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Bumthang Cultural Trekking


12 days 11 nights

Code BTT49

Category Bhutan Trekking

  • Group Size 2-16
  • Difficulty Level 3
  • Rating Popular
  • Highest Altitude Youtongla pass (3425m/11234 ft)
  • Trip Starts From Paro
  • Trip Ends At Paro
  • Accommodation Hotels
  • Type Trekking
  • Season Spring and fall
  • Destination Thimphu Punakha Phobjikha Trongsa Jakar (Bumthang) Tang Valley Paro
Dates & Prices

Overview

Actural trekking 3 days, 2 nights camping and 9 nights hotels or lodges. 

We first visit the attractions of Thimphu, Punakha, Phobjikha and Trongsa that includes Dzong fortresses, Buddhist temples, monasteries and nunneries, arts and craft school, weaving centers, school and farm families. The travel involves a number of high passes that offer spectacular views of the snowcapped mountains on clear weather days. 

The trek begins from Bumthang- referred as the cultural heart of Bhutan and leads you through beautiful valleys and along the clear trout-filled rivers. We trek through picturesque and culturally rich villages with stops in the temples, schools etc. We will have opportunity to meet the friendly locals, monk and farmers and learn about their culture and lifestyle. 

The trek is fairly easy with an exception to the 500m ascent of challenging Phephe La pass (3360 m/ 11,021 ft.) on the second day of trekking.  

From Bumthang, we take a short flight back to Paro, otherwise it's 2 long days drive. The tricky part is that the flight operates only 3 days a week currently. 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01~Flight to Paro, Bhutan

Flights to Paro (Altitude 7,380 feet, or 2,250 meters) arrive from Kathmandu or Bangkok. Please allow at least one day in those cities both before and after your trip to ensure safe connections. Please arrange your international airfare to the gateway city; Far & High will book flights within Bhutan. Your Bhutan visa is part of the tour cost. We will email it to you in advance, as you’ll need it at check-in for your flight to Bhutan and again upon arrival at the Paro airport, where your passport will get its final visa seal. After completing immigration and custom formalities, your guide and driver will meet you outside the terminal for transfer to Thimphu.

On the way, we’ll visit the ancient Tamchog Lakhang Temple built by the famous Tibetan Iron Bridge builder, Thangtong Gyalpo, who was a yogi, an architect, engineer, physician, and a saint! The 14th century temple is still maintained by his descendants.

Upon arrival in Thimphu, we’ll check into the hotel and then take a leisurely stroll through the township. Thimphu is the smallest of all the Himalayan capitals and the only capital in the world without a single traffic light! We’ll want to visit the King’s Memorial Chorten, which was dedicated to the third king of Bhutan. This is an impressive shrine, with shining gold spires, and tinkling bells, surrounded by an endless procession of devotees.

Overnight at hotel.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 02~Explore Thimphu

Our day begins at Thimphu's weekend market, where local farmers sell their fresh produce. We’ll hope that an archery tournament – Bhutan’s national sport – will be underway. Then we’ll cross the Wangchu River to visit the Jungshi Handmade Paper Factory, where Bhutanese traditional papers are made of mulberry barks.

Then two important cultural stops: The National Institute for Zorig Chusum – commonly known as "traditional arts and craft school" – is one of the prime attractions in Thimphu. It offers four-to-six year courses on Bhutan's 13 traditional arts, which include painting, woodcarving, embroidery, and statue making. The Folk Heritage Museum is a three-story, mud and timber building that is a replica of a century-old traditional farmhouse. This living museum is an authentic glimpse into Bhutanese lives, both historic and contemporary.

A drive up a road to the telecom tower will give us vast, panoramic views over the valley, then a stop to see the Takin Reserve in Motithang. Takins are the national animal of Bhutan. Further down the road is the Zilukha Nunnery, home to 40-65 nuns. The main shrine at the Nunnery is dedicated to the famous saint, Drubthob Thang Thong Gyalpo, popularly known as the Leonardo da Vinci of the Great Himalayas, and the man who first introduced and built the chain of iron bridges in Bhutan. Nearby, we’ll find the Dechen Phodrang, site of Thimphu's original 12th-century fortress, which currently houses the state monastic school; 450 students are enrolled in its eight-year program.

Other attractions in Thimphu include: The Royal Textile Academy, National Library, and the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, all or none of which you might want to visit depending on your interest and the available time today.

