Bhutan - Thimphu

Pem Tshering

243 Credits Price: USD/hr
Activity's information
  • Duration:
  • 12 days
  • Departure:
  • 09:00
  • Group size:
  • From 5 to 10 persons
  • Interest:
  • Sightseeing
    Art & Culture
    Nature & Environment
    Sports & Adventures
    Religion & Philosophy
  • Transport:
  • Bus
    Car
    Foot
  • Availability:
  • Day
    Weekday
    Weekend
  • Activity Price:
  • 250 USD/person
  • Price includes:
  • 1. A minimum of 3 star accommodation - Double Standard Room. 2. All meals and evening tea. 3. Full time service of a professional licensed tour guide. 4. All land transport within Bhutan with dedicated (exclusive) vehicle. 5. All entry fees to museum, monuments and parks. 6. All internal taxes and charges. 7. A sustainable tourism Royalty of US$ 65.
  • Price excludes:
  • 1. Bhutan Visa fee: currently USD $ 40/- per person to be billed along with the tour invoice. 2. Air fare: both Druk Air/Bhutan Airlines and International flight. 3. Laundry bill, phone bill and other bills of personal nature. 4. Bar bill. 5. Tipping. 6. Travel insurance.
About me:

Wind of Fortune Tours & Travel is a tour company approved by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) and is a member of the Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators (ABTO). As one of Bhutan's leading... See more

DAGALA THOUSAND LAKES TREK

This six day trek takes you into an area adorned with a multitude of pristine, crystal clear lakes. As you walk amidst the shimmering lakes you’ll be treated to stunning views of the entire Himalayan mountain range and some of the world’s highest peaks including Mt. Everest, Jomolhari, Masang Gang, Jichu Drake, Gangche Ta and many more.

During the trek an entire day will be dedicated to visiting some of the more picturesque lakes, fishing and resting. The trail also takes you through several Bhutanese villages so you can get a good idea of traditional Bhutanese village life as you make your way back from the lakes.

While this is a somewhat strenuous trek, it is well worth the effort because of the tranquility and beauty of natural landscape that you will enjoy during the journey. The best time to embark on this trek is between April-June or September –October.

Day 01: Arrive Paro

On arrival at Paro airport, you will met our representative and transferred to our hotel after completion of arrival formalities. Evening visit to Paro market and town. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 02: Paro

Morning drive up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong (1646), which once defended this valley from Tibetan invasions. Though largely destroyed by fire in 1951, its towering outer walls are still an imposing sight. On a fine day, there is a grand view of Mt.Chomoihari from the approach road to Drukgyel Dzong. Drive back along the valley to visit a traditional farm house and then the 7th Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan's oldest and most sacred shrines.
In the afternoon, visit Ta Dzong, built in 1651 as a watchtower and in 1968 inaugurated as Bhutan's National Museum. The collection includes art, relics, religious thangkha paintings, postage stamps, coins and handicrafts, as well as a small natural history collection. Then walk down a short hillside trail to visit Rinpung Dzong (Paro Dzong), built in 1646, and now housing the offices of the district administration and Paro's monk body. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 03: Paro to Thimphu (55 km, 2 hours)

This morning drive down the valley following the Pa Chu (Paro river) to its confluence with the Wang Cnu Ulnimphu river). Turn lett up the valley leading to the nation's capital, Thimphu. n route visit Simtokha Dzong (1627), the kingdom's oldest fortress which now houses the Institute for Language and Culture Studies.
After lunch, visit the National Memorial Chorten, built as a memorial to Bhutanese third king (the father of modern Bhutan) and also as a monument to world peace. Then visit Tashichhodzong, Thimphu's most impressive building situated by the Wang Chu. It houses His Majesty's secretariat, some ministries, and also the central monk body during the summer months. In the evening, take a stroll through Thimphu market and town. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

Day 04: Thimphu

After breakfast, visit the following as time permits: Institute for Zorig Chusum, where students learn the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan; the National Library, which houses an extensive collection of Buddhist literature, including some manuscripts dating back several hundred years; the National Institute of Traditional Medicine (outside only), where medicinal herbs are compounded and dispensed, and traditional medicine practitioners are trained; and the Folk Heritage and National Textile Museums, for fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life.

