Bhutan often revered as the 'Land of the Peaceful Dragon' is still regarded as one of the last 'Shangrilas" in the Himalayan region because of its remoteness, it's spectacular mountain terrain, varied flora and fauna and its unique ancient Buddhist monasteries. It is in the relatively unexplored pockets of Asia which allows only limited number of discerning travelers to enter the country in order to protect its fragile environment and culture.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu.
Day 02: Fly to Paro.
Day 03: Sightseeing in Paro.
Day 04: Paro – Thimphu.
Day 5: Sightseeing in Thimphu.
Day 6: Thimphu – Punakha.
Day 7: Punakha – Wangdue - Gantey.
Day 8: Gantey – Trongsa – Bumthang.
Day 9: Sightseeing in Bumthang
Day 10: Bumthang – Wangdue.
Day 11: Wangdue – Thimphu - Paro.
Day 12: Paro – Haa Village -- Paro.
Day 13: Paro – Kathmandu.
Day 14: Free day in Kathmandu.
Day 15: Final Departure.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathamandu
Arrival in Kathmandu Int’l airport, Marron Trek’s airport representative meets greets and transfers towards your designated hotel. Upon arrival in hotel you are served with a welcome drinks. Check in your room and rest of time free for your own exploration.
Day 02: Fly to Paro
Upon your arrival, you will be met by our Bhutan Representative. A spectacular descent through mountainous valleys brings you into the Kingdom of Bhutan. The beautiful airport is your first glimpse of what’s ahead. On arrival, after clearing customs and immigration exit the terminal, where you are met by your English speaking guide and driver. Settle into your hotel and then after some morning tea you will commence the day’s sightseeing which will include The National Museum housed in a 12th century watchtower and the Kyichu Lhakang and a local nunnery. Overnight Hotel – Dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 03: Sightseeing in Paro
Make an early start to hike to Takstang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest) located spectacularly 800m above the valley floor. Stop at the tea house half way before attempting the second and more strenuous part of the hike. Legend has it that Guru Rimpoche flew to this mountain on the back of a Tigress bringing Buddhism to Bhutan. Monastery permits will be obtained if possible to allow you to enter the temple where Guru Rimpoche meditated for several years. Return to the teahouse for lunch before returning to “earth”.Visit the Drukygel Dzong which affords a marvelous view of Mt Jomolhari from its ruined ramparts. Local archery may be in progress. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure. Overnight Hotel – Dinner at the lodge.
Day 4: Paro – Thimphu
Depart this morning for Thimphu, a lovely drive of about 1 hours along the valley floor. Immaculately tended rice terraces and traditional Bhutanese homes with their colourful woodwork and whitewashed walls decorated with Buddhist motifs cling to the hillsides. Depending on the season, Chillies may be drying on the rooftops or in the fields. Check into your hotel on arrival. After lunch at the hotel or a local restaurant, the remainder of the day is dedicated to the city sights including the National Heritage Museum, the Textile Museum and the Memorial Chorten to Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, the third King of Bhutan. Overnight Hotel - Dinner at the hotel.
Day 5: Sightseeing in Thimphu
After breakfast, visit the Sangaygang viewpoint for a wonderful view over the entire valley. Visit the Botanical gardens if you wish and quick visit to a small park where you may see the rather odd looking are rare Takin. In the afternoon a hike to either the Tangbo Monastery or to the Phajodring Monastery (time permitting). The Tango hike is short (but steep) and offers fantastic views over snow covered peaks and the valley below from the Monastery.Overnight Hotel - Dinner at a local restaurant
Day 6: Thimphu – Punakha
Drive from Thimphu to Punakha via the Docchu-la pass. This journey will take 3 - 4 hours. The scenery is quite different, heavily forested, winding mountain roads climbing to 3,300 metres. On a clear day you can see the whole Himalayan range from the teahouse and the 108 memorial chortens that mark the top of the pass. After a brief stop continue to the Punakha valley and one of the most impressive Dzongs in Bhutan, the winter seat of the monk body from Paro. Check into our guesthouse hotel with commanding views over the valley and after lunch drive up the valley for our afternoon hike to the Khamsum Chorten, built in honour of the present King by his mother. The view at from the top is well worth the climb as is the beautiful artwork within the temple. Overnight Hotel – Dinner at the Hotel.
