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Bhutan Adventure tour
Punakha Taktsang Monastery Bhutan Adventure Trip

Bhutan Adventure

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Full day hiking or trekking over medium to long distances. Moderate expectation of physical fitness. Strenuous
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
10 days
From: $ 2,399 $ 240 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Travel along mystical mountains
  • Visit various dzongs and buddhist gompas
  • Trek along scenic nature trails
  • Experience the dragon kingdom with cultural interactions at a local farm
  • Take in stunning himalayan mountain views

Short Description

Imagine a country where a land’s worth is measured differently — think Gross National Happiness instead of Gross Domestic Product. Now stop dreaming because you are in the unexplored mountain kingdom of Bhutan. Beauty and wisdom are revealed at each dzong, every gompa, and most incredibly, in the eyes of every smiling Buddhist monk you meet. On treks through remote trails and visits to Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha, nature lovers, photographers, and culture junkies will uncover a purity of culture, traditions, and kindness.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Paro
End City Paro

Destinations

Bhutan

Cities & Attractions

Punakha Taktsang Monastery

Age Requirement

You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

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Trip Includes

  • Your Local Living Moment: Farmhouse Stay
  • Gangtey Gonpa
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Paro orientation tour
  • National Museum visit
  • Memorial Chorten visit
  • Buddha Point visit
  • Motithang Takin Preserve visit
  • Tashichho Dzong visit
  • Black-Necked Crane Centre visit
  • Phobjikha Valley hike
  • Chime Lhakhang visit
  • Punakha Dzong visit
  • Hike to Khamsum Yueley Chorten
  • Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery visit
  • White Temple visit in the Haa Valley
  • Hike to Kila Gompa Nunnery
  • Bumdrak trekking with camping (2 days)
  • Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) visit and hike
  • Kyichu Lhakhang Temple Visit

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Itinerary

Day 1 Paro/Thimphu (1D)

Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting Transport: Private Vehicle Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)

Day 2 Thimphu (1B, 1L, 1D)

In the evening, visit the Tashi Chhoedzong, known as the "Fortress of Glorious Religion", initially built in 1702. Today, it houses the main secretariat building, the central monk body, and the office of the king. Included Activities: Memorial Chorten Visit Buddha Point Visit Motithang Takin Preserve Visit Tashichho Dzong Visit

Day 3 Thimphu/Gangtey Gonpa (1B, 1L, 1D)

The road climbs steeply through forests, with hanging lichen up near the Dochula Pass (3,050m/10,007 ft). The pass offers panoramic views of the Himalayan Mountains. Stop for tea and check out the view before continuing on to Gangtey Gompa. Opt to wander around the small town to see young monks from the nearby school meandering in the street. Included Activities: Farmhouse Stay Black-Necked Crane Centre Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)

Day 4 Gangtey Gonpa/Punākha (1B, 1L, 1D)

Hike in the Phobjikha Valley and explore the Gangtey Gonpa Monastery. Afterwards, travel to the ancient capital of Punakha and enjoy a short hike in Lobeysa to Chime Lhakhang, built in 1499. Included Activities: Phobjikha Valley Hike Chime Lhakhang Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00-4.00 hours)

Day 5 Punākha (1B, 1L, 1D)

Visit Punakha Dzong, the winter capital of the Je Khenpo (chief abbot). Later, hike to Khamsum Yueley Chorten and take in the views, followed by a visit to the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery. Included Activities: Punakha Dzong Visit Hike and Visit Khamsum Yueley Chorten Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery

Day 6 Punākha/Haa Dzongkhag (1B, 1L, 1D)

Wind through deep gorges and blue pine forests before reaching the valley. Here, we'll visit the Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) and walk around Haa town in the evening. Included Activities: Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple) Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.00 hours)

Day 7 Haa Dzongkhag/Paro (1B, 1L, 1D)

After visiting the nunnery, follow the trail down through the forest to the road to meet the van. Drive back to Paro with time in the evening to wander the streets and pick up some souvenirs before enjoying a dinner with your group. Included Activities: Kila Goempa Nunnery Hike Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 65km)

Day 8 Paro/Bumdrak Camp (1B, 1L, 1D)

