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Bhutan Cultural Tour with 3 day Chelela Trek-8 Days

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8 Days
Availability : Jan 1-Dec 30
paro
Paro
Min Age : 5-85
Max People : 40
Tour Details

Bhutan tour is a shorter tour package designed for you to explore the land in Paro and Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan. You will enjoy the Himalayan flight with spectacular and stunning view over the Himalayas to Paro Airport. Visit Taktsang Monastery, known as Tiger’s Nest. 

  • Itinerary
    • Day 01: Arrival in Bhutan and Sightseeing in Paro (2,250m / 7,382ft)
    • Day 02: Paro to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft): 54 km, 1 hour drive: Hike to Taktsang Monastery
    • Day 03: Drive from Paro to Haa, trek to Sagala (3150m/ 10,334ft), trek starts: 6 km, 3-4 hours
    • Day 04: Trek Sagala pass to Ningula (3,850m/ 12,631ft): 9 km, 6 hours
    • Day 05: Ningula to Chele La pass, drive to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft), trek ends: 11 km, 6 hours
    • Day 06: Thimphu to Punakha: (1,250m/4,100 ft): 76 km, 2 – 3 hours
    • Day 07: Punakha to Paro: 124 Km, 4 hours
    • Day 08: Final Departure

Departure & Return Location

Kathmandu Tribhuwan Airport

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Tours Specified in the itinerary.
  • Best hotel accommodations, “A” grade hotels (Government approved 3 stars and above)
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Tea/Coffee with snacks as and when required)
  • All land transportation by private vehicle within Bhutan as per the itinerary.
  • Services of experienced and English speaking guide (Government Licensed holder)
  • Mineral water on long trips both on trek and cultural tours.
  • Mineral water during all meals.
  • Museum fees and other special entry fees.
  • All necessary permits for entering Dzongs, Monasteries, Monuments and restricted areas.
  • Visa and TDF fees.
  • Government royalty, tax and fees.
  • Service Charge

Price Excludes

  • Airfare for international flights to and from Bhutan
  • Items of a personal nature (personal gear, telephone calls, beverages, internet, laundry, etc.)
  • Rip cancellation and medical/evacuation insurance
  • Tips for staff (guide and driver)
  • Travel insurance
  • Entrance fees in Kathmandu

Complementaries

  • Trekking Stick/Pole
  • Nepali Sim Card
  • T-Shirt
Trip Highlight
  • Cultural trek
  • Mountain
  • Local People
  • Scenic Views
  • Tiger’s nest

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Itinerary
Start and end in Paro! With the mountain hikes tour 8 Days - Bhutan Cultural Tour with 3 Day Chelela Trek , you have a 8 day tour package taking you through Paro, Bhutan and 5 other destinations in Bhutan. 8 Days - Bhutan Cultural Tour with 3 Day Chelela Trek includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

Day 1Arrival in Bhutan and Sightseeing in Paro (2,250m / 7,382ft)

You will be welcomed by an amazing view of The Himalayas as you approach Bhutan. At the airport, you will be welcomed by a representative of Alpine Club of Himalaya. Once you have settled in our hotel, you will embark on your journey to Paro. In Paro, you will visit places such as the Dungste Lhakang, a 15th-century temple with the Ugyen Perli Palace visible through its fence, the Rinpung Dzong, a fortress-monastery, the national museum, and Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest Bhutanese temple. Overnight in Paro.

