“full of thrills and excitement throughout this trip, from traditional villages, green rolling hills, valleys, pristine forest, amazing landscapes around Bhumtang central Bhutan, views of high mountains, traveling on Himalayan last Buddhist Kingdom, visiting traditional Bhutanese villages, cities, monasteries enrich with old culture, customs and tour of famous and magnificent Taksang monastery (Tigers Nest) are the main attraction and highlights of this exciting Trek & Tour of Central Bhutan”
Trexmount Ventures has designed this tour as a remarkable and fascinating Journey to explore the Central Bhutan with combination of tours and trekking. We have picturesque views of pure greenery hills and valleys with the historical 17th century Jakar Dzong (Fort), the stunning snow capped peaks. This scenic short trek starts from Bumthang after visiting the Tongsa country village. We trek into Bhutan’s remote, isolated areas and country side farm villages and traverse the high Pele-la (3,150 m-10,335 ft) and Phephe-la (3,340 m-10,958 ft), the highest point of this awesome journey. We will visit Jakkar and Ngang Lhakhang villages as the journey continues to Tang Valley, ending the trek at Ugyenchholing village.
Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan, is one of world’s quietest and coolest cities. We will visit Ta-Dzong, converted now into a National Museum, and the famous Taksang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) perched on a rocky cliff side. This interesting journey then leads to central Bhutan around Bumthang valley. This small country, Bhutan, is enriched with culture, old traditions ‘similar to Tibetans’ and is the only Buddhist kingdom around Himalaya. It is also last bastion of Mahayana Buddhism. It sits against the backdrop of the great Himalaya range. Buddhist spirits permeate almost all aspects of Bhutanese culture. Prayer flags flutter on the hills, temples and dzong (fort) villages dot the hilly landscapes, and religious festivals are celebrated all the year around.
This great trip concludes with a drive to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital city, and then to Paro followed by a sweeping scenic 1.25 flight back to Kathmandu. During the flight on Druk Airlines photograph super views: an array of snow capped peaks including Mt. Everest in the background and as the plane flies over and then touches down at Kathmandu international airport. Our Trexmount Venture’s staff will transfer you back to your hotel after an awesome Trek & Tour of Central Bhutan.
Our representative will come to the airport for transfer to the Hotel. After some refreshment in the hotel, our Tour leader will have a pre-departure meeting in the Hotel or at our office. The meetings will cover trip related information & collection of your Documents (passport copy, 2 passport size photos, travel insurance).
After morning breakfast, free day for trek preparation. OR, you can do sightseeing tour in Kathmandu valley by visiting into fascinating heritage and cultural sites. There are few places that are worth to visit such as holy Pashupatinath temple, Bouddhanath, Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple), Durbar Square (in Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur), Museum, monasteries, old historical Palaces and Gardens. Note: this tour is optional so you can visit with place of your interest & pay locally. Meals included: Breakfast.
Depart from the hotel in Kathmandu for a scenic flight to Paro, Bhutan. During flight take in breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan mountains such as the sacred Jhumolhari & Jichu Drake peaks of Bhutan.
Upon reaching at Paro, Bhutan’s one and only airport, clear immigration formalities. Our native Bhutanese guide will receive you followed by a short drive to your hotel in Paro. The afternoon is free for short walks around this interesting town. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
With first night on Bhutan soil, after breakfast drive to Drugyel Dzong (fort), a ruined fortress which once defended Paro valley. This fortress, now a burnt shell, was strategic point of Bhutan’s defense against Tibetan invaders. From here, take in stunning views of Jhumolhari (7,326 m-24,035) ft). On the way back, visit the National Museum. After lunch enjoy a half-day excursion to famous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) perched on a high rock cliff with excellent views of Paro valley below. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Today take a few hours drive to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital. Leaving Paro drive through interesting villages and countryside, drive climbs over few hills on the winding road to reach one of the world’s last Buddhist Kingdom’s capital, Thimphu. Thimphu is a quaint, moderate size city with less traffic. Upon reaching the capital, check into hotel. The afternoon tour includes: the memorial stupa, an indigenous hospital where traditional medicine is still practiced, and a painting school. Rest of the afternoon is free to leisurely walk around and to observe the Bhutanese daily life. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
After a nice time in Thimphu, drive in the morning towards central Bhutan. Here observe the true Bhutanese country and traditional village life. The journey continues with a drive over a scenic Duchulu-la at 3,050 m-19,07 ft. Drive to another high pass at Pele-la 3,150 m-10,335 ft. Drive downhill to a lovely looking farm village of Tongsa, overnight here in tourist standard lodge or similar. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
From this nice place, in the morning drive to inner central Bhutan at Bumthang, one of the most charming area with a green valley and picturesque villages. The 4 hr drive includes a few stops to take memorable pictures of fascinating places. Upon reaching Bumthang transfer to local lodge or cottage-like inn.
