Bhutan Cultural Tour 12 Days

Trip Information

Bhutan is well known as a ‘Land of the thunder Dragon’. Bhutanese culture and their exceptional traditions provide heavenly feeling to the visitors. Backpacker Treks who understands the values and traditions of the host place ensures the maximum infotainment while taking you to the cultural Bhutan.

Bhutan Culture Tour encompasses travelling through vehicles across the countryside of Bhutan where you can spend your time by hiking whole day, trip to temples, visiting beautiful villages and monasteries. Apart from these things, Bhutan Culture Tour includes visiting museums, attractive handicrafts, and weekend markets too. You may find weekend markets as an interesting prospect as you can taste delicious food and Bhutanese fooding habits. The different places where you can experience the cultural and historical places are listed as A Glimpse of Bhutan, the complete Experience of Bhutan, and Journey across the Kingdom, Walking above the clouds, etc. Bhutan Culture Tour comprises of popular sightseeing and historical festivals in different parts of Bhutan. For the extensive views you have to move in high passes and if you are willing to enjoy the scenic beauty of villages and flourishing farms then again you have to move down. Bhutan Culture Tour is exhilarating as you can bear witness the wonderful view of the Mount Chomolhari and also travel around Paro with its 17th century Dzong and the 7th century shrine Kyichu Lhakhang cedar. Energetic drive over 10,000 foot passes decorated with prayer flags and through forests of pine and cedar. Trip to Punakha Dzong which gives out as the winter home of Bhutan’s central monk body could be spiritual beckoning for you and You can take short hikes to perceive local villages and monasteries, attending the Black Necked Crane Festival, Touring the beautiful Gangtey Valley and mountaineering above the valley to put on the unexpected view of the Gangtey valley and rock climbing above the valley to gain the extraordinary view of the Gangtey Monastery and adjoining town, staying in Thimpu and its numerous shops selling Bhutanese handicrafts plus masks, textiles, carpets. Bhutan is naturally and traditionally blessed country and a perfect destination for exploring cultural significance and knowing its immense affection towards the culture.

Book this cultural tour to Bhutan with the Backpacker Treks based in the most diversified cultural Nepal. Amaze your mind and behold for the mesmerizing tour of Bhutan.

Best Season

September to December and March to May

Itinerary outline

Day 01: Arrive at Paro Airport

Day 02: Hike to Taktsang Monastery

Day 03: Drive to Druanagyel Dzong and Trek to Shana Camp.

Day 04: Trek to Soi Thanthangkha

Day 05: Trek to Jangothang

Day 06: Rest at Jagothang

Day 07: Trek to Lingshi

Day 08: Trek to Shodu

Day 09: Trek to Barshong

Day 10: Trek to Dodina and drive to Thimpu

Day 11: Sightseeing in Thimpu and drive to Paro

Day 12: Departure from Paro

Day 01- Arrive at Paro Airport
On the first day we arrive or land at the Paro Airport, the only international Airport in Bhutwan. The flight offers you beautiful view of mountains and landscapes. On arrival and after visa formalities you will be received by our members. Afternoon / evening time will be leisure time. Overnight stay at Kichu Resort.

Day 02: Hike to Taktsang Monastery
The second day of the trek, you will be hiking to Taktsang Monastery and for which horses can be arranged for an extra US $ 5. The hike which is all the way uphill takes about 2 /3 hours through villages and pine forests. The monastery which clings to a huge granite cliff 800 meters from the Paro valley was devastated by fire in 1998 but the Royal Government has taken immediate steps to restore the monastery to its original structure. It is believed that the great saint Padmasambhava came in the 7th century on a flying tigress and meditated in a cave for 3 months. During the end of the 17 century, a monastery was built on the spot where the saint meditated and it is a pilgrimage site for every Bhutanese to visit once in their life time. In the evening, we return to the resort.

Day 03: Drive to Druanagyel Dzong and Trek to Shana Camp
On the third day, we drive to Drugyel Dzong from where the real trek begins. The path goes upstream of the Pachu River through villages gradually ascending to 2800 meters at Shana camp. Walking time is around 5/6 hours to reach Druanagyel Dzong.

Day 04: Trek to Soi Thanthangkha
The trail again follows the Pachu River ascending through pine, oak and spruce forest. Lunch will be served near a wooden bridge along the way. The camp is at an altitude of 3800 meters near a stone shelter. Walking time is around 7/8 hours.

Day 05: Trek to Jangothang
The next day, you will climb slowly for a while till you reach an army camp. Then follow the River above tree line with stunning views of the surrounding peaks. Hot lunch will be served inside a Yak herders camp. A easy walk will take you to Jangothang located at an altitude of 4050 meters. The view of Chomolhari (7320 meters) and Jichu Drake (6900 meters) is superb. Both the mountains are still virgin peaks. Walking time is around 4/5 hours.

