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Itinerary

  • Level of Trek: Easy
  • Best Period: According to festival dates
  • Duration: 15 Days
  • Accomodation: Hotel

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Day

Welcome by a Bhutanese team at Guwahati, Assam, and transfer to Samdrup Jongkhar. The road runs through villages and tea plantations, between bicycles and trucks.
- Driving hours : 3h

Transfer to Trashigang, the largest city in the east. After the small Narphung La Pass at 2 200 meters, we reach the village of Narphung, famous for its wild tea. Its specialty is butter tea. We continue through a dense forest and cross some villages. We stop at Womrong for a cup of tea. Recently, half of the village was burned and the Bhutanese army rebuilt it the same year. Visit to Kanglung weaving school, created by a women's association. There, village girls can come to learn how to weave. From the Yangphu La Pass (2 800m), descent to Trashigang through the village of Kanglung (university).
- Driving hours : 3h
- Acomodation : Hotel

This day is dedicated for discovering the surroundings of Trashigang. In the morning, we take the direction of Radi. On the road, we stop at Rangjung and visit the monastic school of Garab Rimpoche. We stroll to visit the Tshangkhar village, famous for its wild silk fabrics. The rest of the day, we visit houses to see the weavers at work.
Return to Trashigang in the afternoon and visit to the Trashigang dzong.
Majestic and imposing, the dzongs are probably the most specific and important architectural structures of Bhutan. They fascinate as much for their organization as for their beauty. For the Bhutanese, these architectural marvels evoke their history and are the guardians of law, peace, harmony and legal authority. They are enclaves where social life and festivities take place. The Trashigang dzong dates from the 17th century. 200 monks live there. There are also the head office of the district administration. In the evening, free time to discover the surroundings.
- Accommodation: Hotel

The road to Mongar zigzag along the Gamri Chu River.
After the village of Yedi, the road continues to climb through small villages and the forest to the Kori La Pass (2400 m). Arriving in Mongar, visit to the Mongar dzong. The dzong is very recent. There are 150 monks and the district administration.

In the evening, free time to discover the city.

- Driving hours : 3h
- Accommodation : Hotel

The road to Bumthang is impressive. We can photograph villages, villagers, landscapes and waterfalls. It is also a bird paradise.
This trip takes place in Thrumshing La National Park. Someone might have seen a tiger. From the pass, the descent is remarkable with views of the mountains and deep valleys. Stop in the village of Ura, famous for its festival. Most villagers are monks and secular nuns. The head lama is hereditary.
Two hours of winding road to Jakar, one of the most beautiful valleys of Bhutan.
- Driving hours : 6h
- Accommodation : Hotel

It is festival day in Jakar; the biggest festival of Bumthang. In the program: colorful dances performed by monks. Locals appear with their most beautiful outfits.
- Accommodation : Hotel

We attend the morning big painting, followed by a great ceremony with sacred dances in the dzong courtyard.
In the afternoon, we do the following visits:
Jambay Lhakhang. Built by the King Songtsen Gambo of Tibet. It is one of the oldest temples of Bhutan. It is dedicated to the future Buddha, "Maitreya Buddha", or Jampa.
Kurjey Lhakhang. Kurjey means "body print". It was here that Guru Rinpoche came in the 8th century, converted the king and the people to Buddhism. We can see the cave where he meditated and left his mark on the wall. Surrounded by 108 chortens, this place is one of the most revered in the country.
Tamshing Lhakhang. It was built in the 15th century by Pema Lingpa who was a major artist and architect, revered as the only "great religious treasure" born in Bhutan. The paintings inside the temple are the oldest in the country. A metal chain is always inside. Pilgrims can go around the temple with this chain to cleanse their faults. Mebar Tsho, the burning lake, is a sacred place. It is here that Pema Lingpa discovered several treasures hidden by the Guru Rinpoche.
- Accommodation : Hotel

Drive to Trongsa, crossing the Yotong La Pass at 3425 m. Arriving at Trongsa, visit to the Trongsa dzong which was formerly the summer residence of royal families. Built in the 17th century, it is one of the country’s best strategically located dzong. It is said that it took almost 150 years to build. There live 200 monks and officials representing ten different ministries of the district.
Visit to Ta dzong, Trongsa ancient watchtower, which was converted into a museum in 2008. The museum has about 244 works of art. The first king of Bhutan’s famous crown is also on display. Free time in the evening.
- Driving hours : 3h
- Accommodation : Hotel

Way to Phobjikha. In Chendijip, there is a large stupa modeled from Swayambhunath in Nepal. First stop at the village of Gangtey. Villagers are the descendants of the 140 gomchens (secular monks). The largest school in Nyingmapa branch in Western Bhutan dates from 1613. We descend by walk in the Phobjikha Valley.
- Driving hours : 4h
- Accommodation : Hotel

We pass along the last houses and reach pastures. The view of the valley is splendid. After the Sheshi La Pass, we cross a beautiful forest, paradise of birds, going down to Kilekhar. 
- Accommodation : Hotel

In the morning, we drive to Thimphu. Lunch on site. In the afternoon, visit to the Tashichho dzong, home to Je Khempo, a religious leader of Bhutan. Then, stroll in Thimphu.
- Accommodation : Hotel

After a 40-minute drive and a beautiful 1-hour easy hike, we reach the Buddhist University of Tango. The temple was built in the 17th century by Gyalsey Tenzin Rabgye, the fourth Desi (secular ruler). Meeting with monks to know better Buddhism.
Transfer to Thimphu for lunch. Then, visit to the zoo to see the takin, a strange animal created by the Lama Drukpa Kunley (known as the divine fool). He would have brought together a goat's head and a cow's body. Then, visit to the convent. There are thirty nuns. We meet them, so you can talk about their life path. Then, visit to the painting school. All the religious paintings of temples, monasteries, houses and dzongs are made by graduate students of this school. You will discuss with teachers and discover the symbols of these religious arts and their origins.
We continue the visit with the chorten memorial. In the heart of the city, this chorten was built in 1974 in memory of the third king of Bhutan. You can visit the interior of the stupa. We end with the Changangkha temple, built in the 13th century, and the most famous temple of Thimphu. We will admire a remarkable statue of Avalokitesvara (Bodhisattva of compassion).
- Accommodation : Hotel

Drive to Paro. We stop for a walk. We cross a 14th century suspension bridge in metal chains and have a 20-mn climb to the Tachogang temple. Visit.
Then we go to Paro where we visit to the national museum. Originally a watchtower, this building was turned into a museum in 1969 by the third king Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. There are exposed rare collections of Thangkas (religious paintings) and statues. The visit to this museum is an excellent introduction to the Buddhism of Bhutan.
Then we visit to the Paro dzong which was built in the 17th century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the founder of Bhutan. 200 monks live there along with the district administration officer.
Then we go down to the wooden bridge and enjoy a free time in town.

This high place, symbol of Bhutan, is a very important place for pilgrimages and a place of refuges for more than 1200 years. Taktsang or the Tiger's nest is hung 600 meters high on the steep cliff of the Paro Valley. On the way back, visit to the Kyichu Lhakhang Monastery, one of the oldest in Bhutan.
- Walking hours : 4h
- Accommodation : Hotel

*NB : On site, possibility to rent mules for the climb

Airport transfer for return flight.
End of our services.

What's included

- All land transportations
- Accommodation in hotel
- French speaking guide
- Visa fees
- Visa for Bhutan
- Food (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
- Entrance fees to the monuments

What's not included

- International flights
- Visa for India or Nepal (depending on the country of transit)
- Repatriation insurance
- Tips
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