Bhutan Hidden Valley Tour

TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

Bhutan, the land of the Thunder Dragon, is a place whole of myth and electrifying cultural diversities. The Hidden Valley tours offer the visitors to get a chance to spectator the flawless insight in Bhutanese tradition that highlights many traditional landmarks and the culture of the people living there. The historical myths of Bhutan began with the visit of Guru Padmasambhava, who is believed to have come from Tibet in 747 A.D. Subsequently his arrival in the dragon kingdom, the Buddhist faith has played a significant part in determining the course of this country's history.

Bhutan Hidden valley tour bids a marvelous Himalayan views, lush valleys, clear crystal rivers, stunning landscapes with green forests, wild animals and monastery are the chief feature of Bhutan. First we will be heading to the splendid place of Bhutan called Paro at an altitude at 2280meter above the sea level also known as Phuntsoling Thimpu . The region comprises Trongsa (2180m, 7153ft.) and the valleys of Bumthang (2580m, 8500ft.), plus of Chumey, Choekhor, Tang  and Ura valleys .Phobjikha one of the most picturesque and delightful tour in western Bhutan- the  valleys with appealing clusters of communities among terraced paddy meadows .you will be also visiting Dzongs one of the fortresses and the largest fortresses in Bhutan where festivals are mostly held. Trekking in Bhutan is a delightful way to experience the magnetism of inner Himalayas where you will be trekking over wild and green forests with ample birds and animal lives, crossways the high passes against the backdrop of immense snow-capped mountains and alongside ice-fed flowing streams.  The trails are untouched and unspoiled, and the wilderness is still unspoiled in its natural beauty. The next spot we will be visiting is Bumthang with an amazing Bumthang heritage, old-style stone houses, the old market, Chortens and monasteries .At bumthang you get to grasp this opportunity to look them carefully at the crafts and textiles, visiting world-class weavers and Thangka painters (painting about the God and teaching about the Buddhism and its inscription). You will be visiting many dukpa people where the Bhutanese people still dress in traditional outfit and their customs and lifestyles are preserved with enthusiasm and pride.

In Bhutan, the main draw for explorers is the yearly religious festivals called Tsechu held in all areas where the participants wear the mask and do their culture dance and many of the people come to visit this place with their family to see this festival.

Our GHHT (Ganesh Himal Hiking Team) provides this hidden valley tour according to your itinerary so, you get to explore this entire culture and tradition of Bhutan. For further information about this tour you can contact us or either you can email us.

ITINARARY

Day 1 - Arrival at Paro Airport

You can take flight to Paro from Bangkok, New Delhi, Kathmandu, Dhaka etc. We recommend you to fly from Bangkok because Druk air offer everyday flight from Bangkok – Paro – Bangkok whereas Druk air do not operate everyday flights from other sectors.

The flight to Bhutan offers scenic views of some of the highest peaks in the world.

Paro is at an altitude of 2280m above sea level and this valley serves as an ideal area for rice, apple, wheat, potatoes and vegetable growing. Our Bhutanese tour guide will meet you at Paro airport, traditionally welcomed with silk scarves and after completion of arrival formalities we then transfer to hotel. Overnight at a hotel.
(Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 2 - Sightseeing around Paro

Early morning drive towards Paro. We visit the Ta Dzong which houses the National Museum and visit Paro’s Rimpung Dzong, on the way down we cross the 16th century cantilever bridge. Also visiting the Drugyel Dzong victory fortress, built in 1647 which is 18 kms from Paro. Explore the magnificent ramparts of the erstwhile fortress which defended the country against several incursions. On a clear day one can also view the sacred Mount Jomolhari, from the northern battlements. We take a visit to a farm house and observe the traditional Bhutanese way of life and living. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 3 - - Scenic drive from Paro to Thimphu for sightseeing

Early morning we take a scenic drive to Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, approx 90 minutes drive from Paro. Sightseeing in and around Thimphu valley we visit the National Library, which holds a collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, as well as the institute for Zorig Chusum commonly known as Painting School, textile and Folk Heritage Museum which provides an insight into Bhutanese material culture and everyday way of life. Also visiting the National Memorial Chorten, Trashichho dzong an impressive monastery, Bhutanese Handicrafts displaying a wide range of beautifully hand-woven textiles and craft products. In the evening we explore the vibrant Thimphu Bazaar. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 4- Drive from Thimphu to Punakha with sightseeing on the way

