High altitude monasteries
This route starts from the capital Thimphu, at 2300 meters s.l.m. Through the pass of Dochu-La, at 3150 mt., We come to the valley of Gangtey and continue crossing the step of Pele to Trongsa, surrounded by ancient forests. After the pass of Yotong, you enter in Bumthang, Bhutan cradle of civilization, whose name means "beautiful field", surrounded by lush valleys rich in history and spirituality of Druk Yul, name by which the Bhutanese call their home and that means "land of the dragon". Then, Punakha, full of the greatest and beautiful dzong in the kingdom. The trip ends with a visit to Paro. Each stroke, in a surprising landscape is punctuated by the visit of the monasteries among the most beautiful of Bhutan, as the Taktshang Monastery.
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival at Kathmandu airport. Meeting with our staff. Transfer to the hotel. Visit the historic center of Kathmandu, at 1330 meters above sea level, including the Palace Square with pagoda temples and Kumari Ghar, the house where he lives the "child goddess", he considered the incarnation of the goddess Kali. Climb the stupa of Swayambhunath, about 2,500 years ago, the sacred place of buddismo.Cena and overnight stay.
Day 02: Kathmandu / Paro (Flight) Thimpu
Breakfast and transfer to airport for flight to Paro. Flight spectacular for the beauty of the landscape below. Upon arrival, meeting with our staff Airport. Continue to Thimpu, Bhutan's capital, on the western hills of the Wang Chu Valley, at 2300 meters s.l.m. with enchanting temples and ancient monasteries. photo stop in front of the temple Tschogang Lhakhang, the 15th century. Afternoon free for acclimatization to the altitude. Full board.
Day 03: Thimpu
Breakfast and visit the National Memorial Chorten, the stupa built in 1974 and dedicated to King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, one of the most important religious buildings in the city. Visit a Painting School (the National Institute of Zorig Chumsum) and Handicraft Emporium, with typical local products. In the afternoon, visit the Chan Gangkha Lhakang and imposing Trashi Chhoe Dzong where are located the house of Ministers, the National Assembly Hall, the King's throne room and the summer home of the Abbot of Bhutan, head of Bhutanese monks . Full board.
Day 04: Thimpu / Dochula Pass / Gangtey (Phobjikha Valley)
In continuation morning to Gangtey along a scenic route through the Dochula Pass (3120 m. Above sea level) where 108 Chorten and prayer flags greet you. On a clear day you can admire an endless chain of Himalayan peaks over 6000 meters. From there it descends through rhododendron forests and magnolias to the subtropical zone of oranges, bananas and cactus. Continue to Phobjikha valley that belongs to the Black Mountains National Park, importantei Wildlife Sanctuary in Bhutan. Every winter a flock of 300 black-necked cranes, rare and endangered, arriving from Tibet. The surrounding mountains are mainly inhabited by nomadic yak herders. Full board.
Day 05: Gangtey (Phobjikha Valley) / Trongsa / Bumthang
Breakfast and visit the Gangtey Goemba, the sixteenth century. Drive to Bumthang across the pitch Phele to 3350 meters of giant conifers and silvery lichen, surrounded by National Park Jigme Singye Wangchuck, then descends through a landscape of vast meadows, up to Chendebji Chorten, important for its chorten of the 19th century built by Shida Tibetan lama on the remains of an evil spirit killed in this place. The Chorten is modeled on the design of the Swayambhunath stupa in Kathmandu. Continue to Trongsa, surrounded by high mountain passes, founded by Tibetan immigrants. Drive to Bumthang. Full board.
Day 06: Bumthang - Jakar Tang Valley & Valley
After breakfast, the day dedicated to visit the most important places in the Bumthang valley including the fortress of Jakar Dzong (White Bird), the temple Kurjey Lhakhang which takes its name from the impression of the Guru Rimpoche body preserved in a cave within the oldest of the three buildings dating back to 1652. Visit the Thamshing temple, the Temple of the Good Message, founded in 1501 by Pema Language, which is the most important Nyingma center of the country and to care preserves frescoes. Visit the Jambey Ihakhang temple, built by the Tibetan King Songtsen Ganpo in 659. Full board.
Day 07: Bumthang - Ura Valley
After breakfast, day dedicated allla visit Ura Valley which is 48 kms south east of Jakar. This valley is higher than other valleys of Bumthang and many believe that has been the home of the earliest inhabitants of Bhutan. Visia of the beautiful village with its Lhakhang (temple) that dominates the surrounding. After a walk of an hour and a half to visit a beautiful village of Shingkhar. Return to the hotel. Full board.
Day 08: Bumthang - Punakha
After breakfast, drive to Punakha. If the available time permits you can visit Chimmi Lhakheng Temple whose history is linked to that of the Dalai Drupa Kunley, one of the most revered of Bhutan. Full board.
Day 09: Punakha - Paro
Visit the Punakha Dzong, the second oldest of Bhutan, until 1950 the seat of government. Drive to Paro, at 2,280 meters above sea level, in a valley of rice fields and woods, east of the sacred mountain Jhomolhari. With its colorful houses, it is full of beautiful dzong. Upon arrival visit Rinpung Dzong, one of the most important of Bhutan, erected in 1644 on the foundations of an ancient monastery. In 1993 Bertolucci circled scenes of the film "Little Buddha". Visit the National Museum in a 'ancient watchtower (Closed Sunday and Monday). In the afternoon, visit the temple of Kyichu Lhakhang, built in the 7th century, one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan. Full board.
Day 10: Paro
After breakfast excursion to the famous Taktshang Lhakang (tiger's den) to be made on foot or on horseback (about 2 hours - medium difficulty). Built from the eighth century to 3120 meters above sea level in an attractive position, clinging to the mountain to defy the laws of gravity, the monastery includes seven temples and is dear to the history of Guru Rinpoche, the Buddhist monaco who spread Buddhism on ' Himalayas. On the way back you can visit Dum Tse Lhakhang, a temple built by Thangtong Gyalpo, the builder of iron bridges. Full board.
Day 11: Thimpu / Kathmandu (flight)
Transfer to airport for flight to Kathmandu. Upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandui, meeting with our staff. Visit Patan and Bakhatpur, the oldest among the royal cities in the Kathmandu Valley and Heritage. Dinner and transfer to the airport. Flight boarding for the return home.
We inform you that all our trips may be changed, if required, according to your needs!