Cultural tour & Gangtey trek

HIGHLIGHT

Transfer to the airport for the morning flight on Druk Air to Paro in Bhutan.
We will visit Paro Dzong which was built in 17th century to defend the valley against Tibetan invaders. This morning, hike to visit Taktsang (Tiger's Nest), be amazed by the view of this sacred temple hanging on the rocky cliff, and take in the beauty of Paro valley. On your way to Punakha, stop at Dochula Pass to have a coffee break and admire the grand 108 stupas. Upon arrival in Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong, the beautiful Bhutanese architecture armed by the Pho Chu and Mo Chu rivers, serving as the religious and administrative center of Bhutan until the mid 1950s.Other Highlights are Zasa village, Chorten Karpo and Tikke Zampa.


TREK ITINERARY
Day 1: Paro
Day 2:Paro. 8km/hike 4hr round trip
Dasy 3: Paro-Punakha. 124km/drive 4hrs
Day 4: Punakha-Gangtey. 83km/drive 3.5hrs
Day 5: Phobjikha - Zasa. 15 km/ 6-7 hrs, ascent 610m/ descent 410m/camp alt/3,130m
Day 6: Zasa - Chorten Karpo.16 km/5-7 hrs/ascent 450m/ descent 860m/camp alt/ 3,330m
Day 7:Chorten Karpo - Tikke Zampa-Thimphu.12km/4-5 hrs/ ascent 120m/ descent 1,340m. 92km/drive 4.hrs
Day 8: Thimphu
Day 9: Thimphu-Paro. 54km/ 1hr drive
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Day 1: Paro
Arrival in Paro. After short refreshment, excursion to The National Museum (Ta-Dzong ) which was actually the Watch Tower of the Paro RimPong Dzong. It was converted to the National Museum in l968. Visit the RinPong Dzong which was built in 1645 AD.

Day 2: Paro
We start to hike to Taktsang Monastery . The name Taktsang means "Tiger's Nest ". The Monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of nearly 4000 ft. and offers an excellent view of Paro valley. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambhava meditated in the spot where the Monastery is situated, having alighted there on the back of a flying tigress. Picnic lunch at the Taktsang cafeteria.

Day 3: Paro-Punakha
We drive to Punakha where we visit Punakha Dzong which was built in 1637 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to serve as the religious and administrative seat of the region. It was here that the dual system of government was introduced in the 17th century and in 1907, enthroned the first King Gongsar Ugyen Wangchuck.
Chimi lhakhang was founded by the divine madman also known, as Drukpa Kinley who was a famous teacher with the phallic symbol is associated.

Day 4: Punakha-Gangtey
Drive to Gangtey and visit Gangtey monastery which was built in 14th Century. We take a walking excursion to Phojekha village. Sometimes we see a black neck crane around the village in the winter.

Day 5: Phobjikha - Zasa
The Trek starts near the village of Tabiting.
The trail winds through meadows and fields and the climb takes you through a mixed forest of juniper,bamboo, magnolia and rhododendron toTsele La (3430m). From here you descend into the Juge Kangkha Chhu valley. Further on, the path leads to Gogona, well known for its "Gogona Cheese" production. The campsite is a bit further on besides a small stream in a yak pasture called Zasa.

Day 6: Zasa - Chorten Karpo
A gentle climb leads to Shobe La pass (3,480m). The descent from the pass leads to a wide valley, surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges. Below the route one can see Khothokha, a village with about 60 houses. You finally reach the campsite by climbing gently up till you see four chortens in a forest of blue pine.

Day 7: Chorten Karpo - Tikke Zampa-Thimphu
From the camp you climb till you reach a forest road. From here it's an easy walk up to a little ridge at 2,800 m. The walk down back into the valley leads you through Bhutan's best bird watching areas. We drive to Thimphu when we finish the trek. All evening is at leisure or shopping. Before dinner, you will have hot stone bath for relax your body after tiring trekking.

Day 8: Thimphu
After breakfast, visit Simtokha Dzong which is one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan. It was built in 1629 A.D. It houses the largest monastic schools in the country. We visit library, art school. Buddha point where is the biggest sitting Buddha. After that we visit we visit Changgangkha Lhakhang, Pangri Zampa monastery where monks study astrology and Tashichoe Dzong. We also visit main Bazaar. Walking excursion to the memorial stupa in the evening.

Day 9: Thimphu-Paro
Early morning drive to Paro international airport and see you off.
 

Tour date

by request
(9 days / 8 nights)

Group size & price

from 3-12 pax:
1640 USD (low season) per person
2040 USD (high season) per person

Price includes

  • accommodation in standard hotels (certified by TCB). DBL occupancy.
  • 3 meals per day
  • transfers and transportation
  • road permit fees
  • all taxes
  • entrance fees to all monuments
  • English speaking Bhutanese guide (other languages upon request)
  • visa fee

Not included

  • airfares (as listed separately)
  • personal expenses such as beverages, spa or message
  • travel & medical Insurance
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