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All of our packages include accommodations in standard quality hotels, all meals a day, a reliable vehicle, and an experienced driver to get you around safely.

Listed below are some of our most popular cultural tour and trek itineraries. We will work with you on customizing these tour arrangements to meet your interests and needs.


 

MERAK – SAKTEN TREK

Summary:


The Merak – Sakten trek is the newest trek to be commissioned by the Bhutanese government. The government allows only one team (maximum of 12 people) at a time to walk the trek and the tours start every third day through two open seasons in order to maintain its exclusivity. There is also talk about a possible special fee to be charged for the trek. The trek takes you through the Sakten Wildlife Sanctuary which is home to endangered species like the snow leopard and red panda, and other animals like the Himalayan red fox and the Himalayan black bear, and to the isolated Brokpa tribe. This trek offers a window into the most secluded regions in Bhutan!

Best time for trek:Mid-March – May, September - November

Duration:17 days; Actual Trek: 6 days

Start:Chaling

Finish: Phongmay

Maximum Elevation:3,480m

Difficulty: Moderate

Day 1: Arrive Paro International Airport

Kuzuzangpola – Welcome to Bhutan!

During the flight, one will experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest,Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mount Jomolhari and Jitchu Drake in Bhutan.

On arrival at Paro International Airport, you will be received and escorted to your hotel by our representatives.


Day 2: Paro – Thimphu

Morning: Drive to Drugyel Dzong (a ruined fortress about 16 km away from Paro town).The Dzong, although in ruins, is of great historical significance. It was from this fortress that the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan invasions. The name Drugyel means "the Victorious Bhutanese." You also have a spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari ("Mountain of Goddess") at 7,329m from the Drukgyel Dzong.

In the evening, drive along the winding road alongside the Paro Chhu (Chhu - river) to the confluence with the Wang Chhu, then follow the Wang Chhu to Thimphu, the Capital.


Day 3: Thimphu - Sightseeing

Visit Tashichhodzong, the seat of the Royal Government and the summer residence of the Je Khenpo (Chief Abbot) and the Central monk Body.

Wander through the town, visit shops and the Handicrafts Emporium, where Bhutanese textiles and other handicrafts are available. Visit the workshop where the handicrafts are made.

Visit the Painting and Woodcraft schools where traditional painting and other arts are kept alive.

Visit the National Library where ancient manuscripts and relics of Buddhism are preserved along with other national documents.

Next, visit Semtokha Dzong (~6 km from Thimphu), one of the oldest fortresses in Bhutan built by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1629. The Semtokha Dzong also houses the largest monastic school in the country.

Evening: Stroll through Thimphu town.


Day 4: Thimphu - Trongsa
 
The journey to central Bhutan begins today. The drive to Trongsa takes about 7-8 hours from Thimphu. Pack lunch stop at Chendebji Chorten.



Day 5: Trongsa - Jakar - Mongar

Drive for about two and a half hours to Jakar and then to Mongar. The drive from Jakar to Mongar takes about seven hours. The drive takes you past two passes including Thrumshing La at 3,750m where you will find a fallen sign that says “You are at highest point,” The drive to Mongar is spectacular!


Day 6 :Mongar – Trashigang

The drive from Mongar to Trashigang takes about three and a half hours. The road crosses a pass and then follows the river valley before climbing into Trashigang. Trashigang is a very interesting town. Although, not many tourists make it to Trashigang, the villagers are very used to Westerners here since there used to be a lot of Canadian teachers working here.

Walk around Trashigang town and if time permits, visit the Trashigang Dzong which was built in 1667 by the third Desi (Temporal Leader) of Bhutan, Minjur Tenpa. From the 17th century until the early 20th century, the entire eastern region was governed from this Dzong.


Day 7 :Chaling – Damnongchu (7 hours)

From Trashigang, drive to the village of Rangjung and then to Chaling. The trail takes you past Mindru La to the camp at Damnongchu at 3,070m.

Day 8 :Damnongchu – Merak (5 hours)

Climb up and down along a stream before gradually ascending to the village of Merak at 3,480m. The campsite which is just before the village offers beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and the village.


Day 9 :Merak – Miksa Teng (7-8 hours)

The trail crosses Nagchung La and descends to a river and then ascends to Miksa Teng at 2,850m. The campsite is in a clearing surrounded by rhododendrons.


Day 10 :Miksa Teng – Sakten (6-7 hours)

The trial takes your through beautiful woods to Sakten at 2,985m. You might be able to see a red panda along the way.


Day 11 :Sakten – Jyongkhar (6-7 hours)

The trail is mostly downhill to the village of Jyongkhar at 1,850m. The campsite is near a river.


Day 12 :Jyongkhar – Phongmay (5 hours)

The trail takes you through the village of Radhi, known as the “rice bowl of the east.” Radhi is also known for its woolen textiles (Bura weaving). Your car will meet you here and drive you to Trashigang.


Day 13 :Trashigang – Mongar - Jakar

The drive from Trashigang to Jakar takes about ten and a half hours.


Day 14 :Jakar/Bumthang Sightseeing

Bumthang (meaning “the Plain of Ghosts”), is a land of myth and mystery and tales of the great Guru Padmasambhava who performed formidable feats and miracles here.A beautiful view of the Jakar Dzong ("Castle of the White Bird") can be had from viewpoint. Visit the Mebastsho (Burning Lake) where Terton Pema Lingpa’s most celebrated discoveries took place.

Visit the Dairy Farm, the Swiss Cheese Factory, and Apple Juice Factory.


Day 15 :Jakar – Trongsa

Drive to Trongsa along the East-West Highway. Stops can be made along the way to enjoy the scenery and to take pictures. Lunch at hotel in Trongsa. In the afternoon, take a leisurely stroll through Trongsa town.


Day 16 :Trongsa – Thimphu

Drive back to Thimphu along the East-West Highway. Have a picnic lunch on the way. Relax in your hotel or stroll through Thimphu town and visit the local restaurants and bars for your last night in Bhutan.


Day 17: Thimphu - Paro International Airport

Drive to Paro International Airport where our representatives will bid you Bon Voyage!

TASHI DELEK!

Our package includes:

1. Accommodation in the best standard hotels available on twin sharing basis

2. All meals and evening tea

3. All transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary (itinerary is flexible)

4. Full time English speaking Guide

5. All museum fees

6. Car and driver

7. Camping equipment such as tents, camping chairs, etc. provided. You will need to bring your own sleeping bags, trekking shoes, rain gear, etc.

NOTE: We can also make arrangements for you to see/participate in a traditional archery match.


      

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