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Far East Bhutan - 19 Days

Far East Bhutan

Bhutan · Private Tour · 19 Days
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This amazing tour will take you to the less travelled remote corner of Trashi Yangtse in eastern Bhutan. You will visit numerous dzongs (fortresses) and ancient monasteries along the way. Experience quaint villages and interact with the locals in remote villages. End your trip visiting the iconic Taktsang Monastery (the Tiger’s Nest) in Paro.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Paro
Day 2 - Paro → Punakha
Day 3 - Punakha → Bumthang
Day 4 - Bumthang
Day 5 - Bumthang → Mongar
Day 6 - Mongar → Trashiyangtse
Day 7 - Trashiyangtse
Day 8 - Trashiyangtse → Mongar
Day 9 - Mongar → Bumthang
Day 10 - Bumthang → Trongsa
Day 11 - Trongsa → Phobjikha
Day 12 - Phobjikha → Punakha
Day 13 - Punakha
Day 14 - Punakha → Thimphu
Day 15 - Thimphu
Day 16 - Thimphu
Day 17 - Thimphu → Paro
Day 18 - Paro
Day 19 - Paro

What is included

  • 18 nights at 3 star hotel (twin share/double basis)
  • 18 breakfast, 18 lunches, 18 dinners
  • Visas fees
  • Internal Taxes

What is NOT included

  • At nominal additional price we can also arrange other facilities like traditional stone bath, horse riding for short treks, demonstrations of Bhutanese arts and crafts
  • Travel & Medical Insurances
Did you know you can make this trip even better? Customize this tour

day
1
Paro

Arrive at Paro by Druk Air. Your guide will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel.

Take a stroll in the town and sample local cuisine for dinner at a popular restaurant.

Overnight in Paro.

© Göran Höglund (Kartläsarn)
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
2
Paro → Punakha

After breakfast, leave for Wangduephodrang. On the way, stop by to visit the charming Tamchhog Lhakhang. Take a short walk across the legendary chain-link bridge to hike up to the ancient monastery.

Stopover at Dochhu La (3,050m) to enjoy the view of the spectacular Himalayan and the beautiful Druk Wangyal Chortens. Descend down to the warmer climes of the Wangdue Phodrang valley. Take a short hike up the road to visit the remote little village of Rinchengang. The houses are clustered together unlike any other villages in Bhutan. The village is famous for its artisans known to have built Bhutan’s fortresses and monasteries. They still preserve the traditional stone masonry they are known for.

Overnight in Punakha.

© Karma
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
3
Punakha → Bumthang

After breakfast, make your way to Bumthang. You will pass the Wangdue Dzong and then drive along the river and gradually climb the Black Mountains. On the way, you can stop over and interact with the farmers who sell their produce by the roadside. Once you cross the Pele La pass (3420 m), you will come across nomads’ camps with yaks grazing across the wide valley.

Along the highway, you will come across the lovely Chendibji Chorten (stupa). Just a little way ahead is a lovely restaurant where you will stop for lunch.

Visit Trongsa Dzong before continuing your journey to Bumthang.

Overnight in Bumthang.

© RadioFreeBarton
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
4
Bumthang

Today you will visit the valley of Bumthang. The wide valley provides ample trails for lovely hikes. Take your time and visit the monasteries and temples which are seeped in rich history. Visit the Jakar Dzong and Kurjey Lhakhang. Take a short drive across the Chamkhar bridge to visit Tamshing Goemba.

In the evening, visit the local shops where you will get locally brewed beer, apple juice and peach brandy. Visit the Udee Furniture and Woodcarving Factory where you will find traditional furniture like intricately carved tables.

Overnight in Bumthang.

© Kyle Taylor, Dream It. Do It.
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
5
Bumthang → Mongar

Today, you will head to Mongar, the gateway to Eastern Bhutan. Your journey to Mongar will take you past quaint little villages and over one of the highest passes in the country, the Thrumshing La pass (3,800m). The highway is right across the Thrumshing La National Park which is home to about 40 species of the wild rhododendrons. You will descend down to the pastoral settlement of Sengor. From here, you will see a dramatic change in the vegetation from the alpine forest to sub- tropical bamboo. You will then come upon farms and fields of maize and rice terraces, before you reach the bustling town of Mongar, perched on the hilltop.

Overnight in Mongar.

© Karma
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
6
Mongar → Trashiyangtse

In the morning, you will slowly make your way to the remote district of Trashi Yangtse. Until few years ago, no visitors were allowed to visit this corner of the country. You will come across the lovely Gom Kora, a large boulder with the hidden cave where the revered 18th Century Indian Saint, Guru Padmasambhava is believed to have meditated and subdued the demons.

You will pass along the small village of Doksum and the old Trashi Yangtse Dzong (fortress) before you come upon the lovely Chorten Kora Stupa and the small town of Trashi Yangtse.

Overnight in Trashi Yangtse.

© Karma
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
7
Trashiyangtse

Today, you will explore the little town and the surrounding villages. You can hike or drive along the dirt road to visit the picturesque Bumdeling Thang, one of the three winter roosting grounds in the country for the endangered black-necked cranes. Red pandas and leopards frequent the reserve.

Visit the surrounding villages and meet the locals.

Overnight in Trashi Yangtse.

