Walking and Hiking Holiday
Walking and Hiking Holiday in Bhutan is witnessing Bhutan’s natural beauty and the majestic snow-capped mountains views by means of day hiking around Paro, Thimphu and Punakha. The program also allows sightseeing visiting popular tourist landmarks like Paro Rinpong Dzong, Punakha Dzong – arguably the most beautiful dzongs in Bhutan, Kyichu Lhakang- the oldest Buddhist shrine in Bhutan, Buddha’s point – a beautiful viewpoint closer to Thimphu, the capital city and many more. Day hikes such as Cherry Monastery hike in Thimphu, Khamsum Chorten hike in Punakha and the ever popular hike to the Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ will take you to some of the exotic locations in Bhutan and also observe beautiful landscapes, natural vegetation, wonderful Buddhist monasteries including unparallel mountain panorama.
Trip Name: Walking and Hiking Holiday
Trip Duration: 07 Days
Max. Altitude: 3,120m/10,240 ft (The Tiger Nest Monastery)
Best Season: March to May and September to November
Meal: Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Accommodation: Government approved 3 stars and Above
Transportation: Private car, van or bus (Depends on group size)
Trip Type: Private Tour
• Witness Spectacular Himalayan views including Mt. Everest during in/out flights to Paro
• Enjoy sightseeing tours of Paro, thimphu & Punakha
• Visit age-old monasteries, Dzongs, shrines, stupas
• Explore rich Buddhist & Tibetan culture & traditions
• Observe varieties of floras & faunas during hikes
• Shop around for Bhutanese arts and crafts
• Hike in the beautiful valleys, glaciers and other lush natural surroundings
• Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ Hike (3,120m) outskirts Paro
What to Expect?
Walking and Hiking Holiday in Bhutan is the most suited tour for those who seek to enjoy the nature as the tour is composed of short daily hikes towards the historical and cultural destination of the Dragon Kingdom including Chimmi Lhakhang, Khamsum Chorten, Taktsang Monastery, and Cheri Monastery also the tour visits the famous places like Punakha Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, Ta Dzong, National Memorial Chorten followed by many other historic sites.
Day 1: Arrival at Paro (2,250m) – Thimphu (2,350m)
Arrive at Paro where you will be met by your guide and transfer to Paro for lunch. Then drive to Thimphu for about an hour. In Thimphu, visit Buddha’s Point, King Memorial Chorten, Farmer’s Market, Folk Heritage Museum, Tashichho Dzong etc. Afterwards, return back to hotel. Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu.
Day 2: In Thimphu –Day hike To Cheri Monastery (2850m)
Continuing the Walking and Hiking Holiday, after early breakfast, drive up the valley towards north along Thim Chhu (river) for a short hike to Cheri Monastery. The short drive through the countryside surrounding Thimphu brings us to the Jigme Dorji Wildlife Sanctuary, the largest protected area in the country. The park is home to several endangered species including the Takin, snow leopard, blue sheep, tiger, red panda, and the Himalayan black bear. More than 300 species of birds have been cataloged within the park and it’s so rich in plants.
Our walk begins from the small village of Dodena as we go across the covered bridge over the Thim Chhu to climb up steadily to Cheri; a small monastery perched on the hill with a view over the Thimphu Valley. Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel built this monastery in 1620, and this is where the first community of monks in Bhutan was established. The monastery is considered very sacred as it contains the ashes of Tempi Nima, the father of the first Shabdrung of Bhutan, and beautiful frescoes of Buddhist saints. Shabdrung also spent three years in retreat here and it’s a renowned meditation place even today. After our visit to the monastery, we descend back the way we came, keeping our eyes open for the goral (wild goat) that are often spotted on the cliffs nearby. Overnight at Hotel in Thimphu.
Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha (1310m) – Chimi Lhakhang short hike
On the third day of Walking and Hiking Holiday, after Breakfast, drive for about an hour along the east-west highway till Dochu La (3050m) to begin yet another hike(driving distance: 1 hour). The view of the Himalayas from Dochu La is spectacular to the north when the sky is clear. The pass is marked by 108 chortens (Stupa), which are Buddhist reliquaries, memorials to the teachings of the Buddha. Sometimes actual relics of the Buddha or revered monks are inserted into the dome of the stupa, but whether or not there are relics inside, the stupas mark the landscape with reminders of the Buddha’s teachings. From the pass, we begin descending through varied forest and finally emerging into the highly cultivated valley of Punakha. Before reaching Punakha we commence a short hike towards the Chimmi Lhakhang also popularly known as “temple of Divine Madman”. Overnight at Hotel in Punakha.
Day 4: Punakha – Khamsum Chorten hike – Paro (2250m)
Enjoying the Walking and Hiking Holiday, after a fairly breakfast, hike up to Khamsum Yueley Namgyel Chorten erected by Royal queen mother for the purpose of present king in 2002. It offers a great view of the lower valley. The temple is regarded as one of the most intricate with paintings. At the temple one could see three different sect of Mahayana Buddhism. Then drive towards Paro.
Day 5: In Paro – Day hike to Chumphu Temple
After an early breakfast we set for an days hike to the Floating statue Temple in Paro where not many tourist would go as this site is promoted by few travel agent the hike to Chumphu Nye starts from the upper Dop Shari Valley after a drive for about half an hour on the dirt road from Paro till its end. Then keep walking along the river till you get to a place where there is a small chorten (stupa). Take a look form there, you see Chumphu Nye above you atop a hill on your left.
This walk would be an easy one as the path way is through the river side which has an mixture of gentle up hill and downhill but at the very end after reaching the small temple when we can finally see the temple we have to make an steep climb up for 45 Mins to reach and see the amazing floating statue of Dorji Pham.
After visiting the temple we would start our hike back through the same road and would stop for a picnic lunch near the river, after lunch we carry on with our hike until the starting point. With this, we are able to bring forth yet another beautiful hike in Bhutan to all our clients. We would drive back to the hotel and rest for a big hike to tigers nest the next day. Overnight at Hotel in Paro.
Day 6: Paro – Hike to Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ (3120m)
This morning, we make an excursion to Taktsang Monastery – this has to be the monastery with the most outstanding setting in Bhutan. Set on a vertical cliff face at 2950m above sea level, it defies all engineering logic. For the energetic, hike 2 hours up to get a more dramatic view of the monastery. (The hike demands a certain level of fitness and a pony ride to the monastery can be arranged at additional cost).
One can also have the opportunity to meet the local villages in a local farm house. Walk through cultivated farmlands and the village dotted along the way and end off to enjoy a home-cooked dinner in a local farmhouse for the authentic Bhutanese experience! Then back to Paro, en-route visit the iconic 17th century Paro Rinpung Dzong which means “the fortress of the heap of jewels”. A quick descent takes us to covered cantilever bridge marked with giant stupas. Overnight at Hotel in Paro.
Day 7: Paro depart
Your Walking and Hiking Holiday in Bhutan terminates today, after breakfast in the hotel, drive to international terminal to catch up your onward flight.
• Airport pick-up and drop-off by private vehicle.
• 3-star accommodation (4 & 5 stars may require an additional premium).
• Bhutan visa fee – including all necessary processing
• Route Permit
• Three meals per day during your stay in Bhutan
• A licensed Bhutanese tour guide
• All land transportation by private vehicle
• Camping equipment and haulage for trekking tours
• Sightseeing as per itinerary
• Monuments entrance fees where applicable
• Drinking water
• All internal taxes and charges
• A sustainable development fee of $65. (This sustainable development fee goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.)
• Airfare & Travel Insurance
• Expenses of personal nature, Tips to guides and drivers
• Expenses occurred due to unavoidable events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.