Bhutan Tour with Gangtey / Trongsa Highlights

Grade Duration Trek Style Group
Moderate 8 Days Guest House SGL / GRP / FM / STU

SGL = Single, GRP =Grouping, FM= Family, STU = Students

Bhutan Tour with Gangtey / Trongsa

Bhutan Tour with Gangtey / Trongsa, Venture into a world that will touch your heart and soul – a land of myths, legends and traditions which are as vital and alive today as when they originated.

Thickly forested valleys, snow-capped mountains, colorful prayer flags fluttering in the breeze, maroon robed monks and architecture from another age. This is Bhutan Tour with Gangtey, a kingdom that has long maintained its independence and isolation from the outside world and so preserved a fascinating Himalayan culture and tradition.

Short Itinerary

DayActivityDestinationAltitudeTime
1FlyFly Paro 2200m
DriveThimphu2300m2 hrs
2Guided TourThimphu
3DrivePunakha 1350m3 hrs
4DriveGangtey Valley3000m
Trongsa2300m8 hrs
5DriveWangdiphodrang1310m5 hrs
6DriveParo2200m4 hrs
7HikeTaksang Monastery (Tiger's Nest)3120m5 hrs
SightseeingParo2200m
5FlyKathmandu

Trip Information

The Cost Include:

Accommodation – Twin share

Transport as per itinerary

All meals in Bhutan (during trek and tour)

All airport transfers

Sightseeing as per itinerary

English speaking interpreter/guide

All camping and cooking equipment during the trekking

Visa

Flight ticket KTM-Paro-KTM

The Cost Does Not Include:

Personal expenses such as drinks, postage, laundry

Travel insurance

Emergency evacuation

Tips and gratuities

Costs arising from unforeseen events outside the control of Royal Mt. Trekking (eg. Landslides)

Packing for your Trip

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Socks
  • Fleece jacket or equivalent. Evenings can be cool even in summer
  • Comfortable, informal clothing (shorts & singlet tops are not appropriate)
  • Hat – a good idea as sun is very strong
  • Gloves – wool or fleece (winter only)
  • Scarf (winter only)
  • Thermal Underwear (winter only)
  • Sarong – a multitude of use
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Sewing kit
  • Money belt
  • Toiletries (including lip slave and moisturizer)
  • Torch / flashlight – headlamp style is ideal
  • Swiss Army Knife
  • First Aid Kit
  • Small umbrella (June-August particularly)

Prices for Bhutan Tour with Gangtey / Trongsa:

  • The given price is in US dollars.

Visa Information for Bhutan Tour with Gangtey/Trongsa:

You can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu Nepal.

  • Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
  • Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
  • Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Note: Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos to issue visa.

Insurance for Bhutan Tour with Gangtey/Trongsa:

Guide / Porters  : RMT (Royal Mountain Trekking) provides insurance facility to our guides and porters as per state law.

Day 1

FLY KATHMANDU – PARO (2200m) – THIMPU (2300m, 2 hrs)

A flight from Kathmandu over the Himalayan range or over the foothills to Paro is the most spectacular mountain flights of all. Each mesmerizing flight offers exiting descent into the Kingdom. On arrival, our representative will receive you and transfer to Thimpu – the morden capital of Bhutan.
If we have time we can also visit Buddha Park and Trichichoe Dzhong at Thimpu.
Day 2

GUIDED TOUR IN THIMPU

Thimpu is a quiet and peaceful capital which lies in a wooden valley sprawling up a hillside at the west bank of the Thipmu River. The capital is relatively small with wide streets and lined trees having approximately the population of 45000.

The sights at Thimpu certainly includes Late King’s Memorial Chorten, the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved, Drubthob Nunnery, Folk Heritage Museum, the handmade paper factory, the school of arts and crafts where young students learn the traditional arts and crafts (Zo Rig Chusum – the thirteen crafts), Gold and the Silver Smiths workshop, Zangtopelri Lhakhang, and the Handicraft Emporium and the local handicraft centers to see the weavers at work and also varieties of textiles, thangkha paintings, masks and many more.
Finally, we drive back to the hotel and you will have lecture about meditation and its implementation in Buddhism on Bhutanese societies.

