Mongar and Trashigang Tour

TRIP OVERVIEW

Trip Information

Mongar and Trashigang Tour is finest destination tour for the travelers. Mongar is located in the subtropical east which is the 2nd largest town at the altitude of 1630mwhereas the Trashigang is located on the east side of the hill in contrast to other towns at the altitude of 1155m.This Trashigang was once the busiest trade with the Tibet and it is one of the rich in tropical crops and fruits due to the reasonable warm climate. It is one of the densely inhabited cities after the thimpu.

The main fascination of this journey is that you get to attend two festivals held in different area like Mongar and Trashigang where the monks and the laymen wears the demon and some scary animal mask made by the wood and do some dance in front of the audience with their traditional musical instrument, even traditional dance are also performed by the dancers. Many visitors attend this festival with their family members with their traditional dress with beautiful/heavy ornaments. Even there will be some ritual done by the head of the Lama where you get the blessing and attending this festival you get ample of opportunity to experience the history of Bhutan and their culture by interacting with the Bhutanese people which are very most friendly. At trashigang there are several monasteries where you get to visit. Even beautiful rhododendron flowers can be viewed through your trail.

This tour begins from a flight To Paro here you get the marvelous view of the mountain and landscapes during your flight. After that we will drive to thimpu where you get to visit the national art/painting school where the males and females are equally participating in making the handicrafts. Next day we will be heading to the Trongsa and visit the trongsa Dzong which was built in 1644.On the trail to Throngsa to Mongar we will, be perceiving that our vegetation has altered into a subalpine to subtropical and reaching the Mongar next day we will be attending the festival where we get to interact with the Bhutanese people and share each other your culture and visit Mongar Dzong too. Next we will be heading to the Trashigang one of populated city. Here, we will be attending the festival same as Mongar, and explore the trashigang area where we get to observe the traditional women weaving center and visit the Gom kora which is small alluvial plateau which is said that The Guru Rimpoche have subdued the demon and meditate in this place and also one of the famous place to spot. Next we will be heading to the bhumathang one of the historic site of Bhutan and here we will be visiting the two ancient Buddhists monastery called Jambay Lhakhang which was constructed in 7th century by the Tibetan King and visit other monastery like kurjey Lhangkhang, Tamzhing Lhankhang,Konchogsum Lhankhang  and many other several monasteries you get to visit in this bhumathang city. Next we will be heading to the punakha and exploring the punakha and lastly we will be moving to the Paro where we visit the national museum with varieties of antique piece of the oldest traditional costumes of the Bhutanese people and the handicrafts and prehistoric thangkas and visit several monasteries and do some shopping and fly back to Kathmandu or your destination.

Our GHHT (Ganesh Himal Hiking Team) gives this tour with ample of facilities where you will enjoy a lot that you have never expected. So book this trip if you want to experience the unique culture of this Dukpas. For further details about this tour you can contact us or either emails us in our respective agency of GHHT.

ITINARARY

Day 1 - Arrival at Paro (by Druk Air) and drive to Thimphu

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.

The flight into Paro on Bhutan's national carrier, Druk Air, is a befitting introduction to the spectacular beauty of the country. In clear weather, magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks give way to the lush green Paro valley as you land. The first gift from Bhutan will be the cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the plane. After clearing customs and visa control you will drive you to Thimphu, the modern capital of Bhutan. The drive will take around 1 hour. Thimphu has a population of about 98,000. The town is made up of just three lines of shops and is the only capital in the world without traffic lights. Overnight at a hotel.
(Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 2 - Thimphu sightseeing

In the morning we first stop at Bhutan’s National Bank to exchange currency as well as visit the post office to view and purchase elaborate and exquisite Bhutanese collector item stamps. We then will visit the National Memorial Chorten which was built in 1974 in memory of the third king. Also, the National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved and the Takin Reserve which protects the national animal of Bhutan. After lunch visit the Textile Museum and the Arts and Crafts School. A visit to the House of Incense and House of Paper are always favorites as well. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 3 - Thimphu to Wangdue

Today we will depart for Wangdue. The drive takes about 3 hours. En route stop at Dochula Pass for tea and biscuits and enjoy a view of the Eastern Himalayan Mountains amongst hundreds of fluttering prayer flags and beautiful hilltop chortens. We enjoy our scenic drive and stop for lunch in Lobesa. We now check into our hotel in Wangdue. Rest and relax and enjoy the pristine views from your room. Later we visit the Punakha Dzong.

