Day 1 (11 March, Wednesday): Arrive Paro
The flight to Paro crosses the Himalayan Mountains, affording spectacular views of the awesome peaks, including the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan. On arrival you will be greeted by the guide and take you for lunch. After lunch, you will visit the Rinpung Dzong meaning “fortress of the heap of jewels". It has a long and fascinating history. Along the wooden galleries lining the courtyard of the Rinpung Dzong are fine wall paintings illustrating Buddhist lore. You will walk downhill till the road point crossing the wooden bridge. Your vehicle will be waiting here to take you to the ruins of Drugyal Dzong, which was built to celebrate the Bhutanese victory over Tibetans in olden days. On the way back, you will visit Kichu Lhakhang, the oldest and the most sacred temple in the country. Later in the evening, you can visit Paro town. Overnight Paro.
Day 2 (12 March, Thursday): Acclimatization hike to Tiger's Nest Monastery
After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery, which is Bhutan 's most famous monastery. Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from Singye Dzong in Lhuntse to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. It is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. Lunch would be served in the Cafeteria on the way. Hike back to Paro and in the afternoon and visit Kichu Lhakhang and Drugyel Dzong. Overnight at Paro.
Day 3 (13 March, Friday): Haa Valley-Sagala (Time 3 ½ hours) Trek starts
Your trek begins through an unpaved motor road for less than hour keeping yourself on the left side of the villages. Taking the footpath trail on the right side of the village will lead you to climb up gradually through a yak herders camp. And from the end of this yak herder’s camp, you will traverse through two different trails. Take right side trail to make your final climb towards your camp just below Saga La pass, 3550 meters. (The trail towards the left goes to the summer yak herding camp and to the border of China). Overnight camp at Sagala (3150 meters).
Day 4 (14 March, Saturday): Sagala-Ningula (Time 5 ½ hours)
From the camp start climbing for 30 minutes to reach the Sagala pass (3550 meters). If the weather is clear you will have a superb view of Mt. Jumolhari and Jitchu Drake. From the pass, walk on the right side of the trail. After making several ascents and descents, walking through the trails of rhododendron tress and meadows, you will finally be on the top of the ridge at 4100 meters which offers great views of Haa Valley. You will again make occasional ascents and descents through forests of Hemlock and Juniper until you reach at your camp 3850 meters.
Day 5 (15 March, Sunday): Ningula-Kungkarpo-Thimphu (Time 6 hr.) Trek ends
After breakfast, you will start descending for few minutes, and then follow the ridge through meadows of yak herder’s camp. From the end of meadow, climb uphill toward Kung Karpo pass through the forest of tall rhododendron trees. The trail is pretty small uphill until you reach meadows with lot of stone cairns. The view of Haa valley is spectacular as you climb up through these stone cairns to reach the first pass before Kung Karpo. After hiking on the ridges you will reach Kung Karpo (Sky Burial at 4350 meters). The total hiking time from Yak herder’s camp till Kung Karpo is 2 hours. At Kung Karpo, you may climb on the top of the mountain to see the Sky Burial. From Kung Karpo you will be walking up and down with panoramic view of Paro valley on left and Haa Valley on right. A view of Kila Goenpa Nunnery below is also spectacular. Reach on the final ridge and then walk further downhill until you reach Chelela pass (3980 meters) which is one of the highest motor able passes in Bhutan. The total walking time from Kung Karpo to Chelela pass is one and half hours. Your car and driver will be waiting here to transfer to Thimphu. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
Day 6 (16 March, Monday): Across Dochu La pass to Punakha
You will have breakfast in ancipation of your first bike ride in Bhutan. You will ride 22 km to Dochula Pass at 3150 meters high from the sea level with an elevation gain of 770 meters. If the weather is clear, you will be greeted with eight spectacular himlayan mountain ranges in the far north. The pass is marked by array of colourful prayer flags and 108 chortens. The 1700 meters downhill ride from the Dochu La into the Punakha Valle through lush forest and jungle spread over a distance of 50 kilometre will leave you speechless. On the way, you will bike along unpaved road through the village to visit the Madman's temple on the hillock. Biking for another 2 km road will led you to the hotel where we put our night here in Punakha.
