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Bhutan Heartland Tour

Bhutan Heartland Tour

Group size: 

Min 1 pax

Max-Altitude: 

4000

Trip Grade:
 
Easy

Experience is not necessary for taking part in an easy trek, anyone fit and healthy enough to walk for 4-6 hours a day can manage easy treks. These treks only involve lower altitude with daily ascents of around 300-600m on a generally good weather, well-maintained paths and with easy access to local amenities.

Destination: 

Bhutan

Best Season: 

All Year Around

Meals: 

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation:

 
Twin Shared Basis

Overview

Bhutan one of the kingdoms which are one of the sovereign states landlocked in the eastern Himalayas in south Asia adjoin to the north by China and to the south, east and west by India. To the west, it is detached from Nepal by the Indian state of Sikkim, while beyond south it is separated from Bangladesh by the Indian states of Assam and West Bengal. Thimphu one of Bhutan largest and capital city where lots of Dukpas peoples are mainly found and to the Bhutanese people them said Dukpa people in their culture. This Kingdom is snuggled high in the peaceful Himalayas is a haven to rich bio-diversity, vivacious religion, exclusive arts, rich history, cultural splendor, heritage and scenic grandeur. It is a captivating land where time had erected still and conserved the beautiful exquisiteness of this mystic country.

Bhutan Cultural Heartland Tour bids you the opportunities to familiarity with the remote life of the local people and their lovely handicrafts industry like handbags, shawls, statue of god and also there is antique shop where you get many old historic stuff so, you get to grasp this opportunities to visit this place. Their primary language is Dzongkha people in Bhutan they only speak their language and only wear their traditional dresses people give more priority to their culture. The main faith practiced by the Drukpa is Buddhism, a system of beliefs and practices based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, usually known as the Buddha. This tour in Bhutan is for those tourists who want to relish the nature with the stunning views of the mountain. Overcome high passes like the Pele La, Dochu La, and Chele La with mighty mountain views, and you get to gaze over deeps gorges carved out by pure mountain rivers. It is home to such rare mammals as Takin (a large, musk-ox-like animal), Royal Bengal tiger, Black necked Crane, clouded leopards, Golden Languor and red pandas and even the bird species range from the Himalayan black Eagle and boreal owl to the tiny black-throated parrot bill. Bhutan also known as the land of the Thunder Dragon is one of the best extremely commended travel destinations. This is a land of extraordinary natural beauty with an unspoiled and flawless environment and a welcoming, tradition-bound folks.

Our GHHT (Ganesh Himal Hiking Team) provides you the best opportunities to experience the culture and their traditions of the Bhutan this tour is the vibrant religion with unique arts, heritage and picturesque grandeur with this trip you can have a great experience and unforgettable holiday in Bhutan.

 

Outline Itinerary:

Day 1 - Arrival at Paro Airport

Day 2 - Sightseeing around Paro then evening drive to Thimphu

Day 3 - Sightseeing in and around Thimphu

Day 4- Drive from Thimphu to Gangtey/Phobjikha

Day 5 - Sightseeing around Paro then evening drive to Thimphu

Day 6 - Sightseeing in and around Bumthang

Day 7 - Drive through Trongsa to Punakha

Day 8 - Sightseeing in Punkha with overnight accommodation in Paro

Day 9 - Sightseeing in and around Paro

Day 10 - Transfer to international airport for your final departure.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival at Paro Airport

You can take a flight to Paro from Bangkok, New Delhi, Kathmandu, Dhaka etc. We recommend you to fly from Bangkok because Druk air offers an everyday flight from Bangkok – Paro – Bangkok whereas Druk air does not operate everyday flights from other sectors.

The flight to Bhutan offers scenic views of some of the highest peaks in the world.

