Tergo Travels, Bhutan

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This itinerary is for clients travelling with babies and also for those who do not want to leave the comfort of a hotel at night and still enjoy hiking in the mountains of Bhutan. A few visits to cultural and historical sites have also been included.

For those travelling with babies, one should be fit enough to hike with baby in a backpack.  Tergo’s experience has been that it is easier to do this with babies and toddlers up to 2 years of age. And after that no matter how fit or determined you are, the weight of the baby/toddler makes a lot of difference when you are hiking uphill/downhill on an altitude which can be from 2,000 metres to 3,500 metres (depending on where you hike).

This itinerary is also suitable for children from 10 years and above who are fond of outdoor activities.

7 nights 8 days

US$ 4,000 for 2 (twin sharing accommodation) with babies/toddlers up to 5 years of age

US$ 4,350 for 2 (separate accommodation)

Children discount –  Children between the age of 6-12 years accompanied by adults get a discount of 50% on the net charge.

Student discount – Students between the age of 13-25 years carrying a valid identity card from their schools/institutions will receive 25 % discount on the net charge.

Season: Jan, Feb, March, April, May, mid-Sep, Oct, Nov and Dec

Day 1

Arrival at the Paro International Airport

Druk Air flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. Whether flying along the Himalayan range from Kathmandu or over the foothills, each flight is a mesmerizing feat and offers exciting descent into the Kingdom. On arrival at the airport, received by our representative and then transfer to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan.

Visit the Ta Dzong

Located in a former tower (Ta Dzong means Watch Tower in Dzongkha) above the Rinpung Dzong, the museum displays artifacts from Bhutan’s history as well as examples of indigenous flora and fauna.

Visit the Kichu Lhakhang

This is one of the oldest monasteries built in the 7th century to subdue the ogress that lay across the whole of the Himalayas. There is another monastery which is said to be built on the same day called Jambay Monastery in Bumthang. It is believed that Kichu was built over her left foot and Jambay on her left knee.

Night halt in Paro October

Day 2

Hike to the Taktsang (the Tiger’s nest – 5-6 hours return)

Constructed in 1692, Taktsang is one of Bhutan’s most famous monasteries.  It is perched on the mountainside at an elevation of 3,120 metres (10,200 feet).  Taktsang meaning “Tiger’s Nest” was named after the legend where Tibetan Buddhist saint Padmasambhava flew across the Himalayas on the back of a tigress before finally landing at the very spot that Taktsang was built.

Drive to Thimphu (1 hour drive)

Thimphu became a town in 1961 and is the capital of Bhutan. Today the city sprawls across the western slopes of the Wang Chuu river valley, with several government offices located around Trashichho Dzong.

Night halt in Thimphu

Day 3

Hike to Phajoding till the Chookhortse Monastery (4-5 hours )

You will hike only up to the Chhokhortse Monastery. This hike is an easy one but you get to see some spectacular views of Thimphu

This monastery is situated on a commanding height overlooking Thimphu valley. In the form of a statue, here Guru Padmasambhava is shown in his terrifying appearance holding a bowl made of skull in his left hand. The yogic path that turns from India to the mountains of Tibet and Bhutan is set here in symbols with utmost consistency.

On way back a brief stop at the Takin zoo.

The Takin Zoo is a mini zoo where the national animal of Bhutan, Takin, is kept in captivity. The local folklore regarding the Takin is that the animal is created by the divine madman, Drukpa Kinley, from the head of a goat and a body of a cow served to him by a gathering of devotees.

Visit the Folks Heritage Museum

This museum is dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past through exhibits, demonstrations, educational programmes and documentations of Bhutanese rural life. The principal exhibit in the museum is a restored three-storey traditional building rammed with mud and timber which dates back to the mid 19th century. In order to present a typical Bhutanese rural setting and flavor, paddy, wheat and millet fields, a traditional watermill (with mill stones that date back to more than 150 years), traditional style kitchen gardens with vegetables that were grown and consumed over hundreds of years, and the famous traditional hot stone bath complement the museum building and the exhibitions within.

Visit the National Institute of Zorig Chusum

“Zorig Chusum” means the Thirteen Crafts. To preserve Bhutan’s invaluable heritage and to promote arts, the Government initiated this institute in 1971.The thirteen arts and crafts comprises of: painting, carpentry, carving, sculpture, casting, black-smiting, bamboo work, gold and silver-smiting, weaving, embroidery, masonry, leather-work and paper-making. The institute teaches students the Thirteen Crafts. They also learn to understand the traditional meaning and spiritual values enshrined in Buddhist

Night halt in Bhutan Suites

Day 4

Hike to the Tango to Dolay Gyempa loop

(20 minutes drive and 4 hours walk)

The Tango Monastery was founded in 12th century and is dedicated to the body, mind and speech of one of the founders of Buddhism in Bhutan. Situated to the north of Thimphu, it is about 30 minutes drive and then a 4 hours walk through a beautiful forest with a picnic lunch in between.

Night halt in Thimphu

Day 5

Hike to Thadranang Monastery (4-5 hours hike return)

The trail is fairly clear but steep with blue pines and an undergrowth of young blue pine and poplars. You will also pass several fields of prayer flags.

Visit the National Memorial Chorten

This chorten or stupa serves as a gathering for the young and old. This stupa was built in 1974 by Her Majesty the Royal Grand Mother in memory of her late son, Bhutan’s third King, who is popularly regarded as the Father of Modern Bhutan. The paintings and statues inside the stupa provide deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.

Visit Trashichho Dzong

Trashichho Dzong is the centre of government and religion, site of King’s throne room and the seat of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Built in 1641 by the political and religious unifier of Bhutan, Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, it was reconstructed in 1961 in traditional Bhutanese manner, without any nails or architectural plans

Night halt in Bhutan Suites

Day 6     Travel to Dochula (1 hour drive)

Dochula is a mountain pass at about 3,300 metres.

Hike to Lungchuzekha Goempa (3-4 hours walk)

This is a moderately easy hike that takes you through a forest with spectacular views if the weather is clear.

Drive back to Thimphu

Night halt in Thimphu

Day 7                                     Travel to Paro

Hike to the Jele Dzong (with a picnic lunch) and back

(20 minutes drive by car till the road head)

The ruin is situated at an altitude of 3450m above Paro valley. In the medieval times people often travel from one corner of Bhutan to another on foot and on horses. The Jele Dzong use to give food and shelter during the night halts made by these travellers. The hike to Jele Dzong is five hours walk from the Jeshegang village. Most of the walk is through mixed coniferous forests and often you will see white langurs, Himalayan musk deer and monal peasant.

Hot stone bath and dinner in a farmhouse

Hot-stone-bath is a popular form of medication practiced in Bhutan since time immemorial. There is no recorded history of its origin. Bhutanese believe that hot stone bath cures illness related to muscular disorders and joint pains. It is also considered a luxury and a treat in the modern times.

Night halt in Paro

Day 8                                     Departure