Day 7: Punakha – Wangdue - Gantey
Visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong spanning the Mo Chu and Po Chu rivers, which dissect this beautiful valley. This is one of the finest examples of Dzong architecture in the country and you may wander at your leisure through its many courtyards. Thence to Wandgue, crossing the river dominated by the Wandgue Phrodang Dzong and after a brief stop for refreshments at a local teashop continue over the black mountains to the Probjikha valley. The scenery changes dramatically from verdant forest to dwarf bamboo before entering the Probjikha Valley and descending to about 3,000 metres. The Gaikaling Bhutanese Guesthouse has a commanding view over the Valley below and the Monastery above. Time allowing you can take a walk around the valley with your guide, or visit the Crane Observation Centre. The rare black crane migrates from Yunan in China in October. To protect the cranes’ environment the valley is solar heated and there are no telephone wires. Afternoon witness Black neck crane festival and mixed with the local people and interact.Overnight: Gaikaling Bhutanese guest house – Dinner at the lodge.
Day 8: Gantey – Trongsa – Bumthang
Depart for Bumthang via Trongsa . The magnificent Dzong marks the border between East and West Bhutan. The magnificent golden roofed Dzong appears to be tantalisingly close, but it takes a further 21 kilometres to reach after the first glimpse. Afternoon visiting the Dzong and watchtower, continue to the Bumthang Valley in the heart of Bhutan where rice paddies give way to fields of maize and orchards. Overnight at lodge – Dinner at the lodge.
Day 9: Sightseeing in Bumthang
Morning sightseeing in Bumthang, visiting like Jamphel Lhakhang, Kurjee Monastery, Tamshing lhakhang. Lunch at the lodge. Afternoon drive to visit Member Tscho and swiss farm house and visiting Jakar Dzong, visit Namkhenimpo lhakhang and walk in small chamkhar town. Overnight: Rinchenling Lodge. Dinner at the lodge.
Day 10: Bumthang – Wangdue
Today retrace your steps, out of the Bumthang Valley and back over the black mountains. You’ll be surprised how different the scenery looks going in the direction.Our destination is Wangdue and your hotel overlooks the Dzong. Overnight Hotel – Dinner at the hotel.
Day 11: Wangdue – Thimphu - Paro
Make an early start for Thimphu where you will have lunch and a chance to make any purchases before continuing on to Paro. You may wish to visit the weekend markets where you may engage in some gentle bargaining or the visit the Government sponsored Handicrafts Centre to make last minute purchases. Later in the afternoon continue on to Paro for your last night in the Kingdom of Bhutan.Overnight Hotel – Dinner at the hotel.
Day 12: Paro – Haa back Paro
A half day excursion to the beautiful Haa Valley will be arranged for today. If you would like to make an alternative arrangement then you can discuss this with your guide. Overnight Hotel – Dinner at the hotel.
Day 13: Paro – Kathmandu
We will have early breakfast in the hotel and drive to the airport for flight to Kathmandu. Upon your arrival Marron Travel’s representative will receive you and carry you to hotel. Then free time for your own activities. O/n in hotel.
Day 14: Free day in Kathmandu
Free day for your shopping and packaging your luggage. Evening followed by farewell dinner.
Day 15: Final Departure
Marron Treks Airport representative drops as well as farewells you at airport or if time permits you, extend your trip for Everest Scenic Mountain flight, city sightseeing tours, Paragliding, Jungle safari tours or white water rafting tours.
During Central Bhutan Tour we opt you accomodate on 3 star or 5 star hotels
like Hotel Royal Singhi
(3 star), Hotel Manaslu
(3 star), Radisson
(5 star), Yak & Yeti
(5 star) or similar in Kathmandu City
While in Bhutan, you will be accommodated in 3-4 Star lodges and hotels in Paro, Thimphu, Gangtey, Punakha,Wangdue etc as per your requirement.
We arrange the best quality food for all trekkers while Central Bhutan Tour. Basically we recommend you local community foods of Bhutan
like local red rice
served with dried meat cooked with very hot chilies, Ema Datshi
(vegetarian dish made of cheese and chili) and variety of vegeterian foods
so that you could enjoy the culture, the way of living of local people around there.You could easily find Non-Vegeterian foods as it available, Other than that many kind of Continental, Chinese, Italian and Indian cuisine like Pizza, Spaghetti, French Fries, Soups, Breads etc are also available in most of the places based upon your requirement.