Paro is at an altitude of 2280m above sea level and this valley serves as an ideal area for rice, apple, wheat, potatoes and vegetable growing. Our Bhutanese tour guide will meet you at Paro airport, traditionally welcomed with silk scarves and after completion of arrival formalities we then transfer to hotel. Overnight at a hotel.
(Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 2
Sightseeing around Paro then evening drive to Thimphu

We visit the Ta Dzong which houses the National Museum and visits Paro’s Rimpung Dzong, on the way down we cross the 16th-century cantilever bridge. Also visiting the Drugyel Dzong victory fortress, built in 1647 which is 18 kilometers from the Paro town. Explore the magnificent ramparts of the erstwhile fortress which defended the country against several incursions. On a clear day, one can also view the sacred Mount Jomolhari, from the northern battlements. We take a visit to a farmhouse and observe the traditional Bhutanese way of life and living. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 3
Sightseeing in and around Thimphu

Early morning we take a scenic drive to Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, approx 90 mins drive from Paro. Sightseeing in and around Thimphu valley we visit the National Library, which holds a collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, as well as the Institute for Zorig Chusum commonly known as Painting School, textile and Folk Heritage Museum which provides an insight into Bhutanese material culture and everyday way of life. Also visit the National Memorial Chorten, Trashichho dzong an impressive monastery, Bhutanese Handicrafts displaying a wide range of beautifully hand-woven textiles and craft products. In the evening we explore the vibrant Thimphu Bazaar. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 4
Drive from Thimphu to Gangtey/Phobjikha

Drive to the glacial valley of Phobjikha via Dochula, this pass offers the panoramic view of Bhutan’s Himalayan Ranges. Along the slopes is the great monastery of Gangtey, established in the 17th century. This quiet and remote valley is the winter home of the black-necked cranes. Explore Gangtey village and Phobjikha valley. The unique black-necked crane festival is held on the valley floor every November. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 5
Sightseeing around Paro then evening drive to Thimphu

After an early breakfast, drive to Trongsa across Pele-la pass (3,300m). The pass is marked by a white chorten and many prayer flags. There is an abrupt change in vegetation with mountain forest replaced by high altitude dwarf bamboo.

Stop at Chendebji Chorten. You can see the chorten with eyes painted at the four cardinal points. It was built in the 18th century by Lama Shida from Tibet, to cover the remains of an evil spirit that was subdued at this spot. Finally reaching towards Trongsa you can view the stunning Trongsa Dzong from a distance.

Bumthang, 68 km away from Trongsa, a journey of about 3 hours, over the Yutong-la pass (3,400m). The road winds steeply up to the pass then run down through the coniferous forest into a wide, open cultivated valley known as the Chumey valley. Stopping in Chumey village there are many shops selling yathra, a woolen textile. Bumthang is famous for yathra a distinctive strip of woven woolen fabric in numerous colors and patterns mostly made using ancient dyeing techniques. The Road follows the valley down and it climbs through blue pine forests to Kiki La (2,860m). We then descend down to the Choekor Valley or central of Bumthang. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 6
Sightseeing in and around Bumthang

The Bumthang valley comprises of a combination of four valleys – Chumey, Choekhor, Tang, and Ura with altitudes varying from 2,600m to 4,000m. Home to many prominent Buddhist temples and monasteries. Visiting the Jakar Dzong built in 1667 and it`s seat of district administration and regional monastic body of Bumthang. Jambay Lhakhang founded in 7th century by the Tibetan king Songsen Gampo it is one of the oldest monasteries in the country. Kurje Lhakhang, where the patron saint of Buddhism in Bhutan subdued a local demon and left his body imprint. Tamshing founded in 1501 by Terton (Treasure Revealer) Pema Lingpa the incarnation of Guru Rinpoche. The monastery has very ancient religious paintings like 1000 Buddhas and 21 Taras (female form of Buddhisattvas) in Bhutan. Visit a farmer’s house for refreshments and observe the traditional way of living. We also visit a Swiss farm which produces cottage, swiss cheese, honey, a large variety of fruit juice and spirits. The Brewery that manufactures the famous Red Panda Beer (weiss beer) also located here. Take a leisurely walk in Chamkhar town. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 7
Drive through Trongsa to Punakha

