Wonders of Bhutan

10 days*
From 35509 SEK
Overview
Map & Itinerary
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Overview
Set out on an adventure through the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, the only country in the world that measures its progress in terms of happiness. Explore timeless mountain villages, spectacular fortresses, and ornate shrines as you travel across this bastion of Buddhist culture, and meet local people from different walks of life to gain insights into the secrets of Bhutan’s wellbeing.

Overview

  • Departs/Ends: Paro to Paro
  • Travel style: National Geographic Journeys
  • Physical rating: 3
  • Age requirements: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.
  • Trip type: Max 15, Avg 10.

What you get

  • Accomodation: Hotel/lodges (9 nts).
  • Transport: Private vehicle, walking, hiking.
  • Meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Team leader: CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

Extras

  • The international flight to and from start and finish city is not included in the tour price.
  • Your own room

Map & Itinerary

Day 1 Paro/Thimphu
Arrive at any time and transfer to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital. Time permitting, take a guided walk around town. Meals included: dinner
Day 2 THIMPHU/PUNAKHA
This morning, meet a Buddhist monk and scholar to discuss Buddhist beliefs and ways of life in Bhutan. Then drive to scenic Punakha, crossing the lofty Dochu La pass and enjoying stunning views of the Himalaya through flickering prayer flags. Settle into your hotel and drive to Lobesa after lunch. From here, hike up to Chimi Lhakhang, a 15th-century monastery dedicated to the Buddhist saint Drukpa Kunley, known as the “Divine Madman.” Learn about his colourful, eccentric life, and witness women devotees who visit the monastery to receive blessings of fertility. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 3 PUNAKHA
Enjoy a full day of exploration in Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan. Visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong, or fortress, situated at the confluence of two important rivers. Hike to the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery, a meditation and training center for Buddhist nuns. Then drive to Wangdue Phodrang to discover the town’s dzong. In the afternoon, weave your way through rice terraces and pine forests to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, a cheerful temple perched on a picturesque mountain ridge overlooking the Punakha Valley. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 4 PUNAKHA/GANGTEY
Travel to the Gangtey Valley—also called Phobjikha Valley—the winter habitat of rare black-necked cranes. If your trip falls between October and February, you’ll have a chance to visit the information center of the Royal So­ciety for Protection of Nature (RSPN) to learn about these graceful, vulnerable birds, which migrate from Tibet to Bhutan every year. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 5 GANGTEY
Set out to discover the stunning Gangtey Goempa, one of the oldest Nyingma monasteries in Bhutan. This 17th-century temple recently underwent an elaborate renovation. Afterward, we’ll walk across Phobjikha Valley to Khewa Valley, stopping at an old temple on the way to make an offering. This evening, explore Khewa village and enjoy a cooking demonstration and delicious home-cooked dinner at a family farmhouse. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 6 GANGTEY/THIMPHU
Return to Thimpu and take in the golden splendour of the Buddha Dordenma, a massive Buddha statue that graces a hill overlooking the city. Visit the National Institute for Zorig Chusum, an arts and crafts school where we can watch students practicing traditional arts such as woodworking, painting, and ceramics. Later, enjoy a talk on Gross National Happiness, an index used by the Bhutanese to measure the nation’s progress. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 7 THIMPHU/HAA
This morning, visit the National Memorial Chorten, one of Thimpu’s most recognizable landmarks and a focal point of daily spiritual life. Then venture off the beaten path towards the remote Haa Valley, stopping for a night in charming Haa town. Explore Lhakhang Nagpo, the “black temple,” and Lhakhang Karpo, the “white temple”—two ancient Buddhist shrines which are said to be among the 108 temples built in one day by the seventh century Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 8 HAA/PARO
Drive into picturesque Haa Valley by way of the dramatic Chele La pass, one of the highest mountain roads in Bhutan. Hike through thick pine forests to the Kila nunnery, which clings to a rocky cliff. Later, return to Paro and visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the country’s oldest and most beautiful temples. Then head to a local archery ground to watch locals practice Bhutan’s national sport. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 9 Paro
Today, we embark on a vigorous hike to Bhutan’s most iconic and revered site: the Taktsang Lhakhang or Tiger’s Nest Monastery, perched high above the Paro Valley. Visible from afar, this architectural masterpiece straddles a vertical granite cliff 2,000 feet above the valley floor. Later, drive the winding road to Drukgyal Dzong, a ruined fortress that once defended Paro Valley from Tibetan invasions. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 10 Paro
Depart at any time. Airport transfer is included. Meals included: breakfast
Dates & Prices
All years
27 Mar 2021
05 Apr 2021
37396 SEK
7+ left
  • Departs from: Paro
  • Ends in Paro
  • DG Departure guaranteed ?
  • Double shared room ?
Price per person 37396 SEK
17 Apr 2021
26 Apr 2021
37396 SEK
7+ left
  • Departs from: Paro
  • Ends in Paro
  • DG Departure guaranteed ?
  • Double shared room ?
Price per person 37396 SEK
08 May 2021
17 May 2021
35509 SEK
7+ left
  • Departs from: Paro
  • Ends in Paro
  • DG Departure guaranteed ?
  • Double shared room ?
Price per person 35509 SEK
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Overview

Set out on an adventure through the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, the only country in the world that measures its progress in terms of happiness. Explore timeless mountain villages, spectacular fortresses, and ornate shrines as you travel across this bastion of Buddhist culture, and meet local people from different walks of life to gain insights into the secrets of Bhutan’s wellbeing.

