Trip Facts

  • Trip Duration : 4 Days
  • Start - End : Kathmandu - Kathmandu
  • Highest Altitude : 3180 m
  • Difficulty : Easy
  • Season : Jan-Dec
  • Activity : sightseeing- hiking
  • Trip Grade : 4

Glimpse of Bhutan

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Welcome to Paro, the only international airport of Kingdom of Bhutan. An hour of spectacular flight from kathmandu takes us to paro valley at the hight of 2183 meter.  Bhutan was inhabited as early as 2000 BC and Buddhism was first introduced to Bhutan in the 7th century AD.

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This short days tour gives you the opportunity to know the history of Bhutan. After landing at paro airport we drive to the capital city Thimpu which also host the tallest statue of sitting Buddha and we rap off our tour with an excurssion to the most famous Tiger nest monastery in Paro.  

Day 01 : Arrive at Paro (2280 meters)
Day 02 : Thimphu - Paro: (Altitude 2320 m, Distance 58 kms, Drive Time 1 hour)
Day 03 : Paro sightseeing: (Altitude 2280 m)
Day 04 : Departure (Altitude 2280 m)

Day 01. Arrive at Paro (2280 meters)-Thimpu (2320m):
The flight into Paro, 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. Your guide will greet you on arrival, and then drive to Thimphu.

After lunch, visit Memorial Chorten, a monument dedicated to the Third King of Bhutan, Late His Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. The inside paintings and statues provide a very rare insight into Buddhist Philosophy. Then visit Changangkha Monastery, Takin Preserve centre, Sangay Gang view point and Tashichho Dzong, the Royal Secretariat. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

 

Day 02. Thimphu - Paro: (Altitude 2280 m, Distance 58 kms, Drive Time 1 hour):
After breakfast, visit, the Largest and Tallest statue of Buddha in the world, the National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist manuscripts followed by visit to Painting School, famous for carving and free hand art and Folk Heritage Museum and drive to Paro.

After lunch, visit the Ta dzong, an ancient watchtower, which has been, since 1967, the national museum of Bhutan then visit Rimpung Dzong (Paro Dzong) built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. The Dzong presently houses administrative offices. In the evening, visit to the Handicraft emporium and free for shopping. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.

 

Day 03. Paro sightseeing: (Altitude 2280 m) :
After early breakfast, visit the Drukgyel dzong, now in ruins was built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders in1644; the dzong name’s means indeed “ victorious Druk “. The Dzong was used as an administrative center until 1951 when a fire caused by butter lamp destroyed it. Then visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the 8th century

 

Then excursion to Taktsang Monastery: A short drive takes us to Satsam Chorten, the trail climbs through beautiful pine forest, many of the trees festooned with Spanish moss, and an occasional grove of fluttering prayer flags. We stop for a rest and light refreshments at the Taktsang Jakhang (cafeteria) and then walk a short distance until we see, clearly and seemingly within reach, Taktsang monastery. The primary Lhakhang was built around Guru Rimpoche’s meditation cave in 1684 by the Penlop of Paro, Gyaltse Tenzin Rabgay; this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorji Drolo, said to be his favourite consort. Dinner and overnight at the hotel 

 

Day 04. Departure (Altitude 2280 m):
After early breakfast, drive to the Airport and Farewell.

Every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, but as this is Adventure Travel in a remote mountain region, we cannot guarantee it. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travelers can all contribute to changes. We will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but an easy going nature will be an asset.

Bhutan Visa formalities/Visa for Travel to Bhutan

Except for Indian, Bangladeshi and Maldivian nationals, all visitors to Bhutan require a visa.

We will arrange the visa for you to travel to Bhutan and are issued from Thimpu. To enable us to process your visa on time, your passport copy and visa application must reach us at least 60 days before the date of travel. We apply for visa on your behalf and get the visa clearance for you which take minimum 10 days. We will send you the visa approval letter which you need to present it to board the flight to Bhutan and also need to present it upon your arrival in paro airport and actual visa will be issued and stamped in your passport when you arrive at paro airport.


Climate 
Bhutan experiences four distinct seasons, similar in their divisions to those of Western Europe: spring, monsoon, autumn, and winter. Most tourist visit Bhutan in spring and autumn.

Spring is the time when Bhutan’s rich flora is at its best as hundreds of varieties of flowers bloom. And during this time around, the skies are clear and you can see towering snow-covered mountains of the Himalayas.

Even in spring Bhutan’s fierce winter, especially in high altitudes, isn’t over. Tourists who intend to visit during this time are advised to bring along some winter clothes. Spring season starts from March and ends roughly in June.
Another good time of the year ‘autumn’ begins from September and lasts till the end of November.
Monsoon brings heavy downpours and occurs between June and August when the temperature is normally between 8° and 21°C (46°-70°F).