Late afternoon, visit the impressive Trasichoe Dzong, a fortress that is the administrative and religious center of Bhutan. The fortress houses the Royal Throne, National Assembly, and the seat of the Chief Abbot of the central monastic body.

If you want a more active day, there are several hiking options. Far and High Travel would recommend a hike to the Tango Goemba Monastery. The trail climbs about 918 feet, or 280 meters, and takes about 60 to 90 minutes. On the way, you will meet villagers, monks, and possibly a caravan of donkeys carrying goods. At the top, you’ll find this impressive Monastery, founded in the 12th Century by Lama Drukpa Kuenley. The present structures here date from the 15th and 18th centuries. You will get time here to meet with the resident monks, have some tea, learn about their monastic life, and perhaps exchange lessons in English and Bhutanese.


Overnight at hotel.

 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 03~Drive from Thimphu to Punakha

(77 km/ 48 miles, 3 hrs.)

Following breakfast, we begin a scenic drive to Punakha, the former winter capital of Bhutan. As we leave Thimphu behind, the road gradually winds up through villages and pine forests to Dochula Pass (3100m/10168 ft.), marked by 108 Buddhist shrines, flickering with sacred prayer flags offered by the Buddhist devotees. We’ll hang our prayer flags. On a clear day, the pass offers superb panorama of the snow-capped mountains and the valleys.

Two hours later we’ll be in Punakha, the end of a road that drops slowly through the changing vegetation to the sub-tropical lowlands of the Punakha and Wangdue Valleys. After lunch at our resort, we start with a pleasant hike to the Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten – about 45-60 minutes up, but only 30 minutes down. The temple is situated atop a beautiful hillock overlooking the valley. Built by the Queen Mother, and is an example of Bhutan's finest traditional architecture.

Back down, we ride to the stunning Punakha Dzong, probably the most impressive of all the Dzong (fortress) architectures of Bhutan. It has served as the winter capital of Bhutan, and even today the chief abbot moves there from the capital.

Overnight at hotel.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 04~Phobjhika Valley

(49 miles, 3 hours)

After breakfast, off to Phobjhikha Valley. We cross the Lawala Pass and continue on the winding road down to the glacial valley of Phobjhika on the slopes of Black Mountains. Phobjhika is also referred to as Gangtey, after the Goemba here. 

Visit the prominent Gangtey Gompa, which is the only Nyingmapa Monastery in this region. The Phobjika Valley is also known for its endangered Black-necked cranes, which circle the monastery as they migrate from the high Tibetan plateau during winter. An annual festival is held here on 11 November every year to welcome the Sarus Cranes ! Sarus cranes are believed to bring fortunes to the valley!

Today's explorations also include the Sarus Crane Conservation Center and take a leisurely walk through the village to the hotel. There are also a number of hiking trails to choose from short and easy to long and strenuous ones. Consult with your guide and pick the one, depending on available time, your interest and fitness level.

Overnight at hotel.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 05~ Across the Black Mountain Range to Trongsa.

A stunning day today, covering 75 miles over four to five hours as we backtrack to the main road and head to the east. The road gradually climbs the Black Mountain Range and crosses Pele-la pass (10,824 feet, or 3,300 meters) where the panoramic views include Mount Jhomolhari on the border with Tibet. Below is Trongsa, hometown of the present rulers of Bhutan. At the Chendebji chorten, note the large white monument, which is said to have concealed the remnants of an evil spirit that was vanquished here.

Check into the hotel and, after refreshment, we’ll visit the Trongsa Dzong, one of the largest and the most impressive of all Dzongs in Bhutan (and the site of emergence of monarchy in Bhutan) and Ta Dzong, a former watch tower turned into a temple dedicated to Jigme Namgyel, the father of the first King of Bhutan.

Overnight at hotel.

 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 06~To Jakar (Bumthang)

(Altitude 9,184 ft., distance 43 miles, 2 ½ hours)

From Tronga, the road climbs to the Youtong la pass (11,234 feet, or 3,425 meters) and then descends to Chume, the first of the four Bumthang valleys. Zugney Village here is home to the Yathra workshops, where they make deep-colored wool textiles in a pattern typical to these parts of the country.

We will have time to settle into our accommodation and soon we are off to explore Bumthang's attractions. Bumthang Valley, regarded as the cultural heart of Bhutan, and a place of stories.