Leaving Bumthang, we head for Trongsa where we will visit the Trongsa Dzong which was built in 1648 it is the biggest of all the fortresses in the country. Drive to Punakha via Wangdiphodrang after which we take a stroll through the Wangdi market. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 8
Sightseeing in Punkha with overnight accommodation in Paro

Drive north to visit the majestic Punakha Dzong, built in 1637 which strategically occupies the land between the two rivers Phochu and Mochu. At Present the Dzong serve as the district administration and judiciary office as well as the winter home for Bhutan’s spiritual leader Je Khenpo and the monks of Thimphu and Punakha. We then drive onto Lobesa where you take a short hike to Chimi Lhakhang Temple. This temple is on a hilltop and it is dedicated to the great Yogi known as Drukpa Kuenley or popularly known as “Divine madman” of the 14th century. It is believed that this temple blesses women who seek fertility. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 9
Sightseeing in and around Paro

Excursion to the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest). The trail to the monastery climbs through beautiful Pine and rhododendron forests. We stop at the tea house for rest and refreshments, the tea house offers the magnificent up-close view of the Tigers' nest and continues the hike for short while until you see, clearly and seemingly within reach, the imposing Taktsang monastery. Built in the 1600s, this incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock cliff that plunges 900m into the valley below. History states that Guru Padmasambhava, the Tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan, landed here on the back of a flying tiger and meditated here for three months. It is regarded to be one of the most venerated cultural heritage sites in Bhutan. People from all over the Himalayan Diaspora frequent this place on the pilgrimage trail to Bhutan. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included)

Day 10
Transfer to international airport for your final departure.

After breakfast, our airport representative will drop you at the Paro International Airport for your flight departure from Bhutan.
(Breakfast Included)

FAQ's and Notes

When to book this Trip ?

The flawless seasons for touring/trekking is in spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November). One can travel in winter if you are well adapted to cold. We strongly recommend you not to trek on monsoon in June, July, and August because of heavy rains & extremely blazing heat in the afternoon.

How kind of food is served during the trek ?

We serve food rich in proteins, carbohydrates and highly nutritious hygienic nourishing food - vital while trekking.

During the trek - all the meals i.e. breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided inclusive in our package. The trek leader will be taking you to the clean hotels/restaurants for lunch on the way to your destination. In cities, either breakfast or dinner is included.

Vegan foods are also availabale.

How safe is stream water ?

Stream water is completely safe but we suggest you to carry water purification pills (chlorine tablets) or water filters to purify the water. If you prefer to drink packaged bottled mineral water, you will easily get in shops or tea houses on your own expense.

How about my luggage ?

Our porters will carry your major luggage while you carry a backpack with items very handy while trekking such as water bottle, towel, tissue or toilet paper, camera or any other stuff which you feel is necessary.

Gears and clothes not necessary can be left in the hotel safe deposit box properly locked without any extra charge. Domestic airlines of Nepal does not allow more than 15 kilograms including your hand baggage. If your baggage exceeds more than 15 kg, an extra charge can cover that up.

The porter will be carrying up to 12 kg luggage of each trekker.

What is the group Size or crew members ?

We Ganesh Himal Hiking team arrange most of the treks with a minimum of 2 clients to a maximum of 8 in a group. The larger group we will be divided accordingly.

What about guides ?

We provide honest, well experienced first aid certified, altitude sickness trained trekking guides who will be handling all your issues on the trip. All our staffs are very cordial and sincere. While trekking in a bigger group i.e. more than 6 people - an additional guide will be accompanied and the group also can be split according to the number of people in the group.

Is there any personal expenses on the Trek ?

Well, not that much but depends upon how you manage your expenses. Our package includes the cost of accommodation and meals during your trek as mentioned in the itinerary. Besides that, you are liable to pay for additional meals, table drinks, snacks, hot showers (accessible in some places), alcoholic drinks, meals (around US $ 5-7), extra accommodation in Kathmandu, tips for driver, guide and porters, etc.

Tips to the guides, porter or any other members is not mandatory but feel free to tip them if you are satisfied with their service.

How about trekking gears or other equipment ?

