Day by day itinerary
Day 01: Arrive in Paro
Day 02: Paro Valley Tour ( B/L/D
Day 03: Hike to Takstang (Paro) ( B/L/D)
Day 04: Trek to Jele Dzong ( B/L/D)
Day 05: Visit Jele Dzong to Jangchu Lakha ( B/L/D)
Day 06: Trek to Jimilangstho Lake ( B/L/D)
Day 07: Jimilangtsho - Phajoding ( B/L/D
Day 08: Trek Phajoding to Thimphu (Trek ends) ( B/L/D)
Day 09: Thimphu Valley tour ( B/L/D)
Day 10: Thimphu-Paro-Departure ( B)
Day 01: Arrive in Paro.
Fly to Paro. Upon arrival at the airport, you are met and transferred to your hotel. Depending on the arrival time, you may be able to see few places in the late afternoon or evening, including a visit to Paro Rinphung Dzong and a short familiarization tour of Paro town.
Day 02: Paro Valley Tour ( B/L/D).
In the morning, drive to the north end of the valley, and visit the ruin ramparts of Drugyal Dzong, viewing Taktsang along the way. Return to Paro, visiting the 7th Century Kichu temple along the way. Later visit National Museum housed in the watchtower above Rinphung Dzong. In the afternoon, transfer to Bondey village and take a short walk through the village to cliff hanging monastery of Dzongdrakha, spectacularly situated with the views of large country houses. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 03: Hike to Takstang (Paro) ( B/L/D).
In the morning, you may be able to see weekend market of Paro. Then, drive north of the town to the trail head at Ramtokha and begin hike to the famous Tiger's Nest Monastery. The walk uphill, till the first viewpoint (cafeteria) takes about and 1hr. After short break with tea and snacks, continue further uphill to the monastery, which takes nearly another hour. After visiting some of the temples and shrines of Takstang, return to the Cafeteria for lunch and walk back to Paro. By this time, it will late afternoon or evening. Prepare your luggage for your trek. You can leave the stuffs you don't require for the trek with the driver, who will transfer it to Thimphu, so that you can get it at the end of the trek. Overnight in Hotel
Day 04: Trek to Jele Dzong ( B/L/D).
Your trek begin around 10am as the pack horses have to come from Drugyal Dzong and it takes time to pack the luggage.Transfer to the trail head above National Museum. Begin your trek uphill to Jele Dzong. Distance - approximately 10 Kms - about 4-5 hours trek, - about 1025m ascent. Your pack ponies arrive at the starting point of trek, near the museum area. The trek begins after the horsemen and trekking crews have packed your luggage and trekking supplies in order. To begin, the trail passes through some villages, apple orchards, cultivated fields, steadily uphill. Then the trek is through the blue pine and fir forests, with some nice meadows and great view of Paro valley as you climb to the camping grounds near Jele Dzong at an altitude of approximately 3500m. Overnight camp tents
Day 05: Visit Jele Dzong to Jangchu Lakha ( B/L/D).
Distance - approximately 10 Kms- about 4 hours trek, - about 300m ascent. Jele Dzong is atop a promontory at an altitude of 3560m, which is a short accent from your camp. On a clear day, the great views of Paro town and upper valley far below and Mt. Chomolhari, Mt Jitchu Drake and adjoining peaks can be seen in the distance. Visit this remote temple/fortress. From the Dzong, the trek is a long gradual ridge walk in a rhododendron forest. You descend and climb through forests of spruce, cedars and other trees mostly ravaged by bark beetles. You may pass the nomadic yak herders camps, see some beautiful flora and fauna including monal pheasants. Camp at a pasture land at an altitude of approximately 3750m. Overnight camp tents.
Day 06: Trek to Jimilangstho Lake ( B/L/D).
Distance-approximately 20kms, about 7-8 hours trek, 950m ascent and 550m descent. Today is our longest day along our Druk Path trek trail and we should start early. The trek makes gradual climbs and descends with the highest point being 4150m.The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and lake of Janetso. You may come across some yak herders camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomads life. After Simkota, the trail makes several short ascents, to seemingly summits, traverses broad rocky valley, some sky burial sites, and crosses the final ridge at Phume la pass (4100m). From the pass, on a clear day, you will have a spectacular view of Mount Gangkhar Punsumthe highest mountain in Bhutan, as well other adjoining peaks and the view below of entire Thimphu valley. From the pass, descend and visit the Thujidra Gompa, a meditation site, that hangs on the side of precipitous rock face at 3950m. Short but steep descent from here is your camp site near the stone shelter at an altitude of 3750m. Overnight in tents.
