Culture Tour & Glamping Trek

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Duration

9Days/8Nights

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Season

April-May & Sept-Nov

Mar-June & Sept-Nov

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Group Size

2-8 People

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Region

West Bhutan

Mar-June & Sept-Nov

This tour comprises a 5-day Glamping trek along the mountain ranges between Thimphu valley and Wangdue, providing a unique and luxurious trekking experience amidst diverse landscapes while ensuring your comfort is paramount. Additionally, you’ll enjoy three days of cultural sightseeing tours and a hike to the Tiger’s Nest, offering you a comprehensive and unforgettable experience of Bhutan.

SDF

US $100

per day

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Outline of the Journey

Departing from Kathmandu offers one of the most breathtaking aerial experiences globally. Just eight kilometers east of Kathmandu, you’ll be treated to panoramic views of Mount Everest, Makalu, and Lhotse, along with the majestic peaks of Kanchenjongga in Sikkim, and Jumolhari and Jichu Drake Mountains in Bhutan.

Upon arrival, your guide will welcome you and lead you on a sightseeing excursion, beginning with Kichu Lhakhang, Rinpung Dzong, the National Museum, and Paro Drukgyal Dzong, all situated along the ancient caravan route to Tibet in the northern region. Conclude the day with relaxation at your hotel in Paro.

The hike to the Tiger’s Nest Temple is an indispensable experience for anyone visiting Bhutan, offering both a fitness test for the next day’s trek and a profound cultural immersion. Situated at an elevation of 3120 meters, this revered site holds deep spiritual significance, having been sanctified by Padmasambhava in the 8th century, a revered figure in Vajrayana Buddhism. Our journey begins with an ascent of approximately 900 meters from Paro, meandering through enchanting pine, fir, and rhododendron forests. Upon reaching the Cafeteria, we pause to indulge in a refreshing cup of tea, marvelling at the temple’s breathtaking cliffside location.

Continuing onward, we ascend further to reach the first lookout point, then descend into the gorge, passing by a serene waterfall before arriving at the main temple complex. Take your time to explore the temple’s intricate details and soak in its tranquil ambiance. After our exploration, we retreat to the Cafeteria for a well-deserved lunch. From there, we descend to the base of the temple, where our awaiting car awaits to transport you to Thimphu Paro.  Before your one hour journey to Thimphu explore Paro town and perhaps engage in some souvenir shopping. We’ll then drive to Thimphu for overnight stay.

7KM | 5-6 HOURS | 230M ASCENT | DESCENT 60M | CAMP ALT 3290M

The day commences with a 45-minute drive to the stunning Genekha Village, serving as the starting point for your trek. Renowned for its production of matsutake and chanterelle mushrooms, this village sets the stage for an unforgettable journey. Embarking on the trek, you’ll traverse along mule paths, winding through terraced fields and dense coniferous forests teeming with alpine flora and diverse birdlife. Descending to the river, you’ll then embark on a gradual uphill climb for approximately two hours, eventually reaching a vast rock platform at 3350 meters. Here, you’ll be treated to a breathtaking panoramic view of the valley below.

Continuing onward for another two hours of trekking, you’ll arrive at your campsite nestled in Gur (3,290m), surrounded by an abundance of vibrant wildflowers. Set against the backdrop of majestic mountains, this serene setting offers a tranquil retreat amidst nature’s splendor.

12KM | 6 HOURS | 1010M ASCENT | CAMP ALT 4300M

While trekking across the rugged ridges, you’ll be mesmerized by the stunning beauty of the
mountainous vegetation. Today’s trek takes you through a landscape adorned with vibrant flowers, wild asparagus (especially in spring), and expansive meadows, offering a refreshing experience for the mind and soul. As you weave your way through tiny streams, you’ll gently ascend amidst scattered birch trees and rhododendrons until you reach the Pagalabtsa pass (4250m), marked by towering cairns. From this vantage point, you’ll be treated to spectacular vistas of the majestic Kanchenjunga in Sikkim, as well as numerous peaks of the Bhutanese Himalayas. Descending from the pass, you’ll be greeted by panoramic views of the entire Dagala range, sprawling meadows, and yak herder’s camps. Enjoy a delightful lunch at a nearby yak herder’s camp before continuing your descent into the Labatama valley.

Gradually ascending through the valley, passing by charming yak herder huts along the way, you’ll eventually arrive at Utsho Lake (4300m), renowned for its abundance of golden trouts. Our campsite awaits next to the tranquil waters of the lake, providing a serene and picturesque setting for the night.

Today you have two optional activities – exploration of nearby lakes or climb on Jomo Peak. Exploration of nearby lakes, including Relitsho, Hentsho, Setsho, and Jagetsho Lakes. These pristine bodies of water are teeming with trouts, and your knowledgeable trekking leader will regale you with mystical tales and folklore associated with these enchanting lakes.  Enjoy a leisurely lunch by the lakeside, surrounded by spectacular views that promise to leave a lasting impression. The tranquillity of the surroundings combined with the breathtaking scenery creates a truly memorable experience.

Alternatively, for those seeking an additional adventure, there’s the option to attempt the ascent of the Jomo peak, towering at an altitude of 5050 meters. Conquer the summit and revel in the sense of accomplishment while soaking in panoramic views from the peak. As evening approaches, return to camp and take some time to relax and unwind, preparing for the adventures that await on the following day.

