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Bhutan Tours and Bhumtang Trek

A combined trip which takes us from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu city (capital of Nepal) to the tranquil setting of Bhumtang valley. Our exploration includes Bhutan's unique monasteries, a three day trek in the Bhumtang valley and an overland journey through eye-catching mountains.  Its tradition and ritual are sill very much a way of life.

Monasteries and serene valleys
Commencing your trip with very interesting visit to World Heritage sites.  Durbar Square with its palaces and Newari architectures are the ancient part of this fascinating city. Explore old bazaars and to the holy Buddhist temple Swayambhunath-the famous "monkey temple".

Flying from Kathmandu to Paro will take you to another time, the land of Peaceful Dragon. Visiting the old fortress of Drukyel and the sacred remains of Taktsang, the "Tiger's Lair", which hangs from an almost sheer cliff face some 1000m above the Paro valley.

Bhumtang Trek-3 days
Driving via the Dorchu La pass (3050m), we stop to visit Wangdi and Punakha Dzongs (monasteries) before reaching Jakar, the starting point of our trek. We'll spend 3 days following winding trails through the wide open valleys perhaps pausing at mountain villages to admire yatha - colourful hand woven fabrics made in the local farms. The valleys are littered with temples and monasteries and we stop to visit Kugye Lhakhang Temple complex, one of the most sacred sites in Bhutan.

Gantey and Thimpu
We return to Jakar at the end of our trek and follow the road to Paro.  En route we stop at peaceful Gantey Gompa and the city of Thimpu, where we have time to wander around the colourful market, perhaps witness some traditional archery.

Flying back to Nepal, we spend time in the medieval town of Bhaktapur and capture the breathtaking panoramic views of northern Himalayas including Mount Everest from Nagarkot. Our tour ends in Kathmandu.

Day to Day Itinerary:

* Day 1. Arrival in Kathmandu. Trip briefing.  Welcome dinner with culture dance.

* Day 2. Morning city tours for half day. After lunch afternoon free.

* Day 3. Fly Paro (Bhutan); city tour.

* Day 4. In Paro; walk to Taktsang monastery.

* Day 5. Drive to Punakha via Dorchu La pass; visit Punakha Dzong.

* Day 6. Via Wangdi Phodrang Dzong to Jakar in Bhumtang valley.

* Day 7. Three day Bhumtang Trek

* Day 8. Trekking Bhumtang region

* Day 9. Trekking Bhumtang region

* Day10. Drive to Gantey Gompa;optional walks.

* Day11. Drive To Thimpu; afternoon sightseeing.

* Day12. Morning free; drive to Paro.

* Day13. Fly Paro to Kathmandu; drive via Bhaktapur to Nagarkot.

* Day14. Sunrise walk; Drive Kathmandu; optional visit Patan.

* Day15. International Departure

Cost Includes:

* Arrival / Departure by private vehicle

* Welcome dinner with culture dance

* Accommodation in Kathmandu Hotel on BB basis.

* Return Airfare Ktm-Lxa-Ktm

* City tours with qualified tour officer

* Tibet permit

* Entrance Fees for city tours

* Twin-sharing accommodation on bed & breakfast basis

* All guided tours & Transfers

* All necessary ground transportation

* Sight Seeing

* Sleeping bags

* First-aid medical kit

Cost does not include:

* Visas

* International airport taxes

* Transfers outside of the tour program

* All optional additional tours and activities during free time

* Item of personal natures e.g; food and beverages, laundry, souvenirs etc.,

* Tips

* Travel insurance

Trip Profile
Duration: 15 days 
4 nights Kathmandu 
Tour of Paro 
Tour of Thimpu  
Activities: Cultural, Touring, Walking

Grade: Moderate 
Mode of Travel: Private coach 
Group & Staff: Min 2, Max 12, Local leader and guides 
Accomodation: 11 nights hotel, 2 nights camp