Walk Bhutan

Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Druk Path Trek, Bumdra High Camp & Paro

From £7600 per person in low season
From £8700 per person in high season

based on 13 nights inc. flights & daily experiences

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* Pricing is a guideline only and excludes special offers. Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

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  • Private transfers

  • Daily experiences

  • Full Board

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  • Half Board in Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey and Paro

  • Full Board on Druk Path Trek and Bumdra High Camp

per person based on two sharing. Majority of Bhutan based on a half board basis with treks based on a full board basis.

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At a Glance

  • Take two amazing treks in one trip, exploring a beautiful and rural Bhutan

  • Get off the main tourist trails and into rural Bhutan

  • Enjoy spectacular views of the high Himalayas during your treks

  • Time in between to see the major sights in Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey and Paro

  • Using luxury camps and fully supported by a team of guides, cooks and mules

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In the western, central and eastern Bhutan you will mostly experience cold European-like weather. Winter lasts here from November to March. The Monsoon occurs between June and August when the temperature is normally between 8° and 21°C. October and November are arguably the best months, when the monsoon has passed and the skies are clear. The spring months of March, April and May are best for the flora, but it can be stormy as the monsoon builds up for July-September.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday.

Itinerary

This ultimate trekking holiday takes in two of the best short treks in Bhutan: the Druk Path Trek and the Bumdra High Camp. Alongside these we have included some fantastic experiences and chance to explore the spectacular natural beauty of this amazing country. Bhutan's trekking trails are relatively untouched because the few tourists that come to Bhutan generally focus on the more cultural aspects of the country allowing this itinerary to showcase a more raw and undiscovered Bhutan.

  1. Days 1-2: Thimphu

    On arrival in Bhutan you will have one night in Thimphu after your international flight. On arrival in Paro, the only international airport in Bhutan, you will be met by your private guide and driver who will be with you for the rest of your journey and driven just over an hour to Thimphu.  

    Accommodation: Druk Hotel (1 night)

  2. Days 2-4: Punakha

    From Thimphu you will drive just over three hours to Punakha where you will be spending the following two nights. Here you can enjoy some gentle day walks in the beautiful surrounding countryside, getting you acclimatised to Bhutan, gearing up for your proper treks to come. Keeping you active we have included a cycle ride down one of the valleys and some rafting along the river, passing right in front of the Punakha Dzong, the most beautiful and acclaimed in Bhutan.

    Accommodation: Dhensa Punakha (2 nights)

  3. Days 4-6: Gangtey

    Next you will drive further east to Gangtey, known especially for its spectacular scenery and various trekking nature trails which we have of course included for you to explore with your guide. Due to its influx of black-necked cranes each winter, Gangtey is also home to the most important wildlife preserve in Bhutan and depending on time of year that you visit, it will be possible to spot these elegant birds. We have also included a stop into the Gangte Goemba which dates to over 450 years old and is very interesting to explore.

    Accommodation: Gangtey Lodge (2 nights)

  4. Days 6-7: Thimphu

    Then it is back to Thimphu, which is a longer drive of just under four hours. Here you will have one night in order to rest and prepare for your trek that you will commence the following day.

    Accommodation: Druk Hotel (1 night)

  5. Days 7-10: Paro, Bhutan

    Next you will set off on your Druk Path Trek. For all of the treks in Bhutan we use an exceptional team of staff to support your trekking ambitions. The Druk Path Trek is a three night / four day trek which runs along the old walking trail between Thimphu and Paro. During your time on the trek you’ll pass several remote lakes, beautiful monasteries, orchards, pine and rhododendron forests (which flower in March). During the trek you will also be treated to spectacular views of the surrounding mountain peaks such as Mt Jumolhari (7314m) and Jichu Drake (6989m). This is such a unique and special way to experience Bhutan. Along the way, as you stop each night you’ll find tents that have been carpeted, with beds installed with bed sheets and pillows. There are lights, hot water bottles and towels provided to make sure you sleep contently. There is a heated dining tent, a hot shower tent and toilet tent. They will light a camp fire at night and also have archery and Bhutanese darts on offer.

    Accommodation: Druk Path Trek (3 nights)

  6. Days 10-11: Paro

    From Paro, you’ll be driven along the main highway and begin your trek to Bumdra. You begin at Sang Choekor where you trek 3-4 hours to the High Camp, located right under Bumdra Monastery at 3,500m. If you still feel fresh, there is an option 2-3 hour onward trek to the peak above the camp at 4,000m offering amazing views of the Himalayan range.

    Accommodation: Bumdra High Camp (1 night)

  7. Days 11-12: Paro

    At the end of the trek, on arrival in Paro, you will have one night here to relax and unwind before embarking on your next trek the following day.

    Accommodation: COMO Uma Paro (1 night)

  8. Days 12-14: Paro

    On departing from the trek back to Paro, your second day takes you via the amazing Tiger's Nest Monastery (but unlike other travellers, you reach it from above), and also many of the other buildings that tourists do not see on a standard walk up to the monastery. The day takes 5-7 hours before arriving in Paro where you will be spending your next two nights, relaxing before your flight home. If you are wanting to have each day completely filled, we can of course include a day of guiding in Paro so that you can explore the valley with visits to the main Dzong and museum.