We could start with the Jambay Lhakhang Temple, which was built in the 7th century by the King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet. Legend has it that this was one of 108 temples he built miraculously in a single night in Tibet and neighboring countries. The next stop – Kurjey Lakhang Temple – also has a story: Kurjey means “body imprint,” and it was built around a cave where Guru Rimpoche meditated and, yes, left his body imprint. The Jakar Dzong, is the "castle of the white bird." According to legend, when Lamas assembled here in about 1549 to select a site for a monastery, a big white bird arose suddenly in the air and settled on the hill. This was interpreted as an omen, and the hill was chosen as the site for a monastery and for Jakar Dzong. The fortress is now used as an administrative center of the valley and summer residence of Trongsa monks.

Also visit the Panda Brewery, housed in the cheese factory.

Later in the evening, take a relaxing stroll in the township. Jakar is a bustling one-street town with a goldsmith, tailors, several butchers, cafes, and handicraft stores.

Overnight at hotel.

 

 

 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 07~Begin the trekking

A short drive up Jakar brings us to the trail head and we begin our trekking. The trail follows the river Chamkhar Chu, famous for trout fish. We will stop in Tangbi Mani Lhakhang for lunch. Now, the trail enters to Ngang Yul, meaning the Land of the Swan.  A famous temple called Ngang Lhakhang (Swan Temple) lies in the center of the valley. 

Today, we cover the distance of 7.5 miles in 5 hours, with altitude gain of 574 ft. We camp at 9,500 ft. (2,800 m).

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 08~Second day of trekking

A great start of the day with lush green meadows and superb views of the valley right below! Continue the day by crossing verdant meadows and with a beautiful view of the valley below. Soon the trail starts climbing Phephe La (3,360m), the highest point of the trek. The trail passes through beautiful forested areas with bamboo, conifers and rhododendrons. After a strenuous climb of 500m, the trail descends to the broad valley with several camp sites. We will camp most probably uphill behind the village of Tahung.  

Today, we hike 10 miles in 6 hours with total 750m (2460 ft.) ascent and 670m (2198 ft.) descent. Today, we camp at the altitude of 2720m (8922 ft.).

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 09~Finish the trekking

The final day of the trekking, the trail follows the Tang Chu-another trout-filled river. We stop briefly at the temple of the Tang Rimpoche that lies on the bank of the river. The trail passes by the Mebar Tsho (The Burning Lake) and leads us to Tang Ogyencholing. We stop to visit the Ogyencholing Palace that now houses a privately owned museum of traditional artifacts. 

Soon, we reach to the road where we meet our transport and then a short drive brings us to our hotel in Jakar. 

Today, we hike 10 miles in 4-5 hours with descent of 230m (1438 ft.).

Overnight in Rinchengang Resort or similar.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10~Flight back to Paro

Note: There are usually three flights a week: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. 

After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for flight back to Paro.

Upon arrival, meet a new driver who will transfer you to the hotel. After wash up and change, proceed for sightseeing. Visit Dungtse Lakhang, a 15th century temple that is said to have been built to suppress a demon that troubled the Paro Valley. The temple has a unique painting of the progressive stage of Tantric Buddhist philosophy and important deities of Drukpa Kagyu School. From here, continue on to the national museum housed at Ta Dzong that houses a rich collection of Buddhist scriptures, murals, Bhutanese textiles, crafts, armors, and philatelic collection.

Next- visit the impressive Rinpung Dzong Fortress, the district administrative headquarters that is believed to have been built on the heap of jewels!

Overnight at hotel.

 

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 11~Hike the Taktsang Monastery.

Today, we take a hike to the legendary Takstang Monastery – the Tiger's Nest, Bhutan’s most famous pilgrimage. Perched dramatically on the edge of a 2,000-foot cliff above the valley, Tiger's Nest is the unofficial symbol of Bhutan and a forever memorable destination for anyone who makes the trip. The round trip is about four hours. It is possible to ride a pony half way up, but not on the upper trail, or on the way down.

On the way back to Paro, we will detour to the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong, a 16th century monastery built to mark the Bhutanese victory over Tibetan invaders, and the ancient Kyichu Lakhang Temple – another of the 108 temples that King Songsten Gampo of Tibet built in a single night in 7th century!

