Day 1

Arrival at Paro

Upon arrival at Paro International Airport, our representative will receive you.

After an early lunch, we will take a quick visit to the ruins of 1647 AD Drukgyel Dzong followed by 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang, built in 659 A.D. by a Tibetan King

On way back, we will visit Dungtse Lhakhang, which was built in 15th century. This will be followed by a visit to Ta Dzong, the watchtower built in 1649 AD to safeguard the main structure of Rinpung Dzong from the Tibetan invaders. It has been converted to house the National Museum in 1968.

We will also visit 1645 AD Rinpung Dzong located just below the museum. This massive fortress houses the District Administration office and the Monk Body

Early evening, take a leisurely stroll in the town.

Overnight at Paro (1 Night)

Day 2

Paro - Jili Dzong

The first day can be quite arduous as you have to climb more than 1,000m elevation. You start from the Ta Dzong (National Museum) in Paro. The trek follows a gravel road past a few farms for about 30 minutes and then climbs up a steep ridge before leading through blue pine and fir forests to Damche Gom. Once you reach the ridge below Jili Dzong you descend about 100m to the campsite below the Dzong.

Day 3

Jili Dzong – Jangchulakha

You begin with a steep climb for about an hour and a half, then the slope evens a bit and the ascent is more gradual. The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and dwarf rhododendron tress. You may see herders and their yaks around your campsite.

Day 4

Jangchulakha – Jimgelang Tsho

The trail follows a ridge and on a clear day the view of the mountains and valley are simply stunning. The campsite is close to the Jimgelang Tsho Lake. This lake is known for its giant sized trout.

Day 5

Jimgelang Tsho – Simkotra Tsho

The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and past Janetso Lake. You may come across some yak herder camps where you will have the opportunity to get a glimpse of a nomad’s life. The campsite is close to Simkotra Tsho Lake.

Day 6

Simkotra Tsho – Phajoding

The day begins with a gradual climb. If the weather permits, you will have a spectacular view of Mount Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and several other Himalayan peaks. From this pass, the trek takes you downhill towards Phajodhing where you will halt for the night. The camp is located just above Phadjoding Monastery.

Day 7

Phajodhing – Mothitang

After passing Phadjoding monastery, the trek to Thimphu (Mothitang) is downhill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. The walk, at a leisurely pace, takes about three hours.

Day 8

Thimphu Sightseeing

After breakfast, we will visit the Memorial Chorten, a huge stupa built in memory of the late 3rd King.

Then, we will visit one of the oldest temples in Thimphu valley, the 15th century Changangkha Lhakhang. This will be followed by a visit to the National Library, Institute for Traditional Medicine, Institute for Zorig Chusum, Textile Museum and Folk Heritage Museum. A visit to the workshops of traditional boot and mask makers’, fine metal craft, weaving, ceramics and paper making will also be arranged.

After lunch, we will drive to Kuensel Phodrang, popularly known as the Buddha Point, and enjoy the panoramic view of Thimphu valley.

A visit to Semtokha Dzong, built in 1629 AD, will also be arranged.

Then, we will visit 1641 AD massive structure Tashichho Dzong, which houses part of the Government Ministries, the office of the King and the Throne Room. It also houses the State Monastic Body and the living quarters of the senior monks and the Chief Abbot.

Early in the evening, we will visit Handicrafts Emporium and local handicraft shops. If it falls on weekends, including Thursday, we will also visit the Centenary Farmer’s Market.

Day 9

Depart Paro

After breakfast, drive to the airport for your onward flight.

