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Fixed Departures 2002

Please find the choice of 3 supersaver 7 nights/8 days Bhutan itinerary for 2002. We have also included 2 NIGHTS EXTENSION to fit in with flights. 

Maximum group size: 8 persons (Average size: 3-4 persons)

Fully escorted, no hidden fees, accommodations are in the best available Hotels and lodges in the country.  

For details on the trips, any clarifications please contact us by email/fax.

 

SCHEDULED DATES FOR ARRIVAL IN BHUTAN 2002
In 2002: Cost Land & Air: US $ 1635 (via KTM) Single supplement: $220
May : 20 Aug : 05, 19
Jun : 03, 17 Sep : 02, 12**
Jul : 08, 18 Oct : 07, 14, 21**
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2 NIGHTS EXTENSION (to fit in with flights)
In 2002: Cost Land & Air:  US$ 1955 (via KTM) Single supplement: $ 280
Feb :11, 18** May : 06
Mar : 04, 18** Nov  : 04, 11, 18
Apr : 08, 22** Dec : 09, 16

**Departures with festivals in Bhutan. Itinerary may be revised in order to coincide with festivals

Add on Flight Net fares per person one way: a) Bangkok light:$175 & Delhi $130

 

1) GANTEY - GOGONA NATURE AND CULTURAL TREK

This is a combination of an easy trek starting from Phobjikha valley. Phobjikha valley at 3000m is one of the few glacial valleys and is chosen home of the rare Black Necked Cranes which migrate here in the winter from Tibetan plateau. The trek visits the villages of Gogona and Khotokha passing through meadows and fields, then through forests of Juniper, Magnolia and rhododendrons making it one of the finest low level treks in Bhutan.

 

Day 01: Paro /Thimphu (D)

Arrive by Druk Air flight and transfer to Thimphu. (Hotel Wangchuk)
Welcome Dinner and briefing about the tour.

 

Day 02:  Thimphu/Gantey (B/L/D)

Morning drive to Gantey via Simtokha Dzong, Dochula pass, Richengang village. In Gantey visit the Gantey Gompa monastery. ( Village Lodge)

 

Day 03: Start trek to Gogona. (B/L/D)

Morning explore around and watch the rare back-necked crane (seasonal) and after breakfast begin trekking to Gogona Village. The trail passes through forests of juniper, bamboo, magnolia and rhododendrons. Free to explore around in the evening. Distance covered: 15 kms in 6/7 hrs. Camp alt. 2700 m.

 

Day 04: Trek to Khotokha (B/L/D)

Todayís trek passes through the changing vegetation to the wide and temperate valley of Khothokha, the summer place of people of Wangdi region. Distance: 16 kms in 6/7 hrs. Camp alt. 2800 m.

 

Day 05: Trek or Ropeway to Wangdi/Punakha (B/L/D)

Short trek from your campsite takes you to the village of Tashila, from here a rope way operates to the road. You can choose to take the lift or walk downhill for 3 hours. Much of the vegetation on todayís trek is a sub-tropical and moist. Transfer to the hotel and in the afternoon visit Punakha & Wangdi-phodrang. (Meri Puensum Resort)

 

Day 06: Drive to Paro via Thimphu. (B/L/D)

More sightseeing in the morning and drive to Paro via Thimphu (en route). Visit Paro Museum, Dzong and the local farm house.

 

Day 07: Paro Sightseeing. (B/L/D)

Clients are given an option to hike to Taktsang and others will visit local villages, monasteries, farm houses. (Pelri Cottages/Tigerís Nest Resort)

 

Day 08: Departure. (B)

Transfer to airport for departure flight.

 

2) DRUK PATH TREK

This combines a moderate trek crossing the chain of mountains which separate the valleys of Paro and Thimphu. A classic walk past ruined forts and wonderful lakes, this is an excellent choice for those with a tight schedule. The route is sparsely inhabited, the views of the Himalayas are spectacular.

 

Day 01: Arrive Paro

Arrive Paro by Druk Air flight and transfer to the hotel. Welcome dinner and briefing on tour. (Pelri Cottages/Tigerís Nest Resort)

 

Day 02: Paro Sightseeing

Today we visit the Paro valley, site of the famous Tigerís Nest, the Taktsang Monastery where the legendary Guru Padmasambhava  is believed to have flown from Tibet on the back of a tiger to defeat the demons who were opposing the spread of Buddhism in Bhutan. The walk is long, and can be steep in places, but the views are stunning.
Afternoon visit, Paro museum, dzong, farm house. (Pelri Cottages/Tigerís Nest Resort)

 

Day 03: Trek to Jangchulakha (via Jele Dzong)

Trek starts today. The trail is rather gradual up till the ruined fort of Jele. From here the views are stunning with the snowcapped mountains as the backdrop. Distance covered: 16 kms in 7/8 hrs. Camp alt. 3200 m.

 

Day 04: Trek to Simkota

Todayís trek follows the ridge and there are superb views in all directions, including the Paro valley below, Jumolhari and many of the high peaks- the views without the slog Ė and absolutely magnificent. You may come across some yak herders camp and get an idea of how these people live. Camp by the lake of Simkota and try some lake trouts for dinner. Distance: 17 kms in 7/8 hrs.