After lunch, visit the government-run Handicrafts Emporium, which carries a wide range of hand-woven textiles and craft products, and browse in the bookshops and many smaller handicrafts shops around the town. Take an early evening drive up to a lookout festooned with prayer flags, for a fine view of Thimphu and the valley. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.

DAGALA THOUSAND LAKES TREK STARTS
This six day trek takes you into an area adorned with a multitude of pristine, crystal clear lakes. As you walk amidst the shimmering lakes you’ll be treated to stunning views of the entire Himalayan mountain range and some of the world’s highest peaks including Mt. Everest, Jomolhari, Masang Gang, Jichu Drake, Gangche Ta and many more.

During the trek an entire day will be dedicated to visiting some of the more picturesque lakes, fishing and resting. The trail also takes you through several Bhutanese villages so you can get a good idea of traditional Bhutanese village life as you make your way back from the lakes.
While this is a somewhat strenuous trek, it is well worth the effort because of the tranquility and beauty of natural landscape that you will enjoy during the journey. The best time to embark on this trek is between April-June or September –October.

Day 05: Thimphu to Geynekha

14km, 4 hours
Drive for 45 minutes to reach the starting point for the trek. The first day's walk is along a mule path, passing by terraced fields and coniferous forest, and ending at the signboard of Genekha School. Overnight camp at Genekha (2,800m) alongside a stream.

Day 06 : Gynekha – Gur

Distance 7 km, 5 hours, 550 m ascent, 210 m descent, camp altitude 3,290 m.
The trek starts at beautiful Gynekha village and begins with a short descent to the river. After crossing the river you start climbing until you reach a huge rock platform from where you have a picturesque view of the valley below. After another two hours you reach Gur, an area of yak pastures located just below the main trail.


Day 07: Gur – Labatama

Distance 12 km, 5 hours, 1,220 m ascent, 110 m descent, camp altitude 4,300 m.
On the second day, the trail takes you across the high ridges from where you can truly appreciate the rugged beauty of your surroundings and the mountain vegetation. The path winds through refreshing meadows adorned with wild flowers and asparagus (in spring). The first mountain pass you cross is marked by a huge cairn and gives a spectacular view of Kanjenjunga (Sikkim) and a number of the Bhutanese Himalayan peaks. As you descend the pass you will be able to see the entirety of the Dagala mountain range including meadows and yak herder camps. Once you have descended into the Labatama valley you begin climbing gradually through the valley, passing several yak herder huts before you arrive at Uthso Tsho. The campsite is right next to the lake.

Day 08: Labatama

This day will be dedicated to relaxing and recuperating at Labatama. It is an ideal to taker an excursion to any of three nearby lakes: Reli Tsho, Hen Tsho and Jama Tsho. Hikers are encouraged to take the opportunity to engage in some trout fishing as the location is ideal. Permits are required for fishing so you should request your tour operator to make the necessary arrangements beforehand.

Day 09: Labatama – Panka

Distance 8 km, 6-7 hours, 260 m ascent, 520 m descent, camp altitude 4,000 m.
The trail climbs along the western side of Dala Tsho up to a saddle at 4,520m. From here onwards you will have a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayan peaks all through the descent. The mountain peaks visible include Mt. Everest (Nepal), Mt. Kanchenjunga (Sikkim), Mt. Jomolhari, Mt. Jichu Drake, Mt. Tshering Gang, Mt. Khangbum, Mt. Masang Gang, Mt. Tsende Gang and Mt. Gangche Ta. If you want an even better view, you can climb a peak close to the saddle with an altitude of 4,720m. From the saddle the path descends, passing some yak herder huts to Doccha Chhu. You follow the river for a while, but stay higher up on the slope to reach Panka with ascents and descents along the way.

Day 10: Panka - Talakha

Distance 8 km, 5-6 hours, 180 m ascent, 110 m descent, camp altitude 3,080 m.
This day entails the crossing of several passes but none of them require a major climb. You should keep your eyes open for different varieties of blue poppy (June-July) and mountain birds while in this area. After crossing the last pass, Tale La (4,180m) you start a long descent to Talakha Gompa. You will camp right beside the monastery and wake up to the early morning prayers of the monks. From here you will be treated to a great view of Bhutan’s capital Thimphu.