© muddum27
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
8
Trashiyangtse → Mongar

After breakfast, take a leisurely drive back to Mongar. On the way, you will cross the small village of Yadi, a thriving village settlement along the lateral highway. Slowly make your way to Mongar. The drive will be at leisure with plenty of stopovers along the way.

Overnight in Mongar.

© muddum27
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
9
Mongar → Bumthang

After breakfast, leave for Bumthang. On your way, do a little detour to visit the lovely village of Ura Makrong. The village is the largest in the valley and consists of closely built shingled houses with cobblestone paths. If time permits, visit the popular Rubthang Watermill – a traditional watermill used to grind the buckwheat, local staple diet for the villagers.

Visit Mebar Tsho (the Burning Lake), one of the most revered pilgrimage sites in Bhutan.

Overnight in Bumthang.

© Karma
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
10
Bumthang → Trongsa

Early morning you will start your journey to Trongsa. On the way, stopover at the Zugne village in Chumey valley to visit these yathra factories. Continue your journey to Trongsa.

In Trongsa, visit the magnificent Trongsa Dzong.

Overnight in Trongsa.

© Chris Fynn
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
11
Trongsa → Phobjikha

After breakfast, you will make your way to the charming valley of Phobjikha.

After lunch, visit Gangtey Monastery and the surrounding village. The bowl-shaped valley provides plenty of trails in the wilderness for easy hikes.

Overnight in Phobjikha.

© stull17
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
12
Phobjikha → Punakha

After breakfast, explore the wide glacial bowl-shaped valley. Besides the numerous trails for easy hikes, the valley is also a photographer’s delight with lovely scenery all around.

In the afternoon, make a leisurely journey to Punakha.

Overnight in Punakha.

© stull17
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
13
Punakha

In Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong. Take a short drive to view the lovely Khamsum Yuelley Chorten. If you wish, you can take a short hike along meandering path to visit the stupa.

Overnight in Punakha.

© Jean-Marie Hullot
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
14
Punakha → Thimphu

After breakfast, make your way to visit the famous Chimi Lhakhang which sits snugly on a hilltop amidst paddy fields in Lobesa.

Make your way to Thimphu. Stop over at Dochhu La pass (3,050m) for lunch and enjoy the panoramic views of the Himalayas. Continue your journey to Thimphu.

In the evening, drive down to the bustling Farmers Centenary Market located next to the river where the locals do their weekly grocery shopping. Local farmers bring their produce to sell at the market.

Overnight in Thimphu.

© Kyle Taylor, Dream It. Do It.
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
15
Thimphu

Today, you will visit some of the well-known landmarks in the city. Start with the Zorig Chusum Institute where you will meet the talented artists and students at work. Continue with the Folk Heritage Museum, a living example of the old world charm where you can experience the rural Bhutanese life of the past century.

You can enjoy your lunch at the restaurant at the Museum which serves authentic Bhutanese food prepared in traditional pots in an open fire hearth. After lunch, make your way to the Jungshi Paper Factory which produces traditional handmade paper made from the daphne plant. Visit the National Textile Museum and the Handicrafts Emporium.

In the evening, take a short drive to see the giant statue of the Buddha Dordenma.

Make your way to the Takin Nature Preserve and see the unique animals grazing on the mountainside. Takin, with a head of a goat and hooves of a cow, is unique to the Himalayas and is the national animal of Bhutan.

Overnight in Thimphu.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
16
Thimphu

After breakfast, make your way to The National Institute for Traditional Medicine. Just a little way off is the National Library of Bhutan.

In the afternoon, take a short drive along the Wang chu river from the capital to Tango and Cheri Monasteries.

Overnight in Thimphu.

© Karma
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
17
Thimphu → Paro

After breakfast, make your way to Paro. In Paro, visit Ta Dzong – now the National Museum of Bhutan. The Museum is currently been renovated after it suffered some damage during an earthquake. But the artefacts are on display in a building next to it. Walk down the winding path to visit the lovely Paro Rinpung Dzong. Walk across the traditional wooden bridge back to the town.

In the afternoon, visit the lovely Kyichhu Lhakhang. Drive along the river to see the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. On a clear day, you will see the magnificent Mt. Jhomolhari (7313m) in the distance.

Overnight in Paro.

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  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
18
Paro

Today, you will trek up the mountain to view the magnificent Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest). The 2-3 hours easy hike (each way) takes you along winding footpaths and through pine forests with spectacular views of the wide valley below.

Enjoy lunch at the Cafeteria with the breathtaking view of the Monastery in the background.

Overnight in Paro.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

day
19
Paro

Leave for the airport in the morning to catch your flight. Your guide will see you off at the Paro International Airport.

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Accommodations

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Yangkhil Resort

Price for standard experience

Customizable private tour
Prices per person2 pax
Double Sharing Basis
3-6 pax
Double Sharing Basis
1 Jan 2016 - 31 Dec 2016$5087$4516

Photos

Trongsa Don
© Anja Disseldorp
Paro Dzong
© jmhullot
Walking in the Valley
© Kyle Taylor, Dream It. Do It.
Rice Terraces
© Kyle Taylor, Dream It. Do It.
Trongsa Dzong
© Chris Fynn
Tiger's Nest
© Kyle Taylor, Dream It. Do It.
Jakar Valley, Bumthang
© Karma
Villager
© RadioFreeBarton

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