Rafting Adventure & Festival

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Duration

8Days/7Nights

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Season

Feburary

Mar-June & Sept-Nov

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Group Size

2-12 People

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Region

West Bhutan

Mar-June & Sept-Nov

This tour includes several days of sightseeing in western Bhutan, a day of festival celebration at Punakha Dzong Fortress, and an exhilarating rafting experience on the Phochu River in Punakha. The journey concludes with a memorable hike to the renowned Tiger's Nest Monastery.

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.

Embark on your journey by tracing the path along the Pachhu River, south of the valley. Upon reaching the confluence, turn northward and continue until you arrive at Simtokha, just south of Thimphu. From there, ascend steadily to the Dochula Pass, reaching an elevation of 3100 meters. Take a break here to savour a cup of tea and soak in the panoramic vistas of the pass. On clear days, marvel at the sight of the majestic Himalayan Mountain ranges to the north. Descend through refreshing broadleaved forests, transitioning to the lush subtropical forests of Punakha, situated at 1200 meters above sea level. Along the way, pause to visit the revered Chime Lhakhang Temple, dedicated to the esteemed saint Drukpa Kuenley. Accessible via a scenic walk through rice fields for approximately 20 minutes, this temple rests atop a small hill. Continue your journey to Punakha, where you will check into your hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.

The Punakha valley offers both the grandeur of the Dzong and thrilling rafting adventures on the Pho Chhu and Mo Chhu Rivers. Begin your day with a drive from Khuruthang to the opposite side of the river, reaching the Suspension Bridge, the longest in Bhutan, stretching over 180 feet. Crossing this impressive bridge, embark on a scenic 2 hours hike through pine forests and farmlands until you reach the Put-in point known as Samdhingkha, where your rafting crew awaits. After a brief safety briefing, set off on your rafting expedition, navigating through exhilarating class 2 and 4 rapids. Along the way, marvel at the diverse birdlife and observe locals tending to their fields as you glide downstream.

Conclude your rafting adventure at the end of the Dzong, where you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch before freshening up at your hotel. Later, immerse yourself in the vibrant festivities at the Dzong. Spend the night at your hotel in Punakha, relishing the day’s memorable experiences.

Begin your morning by exploring the majestic Dzong Fortress, renowned as one of the most stunning architectural marvels in the country. Here, you will have the unique opportunity to witness vibrant festivals, surrounded by locals who have gathered to partake in the festivities. Afterward, enjoy a delightful lunch at your hotel before embarking on your journey back to Thimphu, passing through the picturesque Dochu La Pass. Upon reaching Thimphu, check into your hotel for a comfortable overnight stay, reflecting on the captivating experiences of the day.

Thimphu, the vibrant capital city of Bhutan, harmoniously blends traditional charm with modern influences, offering a captivating experience for visitors. Begin your day with a visit to the Memorial Chorten, a revered monument deeply rooted in Bhutanese spirituality, where locals and pilgrims come to pay their respects.

Continue your exploration by heading to Buddha Point at Kuenselphodrang, where you’ll encounter a majestic statue of Buddha commanding panoramic views of the city and its surrounding landscapes. From there, venture to the Takins Preserve, home to Bhutan’s unique national animal, the takin, and take in the serene ambiance of the nearby Nunnery Temple. After indulging in a satisfying lunch, immerse yourself in the bustling atmosphere of the Farmer’s Market, where a plethora of vendors offer an array of fresh produce, meats, grains, fruits, textiles, and more. If luck is on your side, you might even catch an exhilarating archery match at the national stadium ground, providing a glimpse into Bhutan’s cherished national sport. For those with an interest in Bhutanese history and architecture, a visit to Tashichhodzong is a must. This impressive fortress monastery serves as the administrative centre of Bhutan and offers insight into the country’s rich cultural heritage.

Conclude your day by exploring the city at your leisure, soaking in the sights and sounds of
Thimphu’s bustling streets and unique cultural offerings. Retire to your hotel in Thimphu, filled with fond memories of your enchanting exploration of Bhutan’s capital city.

Wake up early this morning, as we have a one-hour drive ahead of us to reach Paro for our hike to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery. This hike is an absolute must-do for any visit to Bhutan. Perched at an elevation of 3120 meters, the Tiger’s Nest Temple holds deep spiritual significance, having been blessed by Padmasambhava in the 8th century, a revered figure in Vajrayana Buddhism.

Our journey begins with an ascent of approximately 900 meters from Paro, winding our way through enchanting pine, fir, and rhododendron forests. Upon reaching the Cafeteria, we’ll pause for a refreshing cup of tea while soaking in the breathtaking view of the temple perched precariously on the cliffside. Continuing our hike, we’ll ascend further to the first lookout point, then descend into the gorge, passing by a serene waterfall before reaching the main temple complex. Take your time to explore the intricate details of the temple and soak in its tranquil atmosphere. After our exploration, we’ll make our way back to the Cafeteria for a well-deserved lunch. From there, we’ll descend to the base of the temple, where our waiting car will transport us back to Paro.

Before concluding our day, take some time to explore Paro town and perhaps indulge in some souvenir shopping. We’ll spend the night at a hotel in Paro, reflecting on the unforgettable experiences of our Tiger’s Nest hike.

Drive to the airport for onward journey home.

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

This tour combines cultural immersion, thrilling rafting adventures, and the vibrant festivities of Buddhist mask dances. It's ideal for first-time visitors to Bhutan who are eager to delve into its rich culture and enjoy a dash of adrenaline-pumping adventure

Q: What’s optimal season for this trip?

It's an ideal destination for year-round exploration, with the exception of July, August, and mid- September when the weather tends to be little wet, making it less suitable for touring. As festivals in Bhutan have specific time frames, please feel free to inquire with us to customize your trip and include the festival experience in your itinerary.

Q: What accommodations can we expect during the trip?

We offer a minimum of three-star hotel accommodations as part of our package. For those seeking higher-category accommodations such as four or five-star hotels, these can be arranged upon request, with additional charges applicable.

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.