Trekking gears are readily available in the stores of major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara at a very reasonable price. Down jacket & sleeping bags can also be hired with a minimal charge per day. Thus, you don’t have to buy it from your hometown.

But if already have it and have no issues bringing it, please feel free to bring it.

What would a usual day on a trek be like ?

Each and every day gives pleasant suprises and rewarding experience. Each day differs according to the itinerary or schedule, or the place you are trekking.

Normally, you are required to trek for 4-6 hours each day. We start our trek after breakfast and stop for the lunch. We trek for 3-4 hours after lunch to reach our destination. If we reach our destination in afternoon, you can spend rest of the hours relaxing, take shower or just wander around.

How about Airport Pickup and Drop Off ?

After booking, a representative of Ganesh Himal Hiking Team will pick you up from the airport on your scheduled landing time. You can spot GHHT member outside the exit terminal. If you have booked the hotel by yourself, please let us know in advance, so that we can drop you at your respective hotel.

We also pick and drop you from domestic airport. On your departure day, we will also see you off.

Can I customize the Itinerary ?

Our itinerary has been carefully designed by our operation manager which is very pragmatic & includes the high altitude acclimatizing. These days includes your arrival day, departure and sightseeing Kathmandu. It also has an extra day which allows flexibility to adjust the delay or cancellation of flight due to sudden changes in the Himalayan weather.

If you would like to extend more days or lessen some, we surely can do that as per your wish.

How do you deal with emergency situations ?

Our tour guide and trek leader will make sure that each and every one of you is well taken care of in emergency situations. If by chance anyone gets sick during the trek, we will take you to the nearest hospital as soon as possible. For serious conditions – we will use the rescue helicopter expenses being carried out by the insurance company. We suggest you get insured for up to 6000 meters.

Please go thoroughly what’s covered and not in the insurance policy.

Booking and Payment:

After confirming or booking the trip – all we need is the copy of the passport, insurance policy, and the international flight details (ticket). Then, a 20% advance deposit is required for any trip, trek or expedition which is not refundable - used for reservations of hotels and lodges according to the itinerary. The remaining balance is due when you arrive at Kathmandu and can be paid by any means convenient to you. We prefer payment via cash (to avoid any extra service charge) but bank transfer, credit cards, western union, and pay pal are also the accepted form of payments.

What if flight is delayed from ?

Only domestic mountain flight is only available from Kathmandu to Lukla and sometimes the flight might be delayed or canceled due to unforeseen adverse Himalaya weather condition.

This is the reason we have kept an extra day in the itinerary to cover up such situations. In case the flight is canceled for 2 or more days, we will charter a helicopter to make sure that you reach on the scheduled flight to your destination. The expense for this service will be carried out by the insurance company. The helicopter charter cost is in between the US $ 500 to $ 3500 depending upon the number of people in the flight.

Accomodation

Hotel & Lodges

Accommodation in Himalayan Countries While Tour/Trek

Hotels in Bhutan are categorized as category “A”, Category “B” and category “C”. You will be provided with accommodations in one of the categories “A”, “B” hotels in main cities of Bhutan and during the days in the remote areas of Bhutan, you will spend the night in the tented camps. All accommodations are in twin sharing basis and you will be charged extra if you want a single supplement.

Included in the Price

    • Visa fee for Bhutan
    • All Transfer between airport hotels
    • Government approved A and B category hotels in the cities and camping (tents) during trekking on twin- shared basis
    • All Meals, Breakfasts and Snacks during the days of the trip
    • Transportation in comfortable private vehicle(s)
    • English speaking, trained and experienced local guide and staff
    • All entrance and permit fees for visits to monuments and museums
    • Full board camping
    • Tents and Kitchen utensils for trekking
    • Company services and all required Bhutanese government taxes/royalties

Not Included in the Price

    • Personal Expense
    • Anything Not mentioned in Includes Section

Fixed Departures - 2018



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 March 28th YES
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 14th October YES
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 29th October YES
 6th November YES
 11th November YES
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 5th December YES
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