No.of Days: 14 Grade: Moderate starts in: Kathmadnu Ends in: Kathmadnu Group size: Max. 15 Transportation: Private vehicle as per the group size Accommodation: Hotel and Camping Maximum altitude: : 4900m
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Bhutan cultural tour is one of the most popular tour in Bhutan. Bhutan cultural tour offers specially Bhutan culture, tradition, Bhutanese people’s manner as well as warm hospitality for the travelers /adventure seekers. Cultural tour in Bhutan take to you hear of the Bhutan and involve in Bhutan cultural heritage sites. Bhutan often revered as the “land of the Peaceful Dragon” regarded as one of the last Shangri-La in the Himalayan region because of its remoteness, it’s spectacular mountain terrain, varied flora and fauna and it’s unique ancient Buddhist monasteries. It is one of the attractively unexplored pockets of Asia which allow only limited number of discerning travelers to enter the country with a special visa permits.

Bhutan cultural tour begins at paro. Paramount holiday representative will transfer to hotel. After an hours, paramount tour guide take to you sightseeing tour in Bhutan valley. Visit in Simthokha Dzong, Memorial Chorten, National Library, Handicraft Emporium , Taktsang monastery are main destination of this package tour. Minimum one week holidays required for Bhutan cultural tour but we Himalaya Journey Trekking arrange Bhutan cultural tour according to travelers wish and holiday frame.

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Itineraries

Day 1

Arrive Kathmandu

It is a panoramic thrill flying into Kathmandu on a clear day. The views of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below you are almost ecstatic, beginning a whole chain of memorable experiences that stay with you for a long, long time. A representative and driver from Tibet Nepal Adventure will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into Hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your daily activities. Check in at the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 2

Sightseeing tour

After breakfast at the hotel, commence the sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city, Swayambhunath and Patan city. Kathmandu city: Kasthamandap, the source of the name Kathmandu means ‘made from the timber of a single tree’. Also known as Kantipur, the capital Kathmandu is the hub of Nepal's art and culture. It is a place for rest, relaxation and easy-day sightseeing of historic and artistic temples and monuments. Kathmandu Durbar Square with its arrays of temples, Seto Machhindranath and the ancient palace of the former Nepali Royals enriches your experience of the centuries old civilisation. Swayambhunath Stupa: Said to be around 2000 years old, this Buddhist Stupa sits atop a hill. The main stupa is composed of a solid hemisphere of brick and earth supporting a lofty conical spire crowned by a pinnacle of Copper gilt. Painted on the four sided base of the spire are the all seeing eyes of Lord Buddha. The hill of Swayambhunath is a mosaic of small Chaityas and Pagoda temples. You’ll get a scenic view of Kathmandu city from there. Patan city: Located about 5 km south of Kathmandu, Patan is one of 3 royal cities in the valley. A destination for connoisseurs of fine arts, Patan is filled with wood and stone carvings, metal statues, ornate architecture, including dozens of Buddhist and Hindu temples, and over 1200 monuments. Patan is believed to have been built in the third century B.C. by the Kirat dynasty later expanded and enriched by the Licchavi and the Malla rulers in the medieval period. Patan Durbar Square, like its counterpart in Kathmandu, is an enchanting mélange of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The former Royal palace complex is the centre of Patan’s religious and social life, and houses a beautiful museum. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 3

Fly to Paro

After breakfast at the hotel transfer to airport fly to Paro. Arrive Paro by Druk air BAe 146-100 series, the only national carrier. The flight into the Himalayas is truly a memorable experience. As the aircraft enters the Paro valley, look down and you will see the Paro Dzong overlooking the Paro chu (river) with Ta Dzong (National Museum) above it. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by our representative and escort you to Kichu resort. If time prevails visit the National museum and Rinpung Dzong Check in Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4

Hike to Taksang Monastery

To acclimatize or hike to Taktsang monastery meaning a tiger's den lies at an altitude of 3000m which takes about 2/3 hours. The monastery was gutted by fire in 1998 but the remains of the structure still attract visitors. The Royal Government has taken immediate steps to restore and re-construct the old structure. Tea and snacks will be served at the cafeteria where you can gaze at this beautiful monument built during the 17th century. Stroll back to Kichu resort. Evening at leisure . Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5

Trek to Shana

Trek begins from Drugyal Dzong - Shana and the walking distance is 16 kilometers and takes 5/6 hours. The path leads down to the Pa Chu River and runs on the left side passing villages and scattered farmlands. Before reaching the camp you will cross a military camp and trekking permits have to be produced. A nice campsite known as Shana Zam at an altitude of 2800m is located just beyond the military camp. Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at Camp.

