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Explore this Remote Himalayan Kingdom with Boundless Journeys

Eastern Bhutan is practically off the map. Here, the mountains are steeper, the valleys are deeper, the trails are wilder, and the villages are more secluded. We wander the most mysterious part of the kingdom seldom experienced by visitors but perfect for the adventuresome few who choose to journey here.

On our journey, appreciate Bhutan’s varied and dramatic scenery of beautiful river valleys, snow capped sacred mountains, and terraced rice fields. Meet welcoming locals while visiting Bhutan’s iconic dzongs, hike to remote gold-roofed temples and monasteries, and walk through peaceful villages in emerald valleys surrounded by a spectacular mountain backdrop.

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Itinerary &
Accommodations

Itinerary & Accommodations

Day 1

Arrival in Paro

Welcome to Bhutan! We arrive at the Paro airport where our options for the day may include some sightseeing or a warm-up hike depending upon arrival flight times, interests, and what group members have seen and done in Paro if they have been to Bhutan on a previous trip.

Accommodations
Raven's Nest

Raven's Nest
Paro, Bhutan

Raven’s Nest Resort is situated in the upper Paro Valley, set amidst farmhouses and rice fields, and very near to the trailhead for Tiger’s Nest Monastery and the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong. Featuring 21 spacious rooms with ensuite baths and balconies, the hotel also has a library, meditation room, spa with a sauna, steam bath and massage services, and a restaurant serving Bhutanese, Indian and western style dishes. Your stay here is the perfect place to unwind and will be a welcome respite in a tranquil, rural setting.

Day 2

Fly to Trashigang

Today, we depart western Bhutan for the town of Trashigang in eastern Bhutan. Upon arrival, we will have lunch at our hotel before starting on a short hike to the Trashigang Dzong. We will explore the dzong and learn about its history before walking to downtown Trashigang, where we can meet locals and visit the small shops.

Accommodations
Hotel Lingkhar

Hotel Lingkhar
Trashigang, Bhutan

Located in picturesque suroundings, this is one of the nicest hotels in the area. Ensuite rooms are decorated in traditional Bhutanese style and have private balconies with panoramic vistas.

Day 3

Mongling Temple Hike

We'll begin our day with a hike to the small Mongling Temple, where many locals visit to worship Jampelyang Shenjey, the local deity. Our return hike takes us through the countryside, past farmer's fields and traditional Bhutanese farmhouses. In the afternoon, we have the opportunity to chat with local students at the Sherubtse College, Bhutan's most prestigious university.

Accommodations
Hotel Lingkhar

Hotel Lingkhar
Trashigang, Bhutan

Located in picturesque suroundings, this is one of the nicest hotels in the area. Ensuite rooms are decorated in traditional Bhutanese style and have private balconies with panoramic vistas.

Day 4

Hike to Rangshikhar Lhakhang

Enjoy a hike up to the unique Rangshikhar Lhakhang, a newly constructed temple where the grounds contain a variety of statues depicting Buddha's life. We enjoy a picnic lunch or perhaps lunch at Rangshikhar Ngagtshang, the local homestay. In the afternoon, visit the sacred Gom Kora Temple, where Guru Rinpoche is said to have meditated and left his impression in a massive rock.

Accommodations
Hotel Lingkhar

Hotel Lingkhar
Trashigang, Bhutan

Located in picturesque suroundings, this is one of the nicest hotels in the area. Ensuite rooms are decorated in traditional Bhutanese style and have private balconies with panoramic vistas.

Day 5

Transfer to Mongar

This morning, we depart Trashigang and head to the neighboring town of Mongar, where we have time to explore the town or visit the Mongar Dzong before lunch at our hotel. In the afternoon, we enjoy a scenic hike with views of the Kuri Chu river valley from Phurji Laptsa to Phongchu La.

Accommodations
Hotel Wangchuk

Hotel Wangchuk
Mongar, Bhutan

Situated on a hill overlooking the small town of Mongar and terraced farmland, Hotel Wangchuk offers comfortable ensuite rooms, each with views of the mountains and valleys below.

Day 6

Transfer to Khoma Village

Today, we venture to the remote village of Khoma, a small village well-known throughout Bhutan for producing the most elaborate and well-made hand-woven textiles. On the drive to this rural area, we have the opportunity to stop and stretch our legs with a short walk along a quiet, country road, allowing for sweeping views of the surrounding mountains and river valley below.

