Arrive Paro Valley, Bhutan
Arrive at Paro International Airport and complete immigration formalities. You will be greeted by our representatives and given a traditional Bhutanese welcome. Begin your journey towards Punakha Valley, located in the central part of Bhutan. This scenic drive takes approximately 3 hours, and along the way, you will pass through beautiful landscapes and quaint villages.
Make a stop at Dochula Pass, a mountain pass at an altitude of 3,100 meters (10,200 ft) that offers stunning panoramic views of the Himalayan mountains. You can enjoy a hot cup of coffee or tea and some snacks while taking in the breathtaking scenery.
Continue your journey towards Punakha Valley and upon arrival, check into your hotel. In the evening, you will be treated to a welcome dinner at the hotel, where you can sample delicious Bhutanese cuisine and get to know your fellow travelers. After dinner, spend the night at your hotel in Punakha Valley.
Start the day with a short hike to Khamsum Yulley Chorten, a beautiful temple perched on a hilltop overlooking the valley. The hike takes around 30-40 minutes through rice paddies and farmhouses, offering stunning views of the surrounding landscapes. Once you reach the temple, take your time to explore its intricate carvings and murals and enjoy the panoramic views from the top.
After the hike, gear up for an exhilarating rafting adventure in the Punakha River. The river offers some of the best rafting experiences in Bhutan, with rapids ranging from Class II to IV. You will be provided with all the necessary equipment and instructions by experienced guides. After the rafting, enjoy a picnic lunch by the riverside, soaking up the sun and the serene surroundings.
After lunch, visit the Punakha Dzong, one of the most iconic landmarks of Bhutan. The dzong is situated at the confluence of two rivers and boasts of intricate architectural details and exquisite woodwork. You will be awed by the grandeur of its courtyards, prayer halls, and temples. The dzong is also home to some of the most precious relics of Bhutanese Buddhism.
Finally, visit the Chimi Lhakhang, a famous temple dedicated to the divine madman, Lama Drukpa Kunley, who is believed to have subdued evil spirits and demons through his eccentric behavior and sexual exploits. The temple is considered a fertility shrine, and couples from all over Bhutan visit here seeking blessings for children.
A Day In Punakha Valley
The temple is decorated with phallus symbols and colorful murals depicting the life of Lama Drukpa Kunley.
After a day filled with adventure and exploration, return to your hotel in Punakha Valley for a relaxing evening and simply enjoy the tranquility of the valley under the starry sky. Overnight in Punakha Valley.
Day 3 –
The Trail from Punakha to Limbukha
The Trail from Punakha to Lingmukha is a scenic one, as you make your way eastward through verdant rice paddies. Afterward, you will climb up to a chorten or stupa, where you can enjoy a delightful picnic lunch while taking in the breathtaking views. In the afternoon, you will make your way down into the Limbukha Valley, flanked on both sides by lush rice fields. You will also have the opportunity to visit the Limbukha Lhakhang, a temple built by the renowned treasure hunter Terton Dorji Lingpa.
- Distance: 12.5 kilometers (7.61 miles)
- Estimated Duration: 5-6 hours
- Elevation Gain: 1,123 meters (3,685 feet)
- Starting Elevation: 1,225 meters (4,019 feet)
- Ending Elevation: 2,144 meters (7,034 feet)
- Maximum Elevation: 2,190 meters (7,185 feet)
Today’s trail offers a wonderful opportunity to explore the natural beauty and cultural richness of Bhutan. So put on your hiking boots and get ready for an unforgettable adventure.
After a hearty breakfast, it’s time to resume your journey along the Trans Bhutan Trail. You’ll be following in the footsteps of the locals of Limbukha and Phangyul as you make your way towards Samtengang. The trek takes you through dense rainforest, with occasional stops to rest and take in the stunning views of the Shar Valleys from the mountain pass.
Your guide will take you to the temple of Chungse Azhe Gyalzom, where you can learn about its significance to the legendary ‘Divine Madman,’ Drukpa Kuenley. Enjoy a scrumptious lunch in the charming village of Chungseykha.
After lunch, continue along the trail as it winds through small farming villages. Eventually, you’ll arrive at Samtengang, where your campsite will be ready for you. Spend the evening unwinding under the starry sky.
- Distance: 17.2 kilometers (10.69 miles)
- Estimated Duration: 8 hours
- Elevation Gain: 1,286 meters (4,219 feet)
- Starting Elevation: 2,144 meters (7,034 feet)
- Ending Elevation: 1,952 meters (6,405 feet)
- Maximum Elevation: 2,535 meters (8,317 feet)
Day 4 –
The Trail from Limbukha to Samtengang
Today will promise to be an unforgettable experience, taking you through breathtaking landscapes and charming villages. So lace up your hiking boots, pack your sense of adventure, and get ready for an incredible journey.