Optional Hot Stone Bath: 
With advance notice, you can experience a traditional Hot Stone Bath in a farmhouse. Hot stone bathes are a Bhutanese traditional method of curing skin ailments, joint pains, hypertension, stomach disorders, arthritis, and many other minor diseases. Even if you don’t have any of these issues, it’s a wonderfully relaxing hot stone bath, especially after a laborious hike. It costs approximately $25 per person.

Overnight: Drukchen Resort or Tenzingling Hotel or Khangkhu Resort.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 12~ Depart Bhutan

After breakfast, you are transferred to the airport in time for flight to your next destination.

Meals : Breakfast

Trip Map

Trip Info

Trip Includes

  • 9 nights' hotel accommodation on double occupancy basis.
  • All camping gears that includes-2 person sleeping tents with floors and fly sheet, dining tent, kitchen tent, toilet tents, dining tables, chairs, pillows and mattresses.
  • English speaking Guide.
  • Cook and kitchen aides.
  • All transfers and sightseeing by a private vehicle.
  • Pack animals to transport gears and supplies during trekking.
  • 3 meals a day prepared by our trekking cook.
  • Sightseeing admission fees.
  • Bhutan visa fee.
  • Service of airfare reservation.

Trip Does Not Include

  • Airfares.
  • Expenses of personal nature like drinks, tip, telephone, laundry etc.
  • Extra expenses due to nature or unforeseen events such as flight cancellation, road blockade, no show etc.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Personal gears

Trek Difficulty and Preparation

This is an easy to moderate graded trek with maximum altitude of 3360m (11,021 ft.). In average, we will walk 4-5 hrs. Trail conditions are varied but have short distance to cover every day with not much ups and downs. Being a low altitude trek, there is no risk of altitude sickness at all. No previous experience is necessary for this trip. Any individual with regular health conditions can take up this trip. However, we recommend some training and preparation that would help a lot to build stamina and confidence. Participants should start jogging, cycling and some hill hiking etc. about a couple of months ahead of the trip. If you are buying new boots for the trek, please do wear them to get used to your feet.

What a typical trekking in Bhutan is like?

A trekking day in Bhutan usually consists of five to seven hours of walking. Pack animals, ponies or yaks are provided to porter provisions, baggage and equipment. All necessary camping and kitchen equipment are provided and included in the trip cost. Camping gears include 2 person sleeping tents, toilet tent, kitchen tent, dining tables and chairs and foam mattress. You should bring your own sleeping bag.

All trekking parties are accompanied by a trained guide, a cook, and a couple of aides and pack animals with their driver. At least one riding pony is always taken along just in case it is needed. The support crew walks ahead of the trekking party each day and pitches camp before the trekkers arrive. A warm cup of tea or coffee waiting in the dinning tent is a most welcome treat after a day's trek. All meals are carefully planned and prepared. Breakfast and dinner are served freshly prepared at camp and includes a choice of, at least four dishes. During the day a picnic lunch is served at a pleasant and scenic place. All cooking and cleaning chores are taken care of by our trek staff so you can enjoy the trek fully.

A trekking day normally begins with an early cup of tea or coffee in our tent. A jug of hot water will be provided for washing and you are expected in the breakfast table by 7 am. Breakfast is usually cereals, toasts, eggs, juice and tea or Nescafe coffee. By 8 am, we find ourselves on the trail. Trekkers can walk on their own pace but we should still try to maintain some close proximity with others. We stop to explore the villages and temples and exchange greeting with the locals. Lunch stop is around noon to 1 pm. We are served hot fried rice or noodles or bread or boiled potatoes brought in an insulated container, unlike in Nepal where the crews take time to cook hot meal while you nap. Lunch is usually accompanied by tea from a large flask. Some days, they serve cold lunch which is simply sandwiches, fruits and cookies. Usually the day concludes between 4 to 5 pm. As we reach our campsite, we find our tents already set up and steaming cup of tea or coffee with biscuits or cookies waiting. We will have some time to write journals, or read novels or engage ourselves on photography while the crews fix dinner for us. Dinner is usually served around 7 pm. Meals usually include a rice dish, a potato dish or frequently both. The cook is trained to produce a reasonable variety of Western and Asian dishes. They often add interesting Bhutanese touches, such as cheese sauces.

Clothing and Equipment

Druk Air has only 20 kg of checked in baggage allowance and we expect to provide one pony for each two trekkers. Each pony carries 30kg or less. So, these things should be taken under consideration when.

