Essential Bhutan Tour like its name covers all the most essential destinations of urban Bhutan that cater the best Bhutan's culture, lifestyle and religious values. During the Essential Bhutan Tour, we take you to the Bhutanese capital Thimpu and from Thimpu our journey goes across several Bhutanese cities before it ends at Paro.

The expert operators, who are our relied partners in Bhutan shall make the Essential Tour of Bhutan a lifetime journey. During the tour, centuries old landmarks, Himalayan landscapes blended well with lush vegetation, amazing Bhutanese culture and the welcoming natives will always please you so that you are bound to fall in love with this Land of Thunder Dragon in the lap of Himalayas.

Trip Highlights

Thimpu

The major highlight of the trip includes the Bhutanese Capital, Thimpu. The Heritage Sites and the politically important monuments of Thimpu are worthwhile exploring to know about Bhutanese culture and lifestyle. Trashichhoedzong (the summer abode of Je Khenpo), National Library, Textile and Folk Heritage Museums and Stupa of Memorial Chorten are major monuments to explore in Thimpu.

Paro

The city housing only international airport in Bhutan, Paro highlights Taktshang Monastery, the cliff hanging sacred site also known as The Tiger's Nest. Ta Dzong and Ringpun Dzong are also the major highlights at Paro.

Punakha

The Dzong that survived several earthquakes and fires lying at the confluence of Rivers Pho & Chu, Punakha Dzong is the major highlight at Punakha.

Wangduepodrang

A local fortress and the local traditional market are the wonderful highlights at Wangduepodrang.

Gangtey

 

The amazing town in  Bhutan that houses more than six hundred species of black necked cranes in and around.

 

City to city ride

The ride from one city to another itself is an adventurous journey in Bhutan. Dochu La Pass and Simikhota Dzong are the major highlights during the ride along with the magnificent Bhutanese landscapes dominated by Himalayan Range, lush vegetation and farmlands.

Outline Itinerary

  • Arrival to Paro 2280m with the Trans Himalayan Flight and drive to Thimpu 2320m 75 mins drive
  • Day tour of Thimpu
  • Drive to Punakha 1300m across Dochu La Pass 3100m 75 km 3 hrs drive
  • Drive to Gangtey 2600m 135km km via Wangduepodrang
  • Drive to Paro 2280m 65km and sightseeing tour of Paro
  • Morning hike to Tigers Nest & afternoon sightseeing tour of Paro
  • Depart Paro

Important Trip Notes & Activities

Pleased acknowledge that you are joining us for the adventure trip in remote Himalayan region, where weather conditions, health and fitness of the member or unexpected natural disaster can compel us to change the itinerary and if so you have to understand it but we would try our best to keep the suggested itinerary as per the original schedule.

Your safety and satisfaction of the trip is our prime concern while travelling with us and we ensure you our best team, logistics, professional services to make sure that you would have an amazing trip of lifetime with us. Also note that our trip leader deserved the final decision if the trip has to amend, change the route or cancel due to the extreme conditions for the safety precaution. However, he will try his best to ensure that the trip runs as according to the stated plan but be prepared for flexibility if necessary.


Day 01:

Arrival to Paro 2280m with the Trans Himalayan Flight and drive to Thimpu 2320m 75 mins drive

The flight into Paro on Bhutan’s national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of our country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. First gift from Bhutan will be the cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. After clearing customs and visa control you will be brief by our guide and transferred to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. We then depart for Thimpu, the modern capital of Bhutan. The drive will take around 1.5hours. Thimpu has a population of about 100,000. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. In the evening, we will visit the Handicrafts Emporium, where all types of Bhutanese handicrafts are made and sold, overnight at Hotel.

Day 02:

Day Tour of Thimpu

After breakfast drive at Sangaygang, a field of Bhutanese prayer flags, perched high above the city. Colored flags send prayers to the heavens and white flags honor the dead. Visit the Motithang Mini Zoo where you can see the National animal Takin research centre where these odd animals graze peacefully in a small protected park. Walk to the Zilukha Nunnery. Thimphu sightseeing continues with the Folk Heritage Museum (a beautifully restored Bhutanse farmhouse from the last century) and the National Painting School. Visit the Weekend market where vendors from throughout the region arrive on Friday afternoon and remain till Sunday. Here you will find indigenous goods, handicrafts, locally produced goods, etc. In the evening visit the National Memorial Chorten built in honor of our 3rd king Jigme Dorji Wangchuck (a wonderful opportunity to mix with the local population). All the buildings in Bhutan conform to national building principals and are beautifully carved and decorated. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 03:

Drive to Punakha 1300m across Dochu La Pass 3100m 75 km 3 hrs drive

After breakfast depart to Punakha. Leaving Thimphu the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050 m).  This pass often offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges. After stopping for tea and the view, then enjoy an hour’s downhill walk through magnolia, hydrangea, vibernam and evergreen oaks, and through blankets of the wild orchids before once again reaching the road, where we board our transport and drive into the Punakha Valley. Lunch served at your hotel. Then we drive the short distance to Punakha Dzong, the winter seat of the Je Khenpo and ancient capital of Bhutan, which is located between the rivers of the Mo (Female) Chu and Pho (Male) Chu. The dzong is open to visitors only in summer when the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body are in Thimphu. Je Khenpo is the highest religious office in Bhutan, and the formal head of the Drukpa sect. The (Central) Monk Body is Bhutan’s main monastic body of Lamas (monks). The dual system of governmental power in Bhutan is divided between the religious branch led by the Je Khenpo and the administrative branch headed by DrukDesi. PM take a hike to Khamsum Yueley Chorten (45 minutes one way) through the terraced rice fields and overlooking the village to Kabina. Dinner and overnight at hotel