Day 06: Rest at Jagothang
The sixth day of the travel itinerary, we will be resting at Jagaothang and also explore the surrounding areas like Tshophu lake, Yakherders, among others. If you are tired from the earlier days trekking then you might simply relax enjoying the beautiful landscapes.

Day 07: Trek to Lingshi
The trail now follows the stream for half hour and crosses the bridge to the right side. Climb up the ridge and enjoy stunning views of Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshrim Khang mountains. Then walk through the wide open valley sometimes coming across herds of blue sheep. Then climb up to the Nyele La Pass (4700 meters). After the pass it is a gradual descend and through the valley with beautiful views on all side. Nearing the camp you will see the Lingshi Dzong perched on top of a hill with commanding view of the valley. Arrive camp at 4100 meters near a stone shelter. Walking time is around 6/7 hours.

Day 08: Trek to Shodu
Today is the most difficult day of the tour and hence you are advised to start early. Begin walk opposite the Dzong gradually through the valley until the stiff climb to Yale La Pass at 4950 meters, the highest point of the trip. The panoramic view of Mt. Chomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tshrim Gang is breathtaking. After the pass it is a long descent to the camp at 3750 meters. Walking time is around 7/8 hours.

Day 09: Trek to Barshong
The path follows the Thimchu River descending through Rhododendron, Juniper and pine forests. The view of the cliff facing rocks and waterfalls are stunning. The trail gradually ascends after 3/4 hours to the ruins of Barshong Dzong reaching the camp at 3500 meters. Walking time is around 5/6 hours.

Day 10: Trek to Dodina and drive to Thimpu
The path descends for a while joining the Thimchu River and gradually ascends and also descends through thick bamboo and pine forests. From Dolemkencho, the trail descends all the way to Dodina where our coach or the team will be waiting for your return. Walking time will again be around 7/8 hours. From Dodina, we drive for 1 and half hours and reach Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 11: Sightseeing in Thimpu and drive to Paro
The second last day of the itinerary, we will be sightseeing around the beautiful capital city of Thimpu. It is a small city that is beautiful with several wonderful landscapes, monuments and temples. Upon sightseeing the city, you will drive for around couple of hours and reach Paro, a small town and valley in Bhutwan. Overnight stay at Kichu Resort.

Day 12: Departure from Paro
On the last day of the tour, you will leave for your home country, boarding a flight from the Paro Airport.

Price: USD $1350.00

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Cost Included »

  • Airport picks up and drops.
    (Note:-Pick up -Welcome you in Tribhuban International Airport and transfer your Hotel by our responsible person.
  • Domestric drop /Pickup -Airport drop and pick UP as a flight indicated in your itinerary.
  • Drop to Airport: - Drop with privet car and until last minute with responsible person of Backpacker Treks and Expedition.
  • Trip information and sight seen:
    (Note:- Backpacker Treks and Expedition provides you trip management information and introduce with your trekking guide at the time of remaining payment of the trip after you arrival.
  • Accommodation and Meals:
    (Call twins sharing basis) / (Single room also provide with extra charge)
    Note:
    1. Kathmandu: - Three (3 ***) star deluxe twins sharing accommodation in Kathmandu with B.B
    2. Trekking: - As possible as neat and clean accommodation during the trek.
    (Break fast, Lunch and Dinner)Three times meals are includes during your Trek only Breakfast are included in KTM).
  • Hot Drinks :-( Note hot drinks we provide as a cup basis in food time during your trekking).
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinner:
    (Note: - We will take you one of the typical Nepali restaurants. But alcohol and beverage are not included).
  • Flight and transportation:
    (Note: - Airport for domestic flight as for itinerary).
  • Trekking permit and National Park Fee:
    (All Government taxes, TIMS and Permit as well as company charge).
  • First Aid:
    (Note: - Medical kid box during the trip)
  • Trekking Crews:
    (Note:
    1. Guide: - Government license holder with experience of mountain and well trained English speaking.
    2. Assistant Guide:- Backpacker Treks and Expedition provide assistant guide walking with group to support where necessary as per group volumes.
    3. Porter: - We provide one porter for two people to support you to carry trekking luggage. (Bag per porter carries 30 kg).
  • Insurance:
    (Guide and Porter: - Backpacker Treks and Expedition provides insurance for our guide and porter as per state law).
  • Trekking Equipment:
    Backpacker Treks and Expedition duffel bag and t-Shirt, Trekking map. (Note: - Down jacket for seasonal, sleeping bag which need to be return after the trek).
  • Certificate:
    (Adventure achirement certificate of Backpacker Treks and Expedition)
  • Other:
    (All applicable government and local taxes as per itinerary)

