Active Bhutan

Bangkok, Thimphu, Gangtey, Punakha, Bumdra & Paro

From $11800 per person in low season
From $13000 per person in high season

based on 11 nights & selected 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 vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.

Price includes:

  • Internal flights

  • Accommodation

  • Private transfers

  • Selected experiences

  • Daily Breakfast

  • Half Board Basis in Bhutan

  • Daily Breakfast in Thailand

per person based on two sharing.

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At a Glance

  • A varied private tour of Bhutan blending equally trekking, culture and authentic experiences seeing the local life - not over-doing any element

  • Fantastic itinerary for those that like to keep active, exploring a new country with various means including cycling and trekking

  • Have an exclusive private guide and driver throughout giving you complete flexibility

  • Spend a day trekking to a remote camp in the Himalayas

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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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Itinerary

This active and varied itinerary is perfect for guests that want a blend of experiences, from delving into its history and culture, to a night trekking in rural Bhutan and a chance to see local Bhutanese life in all its color and authenticity. Through this itinerary you’ll be able to delve a little deeper into seeing local life in action and enjoy a more authentic experience, actively exploring Bhutan.

  1. Days 1-3: Bangkok

    Your itinerary starts in Bangkok where you will have two nights to enjoy the city. As a sprawling metropolis there is so much to do and see here but we would highly recommend going on a behind the scenes tour of the city by bicycle, providing a unique insight into the culture here.

    Accommodation: Peninsula Bangkok (2 nights)

  2. Days 3-4: Thimphu

    From Bangkok, you'll take a short internal flight to Paro where on arrival you will be met by your permanent private expert guide who will be with you throughout your trip in Bhutan. From Paro airport you will be driven an hour to Thimphu. There are some superb light day-walks to do around Thimphu, and we suggest trying to be here at the weekend when the local market is on. The Folk Museum is worth visiting, giving an insight into how Himalayan subsistence living developed over the ages, and we have included this for you in the itinerary.

    Accommodation: Taj Tashi (1 night)

  3. Days 4-6: Gangtey

    Continue to Gangtey, possibly the best place to get out and about in the countryside on day hikes. We have included a four hour walk into Gangtey through Yak Herder villages and farms rather than driving all the way there. Whilst in Gangtey, over your two nights here, we have also included a visit to the Monastery for evening prayers, seeing maroon-clad Monks chant in unison. We can arrange for you to meet the monks and have a chat about their daily routines, which is fascinating to hear. The gentle nature trail walk is well worth doing the following day, and we can extend this into the more remote village of Tokha. We also think the experience of visiting a local home in Gangtey is something that will appeal, and if you want, try traditional butter tea.

    Accommodation: RKPO (2 nights)

  4. Days 6-8: Punakha

    Drive back to Punakha and have two days exploring the valley. We have included a visit to the Dzong (fortified monastery) as it is a best in Bhutan but have also included some more authentic experiences such as taking the Butterfly Trail to Khansum Yelley seeing local farmers at work on the paddy fields. Also included is a cycling tour along the Pho Chhu River and if you are lucky you may even see one of the world's rarest birds, the white-bellied heron, en route.

    Accommodation: Dhensa Punakha (2 nights)

  5. Days 8-9: Paro

    From Punakha you will drive back to Paro where you will have one night. As you will have already seen the Dzong in Punakha, the Paro Dzong can be a little repetitive, so instead we have included a day trip into Haa Valley going over the Chele Pass from where you get the best snow-capped vista in the region. By visiting Haa, you really feel like you are getting off-the-beaten track into a more remote side to Bhutan.

    Accommodation: COMO Uma Paro (1 night)

  6. Days 9-10: Paro

    The following morning, you’ll set off for your on a short one-night trek into the mountains to the remote Bumdra High Camp. This is a fantastic way to get away from the main roads and into the real Bhutan and this experience is a real highlight. The trek takes about four hours each day, so can be done by anyone of reasonable fitness. The experience is naturally glamped-up, so expect a carpeted tent, with comfortable bedding, lights and towels. There is also a shower/toilet tent offering hot water and a dining tent where you will served tasty local dishes. Added to this there will be a toasty camp fire to sit around at night (maybe try the local rice wine, Ara, if you want) and a team of staff looking after you. The camp is located just under the beautiful Bumdra Monastery and the views throughout the trek are stunning.

    Accommodation: Bumdra High Camp (1 night)

  7. Days 10-11: Paro

    The following day, on leaving Bumdra you will walk down to Paro accessing Tiger's Nest Monastery from above, not from the valley floor where all the tourists walk up together. Feeling a little smug about the exclusivity of all of this, visit the monastery and walk down to Paro where your driver will be waiting to take you back into Paro for  your final night in Bhutan.

    Accommodation: COMO Uma Paro (1 night)

  8. Days 11-12: Bangkok

    For your final night on the itinerary you’ll take a short flight back to Bangkok from Paro, in order to easily connect to your onward international flight home.

    Accommodation: Novotel Suvarnabhumi Airport (1 night)

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Bangkok, Thimphu, Gangtey, Punakha, Bumdra & Paro

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