Bhutan Introductory tour is the visit of all major parts of
Bhutan. Our Bhutan Introductory package tour combines the western Bhutan tour,
Central Bhutan Tour and Eastern Bhutan Tour.
Bhutan has three regions that are open to visitors. These
three regions are distinctly different due to the prominent north, south
mountain ranges that separate each area resulting in different topographical
Western Bhutan: Western Bhutan is comprises of Paro at
7200 feet, Thimphu at 7500 feet and Punakha and Wangdue Phodrang at 4200 feet.
Western Bhutan is known for its stunning scenery with rice paddies cascading
down magnificent mountains, the pristine rivers that flow through the main
towns of Paro, Thimphu and Punakha, and unique two-story houses with brightly
painted window designs.
Central Bhutan: The Black Mountains separate Western
Bhutan from Central Bhutan.
This region includes Trongsa and the rich broad valleys of
Bumthang including Chhume, Choskhor, Tang and Ura valleys. Central Bhutan is
known for its buckwheat production, its sturdy stone houses, and its plethora
of monasteries. It's the ideal place for walking due to its broad valleys and
sloping mountains. The beauty of the Bumthang valley is legendary.
Eastern Bhutan: This region comprises Mongar, Trashigang and
Trashi Yangste. The forests dissipate and the altitude is lower. The warmer
climate is suitable for growing corn, rice and wheat. Eastern Bhutan is known
for its stunning hand-loomed textiles and the weavers are all masters of the
supplementary weft-weave technique. Eastern Bhutan is the least traveled area
of the country.
- Day 01: Arrive Paro
(2250m / 7382ft)
- Day 02: Paro-Thimphu
(2320m/7610 ft), 1 hr/54 km
- Day 03: Thimphu-Punakha (1250m/4000 ft), 76 km/ 3 hrs
- Day 04: Punakha-Paro
(2250m / 7382ft), 130km/4 hours
- Day 05: Depart from
DAY 01: Arrive Paro
(2250m / 7382ft)
Morning flight Kathmandu to Paro crosses the Himalayas, offering
spectacular views of the sacred Mt. Jumolhari and Jichu Drake peaks in Bhutan.
On arrival, you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your
hotel. Afternoon you will visit Paro Dzong, built in 1646, and now houses
government offices and religious institutions of Paro valley. Visit Kichu
Lhakhang, the oldest temple in the country. We proceed our tour to the Drugyal
Dzong (Bhutan Victory Fort) built in 1646 to commemorate Bhutan's victory over
Tibetan invaders during 1600s. In the evening, stroll through the Paro market
and town. Overnight in Paro.
DAY 02: Paro-Thimphu
(2320m/7610 ft), 1 hr/54 km
After breakfast hike to Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) Monastery,
Bhutan's most famous monastery situated at 3180 meters. Guru Rinpoche
(spiritual master) is said to have flown on the back of a tigress from Singye
Dzong in Lhuentse to meditate in a cave where Taktsang Monastery now stands.
Lunch will be served in the Cafeteria Restaurant. The monastery is perched on
the edge of a steep cliff, about 900 meters above Paro Valley. After exploring
the monastery, hike down to the Paro valley and drive to Thimphu in the
evening, the capital city of Bhutan. Overnight in Thimphu.
Thimphu-Punakha (1250m/4000 ft), 76 km/ 3 hrs
After breakfast, visit the King's Memorial Chorten (built in
memory of third King of Bhutan who reigned from 1952-1972), the radio tower
(for a great view of Thimphu Valley and Thimphu Dzong), and the zoo, which
contains the national animal of Bhutan, the takin. From there, visit nunnery
temple, National Library (which houses ancient manuscripts), and School of Arts
and Crafts (also known as painting school). After lunch, drive to Punakha with
a stop en route for tea at Dochu La (3,100 meters), where on a clear day one
can get spectacular views of the Himalayas. Drive downhill through forests of
rhododendron, fir and hemlock. Arrive at Punakha after traversing through rice
field and along the bank of Punakha River. Visit Punakha Dzong, which is
stunningly situated in between the male and female rivers like an anchored
ship. Overnight in Punakha.
DAY 04: Punakha-Paro
(2250m / 7382ft), 130km/4 hours
After breakfast, you will drive back to Paro. On the way,
visit Chimi Lhakhang, which is a fertility temple dedicated to Divine Madman or
Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Receive blessings from the Lama`s wooden phallus! You will stop in Thimphu for lunch. After lunch, visit National Institute of
Traditional Medicine and Majestic Tashichhodzong. Later in the evening, you can
drive to Paro. Overnight in Paro.
DAY 05: Depart from
Early morning drive to Paro international Airport and fly
back to Kthmandu. Today, you will see off this majestic Himalayan country and
her friendly smiling people. Druk air generally departs in the morning to avoid
adverse weather. Arrive Kathmandu and transfer to your hotel and free
Trip Information Section
Eating is a big part of Holiday. Travelling with Mountain Mart Trek, you experience the vast array of wonderful food Nepalese, Chinese, Continental, Italian and several local cuisines. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included in the package. Your guide will suggest delicious, hygienic and each place special food during your trip. Mountain restaurant owner prefer not to order many dishes and waste food as they would like to cater more trekkers with limited food before run off stuck. Its a week or more days hard work to porters and caravans to bring food to these places. During this trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner at the same Lodge, lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants en-route.
A Tea House is the combination of guest house, restaurant, and social hang out. Private rooms are available in most Tea Houses, except for high altitudes ones where it will be just dormitories. The lodges are fairly basic. The rooms are spare with twin beds and very little additional furniture. Blankets are generally provided. There is a large dining room-cum-lounge, warmed by the bukhara stove (an iron cylinder, fitted with a chimney duct, in which a log fire is lighted. There is normally no electric lighting in the rooms unless the village has hydroelectric power. The dining room usually hassolar lighting.
Most teahouses now also have electricity for charging small appliances - mobile phones and cameras - and there may be a small charge for this.
Mountain Mart Trek provides unlimited chlorine/Iodine treated water during the trek. All tea houses have mineral water and boiled water for trekkers upon additional cost. We discourage the purchase of Mineral water and bottled water while on the Trek as plastic bottles aredifficult to dispose off and have become an environmental problem
Mountain Mart Trek offers you complementary route map and T-shirt
What to take
This is a very active trip, meaning you will be on the move most of the time, so pack as lightly as possible. We provide one porter for every two travellers; your trekking gear will be carried by the porter in a duffel bag that we will provide. The maximum the porters are allowed to carry 15 kgs per trekker means 30 kgs from 2 trekkers . Unnecessary luggage can left in Kathmandu Hotel and its absolutely free of cost. .
Important to note:
Please read the Checklist section of this trip notes for additional details of what you need to bring for the trek on this trip. You will need to bring a comfortable medium sized day pack to carry the things that you will need during the day. This should have a waist strap or (better) a padded waist belt. The weather is subject to change in high altitude so layered clothing is recommended throughout the year.