|1||Arrival to Paro, drive to Thimphu||Arrival by plane to Paro airport and drive to Thimphu or in case of arrival by land, crossing border from India in Phuntsholing/Jaigon and full day drive to Thimphu. Stop at Tachog lhakhang to see traditional bridge made using ancient iron chains. See Memorial Chorten, always busy with devotees. Other sightseeing depending on the arrival time.|
|2||Thimphu, hiking||Early morning hike to Dodedra shedra. Start at Dechencholing part of Thimphu and gently climb some 500 meters up, with beautiful views of Thimphu town. Dodedra is monastery school set in pristine environment away from the hustle and bustle of the town. Visit main temple with original mural paintings and small museum. Descend back to Thimphu for lunch. Then drive to Buddha Dordenma, the gigantic statue of Buddha overlooking the valley and short walk to striking city viewpoint. See Memorial Chorten, always busy with devotees. Walk in Norzin lam street and see the traffic police signalling in junctions. Thimphu is only capital in the world without the traffic lights. Finish walk at central post office with the exhibition and sale of the Bhutanese stamps, which are popular among the collectors. Evening Visit of Tashicho dzong, the castle, which serves as seat of the king and government.|
|3||Thimphu, hiking in Dochu-la, drive to Paro||Hike down from the monastery and drive to Dochu-la pass with interesting 108 stupas and royal Chapel dedicated to Bhutan’s 4th king. Form pass we will start 4-5 hours round hike to the Lungchusey gompa with 360° mountains panorama viewpoint. Descend to Tashigang gompa and reaching back to road in Hontsho. Drive to Paro. Pay a visit to National Museum of Bhutan with various exhibitions and conclude sightseeing in Paro dzong, the castle where Bernardo Bertolucci’s Little Buddha film was shot.|
|4||Trek Paro – Bumdrak||Trek 7 km, 4 hours, ↗1000m. In the morning we will drive to Sang Choekor Buddhist college at 2800 meters. First 2 hours are quite steep climb, later getting more gentle with great views of mountains and Paro valley. Finally we will reach fixed luxurious camp below the Bumdrak monastery, which is dubbed as a Cave of Hundred thousand Dakinis, the Buddhist female angels, who allegedly built that. 17th century monastery’s beauty is second to only Tiger’s Nest. If caretaker is present we will also visit the temples. If you still have energy, you can continue to 4000 meters high peak for better panoramic views. Round trip takes about 2-3 hours. Camping in fixed tents with beds, carpets and all facilities in 3800 meters.|
|5||Trek Bumdrak – Tiger’s Nest – Paro||Trek 15 km, 6 hours, ↗100m, ↘1200m. Today we will start trekking back but soon we will take narrow side path to the forest. After some time we will reach Zangto Pelri lhakhang on the top of the cliff. From here you can glimpse the roofs of the Tiger’s Nest monastery to which we will soon start descending. We will visit this temple, which is most holy place in Bhutan. It was built in 17th century on the place where Guru Padmasambhava, 8th century magician saint meditated. Descend to the parking. Before going back to hotel we will still spend a time to visit the ruins of Drukyel dzong, mighty castle which protected Bhutan against Tibetan intrusions and Kiychu lhakhang, one of two oldest temples in Bhutan built in 7th century by warrior-king Songtsen Gampo of Tibet. Afternoon in leisure and enjoy the last evening in Bhutan.|
|6||Departure||Departure from Bhutan by flight or drop to Indian border in Jaigon/Phuentsholing.|
Tour variants, extensions and combinations:
- Just trek and go (-1 or -2 days): If you are in hurry you can just briefly visit Thimphu on day 4 and then leave or even you can omit totally Thimphu and depart after the trek on day 4.
- Extend sightseeing to Wangdue and Punakha (+1 day): If you have another spare day, why not to include Wangdue and Punakha with it famous monumetns like Chimmy lhakhang and Punakha dzong. You can also do rafting there if interested.