Hiking Adventure to Punahka, Thimphu, and Tiger's Nest Monastery

Bhutan Private Journey

Bhutan

9 Days

From $4,795

Level 3

Moderate

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    Overview

    In the serene, secluded Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, spirituality permeates every aspect of daily life, traditional festivals are living manifestations of a national faith, and the king decrees “Gross National Happiness” as the standard by which to measure the country's wealth. On this lodge-based Private Journey with your own private guide, hike to tiny villages of whitewashed homes, through magical forests, and up to mountainside chortens (shrines) bedecked with colorful prayer flags. Along the way from Thimphu, the capital, to the beautiful Paro and Punakha valleys, meet villagers, farmers, and red-robed monks, explore colorful markets, and marvel at the Shangri La setting of sublime fortress monasteries reigning over wooded valleys. Exciting optional add-ons include the opportunity to experience a traditional hot stone bath, get a reading by a Bhutanese astrologer, or visit a nunnery in the Punakha Valley.   

    Arrive: Paro, Bhutan

    Depart: Paro, Bhutan

    Highlights

    • Experience a mystical Himalayan kingdom
    • Magical Taktsang, Bhutan’s legendary cliff-perched monastery
    • Meet Bhutanese villagers, explore colorful markets
    • Dine with a local family in their farmhouse and learn about traditional Bhutan
    • Optional activities include a traditional hot stone bath, a reading by a Bhutanese astrologer, and a visit to a nunnery set over the stunning Punakha Valley

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      Itinerary

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      Bhutan possesses a vibrant traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture and a stunning Himalayan setting. Spirituality permeates every aspect of daily life, time-honored festivals are living manifestations of a national faith, and the king decrees "Gross National Happiness" as the standard by which to measure the country's wealth. In this magical and mountainous land of demons and deities, you'll visit the Iron Bridge, a 15th century chain bridge laced with prayer flags, explore the serene retreat of Cheri Monastery where Buddhist monks go about their daily rituals, and tour a sanctuary for the takin, a rare Himalayan creature and Bhutan's national animal. If you wish, add on an optional astrological reading by a Bhutanese astrologer. Overnights in the Bhutanese capital of Thimphu.
      A spectacular road journey across the Dochu La Pass, with its summit shrines festooned with prayer flags, brings you to the Phobjikha Valley on the western slope of the Black Mountains. Take forested trails to isolated Lungchuzekha Monastery (11,800') where you can enjoy views of the Bhutan Himalaya on a clear day. Hike from lodge to lodge along a nature trail to the gold-roofed Gangtey Monastery, visit the Crane Foundation Center to learn about the black cranes that migrate from Tibet, and spend a full day hiking across the Shashila Pass, winding through rhododendron forests with sweeping valley vistas. A fun optional add-on: a hot stone bath, a traditional therapeutic treatment in Bhutan.
      A morning hike brings you to Khamsum Yuley Namgay Chorten, a shrine built by the royal family with a rainbow of Guru Rimpoche images and superb views of the Punakha Valley. Follow ancient riverside trails to the 17th century Punakha Dzong, Bhutan's former winter capital and the winter home of the head abbot of Bhutan. A walk through mustard fields brings you to Chimi Lhakhang, a monastery and fertility temple flanked by nearly 100 tall prayer flags and a pilgrimage site for childless couples. In Paro, explore the National Museum, with its collection of ancient artifacts and weapons, as well as the 15th century Paro Dzong. A hike to the iconic Taktsang, the "Tiger's Nest," built on a sheer cliff high above the Paro Valley, will be your grand finale on Day 8. Spend time exploring this striking retreat, the most famous temple of Bhutan and one of the most venerated pilgrim sites of the Himalayas. Depart on Day 9.
      • Astrological Reading
      • Hot Stone Bath

      Dates & Pricing

      Best months to go: Late September to mid-May. For our Private Journeys, you choose your own group and your preferred dates. Prices are per person and not guaranteed until services are confirmed. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

      Payment & Cancel Schedule

      At time of reservation: $1,000
      90 Days prior to departure: Balance

      *Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Cancellation & Transfer Schedule

      Minimum fee: $500 per person
      61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
      46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
      45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

      *Please note that this differs from our standard policy.

