Wonders of Bhutan

 

Date: October 13 - 22, 2017

PRICE: $599 USD per person

TRIP CODE: ADWNG

Anyone with an interest in Buddhist culture will be fascinated by this 10-day adventure into the heart of Bhutan, the only country in the world that measures its well-being in GNH – Gross National Happiness. Explore remote villages and shrines in the mountains. Climb magnificent heights to the cliff-side Taktsang Monastery, 900m (2,953 ft) above the valley floor. Discover your own capacity for happiness within Bhutan's ancient culture.


IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

TRAVEL STYLE: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

SERVICE LEVEL: UPGRADED

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

PHYSICAL RATING: 3 - AVERAGE

Some tours may include light hiking, biking, rafting, or kayaking in addition to walking.

TRIP TYPE: SMALL GROUP

Small group experience; Max 15, Avg 10


ITINERARY

DAY 1 PARO

Arrive at any time and transfer to hotel. Later, enjoy a welcome dinner and visit Rimpung Dzong, a school for monks, and take an orientation walk in the town.

Meals included: Dinner

DAY 2 PARO/PUNĀKHA

Drive to Punakha, crossing the Dochula Pass and enjoying stunning views of the Himalayas through flickering prayer flags.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 3 PUNĀKHA

Enjoy a full day of exploration including a visit to Punakha Dzong, and hikes to Chime Lhakhang and Wangdue Phodrang. In the afternoon, hike through rice terraces and forests to Khamsum Yueley Chorten.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 4 PUNĀKHA/GANGTEY GONPA

Travel to Gangtey, visiting the village of Khewa en route. This evening, visit a local family's farm for a cooking demonstration and home cooked dinner.

Exclusive Inclusions: National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Family Farm Meal

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 5 GANGTEY GONPA

Walk to the monastery of Gangtey Goempa, known to hold the most sacred relics in Bhutan. After walk across Phobjikha Valley to Khewa Valley, where we'll visit an old temple and make an offering.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 6 GANGTEY GONPA/THIMPHU

Drive to the capital to visit the National Library, Memorial Chorten, and the Institute for Zorig Chusum, an arts and crafts school where we can watch students practicing traditional arts such as woodworking, painting, and ceramics. Meet with a Buddhist monk and scholar to discuss Buddhist beliefs and way of life, as well as values in Bhutan.

Exclusive Inclusions: National Geographic Journeys Exclusives Meet a Buddhist Monk

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 7 THIMPHU/HAA DZONGKHAG

Drive to the Haa Valley, one of the most remote and sacred valleys in Bhutan, via the Chelela Pass. En route, hike to Kila Goempa Nunnery, which clings to a rocky cliff. Drive to the valley and visit Lhakhang Nagpo (Black Temple), and Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple).

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 8 HAA DZONGKHAG/PARO

Return to Paro and visit the ruins of the Drukgyal Dzong fortress.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 9 PARO

Embark on a vigorous hike up to the Taktsang monastery (Tiger’s Nest), the most venerated pilgrim site of the Himalayan world. The view is absolutely stunning, with the monastery clinging to a cliff face towering 2,953m above the valley. Later, visit Kyichu Lhakhang Temple and the local archery grounds.

Meals included: Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

DAY 10 PARO

Depart at any time. Airport transfer included.

Meals included: Breakfast

WHAT'S INCLUDED

 

  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Meet a Buddhist Monk, Thimphu
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Family Farm Meal, Gangtey Gonpa
  • Arrival and departure transfer
  • Visit the Rimpung Dzong
  • Hike to Punakha Dzong monastery and fertility shrine
  • Visit the town of Wangdue and walk to Khamsum Yueley Chorten shrine
  • Visit the village of Khewa

 

  • Hike to the monastery of Gangtey Goempa
  • Walk across Phobjikha and Khewa valleys
  • Visit the National Library, the Institute for Zorig Chusum (arts and crafts) and the Thimphu Chorten
  • Hike to Kila Goempa nunnery
  • Explore shrines and temples of the Haa Valley
  • Visit the fortress of Drukgyal Dzong and hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest)
  • Visit Kyichu Lhakhang Temple
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Bhutan Haa Dzongkhag Kila Goempa Nunnery Hike Oana Dragan 2016 - 0M4A7405 Lg RGB.jpg

ACCOMMODATIONS

Hotel/lodges (9 nts).

MEALS

9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 9 dinners

TRANSPORTATION

Private vehicle, walking, hiking.

STAFF & EXPERTS

Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.