BHUTAN YOGA AND WALKING TREKK:
April 23- May2 2018
WITH MILES

Bhutan-march

Truly the trip of a lifetime.

The Kingdom of Bhutan is a small landlocked country, nestled in the Himalayas on the ancient Silk Road between Tibet, the Indian subcontinent and Southeast Asia. The Bhutanese state developed a distinct national identity based on Buddhism and their King is known as the “Dragon King”. Bhutan is most notable for pioneering the concept of gross national happiness, which is a philosophy and an index used by the government to measure the collective happiness of the nation. Limited numbers of tourists allowed into the country per year and it was only in 1999 that the government lifted the ban on television and internet, making it one of the last countries in the world to do so. It is one of the last places on Earth, alongside Cuba (which is now changing) to have a fairly untouched and intact culture.

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Itinerary:

April 23: ARRIVE IN PARO

The flight to Bhutan takes you over the great Himalayas, offering the most scintillating scenery of the world’s highest glacial peaks. Upon arrival we will receive meet our guide and transfer to a Hotel through the fascinating valley of Paro. Rinpung Dzong (the fortress of the heap of Jewels built in the 17th century), traditionally this is the office of the District Governor’s and is a place where monks reside. Visit the ruins Drukgyel Dzong, the place of historic war between Tibet and Bhutan in 17th century. Then stop at Kyichu Lhakhang, built in 7th century during the reign of first Tibetan king.

April 24: PARO SIGHTSEEING

Morning hike to Taktsang Monastery, which takes about 15 minutes’ drive to the starting, point. The hike to Taktsang takes about an hour uphill till the viewpoint. Initially, Guru Rinpoche visited and meditated in 8th century at this particular site. The Desi Tenzin Rabgye later built the temple in the 17th century. Lunch at cafeteria. Afternoon at leisure in Paro. Overnight in hotel.

***FROM HERE, WE WILL EMBARK ON THE DRUK PATH TREK

This is a short five day trek, which leads from Paro to Thimphu, crossing the chain of mountains that separates the two valleys. Although the route is sparsely inhabited, there are wonderful lakes teeming with fish and the area is famous for its spectacular rhododendron forests, which bloom in May. In the clear weather of late autumn and winter there are great views of the Himalayas.

April 25: PARO – JELE DZONG 8KM, 3 HOURS

Today is a short trekking day. The day starts with a short climb to Jele Dzong. The trek trail is rather gradual up till the camp and if the weather is clear the Paro valley can be seen with snow-capped mountains behind. Above the camp is Jele la (3,400m) and Jele Dzong that is mostly in ruins and there is a lhakhang with the statue of Sakyamuni. Overnight camp.

April 26: JELE DZONG – JANGCHULAKHA (10KM, ¾ HRS)

Begin with an hour and half climb and then ascend gradually up. The trail takes you through thick alpine forests and rhododendrons. You may see yak herders around your composite. There are fascinating views of Chomolhari and other snow capped peaks and you can also hear some monal pheasants during the day.

April 27: JANGCHULAKHA – JIMILANGTSO (11KM, 4 HRS)

The trail follows the ridge and on a clear day the views of the mountains and valley are sensational. Camp is close to lakes of Jimilangtso. These lakes are famous for their giant sized trouts. Also there are great views of 6989 m Jichu Drake, the peak representing the protective deity of Paro. Overnight Camp.

April 28: JIMILANGTSO- SIMKOTA (11KM, 4 HRS)

The trail takes you through dwarf rhododendron trees and bypasses the lake of Janetso. You may come across some yak herders camp and get an idea how these people live. Camp is close to Simkota Lake and if you are lucky you can catch Jose lake trout for dinner. Overnight camp.

April 29: SIMKOTA – PHAJODING /THIMPHU (15KM, 5 TO 6 HRS)

Today you begin with a gradual climb and if the weather permits, you will enjoy majestic view of Mount Gangkhar Puensum, and also the other peaks. The trail slowly descends through juniper trees. The trek to Thimphu is all the way downhill through a forested area of mostly blue pine. Taking a leisurely pace you reach Thimphu in about 3 hours. Afternoon at leisure.
Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

April 30: THIMPHU SIGHTSEEING/PUNAKHA.

Morning sightseeing includes – Folk and Heritage Museum, which displays day to day livelihood of typical Bhutanese farmers and their accessories; visit Painting School, which preserves our traditional paintings, sculpturing and wood curving; Late King’s Memorial Stupa, built for the world peace; Traditional Handmade Paper Factory. National Handicraft Emporium, the best place to look for varieties of products from Bhutan. Late afternoon drive to Punakha across Dochula pass (3,100m). The pass offers the most spectacular view over the greater eastern Himalayas including highest peak of Bhutan. Overnight in hotel.

May 1: PUNAKHA/PARO

Morning visit to Punakha Dzong built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1637 and situated at the junction of Pho Chu and Mo Chu Rivers. Punakha the capital city of Bhutan till 1955 and still the Je Khenpo; the Chief of Abbot resides there during the winter season. Later make a short excursion about an hour to the temple of divine madman, also well known as the temple of fertility. It’s fascinating to walk through villages and the rice fields. After lunch. Free walk in Thimphu City, the best place to buy souvenir from Bhutan and then drive to Paro for overnight. Evening continue your journey to Paro for Overnight in hotel.

May 2: PARO/EXIT.

Early morning transfer to airport and finally leaving behind the legendary tiny kingdom behind sacred Himalayas.

Includes:

  • Airfare from Delhi-Paro and Paro- Delhi
  • All Yoga sessions
  • All internal taxes and charges (including royalty)
  • Bhutan tourist’s visa/route permits processing.
  • Accommodations best available 3star standard tourists’ hotels on twin sharing basis
  • All meals starting with first lunch and last breakfast (rest of the tour BLD included)
  • All internal private transfers and sightseeing with high quality vehicle
  • Entrance fees to all sights listed with bottled mineral water on drive only
  • All travel with a licensed English Speaking Local Tour Guide
  • All Hotel tax and services charges

Does not include:

  • Flight to Delhi and stay in Delhi if you need it.
  • US$ 40 Bhutan visa fees
  • US$ 10 Tourism development fees
  • Luxury hotel supplements.
  • Single room supplements
  • Visa for any other country that you visit before Bhutan
  • Travel/ Medical Insurance
  • Use of bar and beverages in the hotels.
  • Tips and gratuities (optional) to the local staffs.
  • All Personal gears, personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, shopping etc.
  • Any additional costs of changing itinerary due to your own choice or due to circumstances beyond our control such as, weather, political situation or due to your personal health. Any additional expenses incurred as a result must be paid locally.

Investment:

Early bird: $5,000 by October 1, 2017
Late Bird: $5,600 thereafter

***To reserve your spot, email me and a non-refundable deposit of $1,500, must be made.***

Miles Borrer