      Included
      • Expert leadership of a local guide and driver
      • Accommodations in hotels and lodges
      • All meals included (unless staying at hotel upgrades)
      • All ground transportation from meeting until departure
      • All activities as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      Not Included
      • Travel to and from the arrival and departure location as indicated in Detailed Itinerary
      • Additional hotel nights outside the trip's scheduled dates
      • Optional gratuities for guide, driver, restaurant services, porterage and baggage handling
      • Optional travel insurance
      • Other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.)
      • Any activities and services described as an upgrade or optional

      Accommodations

      Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

      Pedling Hotel and Spa

      Thimphu, Bhutan

      Days 1-2 (2 nights)

      Conveniently located in the center of Thimphu, Pedling Hotel and Spa is a wonderful property with spacious guest rooms and private bathrooms. The hotel has a restaurant that serves local and international cuisine as well as a spa if you wish to unwind after a day...

      Yue Loki Guest House

      Phobjikha, Bhutan

      Days 3-4 (2 nights)

      This small, rustic country lodge with its classic Bhutanese architecture is set in a wonderfully remote location in one of Bhutan's most pristine valleys. The rooms are simple, clean, and comfortable, with private bathrooms and showers and a wood burning stove in each room. The staff can prepare a hot-water...

      Hotel Lobesa

      Punakha, Bhutan

      Days 5-6 (2 nights)

      Perched on the slopes of plantations overlooking the Punakha Valley, and managed by a family who has resided in the Punakha Valley for generations, Hotel Lobesa is a clean and relaxing respite. Rooms are comfortable, have Wi-Fi, and the hotel is near the famous Temple of Fertility, Chimi Lhakhang. If...

      Khangkhu Resort

      Paro, Bhutan

      Days 7-8 (2 nights)

      About a 10-minute drive outside of Paro, the Khangkhu has twin-bedded rooms with en suite bathrooms. The hotel offers good views of the Paro Dzong and Ta Dzong (the National Museum) against a backdrop of mountains.

      What the Trip is Like

      This trip is graded Level 3, Moderate, according to the Wilderness Travel trip rating system. The hikes are moderate and suitable for people in good shape who enjoy mountain hiking. The longest hike is about three hours. Although you carry only a daypack, there are some steep ascents and descents, and the hikes are at moderate altitude, which can make them feel strenuous. For your own enjoyment, we recommend that you make a special effort to be in good physical condition for the journey.Please note that travel times vary depending upon local conditions, and the itinerary may change while you are in Bhutan due to government regulations and local climate conditions.
      Review Trip Level Details
      The spring and fall seasons are the most popular times to visit the Kingdom. Bhutan's climate varies enormously and like much of your adventure in the Himalayas it will be quite unpredictable. Spring and fall temperatures in the Thimphu and Paro valleys range from 60 to 80°F but colder spells are not unusual. Winter daytime temperatures in the valleys average 60°F during clear winter days but drop well below freezing during the night. Mid-December to early January can be a beautifully clear and dry time in western Bhutan. Light snow will often dust Thimphu and Paro in winter, and occasionally there will be heavy snowstorms. Punakha and the central valleys are lower in elevation and tend to be a few degrees warmer. The autumn season, late September through November, is usually very mild and clear. While fall colors surround and embrace your senses, the sky is often at its clearest, affording magnificent views of the Himalaya range.

      Most of the accommodations in Bhutan are somewhat rustic but very charming, and we've chosen some of the country's most well situated hotels/lodges for this journey. Please note that most hotel rooms are twin-bedded. Optional upgrades are available. All are luxurious, stylish 5-star retreats featuring beautifully appointed rooms decorated with traditional Bhutanese arts and crafts, and relaxing spa facilities with Asian-inspired therapies.

      Meals are included as noted in the detailed itinerary (dinners are not included at upgraded hotels unless prearranged). Generally, you will eat breakfast on your own at the lodge before meeting your guide for the day's activities. Your guides may join you for some lunches and dinners, depending on the schedule and your preference. Please be aware that many hotels/lodges in Bhutan provide simple buffets at lunch and dinner. The cuisine in Bhutan is generally based on basic rice with stir-fry and stew options. If you have any dietary restrictions, be sure to advise us on your application form.

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      Client Testimonials

      "From hiking through the beautifully untouched Himalayas, to learning all about Buddhism by visiting the most incredible monasteries, to experiencing life in traditional farm houses—our experience in Bhutan was undeniably everything we could've asked for and more! The itinerary was planned perfectly with a great mix of culture, hiking, and sight seeing. Not once did we ever feel rushed and everything was efficiently planned."

      Mari N.

      Oakland, CA

      "The trip was excellent—it seemed like nothing could go wrong! The itinerary was well-paced: we felt like we were seeing each valley comprehensively but without straining ourselves or overdoing it. The food was uniformly excellent, exceeding my expectations at local restaurants, picnics, and even a farmhouse where we dined. Our guide Kinley was perfect in every way—extremely informative, personable, and managing to run everything smoothly while never rushing us or wasting time. All in all, this was among the best-run trips imaginable."