Spring and autumn are considered to be the peak seasons.Spring starts from April through June and autumn from September through November. Many festivals are held in these periods. It is best time for visitors to take advantage of pleasant climate and the festivals.
The Leader and Guides play a very active role. Marron Treks has experienced and helpful treking guides who make your trip enjoyable as well as successful. To make our visitors journey fruitful, the team of MarronTreks has got number of guides who have good knowledge about the culture, language, location of Bhutan which would help our trekkers to enjoy the full potential of the trail and communicate easily with the people along the trail.
Access to enter Bhutan
Bhutan is well connected to the outside world through Druk Air(Royal Bhutanese Airlines), the national carrier which is the only airline operating flights in and out of the kingdom. The country's only airport is situated at Paro and two flights a week from Kathmandu (Nepal).
Before starting your journey with MarronTreks it is advised that you arrange your travel insurance before leaving your homeland. The main thing is to make sure your insurance covers you for both medical and evacuation costs. In some places it is not necessary but it would be better if you have the travel insurance with you all the time. That would make your trip save and hassle free.
Visa and Travel Arrangements
Marron Treks arranges Visa and travel permits. We need your tour confirmation and your passport details(Name, Sex, Nationality, DateofBirth, Passport Number, and Occupation).
Following are the cost details that have been provided to you for your convinience. If you want to get more, then please dont hesitate to contact us
- Airport Pick up and drop Service
- 11 Nights and 12 Days full board basis accommodation in Bhutan
- Sightseeing with English speaking guide as per the itinerary
- All ground transportation as per the itinerary
- Entrance Fees as per the itinerary
- 3 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu as per the itinerary
- KTM-PARO-KTM Airfare: US$: 460.00 (subject to change)
- Visa Fee: US$ 20.00 ( Subject to Change)
- Tourism Development Fee (TDF) US$ 10.00 ( Subject to Change)
- Hard & cold drinks
- Lunch & Dinner in hotels
- Emergency rescue
- Tips to guide and Staffs
- Other expenses aroused except mentioned in cost include section
Clothing and equipments Accessories for Tea House and Camping Treks
The equipments and clothing list below is for a relatively longer trek involving a cold high altitude destination in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan.
If you are doing a short trek to a relatively lower altitude you may not need all these. The list below is for a guideline alone, you may have your own check list as well. Duffle Bag and a good sleeping bag
will by provided by Marron Treks P.Ltd,
which you should return after completion of your trip. Please note that most of the trekking items are easily available for buying or renting in Nepal and you are suggested not to bring unnecessary items with you.
- Cap for sun protection during trek
- sunscreen lotion/sun balm
- T-shirts and long sleeved shirts
- fleece or thermal shirts for colder areas
- fleece jumper/sweaters
- Down jacket
- wind /water proof outer garment
For leg and hand
- Casual troussers for walking
- Water proof trouser
- Thermal legging for colder areas
- Hand gloves
Trekking Shoes For foot
- woolen and cotton socks
- Trainer or casual shoes
- Waterproof hiking boot
- Gaiter for rain and snow
- Day sack to carry personal goods
- Personal medicines and first aid kit
- water bottle and iodine tablets
- Torch (better head torch)
- Camera and extra batteries
- toiletries and towel
- Large handkerchief
- compass, binoculars, altimeters,
- Playing cards , books, guide book
For Peak climbing we suggest the following gears except above mentioned accessories.
Suggested Climbing Gear
- Climbing boots, Crampons.
- Ice axe, Harness.
- Rock pegs, Helmet (crash hat).
- Warm climbing trousers, Long cotton hiking shirts.
- Waterproof climbing jacket, Gaiters.
- Sun hat, Light cotton athletic socks and wool.
- Climbing socks, long sleeved cotton/woolen shirts.
- T-shirts, Wool long underwear.
- Down high altitude, Sleeping bag.
- Down jacket/ trousers/vest, climbing sunglasses.
- Sunscreen, Lip salve.
- Lightweight fleece, Fleece/wool for climbing.
- Head torch /batteries/bulbs, Lightweight thermal/ insulated ski gloves.
Please do write us at email@example.com for furthermore information except those mentioned in above.