Day 6

Trek to Soi Thangthankha

Shana - Soi Thangthangkha and the walking distance is 22 kilometers which takes 8/9 hours. The trail is rather gradual without any steep climbs through dense forest of oak, pine and spruce. Camp lies on the left side of the river at an altitude of 3600 marked with two stone shelters of 3800 meters. Walking time 7/8 hours. Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at Camp.

Day 7

Trek to Jangothang

The walking distance is 12 kilometers which takes 4/5 hours. The path ascends for a while till you reach a army camp. After a kilometer pass a village called Jampu towards the north. From here you will be above the tree line enjoying the stunning views of the Rocky Mountains. Occasionally pass by solitary houses of the yak herders before you finally reach the old ruins of the fort known as Jangothang at an altitude of 4050m with a community hall. This is also the Chomolhari base camp. Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at Camp.

Day 8

A Rest day in Jangothang

Excursion to the nameless view point at an altitude of 5250 offering beautiful view of Mt. Chomolhari and Kungphu. Fishing can also be done at Tshophu Lake, filled with giant rainbow trouts, clients have to bring their own equipment or relax at the camp. Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at Camp.

Day 9

Trek to Dumzo

The walking distance is 18 kilometers which takes 6/7 hours crossing a pass known as Bhonte la at an altitude of 4900m. This day offers beautiful views of Mt.Chomolhari, Kungphu, Jichu Drake from the Two lakes and wonderful landscape. The ascent is about 800m in altitude, the descent 1,090m in altitude. Before reaching the camp you will pass the Soi Yaksa village and one kilometer futher cross a bridge to reach the campsite at an altitude of 3800m. Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at Camp.

Day 10

Trek to Thombu Shong

The walking distance is 13 kilometers about 5/6 hours walk. This stage offers a lot of scenic beauty. You will have good views into the valley and from the Thombu la pass at an altitude of 4520m views of Chomolhari and Jichu Drake can be seen. From the pass its all the way down hill till camp at an altitude of 4180m situated above tree line. The difference in altitude (ascent) is 700m. Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at Camp.

Day 11

Trek to Shana Zam

Walking distance 15 kilometers about 5/6 hours walk. The first part especially the walk on the ridge offers beautiful views partly to the mighty ice giants in the Chomolhari region. The second part consists of a steep descent which lacks interesting views. At end of the descent you will come across the same military camp as you entered. Many possible camps can be found if you walk further down. Lunch, Dinner and Overnight at Camp.

Day 12

Trek to Drugyal Dzong and Drive to Paro

Shana Zam - Drugyel Dzong. Our Vehicle will be waiting for your return at Drugyel Dzong and then proceed to Kichu resort. Lunch on the trek. Check in Dinner and Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13

Transfer to airport fly to Kathmandu

Transfer to airport where the guide will help you with the final departure formalities. On arrival at the Kathmandu airport meet, assist by our airport representative and transfer to Hotel. Check in at Hotel. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 14

Final departure.

After breakfast at the hotel transfer to airport fly to onward destination. We ensure that you will leave your hotel with cherishing memory and an experience of a lifetime. Our representative from Tibet Nepal Adventure will drive you to the airport in time for your flight back home.

* Meet, assisted upon arrival at Kathmandu by our office representative.
* All arrival / Departure transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicle.
* 03 Nights twin/double room accommodation with breakfast at 3 star hotel in Kathmandu.
* Kathmandu city tour as per the above itinerary with our local English speaking guide including monumental entrance fees.
* 03 Nights twin/double room accommodation on full board basis at 3 star hotel in Bhutan as per the itinerary.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea and coffee and hot water during the trek including guide and necessary support staffs with their insurance and salaries.
* Camping accommodation during the trek.
* Necessary trek transfers as per the itinerary.
* Tourism Development fee and Tourism Service Charge in Bhutan.
* First Aid Medical Kit box.
* Applicable hotel and government taxes presently 24.3% for Nepal.

* Any meals in Kathmandu other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance.
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal and Bhutan visa fees [link for Nepal & Bhutan visa fee].
* Airfare for the sector Kathmandu / Paro / Kathmandu.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, snacks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipments.
* Emergency Evacuation.
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, landslides, domestic flight delays due to weather, political disturbance and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost inclusion.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tipping amount.

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