Day 2Paro to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft): 54 km, 1 hour drive: Hike to Taktsang Monastery

After breakfast, you will take a scenic hike for about 4-5 hours to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest), the most sacred monastery in Bhutan, built on steep cliff, offering you enchanting views of the Paro valley. Guru Padmasambhava who introduced Buddhism to Bhutan, is said to have meditated there for three years, three months, three weeks, three days and three hours in the 8th century. Lunch will be served at the restaurant located halfway up the mountain. You will then hike back down the valley and drive to Thimphu. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 3Drive from Paro to Haa, trek to Sagala (3150m/ 10,334ft), trek starts: 6 km, 3-4 hours

In the morning we drive to Haa valley, a steep north-south valley with a narrow floor, and is the second least populated district in Bhutan. We drive across Chele La pass at 3810m, one of the highest vantage points in Bhutan, from which you can marvel at beautiful views of the snow-capped mountains and valleys, while the Himalayan yaks graze in the horizon. You will be able to feel the temperature drop as you gain altitude over the course of your two-hour drive from Paro. During winter, you will come across waterfalls, frozen rivers, alpine flowers, and snow on the way to the pass. From Haa valley, we take the trail on the right of the village and climb up gradually through the yak herder’s camp. From there, we take the trail on the right to make the final climb towards our camp at Sagala (3,150m). (The trail on the left that heads to the summer yak herding camp and to the border of China is to be avoided). Overnight camping at Sagala pass.

Day 4Trek Sagala pass to Ningula (3,850m/ 12,631ft): 9 km, 6 hours

From our camp at Sagala (3,150m), we climb for 30 minutes to the Sagala pass (3550m). On a clear day, you will be able to spot the sacred mountains, Jomolhari (Mountain Goddess) and Jichu Drake. Sagala is also ideal for bird watching in the morning and evening. There are chances to spot feeding Himalayan Monals, Blood Pheasants, and Musk Deer along this trail. From the pass, we take the right trail, through rhododendron forests and meadows, to the ridge at the peak which provides spectacular views of Haa Valley. We then trek through Hemlock and Juniper forests, herder camps, and cattle, to our camp at Ningula. It is a very beautiful site at 3874m. Overnight camping at Ningula.

Day 5Ningula to Chele La pass, drive to Thimphu (2,320m/7,610ft), trek ends: 11 km, 6 hours

We trek through fir forests to the Gung Karpo ridge at 4000m, and follow the ridge before descending down to Chelela Pass at 3990m, through Rhododendron scrubs. The view of snow-clad peaks and mountain ranges are spectacular, with colourful flowers such as pedicularis, blue and yellow poppy, and iris, along the trail. We then drive back to Thimphu. Overnight in Thimphu.

Day 6Thimphu to Punakha: (1,250m/4,100 ft): 76 km, 2 – 3 hours

After breakfast, we drive to Dochula pass (3,100 meters), a mountain pass on the road from Thimpu to Punakha where 108 memorial chortens or stupas known as “Druk Wangyal Chortens” have been built by Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk, the eldest Queen Mother. To the east of the pass, the snow clad mountain peaks of the Himalayas are seen prominently and among them is the Mt. Masanggang at 7,158 metres (23,484 ft), which is the highest peak in Bhutan. The pass was part of ancient trails or tracks between Thimphu and Punakha, and offers panoramic views of the Bhutan Himalayas and a rhododendron garden. Hike back to Dochu La Pass. After lunch, drive downhill through the rhododendron, fir and hemlock forests. On the way, we stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to the Divine Madman or Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Overnight in Punakha.

Day 7Punakha to Paro: 124 Km, 4 hours

After breakfast, we visit the Punakha Dzong, situated between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. Next, we drive to Paro via the Dochu La pass. There, we will visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery. With elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works, the Druk Wangyal Monastery is the only one of its kind in the country. We then continue our drive with a stop in Thimphu for lunch. Overnight in Paro.

Day 8Final Departure

After an early breakfast, we leave to Paro airport (approx. 1 hour). Druk Air generally departs early in the mornings to avoid adverse weather conditions. ***Flights are not included in this tour

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VeronicaTan

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I travel bhutan for 8 Days to do cultural tour and also 3 Day Chelela Trekking. I choose serene to plan and organizing my trips. Everything just fall into the line. Its worth the price, coz i can know much more about cultural and sustanaible travel in Bhutan. Its quite expensive to travel at bhutan, compare to another country in south asia. But i just enjoy the moments , and meeting new peoples.Indeed recommend this agency to organize your travel in Bhutan.

November 18, 2019