Essentials Items/Not to forget

Down Jacket: We recommend down jacket as it has the advantage of being light and compressible and it can serve many functions on the trek. We can use it as pillow at night and long car trips and wear it to bed inside our sleeping bags when it's very cold. Artificial-fiber jackets filled with Polar-guard Thinsulate or Fiberfill are a good substitute for down and price wise, much cheaper.

For day walking, we recommend Jumper or Pile Jacket. Two or three light layers of clothing, which could be jumpers, shirts or polypropylene, are better than a single heavy layer. Pile jackets with polyester fleece are light, warm and easy to clean.

Sleeping Bag is a must. Choose the one for 4 seasons. We can rent them in Bhutan but cannot guarantee the quality.

Duffel Bags and Backpack: As suitcases are fragile and cannot be carried by ponies, please bring strong duffel bags which are water proof, also a spare lockable kit bag or suitcase for the city stuff that you want to leave behind in the hotel and a back pack for your personal items such as camera, wallet etc.

Mountain Trekking Boots: Bring a pair of good quality of trekking boots with ankle support. If you are buying a new pair, make sure you use them enough to make it comfortable to your feet. Another pair of tennis or camp shoes or thongs is also recommended.

Torch lights with spare batteries and bulbs.

Water bottle and water purifying pills.

Other clothing

  • Jumper or sweaters.
  • Waterproof jacket, poncho or umbrella.
  • Hiking shorts (for men) and skirts (for women).
  • Nylon windbreaker (for altitude above 4000m/13,120 ft.)
  • Nylon wind pants (for altitude above 4000m/13,120 ft.)
  • Insulated pants (for altitude above 4000m/13,120 ft.)
  • Long sleeved shirt.
  • Long Underwear.
  • Sun hat.
  • Gloves ((for altitude above 4000m/13,120 ft.)
  • Gaiters (for altitude above 4000m/13,120ft.)
  • Woolen socks and some cotton socks to wear under wool socks.
  • Miscellaneous Items.
  • Toiletries.
  • Cigarette lighter.
  • Small knife.
  • Sunscreen (SPF 15+).
  • Towel.
  • Laundry soap.
  • Medical and first aid kit.
  • Sewing kit.
  • Bandana.
  • Goggles or sun glasses.
  • Lip guards.
  • Insect repellents.

Optional

  • Reading materials.
  • Pen and diaries.
  • Play cards.

How we dress during the day

This is one of the high altitude treks and it is cool even during the day and so most people are comfortable on long pants but women are recommended skirts; the most obvious reason is the ease in relieving yourself along the trail. There are long stretches where there is little chance to hide and a skirt solves the problem.

Best Trekking Season

Late September to mid-November is generally recognized as the best trekking season in the Himalayas and so it is in Bhutan. The second best period is March to April. Winter is snowy and summer is rainy and so we tend to avoid these seasons but no matter when we trek, we expect some rain at some time. During fall, nights are cold in the mountains, but the bright sun makes the day pleasant, with temperatures-in the high 20?Cs,(68? F+) falling to 4-5?C (40? F +) at night, in the elevation below 3500m(11,500ft) but at higher elevation, temperatures range from about 20?C(68? F) to -10?C (14? F). Autumn has clear sky with good visibility whereas Spring trekkers are rewarded with rhododendron and orchid flowers in bloom.

High Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness can pose a problem for trekkers crossing the high passes - above 3000m (9,840 ft.) All trekkers are likely to experience some mild symptoms of altitude sickness that includes headache, disorientation, dizziness, restlessness and loss of appetite but our itineraries allow enough time for acclimatization and following proper measures, those symptoms should disappear in a day or two. We will not overly exert ourselves or engage on hard physical activities. We drink plenty of water and eat soup in meal.

People with existing heart, lungs, high blood pressure issues should consult their physician before signing up for this trip. Participants should be optimally conditioned and should start some exercises like jogging, cycling, swimming, hiking in hilly terrain and camping at least a couple of months ahead of the trip. Please, note that this trek should not be taken as means of losing weight.

Accommodations and meals.

Majority of the hotels of Bhutan are small properties with 25-30 rooms. They are built in traditional architectural style and usually owned and managed by the families. Rooms are adequately comfortable with en suite bathroom with running hot and cold water, air conditioning and heating provisions. Some hotels do have bukhari style heating, which is chimney burning firewood. Toiletry supplies are limited. Bring your own shampoo, body wash, tooth brush and paste. We also do not expect iron, ironing board and hair dryer. Most hotels do provide tea or coffee maker in the room though.