Accommodations
Chimi Yuden Homestay

Chimi Yuden Homestay
Khoma Village, Bhutan

This remote village is known for its homestay program, and Chimi Yuden was not only the first to be established, but is also one of the best in area. Owner Tshering Yangki ensures a comfortable stay with basic amenities and warm hospitality.

Day 7

Sangwa Lo Dru Cave; Gangzur

This morning, a short hike takes us above Khoma Village to the Sangwa Lo Dru cave. This is a popular meditation spot, and the hospitable caretaker will share with us the holy relics of this sacred site. In the afternoon, we drive to the nearby village of Gangzur to learn about this region's dying art of handmade pottery.

Accommodations
Chimi Yuden Homestay

Chimi Yuden Homestay
Khoma Village, Bhutan

This remote village is known for its homestay program, and Chimi Yuden was not only the first to be established, but is also one of the best in area. Owner Tshering Yangki ensures a comfortable stay with basic amenities and warm hospitality.

Day 8

Takila Temple

We bid our gracious hosts farewell and leave the quaint village of Khoma behind to head back to Mongar. Along the way, we visit the Takila Temple and admire its massive statue of Guru Rinpoche. Upon arrival in Mongar, we lunch at our hotel before a free afternoon where we can stroll through town, visit the local market, or tour the Mongar Dzong if time didn't allow on Day 5.

Accommodations
Hotel Wangchuk

Hotel Wangchuk
Mongar, Bhutan

Situated on a hill overlooking the small town of Mongar and terraced farmland, Hotel Wangchuk offers comfortable ensuite rooms, each with views of the mountains and valleys below.

Day 9

Transfer to Jakar

Today, we leave eastern Bhutan and make our way to central Bhutan's Bumthang Valley (approximately a 7-hour drive). We will stop for lunch at a local teahouse located in a small village where yak herders keep their herds during various months of the year.

Accommodations
Bhutan Mountain Resort

Bhutan Mountain Resort
Jakar, Bhutan

With views of the pine wood forest and historic Wangduechoeling palace, Bhutan Mountain Resort is one of the oldest hotels in Bumthang. The family-owned property offers simple, comfortable accommodations and warm service. All 27 rooms are appointed with wood paneling, heated by firewood stoves (or Bukhari), with ensuite baths. Featuring an attentive professional staff and in-house restaurant, the lodge is within walking distance of the Wangduechoeling palace, Jakar Dzong and Chamkhar Town.

Day 10

Pasaling Gompa Hike

Today's hike begins with a gradual climb through blue pine forest as we head to a Pasaling Gompa, which overlooks the beautiful valley of Bumthang. Along the route, we are granted breathtaking views of the valley.

Following a picnic lunch, we embark on a hike from Kurje Temple. The trail leads over a suspension bridge and towards Choekhortoe Village and the Tamshing area, where we visit the Dorjibi weaving centre.

Eventually, we reach Tamshing Lhakhang, from where we have a perfect view of Kurje lhakhang on the opposite hill.

Accommodations
Bhutan Mountain Resort

Bhutan Mountain Resort
Jakar, Bhutan

With views of the pine wood forest and historic Wangduechoeling palace, Bhutan Mountain Resort is one of the oldest hotels in Bumthang. The family-owned property offers simple, comfortable accommodations and warm service. All 27 rooms are appointed with wood paneling, heated by firewood stoves (or Bukhari), with ensuite baths. Featuring an attentive professional staff and in-house restaurant, the lodge is within walking distance of the Wangduechoeling palace, Jakar Dzong and Chamkhar Town.

Day 11

Ugyen Choling Estate Visit

We explore the Bumthang district further with an excursion to the stunningly beautiful Tang Valley. This seldom visited valley offers a treat; revealing some off-the-beaten-track monasteries and the fascinating cultural museum at Ugyen Choling. A fairly short hike takes us up to this well-maintained estate and its cultural treasures inside.

We then head to Tang Mebartsho (Burning Lake), where — as legend has it — a famous reincarnated lama, Terton Pema Lingpa, discovered a religious treasure in the 12th century. This lake is very sacred and visited by many Bhutanese during auspicious days to make butter lamp offerings.

