Bhutan, the land of the peaceful thunder dragon, lies amidst the highest mountains on earth. Like Tibet, this remote and ancient mountain kingdom was closed to foreigners for many years, but has now opened its doors to a limited number of travelers each year.

The secluded kingdom of Bhutan is a remarkable country, with a vibrant yet beautifully preserved orthodox culture, a land full of grandeur and peace and unparalleled views of the Himalayan peaks.

You can now discover the cultural and natural wonders of this last remaining Mahayana Buddhist Kingdom of the Himalaya. Here is a kingdom that is just throwing off the veil of mystery, and opening its doors to visitors.

Bhutan has a pristine environment, almost no pollution, and a living culture where festivals and cultural events are a part of daily life and not creations for tourism. Let us take care of your needs on your tour of this little known kingdom.

Season: the best time for this trek is March to May, and September to November. The best month is April and early May when the rhododendrons are in full bloom.

GANGTEY / GOGONA TREK 9 days/8nights

This trek is to the beautiful Phobjikha valley (3,000m), one of the few glacial valleys in Bhutan, which lies the mountains east of Wangduephodrang. After crossing over the pass you soon come to the great monastery of Gangtey, established in the 17th century. This quiet, remote valley is the chosen winter home of the rare black necked cranes, which migrate here annually from the Tibetan plateau. This moderate trek visits a village and rhododendrons are full bloom in April. It is one of the finest low level treks in Bhutan.

Day1. Arrive Paro
on arrival at Paro Airport, you will be meet by you Bhutan Men-Lha Adventures and Travelers representative, and transfer to Thimphu n completion of arrival formalities. O/N hotel in Thimphu.

Day2. Thimphu-Gangtey
After breakfast, morning tour in Thimphu, visiting Memorial Choten, Traditional Hospital, Painting School, Folk Heritage Museum, National Library. After lunch drive to Gangtey, for an about 5hours. En route cross Dochula Pass (3140m) and drive by WangduePhodrang Dzong. O/N Farm house or camp, Gangtey.

Day3. Gangtey Gompa-Gogona
Trek commences today. The trails wind gradually upwards through meadows and fields, ascending to Tsele La pass (3,400m) where we stop for lunch. The trail then descends gradually for some time through forests of Junipers, Bamboo, Magnolias and Rhododendrons. After a last short climb, we reach Gogona village,. The people of Gogona were originally nomads and they speak a language called Bjopkha (language of Namads). O/N in Camp.
Walking Distance: 16kms
Timing: 6-7hours

Day4. Gogona-Khotokha
Once again the trail wind up gently above Gogona village, climbing into a forest of Firs, Oak, Spruce, Rhododendron and Cypress. A long and gradually climb takes us up to Shobju-La Pass(3,400m). the path leads down to the wide vallt of Khotokha, where the people of Sha (a region of Wangduephodrang district) come in summer to graze their animals. O/N camp.
Walking distance: 17kms
Timing: 7hours

Day5. Khotokha-Chazam/Wangduephodrang.
A short ascent takes us to a pass, from which the path descends steeply through ever-changing vegetation till finally reaching the bridgeat wangduephodrang. The trek ends here. O/N at the hotel in Wangduephodrang.
Walking distance: 13kms
Timing: 5hours

Day6. WangduePhodrang and Punakha Sightseeing.
Morning after the leisure breakfast drive to Punakha and visit the Punakha Dzong, built in 1637, consider as second oldest dzong in the country. It is built in between two rivers, Female River and Male River. Visit Chimi lhakhang (fertility Temple) built in 1649 by the Lama Ngawang Chogyal. The temple is founded by the divine Madman after subduing the demon dragged from the Dochula pass.
Lunch in the hotel and evening visit Wangduephodrang Dzong built in 1637. It is built on the cliff of two valleys. O/N at hotel in Wangduephodrang.

Day7. Wangduephodrang to Paro.
morning after breakfast drive to Paro via Thimphu the capital city of the Country. Lunch in Thimphu and continue your drive to Paro. O/N at hotel in Paro.

Day8. Paro Sightseeing.
morning visit National Museum, Paro Dzong and Dungtse Lhakhang and lunch in town and continue your sightseeing drive to the north to visit the ruin Drugyal Dzong, en route back visit Kyichu Lhakhang built in 659AD by Tibetan King. O/N Hotel in Paro.