 

Day 05: Trek to Phajoding

A short trekking day today and you begin with a gradual climb to view Mt. Gangkar Puensum, the highest mountain in Bhutan and also the other peaks. The trail slowly descends till the campsite at Phajoding. Evening free to wander around and visit Phajoding Monastery. Distance: 12 kms in 4/5 hrs. Alt. 3200 m.

 

Day 06: Trek to Thimphu

The trek today is all the way down through a forested area of mostly blue pine. Taking a leisurely pace you reach Thimphu in about 3 hours.  Visit Memorial Stupa, handicraft center. (Hotel Wangchuk)

 

Day 07: Thimphu sightseeing. Drive to Paro.

This quiet city is set around its namesake river and we spend the day exploring; National Library, Thangkha painting school, traditional medicine institute, Drubthob nunnery. Evening drive back to Paro. (Pelri Cottages/Tigerís Nest Resort) 

 

Day 08: Departure

Transfer to airport for departure flight. 

 

3) BHUTAN; DEFINITIVE CULTURAL EXPERIENCE

This trip offers the perfect introduction to Bhutan ! The itinerary has been designed to give you a wide variety of experiences though it will be an adventure enjoyed in comparative comfort because every night is spent either in a hotel or a comfortable lodge. The hikes are gentle as compared to trek and every day hike has an interesting objective taking you to many temples, hermit retreats, old palaces, villages or simply into lovely scenery. There are also exciting road journeys taking you slowly on twisting mountain roads, over passes and when it gets monotonous, we will make stops to take incursions into the roadside villages and come in contact with the people and nature.

 

Day 01: Arrive Paro - Thimphu

Arrive Paro by Druk Air flight and transfer to Thimphu. (Hotel Wangchuk)
Welcome dinner and briefing on tour.

 

Day 02: Thimphu sightseeing

There are a good many things to see in the capital which has a very relaxed, laid-back feel about it. Thimphu is relatively small, no traffic lights and the streets are wide and tree lined. The most important sights include; the national library, thangkha painting school, traditional medicine hospital, Drubthob nunnery, Memorial stupa, Tashichhodzong, gold and silver smithís workshop, handicraft centers. Try also a cup of coffee in the Swiss Bakery ! (Hotel Wangchuk)

 

Day 03: Drive to Jakar

This is a long dayís drive of 7-8 hours but it is a journey you are not likely to forget. The road winds over high mountain passes and the scenery is certainly stunning. We make occasional stops in the course of the journey to take incursion into the roadside villages, temples, weaving centers and any special events that may be taking place. (Mountain Lodge)

 

Day 04: Jakar s/s

Bumthang valley is one of the most sacred in the Kingdom and innumerable legends surround the area. It is here that the kings are cremated and the present royal family trace their ancestry back to the famous saint, Pemalingpa. Visits to; Jambay, Kurjey, Tamshing temples, castle of the ďWhite BirdĒ. Also worth seeing are the woodcraft workshop, homopaethic hospital, and the cheese factory. (Mountain Lodge)

 

Day 05: Jakar-Tongsa-Punakha/Wangdi

Leaving Jakar, we return west, stopping to visit the Chendebji Chorten, a large white monument said to conceal the remnants of an evil spirit vanquished here. Continuing across the spectacular Pelela pass we come to the valleys of Punakha and Wangdi. Explore Punakha, Bhutanís old winter capital which lies at the confluence of Pho and Mo rivers. The large fortress with its temples, temples and towers overlooks the town and provides excellent views.
(Meri Puensum Resort)

 

Day 06: Drive to Paro

More sightseeing in the morning and drive to Paro via Thimphu (en route). Visit Paro museum, dzong, and the local farm house. (Pelri Cottages/Tigerís Nest Resort)

 

Day 07: Paro s/s

Clients are given an option to hike to Taktsang and others will visit local villages, farm houses, monasteries. (Pelri Cottages/Tigerís Nest Resort)

 

Day 08: Departure

Transfer to airport for departure flight.

 

TERMS & CONDITION

TOUR FEATURES

  • Tour Includes: Druk Air fare, economy class, ex Kathmandu

  • All meals (AP)

  • Accommodation, twin sharing basis, at hotels indicated.

  • All hotel tax and service charge.

  • All required transfers.

  • All transportation by suitable vehicle

  • Daily sightseeing with English speaking guide

  • Entrance fees where applicable.

Excludes: Visa fee (US $ 20 per person) & local airport departure tax.

 

REMARKS:

  • Deposit of US$ 250 per person to secure seats.

  • Final payment due 60 days prior to arrival of group.

 

CANCELLATION CHARGES:
Within 30 days of start of tour No Cancellation ($ 25 handling fees)
Within 21 days  10% of tour cost
Within 14 days 15% of tour cost
Within 7 days 30% of tour cost
Less than 7 days
or without notice     50% of tour cost
After arrival in Bhutan 100% of tour cost