Accommodations
Bhutan Mountain Resort

Bhutan Mountain Resort
Jakar, Bhutan

With views of the pine wood forest and historic Wangduechoeling palace, Bhutan Mountain Resort is one of the oldest hotels in Bumthang. The family-owned property offers simple, comfortable accommodations and warm service. All 27 rooms are appointed with wood paneling, heated by firewood stoves (or Bukhari), with ensuite baths. Featuring an attentive professional staff and in-house restaurant, the lodge is within walking distance of the Wangduechoeling palace, Jakar Dzong and Chamkhar Town.

Day 12

Transfer to Paro

Today, we return to western Bhutan by a short flight. Upon arrival at the airport, we have the day at our leisure to relax at the hotel or hike to the cliffside temple complex of Tiger's Nest. Our group reunites this evening with a stroll through the market before enjoying our final dinner together.

Accommodations
Raven's Nest

Raven's Nest
Paro, Bhutan

Raven’s Nest Resort is situated in the upper Paro Valley, set amidst farmhouses and rice fields, and very near to the trailhead for Tiger’s Nest Monastery and the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong. Featuring 21 spacious rooms with ensuite baths and balconies, the hotel also has a library, meditation room, spa with a sauna, steam bath and massage services, and a restaurant serving Bhutanese, Indian and western style dishes. Your stay here is the perfect place to unwind and will be a welcome respite in a tranquil, rural setting.

Day 13

Departure from Paro

We are transferred to the airport in time for your departure from Paro.

Please note that this is a typical itinerary, and actual activities may vary due to weather conditions, local events, and to allow serendipity to play a hand in your experience. Accommodations are as outlined in the itinerary, although we reserve the right to change these or the order visited should the need arise.

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Dates &
Prices

Dates And Prices

2020
Trip Length

13 Days

Trip Dates

Oct 12-24, 2020

2020 Land Cost

$4,995 Per Person


Internal Airfare

$995 Per Person

Bangkok-Paro-Bangkok; Domestic flights total: $465, Paro-Yongpulla and Jakar-Paro. Airfare prices subject to change

Single Supplement

First two reserved:$95

Additional:$595

See single supplement policy below.

What's Included

  • Expert leadership
  • All accommodations
  • All meals
  • Local wine and beer with dinner
  • All on-tour transportation
  • All activities as noted in the itinerary
  • Bhutan visa
  • Explorers Club savings on your next scheduled, small-group trip (conditions apply)
Single Supplement Policy

Accommodations (hotels, tents, cruise cabins) are based on double occupancy. A single supplement is paid by participants who specifically request single accommodations, subject to availability. If you reserve at least 120 days prior to departure, you may be eligible for a reduced or free single supplement.* This is generally limited to the first one or two solo travelers to reserve, and the reduction is outlined in the pricing for each trip. Please note, free or reduced single supplements are not combinable with other offers or promotions.

If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender. If you reserve at least 120 days ahead and a roommate is not available, you will only be charged a “forced” single supplement in the amount of 50% of the standard single supplement* (unless otherwise noted in the detailed itinerary). Single accommodations are limited so you are encouraged to reserve early!

*This may not apply to certain trips with unique accommodation arrangements. Please see specific trip information for more details.

What To
Expect

What To Expect

Physcial Activity

Boundless Journeys' trips are designed for energetic and flexible individuals who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. This custom journey is rated 3, moderate, on a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the most strenuous). The walks and hikes on this trip are moderate day hikes ranging from 2-5 hours in length with minimal vehicle support. A few days involve some long drives on narrow, winding roads.

Meeting Point

Paro, Bhutan International Airport upon arrival of your flight on Day 1.

Departure point

Paro, Bhutan International Airport in time for your departing flight on Day 13.

Traveling to and from

Most Convenient Airport:
Bangkok International Airport, Bangkok, Thailand (airport code BKK)

Meeting Time and Place:
Your Boundless Journeys guide will meet you at the Paro, Bhutan airport upon the arrival of your flight from Bangkok (other regional airports upon request).

Departure Time and Place:
Paro, Bhutan in time for the departure of your flight to Bangkok (other regional airports upon request).

Weather

The mountainous areas of Bhutan have pronounced rainy and dry seasons. The driest weather and clearest skies are typically in October and November and it is the harvest season. During March through May, beautiful flowers are in bloom and it is the planting and ploughing time of year. The months of December through February are clear and cool (can be below freezing at night) and it is the shoulder season, so you will encounter fewer visitors. June through August is the monsoon season and it is generally not recommended to travel to Bhutan at this time of year. You may obtain more detailed weather information at www.weatherbase.com.

