Bhutan Hidden Valley Tour


Trip Information

Bhutan - the land of the Thunder Dragon - is a place full of myth and electrifying cultural diversities. The Hidden Valley tour of Bhutan offers the visitors a chance to witness the flawless insight of Bhutanese culture, tradition & many landmarks of this kingdom. 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 after his arrival in the dragon kingdom, the Buddhist faith played a significant part in determining the course of this country's history.

Bhutan Hidden Valley Tour bids marvelous views of the Himalayas, lush valleys, clear crystal rivers, stunning landscapes with green forests, wild animals and the monasteries.

First, we will be heading to the splendid site of Bhutan – Paro, at an altitude of 2280 meters above the sea level in the capital city - Phuntsoling Thimpu. The region comprises Trongsa (2180 m & 7153 feet) and the valleys of Bumthang (2580 m & 8500 feet), Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura valleys. Phobjikha trip is one of the most picturesque and delightful tours in western Bhutan - the valleys with appealing clusters of communities among terraced paddy meadows. You will be also visiting Trongsa Dzong - one of the largest fortresses in Bhutan where mainly festivals are held.

Trekking in Bhutan is a delightful way to experience the magnetism of the inner Himalayas trekking over wild and green forests with diverse wildlife and birds, crossways of 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 of its natural beauty. The next spot we will be visiting is - Bumthang with an amazing heritage of this city, old-style stone houses, old market, Chortens (Buddhist shrines) and monasteries. At Bumthang - you get the opportunity to look at the crafts and textiles, visit world-class weavers and Thanka painters (paintings about God and teachings of the inscription of Buddhism).

We will also observe the Drukpa people - the Bhutanese people who still dress in a traditional outfit and their customs and lifestyles are preserved with enthusiasm and pride. In Bhutan, the main draw for explorers is the yearly held religious festivals called Tsechu. It is observed in all areas where the participants wear a wooden mask and perform their cultural dance. Locals and tourist from around the world come to visit this place with their family to observe this festival.

Ganesh Himal Hiking Team organizes this Hidden Valley Tour of Bhutan also according to your itinerary but to observe the festivals, you have to schedule it as accordingly. For further information about this tour, please feel free to contact or email us.




Day 1: Arrival at Paro Airport (2280 m)

You can take a flight to Paro, Bhutan from Bangkok, New Delhi, Kathmandu, Dhaka and only a few other destinations. We recommend you to fly from Bangkok as Druk air offers an everyday flight from Bangkok – Paro – Bangkok whereas Druk air does not operate everyday flights from other locations.

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

Paro is at an altitude of 2280 m above sea level and this valley serves as an ideal area for rice, apple, wheat, potatoes, and growing vegetables. Our Bhutanese tour guide of GHHT will meet you at Paro airport, traditionally welcome you with silk scarves and thereafter transfer you to the hotel. Overnight at a hotel in Paro.


Meals: Lunch and Welcome Dinner.



Day 2: Sightseeing Paro and Around

Early morning we drive to some of the landmarks of Paro. We will visit the Ta Dzong which houses the National Museum and also visit Paro’s Rimpung Dzong. On the way down, we cross the 16th-century cantilever bridge & also visit the Drugyel Dzong victory fortress which was built in 1647 - about 18 km from Paro. 

We also 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 towers. We take a visit to a farmhouse and observe the traditional Bhutanese way of life and living. Overnight at a hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. 



Day 3: Scenic Drive From Paro to Thimphu for Sightseeing

Early in the morning, we take a scenic drive to Bhutan’s capital -Thimphu - an 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. We also visit 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.



Day 4: Drive from Thimphu to Punakha Sightseeing all the Way

Driving 3 hours leaving Thimphu - the road climbs steeply through a forest of pine and cedar, decorated with hanging lichen high up near Dochula pass (3050 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 taking 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.



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 (3300 m). The pass is marked by a white chorten and many prayer flags. There is an abrupt change in the 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 the 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.



Day 6: Drive from Trongsa to Bumthang

Trongsa (2300 m) literally means new town - forms the central hub of the nation and historically the place is from where attempts of unifying the country were launched. 

We 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 renovation to make way for the new Museum on Bhutanese Monarchy.

After the tour of Trongsa - we drive to Bumthang, 68 km away from Trongsa - a journey of about 3 hours over the Yutong La Pass (3400 m). The road winds steeply up to the pass, then run down through the 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 colors and patterns mostly made using ancient dyeing techniques. The Road follows the valley down and it climbs through blue pine forests to Kiki La (2860 m). We then descent down to the Choekor Valley or central of Bumthang. Overnight at a hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.



Day 7: Sightseeing around Bumthang

Bumthang valley comprises of a combination of four valleys – Chumey, Choekhor, Tang, and Ura with altitudes varying from 2600 m to 4000 m also the home to many of prominent Buddhist temples and monasteries. 

Visiting the Jakar Dzong - built in 1667 and it is the seat of district administration and regional monastic body of Bumthang. Jambay Lhakhang was founded in 7th century by the Tibetan king Songsen Gampo & 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.



Day 8: Leaving Bumthang behind and Drive to Phobjikha

Driving about 7 hours to the glacial valley of Phobjikha - on the slopes of the 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 quiet & remote valley is the winter home of black necked cranes which migrates from the plains of Tibet from the north to pass the winter months in a milder climate. We also explore Gangtey village and Phobjikha valley. The unique black-necked crane festival is held on the valley floor every November. Overnight at a hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. 



Day 9: Drive from Phobjikha back to Paro

An easy drive via Wangdiphodrang. Overnight at a hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. 



Day 10: Outing to the Taktsang Monastery (The Tiger's Nest)

The trail to the Tiger's Nest climbs through beautiful pine and rhododendron forests. You can stop at the cafeteria which offers magnificent up-close views of the tiger's nest for refreshments. Then we continue the hike for a short while until you see Taktsang monastery. Built in the 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.

Meals: Breakfast.



Day 11: Transfer to the International Airport for your Final Departure

After breakfast, our representative of GHHT will drop you at the Paro International Airport for your flight departure from Bhutan.

Meals: Breakfast.





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




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.


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.


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..  


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 the 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


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

Trip Grade:

Trip style: Luxury

Country: Bhutan

Price: USD 3,300

Group size: Minimum 1

Best Season: Any Season

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