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Chairman’s Trip

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This extraordinary trip to Bhutan will create memories to last a lifetime.

Led by BCF Chair and Honorary Consul of Bhutan to Canada, Sam Blyth, this program provides an insider’s view of Bhutan including visits to BCF teachers in the field, receptions, private dinners and special access to sites across the country.

Dates: April 1-10, 2017*

Highlights: Paro, Tiger’s Nest, Thimphu, Punakha Valley, Talo Tshechu, Dochula Pass, school visits, private receptions, special access to historic sights.

Program Fee: $5,995 USD   [tax-deductible portion, $1,500]   contact info@bhutancanada.org or call (647) 233 – 6607 for details.

What’s Included:

  • Return airfare into and out of Paro International Airport from transit city (Delhi, Kathmandhu, Singapore)
  • All meals and accommodation at 4 or 5 Star Hotels on twin-sharing basis
  • All land costs including private SUV driver’s and a professional guide
  • Visa fees
  • Government tariff

What’s Not Included:

  • International airfare to transit city
  • Laundry
  • Telephone calls
  • Beverages
  • Shopping
  • Tipping

In Country Itinerary*:

Day One    

Land in Paro, a town situated in one of the most historic valleys in Bhutan. You will be met at the Paro airport in Bhutan by your guide.  Drive to Thimphu, both the political and economic centre of Bhutan, with the most important political buildings in Bhutan, including the National Assembly of the newly formed parliamentary democracy and Dechencholing Palace, the official residence of the King.  Settle in to your hotel, The Druk, and spend the afternoon touring Thimphu,  participating in a gentle hike to Buddha Dordenma, a giant bronze Buddha statue that overlooks Thimphu city.         

Gold BuddhaDay Two           

Explore Thimphu, with visits to the Folk Heritage Museum, the Textile Museum, and the National Memorial Chorten.   In the afternoon enjoy a  gentle hike through the woods above Thimphu. In the evening join the Thimphu-based Bhutan Canada Foundation Field Director, for a dinner and reception with special guests from the Bhutanese cultural community.

Day Three –Monday, April  3rd

Depart Thimphu in the morning and drive to Punakha. Before descending from Dochula Pass into the Punakha valley you will be treated to your first views of the Tibetan Plateau.   After lunch, enjoy whitewater rafting past the Punakha Dzong (also known as the ‘Palace of Happiness’)   This Dzong, which we will tour that afternoon, is the most beautiful and well-known fortress in all of Bhutan.   In the evening you will dine with local BCF teachers who work in the Punakha valley.  Stay at the Meri Puensum resort

Punakha Dzong

 

Day Four – Tuesday, April 4th 

Tour a local school where one of our BCF teachers is hard at work; attend morning assembly, sit in on a class, and meet with students and school faculty. Second night at Meri Puensum resort

 

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Day Five –  Wednesday, April 5th       Drive 45 minutes up to Talo for the Talo Tshechu a festival rarely visited by tourists, featuring mask dances of spiritual and cultural significance.  Return to Punakha to prepare for departing on trek tomorrow.  Third night at Meri Puensum resort

 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADay Six Thursday, April 6th :  First day of the trek  5.5 miles; altitude gain, 940 metres

Begin the Samtengang Trek, hiking east from Punakha, starting upstream from the Punakha Dzong, making our way to Limbukha through the Punakha valley of rhododendrons and pine.  2.5 hours of hiking in the morning, through pine forest, fern, oak and rhododendron, there is a nice clearing for lunch with a big prayer flag and a beautiful view.    90 minutes of hiking in the afternoon always keeping the huge chorten in the distance.  Camp that night at Limbukha

Day Seven  – Friday, April 7th:  6.2 miles, altitude gain 375 metres

Continue our trek towards Chungsakha. The morning trek will be about two hours.  Surrounded by beautiful oak and rhododrendon forest, we will climb steeply up to a small ridge, covered with many prayer flags from where there is a good view towards Mount Jomolhari, Kang Bum and Tiger Mountain.  Three hours of steady hiking in the afternoon.   Just before reaching our destination, visit the old monastery, Dargyel Gompa.  Camp that night in front of the monastery of Chungsaka, which has a beautiful and evocative chapel on its first floor.

Day Eight – Saturday, April 8th: Final Day of the Trek.   2.5 miles, altitude gain 550 metres

Trek through several small villages, across rivers and through valleys to the small village of Samtegang.  After lunch, drive to Paro and settle in to your hotel le Meridian, Paro

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Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery, Bhutan’s most revered temple which is perched on a rocky cliff above the Paro Valley. That evening, enjoy a farewell dinner or fellowship.

 Day Ten – Monday, April 10th
Depart Paro.

 

*Subject to change.

For more information or to book travel, please contact us at info@bhutancanada.org or call (647) 233 – 6607.