Service INCLUDED on Package Rate:

The Package Tariff Rate covers the following land costs for a Standard Package:

  • Hotel accommodation on twin sharing basis (Single room supplementary charge is US$ 50 per night during festival season and US$ 35 per night during other times) in best available tourist Standard hotels
  • All meals
  • Transportation
  • Trained English speaking guide and driver
  • Museum fees and other fees associated with the programme listed in the itinerary
  • 35% Tax to the Government

Service NOT INCLUDED on Package Rate:

  • Air Fares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Internet / Telephone
  • Laundry
  • Expenses of Personal Nature /tips

Optional Add-ons:

Standard Package upgrades can be made for the following at additional costs:

  • Standard Hotels : Deluxe Rooms/ Suite Rooms
  • Vehicle : 4-wheel drive SUVs
  • Guides : Other than English Speaking guides
  • Extra Activities : Cultural shows, guest speakers on specific topics, personalized religious ceremonies for well-being, traditional Bhutanese/Buddhist weddings, etc.

Visa Information

All foreign nationalities (except for Indian Passport holders) require a visa for Bhutan. Visa must be obtained before departing for Bhutan.

As Mandated by the government, your Bhutan Visa can be processed only upon receipt of the tour payment by the designated bank (Bhutan National Bank as of now) in Bhutan. The payment has to be made at least SIX WEEKS prior to the commencement of the tour. In order to process for our Bhutan Visa we will require the following information of yours:

  • Full name as it appears in your passport
  • Date and place of Birth
  • Nationality
  • Occupation
  • Adresses: Both permanent and present
  • Passport Number
  • Type of Passport
  • Place of Issue
  • Date of Issue
  • Date of Expiration

Further, you will need to send us scanned copies of your passport and a passport size photograph.

Based on the information provided, Phuentshok Tours & Treks will process your Bhutan Visa and email you the same upon receiving the clearance as issued by the Department of Immigration.

Tourism Mandate

Tourism has been strictly limited in Bhutan so that traditional culture can be preserved and nurtured. The tourism industry in Bhutan is founded on the principle of sustainability, that is to say that tourism must be environmentally and ecologically friendly, socially and culturally acceptable and economically viable. For these reasons, tourism is carefully monitored and the number of tourists visiting Bhutan is kept to an environmentally manageable level.

All tourists are required to make their travel arrangements for both tours and treks through an authorised tour operator on pre-planned, pre-paid and guided package. Independent travel in not permitted in Bhutan. The tour operator is responsible for all land arrangements during your stay in Bhutan including in-country travel and various permits (including route, heritage visits and special permits). Undoubtedly visitors can experience Bhutan in its true nature only on all-inclusive standard packages.

Insurance

There is no personal insurance of any kind included in the tour price. Therefore it is advised that your travel insurance be obtained from places of residence before the commencement of your trip. Phuentshok Tours & Treks will not accept liability for any illness, injury or death sustained during a tour/trek. However, all possible logistic support will be provided by the company.

Remittance of Tour Payment

Entire tour payment must be settled SIX WEEKS prior to date of arrival in Bhutan and Visa is cleared by the Government subject to advance payment only.

Delayed Arrival/Departure

There shall be no charges for the number of days of delays in arrival of the visitors due to weather conditions, airline problem or road blocks. And accordingly there shall be no charge for the number of days of delay in departure of visitors due to the same reasons as mentioned earlier.

However, visitors will be charged only the actual expenses on accommodation, food, transportation and any other services required.

Cancellation Policy

The tour programmes booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follows:

  • 30 days before date of arrival in Bhutan : Free
  • Before 21 days : 10% of tariff
  • Before 14 days : 15% of tariff
  • Before 7 days : 30% of tariff
  • 7 days or less : 50% of tariff
  • After arrival in Bhutan : 100% of tariff

The flights booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges. Similarly, charges apply on any changes required for flight dates and names. Charges levied are as follows:

a. Cancellation of Tour:

  • Before 30 days of Date of Travel : 100% Refund
  • Between 10 – 30 days : 50% refund
  • Within last 10 days : No refund/ Ticket valid for 1 year
  • Administrative fee : US$ 25 per cancellation

b. Changes in flight dates : US$ 10 or equivalent local currency

c. Name corrections after obtaining PNR : US$ 25 or equivalent of local currency