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PUNAKHA WINTER TREK

Itinerary

After finishing all your customs and immigration formalities at Paro airport, your tour executive will be standing outside of the gate to welcome you. After presenting himself with a traditional Bhutanese way of welcoming, you will be then driven to the capital Thimphu. Your drive takes you through traditional Bhutanese settlement and terrace of rice fields. On the way stop at Tachogang Goempa located opposite of Paa Chhu (river) and was built around 1420 by the Tibetan saint Thongtong Gyelpo. Driving further 6km takes you to Chuzom a confluence where Paa chhu (river) and Wang/Thimp Chhu (river) meets. Opposite to the confluence, are three protecting stupas built in different shapes like – Nepali, Tibetan and Bhutanese?  From the confluence the road bifurcates where Thimphu lies at a distance of 31km

The bustling capital city has lot to offer including a visit to Semtokha Dzong locally known as Simmo Dokha(demon on the stone). Visit the National Memorial Chorten (stupa) which was built by the late Queen Mother Ashi Phuntsho Chodden, the wife of the second king in the year 1974 in memory of her son the Third king of Bhutan. Drive further uphill from here for around 10 minutes to historical Changangkha Lhakhang (temple) which is the oldest temple in Thimphu dated back to twelve century. Ascending further you reach the Mini-Zoo which is now a large outdoor enclosure that holds one of the strangest looking creatures you are likely to see – the Takin (National Animal of Bhutan).

After your morning breakfast in the hotel drive to Chamina. From Pangrizampa the drive takes uphill through rough and unsealed road and finally arrives to your starting point of your trek.  As you begin your adventurous day walk from here if the weather is clear you can see Phajoding Gompa atop the hill which serves as one of the beautiful campsite when making the Druk Path Trek. After crossing Sinchu La Pass at an altitude of 3400m the trail takes you downhill through lush forest with beautiful landscape with a view of Thinley Gang Village, Talo Gompa and the motor high way between Thimphu and Dochu La(the pass between Thimphu and Punakha). Continuing further through narrow valley and muddy path finally reach your campsite in a wide meadow.

Your trek towards Chorten Nigpo takes you all the way downhill through thick and mixed forest and then arriving at the valley you will pass through terrace of rice field with villages scattered throughout the valley. Ascending a short uphill from the traditional Bhutanese farmhouse you then traverse through tree line with valley view downhill and finally arrive at Chorten Ningpo. Your campsite is located in the centre of the village next to the historical Chorten Ningpo Sherdag. The Shedra now house the Buddhist institute of religious studies housing around 50 – 60 monks. Inside the main shrine the key figure god is Jampa “Buddha of the Future” stretching from ground floor to the first floor. The spot offers an impressive view of the valley below. Your campsite lies at an altitude of 2300m.

From Chorten Ningpo it’s a downhill trail all the way down to the express highway. Your trail takes you cross several villages with glimpse of the daily life.  Besides being not only naturally beautiful, the walk through this valley ranked as one of the best trail in Punakha. This fascinating valley has not been explored by many and now has been a fascinating place for walkers. Crossing several beautiful villages you will finally arrive at the main road. Cross the suspension bridge to visit the large Khamsum Yuelley Namgyel Chorten (temple) which was consecrated in 1999 perched on the majestic blue pine hill of Yebesa. Enjoy the panoramic view of the valley below from the exterior atop floor of the Chorten (stupa). Your last stop of the day is the impressively located Punakha Dzong.

Today at your early breakfast in the hotel drive to Paro crossing Dochu La Pass. The pass is one of the most beautiful motor pass in the country. It consist of one hundred and eight chortens (stupa) circumscribing a large Chorten (stupa). These stupas are constructed as recently as 2004 and known as Druk Wangyel Chorten. Besides this impressive Chortens (stupas) in an amazingly setting the view of the great Himalayan peaks can be visible from this pass. From the pass your drive descent downhill till you reached Thimphu and then finally drive to your destination which is only 65km and can be negotiable within one and half hour.

We suggest you making an early start since, the hike to the famous Tiger’s Nest is quite an uphill task. The walk up to the goemba takes around three to four hours at an average speed. The Goemba is believed to be the meditation site of Guru Padmasambhava who flew from the eastern Bhutan on the back of a Tigress. He underwent for three months meditation in the cave transforming himself in one of his wrathful form of Guru Dorji Drolo, and subdued Sengye Samdrup. Descending from Taktshang Goempa, drive further north of the valley to visit the ruined Drukgyel Dzong. It was built in 1647 after winning the victor over Tibetan invasion in 1644. On your way back make a short visit to historical Kyichu Lhakhang. It dates back to seventh century and was built by Tibetan King Songtsen Gyempo

After your leisurely breakfast in the hotel drive to Paro airport and depart to your onward destination. Here you bid adieu to your helpful Bhutanese tourist guide and driver and proceed to your onward destination.

01 Rate inclusive of all three meals both local and continental healthy cuisine 
02 Rate inclusive of all accommodation [three star hotels with double/twin sharing basis] 
03 Rate inclusive of air-conditioned tourist standard transportation 
04 Rate inclusive of local tour English-speaking licensed guide on all your sightseeing tours 
05 Rate inclusive of extensive choices of flexible comprehensive tour itineraries 
06 Rate inclusive of Bhutan Government Royalty fees of $ 65 per person per nights 
07 Rate inclusive of all entry fees, museum fees and historical attraction fees 
08 Rate inclusive of all applicable taxes – BST 10%, Service Charge 10% 
09 Rate inclusive of one time visa fee of USD 40 
10 Rate inclusive of airport arrival and departure transfer in Bhutan 
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Bhutan Government uphold a strategy of “High Value-Low Impact” tourism policy, which serves as the purpose of creating an image of exclusive and high-yield destination among travelers.  Therefore, Baeyul Excursions has initiated its tourism policy – to maintain its environment, ecological friendly, preservation of social-cultural and economically viable, prevent from overrun mass tourism and while at the same time to ensure visitors get the most out of their trips. The minimum cost outlined by Baeyul Excursions offers the charm of the isolated Himalayan kingdom, which was founded on the principle of sustainability.

GROUP SIZEYOUR BHUTAN TRIP COST
Single Individual USD 2,070/- 
Group of 02 Members USD 2,000/- 
Group of 03 Members and Above USD 1,790/- 

One Time Bank Transfer Charges  

USD 45/-

01 Rate does not include incoming & outgoing Bhutan airfares and airport taxes 
02 Rate does not include drinks and alcohols and non- alcoholic beverage 
03 Rate does not include guides speaking language other than English 
04 Rate does not include expenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, potter, telephone/fax calls, camera/video camera fee at monuments, medical expenses, any insurance etc 
05 Rate does not include extra expenses or loss due to nature and un-foreseen events beyond the control of our management 
06 Rate does not include any service outside Bhutan 
07 Rate does not include one time bank transfer charge of USD 45 
08 Rate does not include tipping to guide, driver etc. 
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