This is the winter residence of Bhutan’s spiritual leader, the Head Abbot, and the Central Monastic Body. The Dzong is built between two rivers known as Phochu (Male River) and Mochu (Female River). After Punakha take a short hike to Chhi-Med Lhakhang in the picturesque Lobesa valley, to visit the temple of one of Bhutan’s foremost saints, Lama Drukpa Kunley, also known as the Divine Madman. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 4 - Wangdu to Gangtey

After lunch we drive to Gangtey in Phobjikha, a glacial valley on the western slopes of Black Mountain national park. The valley is a designated conservation area and borders the Black Mountain National Park. Because of the large flock of black-necked cranes that winter here (from late October to late March), it is one of the most important wildlife preserves in the country Phobjikha Valley is circled by beautiful pine covered mountains. Along the way, look for nocturnal red pandas that sleep in the trees during the day. At the valley’s center, rising dramatically from a small ridge, stands Gantey Gompa, one of the oldest Nyingma Bhuddist monasteries in Bhutan.

Gantey Tulku Rimpoche, the head lama of Gantey Gompa, is the ninth incarnation of Terton Pemalingpa, the famous 14th-century Treasure Revealer from Bumthang, one of Bhutan’s famous Buddhist saints and an ancestor of the ruling Wangchuck dynasty. Visit the Gangtey monastery overlooks the large green expanse of Phobjikha Valley. The extensive complex consists of the gomba itself, the monks’ quarters, meditation centers, and schools.

In the evening visit the Black-necked cranes roost in the swampy marshland from observatory overlooking the fields. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 5 - Gangtey to Bumthang

Enjoy an early morning visit once more to view the magnificant Black Neck Crane. We then depart towards the village of Trongsa. The drive from Phobjikha to Trongsa takes about two and half hours. Our route crosses Pele La (11,155 ft), which is marked by a chorten and an array of prayer flags. If the weather is clear we should see Mt. Jumolhari (23,684 ft) and other peaks from the pass, which marks the boundary between western and central Bhutan as well as the western border of Jigme Singye Wangchuck National Park. Beyond Pele La is Longte Valley where people raise sheep and yaks. We'll come to the village of Rukubji Valley, with its big school and Gompa.

The houses here are clustered amid extensive fields of mustard, potatoes, barley, and wheat. As we drive down through rhododendrons and ferns, we’ll reach Chendebji village. This was a night halt for mule caravans traveling from Trongsa during the reign of the 2nd King of Bhutan. Just below Chendebji village is the Chendebji chorten, a large white structure beside a stream. This chorten is modeled after Swayambhunath in Kathmandu and was built in the 19th century. The last village before we reach Trongsa is Tangsibji, which affords us a full view of Trongsa Dzong and its distinctive yellow roof.

Built in 1648 AD it is presently the administrative seat of the district and the home of the monastic school. Built at split-levels on a narrow spur, the Dzong is an architectural wonder. The view from here extends for many miles and in the old days, it was a vigilance point for both the eastern and western routes. Thus, the strategic importance of this Dzong. Continue onwards to central Bhutan. Today is a long day of driving to reach our destination tonight in Jakar. We will take ample breaks and rest stops. Tonight we overnight at local Lodge in Jakar valley of Bumthang; Bhutanese family hospitality at its finest! Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 6 - Bumthang sightseeing