    Accommodation: COMO Uma Paro (2 nights)

Experiences

  • A visit to Chimmi Lhakhang

    The Chimmi Lhakhang Temple is a temple of fertility dedicated to the Buddhist saint known as the Divine Madman. A short walk through paddy fields takes you to the temple and is popular with Bhutanese families wanting to start a family.

  • Cycling up the Pho Chhu River

    Take a morning cycling up the beautiful Pho Chhu River, famous for the White-Bellied Heron and dramatic scenery. Take a walk into the local village for a spot of tea before having a lovely picnic lunch overlooking the river before returning to Punakha.

  • Day in Thimphu

    You can easily fill an afternoon or day exploring Thimphu. It is worth visiting the Tashiccho Dzong, where essentially Bhutan is governed from. Also of interest is the Simtokha Dzong, Memorial Chorten, Changagkka Temple & Folk Museum.

  • Dressing up in traditional Bhutanese dress

    Anyone who works in Bhutan must wear traditional national dress, and you can have the chance to dress up for a few hours to see how it feels. The Bhutanese absolute love visitors doing it!

  • Drukgyel Dzong

    The Drukgyal Dzong is located further up the Paro Valley from the Tiger's Nest Monastery and was built in 1649 by Tenzin Drukdra to celebrate victory over an invading army from Tibet.

  • Giligang Trail

    Giligang has a 300-year old temple and a wonderful way to escape other tourists and see an authentic side to Bhutan, and can be added on to a visit to the Khansum Yulley Namgyal Chorten and Butterfly Trail.

  • Khansum Yulley & the Butterfly Trail

    Take the short hike up to the Khansam Yulley Temple where you can sit back in awe at the wonderful views down the Mo Chhu Valley before heading off on the one-hour Butterfly Trail, stopping off for tea in the local home.

  • Kyichu Lhakhang

    The Kyichu Lhakhang is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, dating from the 7th century and constructed by the Tibetan Emperor Songtsan Gampo.

  • Meet a Monk Your Own Age

    Your children can have the opportunity to meet a monk their own age. 10% of Bhutan's population are monks and they can hear stories of getting up each day before first-light for prayers and their daily routines.

  • Nalanda Buddhist College and Nobgang Walk

    This fantastic experience combines the Sangchen Nunnery, the Nalanda Buddhist College and the Nobgang Village walk which takes you from the high hills above Punakha and winds gently down to the Punakha Dzong - you approach it almost vertically!

  • Paro Dzong & National Museum

    The Paro Dzong, or Rinpung Dzong as it is otherwise called, looms above the town of Paro. On the hill above the Dzong in the former watchtower you can visit the National Museum.

  • Paro Sunday Market

    If you are in Paro on a Sunday then absolutely visit the local market. See a variety of vegetables on offer from 0630 until about 1000, and you can then see the archery ground following your visit.

  • Punakha Dzong

    Punakha Dzong, otherwise known as the Pungtang Dechen Photrang literally means the palace of great happiness or bliss, and is the finest of its kind in Bhutan, dating from the 17th century and located on the confluence of the Mo Chhu and Po Chhu Rivers.

  • Punakha Weekend Markets

    Khuruthang Saturday Vegetable Market is located in the small town next to the Punakha Dzong. On Sundays, you can visit the Wangdue Market, about a 30-minute drive away. Wander around the stalls, selling local fruit and vegetables.

  • The Butterfly Trail & Rafting in Punakha

    Take the Butterfly Trail which is a one hour trek through local villages and paddy fields, stopping for tea in a local home before hiking to the Khamsum Yulley Chorten and then rafting back to the main Dzong of Punakha.

  • The Haa Valley

    The unspoilt Haa Valley is located close to Paro and offers a fantastic day out. Drive over the Chele Pass, Bhutan's highest road, and choose to free-wheel on bikes into the Haa Valley. Explore the local monastery, have a picnic and return to Paro.

  • Thimphu Weekend Market

    You shouldn’t miss the weekend market in Thimphu. People from nearby valleys arrive on Thursday afternoon and stay to sell their goods – vegetables, other foodstuffs and handicrafts – until Sunday evening.

  • Tiger's Nest Monastery

    The Tiger's Nest Monastery is spectacular; legend has it that this cliffside was where Guru Rinpoche landed on the back of a flying tigress, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan. Set off for the 2-hour walk to the viewpoint before continuing onto the Monastery.

  • Try your hand at Archery

    Archery is the national sport of Bhutan and can be seen played throughout the Kingdom. Traditional bows are made from bamboo and witnessing an archery competition is an absolute highlight. We can easily arrange for you to have a go should you wish.

Location

Thimphu, Punakha, Gangtey, Druk Path Trek, Bumdra High Camp & Paro

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