Day 11: Talekha to Thimphu to Paro

Distance 6 km, 3 hours, 440 m descent.
Passing through alpine and mixed vegetation (bamboo thickets and wild flowers) one reaches Talekha monastery and village and once again the view of Thimphu is superb. We walk through mixed vegetation and apple orchards, finally reaching the main motor able road to Thimphu where our transport is waiting for us. Drive to Thimphu in time for lunch, and in the evening drive back to Paro. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

Day 12: Depart Paro
After early breakfast in the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.

Tashi Delek!


PEAK SEASON RATE:
 (March, April, May, September, October and November)
 Culture Tour / Festival Tour – US$ 250/- per person per night halt

LEAN SEASON RATE:
 (January, February, June, July, August, and December)
 Culture Tour / Festival Tour – US$ 200/- per person per night halt

FOREIGN INDIVIDUAL TRAVELLERS SURCHARGE:
Tourists travelling in a group of two (2) persons or less shall be subject to a surcharge, in addition to the minimum daily package rates.

1. Single individuals – US$ 40/- per night halt
2. Group of 2 pax – US$ 30/- each per person per night halt

OTHER EXTRA COST:
1. Hire of Knowledgeable resource person: (rate differ from person to person)
2. Room and hotel upgrade

CANCELLATIONS
Bhutan tour programs booked and subsequently cancelled shall be subject to cancellation charges as follow:
• If notification of your tour cancellation is received more than 50 days before your arrival in Bhutan, there shall be no cancellation charges.
• if notification of your tour cancellation is received less than 30 days but more than 15 days before your arrival in Bhutan, 20% of your Bhutan tour cost shall be deducted as cancellation charges.
• If notification of your tour cancellation is received less than 15 days before your arrival in Bhutan, 50% of your Bhutan trip cost shall be deducted as cancellation charges.
• If you cancel your tour after your arrival in Bhutan, 100% of the cost of your remaining days in Bhutan shall be deducted as cancellation charges-meaning no refund.
• Air Ticket refund policy is as per the Air company refund policy.

DELAYED ARRIVALS:
There is no charge for delays in arrival and departure because of weather conditions disrupting flights or road blocks. The tourist must however bear the cost of food, accommodation, transportation, and other services required.

VISA FORMALITIES:
1. On confirming the trip we will raise an invoice and ask for your scanned passport copy.
2. After transferring the required payments, you can mail the scanned passport copy to us. We will process the visa approval on your behalf and mail it to you.
3. We will also book, purchase and deliver the Druk Air/Bhutan Airline tickets on your behalf.
4. The actual visa is stamped on the visitor’s passport on arrival at the port of entry.


Note: (The Government will process the visa only on depositing the full tour payment with them)

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Pem Tshering

243 Credits Price: USD/hr
Activity's information
  • Duration:
  • 12 days
  • Departure:
  • 09:00
  • Group size:
  • From 5 to 10 persons
  • Interest:
  • Sightseeing
    Art & Culture
    Nature & Environment
    Sports & Adventures
    Religion & Philosophy
  • Transport:
  • Bus
    Car
    Foot
  • Availability:
  • Day
    Weekday
    Weekend
  • Activity Price:
  • 250 USD/person
  • Price includes:
  • 1. A minimum of 3 star accommodation - Double Standard Room. 2. All meals and evening tea. 3. Full time service of a professional licensed tour guide. 4. All land transport within Bhutan with dedicated (exclusive) vehicle. 5. All entry fees to museum, monuments and parks. 6. All internal taxes and charges. 7. A sustainable tourism Royalty of US$ 65.
  • Price excludes:
  • 1. Bhutan Visa fee: currently USD $ 40/- per person to be billed along with the tour invoice. 2. Air fare: both Druk Air/Bhutan Airlines and International flight. 3. Laundry bill, phone bill and other bills of personal nature. 4. Bar bill. 5. Tipping. 6. Travel insurance.
About me:

Wind of Fortune Tours & Travel is a tour company approved by the Tourism Council of Bhutan (TCB) and is a member of the Association of Bhutanese Tour Operators (ABTO). As one of Bhutan's leading... See more