Bhutan at a Glance 6 Days' Bhutan Tour

(TripID #NV-00 175)

Trip Details

Trip Length 6 days Activities Trekking, Sightseeing
Difficulty Easy Max Elevation
Trek/Tour Style Meal Full board in Bhutan
Accommodation Hotel Transportation
Best Month Group Size
Trip includes 4 star deluxe hotel in Kathmandu, best available hotel/lodge while in trip.
* Land costs only - international airfare not included.

Trip Overview

Bhutan at a Glance is a short introductory tour of Bhutan. This trek is suitable for you if you have a week with you, either for or holiday or as extra days after another longer holiday in the Himalayas or elsewhere. Bhutan is a cultural kingdom that entices visitors with its serene cultural lifestyle that thrives under the Himalayas. Ancient cultural lifestyle is a part of the Bhutanese. Bhutan at a Glance is a perfect opportunity to get a proper introduction of Bhutan.

Bhutan is one of the most remote countries in the world that places happiness above development. It is a country of monasteries and stupas, of temples and shrines, of cliffs and mountains, of culture and traditions. Our Bhutan at a Glance tour offers guests the opportunity to soak the Bhutanese cultural lifestyle and natural beauty in six days. 

 

Outline Itinerary

Day 01
Arrival at Paro and transfer to Thimpu
Day 02
Thimphu Sightseeing
Day 03
Thimphu to Punakha
Day 04
Punakha to Paro via Wangdi
Day 05
Hike to Taksang Monestary (Tiger's Nest) and Paro Valley tour
Day 06
Departure from Paro

Detail Itinerary for Bhutan at a Glance 6 Days' Bhutan Tour

Day 01

Arrival at Paro and Transfer to Thimpu

Your flight to Paro offers breathtaking views of Himalayan peak. Our local representatives will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel. You can take the remaining day to stroll around the streets of the Thimpu and might also want to try the traditional hot stone bath. Overnight at a hotel. 

Day 02

Thimpu Sightseeing

Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan, is a beautiful valley in the heart of the Himalayas. Because Bhutan adopts a strict development policy that incorporates traditional and cultural essence with infrastructure development, Thimpu exudes traditional Bhutanese lifestyle. This quiet capital city of Bhutan has many Dzongs, the oldest of which is the Sirntokha Dzong. One of the main attractions of the day will be visiting the Tashicchodzong, which leaves an impression from the banks of Wangchu, the Thimpu River.

Day 03

Thimphu to Punakha

After breakfast, we will drive to Punakha. We will stop at the Dochula Pass, a hill station with impressive 108 stupas. Dochula Pass also acts as a view point from where some impressive view of the Himalayan Mountains can be enjoyed. We start hiking from there and head towards Lumtsese. The trail is beautiful with diverse vegetation and wild flowers. At Lumtesese, our car will be waiting us and we will drive to Punakha where we will spend the night.

Day 04

Punakha to Paro via Wangdi

The highlight of the day will be the visit to the “Temple of Fertility”. We take a car to Paro from where we start our hike by heading towards the Temple of Fertility. It was built by a controversial monk called Lama Drukpa Kuenley in the 15th century. He believed that salvation can be attained through sex. Over the time, the belief that the temple blesses fertility became popular which eventually helped the temple’s popularity. Once we arrive at Paro, we will use the remaining day to stroll around Paro valley.

Day 05

Hike to Taksang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) and Paro Valley tour

Today we will ascend up to Bhutan’s most sacred monastery- The Taksang Monastery. Buddhist Guru Padmasambhava used to meditate in this holy site where the monastery was later built in 1692. The rocky ascent is surrounded by hanging prayer flags and you will also see “tsa-tsas” which contain ashes of the dead on the ledges near the monastery. While entering the holy premises of the Taksang Monastery, you need to leave your shoes, bags, cameras, cell phones and other electronic appliances at the gate. Being inside the Tiger’s nest is a serene and soul soothing experience. After spending quality time in the Taksang Monastery premises, we will return to Paro where we will spend the night.

Day 06

You will fly off to your destination from Paro international airport. We will transfer you to the airport from your hotel.