Driving 3 hours leaving Thimphu the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, festooned with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3,050 m). This pass offers panoramic views of the Himalayan mountain ranges on a clear day. You will see Rhododendrons, Magnolias, Junipers and pine forests with chirping sounds of the many rare species of birds found in Bhutan. We then drive onto Lobesa where you take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang Temple, it is believed that this temple blesses women who seek fertility. Continuing North to visit the majestic Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 which strategically occupies the land between the two rivers Phochu and Mochu. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 5 - Drive from Punakha to Trongsa

Approximately 6 hours after our early breakfast to Wangdiphodrang we continue on to Tongsa across Pele-la pass (3,300m). The pass is marked by a white chorten and many prayer flags. There is an abrupt change in vegetation with mountain forest replaced by high altitude dwarf bamboo. Stopping at Chendebji Chorten for lunch. You can see the chorten with eyes painted at the four cardinal points. It was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida from Tibet, to cover the remains of evil spirit that was subdued at this spot. Finally reaching towards Trongsa you can view the stunning Trongsa Dzong from a distance. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 6 - Drive from Trongsa to Bumthang

Trongsa (2,300m) literally meaning new town forms the central hub of the nation and historically the place from where attempts at unifying the country were launched. Visit the Trongsa Dzong which was built in 1648 and is the biggest and most impressive of all the fortresses in the country. This Dzong is the ancestral home of Bhutan`s royal family. Both the first and second Kings of Bhutan ruled the country from this ancient seat. All five Kings were invested as Trongsa Penlop (‘governer’) prior to ascending the throne. The monastic body shifts to Trongsa for the winter and to Bumthang in the summer. Above the town is Ta Dzong watch tower which is presently under renovations to make way for the new Museum on Bhutanese Monarchy.

After the tour of Trongsa we drive to Bumthang, 68 kms away from Trongsa, a journey of about 3 hours, over the Yutong-la pass (3,400m). The road winds steeply up to the pass, then runs down through coniferous forest into a wide, open cultivated valley known as the Chumey valley. Stopping in Chumey village there are many shops selling yathra, a woolen textile. Bumthang is famous for yathra a distinctive strip of woven woolen fabric in numerous colours and patterns mostly made using ancient dyeing techniques .The Road follows the valley down and it climbs through blue pine forests to Kiki La (2,860m). We then descent down to the Choekor Valley or central of Bumthang. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 7 - Sightseeing around Bumthang

Bumthang valley comprises of a combination of four valleys – Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura with altitudes varying from 2,600m to 4,000m. Home to many of prominent Buddhist temples and monasteries. Visiting the Jakar Dzong built in 1667 and it`s seat of district administration and regional monastic body of Bumthang. Jambay Lhakhang founded in 7th century by the Tibetan king Songsen Gampo it is one of the oldest monasteries in the country. Kurje Lhakhang, where the patron saint of Buddhism in Bhutan subdued a local demon and left his body imprint. Tamshing founded in 1501 by Terton (Treasure Revealer) Pema Lingpa the incarnation of Guru Rinpoche. The monastery has very ancient religious paintings like 1000 Buddhas and 21 Taras (female form of Buddhisattvas) in Bhutan. Visit a farmer’s house for refreshments and observe the traditional way of living. We also visit a Swiss farm which produces cottage, swiss cheese, honey, a large variety of fruit juice and spirits. The Brewery that manufactures the famous Red Panda Beer (weiss beer) also located here. Take a leisurely walk in Chamkhar town. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 8 - Leaving Bumthang behind and drive to Phobjikha

Driving about 7 hours to the glacial valley of Phobjikha. On the slopes of valley the great monastery of Gangtey is situated, established in the 17th century. The village of Phobjikha lies a few km, down from the monastery, on the valley floor. This quite, remote valley is the winter home of black necked cranes, which migrate from the plains of Tibet in the north, to pass the winter months in a milder climate. Explore Gangtey village and Phobjikha valley. The unique black necked crane festival is held on the valley floor every November. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 9 - Drive from Phobjikha back to Paro

An easy drive via Wangdiphodrang. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 10 - Excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (The Tiger's Nest)

The trail to the Tiger's Nest climbs through beautiful pine and rhododendron forests. You stop at the cafeteria which offers magnificent up close views of the tigers nest for refreshments. Then we continue the hike for short while until you see Taktsang monastery. Built in 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. History states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger and meditated here for three months. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 11 - Transfer to the international airport for your final departure

After breakfast our airport representative will drop you at the Paro International Airport for your flight departure from Bhutan.
(Breakfast Included)

INCLUDES & EXCLUDES

What is included?