Day 04:

Drive to Gangtey 2600m 70 km via Wangdue

Today we drive towards Gangtey. En route to Gangtey lies Wangduepodrang, which is headquarters of Western Bhutan. The town boasts on artistic bamboo and slate stone works. We will also savor the glimpses of Wangduepodrang Dzong, which was built in 1638 atop a spur overlooking the confluence of popular rivers Tsang Chu and Dang Chu. On our arrival to Gangtey we transfer to our hotel.

Then, we set out to explore the valley of Phobjikha, which is Gangtey. The valley is the best suited winter abode of Black necked crane (Grus Nigricollis). As Bhutan is home to six hundred black-necked cranes Gangtey and the entire valley of Phobjikha is one of the most popular destinations for the migratory birds in winter from the Tibetan plateau. During the hikes, we also explore an old monastery that was built in 17th century.

Day 05:

Drive to Paro 2280m 65km and sightseeing tour of Paro

Today we drive back to Paro. The home to many of Bhutan’s old monasteries and temples, Paro houses only international Airport of Bhutan. On arriving at Paro, we set off to explore Paro Dzong, which was built in 15th century. The enormous fortress is the  administrative center of the dzonkhag.  

Day 06:

Morning hike to Tigers Nest & afternoon sightseeing tour of Paro

After breakfast, we drive to the winding road to the Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fort, which was once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions, and also visit a Bhutanese farm house of a local family at Drukgyal for a close up view of everyday Bhutanese life. We then drive beyond Satsam Chorten to hike up (or horse ride) to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s nest).  The horse ride up to the cafeteria will take around 1.5hrs. At the view point, you will enjoy the stunning view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. We then walk back to the road point and visit Kyichu Lhahang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, overnight at hotel.

Day 07:

Depart Paro

After breakfast, we transfer you to airport for taking a flight to your onward destination.

Price: US $1870 per person

Inclusions

• Airport Pick up and departure transfer in Paro airport by private vehicle

•06 Nights/ 07 Days Full Board Tour to Bhutan with full of of Meals, B.L.D. &  Gov. Approved Accommodation
• Bhutan Visa Fee and Bhutan Travel Permit
• English Speaking Tour Guide in Bhutan Tour, his entire expenses

• Bhutan Tour drive by private vehicle- air conditioned

• Cost of all the sightseeing and monuments fees as applicable in the tour suggested
• All required Gov and Local Taxes

Exclusions

• Flight in/out to Bhutan( Flight from Bangkok, Kathmandu or Delhi)

• Entire cold beverage & bar bills in Bhutan trip
• Expenses of personal nature
• Travel Insurance
• Cost of Laundry, phone calls etc
• Tips

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

We do have several departure dates for our trekking /climbing trips. Please find your convenient departure date from the below listed year and write us. Being as a Nepal based adventure travel Company, we do have permanent trekking set up in mountains so we are very much flexible for the departure dates for our every Himalayan trip. Please view our available group dates as stated and if the listed dates are not matching your expected time for this trip, write us with your personal date, we are happy to organize this trip to you as per your own selected date and we can open the same date for our group departure date.

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Notation: Airport Stops Route

Equipments

It is very important to have right seasonal Clothing & Equipments for the safe and enjoyable trek in Nepal. Here below, we have listed the required equipments for traveling to Nepal and its Himalayas. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. 

Head:
Sun hat or scarf 
Light balaclava or warm fleece hat 
Sunglasses with UV protection

 

Hands:
Lightweight gloves 
Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer

 

Upper Body:
T-shirts (2) 
Light and expedition weight thermal tops 
Fleece jacket or pullover 
Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional) 
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric)
shell jacket 

T- Shirt and Down Jacket
Advanced Adventure provide you this

 

Lower Body:
Underwear (4) 
Hiking shorts (2) 
Lightweight cotton long pants 
Light and expedition weight thermal bottoms 
Fleece or wool pants 
Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
 

Feet:
Thin, lightweight inner socks (4) 
Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4) 
Hiking boots with spare laces 
Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
 

Accessories:
Sleeping bag rated to zero degrees F - Advanced Adventure provide this 
Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries 
Small pad or combination lock-to-lock for trek bag- Advanced Adventure provide Trekking Duffle Bag.
Basic First Aid Kit (see Health and Medicinal) 
Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry inside trek bag 
Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches) 
Thermarest sleeping pad 
Water bottles (2)
Toiletries
Small wash towel

Extras/Luxuries:
Binoculars 
Reading book 
Trail Map/Guide book 
Journal & Pen 
Walkman 
Pencils and small notebooks 
Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble

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