Day 07: Jimilangtsho - Phajoding ( B/L/D).
Distance approximately 20kms, about 7-8 hours trek, 950m ascent and 550m descent. Today is our longest day along our Druk Path trek trail and we should start early. The trek makes gradual climbs and descends with the highest point being 4150m.The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and lake of Janetso. You may come across some yak herders camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomads life. After Simkota, the trail makes several short ascents, to seemingly summits, traverses broad rocky valley, some sky burial sites, and crosses the final ridge at Phume la pass (4100m). From the pass, on a clear day, you will have a spectacular view of Mount Gangkhar Punsum the highest mountain in Bhutan, as well other adjoining peaks and the view below of entire Thimphu valley. From the pass, descend and visit the Thujidra Gompa, a meditation site, that hangs on the side of precipitous rock face at 3950m. Short but steep descent from here is your camp site near the stone shelter at an altitude of 3750m. Overnight in tents.
Day 08: Trek Phajoding to Thimphu (Trek ends) ( B/L/D).
Distance approximately 7 Km, about 3 hours trek downhill, 1200 descent. Phajoding has several meditation residences and some ancient temples. In the morning, explore one of the monasteries nearby and trek to Thimphu. The last day of your trek is all the way downhill through the forested area of mostly blue pine. At a leisurely pace, it takes about three plus hours. While you are waiting for the Wind Horse trekking crew and mules to arrive, explore the mini zoo nearby for Takin, the national animal of Bhutan. Transfer from trek end point to the hotel. Afternoon is free to explore Thimphu on your own or to relax in the comforts of the hotel. Overnight hotel.
Day 09: Thimphu Valley tour ( B/L/D).
Visit Memorial Chorten, Traditional Art School, Indigenous Hospital, textile museum in the morning. Later visit Tashicho Dzong, the main secretariat that houses several government offices, Kings throne room and central monastic headquarters. Visit the colorful Weekend market and if there is time available, you can visit other sights too. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 10: Thimphu-Paro-Departure ( B) .
After early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Paro airport, which takes around 1hr. in time for your departure flight.
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Passports and visa
Passports and visa
A valid passport is required by all nationals. It is worth noting that the Bhutan government has been known to refuse entry to those wishing to visit for mountaineering, publicity and other research activities.
Entry to Bhutan: There are two ways of entering Bhutan; by air to Paro Airport or by road to the Bhutanese border town of Phuentsholing. Samdrup Jongkhar is used for exits from Bhutan by land. All travelers entering the country by road must ensure that they have the necessary documentation for transiting through that part of India to Phuentsholing. Visitors are advised to contact their nearest Indian embassy or high commission to check exactly what special permits or other documents may be necessary, as these regulations are subject to change at short notice.
Independent travel is not permitted in Bhutan; visitors are required to book with a registered tour operator, which can be done directly through an affiliated travel agent abroad. Visitors are also required by immigration to bring two passport photos with them for use on arrival.
You cannot purchase air tickets to Bhutan without visa clearance. Visas are only issued to tourists booked with a local licensed tour operator, or through a foreign travel agent; all applications are submitted through the tour operator. Visas are issued (stamped in passport) on arrival at Paro Airport or at Phuentsholing check post.
Accommodation, Foods & drinks
Accommodation, Foods & drinks
Traditional hotels, cottages and guest houses approved by the Department of Tourism are usually comfortable with hot and cold running water, electricity and sometimes room telephones though international calls may be via reception. There are a few luxury hotels but these do not come cheap. Accommodation is booked by Tour Operators. Expect a surcharge on the basic rate for up market resorts and be aware that at festival time, hotels are booked long in advance so you may need to be flexible.
There is a fair choice of restaurants in Paro and Thimphu but most tourists eat in their hotels where hygiene is good and chefs temper the spicy Bhutanese dishes to suit Western tastes. Rice is the staple (sometimes flavored with saffron or of the red variety) apart from in central Bhutan where the altitude makes rice cultivation difficult. Buckwheat is more common here. The country is replete with apple orchards, rice paddies and asparagus, which grows freely in the countryside and there are over 400 varieties of mushroom including orchid mushrooms.
