Western Bhutan Tour

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6 Days 3,420m/11,220ft

Quick Facts

Trip Duration 6 Days Trip Grading Easy
Max Altitude 3,420m/11,220ft Best TimeMarch - May
Sept - Nov
Trip ModeHotel Group SizeMin 1 Max 15

Trip Highlights

  • 5N/6days tour with all meals and accommodation included
  • Witness the Mystical and spiritual land in Bhutan
  • Traditional Bhutanese Buildings and Fortress
  • Climb to Tiger’s Nest/Taktsang Lhakhang Temple

Trip Overview

Western section holds some of the prized possession in Bhutan. Western Bhutan Tour allows you with an introduction to scenic valley that is home to Bhutan’s highest Chomolhari Mountain (7320m). The valley is nourished by the glacial water from Chomolhari that drops down to form Pa-Chu River. Drukpa tribe is dominant in the Western valley of Paro, Thimpu, Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang. High Passes of Dochu La (3050m) and Pele La (3300m) allows unobstructed views of picturesque Valleys and mountains.

Paro Sightseeing

Paro is the most densely populated area in Bhutan. Paro is also popular for its only airport in entire Bhutan. Rinpung Dzong Monastery handles all religious activities in Paro valley. Ta Dzong is other attraction of Paro. This Dzong is located high up the hill and it was founded as a watch tower in 1651 during time of Tibetan invasion in Bhutan. These days, Ta Dzong serves as a National Museum. Drugyel Dzong is another historically significant site which is located 18km from the main city. Many pilgrims hike to Taktsang Monastery each year to celebrate the entry of Guru Padmasambhava from Tibet who played key role in teaching Buddhism in Bhutan.

Thimphu Sightseeing

The pretty small Thimphu is a capital city located in the valley. People in Thimphu can build their home only in traditional Bhutanese style so that the tourists can get great cultural experience in Thimphu. People are seen dressed in Kho and Kira. Tashicchodzong holds the National Assembly. Foreigners are allowed entry in Tashichhodzong only in annual festival. Taking stroll around Weekly market in Thimphu is the pleasant activity that allows us with an opportunity to witness the best handicraft products from Bhutan.

Wangdue Phodrang Tour

Wangdeu is a historically significant city that played pivotal role in unifying western, central and southern Bhutan during 17th century. Gangtey Gompa and Phobjika village exists near to Gangtey.

Punakha Tour

Despite a bit strenuous task, crossing Dochula Pass (10500ft) allows spectacular views of Mountains and valley in Bhutan. Punakha Dzong is the place of interest in Punakha. Each year, many childless devotees visit Chime Lhakhang to ask for blessing with this fertility goddess. Punakha was the old capital of Bhutan.

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Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01 : Arrive Paro [2,250m/7,382ft] and drive to Thimphu [2,350m/7,710ft]
  • Day 02 : Thimphu sightseeing and drive to Punakha [1,310m/4,300ft]
  • Day 03 : Punakha sightseeing and drive to Wangdue phodrang [1,310m/4,300ft]
  • Day 04 : Wangdue phodrang – Thimphu- Paro [2,250m/7,382ft]
  • Day 05 : Paro Sightseeing and hike up to Taktsang monastery
  • Day 06 : Depart Bhutan
Map & Itinerary
  • Day 01 - Arrive Paro [2,250m/7,382ft] and drive to Thimphu [2,350m/7,710ft]

    Once you land at Paro International airport, you will be greeted by our representative. Thimpu is located 50 km far from Paro. Driving through the Paro Valley, you will arrive at the meeting point of Paro and Thimpu Rivers at Chuzom. Passing along scenic chortens, we will follow the tapered section to Simtokha Dzong and reach Thimpu where we will stay overnight.
    • Meal : (D)
    • Accommodation : Hotel
  • Day 02 - Thimphu sightseeing and drive to Punakha [1,310m/4,300ft]

    We will visit National Library in Thimpu. We will also visit Painting School and Handicraft Emporium where we can buy souvenir items for our near ones. We will hike to Tango Monastery and Tashichho Dzong and head east to cross Dochula Pass (3150m) afterwards which we will reach Punakha- the old winter capital of Bhutan. The top of Dochula Pass allows unobstructed views of Eastern Himalaya including Gangkar Punsum (7550m) which is the highest Mountain of Bhutan. We will lower down through forest to Punakha valley
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Hotel
  • Day 03 - Punakha sightseeing and drive to Wangdue phodrang [1,310m/4,300ft]

