Bhutan Hiking, Biking & River Rafting Tour (8N/9D)

Day 01: Arrival: Paro – Thimphu

 Distance: 65km (1.5hrs)
Elevation: 2,250mts / 7,382ft

Paro: It is a broad and beautiful green bowl valley surrounded by jagged Himalayan Mountains and forested hillsides, crossed by beautiful rivers and dotted with medieval fortresses. It was built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1646 AD and has been the legislative, executive, judicial and religious centre for the people of Paro. Also the nations home of National Museum and International Airport. The flight to Paro is considered one of the most spectacular flight experiences in the world.  While flying in and out of Bhutan, one can see Mt.Everest, Kanchenjunga, Makula, and other high peaks such as Jumolhari, Jichu Drakey, and Tsrim Gang.

Following a warm greetings from your tour guide and driver, you will be to capital city of Bhutan Thimphu crossing Tamchog monastery connected with iron Bridge en-route.After reaching check into the hotel for some refreshment and visit the following places

Buddha Point (Approx. 2 hrs round trip)

Later in the evening ride back to the capital City to visit Memorial Chorten (Approx. 1 Hr)

Evening: Free to explore Thimphu town

Overnight in Thimphu

Day 02: Thimphu Sightseeing

After breakfast start riding 15km (45mins) from capital city to Cheri Goemba (monastery). On the way stop in Dechencholing, where you can visit Pangri Zampa monastery (Astrology learning centre) and then ride through to Beygana for your hike to the Goemba.

Cheri Monastery

After the visit ride back to capital city for the lunch. Post lunch visit the following places:

School of Thirteen Arts & Crafts

National Textile Museum

In the evening take a leisurely ride to Sangaygang (Approx 2hrs)

Overnight in Thimphu

Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha

Distance: 77km (2.5hrs)

Elevation: 1,200mts / 3,900ft

The journey to Punakha includes the 108 Druk Wangyel Chorten commonly known as Dochula standing at 3150m above the sea level. The Druk Wangyel Chorten was built to celebrate the

Stability and progress brought to Bhutan by His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the Fourth king of Bhutan. The pass provides spectacular 360 degree panaromic view of Himalayan Mountain Range.

En-route Hike to Lungchutse (Dochula)

Distance: 4 hrs approximately (round trip)

Altitude: 3600mts / 11811ft

Elevation Gain: 550 meters

Difficulty level: Medium

The hike starts from the large chorten in the middle of Dochula. The trail slowly climbs a ridge through a forest of hemlock, birch and rhododendrons until reaching an open meadow. Again, you will enter into forest of moss-covered rhododendrons, gigantic hemlocks, junipers, and bamboo undergrowth. A small trail leads you the last 160 ft / 50 meters past a row of fluttering prayer flags up to Lungchutse Temple. On clear days, the view from the temple is fantastic.

You will have a 360° view of the Himalayas including views of Jumolhari, Masang Gang Zongophu Gang and Gangkhar Puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan and the highest unclimbed peak in the world. You can also see Gasa Dzong, as a tiny white speck in a sea of green almost 50 kilometres to the north

After lunch drive to Punakha and visit the following places:

Chimmi Lhakhang (45 min hike round trip)

Day 04: Punakha – Sightseeing

Morning: Khamsum Yulley Temple Hike (45mins – 1hr)

After lunch: River Rafting

Length: Approximately 7km (2 hrs)
Difficulty: Class III-IV
Flow: 2000 -3000 CFS

Drive to Serigang (30 min) & do Rafting down the scenic Mo Chhu River and end near Punahka Dzong. Mo Chu River originating in the mountainous hills of Northern Bhutan and Po Chu River fed by Glaciers in upper Punakha glacial valley offer tremendous rafting opportunity.

Mo Chu River with 10 Km course with 10 rapids of class 2 – 2+ are chosen for our white water rafting packages in Bhutan. After the confluence of these two rivers near Punakha Dzong, the main river is known as Puna Tsang Chu which offers even more exciting river run acknowledged mostly for its culturally stimulating and exciting rapids. During this meticulously organized river rafting trip, you journey through the most scenic and secluded miles featuring incredibly blue water, breath-taking alpine scenery, sighting world’s rarest birds and amazing rapids on the backdrop of striking 17th century Punakha Dzong.One boat fits 6-8 people and it’s an extra $190 – 200 per boat.

Towards early evening visit the following places:

Punakha Dzong

Suspension Bridge

Overnight in Punakha

Day 05: Punakha – Haa

 Distance: 70km (2.5hrs)

Elevation: 1,140mts / 3,740ft

Haa is the smallest Dzongkhag in the country. This tiny region is one of the most beautiful and isolated areas in the kingdom, adorned with pristine alpine forests and tranquil mountain peaks. Haa is home to a number of nomadic herders

After breakfast in the hotel you will be driven till Chelela Pass (Approx. 1.5 hrs)

Here onwards drive ride till Haa Valley (Approx. 1.5 hrs). After reaching check into hotel and visit the following places:

Lhakhang Karpo (White Temple)

Lhakhang Nakpo (Black temple)

Evening: Free to explore Haa Town

Overnight in Haa

Day 06: Haa – Paro

After breakfast following the same route drive till Chelela Pass and hike to Chelela

 Duration: 1hr
Max Altitude: 4000m
Min Altitude: 3500m
Difficulty Level: Easy

Your hike along the ridge will join the ancient trail which was used by people during the olden times. For the first one hour, you will hike towards the sky burial at an elevation of around 4200m; the trail ascends through the ridge with the views of Paro and the Haa valley with the background of the distant Himalayas.

After the visit to the sky burial, the trail descends gradually for around 45mins through the forest of rhododendron, fir, hemlock etc. leading to the Nunnery of Kila Goemba, nestled in a craggy patch on the mountainside and perched precariously along the rock face.

Lunch will be arranged near the Kila Goenpa Nunnery or you can have in the restaurant at Paro if you wish too. After lunch visit Kila Goenpa Nunnery

After visiting the nunnery than ride back to Paro (2hrs). After reaching check into the hotel and relax for the day or you can leisurely explore Paro Town if you are not too tired

Overnight in Paro

Day 07: Paro – Hike to Taktshang, Tiger’s Nest (3-4hrs)

After breakfast drive to Taktshang base where your hike begins

After lunch, ride on a bicycle till Paro Town. En-route visit Kyichu Lhakhang (Approx. 1hr)

Drukgyel Dzong

 Day 08: Departure

After breakfast, transfer to Paro Airport for departure

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