Enjoy the variety of polish nature from valley, through the clean lakes and primeval forests to majestic mountains. Rest, relax just how you like and experience a unique trip to Bhutan hiker’s paradise.
Trekking in Bhutan can only be hiked in particular season i.e. March, May, late September and December. All the trekking in Bhutan are arranged at designated place.
Arrive in Guwahati Airport in Assam, India and meet with one of the representative. Drive of 3 hours towards Samdrup Jongkhar, a frontier town in southeastern. Along the drive, you will pass through many rural towns of Assam, tea estates and rice fields. Enter Bhutan and check in to hotels and stroll around Small Township. Overnight in hotel.
Day 02: Samdrup Jongkhar – Trashigang
After an early breakfast, begin a long drive towards Trashigang. As the road ascends, will pass through a variety of vegetation zones in the Himalayan foothills. If possible, will stop at a weaving center in Khaling. Upon arrival, visit Trashigang Dzong which houses the monastic institute for monks and administrative center. Overnight in hotel.
Day 03: Halt in Trashigang (Leisure or Excursion to Trashiyangtse)
Today is a day to rest and take it easy. For those wishing to cover more will drive to Trashiyangtse by visiting Gom Kora temple along the way. In Trashiyangtse, visit Traditional Art School, Chorten Kora and stroll around village and Small Township. Return to Trashigang for overnight.
Day 04: Drive to Merak
From Trashigang, a short drive en routes to Ranjung (small village) and to Radi village. Continuing the journey brings you towards Shaktimi meadow, with yaks and sheep’s on the hillside. A short climb reaches to Mendula Pass at 3345m. After the pass, along rhododendron forests and meadows of Donmong Chu at 3145m. The road continues up the first valley, called Gangu (3430m) and 15 minutes later arrive I large Merak village located at 3520m. Overnight at Merak.
Day 05: Discovering Merak
Today, full day will explore Merak, visit the local village homes and meet with its local people. Merak is one of the most isolated valleys in Bhutan. The Merak literally means “Set on fire”. The inhabitants of Merak are similar to Sakteng in their language, dress, lifestyle and spiritual affiliation. Overnight in Merak village.
Day 06: Merak – Miksateng
Today, we begin the journey on walk about 6 hours, 16km. it is relatively hard, as it crosses high pass and ridges. Early start, towards the east with gradual climb to the first pass at 3900m, from where you can have last glimpse of Merak valley. Continue the journey along the tree line of with juniper and rhododendron forest on the side till we reach Nachungla pass at 4150m. Will have incredible view with peaks of Bhutan, Arunachal and Tibet. Occasionally, you will come across Yak herders and horses along the trail. Overnight at Miksateng campsite at 3060m.
Day 07: Mesitang –Sakteng
Today’s trek is an easy one which takes 3 hours of 7 km. After breakfast, drop down to the river and gradually climbs a small pass with small stupa on the hill overlooking the Sakteng valley. From the rigid, we drop down to the valley, cross the river into Sakteng village. The area has cell phone towers and electricity. Overnight in campsite at 2950m.
Day 8: Sakteng Exploration
Today will explore the village, local homes, temples, meet with the peoples and see the lifestyle, unique living culture of the ethnic group and also school. Sakteng is a wide valley at 3000m, surrounded by mountains on all sides. Sakteng literally means “bamboo field”. The inhabitants of Sakteng are similar to those Merak.
Day 09: Sakteng – Trashigang
Early, trek downhill from Sakteng to the road head from where our vehicle can meet and drive to Trashigang. The drive is around 3 hours till the Tarmac road and thereafter it is another 2-3 hours to Trashigang. This road takes you via Phongmey and Radi, crossing acres of rice fields to Trashigang. Overnight in the hotel of Trashigang.
Day 10: Trashigang – Mongar – Yongkola
After breakfast, drive to Mongar town, which takes about 3-4 hours. Spend some time to visit Mongar Township and lunch at famous restaurant. Then continue drive for another 2-3 hours to Yongkola, which is well known for being one of the best birding spot. Overnight in the pleasant hotel.
Day 11: Yongkola – Bumthang
Begin amazing drive to central Bumthang, across Thrumshingla National Park and small hamlets and villages along the way to be visited. Arriving in Bumthang by afternoon and leisure at evening. Overnight in the hotel at Bumthang.
Day12: Sightseeing in Bumthang
Bumthang is well known as the cultural heartland of the Kingdom with Holy sites, temples, languages and traditions. Spend full day around Jakar visiting important monuments and cultural sites and local villages. Evening stroll the small town and overnight in the hotel.
Day 13: Bumthang – Trongsa – Punakha
After breakfast, begin a long drive to Punakha. Form Jakar, cross into Chumey valley, then Yotongla Pass and we arrive in Trongsa. Reaching Trongsa, will stop to peek at the impressive Trongsa Dzong (Fortress). Transverse Pele La Pass through Black Mountain National Park and descend into semi tropical where we reach Punakha valley. Overnight in the hotel at Punakha.
Day 14: Punakha – Thimphu
Visit Punakha Dzong, a former winter capital in Bhutan, located at the confluence of two rivers. Then drive up to Dochula pass, where we stop for lunch and to get the panoramic mountain views of eastern Himalayan Peaks (if weather permits). After arrival in Thimphu, visit some of the attractions of the capital, including the great fortress called Tashi choe Dzong. Overnight in hotel
Day 15: In Thimphu
Full day in Thimphu for touring many attractions such as Textile Academy, Farmers Market, Handicrafts Emporium, Buddha Statue Park, National Library, Memorial Chorten and others as per time permit. Overnight in hotel.
Day 16; Thimphu – Paro
Short drive of about 1 hour towards Paro. Spend the day around Paro valley, where we visit National Museum, Rinpung Dzong and beautiful Kyichu Lhakhang ad local farm houses. Overnight in hotel.
Day 17: Hike to Taktsang Monastery
Visit to Taktsang Monastery which is a short drive from the hotel to the trail head and climb for about 2 hours. Stroll around the town and farewell dinner.
Day 18: Departure
After breakfast, drive to the airport for flight onwards destination.