Five Valleys Tour

Departure Date

23 Oct - 31 Oct

Duration

8 nights 9 days

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Maximum Seats

12

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Tour Summary

Day 1   : Arrival in Paro, then transfer to Thimphu. Visit Memorial Chorten, BBS tower, Motithang Takin Preserve and Tashichho Dzong. Overnight in Thimphu (2350m).

Day 2   : Drive to Phobjhikha valley. Afternoon visit Gangtey monastery, Black necked crane information center and Wangmo carpet factory. Overnight in Phobjhikha valley (3000m).

Day 3   : Drive to Bumthang. On the way visit Chendebji Chorten. Afternoon visit Jakar Dzong. Overnight in Jakar (2600m).

Day 4   : Visit Tamshing Lhakhang, Membar Tcho, Jambey Lhakhang and Kurjey Lhakhang. Overnight in Jakar.

Day 5   : Drive to Trongsa. Then hike for 2 hours and visit Trongsa Dzong.  Overnight in Trongsa (2200m).

Day 6   : Drive to Punakha. Then visit Chimi Lhakhang and Punakha Dzong. Overnight in Punakha (1250m).

Day 7   : Drive to Paro. Then visit Paro National Museum, Ringpong Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang. Overnight in Paro (2200m).

Day 8   : Morning hike to Taktsang monastery. Afternoon visit Drugyal Dzong and evening stroll in the town. Overnight in Paro.

Day 9   : Departure

Tour Day by Day

Day 1

Arrival in Paro, then transfer to Thimphu (alt. 2350m)

On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received by our representatives. Drive towards the capital city of Bhutan, Thimphu. On the way, visit old iron bridge and stop at Chuzom, where you can see three types of chorten (Bhutanese, Nepalese and Tibetan styles). Lunch at a local restaurant in Thimphu, then visit the memorial chorten that was built in memory of Third Druk Gyalpo and is dedicated to world peace. Then we visit BBS tower to see Thimphu valley. Later we see Takin, National animal of Bhutan, in Motithang Takin Preserve and in the evening visit Tashichho Dzong that has been the seat of the government since 1952. It presently houses the throne room and office of the King. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu.
Day 2

Thimphu to Phobjhikha valley (alt. 3000m)

After breakfast, drive approximately 4 hours to Phobjhikha. On the way, stop to see 108 miniature stupas in Dachula pass and admire Himalayan vista on a clear day. Then continue en route to Wangdue Dzong, constructed in 1638 atop a high ridge between the Punak Chhu and Dang Chhu, which was seriously damaged by fire in 2012 and is undergoing restoration. In Phobjhikha valley, we visit Gangtey Monastery, the oldest Nyingmapa temple in western Bhutan that sits on the crest of a hill, overlooking majestic views of the Phobjikha Valley. Then continue towards Black Necked Crane Information Center and Wangmo Hand Woven Carpet Factory. Overnight at hotel in Phobjhikha valley.
Day 3

Phobjhikha to Bumthang (alt. 2600m)

After driving almost 5 hours on a snaky road from Phobjhikha valley, we arrive in Bumthang, known as a cultural hub of Bhutan. Today we drive to Pele La pass (3423m) and Yatong La pass (3436m) with numerous turns. On the way before arriving in Trongsa, we pass Chendebji Chortan built in Nepalese style of architecture. Check in at the Hotel and visit Jakar Dzong, initially built as a monastery in 16th century and later transformed into a Dzong in 1667. This Dzong is literally translated as “castle of the white bird” and is now the center of administration of Bumthang Dzongkha and houses the regional monk body. Overnight at Jakar, Bumthang.
Day 4

Bumthang (alt. 2600m)

Today we start our visit from Tamshing Lhakhang. It is known for its art and painting and was built by Buddhist saint Pema Lingpa in 1501. Then we continue our drive towards Membar Tcho also known as burning lake and is one of the sacred pilgrimage site where it is believed that Pema Lingpa revealed one of the hidden treasures of Guru Rinpoche. After that we visit Jambey Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries of the Kingdom which was constructed in the 7th century by Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. Finally, we visit Kurjey Lhakhang that consists of three beautiful temples. The imprint of Guru Rinpoche’s body is found on the rock inside the oldest temple which is considered the holiest. Overnight at hotel in Jakar.
Day 5

Bumthang to Trongsa (alt. 2200m)

After two hours of drive we reach Trongsa, a hilltop town located in the center of Bhutan. This is also an origin of the Wangchuk dynasty. Here we hike for around 2 and half hours in the pine and rhododendron forest to admire the natural beauty of the region. We end our hike in Trongsa Dzong and visit the Dzong. At the beginning, only a small temple was constructed by Drukpa Lama Nagai Wangchuk in 1543. Later his great grandson, Shabdrung Ngawang Nyamgel, enlarged the complex to a Dzong. Today, this Dzong is the largest and one of the majestic Dzong of the kingdom which is partly used as a center for Buddhist teaching and partly administrative center of Trongsa Dzongkha. The most important temple is Maitraya temple that contains a huge clay statue of Buddha. Overnight in Trongsa.
Day 6

Trongsa to Punakha (alt.1250m)

After a breakfast we drive towards Punakha. It will take approximately 4 hours. Upon arrival in Punakha, we visit Chimi Lhakhang, the fertility temple dated back to 15th century. It is renowned throughout Bhutan as a fertility inducing magnet, pledging that all who wish to conceive will find guidance at the temple. Then visit Punakha Dzong, built in the 17th century, which is located in the confluence of two major rivers of Bhutan, Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu. It is the second largest Dzong of the Kingdom. Overnight in Punakha.
Day 7

Punakha to Paro (alt. 2200m)

Today we drive to Paro for almost 3 and half hours. After reaching Paro, visit Paro National Museum which is set in Paro Ta Dzong, an ancient watchtower that now displays hundreds of ancient Bhutanese artifacts and artwork including traditional costumes, armor, weaponry and handcrafted implements used in daily life. Then, we move on to Ringpong Dzong, a fortress and Buddhist monastery of Drukpa lineage of Kagyu school. It also houses government administrative offices of Paro Dzongkhag. After, visit Kyichu Lhakhang, the oldest Buddhist monastery that was built in the 7th century by a Tibetan king.
Day 8

Paro (alt. 2200m)

After breakfast, a short hike to Taktsang Monastery, 10 kms away from Paro Town. This monastery is the most famous religious site in Bhutan. The temple complex was first built in 1692. It is said that Guru Padmasamvaba meditated here in 8th century. Lunch at Taktshang cafeteria. Drive to Drugyal Dzong, a ruined fortress, considered the most beautiful and famous archaeological sites in Bhutan. It dates back to 17th century and was destroyed by a fire in 1951. It is an important heritage of Bhutan due to its contribution towards the countries defense of the region. In the evening, stroll around Paro Town. Overnight in Paro.
Day 9

Departure

In the morning, drive to the airport according to the flight time of departure.

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