Rafting in Bhutan

Days

7

Trip style

Active

Ratings

4.5/5
5/5

From

$1,390

River Rafting Punakha Valley

Enjoy the rich nature surrounding the river banks and the exotic birds of the area.

Rafting in Bhutan is most popular in Punakha valley. The picturesque valley further beautified by the surrounding villages and the Punakha Dzong anchored like a majestic ship between the Mo (female) and Pho (male) Chhu Rivers is a sight for sore eyes. 
The two rivers conjoined becomes the Puna Tsang Chhu river. Rafting occurs on both the male and female rivers and the rivers have class II and IV rapids. Multi-day rafting is an option in Bhutan in the rivers of the central, eastern and southern regions of the country. However, these trips can only be successfully completed by professional rafters. A majority of these rivers are turbulent with difficult tides. To accurately manage the gorges, canyons, rapidity curves and the speed of these rivers, multi-day rafting trips are offered for professional rafters with expert guides. 
 
However, the day-long rafting trips in Mo and Pho Chhu rivers are not short of an adventure. Driving through villages and crossing the suspension bridge to Samdingkha put-in area, your rafting trip sets out. With a thorough safety briefing, you will start your adventure. Witness the daily lives of people of the valley in the villages and farmhouses. Each second on your raft will serve your ear and eyes with beautiful snippets of Punakha. Don’t miss out on this adventure. 

Itinerary

The flight to Paro is an adventure to say the least. Catch glimpses of the sacred Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks as the plane crosses the Himalayan mountains. Before landing the plane zigzags between mountains surrounding the Paro Valley offering serene views of the charming town. You will be greeted by Bhutan Travelers and will be taken to your hotel. 
In the afternoon you may visit the Paro Dzong built in 1646 which currently houses government offices and religious institutions, much like all other Dzongs (fortresses) presently. To get to the Dzong you will cross a traditional picturesque cantilever bridge. Kichu Lhakhang, your next sight, is the oldest temple of Bhutan. Then a short walk to Drugyal Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort), you will learn of the rich history of Bhutan. This fort was built to commemorate Bhutan’s victory over Tibetan invaders in the 1600s. As evening comes take a stroll through the Paro market and town. Overnight stay at a hotel in Paro. 
In Paro, the Chencho Handicraft is worth a visit. Also known as the Traditional Weaving house, this store has a collection of local handicrafts such as Bhutanese attire, jewelry, artifacts and other accessories. There are also weavers working on their projects on-site. 
You will then drive to the capital, Thimphu. On arrival, visit the Memorial Chorten built in memory of the third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972. The Folk Heritage Museum and the world’s tallest Buddha statue at Kuenselphodrang made of bronze measuring 52m are also some great sightseeing opportunities. Then you can be of your own and stroll around Thimphu City. You can spend time visiting handicraft stores for souvenir shopping. Overnight at a hotel in Thimphu.

After breakfast this morning, enjoy a scenic drive to Punakha with a stop for tea at the Dochu La pass (3140m), where on a clear day you can get spectacular views of the Himalayan giants such as Mt. Jumolhari, Tsendagang and Masangang. From the pass we drive downhill through forests of rhododendron, fir and hemlock. You will arrive Punakha after traveling through rice fields and along the banks of Punakha River. On the way, you will stop at Metshina Village and take a 20-minute walk through the rice fields to Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple, dedicated to the Divine Madman, a man who was known for his earthly sense of humour and non-conventional methods of imparting teachings. After lunch, visit the Punakha Dzong, which is stunningly situated in between the male and female rivers like an anchored ship. Overnight at a hotel in Punakha.

Today is the day you have been waiting for, rafting in the rivers of Bhutan. The Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu rivers in Punakha are perfect for rafting activities. We will take a short hike and walk up to Samdingkha, the put in point. The hike is only 2 hrs, through the serene villages crossing the suspension bridge to the left. We will then climb the ridge and descend walking through villages again, however upstream along the Pho Chhu river to the put-in. 
 
After you are all geared up and have listened to the safety briefing, you will be ready to raft. Rafting in the Pho Chhu river is not only an adventure but also a unique mode of sightseeing. As you raft on the class II and IV rapids of the river you will pass by the majestic Punakha Dzong, anchored like a massive ship as the Pho and Mo Chhu rivers meanders around this architecture. Rafting experiences differ with the seasons, where in the summer rivers are larger and tides are stronger. The winter the river is calm and quite the opposite of summer, with a clear river too. As you continue on your river adventure you will see villages and people going about their daily lives from your raft. Staggering cliffs, forested valleys and exotic birdlife surrounds the river banks. You will also raft under the longest suspension bridge in the country. It is an amazing experience with breathtaking panoramic views of the valley around you. Take out is at the River Confluence marking the end of your rafting trip. Overnight at hotel in Punakha.
After breakfast today we will drive back to Thimphu. Once there we will visit some attractions in the city, starting with the Takin preserve. Takin, a rare member of the goat family, is the national animal of Bhutan and is endemic to Bhutan. Then we can head over to the Kuensel Phodrang (Bhutan Broadcasting Service Tower) for a short hike to enjoy the full grandiose view of the Thimphu Valley. After a nice leisurely hike we will head on to the Centenary’s Farmers Market to witness the hustle and bustle of the daily city dwellers, selling and buying goods ranging from fresh local produce to incense and herbs. Tashi Chho Dzong, the fortress that now holds the secretariat building, the throne room, office of the King and the central monk body, is an amazing architecture we must visit. We will end our sightseeing in Thimphu with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten, and watch some elder people circumambulating this monument. In the evening you can visit some handicraft and souvenir shops to do some shopping. 

Today you will start early from Thimphu and drive to Paro for your hike to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery. It is Bhutan’s most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche (spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands. Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria, located about halfway up on the mountain. The monastary is perched on the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. Explore the monastery and hike down to the valley floor. Overnight at a hotel in Paro.

After breakfast, you will drive to airport for departure. Our representative will bid you farewell.

Inclusions

Accommodations

6 Nights

Meals

Breakfasts, Lunches & Dinners

Transportations

Land transportation included. Intra-air between cities is not included, please contact us for details.

Guide

English speaking guide through out the trips

Entrance fees

Included in a price

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