Tergo Travels, Bhutan

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This itinerary is targeted to families with children from 10 years old who are fit and adventurous. This entails 3 days of hiking and 2 nights in camp. Riding ponies are provided in case of emergencies but it is expected that children walk during the entire trek. Rafting is also included which is optional.

10 days 9 nights

US$ 5,120 for 2 (twin sharing accommodation)

US$ 5,660 for 2 (separate accommodation)

Children less than 5 years – no charge

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 – Feb, March, April, May, Oct, Nov, 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.

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.

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 Thimphu

Day 2

Visit Dechenpodrang Monastic School

The Dechenphodrang Monastic school is a school for novice monks where they spend 9 years in studying Buddhism. One can get a good view of the Trashichho Dzong from the school since it is located on a hill top.

Visit Sangaygang and the Takin Zoo

Sangaygang offers you a panoramic view of the Thimphu city. The Takin Zoo is a mini zoo where the national animal of Bhutan, Takin, is kept in captivity.

Visit the Textile Museum and the Folk Heritage Museum

The Textile and Folk Heritage Museums gives a fascinating testimony of the Bhutanese material culture and living traditions.

Practise some archery

Archery is the national game of Bhutan. Nearly all villages in the kingdom have an archery range. The game consists of two teams in traditional dress shooting at small wooden targets placed 140m apart. Tradition has it that women are not allowed to touch an archer’s bow, and it is believed to decrease performance if an archer sleeps with a woman the night before a contest. The traditional Bhutanese archery equipment is a long bamboo bow. Most archers nowadays use a state-of-the-art carbonite Hoyt brand bow with a complicated-looking pulley system that releases the arrows with tremendous speed.

Night halt in Thimphu

Day 3

Travel to Phobjikha

Phobjikha is a glacial valley. This place is one of the most important wildlife preserves in the country due to the Black Necked Cranes which migrate from Tibet to this place in the winter.

Enroute 15 minutes break at the Dochula pass (altitude 3,100 m) for a view of the mountain and visit the 108 stupas

“La” means pass in Bhutanese.  The mountain pass of Dochula offers you a view of the chain of Himalayan Mountains ranges on a clear sunny day. The 108 chortens were built under the initiative of Her Majesty the Queen Mother to honor His Majesty the 4th King’s and his people for their victory in the war fought in the southern Bhutan in 2003 and for the benefit of all sentient beings.

Enroute visit Wangdue Phodrang Dzong

The Wangdue Dzong sits atop a high ridge between 2 rivers, the Punatsang Chhu and the Dangchhu. Legend says while people were searching for a site for the Dzong, four ravens were seen flying in four directions. This was considered an auspicious sign representing the spread of religion in four directions.

Walk through the beautiful valley of Phobjikha to see the black necked cranes up-close and visit the cranes’ study centre

Night halt in Phobjikha

Day 4 – 6

Trek from Phobjikha to Wangdue Phodrang (3 days and 2 nights)

Day 01 : Gangtey Gompa – Gogona 15km (6-7 hours)

The trail winds gradually upwards through meadows and fields, ascending to Tsele-la pass (3,400m) where we stop for lunch. The trail then descends gradually for some time through forests of junipers, bamboo, magnolias and rhododendrons. After a last short climb, we reach Gogona village. The people of Gogona were originally nomads and they speak a language called Bjopkha (language of nomads).

Overnight camp.

Day 02: Gogona – Khotokha, 16 km  6- 7 hours)

The trail winds up gently above Gogona village, climbing into a forest of firs, oak, spruce, rhododendron, cypress and junipers. A long and gradual climb takes us up to Shobju-la pass (3,400m). The path leads down to the wide valley of Khotokha, where the people of Sha (a region of Wangdue Phodrang district) come in summer to graze their animals.

Overnight camp.

Day 03: Khotokha – Chazam/Wangduephodrang 12km, 5 hours

A short ascent takes us to a pass, from which the path descends steeply through ever- changing vegetation till finally reaching the bridge at Wangdue Phodrang. The trek ends here. Drive to Punakha

Night halt in Punakha

Day 7                                                                     Rafting on the Mochu

Picnic lunch next to the river

Visit the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal stands majestically on a strategic ridge above the Punakha valley. Built over a period of 9 years, it is a splendid example of Bhutan’s fine architectural and artistic traditions and the only one of its kind in the world. Built by Her Majesty the Queen Mother, this temple is dedicated for the well being of the kingdom and the benefit of all sentient beings.

Night halt in Punakha

Day 8 Travel to Paro (4 hours drive)

Visit the Ta Dzong (Mueum)

The Dzong, originally built as Watch Tower, it now houses National Museum of the Kingdom and boasts antique thangkha paintings, textiles, weapons & armor, household objects and a rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.

Night halt in Paro

Day 9

Trek to Taktsang (the tiger’s nest)

Constructed in 1692, Taksang is one of Bhutan’s most famous monasteries.  It is perched on the mountainside at an elevation of 3,120 metres (10,200 feet).  Taksang 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 Taksang was built.

Rest and recuperate

Visit the small town of Paro

Night halt in Paro

Day 10