This 6 Nights 7 Days Bhutan Tour gives you a personal introduction of the last Himalayan Kingdom often also called the ‘The last Shangri La’.The carbon neutral Buddhist country has some of the oldest Dzongs, monasteries, and temples and jaw-droppingly beautiful Himalayan landscapes. As 70 percent of the country is covered in forests, Bhutan has abundant flora and fauna, which makes it a great escape for nature lovers. In our 6 Nights and 7 Days Bhutan Tour, you become familiar with both the cultural and natural parts of Bhutan. We kick off the tour with a flight from Kathmandu to Paro and a drive to Thimphu.
Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital city is thriving with uniqueness. The rise of technology and modernization sits like a poetic contrast in this centuries old traditionally clad small town. Whether it is the smartphone-carrying Buddhist monks or the huge penis symbols hung outside houses for luck, Thimphu is a truly intriguing destination. It is also among a couple of places in Bhutan where you will find western style night clubs, cafes, bars and restaurants.
We visit the Chagri Monastery, National Memorial Chorten, Mini Zoo, the National Library and the Sangaygang View Point among others while in Thimphu. Next highlight is the Punakha Valley. The drive from Thimphu to Punakha valley is a delight in itself. We cross the Dochu La ( pass) and drive across lush, balmy Himalayan landscapes of the valley, and visit a famous fertility temple enroute Punakha. While in the Punakha valley, we visit the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten and Punakha Dzong. These historical sites are surrounded with extraordinary beauty- the chorten sits on a hillock and the Dzong lies between two rivers.
For our final sightseeing/hiking adventure, we drive back to Paro Valley. Here we hike to the most famous landmark in Bhutan- Taktsang Monastery or the Tiger’s Nest. We visit a couple of beautiful Dzongs later in the afternoon and conclude the day. We will enjoy the weekend market in Thimphu and Paro, if we are there during the weekend. Otherwise, we will visit souvenir shops and other local markets for handicrafts and all sorts of local products.
Adventure Club Trek has been organizing treks and tours to Bhutan since 2008. Our representatives in Bhutan make sure your trip is safe, comfortable and enjoyable. For a similar but shorter trek, consider Cultural Tour of Bhutan-6 Days and for a onger cultural tour in Bhutan, we offer Bhutan Cultural Tour with Bumthang Trek Three Days-12 Days.
We board a flight from Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu to Paro Airport. It is one of the most scenic flights in the world as we get to enjoy the views of mighty Everest and other surrounding snow clad mountains. And as we near Bhutan, views of Mt. Jomolhari and Jichu Drake peaks. A representative from Adventure Club Trek for Bhutan will pick you at the airport upon your arrival. We then board a private vehicle that takes us to Thimphu Valley. Overnight in a hotel at Thimphu.
Today, we go sightseeing around the capital of Bhutan, Thimphu. We have breakfast then put on our hiking shoes and head towards Chagri Monastery also known as Cheri Monastery. The 1st Zhabdrung Rinpoche, Ngawang Namgyal built the monastery in 1620. Located in the northern end of Thimphu Valley, it is 15 kms away from the city. First we first drive to Thimphu Valley and from there we hike up to the monastery which takes around an hour. The area is a habitat to birds like Yellow-browed Tit, Yellow-rumped Honeyguide, Mrs Gould's Sunbird, Long-billed Thrush, and Ultramarine Flycatcher. Later in the day, we visit the Memorial Chorten, built in the honor of third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, in 1974. He is also known as the father of modern Bhutan. Next, we go to see Bhutan’s national animal, Takin, a rare species of goat family, and other animals at the Mini Zoo. Other places on our list include the National Library where ancient manuscripts are stored, Sangaygang View Point to catch fantastic views of the entire city and lastly the Kuenselcholing hilltop where the world’s largest statue of Buddha is under construction. If we are here during the weekend we visit the Weekend market- a hustling sight with local and handcrafted products. Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.
We start the day with a healthy breakfast in the morning followed by a drive to Dochu La (Pass), a vantage point to catch the panoramic views of the snow clad Himalayas. Then, we hike up to Lungchutse Monastery which takes around 2 hours. It is a beautiful trail to the monastery as we walk amidst lush green forest dotted with rhododendrons, crossing few high ridges decorated with colored prayer flags. The views of the Himalaya makes the hike more interesting. After exploring the monastery, we head back to Dochu La. Driving through hemlock, fir and rhododendron forest, we head towards Punakha. On the way, we stop at Metshina Village which houses Chimi Lhakhang,a fertility temple dedicated to ‘’Divine Madman’’ or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. The path to the temple is through a rice field and it takes around 20 minutes to reach there. Overnight in a hotel at Punakha.
We wake up at dawn, have breakfast and head out to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten. Located on a hillock named Ngezergang, it is 12 km north of Punakha and houses masterpiece paintings dedicated to the old cult of Buddhism. We take a detour on the way back and visit the Punakha Dzong, the second oldest and second largest Dzong in Bhutan built in 1637. Another uniqueness of the Dzong is its location, it is situated between two rivers, Mo Chu(Male River) and Pho Chu(Female River). Overnight in a hotel at Punakha
Today, we leave Punakha and head back to Paro. Upon reaching Paro, as no activities are planned for the rest of the day, you can opt to rest or take a stroll around the city. We are more than happy to provide with any kind of assistance. Overnight in a hotel at Paro.
We take an early morning hike to Bhutan’s most famous monastery, Taktsang Monastery also known as the Tiger’s nest. Located on a cliff, the monastery stands 900 m above Paro Valley. It is said Guru Rinpoche also known as Guru Padmasambhava who is believed to have introduced Buddhism in Bhutan flew on a tigress’ back and meditated in a cave for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours. The cave he meditated is considered holy and hence Tiger’s Nest was constructed around it. It is around 3 hours hike (round trip) and we have lunch midway at the Cafeteria Restaurant. After visiting the monastery we head to Paro and continue our sightseeing program. We visit Ta Dzong, once a fortified lookout tower. Next on the list is Rinpung Dzong which means fortress of the heap of jewels. Then we explore Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest temple in Bhutan followed by visit to Drugyel Dzong,a fort built to signify the victory of Bhutan over Tibetan invaders. If the weather favors us, we might get to lay eyes on Mt. Jomolhari, second highest mountain of the country. Overnight in a hotel at Paro.
Today concludes your 6 nights 7 days Bhutan Tour. Bid farewell to your guide and other tour mates. A representative from Adventure Club Trek for Bhutan will drop you off at the airport according to your flight’s schedule.
Note: Your safety is of the utmost concern whilst you are traveling with Adventure Club Trek. We will make every effort possible to follow the original itinerary but we reserve the right to change that itinerary if a segment of it becomes a safety issue. Certain mountain regions are remote, natural disasters can happen, weather conditions can decline and there can be illness or an injury. To avoid dangerous situations we may occasionally have to make changes to the itinerary to ensure everyone’s safety. That having been said, Adventure Club Trek will strive to provide you with the best possible trekking experience and to keep your safety our number one priority. We thank you for your understanding.
Prior to all the treks and expeditions, Adventure Club Trek hosts a pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu. The primary purpose of the meeting is to provide an opportunity for individuals to ask questions about the forthcoming trek and to introduce other team members. The meeting covers topics as diverse as personal equipment and acclimatization and usually involves a hike and some skills training. Pre-trip meeting is very important in order to have a better preparation of the trekking.