Price

US $ per person
US $ 0 Single Room Supplement

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Cost Included:

Airport Pick Up & Drop Services:
  • » Pick Up » : Welcomes you with garland of flower at thel Airport and transfer to your hotel by our representative.
  • » All the pick up and drop as per the itinerary
Trip Briefing & Information:
  • » We provide you Eco-friendly Tour file consisting broad trip information 
Sight Seeing:
Accommodations & Meals:
(All twin sharing basis) 
(Single room also served with extra charge) :
  • » Kathmandu » : Four Star deluxe twin sharing accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast as per itinerary
  • » Twin sharing hotel accommodation in Bhutan (B Category hotel.
  • » Full board of meals and accommodation(city at Gov. approved hotel and trekking with tented camp)
  • » All the snacks and tea coffee
Flight / Transportation:
  • » Hotel arrival and departure transfer by private vehicle
  • » Required transport on the trip by private car
  • » Filght » : Kathmandu to Paro to Kathmandu Flight tickets
Trekking Permit :
  • » Major Entry permit fees
National Park Fare:
  • » All the entrance and monument feesin Kathmandu
  • » All fees for sightseeing and Monasteries as per the itinerary in Bhutan
  • » All Entry fees
First Aid:
  • » Exclusive medical kit bag
Tour/Trekking Crews :
  • » Guide » : Government Registered, well trained English speaking guide
  • » One English speaking Bhutanese tour guide in Bhutan, all of his cost and expenses
  • » Porters » : We provide two of you a porter to support you to carry trekking stuffs. (Luggage per porter carries 25kg.)
  • » Required porter transport while on trek
Porter Equipment :
  • » Trekking boots and Jacket in trekking 
Insurance:
  • » Guide /Porters: Company provide insurance for our guide and porters as per state law
Trekking Equipment :
  • » Nepal Vision Duffel Bag and a t-shirt
  • » Down Jacket and sleeping bag on hiring basis
Certificate:
  • » Nepal Vision adventure certificate 
Others:
  • » All applicable taxes and service charges

Cost Excluded:

Visa:
  • » Nepal » : Nepal entry visa fees
  • » Bhutan visa fees 
Airfare:
  • » All flights (except Kathmandu to Paro & return) and departure taxes
Meals:
  • » All cold drinks and any beverages are not included on trip price.
  • » Drinking Water » : Drinking water is not included in the trip price. 
Drinks:
  • » You have to make your travel & rescue insurance by yourself before leave for travel
Insurance:
  • » You have to make your travel & rescue insurance by yourself before leave for travel
Optional Excursion:
  • » Provide such service with extra charge on your request. 
  • » Optional Excursions » : Our optional excursions are culture trips, ethno trips, and festival trips, monastery meditation with Lama & monks, nature medicine trips, bird watching, sports, farming trips and other incentive trips as per the client’s interest
Trekking Equipment:
  • » You have to arrange your personal trekking equipment such as trekking poles, water bottle etc… by yourself (see our equipment list).
Tipping:
  • » Tips for driver, guides and porters are not included in the cost.
Others:
  • » Personal expenses e.g. phone calls, laundry, bar bills & extra porters.
  • » Hot Shower in during the trekking period is not included.
  • » Cost arising out of landslides, road blockade, and rescue of any form, cancellation of flight or reasons beyond our control.
  • » Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section. 

Departure Dates for Bhutan at a Glance 6 Days' Bhutan Tour

We provide a series of fixed departure trek, tour and expeditions in Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet and India. If you are single and wishing to be with a group, you can join our fixed departure schedule. If the schedule dates are not convenient for you, contact us & let us know; we are more than happy to customize our trips to suit your needs. If any individuals or group doesn’t want to join with our other group, we can operate as per your wish and requirement. We are ground operator of these Himalayan destination and able to arrange your trip as per your interested date and choice.

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Useful information before joining this trip

Clothing and Equipment

The packing gear list has been created with the objective of getting maximum comfort with minimum weight. Our intention is to help you choose your clothing and gear for this trip. Please remember to bring only what is necessary, this will be helpful to you and also to the field staff.

Packing List for Cultural Tours
3 pair’s light weight long pants, 2 pairs dress pants / dresses for evening, 4 short-sleeved shirts/blouses, and 1 long-sleeved shirt for sun protection (also while visiting dzongs, temples & monasteries). Underwear, Socks, Sleepers, Warm jackets (if trip falls in Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan & Feb), 1 sweater or light weight jacket, 1 windbreaker, 1 pair comfortable walking shoes, 1 pair of sandals, 1 pair of dress shoes, Personal toiletries , Insect repellent, Spare nylon duffel for purchases, SPF 20 + more sunscreen, Lip Balm, Sunglasses, Prescription glasses, 1 visor/sun hat, Flashlight, Daypack/Hip pack for day trips, Beach Towel, First-Aid kit with pain medications, antiseptic/anesthetic for sunburn and the prescribed medications.