      Michael M.

      Chicago, IL

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      Trip Levels

      With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.

      Level 1 – Easiest

      Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.

      Level 2 – Easy to Moderate

      Hotel nights and/or safari-style camping, hikes of two to four hours on some days. Other physical activities are sometimes included, such as optional sea kayaking.

       

      Level 3 – Moderate

      Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.

      Level 4 – Moderate to Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-6 hours), mountainous terrain, significant elevation gains and losses (hiking up or down as much as 3,000 feet) on many days. Altitudes no greater than about 10,000 feet.

       

      Level 5 – Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.

      Level 6 – Very Strenuous

      Full-day hikes (5-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Most hikes take place at altitudes above 10,000 feet, with some days ascending as high as 18,000 feet.

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Padmasambhava (Guru Rimpoche), the great 8th century Buddhist saint and teacher, is thought to have landed at this spot after flying over the mountains from Tibet on the back of a tigress, thus bringing the teachings of Buddhism to Bhutan. The primary temple was built around Padmasambhava's meditation cave in 1684. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant or en route at a teahouse midway with fantastic views of the monastery. Back in Paro, explore the town on a guided walk and visit the local bazaar. <br>","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":1,"Dinner":1,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":9,"DayTo":9,"Headline":"Depart","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Transfer to Paro Airport and fly to Bangkok for homeward flights. Flights typically arrive in Bangkok between 1:30 pm and 6:30 pm.<br><br>\nTravel times vary depending upon local conditions, and the itinerary may change while you are in Bhutan due to government regulations and local climate conditions. Itinerary and hotel changes are not uncommon in Bhutan, so we appreciate your understanding and flexibility.","Breakfast":1,"Lunch":0,"Dinner":0,"Overnight":"","Travel_Type":"","Quotation":"","Quotation_Attribution":"","Itinerary_Location":"","Latitude":"","Longitude":"","Brief":false},{"DayFrom":1,"DayTo":2,"Headline":"Paro Valley (7,500') \/ Thimphu Valley (7,600')","ActivityOverview":"","EstimatedLength":"","ActivityLevel":"","ItinBlock":"Bhutan possesses a vibrant traditional Tibetan Buddhist culture and a stunning Himalayan setting. Spirituality permeates every aspect of daily life, time-honored festivals are living manifestations of a national faith, and the king decrees \"Gross National Happiness\" as the standard by which to measure the country's wealth. In this magical and mountainous land of demons and deities, you'll visit the Iron Bridge, a 15th century chain bridge laced with prayer flags, explore the serene retreat of Cheri Monastery where Buddhist monks go about their daily rituals, and tour a sanctuary for the takin, a rare Himalayan creature and Bhutan's national animal. If you wish, add on an optional astrological reading by a Bhutanese astrologer. 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If they need to reach you outside of our office hours, we ask that they reach out to our local contact (contact information is listed below) and also leave a message with our Berkeley office, so that we can follow up with our team on the ground. <br><br>We recommend using <a href=\"https:\/\/www.whatsapp.com\/\">WhatsApp<\/a>, and suggest you download the free app and enter the local emergency contact number(s) in advance of your trip.<br>","Custom_Outfitter_Contacts_Left":"<strong>GANGRI TOURS (LOCAL CONTACT)<\/strong><br>Kesang Namgyal<br>Email: kesangn@gmail.com<br>Phone: (+975) 171-10026<br><br><strong>(TRIP LEADER)<\/strong><br>Email: <br>Phone: <br>","Custom_Outfitter_Contacts_Right":"<strong>Important Reminder:<\/strong> If you experience any flight delays\/changes or emergencies en route, please contact\/email your representative at our Berkeley office, as well as our local contact and Trip Leader in Bhutan\/Nepal ? please copy everyone on the same email message to ensure the quickest reply.<br>","Custom_name_slug":"bhutan-private-guided-tour","Custom_Meta_Description":"On this lodge-based journey with your own private guide, hike to tiny villages and mountainside temples, meet red-robed monks, explore colorful markets, and discover a unique Shangri La kingdom in the Himalayas.","Custom_List_Description":"On this lodge-based journey with your own private guide, hike to tiny villages and mountainside temples, meet red-robed monks, explore colorful markets, and discover a unique Shangri La kingdom in the Himalayas.","Custom_Redirect":"","Custom_PJ_-_Best_Months":"Late September to mid-May","Custom_After_Dates":"","Custom_Trip_Web_Note":"","Custom_Title_Tag":"Bhutan Private Guided Tour | Tiger's Nest, Thimphu & Punakha","Custom_Before_Days":"","Custom_After_Days_Header_1":"Optional Add-Ons","Custom_After_Days_Text_1":"<ul><li>Astrological Reading<\/li><li>Hot Stone