After lunch visit 17th century Jakar Dzong, at present turned into administration center of Bumthang Valley. While here there is with time for short walks to marvel the beautiful scenery. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
After much driving, today our trek begins by heading into wilderness following Chamkhar chu (river) and through farm villages where the culture, religion and way of life may be found similar to Tibetans. In Bhutan all locals wear their national dress, checked pattern tunics which end above knees.
During the trek there is time to interact with the local farmers welcoming you with friendly cheerful smiles. Reach at our first camping spot at Ngang Lhakhang (2,900 m-9,514 ft) after walking past a small village of Jakkar. Overnight camp is set in a meadow field with camping facilities with cook, kitchen staff and guides. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Today a long day’s trek and the last of this wonderful walk, come to the small remote Ugyenchholing village at 2,850 m-9,350 ft. The walk is an uphill climb through nice enchanting alpine woodland full of rhododendron, pines trees with super views of snow capped peaks in the far distance northwards. Pass a few Yak herders in temporary shelters around the summer pasture. Climb again to the highest point of this trip over Phephe-la at 3,340 m-10,958 ft with an awesome picturesque vista of surrounding hills and a valley dotted with farm houses. Descend on a scenic walk of 8 hours to Tang Valley to reach at Ugyenchholing village for overnight stop and last night in tents and camping. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
A leisure with lazy morning after a long trek of previous day, after late breakfast pack your gear before the drive to Jakkar, but first, emjoy a short visit of the ancient Dzong (fort wall) that surrounds the village. Drive to Jaker following Tang chu (river). In route visit sacred and religious Membar Tso-lake. Drive to Jakkar village for an overnight in Tamshing lodge. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
In Jakkar morning is free to explore at your leisure the surrounding area and observe the village typical country life. After lunch with great time here and drive back to Tongsa following few villages and rivers for overnight stop in a tourist standard lodge or similar. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
From Tongsa, after a wonderful memorable and fascinating time around central Bhutan, take a morning drive to Thimphu, but with a difference. This time visit Punakha, which was the old capital of Bhutan before it was shifted to Thimphu during last century. After a refreshing stop drive to Thimphu for the last overnight in Bhutan. Afternoon free for shopping souvenirs. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Last day in Bhutan, early morning drive towards Paro airport. Upon reaching the terminal say good bye to guides, drivers and the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan. Proceed through passport control and board place for a scenic flight back to Kathmandu or to other destination.
On reaching Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport, transfer to hotel and back into hustle bustle Kathmandu city. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for final departure towards homeward bound or to next port of call. Meals included: Breakfast
Thank you Trexmount Ventures for your great hospitality and taking care for everything into our Bhutan trip from begin to Finish the tour. Hari at Trexmount Ventures organized a 10 days Bhutan trip for my husband and I in March of 2013. This was our third trip, (2 trips prior to Nepal) organized through Haris company. Once again everything was taken care of with great professionalism, from pick up at the airport, hotel reservation,flight tickets to Paro, hiring of a great guide and driver in Bhutan and meeting with us again once we returned to Kathmandu. This trip could not have been organized better. Thank you Hari once again for your great hospitality.You are the best. Traut & Peter Barber Canada
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