Country Sides Visits & Walking
Country Sides Visits & Walking in the Bhutan Himalaya offers you the opportunity to visit rarely visited remote mountainous regions while passing through deep forest and high alpine area. There are views of some of the highest mountains in the Himalaya such as Chomolhari (7,326m), Jitchu Drake (6.970m), Masang Kang (7,194m) and Gangkar Punsum (7,541m).
We follow trails between a small number of scattered villages only accessible by foot or on horseback and also travel along old, disused routes dating from period when there was trading between Bhutan and Tibet.
Our itineraries give you a starting point for what your trip to Bhutan could entail. They cover routes we've found work particularly well and feature some of our favorite places to stay. Treat them as inspiration, as each trip is created uniquely for you.
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Our representative will receive you and take a quick visit to Kyichu Lhakhang which is one of Bhutan’s oldest and most beautiful temples boasting an orange tree that perpetually bears fruit followed by a visit to the old ruined fortress of the Drugyel Dzong. Overnight in the hotel
Early in the morning you will be taken for hike to the Taktsang Monastery, also known as Tigers Nest. Tigers Nest clings impossibly to a cliff of rock at 3000 ft above the valley floor. Overnight in the hotel
This morning travel to Thimphu capital of Bhutan. While in Thimphu visit the paper making factory, handicraft center, the national library which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts and the School of Thangka, where you can see young children learning the ancient craft of paintings. Overnight in the hotel
This morning hike to Cheri or Tango monastery. As you travel back to Thimphu city to view Trashi Chhoe Dzong, the seat of Bhutan’s government and Royal offices and pay a visit to Pangri Zampa, two 16th century buildings that now house a monastic training school for astrologers.
This afternoon perhaps visit the national textile museum or the institute of the thirteen and crafts. Overnight in the hotel
In the Morning after your breakfast drive towards Phobjikha Valley via the town of Wangdue. En-route drive over Dochula Pass at 3,140mtrs. Spend an about half an hour taking the breath taking view of the eastern Himalayan peaks above 6,000mtrs. While you are in Phobjikha you will visit the Black Crane nature information centre, the carpet factory and the sacred Gangtey Monastery plus enjoy time to wander through Gangtey village and hike the Gangtey Nature Trail. Overnight in the hotel
Explore the Phobjikha valley today as per the above suggestions and perhaps enjoy one of the many additional hikes available in this beautiful valley. Overnight in the hotel
This morning depart Phobjikha to the central Bhutan region, Jakar comprising the 4 valleys Choekhor, Tang, URA and Chhume.
Traverse the Pele La (Pass) which crosses through the Black Mountains National Park and divides western and central Bhutan and stop for lunch in Trongsa.
After lunch continue your drive to Jakar Valley over Yotongla Pass and Chumey Valley and over night in Jakar Valley in the hotel
Today visits to the Wangdicholing Palace and Jambay and Kurjey Lhakhangs. Time permitting, other options include the Tamshing Monastery. Today the visit will be all by walk and supporting vehicle will be following you. Overnight in the hotel
Today’s tour begins after transfer back towards Trongsa via the Chhume valley this region is renowned for its exceptionally high quality weaving. Overnight in the hotel
Depart early this morning to the Punakha Valley and Wangdue. Arriving into the Punakha valley, Hike about a half an hour through the rice field and visit Chimi Lhakhang, built by Lama Drukpa Kuenley (who is famously known as Devine Madman. It is believed that childless women who visit the temple will conceive after receiving a “wang” (blessing) from the resident monk. Overnight in the hotel
This morning visit the dramatic Punakha Dzong. Enjoy a relaxing afternoon or travel to the end of the valley and hike to Khamsum Yulley Namgyel Chorten. This Chorten hold very special significance being consecrated in 1999 and dedicated to the protection of the former Crown Prince – today’s current King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. Overnight in the hotel
Depart Punakha this morning for your transfer westwards to the Paro Valley, once again traversing Dochu La, and arriving in Paro for a late lunch. Do some last minute souvenir shopping this afternoon before returning to your hotel for your farewell dinner today. Overnight in the hotel
After breakfast in the hotel, drive to the Paro airport. Your escort from Adventure Trekking Club will bid you farewell.