Jakar

October

High: 67
Low: 42

Mongar

October

High: 73
Low: 60

Paro

October

High: 66
Low: 45

Trashigang

October

High: 84
Low: 64

The Altitude

Our trip begins in Paro, which is situated at 7,300 feet, in the foothills of the Himalayas. We make our way over passes and down into valleys reaching a maximum elevation of 13,125' and a minimum elevation of about 3,610' in Trashingang. There is time to move at a comfortable pace, allowing for the adjustment to the mountain air. Keeping well hydrated, avoiding excessive alcohol, eating frequent, light meals, and getting plenty of rest will help with any effects of altitude that you may feel.

Accommodations

This itinerary includes a combination of the standard and deluxe hotel options available in Bhutan. Although the hotels in Bhutan cannot be compared to international standards, they are comfortable and offer all necessary facilities. We believe that any inconveniences due to these modest accommodations are far outweighed by the unforgettable experience of visiting Bhutan (If you prefer to stay in luxury hotels in Bhutan, please contact us to discuss a private journey).

Due to the unique tourism policy in Bhutan, we are unable to confirm which hotels we will be using until four weeks prior to departure. The accommodations listed will most likely be what we can expect, but may alter due to availability.

When to reserve

It is important to reserve your trip early, as the Bhutanese national airline will only accept reservations with the full payment of the ticket. Therefore we are unable to hold group seats in advance of reservations. Seats can only be confirmed upon receipt of your deposit, as well as the payment for these flights (subject to change). Please contact our office with any questions regarding these important policies.

Development in Bhutan

Although visiting Bhutan in many ways is like stepping back in time and has been a longtime favorite of Boundless Journeys' travelers for this reason, it is important to understand that this evolving society is also eager to keep pace in the modern world. While the government is approaching the development of their country with sensitivity towards preserving the environment and culture, you can still expect to encounter some of the less positive signs of modernization. Some examples include: road construction projects that may hinder driving or cause noise and dust; litter in developed areas; and begging. We ask you to visit Bhutan with an open mind and leave any rigid expectations about the pristine nature of the country behind. It is important to embrace what you see and experience without judgment and recognize that Bhutan, just as any country, is struggling to be a part of this complex and rapidly changing world. We are confident that with this attitude, the Bhutan you experience will be a fascinating and memorable place.

Cuisine

Bhutanese dishes borrow elements of Indian and Chinese cuisine, however it is also unique in its style and tastes. One of the most distinguishing features of Bhutanese cuisine is the ubiquitous chili. The Bhutanese are passionate about chili; you will see them spread all over to dry - on the roadsides, on rooftops and in courtyards. Ema datse, a dish made with chilis and cheese, is a spicy favorite. Some excellent non-spicy options include kewa datse (potatoes and cheese sauce), and shamu datse (mushrooms with cheese sauce). Bhutanese also love momos. Though a Tibetan specialty, these dumplings now occupy a permanent place in Bhutanese cuisine. Chicken or pork momos are favored, but cheese momos are most common. Another important feature of this exotic cuisine is the use of rice, found in various forms in dishes ranging from breakfast to dinner.
We do our best to offer a la carte meals at unique local establishments, however, options are quite limited in the smaller towns, so many of the meals will be served buffet-style at our hotels. There are usually continental, Bhutanese, Chinese, and Indian dishes served.

While we do our best to offer our guests the best possible meals and food available in Bhutan, it is important to know that the food there is basic and does not offer the variety and quality that we may be accustomed to at home. Please travel to Bhutan with an open mind and do not have high expectations in this regard and you will not be disappointed. Vegetarians can easily be accommodated with advance notice.

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About Our Guides

With a Boundless Journeys guide, your experience is that of friend and local adventurer. We believe strongly in working with local guides, experts in the areas to which we travel, and they hold the keys to unlocking the hidden delights of your chosen destination. Although you will never know they are at work—the mark of a truly great leader—our guides make magical things happen and add a dimension to your trip that you could not experience on your own. Over the years we have forged bonds with some of the best guides in the world, and we typically work with a small team of guides in each region. You will be informed of the guide for your trip one month prior to your departure.

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