Day9. Paro Departure.
Early breakfast drive to Paro Air Port for flight to onwards destination, enjoying superb mountain views from the Air Bus as you fly out of the valley.

Amazing Bumthang(7days)

Bumthang (Bum meaning a hundred thousand, thang meaning meadows) is also know as the land of thousand meadows and is one of the most beautiful glacial valleys in Bhutan. The people are called Bumthaps and they speak their local dialect Bumthapi Kha. Bumthang has a very strong Swiss influence due to the various Helvetas developmental projects that was initiated in the early seventies. A good place to try out ementhal and gruyere cheese and Weis beer.

Day 1: Bkk/Ktm to Paro
The first day flight to Paro airport will bring you the most spectacular view of the Himalayan ranges. Twenty five minutes before you land in the Dragon kingdom you will be able to view the highest mountain range, The Everest and then other mountains like the Mt.Kanchenjunga, Mt.Makalu and at the later end you will also see the mountains of Bhutan like the most famous Mt.Chomolhari, Mt.Jichu Drake, Mt.Tsrim Gang etc. Finally you will reach Paro airport after 2 hrs 45 minutes (from BKK) or 1hr 30 minutes (from KTM). There your respective guide will receive you. Here there are two options, one you can either drive to the Capital, i.e 2 hrs from Paro or halt at Paro i.e 15 minutes away from the airport. If your flight is early then you will be served lunch at your respective hotel. You can then discuss the other following programmes with your guide. In the evening if you are not tired then you can take a drive/walk through the Paro town.

Day 2: Paro sightseeing.
On your second day you will go for Paro Sightseeing. In the morning you will experience a small hike of 3 hrs to the Taksang monastery (The tiger’s nest). A small history on this monastery will help you understand further and appreciate the monastery.

As believed by the Bhutanese, Guru Padmasambhava flew here on a tiger’s back in the 8th century and meditated for three months. Later in 1684 this holy place was built. When you finish your climb you will reach a cafe where you will get a very good view of the monastery. There you will be served tea and snacks. For some tourists who wants to get a very close view of the monastery, they can further climb for the next 45 minutes and enjoy the 50 meter close view of the Tiger’s Nest. You can ask your guide to give you a detailed explanation. Later when you reach back to Paro then the first sightseeing will be to visit the Drukgyel Dzong (fortess). This Dzong was built by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel in 1647.This Dzong was built to celebrate the victory over the Tibetains. In the early 18th century a candle fire accidentally burned down this Dzong and still at present this Dzong is in ruins.

You can proceed to go for lunch either in town or back to your hotel. After lunch you can visit the Tag Dzong which was later converted into the National Museum in 1967.Inside the museum you will find many antique thankas, different kinds of textiles, a small temple of tree of life, different statues, etc. After this you can drive to the Rimpung Dzong or the Paro Dzong which was built in the 17th century. This Dzong is now the administration center and school for the monks. In the evening you can take a short walk in the town. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Paro to Thimphu.
You can have an easy start from Paro since Thimphu (2300m) is just 2 hrs drive. On the way you will see a monastery called the Tachogang lhakhang. You can ask your guide for some explanation. After a drive of 1 hour you will reach a place called Chuzom which means the meeting of two rivers. The Thimphu river and Paro river meets here at a confluence of three different kinds of monastery that you will see in the country. There will be a road junction from which one goes to the south which leads to Phuentsholing in the southern part of Bhutan and the other to the capital. Before reaching Thimphu you will see a dzong on the top of a hill which is the Simtokha dzong. Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel built this dzong, which is infact one of the oldest dzongs in Bhutan. It was built in 1627 and at present it is being used as a school for the monks and also for students who want to learn Dzongkha in a professional field. You will reach Thimphu after 15 minutes from this Dzong and then you can either check in your hotel first or start with your sightseeing after lunch. The first thing you will visit is the Memorial Chorten which was built in memory of the third king in 1974.You can further go inside the Chorten and enjoy the most exotic statues of the gods. You can then visit the indigenous hospital, the School of Arts & Crafts where the students use the art of ancient painting. Then you can visit the Tashichhodzong from outside which is the seat of the Royal Government and central monastic body. After this you can go back to your hotel for some tea and relaxation.