Cost Excluded »

  1. Visa :-( Nepal entry visa fee)
  2. Airfare :-( International air fee).
  3. Meals :-( Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu is excluded. Except welcome and fare well dinner)
  4. Drinks:-
    1. All cold drink any beverage are not included on your trip price.
    2. Drinking Water also not included in trip cost.
  5. Insurance:
    (Note: - You have to make your travel and rescue insurance by yourself before leave for travel.
  6. Optional Excursion: We provide such service with extra charge.
    (Note:- Our option excursion are culture trip, Festival trip, monastery meditation with Lama and Monks, Bird watching, Farming trip other things as per clients interest).
  7. Trekking Equipment:
    (Note: - Clients them self have to arrange personal trekking equipments such as- trekking pole).
  8. Tipping:
    (Note: - Tips for driver, guide and porters are not included in the cost of your package).
  9. Others:
    1. Personal expenses such as phone calls, Internet, Laundry, Bar Bill and extra porters.
    2. During your trek hot shower is not included.
    3.Cost arising out of land slide, Road Blocked, Rescue of any form, Cancellation of flight or Reasons beyond our control.
  10. 4. Any other Expenses which are not mentioned on price include section.

Getting to Nepal - You will land at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu when you first come to Nepal. Our travel representatives will receive you at the Airport and then transfer you to a hotel in the capital city. That will be our first task after you land in the country. The itinerary then follows in the coming days.

Visa information in Nepal - Once you arrive in Kathmandu, your first job or task will be to consult the Department of Immigration in Nepal regarding your Nepal stay. Our team members will help you in completing the necessary works regarding Visa and the procedures of extension, if needed. If you are planning for an extended stay in Nepal, say more than three months or around a year or so, then you need to extend your Visa through the Immigration Department. This won’t be of any problem as we will handle the government-related activities.

Trek permit - There are some restricted trekking destinations in Nepal which require special permission from the government of Nepal or a government agency for the foreign trekkers. They also need to pay a fixed royalty to trek some of the selected places in Nepal. Some of the restricted trekking destinations like Upper Dolpo Trek, Mustang Trek, Rara Trek, etc. require special trek permit for the foreigners. However, there won’t be any such problem as we, the company, will look after the legal formalities in securing the trek permits for the clients. It will be our responsibility to secure trek permits for you.

Altitude sickness - As most of the trekking destinations in Nepal exceed 4000 meters of altitude, high altitude sickness is one of the common problems faced by the trekkers. High altitude sickness can be very fatal and dangerous if you are not prepared for the same. Some of the trekking destinations like Upper Mustang Trek, Everest Base Camp Trek, Langtang Circuit Trek exceeds and nears around 5000 meters of altitude with chances of high altitude sickness. However, if you are aware of the problem and if you take special measure, then altitude sickness can be avoided and will not be much of a problem. As we have experienced trekking guides and a team of experienced hand, altitude sickness will not be a problem and even if it occurs, it will be handled well by our team members.

Medical Kit - Whenever we embark on a tour package or itinerary, we are fully prepared of the possible consequences or the untoward incidents, and hence our team carries a separate medical kit. Medical kit is of immense help and importance during long tours and trek as you never know what will happen next, even regarding the health of the trekkers. Availability of medical kit is very paramount as it will help to provide immediate medical attention to the needy person. Problems of high altitude sickness, shortness of breathing, dizziness, etc. are the ones frequently encountered during the trek. Presence of medical kit helps to resolve any of such problems and provides immediate relief and medical attention to the person who is in need for the same.

Equipment - Some special trekking equipments are necessary for expedition and some other treks. Such special equipments will have to be brought or arranged by you. As such equipments are quite expensive; it is not possible for us to arrange such materials. However, general trekking and minor accessory requirements will be provided by the company. You only need to bring with you some of the special trekking equipment necessary for trek and expedition. Also, if you do not have such equipments then we can provide you with such equipments, but you need to pay for it.

Female trekking guide - As mentioned earlier, we have a team of very experienced manpower who have worked in the tourism sector for many years. Likewise, we have very much experienced trekking guides who know every detail that is to be known regarding trekking and tours. In addition, we also boast of female trekking guides with fair bit of prior experience in the field of tourism. The number of female trekking guide has increased in the tourism sector in Nepal over the years and we also boast of an experienced core team of female trekking guides with considerable experience. Availability of female trekking guides might prove to be comfortable for the female trekkers if they want to share anything private or personal, and this is one of the advantages of having female trekking guides in the travel crew.

Note: If you have any queries regarding the itineraries/ information, please let us know by phone or via e-mail.