- Trip Duration : 7 Days
- Start - End : Kathmandu - Kathmandu
- Highest Altitude : 3180 m
- Difficulty : Easy
- Season : Jan-Dec
- Activity : sightseeing- hiking
- Trip Grade :
Monastery and Gangtsey Valley
The visit to Taktsang monastery is spectacular and 56 km way from paro is Thimpu, the capital city of Bhutan and the only capital city in the world that has no traffic light. The Darchula pass on the way to punakah has 108 small chortens and offers spectacular mountain views.
This tour takes you as far as Wangdiphodrang valley. After soft landing at paro airport we explore the surrounding of paro valley and take beautiful dirve to the capital city of Bhutan. As we drive to Punakakha, the old captial city, we pass through Darchula pass for spectacular view of the high himalayas and further to Gantey valley which is the most beautiful glacial valley in Himlayas and home for Rare Black necked cranes in the winter.
|Day 01 :||Arrive Paro (Altitude 2280 m)|
|Day 02 :||Thimphu: (Altitude 2320 m)|
|Day 03 :||Thimphu Sightseeing: (Altitude 2320 m)|
|Day 04 :||Thimphu - Punakha: (Altitude 1310 m) (72 Kms, 3 hours drive)|
|Day 05 :||Punakha - Gangtey: (Altitude 3120 m)|
|Day 06 :||Gangtey - Thimphu: (Altitude 2320 m)|
|Day 07 :||Departure|
Day 01 : Arrive Paro (Altitude 2280 m)
Day 02 : Paro, Excursion to Taktsang Monastery - Thimphu: (Altitude 2320 m)
Day 03 : Thimphu Sightseeing: (Altitude 2320 m)
Day 04 : Thimphu - Punakha: (Altitude 1310 m) (72 Kms, 3 hours drive)
After Lunch, excursion to Khamsung Yulley Namgyal Choling Monastery. Dinner and overnight in Hotel.
Day 05 : Punakha - Gangtey: (Altitude 3120 m)
Day 06 : Gangtey - Thimphu: (Altitude 2320 m)
Day 07 : Departure
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.
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.
- Loose comfortable T-Shirts
- Long sleeved shirts for sun protection
- 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
- Normal/warm woolen socks
- Comfortable shoes
- 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.
- 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:
- Head gear
- Folding umbrella (only for wet months — July and August)
- One towel
- Pillow case
- Wet-packed tissue paper.
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.