Day 1: Arrive at Paro International Airport
Paro is situated in a beautiful valley at 2280 metres and is a fitting introduction to this charming kingdom. Your guide will meet you and take you to your hotel. There should be time in the afternoon to visit the impressive Paro Rinpung Dzong, one of the finest examples of Bhutanese architecture. You can also visit the National Museum. This was previously housed in the Ta Dzong (watch tower) built on top of the hill above Rinpung Dzong to defend Rinpung Dzong and the Paro valley during times of war, in an unusual circular construction resembling a conch shell. Unfortunately, an earthquake in September 2011 damaged the Ta Dzong and the contents of the museum were moved to a neighboring building. You can still see a magnificent collection of Bhutanese artefacts — costumes, religious paintings, arms, textiles and a fascinating collection of Bhutan stamps. The National Museum is due to reopen in the Ta Dzong in 2015. Overnight at a 3* hotel in Paro.
Day 2: Take a day walk to the ‘Tiger's Nest’
‘Tiger's Nest’, is the sacred Taktshang monastery which clings to the rock face 900 meters’ above the valley floor. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site riding on a tigress. He subsequently meditated here for three months. It is one of Bhutan’s most holy sites and draws pilgrims not only from Bhutan but also from neighboring Buddhist countries. You can have lunch at the Taktshang cafeteria from where you get a spectacular view of the monastery. Afterwards if there is time you can visit the ruined Drukgyel Dzong (fortress of victory), constructed to commemorate the victory over Tibetan invaders in 1644 and destroyed by a butter lamp fire in 1951. Nearby you can also visit the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, a temple of historical significance and one of the most sacred shrines in Bhutan. This evening you can sort out your luggage for the trek. Overnight at a 3* hotel in Paro.
Day 3: Paro to Jili Dzong (Tsaluna Trek - Day 1 and 4 hours walk)
The first day of the trek is a long slow climb; the trek follows the gravel road passing through the village. The wide trail climbs through blue pine and fir forest to a mani wall. It is then a long, but not steep, climb through forests to a camping place in a large pasture just below Jili La, marked by a cairn at 3560m. Overnight at a tented camp.
Day 4: Jili Dzong to Tsaluna (Tsaluna Trek - Day 2 and 5 to 6 hours walk)
Today we will take a detour from the main trek path, avoiding the steep climbs, by descending towards the south-east through silver fir, pine, and rhododendron and hemlock forest. The route takes you through the forest and then past a couple of houses to camp nearby a small river at about 3000 metres. We can also visit Tsalu Ney, a small 14th century temple, where the Guru Rinpoche is said to have meditated. Overnight at a tented camp.
Day 5: Tsaluna to Phajoding (Tsaluna Trek - Day 3 and 5 to 6 hours walk)
Today we continue with our detour, upwards to Pumo La at about 3400 metres. About two hours after the pass we will reach Phajoding at 3750 metres where we will camp. Numerous meditation centres and temples are scattered across the hillside and the large buildings of Phajoding monastery are just below the campsite. Overnight at a tented camp.
Day 6: Phajoding to Thimphu (Tsaluna Trek - Day 4 and 2 to 3 hours walk)
The final day’s trail to Thimphu descends through blue pine forests (2 to 3 hours). In the afternoon you will be free to relax and wander round town, soaking in the atmosphere of this magical capital with its busy shops and bazaars and photogenic citizens in national dress and begin your sightseeing. Overnight at a 3* hotel in Thimphu.
Day 7: Thimphu sightseeing
We will visit the weekly market, the revered Memorial Chorten, the National Library and the School of Traditional Arts. You could visit Changangkha temple, perched on the hilltop overlooking the town. Devotees flock throughout the day to circumambulate and turn the prayer wheels. The temple also contains beautiful wall paintings and hundreds of religious scriptures written in gold. In the afternoon you can take in more of the sights and culture of the capital, with the option of a trip to Simtokha Dzong (one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan, dating from 1629 AD). If you prefer to stay closer to town you could drive up to the Radio Tower (offering splendid views of the city from a hilltop festooned with prayer flags), visit the Takin Reserve showcasing the unique national animal, the Takin, browse the striking collection of intricate textiles at the National Textile Museum or visit the Folk Heritage Museum. If you would like to view or buy Bhutanese handicrafts you may like to visit the new market opposite Taj Tashi hotel which has an array of stalls run by local handicraft shops selling purely homemade articles with no imports. Tell your guide what takes your interest. In the evening take the short drive along the Paro. Overnight at a 3* hotel in Paro.
Day 8: Fly from Paro to your further destination
Early in the morning your guide will accompany you to the airport to see you off onto your flight and wish you Tashi Delek (goodbye and good luck).
Bhutan Trip Cost based on group size basis:
01Pax - USD 2625
02Pax - USD 2170 Per Person
03-08Pax - USD 2065 Per Person
09-16Pax - USD 2030 Per Person
Single Supplement - USD 45 Per Night
Additional Cost for Bhutan Visa Fee - USD 50.
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Note: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.