Recently, there are some upscale properties such as Como Hotels, Le Meridien, Taj Hotel and some local boutique hotels and we can book them on additional cost. 

All Bhutan trip includes 3 meals a day and we expect to eat most meals at our hotel, usually served in buffet that includes rice, vegetables, noodles, bread etc. Our guide can arrange some dinner at local restaurants but beware: traditional Bhutanese food always features chilies and the most popular dish is ema datshi made with large, green hot chilies in a cheese sauce.

For the trekking, we provide all camping gears including sleeping bags. Meals are prepared by our trekking staff.

Guides

Our guides are college educated locals, proficient in English and trained and licensed by local tourism authorities. Most importantly they are friendly and committed to deliver the best services.

Note on Itinerary

Although we will do our very best to adhere to the itinerary schedule as listed; it is subject to change for numerous reasons beyond our control.

Booking/Deposit.

When you are sure you are going to Bhutan, it will be wise to put your reservation in line as early as possible as Bhutan Air reservation is quite a tricky matter. Druk Air is the only airline flying into and out of Bhutan and operates with 2 A 319 craft with capacity less than 100 passengers and gets filled up quickly. Paro-the only airport of Bhutan is connected with Bangkok, Delhi, Kolkata and Kathmandu and have limited operations. For flight schedules and more information, please visit Druk Air Website. A deposit of US$ 200 on land plus the cost of internal airfares is requested along with booking application and passport photocopies.

Balance Payment.

The balance and final payment is 60 days prior departure. The payment schedule may vary with customized and private trips on case to case basis. Payments made within 60 days prior departure may be subject to late fee and are required to make through wire transfer or cashier’s check.

Cancellation and refund

Notice of cancellation and refund request must be received in written form. Cancellation fee structure has been listed below.

  • 90 days prior departure: US$ 150 (Administrative Fee).
  • 60-89 day's prior departure: US$ 250 or 25% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • 45 days to 59 days prior departure: US$ 450 or 50% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • 30 days to 44 days prior departure: US$ 600 or 75% of the land cost whichever is higher.
  • Less than 30 days: 100%.

Travel Protection Plan

While we plan and do our best to make your trip smooth and seamless, there may be chances of unforeseen events and conditions such as illness, accident, inclement weather, and flight cancellation or missed connection or loss of baggage etc. that may cause interruption or delay or total cancellation of your trip putting your hard earned travel investment in jeopardy. It’s also possible that you may need medical assistance, emergency evacuation or medical transportation when you get ill or involve in an accident when you are traveling in remote areas. Our trip does not cover any of these expenses or losses and so we strongly recommend you that you should protect yourself and your travel investment against those unfavorable conditions.

Accomodation

Thimphu: Khang Residency

Punakha: Drubchu Resort or Zingkham Resort

Phobjikha: Dewachen Hotel

Trongsa: Yangkhil Resort

Jakar: Rinchenling Resort

Paro: Khangkhu Resort or Raven's Nest

Thimphu: Termalinca Resort & Spa (deluxe room) or Le Meridien ( Classic Room)

Punakha:Dhensa Boutique Resort

Phobjikha: Dewachen Hotel

Trongsa: Yangkhil Resort

Jakar: Rinchenling Resort

Paro: Zhiwaling Hotel or Le Meridien  Le Meridien ( Classic Room)

Thimphu: Taj Tashi, deluxe room

Punakha: Uma Punakha, deluxe room

Phobjikha: Dewachen Hotel

Trongsa: Yangkhil Resort

Jakar: Rinchenling Resort

Paro: Uma Paro, forest view room

Hotels subject to availability.

Add Ons

Traditional Hot stone Bath

US$ 30

hotstone bathOn your trip to Bhutan, you can experience a traditional hot stone bath in a farmhouse or at your hotel.

The hot stone bath is a traditional method to cure skin ailments, joint pain, arthritis, muscle ache etc. and provides relaxation to your body and mind after a busy day's activities. The tub is usually carved out of a tree trunk. 

They first heat the natural spring rocks to red hot and immerse in the tub. The water is usually fresh water from the spring. They continue adding stone until the water reaches to the right temperature. They also add some herbal leaves.

After the water reaches to right temperature, you enter the tub and relax for about an hour. Your host also will serve you homemade liquor.

 

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