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November, 2017 Jambay Lakhang Festival Trek and Tour

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: November 1- 10, 2018 (November 1-17 with optional Owl trek extension)*

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

This exclusive adventure travel trip to Bhutan will create memories to last a lifetime.

Dates:  November 1-10th, 2018*

Highlights: Trekking, Bhutanese designer’s atelier, school visits, private receptions, special access to historic sights.

Program Fee: $6,995, per person; contact jasmeen@bhutancanada.org or call (647) 233 – 6607 for details*

What’s Included:

  • Return airfare from transit city into and out of Paro International Airport
  • All meals and accommodation at 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 (eg., Singapore, Kathmandu)
  • 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. Paro Valley is known as the “rice bowl” of the kingdom because it produces everything from red rice to wheat, millet, potatoes, apples and seasonal vegetables.   You will be met at the Paro airport in Bhutan by your guide.  Drive to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan.   Thimphu is 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.

Day 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 enjoy a dinner and reception with special guests from the Bhutanese cultural communities.

Day Three

Depart Thimphu in the morning and drive to Punakha, stopping to visit Simtokha Dzong and Dochula Pass along the way. Before descending from Docuhula 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.

Day Four

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. In the afternoon, drive on to  Trongsa.

Day Five

Drive to Chamkhar, and enjoy an afternoon hiking the Chamkhar valley.

Day Six

Enjoy a gentle day hike through the beautiful Chokhor valley Possible Lecture: The Role of War in Human History. Group Farewell dinner with traditional Bhutanese cultural performance

Day Seven

The drive to Punakha via Wangdue takes about seven hours over the Pelela Pass and Yotongla Pass. Lunch served at Chedebji Chorten.

Day Eight

Drive to Paro. Overnight at le Meridien Riverfront Hotel.

Day Nine

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.  Celebratory Farewell dinner. Second night at le Meridien, Paro.

Day Ten

Depart Paro.

Owl Trek Alternative

Day Seven (Bumthang – Monga)

Drive to Monger through Thrumshingla Pass (3,750mts highest pass on east-west highway). The drive is through the dense forest of rhododendrons and mixed forests. Picnic will be served En-route. You will begin your journey to eastern Bhutan, which is different from western and central Bhutan in term of development and lifestyle. The steepness of the region lends itself to some spectacular views, with rushing waterfalls and sheer drops. The drive on this is an exhilarating eight hours from Thrumshing La once again you will see the spectacular views of the Himalayan range on the clear day. The drive continues to Mongar and you can wander around Mongar town.

Day Eight (Mongar – Trashigang)

This journey takes 96 kms and takes three hours until Korila pass (2,450 m; 8,000 feet) which is marked by a pretty Chorten and stone wall and the journey is through a leafy forest filled with ferns. Your drive will cross over the old Chazam
(iron bridge), Tashigang Dzong comes into view at the top of a spur overlooking the river. A er Thimphu, Trashigang is the biggest urban centre in mountainous Bhutan. The altitude is 1,150 m (3,775 feet). Visit the Trashigang Dzong overhanging the Gamri River. Unlike most other Dzongs it has only one courtyard and serves as the administrative seat for the district and also drukpa Monastic Community occupies part of the Dzong.

Day Nine (Trashigang – Merak)

Drive from Tashigang through Chaling (2148m), scenic Rangjung town. Mendula pass at 3154m. Donmong chu.

Day Ten (Merak – Misateng) 

Trek 16km, time: 5 hours, 633m. Nachungla Pass at 4153m. Spend the night at Miksateng village

Day Eleven (Misateng – Sakten)

Trek 14km, time: 5 hours. Overnight at Sakteng camp accomodations.

Day Twelve (Sakteng Valley Exploration)

Rest day to experience the lifestyle and unique living culture of this ethnic group. Overnight camp accomodations.

Day Thirteen (Sakten – Joenkharteng)

Distance 17km, time: 7 hours. Overnight Koenkharteng village camp accomodations.

Day Fourtreen (Joenkharteng – Phongmay – Trashigang)

Distance 12km, time: 4-5 hours. Trek to Phongmay. Group transfer to Trashigang.

Day Fifteen (Trashigang – Paro)

Drive to Yongphila domestic airport and fly to Paro

Day Sixteen (Paro – Hike to Tiger’s Nest)

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

Day Seventeen 

Depart Paro.

*Subject to change.

Click here for the November 2018 Itinerary: Bhutan Itinerary November 1-10

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