Please note that if you are in Thimphu during the weekends then you can visit the Subji Bazaar i.e the vegetable market where you will witness a lot of natural people in their own style of selling and buying vegetables.

Day 4: Thimphu to Punakha.
This day consists of your drive to Punakha, which is 4 hours drive from the capital. On the way you will stop at the Dochula Pass which is at 3050 meters. There is a café above the pass where you can enjoy some hot tea & snacks. From there you will experience a superd view towards your north of the Himalayan ranges. You will then drive down further through temperate forests into semitropical range of orange and cactuses. Before you reach a junction you will see Chime Lhakang built by a famous divine mad monk, Drukpa Kinley. This monastery is a famous pilgrim site for infertile women who wish to bear children. As you drive further you will pass Khuruthang which is the new Punakha town. This town has been shifted from the pervious town near the dzong and is a new settlement of the Punakha People. When you reach near the dzong you will see the Punakha dzong built on the meeting of the Phochu (Male River) and the Mochu (Female River). This Dzong was the winter capital 300 years ago; today it is the winter residence of the Je- khenpho the chief abbot and also serves as the administration center of the Punakha district. You can go for your lunch at your hotel in Punakha or eat packed lunch on your way. Overnight at hotel.

Day 5: Punakha to Wangdiphodrang /back to Thimphu.
After your breakfast you can then proceed to Wangdiphodrang. On your way you will see a different kind of village called the Richengang village. Here you will see the houses are built very close together. You can visit the Wangdiphodrang dzong built in 1647 by Shabdrung Nawang Namgyel. After a satisfying view over the dzong you can have your lunch in Wangdi town. You can then turn back the same road to Thimphu. Overnight Thimphu hotel.

Day 6: Thimphu to Paro.
On your last day in Thimphu you can visit some places like The Royal Academy of Performance & Art where the national folk and Bhutanese dances are practiced. You can then visit the Handicraft in the town for some shopping. After lunch you can proceed to Paro. When you reach Paro you can visit some places like the Kyichu lhakhang and the Dungtse lhakhang. You should take an early day off since your flight may be early in the morning. Overnight at hotel.

Day 7: Paro Airport.
Drive to the airport for your flight to BKK/KTM/DEL.

Bhutan Tour with Druk Path Trek

Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu:
Arrive Kathmandu airport. You will be met by the staff from our agency in Kathmandu. Transfer to the very friendly Hotel.

Day 02: Arrive by Druk-air – Paro
During this journey via  Katmandu you will experience breathtaking view of Mt. Everest, Kanchen Junga and other Himalayan peaks including sacred Mt.Jomolhari & Mt. Jechudrake in Bhutan. On arrival at Paro airport you will be received by the representative of Jeroma Tours and Treks and will transfer to hotel.

After refreshment tea drive for sightseeing of Paro valley starting with Drugyel Dzong (victorious fort of Bhutan) which withstood the Tibetan invasion in the 17th century but now in ruins. From here one can have a magnificent view of the sacred mountain, Jhomolhari on clear day. On the way back you visit a typical Bhutanese farmhouse. After lunch make a visit to the Ta- Dzong, the National Museum. On the way back visit Rimpong Dzong and a short walk to Nyme Zampa traditional wooden bridge.  Overnight stay at Rima Resort.

Day 03:  Excursion to Taktsang
There is a full day to explore the town, valley, and trek to the most famous monument in Bhutan, the Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery. Paro Valley is wide and fertile and one of the most beautiful in all Bhutan, producing rice, millet, wheat and potatoes as the main crop. In the morning you drive along this valley, next to the Paro Chhu (River) to the start of a trekking trail which leads to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. The trek is steady up-hill and will take about 2 - 3 hours to reach the monastery.

There is a teahouse half way up which offers light refreshments and well-earned lunch. The monastery is perched at 3,140M, looking, for all intents and purposes, like it is growing out from the granite. It is believed that Guru Rinpoche, in 7th century AD, flew on the back of a Tiger to the monastery’s current location, hence the name ‘Tiger’s Nest’. Rinpoche subdued the evil spirits in the region then meditated in a cave for 3 months, as did Milarepa and Shabdrung Ngawang.   It has been recognized as a holy area for many centuries from 749 AD. The trek to Tiger’s Nest is a real highlight and acclimatizing walk for the start of trek. Overnight at Rima Resort.