  • Visa fee for Bhutan
  • All Transfer between airport hotels
  • Government approved A and B category hotels in the cities and camping (tents) during trekking on twin- shared basis
  • All Meals, Breakfasts and Snacks during the days of the trip
  • Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
  • English speaking, trained and experienced local guide and staff
  • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
  • Full board camping
  • Tents and Kitchen utensils for trekking
  • Company services and all required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties

Accommodation

Accomodations

Hotels in Bhutan are categorized as category “A”, Category “B” and category “C”. You will be provided with accommodations in one of the categories “A”, “B” hotels in main cities of Bhutan and during the days in the remote areas of Bhutan, you will spend the night in the tented camps. All accommodations are in twin sharing basis and you will be charged extra if you want a single supplement.

Meals

All meals (full Board) will be provided during the trip. A variety of meals are available in most of the Hotels in Bhutan. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan - pork, beef, chicken, and fish. The best way to get a good meal is to request hotels and restaurants for the best and freshest meal available.

Best Season

The best seasons to join this trip are Spring (March to June) and in the Autumn (September to November). The weather is clear and views are breathtaking.

TRIP INFO


Trip Note

Accomodations

Hotels in Bhutan are categorized as category “A”, Category “B” and category “C”. You will be provided with accommodations in one of the categories “A”, “B” hotels in main cities of Bhutan and during the days in the remote areas of Bhutan, you will spend the night in the tented camps. All accommodations are in twin sharing basis and you will be charged extra if you want a single supplement.

Meals

All meals (full Board) will be provided during the trip. A variety of meals are available in most of the Hotels in Bhutan. Non-vegetarian dishes are generally available in most parts of Bhutan - pork, beef, chicken, and fish. The best way to get a good meal is to request hotels and restaurants for the best and freshest meal available.

Best Season

The best seasons to join this trip are Springs (March to June) and in the Autumn (September to November). The weather is clear and views are breathtaking.

Luggage/Backpack:

You have to carry your own small baggage containing your own water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you usually carry and this small baggage should be carried by yourself. Some of the gears and clothes which are not needed during your trip can be left in the hotel safe deposit box carefully locking it properly and for the deposit there will be no charges so, you can freely keep your belongings which are not needed..  

Guide:

We the company Ganesh Himal hiking team will be providing you the well expert trained/experienced guide who will be handling all your trip issue. Like if you are in a huge group tour like more than 10 people than we will be providing you an extra guide which will be divided into two groups or more than three according to the number of people in the group. 

Personal Expenses:

Your personal expenses should be deposited by yourself like if you addicted to alcohol and all the alcohol you consume during your trip should be paid by yourself that goes to snacks or any other additional meals. Though the cost of accommodation and meals are included in package but such additional meals and drinks- alcohol and non-alcohol beverage, snacks, tips for guide and porters, hot shower- accessible only in some hotel, entrance fee etc It is up to you whether you like to give tips to the guide and porter, if you are satisfied with their services then you can tip them.

Our Greetings at Airport:

We suggest you that when you are confirmed for this trip we advise you to give us your international flight schedule so, we the team can easily get to you and pick you up from the airport on time. As soon as you finish processing the customs formalities and come out from there and there you can find our representative carrying a signboard of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team and the team will greet you and take you to the hotel in private vehicle. Like if you have already booked the hotel by your own then we advise informing the hotel that you are staying so it will be easy for our representative to drop you at the hotel.

Itinerary and Possible Changes on it:

Our usual itinerary is main customary and pragmatic which has also included your arrival day, departure day. If you like to adjust the itinerary we can set it for you as per your desire so, before that let us know before booking the trip and then we will arrange the itinerary and the cost. Like if you like to extend more days then we will even manage it for you as in our package we have kept extra day because we don’t know the situation of Himalaya weather it suddenly changes and faces problems like delayed flights or cancellation of flight.

Booking and Payment:

For booking any trip, first you have to deposit 20% in advance if you are confirmed for the trip you have to send even your flight detail schedule, a passport photocopy and if you cancel the booking then this 20% is not -refundable.  The remaining 80% can be paid when you reach Kathmandu and if you want to pay in advance you can deposit it by transferring through a bank, credit card, even throughout Pay pal account lets us know then we will be sending you the detail for payment.

Customer Reviews

Rating:


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.

Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.

Visited October 2015

Price from USD 3,300 p/p
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Duration: 11 Days

Difficulty: Easy

Activities: Cultural & Historical Tours

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Luxury

Country: Bhutan

Price: USD 3,300

Group size: Minimum 1

Best Season: Any Season

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