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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
Morning transfer to Kathmandu airport for a 1h30mn-flight to Paro. Reception by a Bhutanese representative and transfer to the hotel.
After lunch, visit to the National Museum. Originally a watchtower, this building was transformed into a museum by the third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck in 1969. There are rare collections of Thangkas (religious paintings) and statues. The visit to this museum is an excellent introduction to the natural history and culture of Bhutan. Then, visit to the Paro Rinpung Dzong. Typical of the Bhutanese culture, the dzongs (fortresses) house the country’s political and religious administration. The Paro Dzong was built in the 17th century by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the founder of Bhutan. 200 monks live and mingle with the district administration. We descend to the famous wooden bridge and reach Paro.
- Free time in town
- Accomodation : Hotel

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.
- Hours of walking : 4h

*(On site, possibility to rent mules for the climb)

Walk to Thimphu via the Dochu La Pass (3 150m). A 2-hour stroll amongst pine trees and rhododendrons to the Lungchuzekha Temple. By clear weather, amazing panoramic view on the Himalayan ranges.
Then, we go downhill through a beautiful dense forest to the Trashigang meditation center. Visit to a temple and walk to Thimphu.
- Free time in town
- Acomodation : 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).
- Hours of walk : 1h
- Accomodation : Hotel
Stop at the Dochu La Pass (3 150m). Panoramic view of the high Himalayan peaks of Bhutan.
As we go downhill, dramatic changes are observed: a semi-tropical vegetation appears. We have lunch and then walk to the village of Nyzergang, and to the Khamsum Yuley Namgyel temple. Stroll in the rice fields and villages.
On the way back, little walk to Chime Lhakhang in a lovely setting. Visit to the temple of one of Bhutan’s first saints: Drukpa Kunley, better known as the divine fool.
- Travel time by car : 3h
- Hours of walking : 2h
- Accomodation : 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) 2 h 30 min. drive via the Kayche La Pass at 3700 m.

Discovery of the Phobjikha Valley and Gangtey, a peaceful village built around the 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 work of the painter and carpenter monks. In the valley, you can see in winter the black-head cranes migrating from neighboring Tibet.

It is one of the most beautiful roads in Bhutan. The summits are adorned with stupas, flags and prayer mills. We cross the villages of Rukupji, Chendebji and Tangsubjii. Stop to visit a Nepalese-style chorten built in the 19th century to subjugate the local demons. Approaching Trongsa, there is an impressive view of the dzong and its tower. Visit to the dzong, built in the 17th century, the most impressive and strategic of Bhutan. There live 200 monks.
- Travel time by car : 4h
- Accomodation : Hotel

On the way to Bumthang. Stop at the Yotong La Pass (3425m) to take pictures. At Jakar, we will do the following visits:
The Jakar Dzong. It was also built in the 17th century. Called, the White Bird Dzong, it played an important role in the country’s defense. It is now the residence of 60 monks and the headquarters of the district administration. 
The Wangdicholing Palace. Built in 1900, it was the summer residence of the first two kings. Though it has been abandoned, very detailed paintings are beautiful.
- Accomodation : Hotel

Day in the Jakar Valley and visit to the Jakar Dzong. It was also built in the 17th century. Called, the White Bird Dzong, it played an important role in the country’s defense. It is now the residence of 60 monks and the headquarters of the district administration. We continue the day at the Wangdicholing Palace. Built in 1900, it was the summer residence of the first two kings. Though it has been abandoned, very detailed paintings are beautiful. Visit of Jambay Lhakhang, built by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet. It is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan. It is dedicated to the Buddha of Future "Buddha Maitreya" (In Tibetan “Jampa”).
Just before lunch, we go to Kurjey Lhakhang. Kurjey means footprint. Here, the Guru Rinpoche came for the first time to Bhutan in the 8th century and converted the king and the people to Buddhism. We can see the cave where he meditated and left body marks. Surrounded by 108 chortens, this place is one of the most revered in the country. Lunch in a farm to try out the real Bhutanese cuisine.
On the program, in the afternoon: visit to Tamshing Lhakhang. Built in the 15th century by Pema Lingpa who is venerated as the only great religious treasure born in Bhutan. Pema Lingpa was an artist and a major architect. The paintings inside the temple are the oldest in the country. A metal chain, used by Pema Lingpa, is still inside. Pilgrims can take a tour of the temple with this chain to purify their sins. Little tour of the town to end the day on a high note.
- Accomodation : Hotel

Stop at the charming village of Ura. Most of the inhabitants are secular monks. The power of the village Lama chief is hereditary. Small stroll around villages then walk to the Thrumshing La Pass at 3 750m.
Here we are in the National Park of Thrumshing La. A few lucky ones have had the chance to see tigers and red pandas, will you be one of them?
Before the pass, a superb rhododendron garden hosts no less than 15 different species. Thrumshing La is the highest pass between East and Central Bhutan.
On a clear day, you can enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Eastern side of the Himalayas. This part of the itinerary is also a paradise for birds of all kinds. After crossing the bridge over the Kuri Chhu, we still have an hour to reach Mongar, the largest town in eastern Bhutan.
- Accommodation : Hotel

A day dedicated to the Mongar festival, one of the most beautiful festival of Bhutan, full of rhythm and colors. The masks worn by the monks are beautifully made and highlighted by the ritual dances.
- Accommodation : Hotel

In the morning, you will attend the Mongar Festival. In the afternoon, transfer to Trashigang crossing the Kori La Pass at 2400 m. Stop for a few minutes at the pass to admire the view and descent to the village of Yedi. There we will discover how to make citronella oil by visiting a factory. Citronella is a grass growing wild on all the Eastern mountains. It is an extra-income for the farmers who pick it up. After the small village of Sheri Chu, we will follow the "Drangme Chu" (river) to the Bridge of Chazam. Free time in town.
- Accommodation : Hotel
In the morning, we attend the Trashigang Festival. In the afternoon, we go to Rangjung to visit the village and the monastic school of Garab Rinpoche. Then, we have a little stroll around the village to discover the local way of life. In the evening, return to Trashigang.
- Accommodation : Hotel
We go to the border town of Samdrup Jongkhar. On the road, visit to a temple near Kanglung College, and stop at Khaling in a weaving center founded by a Women's association. This center trains Bhutanese women to the loom. We take a break in the village of Womrong for a cup of tea and convenience. New stop in the village of Narphung, famous for its wild tea. And, after crossing the small pass of Narphung La at 2200m, we go through the dense subtropical forest to Samdrup Jongkhar.
- Accommodation : Hotel

Drive to Guwahati, capital of the Indian state of Assam. We pass through villages and tea plantations amid bikes, trucks and overloaded buses.
- Transfer to the airport for return flight.
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