8KM | 5-6 HOURS | 220M ASCENT | 520M DESCENT | CAMP ALT 4000M

Embark on a scenic trek along the western side of Dalatsho, ascending to a saddle at 4520m, offering majestic views of the prominent Himalayan peaks. From this vantage point, marvel at iconic landmarks such as Mount Everest in Nepal, Kanchenjunga in Sikkim, as well as Masangang, Tiger Mountain, Tsendagang, and Jichu Drake in Bhutan.

As you descend from the saddle, passing by yak herder huts, you’ll follow the path alongside the Doccha Chuu River. Meandering along the riverbank, staying elevated on the slope, you’ll eventually arrive at Pankha. Here, you’ll be greeted by the sight of Himalayan monal pheasants, alongside yaks and horses, adding to the picturesque scenery. Settle in for the night at Pankha, where our campsite awaits at an altitude of 4000m, surrounded by the serene beauty of the Himalayan landscape.

14KM | 8 HOURS | 180M ASCENT | 1540M DESCENT

Today’s journey promises awe-inspiring vistas as you traverse impressive mountain passes, offering panoramic views of Bhutan’s northern mountain chains. Keep an eye out for different varieties of Blue Poppy (particularly in June-July) and an array of mountain birds along the trail. Lunch will be savoured at a scenic point where one trail leads to Talakha and the other to Wanguephodrang. Following lunch, a gentle hour-long climb brings you to the final pass, Tale La (4180m), boasting superb views of the Dagala range and Thimphu.

Prepare for a lengthy descent through forests of spruce, birch, juniper, and rhododendrons as you make your way to the junction of Talakha Goenpa at 3080m and Chamgang. From here, your journey continues with a long descent through mixed vegetation, apple orchards to the charming village of Chamgang.

Upon reaching Chamgang, your awaiting car will transfer you back to Thimphu, concluding your day’s adventure amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Bhutan. Relax with a hot shower at the hotel to refresh yourself from the long, tiring hikes. Overnight accommodation awaits at the hotel in Thimphu.

Thimphu, the vibrant capital city of Bhutan, seamlessly blends traditional charm with modern influences, providing an enchanting experience for all who visit. Kickstart your day with a visit to the Memorial Chorten, a revered monument deeply entrenched in Bhutanese spirituality, where locals and pilgrims alike gather to pay homage. Continue your journey by making your way to Buddha Point at Kuenselphodrang, where a magnificent statue of Buddha awaits, offering sweeping vistas of the city and its picturesque surroundings. Next, delve into the tranquillity of the Takins Preserve, where Bhutan’s unique national animal, the takin, resides, and explore the serene ambiance of the nearby Nunnery Temple.

After indulging in a delectable lunch, immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of the Farmer’s Market, where an array of vendors showcase fresh produce, meats, grains, fruits, textiles, and more. If you’re fortunate, catch an exhilarating archery match at the national stadium ground, providing a glimpse into Bhutan’s beloved national sport. For history buffs and architecture enthusiasts, a visit to Tashichhodzong is a must. This grand fortress-monastery serves as the administrative heart of Bhutan, offering profound insights into the country’s rich cultural heritage.

Conclude your day by leisurely exploring the city, taking in the vibrant streets and unique cultural offerings of Thimphu. Retire to your hotel in Thimphu, cherishing the delightful memories of Bhutan’s capital city.

After breakfast, you’ll embark on a scenic one-hour drive to Paro airport for your onward flight to your destination. Our guide will accompany you and bid you farewell, ensuring your journey concludes with warm memories of your time in Bhutan.

Q: Who should consider booking this tour, or for whom is it suitable?

This tour caters to individuals seeking a comprehensive introduction to Bhutan, along with a love for mountain trekking, yet preferring to stay within their comfort zone without compromising on luxury. Our Glamping trek offers a five-star experience amidst the mountains, complete with highly experienced trek chefs and staff dedicated to ensuring your comfort throughout the trek.

Q: What is the difficulty level of this trek and what fitness level is required?

This trek is classified as moderate to hard, with altitudes reaching over 4500 meters. Accommodations will be at elevations exceeding 3000 meters. While a certain level of fitness is necessary, previous trekking experience is not required to successfully complete this trek.

Q: What’s optimal season for this trip?

Bhutan is an ideal for year-round exploration, offering diverse experiences and breathtaking landscapes. However, it's worth noting that July, August, and mid-September tend to be wet months, which may make touring less favourable due to the weather conditions. Similarly, from December to February, the trails can become icy, affecting trekking activities.

Q: What kind of facilities and services can we expect on the Glamping Trek?

We offer cozy, weatherproof cottage tents for your overnight stays, complete with comfortable cots, pillows, side tables, and carpeted flooring illuminated by adequate LED lights. We also provide toilet tents with facilities, shower tents for your convenience, and dining tents where you can enjoy your meals in comfort. Additionally, you'll have a dining table with comfortable chairs for your camp meals. Our meals are prepared by trained mountain chefs, ensuring they are both highly tasty and nutritious, providing a well-balanced dining experience throughout your journey.

Q: What would be the temperature like on this trek?

During this trek, mornings and evenings will be slightly cold, while the days will be warmer. Night temperatures are expected to drop below zero degrees Celsius, while daytime temperatures will range between 14 to 18 degrees Celsius.

Q: Will the Company coordinate our visa and flight arrangements?

Yes! Your visa and flight arrangements are seamlessly included in your package, with no extra charges. We'll take care of your internal flights, and if you require assistance with external flights, we can make special arrangements upon your request.