Day 7 (17 March, Tuesday): Punakha Rafting
In the morning, you will visit Punakha Dzong, lying at the junction of the Mo (female) Chu and the Po (male) Chu. The Dzong that looks like an anchored ship is the winter home for over 1000 monks. Every year the Punakha festival celebrates the famous victory over the Tibetans, who were repulsed whilst trying to recapture the self-emerged sacred statue of Avalokiteshvara, brought to Bhutan by Shabdrung in 1637. Then you will hike through a forest of pines and farmlands along the bank of Pho Chu River for about 2 hours till you reach Samdhingkha (put in). Your rafting crew will be waiting here for you. Then start rafting along the Pho Chu River coming across stretches of Class II and IV rapids. Upon arriving at a beach-like stretch of sand, some distance from a Chorten, you will be served lunch on the sandy embankment. The post-lunch rafting session will continue till you reach the relatively placid section of the river below the Punakha Dzong. Overnight Punakha.
Day 8 (18 March, Wednesday): Across Pele La and Yotong La to Bumthang
After breakfast, we head eastwards through the forests of fir, spruce and hemlock and after climbing for 3 hours we reach the Pele La pass (3300m.). There is an opportunity to see langur monkeys in the forest on this section of our ride. At the pass, the forest widens for a while and we might find yaks grazing by the side of the road. It is possible to see Chomolhari (7219m.) if you look back from the pass. From the pass to Trongsa follows an amazing descent of 1530 metres and almost 60 kilometres ride. You will have lunch at Chendebji at the roadside cafeteria. After lunch you will continue riding. Crossing a bridge at Nikkachu, and entering dramatic section of the road and with final 300-meter climp, we arrive Trongsa. From Trongsa, the road climbs rapidly through a series of hairpins with great views of the Dzong behind and out across the valley. After passing through cultivated fields for a while, you re-enter the forest and at after biking for 30 kilometres, we reach the Yutong La pas (3400m.). From the pass, you will descend to a low point of 2650 metres at a village called Chumey, which is the first out of four great valleys of Bumthang. After a short climb to Kiki La pass, we turn to a corner for a great descent to Jakar. From almost 20 kilometres away you will be greeted by the Jakar Dzong, high above the village. Overnight Jakar in Bumthang.
Day 9 (19 March, Thursday): Bumthang
Today you have an option either to ride on bikes or do sightseeing in car. Sightseeing in Bumthang includes Jakar Dzong, the administrative center of the valley; Jambay Lhakhang, one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan, dating from the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan; and Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places, because Guru Rinpoche left his body imprint on the cave when he was meditating. You can also meditate for few hours here. After lunch, you will also have a chance to tour Tamshing Lhakhang, a treasure house of interesting religious Buddhist paintings. Overnight hotel in Bumthang.
Day 10 (20 March, Friday): Bumthang - Wangdue
You'll begin the day at the Bumthang market, and then head to Wangdue. You can ride on bikes intermittantly till you reach Wangdue. Stop at Chendebji Chorten for your lunch. Chendebji Chorten was built in 18th century by a lama named Shida which is a Nepalese style with eyes painted at four cardinal points. After long exhilarating journey passing through two spectacular high passes, you will arrive Wangdue. The nearby villages of Wangdue are known for their slate and stone carvings. Overnight hotel in Wangdue.
Day 11 (21 March, Saturday): Wangdue - Thimphu
This morning you return to Thimphu. On reaching Dochula, you can visit the new Druk Wangyal Monastery, which is the only of its kind in the country, with elaborate paintings depicting the lineage of the present monarchy and their visionary works. After lunch, you will catch a busy Weekend Market at the bank of Thimphu River where people from nearby villages come here to sell their vegetables. You can stroll through the market to see the variety of food of the country, including basket upon basket of fiery chilies, fresh cheese, and mangoes. In addition, many stalls contain Bhutanese handicrafts and household items. It's fun to wander the aisle, taking in the bustling atmosphere of the market. Perhaps this market scene offers wonderful opportunity for photographs and to mingle with local people. Overnight hotel in Paro.
Day 12 (22 March, Sunday): Thimphu
In the morning you can hike to Tango Monastery, which was built by the "Divine Madman" in the 15th century. It's a center of study for monks, and it affords a great view of the Thimphu Valley. After lunch, hike back to Thimphu. Evening is the free time for shoping in Thimphu town. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
Day 13 (23 March, Monday): Depart Paro
After breakfast drive to the airport for departure. Our representative will bid you farewell.