In the morning we visit the historical Jakar Dzong, built in 1646 A.D. by MinjurTenpa, the third Druk Desi (Temporal Ruler). In 1683 A.D. it was extended by Gyalse Tenzin Rabgay, the fourth Desi. Visit several ancient and sacred monasteries such as the Jambay Lhakhang, Kurjey Lhakhang, Kencho Sum Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang and Jakar Dzong. Return to our lodge for lunch and in the afternoon we take an excursion to the Thangbi Monastery, an 18th Century temple Evening: Visit a local farm house and enjoy Bhutanese hospitality; perhaps try a local favorite; Arak! Stops along our way to watch expert textile weavers at their ancient and back strap looms; here is the best place for purchase of quality Bhutanese textiles. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Day 7 - Bumthang to Mongar

After an early breakfast, gear up for a fantastic drive to Mongar. The journey is long and crosses Thrumshing La, which at 3,800m, is the highest pass. Check in at hotel/guest house. Mongar is the district headquarters but hardly more than a transit town. It is also the first town built on a slope instead of the usual valley. This is characteristic in eastern Bhutan where there are few valleys. The true homeland of the Eastern People; the Sharchogpas, begins from Mongar. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Day 8 - Mongar Festival

Visit the Mongar Dzong to attend a full day at the remote and unique Mongar Festival. Today you will witness Mongar Festival- Bhutanese “country style”. Mongar Dzong is a new Dzong just completed recently. It was built in the 19th century, restored in 1953 and again in 1990 after being demolished by a fire. The administrative scat and the monk body reside in the Dzong. Enjoy and evening strolls through Mongar quaint village. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Day 9 - Mongar to Trashigang

From Mongar we drive to Trashigang; we stop for lunch and continue onwards to visit the Trashigang Dzong and attend Trashigang Festival. Again your senses are awakened and you are transported into another time and place. Converse with Bhutanese locals as you gain merit from the religious ritual of purification you now witness. Good Fortune is yours. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Day 10 - Trashigang Festival

Return to attend the last day of the Trashigang Festival; you are fully immersed in Bhutan’s rich culture. Masked dancers whirl in medieval religious purification dance and evoke blessings on all who attend; your camera is snapping away. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Day 11 - Day excursion to Khaling

After an early breakfast, drive to Khaling. Enroute, visit Sherubtse, Bhutan's only college and the sacred Zangtokpelri Monastery. At Khaling, visit the blind school and Traditional weaving centre and return to Trashigang in the evening; Dinner in Kanglung at a local house and then return to Trashigang. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Day 12 - Trashigang to Bumthang

Begin our return drive westward as we today drive back to Bumthang. We enjoy many stops along our route and watch for photo opportunity and local yak herds. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Day 13 - Bumthang to Wangdue

Departing Bumthang we drive to Wangdue. Stop in Trongsa town for lunch and arrive in Wangdue to check into our hotel. Tonight we will tour the Wangdi Dzong courtyard; a most impressive Dzong perched strategically high on a hilltop. Tonight you may hear the sound of jackals in the nearby hills. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Day 14 - Wangdue to Thimphu

Depart Wangdue and enjoy a leisure drive to Thimphu. Stop at the high pass along the route for tea and snack. Arrive Thimphu and check into your hotel. This afternoon after lunch is your free time for shopping and we visit Dechen Phodrang Monastic School and paper factory to see hand-made paper. Evening at your leisure; ask your expert Bhutanese guide to assist you in your special request. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Day 15 - Excursion to Taktshang Monastery then drives to Paro

Return to attend the last day of the Trashigang Festival; you are fully immersed in Bhutan’s rich culture. Masked dancers whirl in medieval religious purification dance and evoke blessings on all who attend; your camera is snapping away. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)

Day 16 - Trashigang Festival & Depart

Return to attend the last day of the Trashigang Festival; you are fully immersed in Bhutan’s rich culture. Masked dancers whirl in medieval religious purification dance and evoke blessings on all who attend; your camera is snapping away. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 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

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Duration: 16 Days

Difficulty: Easy

Activities: Festival Tours

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Luxury

Country: Bhutan

Price: USD 4,700

Group size: Minimum 1

Best Season: Any Season

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