    We will start our tour in Punakha by visiting Punakha Dzong. We need to cross the suspension bridge to reach this holy site. Situated in between two rivers of Pho Chu and Mo Chu, Punakha fortress is known for its most detailed temple in Bhutan which was founded in 1637 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. Punakha is used as the winter residence by Je- Khenpo. Our next stop will be at Khamsum Yuley Lakhang or Chimi Lakhang temple- the fertility temple. After the tour, we will drive to Wangdue Phodrang
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Hotel
  • Day 04 - Wangdue phodrang – Thimphu- Paro [2,250m/7,382ft]

    Wangdue Phodrang is located 135km far from Paro. Early in the morning, we will start Wangduephodrang sightseeing tour by visiting Wangdue Phodrang Dzong (fort) which was established in 1638 at the meeting point of Mo Chu River and Tang Chu River. We will cross Pelela Pass (3250 m) to visit Chendebji Monastery. We will leave Wangdeu Phodrang and drive for three hours to reach Paro via Thimpu.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Hotel
  • Day 05 - Paro Sightseeing and hike up to Taktsang monastery

    We will take brief hike to Taktsang which is popular as a Tiger’s Nest Monastery. The site is sacred to Bhutanese. According to the popular belief, Guru Rinpoche flew to Bhutan from Tibet on the back of Tiger in 8th century and chose this spot for meditation. This Monastery exists in the rocky cliffs that towers to 900m above Paro Valley. 2 hrs of moderately challenging hike will take us to the Monastery. We will also visit the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong. This fort celebrates the victory of Bhutanese over raiding Tibetans. The fort offers stunning view of Chomolhari Mountain on a clear day. We will return to the hotel where we will stay overnight.
    • Meal : (B, L, D)
    • Accommodation : Hotel
  • Day 06 - Depart Bhutan

    Our representative will arrange for private vehicle to take you to Paro Airport little earlier than your scheduled flight from where you will board a plane for your onward destination. We hope to see you again.
    • Meal : (B)
    • Accommodation : None
    • Trekking Hours :
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Cost Inclusion

  • Bhutanese government royalty fees, Visa and TDF
  • All accommodation on twin sharing basis at 3 star hotels
  • All meals (B,L,D) included
  • Bhutanese English speaking guide to assist the group
  • All ground transportation as per mentioned in the itinerary on private vehicle
  • Sightseeing of major highlights with entrance fees
  • One Hour (Bhutanese Traditional National game) Archery lesson while at Paro.
  • Cultural program

Cost Exclusion

  • International airfare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses - Drinks & souvenirs
  • Gratuities for staff

Important note

The day-to-day program is subject to weather, conditions and the progress and wishes of the group. Most importantly, the leaders will be making daily decisions, for example, about exactly how far or which way we go, and will be thinking ultimately about the safety and health of all in the party, as well as the enjoyment of the group and success in the outcome of the trek and climb. We ensure liability as per indicated itinerary and list of services. If the holiday is cut short or completed earlier than the projected period upon client’s wish, we shall not be responsible or make refund against unutilized days or services. Clients need to pay extra for Hotels/services incurred in Kathmandu or elsewhere in such cases.

Group size

Our emphasis is always on maintaining the small group so that it will be easy to coordinate and cooperate with each other. Our group size is small and we only take up to 12 pax in one group. If you opt to join our ‘fixed departure trip’, you are likely to be joining people from different countries of any age group except minors. The size of group varies, minimum no of persons required to operate a trip is 1 the maximum is 12 people.

Travel Insurance

It is strongly recommended that you be insured against medical and personal accident risks (including repatriation costs, air ambulance and helicopter rescue services) and that you also take out cancellation insurance. You should be aware that some policies restrict coverage or do not cover travel to Bhutan and may not cover activities such as trekking (and mountain bike). Please ensure that your policy provides a sufficient level of protection and covers you for the activities involved. You must carry proof of insurance (e.g. your insurance certificate) with you to Bhutan.

Other Info

Visa Formalities

Citizens from India and Bangladesh do not require visa for travel. People from other nations need visa to travel Bhutan.

Risk & Liabilities

Whole aim of Highland Expeditions is focused on making your holiday adventure as fun as possible. In Bhutan, all tour programs are controlled by Bhutan Tourism Authorities. Therefore, we shall not be held responsible if there occur some changes in the itinerary due to unpredictable circumstances like landslides and road blockades or any mishaps. Any extra cost incurred thereof shall be borne by the clients on the spot.

How to reach Bhutan from Kathmandu?

Direct flight is available in between Kathmandu and Bhutan. Fifty minutes of flight from Kathmandu will take us to Paro. The flight is scenic with close-up views of Everest, Kanchenjunga and other peaks and mountains.

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