have 35-50 rooms.
All ground transportation
Guide for entire tour
3 star hotels, single bed, shared rooms
All meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner, including non-alcoholic beverages and snacks. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian options
$65 daily royalty, which is paid to the government of Bhutan which provides free healthcare and education to its citizens.
What’s not included
International fights into Bhutan
4 – 5 stars hotel (Can add for extra charge)
Visa fee ($40), passport and taxes fee
Alcoholic Beverages (may be purchased separately)