Trek through fluttering prayer flags, rhododendron trees, and conifer forests to reach Bumdrak camp at 3860m. Included Activities: Bumdrak Trek Day 1

Day 9 Paro (1B, 1L, 1D)

Trek back down through grassy meadows and trees covered in wispy moss. Later, hike to the stunning Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest) and the Kyichu Temple, one of the oldest in Bhutan. Included Activities: Bumdrak Trek Day 2 Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery Hike Kyichu Lhakhang Temple Visit

Day 10 Paro (1B)

Your CEO will help arrange your transfer to the airport and all exit formalities before your journey home. Transport: Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))

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Eye opening active tour into the people , culture and sites of Bhutan.

If you like mountains, nature and friendly people, go to Bhutan

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport Private vehicle, walking. Traveling by road in Bhutan is certainly not what people are used to in Western countries. The roads in the mountains might not be the best but our drivers always keep the safety of the passengers first. Most roads consist of a series of switchbacks going up and back down mountain passes and can be quite bumpy. If you do suffer from motion sickness, we recommend you bring medication for the drives. We use private transport for the duration of this tour. We use private transport for the duration of this tour.

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 15

Max 15, avg 12

Solo Notes

We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and single travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.

Accomodations

Hotels/guesthouses (7 nts), camping (1 nt), farmhouse stay (1 nt).

A variety of styles of hotels/guest houses are used in Bhutan. These can vary in terms of service and efficiency. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home. Most of the accommodation is traditional in architecture, style and its services to the guest.

Guides

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.

Age Notes

Min. Age: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Additional Information:

Important Notes

1. CAMERA RULES Please note there may be times during your visit to Bhutan when the use of video and/or still cameras may be inappropriate. Local people may consider that filming is too intrusive and in these circumstances we will request that you do not film. At all times be aware and sensitive to the impact of photography and seek permission before taking photographs of people and respect their wishes if they refuse. If you are still using film for a camera, bring plenty of it - film is often hard to find in Bhutan and can be of inferior quality. 2. CULTURE Accommodation in Bhutan can be very simple. Electricity and water can often be sporadic. All meals are included and almost always buffet-style with plenty of western options. Bhutan, a Buddhist country, believes in ahimsa so the barking of dogs (and there are a lot of them) at night can be annoying. It's advisable to bring earplugs. If you are able to travel with a lot of patience and a good sense of humour, then we know that you - like all of us - will be captivated by what Bhutan has to offer. 3. CLOTHES The prime requirement for clothes you bring on Bhutan trip is that they are comfortable and appropriate to the weather conditions that you are likely to meet. For protection against cold, particularly at night, a number of relatively thin layers is better than a few thick ones. Thermal underclothes, being small and light, can be very useful. Bhutan is very conservative and you should dress accordingly. As a general guideline, shoulders and legs should be covered at all times. The wearing of shorts is not allowed (except while hiking) as it will restrict your entry into buildings of a religious nature and family homes. A water and windproof jacket is useful and a hat and sunscreen essential. Due to the altitude, it can be cold in the mountains even in the summer. 4. FLIGHT Your flights into Paro, Bhutan, must be booked by you online. Please visit the following airline websites to do so: Druk Air http://www.drukair.com.bt/ Bhutan Airlines http://www.bhutanairlines.bt/ Flights can be booked from: Bangkok, Kathmandu, Delhi or Kolkata (please check Visa requirements if flying via India). Once your flight is booked, contact your G Adventures agent, who will be happy to assist in booking your International connections. 5. EXTRA NIGHTS If you are planning to extend your stay in Bhutan, pre or post-tour accommodation MUST be booked through G Adventures in order for us to issue a valid visa for the duration of your stay. These extra nights will include a guide and meals in addition to the accommodation.

Meals

Most meals in Bhutan are included in the cost of the trip - some are in the accommodation where it is the best quality/availability option. Most meals are served buffet-style with a selection of traditional Bhutanese food, some western-style (often pasta) as well as some Chinese. Fresh local vegetables are in abundance and while Bhutan is almost mostly vegetarian, there usually is one meat dish available (on some occasions, there can be shortages, as all meat is imported from India).

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Rules & Other Requirements

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

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Meals Included:

9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners

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