14-Days – Departs Daily on a Private Basis; Paro, Thimpu, Mendegang, Tang Valley, Bumthang, Trongsa
This unforgettable journey allows you to combine luxury travel with trekking, in an easy-to-moderate trek itinerary that showcases Bhutan’s inherent rural charms. The western and central regions of Bhutan form the country’s cultural heartland, and is where Buddhism first got its foothold. During this trip, you’ll travel from sacred sites in Paro to Bumthang, through the capital of Thimphu and the imposing settlement of Trongsa, with the opportunity to join one of Bhutan’s many Buddhist festivals along the way.
Proposed programme: Arrive in the beautiful village of Paro. Spend time enjoying the fresh mountain air and acclimatizing to the altitude in preparation for your onward journey. Afterwards you will hike towards the Tiger’s Nest monastery – the famous Taktsang Temple. It’s time for a cultural excursion today, as you visit Bhutan’s National Museum, handicraft workshops and the National Library before heading to Thimphu. Your destination for today is Mendegang, traveling 2 hours along the Dochu La Pass, which offers spectacular mountain views. Today, you’ll make your way to Trongsa via Pele La pass. On the way, you will pass through and Wangdue Phodrang town, where you’ll see its beautiful 16th century temple of the same name, a revered Bhutanese site. Trongsa Ta Dzong is the largest dzong in Bhutan, and you’ll get the chance to explore it today. After that, you’ll move on to Bumthang, one of the most religious Bhutanese sites, surrounded by ancient temples. Today you have an entire day to explore the valley and its many sacred sites. After visiting the Kurje temple complex, you’ll begin the trekking segment of the itinerary. Your destination today is Ngang Lhakhang, a private Buddhist monastery built in the 16th century, also called Swan Temple. You will spend tonight at a guesthouse next to Ngang Lhakhang. Today you will cross the high-altitude Pepe La Pass, marked by a stone chorten and colorful prayer flags. From there, it’s a three-hour descent into Tang Valley. Push onwards further down Tang Valley. Bumthang and Trongsa are intriguing Bhutanese destinations and today you have the day to explore them independently. Afterwards you head back to Thimphu on one of the final legs of your journey. On your final day of your journey, you’ll return to Paro, where you can continue your onwards or stay to enjoy the city’s cultural sites.
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