• Datse (cow's milk cheese), sometimes served in a dish with red chillies (ema datse).
• Tshoem (curry), usually served with rice.
• Eue chum (pink rice), a nutty-flavoured variety unique to Bhutan.
Things to know: Meals are often buffet-style and mostly vegetarian. Meat and fish are now imported from nearby India, and Nepali Hindus living in Bhutan are licensed to slaughter animals. Usual precautions apply.
Regional drinks: The most popular drink is tea, sweet or Tibetan style with salt and butter. Ara is a spirit distilled from rice.
Chang (a kind of beer, cereal-based and generally home-brewed).
Shopping in Bhutan
Shopping in Bhutan
Markets are held regularly, generally on Saturday and Sunday, and are a rich source of local clothing and jewellery, as well as food. The Handicraft Emporium on the main street in the capital is open daily and offers a magnificent assortment of hand-woven and handcrafted goods. Some hotels have a souvenir shop. Silversmiths and goldsmiths in the Thimphu Valley are able to make handcrafted articles to order. Bhutanese stamps are collectors' items. Shopping is otherwise limited and bargaining is not customary. Phuentsholing has a small department store, the only one of its kind in Bhutan.
Shopping hours: Mon-Sun 0800-2000 for most shops.
Weather & climate
Weather & climate
Best time to visit:
The climate varies with altitude, with the highest temperatures and rainfall occurring in the south which bears the brunt of the monsoon between June and September.
Temperatures drop dramatically with increases in altitude though days are usually very pleasant with clear skies and sunshine. Nights are cold and require heavy woolen clothing, particularly in winter. Generally, October, November and April to mid June are the best times to visit - rainfall is at a minimum and temperatures are conducive to active days of sightseeing. The foothills are also very pleasant during the winter.
Lightweight cottons in the foothills, also linens and waterproof gear, light sweaters and jackets for the evenings. Upland areas: thick, warm clothing for evenings, particularly during the winter months.
Bhutan is located in the eastern Himalayas, bordered to the north by China and to the south, east and west by India. The altitude varies from 180m (590ft) in the narrow lowland region to over 7,300m (23,950ft) in the Himalayan plateau in the north, and there are three distinct climatic regions. The foothills are tropical and home to deer, tigers, leopards and the rare golden langur monkey as well as much tropical vegetation, including many species of wild orchids. The Inner Himalaya region is temperate; wildlife includes bear, boar and sambar, and the area is rich in deciduous forests. The High Himalaya region is very thinly populated, but the steep mountain slopes are the home of many species of animals, including snow leopards and blue sheep.
Health and Ricks
Health and Ricks
Full medical insurance is strongly advised. Medical facilities are good but not always close at hand. Officials in Bhutan have reported repeated outbreaks of bird flu during 2012.
Food and drink: Water used for drinking, brushing teeth or making ice should have first been boiled or otherwise sterilised. Mineral water is widely available. Milk should be boiled. Powdered or tinned milk is available. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.
Other risks: Hepatitis E occurs; hepatitis B is endemic. Giardiasis is common. Meningitis is a sporadic risk and vaccination is advised. Tuberculosis exists. There is a small risk of Japanese encephalitis in southern lowland areas. Altitude sickness may be a problem. Rabies is present. For those at high risk, vaccination should be considered. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay.
Currency & Money
Currency & Money
Currency information: 1 Ngultrum (BTN; symbol Nu) = 100 chetrum (Ch). The Ngultrum is pegged to the Indian Rupee (which is also acccepted as legal tender). Notes are in denominations of Nu500, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of Nu1, and 50, 25 and 20 chetrum. Smaller denomination notes and coins have been discontinued but are still in circulation and are legal tender. US Dollars are also widely accepted.
Credit cards: Most cards have limited acceptability. ATMs only accept Bhutanese bank cards.
ATM: ATMs only accept Bhutanese bank cards.
Travelers' cheques: These can be exchanged in any branch of the Bank of Bhutan or at all BTCL hotels. Travelers' are advised to take traveler's cheques in US Dollars.
Banking hours: Mon-Fri 0900-1500, Sat 0900-1200.
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