The essence of Bhutan's cultural heart

Bhutan: A cultural heritage still intact!

A country built around the GNH (Gross National Happiness). A policy rare enough to be underline! But it is not the only peculiarity of this small kingdom. Bhutan is even more fascinating in its strong will to protect its cultural heritage. And you will have the privilege, during this trip, to receive all the benefit, through the visit of the dzongs, especially those of Paro and Punakha; True immersion in Buddhist culture. In Bhutan, there is no separation between the sacred and the profane and one cheerfully passes from the most esoteric ritual to the most jubilant and unbridled fair. From dzong to dzong, from village to village, to a natural environment of all beauty at the foot of the great Himalayan summits, it is an invitation to discover the reality of a unique country of its kind. The journey ends with a flight return to Kathmandu; an opportunity to fly over the entire Himalayan range from the Kangchenjunga to Mount Everest: A great moment of emotions!
HIGHLIGHTS

- Visit important sites of Bhutan, specially dzongs and Taktsang "the tiger’s nest"
- Certainly the country where buddhist culture is the best preserved and the most authentic
- Easy optional walks in Bumthang and Tharpaling
- A circuit for all, with comfortable accommodation in traditional style
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Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Easy
  • Best Period: April - May & September - November
  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Accomodation: Hotel

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Day
Flight to Paro. Welcome at the airport and transfer (1h30min) to the hotel in Thimphu, the small capital of the kingdom.
Lunch on site. In the afternoon, visit of the Tashichho Dzong, house of the Je Khempo, Bhutan’s religious leader. Then, stroll through the city of Thimphu.
Accomodation : Hotel
We continue to Punakha (2.5h drive). We cross a pass where the view, on a clear day, overlooks the entire Himalayas. Stroll to the monastery of Chime Lhakhang (1 h), small temple dedicated to the bawdy monk, Drukpa Kunley. It is a place of pilgrimage for infertile women, located on a hill overlooking the river.
Lunch on site. Then, excursion to the Wangdiphodrang Dzong in restoration. It is at the confluence of two valleys. Visit to a convent located above the hotel.
- Accommodation: Hotel
Morning visit to the great Punakha Dzong, the government’s winter offices and certainly the most beautiful dzong of Bhutan. Then, transfer to Gangtey (Phobjikha Valley): 2h30. drive via the Kayche La Pass at 3 700 m.
Discovery of the Phobjikha Valley and Gangtey, a peaceful village built around a monastery of the Nyingmapa (ancient) school which has the particularity of being a monastery of lay meditators wearing the dress but living in the surrounding houses. You can admire the monk’s painting and carpentry work. In the valley, you can see, in winter, the black-head cranes migrating from neighboring Tibet.
- Accommodation : Hotel
Long road through a dense rhododendron forest on the Black Hills separating Western Bhutan and Central Bhutan by the Pele La Pass (3 350m). We reach Tongsa whose dzong appears impressive at the turn of the path.
In the afternoon, visit to the Tongsa Dzong and the outstanding museum recently opened in the watch tower (Ta Dzong).
- Accommodation : Hotel
Drive to reach the Tharpaling monastery, high place of meditation belonging to the Nyingmapa school. Visit to the monastery then easy and optional hike to the Kiki La Pass (3 900m) and descent through the woods to the Bumthang Valley and the Jakar Dzong.
- Hours of walking : 2h30 
- Accommodation : Hotel
Stroll in the Bumthang Valley. Visit to Kurjey Lhakhang, imposing monastic complex built in the cave where it is said that Guru Padmasambhava meditated and let body marks. Then, visit to Tamzhing Lhakhang, built in the 15th century by Pema Lingpa, whose frescoes inside are the oldest in the country. Finally, we go to Jambey Lhakhang, built in the 7th century and considered as one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.
- Hours of walking : 2h30
- Accommodation : Hotel

30-minute domestic flight to return to Paro early. After lunch, visit to the National Museum and the famous Paro Dzong. Stroll in town and free time.
- Accommodation : Hotel

This high place, symbol of Bhutan, has been very important for pilgrims and refugees for more than 1200 years. Taktsang, also known as the Tiger's nest, is hung 600 meters high on a steep cliff in the Paro Valley. On the way back, visit to the Kyichu Lhakhang Monastery, one of the oldest in Bhutan.
- Hours of walking : 4h
- Accommodation : Hotel

*Note: On the spot, possibility to rent mules for the climb
Drive to the airport for the return flight.
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What's included

  • French speaking cultural guide
  • Hotel 3 * or similar, or bivouac according to itinerary
  • Full board
  • Private transport
  • Visa
  • Domestic flight
  • 33% taxes
  • Permits and entries

What's not included

  • Personal equipment
  • Personal expenses
  • International flights
  • Insurance
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