Bath<\/li><\/ul>","Custom_After_Days_Header_2":"","Custom_After_Days_Text_2":"","Custom_Choosing_Right_Trip_Office_Contact":"","Custom_About_WT_Expeditions":"","Custom_Arrival_-_Sales":"","Custom_Departure_-_Sales":"","Custom_International_Air_Travel":"","Custom_Extra_Hotel_Nights":"","Custom_Recommended_Hotels":"","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Header_1":"","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Text_1":"","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Header_2":"","Custom_A_and_D_Misc_-_Text_2":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_1":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_1":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_2":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_2":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_3":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_3":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_4":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_4":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Header_5":"","Custom_FAQ_-_Text_5":"","Custom_file_name":"bhutan-private-journey","Custom_Passport":"A valid passport is required for your trip. 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You must bring this visa clearance with you on your trip.<br><em><strong><br>In order for us to obtain this visa for you, we need the following documents:<br><ul><li>A color copy of your passport photo page<\/li><li>A 2x2 passport photo (a digital copy is accepted)<\/li><li>Proof of emergency evacuation insurance<\/li><\/ul><\/strong><\/em> <br><br>Proof of insurance is required by the government of Bhutan for your visa application. There is not a minimum dollar amount of coverage required, but the document must include your name, coverage dates that include at least the time you are in Bhutan, and proof of emergency evacuation coverage. Please consult our office if you have any questions. <br><br>Please upload these documents to your Guest Portal or as a clearly scanned email attachment. If not, we ask that you send it via regular mail as soon as possible after signing up on the trip. <br><br>There is a Bhutan visa fee of $40, which will be included in your Final Invoice. <br><br><strong>Thai Visa<br><\/strong>US citizens do not need a visa for Thailand unless they are staying longer than 30 days. <br><br><strong>India Visa<br><\/strong>If you are planning to visit India before or after your trip, a visa must be obtained well in advance of your departure from the US. Please call or email us for further details. <br><br>If you are a citizen of any country other than the US, check with a local consulate or tourist office for entry requirements.","Custom_Money":"The currency in Bhutan is the Bhutanese ngultrum (BTN). It is best to carry most of your money in US dollars and exchange it upon arrival. Please note that larger denominations ($100 bills) get a better exchange rate than smaller denominations (of $50 or less). 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If you see a Limited Edition trip scheduled for this year, now is the time to sign up, as spaces fill very early and the trip may not be back for a while! Planned daily activities and actual timings may vary due to local conditions or the discretion of your Trip Leader&mdash;it is important to bring your spirit of adventure for these special exploratory journeys!","System_Social_Media":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:33:43 --><p><strong>SOCIAL MEDIA:<\/strong> We invite you to share your adventure with us on social media. Tag @wildernesstravel and we may even feature your content on our pages!<\/p>","System_If_You_Miss_Your_Flight":"<p><strong>IF YOU MISS YOUR FLIGHT<\/strong><br>If you miss your flight or are otherwise delayed, contact our Wilderness Travel office, as well as our local partners, with your new flight information. 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While many travelers choose to book this tour as is, our Area Specialists are also happy to work with you to customize this Private Journey to suit your specific interests and style of travel. We can arrange for longer or shorter stays, offer hotel upgrades (see below for sample costs), or add an extension to additional places of interest. We can even add special activities or customize excursions depending on your interests. We invite you to contact us to discuss your options!<\/p>","System_Signing_up_for_a_Trip":"<!-- Generated by XStandard version 3.0.0.0 on 2023-03-29T11:44:42 --><p>Early reservations are recommended since accommodations often sell out far in advance. Please call 1-800-368-2794 and ask for our [Africa Manager] or email us at [africa@ wildernesstravel.com] with any questions that you may have about this trip. To reserve your Private Journey, we will need to know your preferred dates of travel. We will then check availability and send you a proposed itinerary with exact pricing for your adventure. We can typically hold a provisional booking for one week. At that time, we must collect your initial deposit or accommodations will be released. We accept Visa, Mastercard, or American Express card. Upon receipt of your deposit, we will send you a Welcome Packet that includes a letter of confirmation, Detailed Itinerary, Trip Application, Medical Form, and Pre-Departure Information Booklet with information to help you prepare for your adventure. Please see our Cancellations and Transfer Fee Schedule for specific payment information.<\/p>","System_Trip_Leaders":"<p>Wilderness Travel Trip Leaders have a passion and a joy for creating an unforgettable journey. We are extremely proud of them and the incredible travel experiences they make possible. 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