Packing List for Trek
Warm Sleeping bag (approx -10 degrees centigrade), Duffel for gear (if not weatherproof, bring lg. plastic bags), SM first aid kit (blister kit with specifically 2nd skin, aspirin &/or ibu, cough drops, tape),Headlamp, 2-liter water bottles (if you bring a camelback, bring a nalgene, also), Water purification (iodine or chlorine to carry in daypack), Insulated drinking mug, Lightweight toilet articles (shampoo, soap-travel size is best for trekking!), Sunscreen & lip screen, Small towel

Suggested Clothing List
Down parka, Gore-Tex shell & pants, Warm fleece jacket , Comfy trekking boots, Lightweight shoes , 4 pr trekking socks ,2 long sleeve capilene shirts, 2 capilene bottoms (mid & heavy wt), 2 trekking shirts (non-cotton is best!) , Trekking pants (zip off shorts are nice!), 1 pr shorts, 1 bandana , 1 pr winter gloves (i.e. ski), 1 pr lightweight gloves (i.e. fleece), Flip flops (or similar around camp shoes), Warm hat, Sun hat, 2 pair sunglasses

Toilet Kit: Bring your own "toilet kit," and a bottle of hand sanitizer. Always remember to discard the toilet tissue, a waste basket and not along a trail or in the toilet.

For women: Women are advised to bring their necessary health supplies with them, as such items might not be available in Bhutan.

Luggage Weight Restrictions
The gear and clothing items are divided into "trek" and "non-trek" items beginning of the trek. Non-trek items are left at the staff office in a locked room.

Trekking in Himalaya means uphill and downhill walking in remote part. So your health and physical fitness plays the vital role for completing this trek. If your level of fitness is good and your health is excellent, you can join this trek even you never done trekking in the high Himalayan region.
Credit cards are not accepted in during your trekking period so you have to use only Nepalese Rupees cash. In Kathmandu and other major cities modern banking facilities are available.
  • Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy with Nepal visa.
  • Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy
  • Return flight tickets
  • Insurance coverage policy
  • Cash and Traveler’s Checks, keep numbers and proof of purchase separate
  • Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.
  • Bring a pen and a diary
The teahouse accepts Nepalese currency so you must have enough Nepalese currency with you.
You can get money exchange at your hotel or we will recommend you the better place where you get good exchanging rates. So once you are here in Kathmandu consult with your dealing manager for money exchange.
Nepal Immigration accepts US dollars only for visa. Please bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs
In the tea house trekking arrangement, they will provide private rooms. And most of the places, the bathrooms are shared and running water facility.
Most of the tea houses we get electricity facility in during the trekking period. You can charge your electronic devices.
No there is not any extra fees charges during the trek.
If you need to purchase some gear or supplies you can get it in Thamel area in Kathmandu. In Thamel you can get different international brand as well as local brand.
Our airport representative will be waiting you at the arrival gate of the airport holding your name so find your name at the arrival gate of the airport.
Mountains weather is difficult to predict. Although; at night it is generally more cool and the days are warm. Winter (January and February) will be colder but the days can be warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected! Average Temperatures in Nepal (in Degree Celsius)

Height Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May
Katmandu 16/28 14/26  7/22 1/20 1/18 4/20 7/25 12/28 16/30
1000 m 20/28 16/25 11/22 6/20 5/19 8/20 11/25 15/29 17/30
2000 m 13/22 10/21 4/17 1/14 0/13 1/14 4/18 8/22 12/23
3000 m 11/19 6/18 1/15 -2/13 -3/12  -1/13 2/16 5/19 8/20
4000 m 1/13 -3/12 -8/8 -10/6 -12/4 -10/5 -6/9  -3/12 -1/13
5000 m -1/10 -6/8 -11/6 -13/4 -18/3 -14/5 -8/7 -4/11 -2/12
In Tea House trek you will served a variety of local foods including such items as Tibetan fried bread, soups, momo’s (steamed dumplings), daal- bhat (lentils and rice), tarkari (steamed, fried, or curried vegetables), potatoes (prepared in dozens of ways), pastas and even a version of pizza. Meats are rarely eaten although you may have canned tuna or sardines and the occasional yak stew. Breakfasts typically consist of eggs (prepared in many ways), hot porridge, muesli, toast, peanut butter and honey.
A backpack (also called rucksack, knapsack, packsack, and pack) is, in its simplest form, a cloth sack carried on one's back and secured with two straps that go over the shoulders.
It is difficult to wash your clothes in during your trekking period.
Bring Diamox (altitude sickness medicine) and your personal medication with you.
A trekking holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trekking we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food if you inform us prior enough time to manage extra day/s trekking.
The weight limit for the trek is 15kgs/33 pounds (LBS) per guest, as it is the maximum weight that the porters can carry. It is also important to note that "hard" luggage poses a problem: soft "duffel-bags" are recommended.
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