Winter in Bhutan is cold and dry with most high lying places snow-covered. Winter lasts from December to February.
Summer is humid and the country experiences heavy rains and frequent road blocks.
However, Bhutan’s climatic conditions are different at different places and locations because of country’s geographyCheck list:

Please check the checklist carefully for details of what you need to bring on the tour and please arrange it according season wise.


BODY WEAR

  • Loose comfortable T-Shirts
  • Long sleeved shirts for sun protection
  • Trousers
  • A warm jacket and a fleece pullover
  • A thermal layer (shirt and pants)
  • Water and wind proof jacket
  • Water and wind proof trousers
  • Woolen or thermal gloves
  • Sun hat and sun glasses
  • Woolen or fleece hat
  • Scarf     


FOOT WEAR

  • Normal/warm woolen socks
  • Comfortable shoes
  • flip-flop


ACCESSORIES

  • A comfortable day pack with adjustable waist and shoulder straps
  • Personal toiletries - shampoo, soap, shavers, moisturizer, and travel towel etc
  • Sun block and lip balm
  • Personal first aid kit and any personal medications you need to take
  • Camera, music and books
  • Rucksack for your cloths and other accessories
  • An airtight ‘dry bag’ is great for storing your dirty laundry!
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Sleeping bag liner – either silk, cotton or fleece
  • HEAD TORCH!
  • Batteries for camera, torch etc..
  • A big smile for all and your sense of humor and adventure!


THINGS TO BRING FOR A TREKKING IN BHUTAN:

  • Personal clothing: strong normal clothing (according to season). Preferably cotton, even for summer, woolen clothing for the evening and winter.
  • For Trekking, one must bring:
  •  Strong comfortable trekking boots, water-resistant for the rainy period: June-August.
  • Sunscreen
  • Flash light
  • Rain coat (especially for rainy period –June-August)
  • Head gear/hat/cap; sun and rain protection
  •  Water pills – for extra caution in purifying stream; (boiled water is provided at all times during the trek)
  •  Aspirin – incase of altitude sickness
  • Lots of socks
  •  Warm clothes


OPTIONAL ITEMS TO BRING FOR TREKKING IN BHUTAN:

  • Sunglasses
  • Head gear
  • Folding umbrella (only for wet months — July and August)
  • One towel
  • Pillow case
  •  Wet-packed tissue paper.
  • Pillow.


INSURANCE
All tour participants should obtain their own personal insurance which covers medical and emergency evacuation at a minimum. Helicopter evacuation is provided in emergency cases but please make sure that you insurance cover the cost of the evacuation. You will of course also want cover for loss or damage to personal effects, flight or trip cancellation etc.


Tipping and cash requirement
Bhutan’s currency is the ngultrum (Nu.) and is on par with the Indian Rupee, also an accepted legal tender in the country. The approximate exchange rate is Nu 45 for 1 US$. It is however recommended that you carry travelers’ checks or cash, preferably American Express and US dollar instead, as the ATM facilities for foreign currency is limited to just few towns including the capital city Thimphu. Visa and American Express credit cards are also widely accepted. You may change dollars, Euros, traveler’s checks, and a few other convertible currencies at banks and bigger hotels in all major towns. A Forex is also located in the heart of Thimphu.

Tipping is now common in Bhutan but there is no strict rules about how much the tip should be. You could tip if you are satisfied with the service.


ALTITUDE AND PREVENTING ALTITUDE SICKNESS WHILE TREKKING IN BHUTAN
Being in a hurry in the mountains can be deadly. Acclimatization is the word used to describe the adjustments your body makes as it ascends to higher altitudes.

Ascending slowly, with appropriate rest days and drinking plenty of water is one of the best ways not to get Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS).

You should not plan to go to high altitude if you have heart disease, difficulty breathing at sea level or are pregnant. You should consult your doctor about any known medical conditions if you are considering trekking in high altitude (over 2500m).

Avoid sleeping pills, alcohol and smoking while at altitude as they tend to decrease breathing and lead to AMS. Data indicates that drinking 3-4 liters of fluids (water, soup etc) per day to avoid dehydration helps in the acclimatization process. Never try to attempt to go higher up if you have altitude sickness, stay either in the same elevation or if got worse trek to the lower elevation.

The first aid kit carried by your guide includes Diamox and he/she is trained in the identification of AMS symptoms and their treatment. You MUST take their advice.

You will be given a comprehensive briefing about what to expect and what to do to avoid AMS before embarking on your trek.