Day 5 –
The Trail from Samtengang to Razawo
Today’s trek takes you on a historically significant section of the Trans Bhutan Trail. This part of the trail between Samtengang and Razawo was once used by the legendary messenger Garp Lunghi Khorlo, who was renowned for his speed in delivering messages by foot across the country.
As you trek through this part of the trail, you’ll be able to experience the peace and tranquility of the untouched wilderness, with only the sounds of the wildlife accompanying you on your journey.
Upon reaching Razawo, you’ll visit one of the oldest Chortens in Bhutan, adding a touch of spirituality to your trek. Finally, you’ll head to your campsite where you can relax and soak up the natural surroundings.
- Distance: 19.75 kilometers (12.27 miles)
- Estimated Duration: 8 hours
- Elevation Gain: 1,333 meters (4,374 feet)
- Starting Elevation: 1,952 meters (6,405 feet)
- Ending Elevation: 1,986 meters (6,516 feet)
- Maximum Elevation: 2,795 meters (9,170 feet)
Today promises to be an adventure-filled day, immersing you in the rich history and natural beauty of Bhutan. So, prepare for a day of awe-inspiring views, peace, and quietude, and a deep connection with nature.
This morning the trail will lead you out of Razawo along the river before ascending steadily towards the Pelela Pass. Follow a farm road through open meadows and, depending on the hike’s length, visit Rida Goenpa, a temple famous for its bronze-cast Buddha of Longevity facing towards Pelela Pass.
A short climb through rhododendron forest will take you to one of Bhutan’s highest mountain passes, standing at 3402 meters (11,162 feet) above sea level, offering stunning views and local handicrafts made from yak wool.Your campsite is nearby, and you have the opportunity to indulge in another hot stone bath on the Trans Bhutan Trail.
- Trek Distance: 14.1 kilometres (8.76 miles)
- Estimated Trek Duration: 9 hours
- Elevation Gain: 1,630 metres (5,348 feet)
- Starting Elevation: 1,986 metres (6,516 feet)
- Ending Elevation: 3,402 metres (11,162 feet)
- Maximum Elevation: 3,402 metres (11,162 feet)
Day 6 –
The Trail from Razawo to Pelela
Day 7 –
The Trail from Pelela to Chendebji
Start your day with a delicious breakfast, and then continue your trek along the Trans Bhutan Trail towards Chendebji village. As you traverse through the meadows, take a break for lunch in the charming village of Rukubji, and explore the temple located there. As you walk through the verdant forests, you will eventually reach Chendebji, where you can visit the Chorten. This religious monument was built to restore peace to the Chendebji Valley, which was being plagued by a demoness.
Enjoy a night of camping in the midst of the tranquil surroundings and relish the organic cuisine sourced from local farms.
- The trek distance for the day is 21.5 kilometres (13.36 miles), and you can expect to cover it in approximately 8 hours.
- You will encounter an elevation gain of 500 metres (1,641 feet)
- Starting from an elevation of 3,402 metres (11,162 feet) and
- Ending at 2,425 metres (7,956 feet).
- The highest elevation you will reach on this trek is 3,402 metres (11,162 feet).
Bhutan has been able to achieve its unique distinction of being the only Carbon Negative country in the world through various measures, one of which is hydroelectricity. Today’s trek provides you with the opportunity to witness some of the hydropower projects and understand how they function, as your guide explains the process to you.
Upon arriving in Tshangkha, visit the temple, which serves as a venue for various religious and social events. Afterward, head towards your campsite, where you can indulge in a relaxing hot stone bath, the last one available along the Trans Bhutan Trail.
- The trek distance for the day is 21 kilometers (13.05 miles), and you can expect to complete it in approximately 8 hours.
- You will gain an elevation of 728 meters (2,389 feet),
- Starting from an elevation of 2,425 meters (7,956 feet) and
- Ending at 2,276 meters (7,468 feet).
- The highest elevation you will reach on this day is 2,460 meters (8,071 feet).
Day 8 –
The Trail from Chendebji to Tshangkha
On the sixth day of your trek, start your day by continuing along the Trans Bhutan Trail. Initially, follow the old East-West National highway, which then leads you to the scenic countryside. Your lunch stop for the day will be at a local farmhouse in the village of Tangsibji.
Day 9 –
The Trail from Tshangkha to Trongsa
On the seventh and final day of your trek, begin your day with breakfast before embarking on a steep climb. This hike will take you to the Royal city of Trongsa, which is also the geographical center point of Bhutan. The Trans Bhutan Trail passes through the heart of the city, offering stunning views of the Trongsa Dzong as you make your way towards it.