Day 04:  Paro – Jele Dzong
Altitude 3,350m; Distance 10 Km; Time 3 - 4 hours.
Today is a short trek. The trek begins above the National Museum; we climb till we reach camp. If the weather is clear the Paro valley and the snow-capped mountains can be seen.  The campsite is near the old Jele Dzong.  If the caretaker is there you can visit the Dzong.  Over night: amping


Day 05:  Jele Dzong- Jimilangtsho
Altitude 3800m; Distance 21 Km; Time 8 - 9 hours. The trek starts early with a short climb and then passes through a thick alpine forest of rhododendron and gradually climbs till we reach Jangchu Lakha. The Yaks on winter graze in the pastures around the path.

The trail continues to follow the ridge of the mountains and on a clear day, one can get the spectacular views of the mountains and valleys are beautiful. Our camp is close to Lake Jimilangtso. These lakes are known for their giant sized trout if you are interested you can catch some fish for dinner.Over night: Camping

Day 06: Jimilangtsho – Phajodhang
Altitude – 3536 m. Distance - 21 km. The trail goes through dwarf rhododendron trees and passes by the lake of Janetsho.  One may come across some yak herders’ camps and one can see to how they live.  From Simkota the trek begin with a gradual climb and if the weather permits one will get a beautiful view of Mount Gangkhar Punsum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and other Himalayan mountains from Doupchula Pass.

The path gradually descends till Phajoding, where the monastery and the retreat centers for meditation are located if time permits visit nearby monastery overnight camp near a temple overlooking spectacular view of Thimphu valley.

Day 07: Phajodhang – Thimphu
Alt. 2,300 m. Distance - 8 km. The trail to Thimphu goes downhill through the blue pine forests. It takes about 2 – 3 hours to reach Thimphu on arrival check in hotel.
After lunch decide with your guide to do some sightseeing or shopping on your choice like visit the Memorial Chorten (a great stupa) built in memory of the Third King of Bhutan who reigned the Kingdom from 1952-1972,this stupa was built in 1974. Visit the mini Zoo where the national animals were kept and drive to Sangeygang where you can have a spectacular view of Thimphu valley. Visit nunnery in Zulikha the Dupthop Lhakhang one of the few surviving nunneries in Bhutan. Visit the Wood Craft and Painting school where traditional arts and crafts are still kept alive through the instructions of painting and curving. Visit the Handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts and crafts are displayed and can be purchased. Visit the National Library where ancient Buddhist manuscripts are preserved. Visit Tashichho Dzong, the main secretariat building. This massive structure houses part of the government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the Chief Abbot and the senior monks after the office hours. Overnight stay at Yeedzin Guest House/Ser Ngya hotel.

Day 08: Thimphu-Punakha & back to Paro
After early breakfast drive to Punakha, for a tour around the famous Punakha Dzong, which is built on the confluence of the Mo Chhu (Mother) and Pho Chhu (Father) Rivers. The Punakha Dzong was the second built in Bhutan and was previously the seat of Government. Legend has it that the building of the Dzong was foretold by Guru Rinpoche, who predicted that a person named Namgyal will arrive at a hill that looks like an elephant and build. True to the prediction Ngawang Namgyal (the Shabdrung) arrived in the 16th century and built the Dzong at the tip of the elephant trunk, which is right on the confluence of the two rivers. The Punakha Dzong was the scene of some fine victories the Bhutanese had ever the invading Tibetan forces. The mixture of administrative, religious and defensive function has been used as the model. 
From the Punakha via  Dochula pass (3200m) where, on a clear day, you have spectacular view of Himalaya. On arrival to Paro if time permits stroll in town. 
Overnight at Rima Resort has a homely atmosphere, overlooking Paro Dzong        

Day 09: Departure.
Early morning drive to the Airport of Paro for the onwards flight to your destination.

Day 10:  Departure
Nepal Sherpa Treks representative will bring you to the airport and departure.

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