Is this trip for me?

  • Departs/Ends: Paro to Paro
  • Travel style: National Geographic Journeys
  • Physical rating: 3
  • Age requirements: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.
  • Trip type: Max 15, Avg 10.

What you get

  • Accomodation: Hotel/lodges (9 nts).
  • Transport: Private vehicle, walking, hiking.
  • Meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Team leader: CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

Extras

The international flight to and from start and finish city is not included in the tour price.
Your own room
Map & Itinerary
Day 1 Paro/Thimphu
Arrive at any time and transfer to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital. Time permitting, take a guided walk around town. Meals included: dinner
Day 2 THIMPHU/PUNAKHA
This morning, meet a Buddhist monk and scholar to discuss Buddhist beliefs and ways of life in Bhutan. Then drive to scenic Punakha, crossing the lofty Dochu La pass and enjoying stunning views of the Himalaya through flickering prayer flags. Settle into your hotel and drive to Lobesa after lunch. From here, hike up to Chimi Lhakhang, a 15th-century monastery dedicated to the Buddhist saint Drukpa Kunley, known as the “Divine Madman.” Learn about his colourful, eccentric life, and witness women devotees who visit the monastery to receive blessings of fertility. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 3 PUNAKHA
Enjoy a full day of exploration in Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan. Visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong, or fortress, situated at the confluence of two important rivers. Hike to the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery, a meditation and training center for Buddhist nuns. Then drive to Wangdue Phodrang to discover the town’s dzong. In the afternoon, weave your way through rice terraces and pine forests to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, a cheerful temple perched on a picturesque mountain ridge overlooking the Punakha Valley. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 4 PUNAKHA/GANGTEY
Travel to the Gangtey Valley—also called Phobjikha Valley—the winter habitat of rare black-necked cranes. If your trip falls between October and February, you’ll have a chance to visit the information center of the Royal So­ciety for Protection of Nature (RSPN) to learn about these graceful, vulnerable birds, which migrate from Tibet to Bhutan every year. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 5 GANGTEY
Set out to discover the stunning Gangtey Goempa, one of the oldest Nyingma monasteries in Bhutan. This 17th-century temple recently underwent an elaborate renovation. Afterward, we’ll walk across Phobjikha Valley to Khewa Valley, stopping at an old temple on the way to make an offering. This evening, explore Khewa village and enjoy a cooking demonstration and delicious home-cooked dinner at a family farmhouse. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 6 GANGTEY/THIMPHU
Return to Thimpu and take in the golden splendour of the Buddha Dordenma, a massive Buddha statue that graces a hill overlooking the city. Visit the National Institute for Zorig Chusum, an arts and crafts school where we can watch students practicing traditional arts such as woodworking, painting, and ceramics. Later, enjoy a talk on Gross National Happiness, an index used by the Bhutanese to measure the nation’s progress. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 7 THIMPHU/HAA
This morning, visit the National Memorial Chorten, one of Thimpu’s most recognizable landmarks and a focal point of daily spiritual life. Then venture off the beaten path towards the remote Haa Valley, stopping for a night in charming Haa town. Explore Lhakhang Nagpo, the “black temple,” and Lhakhang Karpo, the “white temple”—two ancient Buddhist shrines which are said to be among the 108 temples built in one day by the seventh century Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 8 HAA/PARO
Drive into picturesque Haa Valley by way of the dramatic Chele La pass, one of the highest mountain roads in Bhutan. Hike through thick pine forests to the Kila nunnery, which clings to a rocky cliff. Later, return to Paro and visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the country’s oldest and most beautiful temples. Then head to a local archery ground to watch locals practice Bhutan’s national sport. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 9 Paro
Today, we embark on a vigorous hike to Bhutan’s most iconic and revered site: the Taktsang Lhakhang or Tiger’s Nest Monastery, perched high above the Paro Valley. Visible from afar, this architectural masterpiece straddles a vertical granite cliff 2,000 feet above the valley floor. Later, drive the winding road to Drukgyal Dzong, a ruined fortress that once defended Paro Valley from Tibetan invasions. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Day 10 Paro
Depart at any time. Airport transfer is included. Meals included: breakfast
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Dates & Prices
All years
Mar 27
27 Mar 2021 05 Apr 2021
10 days
7+ left
37396 SEK
DG
  • Departs from Paro
  • Ends in Paro
  • DG Departure guaranteed ?
  • Double shared room ?
Price per person 37396 SEK
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Apr 17
17 Apr 2021 26 Apr 2021
10 days
7+ left
37396 SEK
DG
  • Departs from Paro
  • Ends in Paro
  • DG Departure guaranteed ?
  • Double shared room ?
Price per person 37396 SEK
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May 08
08 May 2021 17 May 2021
10 days
7+ left
35509 SEK
DG
  • Departs from Paro
  • Ends in Paro
  • DG Departure guaranteed ?
  • Double shared room ?
Price per person 35509 SEK
Request to book
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