Upon arrival in Trongsa, you will receive a tour of the Dzong, which includes visiting its numerous temples as well as the watchtower, now converted into the Royal Heritage Museum, that contains an array of interesting exhibits.
Finally, your guide will drop you off at your hotel, marking the end of your Trans Bhutan Trail adventure.
- The total trek distance for the day is 15.9 kilometers (9.88 miles), which you can expect to complete in approximately 8 hours.
- You will gain an elevation of 1,421 meters (4,662 feet),
- Starting from an elevation of 2,276 meters (7,468 feet) and
- Ending at 2,375 meters (7,792 feet).
- The highest elevation you will reach on this day is 2,491 meters (8,173 feet).
After breakfast at your hotel in Trongsa, it’s time to continue your Bhutan adventure by embarking on a scenic journey to Paro Valley. As you leave Trongsa, be prepared for a long but rewarding drive that will take you through winding roads with spectacular views of the Himalayan Mountains.
As you approach the Dochula Pass, located at an altitude of 3,100 meters, you will be greeted by a breathtaking view of the Bhutanese mountainside, adorned with fluttering prayer flags. Here, you will take a break for lunch at the Dochula Cafeteria, where you can indulge in traditional Bhutanese dishes while enjoying the stunning mountain scenery.
After lunch, continue your drive to Paro Valley, one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan. Upon arrival, you will have the opportunity to explore the quaint little town of Paro, where you can admire the traditional Bhutanese architecture and perhaps even do some shopping for souvenirs to take home.
In the evening, check in to your hotel and enjoy a delicious dinner. Take some time to relax and unwind in the serene surroundings of Paro Valley before retiring for the night. Overnight in Paro Valley.
Day 10 –
Trongsa to Paro Valley
Tiger’s Nest Excursion and Farewell Dinner
Today, after breakfast, you will embark on a once-in-a-lifetime excursion to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery, also known as Paro Taktsang.
The hike up to this sacred site, perched on a cliff 900 meters above the Paro Valley, is steep and challenging, but the stunning views and spiritual experience make it well worth the effort.
Legend has it that Guru Rinpoche, who is credited with introducing Buddhism to Bhutan, flew to this spot on the back of a tiger in the 8th century. The monastery, which was built around the cave where he meditated, is now one of the most important pilgrimage sites in Bhutan.
After your visit to Tiger’s Nest, return to Paro town for a farewell dinner with local drinks and a cultural show.
This is a great opportunity to celebrate the end of your Bhutan adventure with your fellow travelers, as well as to experience traditional Bhutanese music, dance, and cuisine. Overnight in Paro Valley.
Departure and Farewell
After breakfast at your hotel in Paro, it’s time to say goodbye to Bhutan and the friends you have made during your journey. You will be transferred to the airport for your onward flight home, taking with you memories that will last a lifetime.
As you depart, take one last look at the majestic mountains and pristine landscapes that have captured your heart and soul. Bhutan, with its unique culture, natural beauty, and friendly people, is a country that will always hold a special place in your heart.
Thank you for choosing to visit Bhutan and for allowing us to be a part of your adventure. We hope you had a wonderful time and look forward to welcoming you back to this magical kingdom someday. Safe travels!
- Private guided tour.
- Visas for Bhutan.
- Airport transfers.
- Daily 3 meals (B/L/D) at designated restaurants, hotels.
- Accommodation at 3 star Bhutanese boutique hotels and resorts.
- A qualified & licensed English-speaking guide & trekking guide.
- An experienced driver.
- A tour vehicle.
- Entry fees & road permits
- Government Sustainable Development Fees, royalty, taxes & surcharges.
- Mineral bottled water, snacks and refreshments.
- Full service & assistance before, during and after your Bhutan trip.
What’s INCLUDED IN THE TREK
- Daily 3 meals, tea, coffee, snacks.
- Sleeping tents, sleeping mats, sleeping bags & pillows.
- Dining tents, kitchen tent, shower, toilet tent.
- Tables, chairs, utensils, hot water bags.
- Trekking chef & assistants.
- Horses to carry trek equipment.
- Food supplies/ essentials, medicals, emergency equipment’s.
For Indian Nationals – 4 Guests – Rs 174,637
- 6 Guests – Rs 139, 758
- 10 Guests – Rs 120, 654
- 16 Guests – Rs 105, 187
For Other Nationals – 4 Guests – USD 4368
- 6 Guests – USD 3917
- 10 Guests – USD 3634
- 16 Guests – USD 3437