Day 3

THIMPU – PUNAKHA (1350m, 75 kms, 4 hrs)

After breakfast we drive to Punaka via Dochula Pass (3150 m) offering a marvelous view of the Eastern Himalayan Mountains. On the way to Punaka, at Dochula Pass we take a short break and enjoy the view of the chorten, mani wall and prayer flags decorating the highest point on the road. Additionally, the highest peak in Bhutan, Gangkar puensum (7,497m), can be seen along with many mountain peaks like Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ) which dominates the isolated region of Lunana.

Punakha Dzong is next in our list after having lunch at Wangduephodrong. It was strategically built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1637 at the junction of Pho Chhu (Male River) and Mo Chhu (Female River). It played an important role in Bhutan’s history and serve as the religious and administrative center of the region. Punakha Dzong is also the winter residence of Bhutan’s spiritual leader, the Head Abbot and the Central Monastic Body. It has served as the seats of the Government till 1953.
After lunch at Lobesa village restaurant we can explore the valley and the temple of Divine Mad man founded in the 14th century. The valley is beautifully situated on a spur twenty minutes away from the temple.

Day 4

PUNAKHA – GANGTEY VALLEY (3000m) – TRONGSA (2300m, 91 kms, 8 hrs)

We start our trip early morning towards central Bhutan. The trip offers beautiful sceneries of rural Bhutan with scattered settlements far from the road. The trail passes through tropical vegetation to Nobding and about an hour drive towards Pelela pass (11,000ft). We retrace our steps and descend about an hour to Phobjikha Valley where Gangtey Gompa is ideally located on the hill overlooking the valley. The valley is wide open attracting Black necked cranes migrating from Tibet during early November to mid March. Gangtey Gompa is institution for monks following the Nyingmapa sect in the country.
Further, we drive back to Pelela pass and descend through the open meadows. On the way we encounter with yak herders and several villages via Chendeji Chorten built in 15 century in Nepalese style. Several villages like Tsangkha, Tashicholing lies en route to the viewpoint of Trongsa Dzong. Finally we head towards hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 5

TRONGSA – WANGDIPHODRANG (1310m, 123 kms, 5hrs)

Trongsa Dzong having several monasteries has played a vital role in shaping the political history of Bhutan. After worthy visit of its monumental structure we stroll for sometimes at Trongsa town. Further, we drive towards Bumthang valley over the Yotung la pass (11,800ft) and lunch at Chumey. In the afternoon we visit Yathra weaving center at Zugney and head towards Wangdiphodrang. Further we visit the temple Chimi Lhakhang. It is popularly known for blessing of child for childless and protection for children who already have them. Many people from Bhutan and other parts of the world visit the temple and vouch on the success of their prayers.
Day 6

WANGDIPHODRANG – PARO (2200m, 130kms, 4 hrs)

A drive along with the winding mountain road leads to Paro via Thimpu. At noon we visit Bhutan’s National museum originally built as Watch Tower above the huge Paro Dzong (monastery/fortress). The museum holds fascinating collection of national treasures ranging from ancient armor, art, artifacts, thangkha paintings and Bhutan’s exquisite postage stamps.
Continuing our drive to visit Drukgyel Dzong located at the head of the valley. The location was specially chosen to take control over the Tibetan route which offers mystic view of Jumolhari (23,996ft/7314m). We continue today’s trip by visiting Rinpung Dzong and a typical Bhutanese farm house.
Day 7

HIKE TO TAKSANG MONASTERY (TIGER’S NEST) (3120m, 5 hrs) & SIGHTSEEING IN PARO

Today, we drive north to Paro valley to visit ruins of Drukgyel Dozng and an excursion to Taktsang Monastery. It is a popular fort used by Bhutanese to repel several invasions of Tibetan Armies. It also provides an opportunity to visit nearby traditional Bhutanese Farm House and have good insight into the lifestyle of local people.

Taktsang is the most famous Bhutanese Monastery. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche arrived on the back of the tigress and meditated at this monastery. Therefore, it is also called “Tiger’s Nest”. The round trip excursion of monastery takes almost 5 hours and we return back to Paro town. En route visit the Kyichu Lhakhang which is one of the oldest and most scared shrines of the Kingdom.

Day 8

FLIGHT PARO-KATHMAND

After an early breakfast we drive to the airport to connect with onward destination to Kathmandu.
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