4 Nights 5 Days Bhutan Tour

4 Nights 5 Days Bhutan Tour

Facts of Trip
Destination:
Bhutan
Activities:
Tour
Trip Duration:
5 days Day(s)
Trip Grade:
Easy
Max Elevation:
3,080 m
Transportation:
Private Car/Van
Accommodation:
Hotel
Trip Highlights
  • Insight in the Bhutanese culture, tradition, history, and lifestyle
  • Panoramic views of mountains including Gangkar Puensum (7,570 m)
  • Explore Tashichho Dzong, Punakha Dzong, Simtokha Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, Drukgyel Dzong
  • Visit National Library, National Museum, Memorial Chorten
  • Visit Arts Crafts School and Handicrafts Emporium

About Trip

Bhutan is known as Drukyul, which means, the realm of Thunder Dragon. Bhutan is situated between India in the South and Tibet in the North and covers the total area of 47,000 square kilometers. The nation has got diverse climatic conditions varying from subtropical to the frigid region, which includes hundreds of species of flora and fauna, thick forest, panoramic mountains, rich pastures. Although Bhutan is large as Switzerland, the population here only exceeds a little over 6,00,000.
Recently, Bhutan has become one of the popular tourist destinations among travelers. The preserved history and culture of Bhutan has drawn the attention of so many tourists from all around the world. Its unspoiled ancient cultural heritages, well-defined architectures, noble mountains, and kind people make this destination even more worth visiting. This trip will allow you to experience the culture, tradition, history, and lifestyle of the locals. You will get to visit all of their monuments where you will see ancient architecture, taste their local food, and see elegant handicrafts items.
Be a part of this amazing trip to Bhutan with our company, Outshine Adventures. We will make sure with us this tour to Bhutan will become of the most memorable trip of your entire life.
Day to Day Itinerary
  • Day 01:Arrive Paro, drive to Thimphu (L/D)
  • Day 02:Thimphu (B/L/D)
  • Day 03:Thimphu – Punakha - Thimphu (B/L/D)
  • Day 04:Thimphu - Paro (B/L/D)
  • Day 05:Paro – Depart (B)
Cost Includes
  • Meals breakfast, lunch & dinner during the trip
  • Transportation by private car or Hiace as per the group size
  • Standard accommodation in twin share rooms
  • Licensed English speaking Bhutanese tour guides
  • Monument/Museum entrance fees 
  • All necessary travel permit
  • All government taxes

 

Cost Excludes
  • Bottled/alcoholic/cold drinks
  • Your travel insurance 
  • International airfares & visa fee
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, tips for tour staff etc.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section
 
  • Day 01
    Arrive Paro, drive to Thimphu (L/D)

    You will fly to Paro with Druk Air. The flight will present stunning views of mountains and hills. Upon arriving at the airport, you will be greeted by one of our representatives. He will drive you to Thimpu, capital of Bhutan and drop you at the hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to rest. Overnight in the hotel.

  • Day 02
    Thimphu (B/L/D)

    After breakfast, you will go on the guided sightseeing tour to Thimpu. The first place you will visit is Tashichhodzong, which is a beautiful medieval fortress. You will see government offices and the king's throne room here. Next, you will visit the National Library where you will get a huge collection of manuscripts. Then tour follows up to Arts & Crafts School and Handicrafts Emporium. From here you will drive to Memorial Chorten, built in the memory of Bhutan's third king who is popularly regarded as Father of modern Bhutan. You will end your day with the exotic dinner and stay overnight in the hotel.

  • Day 03
    Thimphu – Punakha - Thimphu (B/L/D)

    Today, you will drive to Punakha with your guide. You will take a short pause at Dochula pass (3,080m) to see mani wall, chorten, and colorful prayer flags decorated at the highest point of the road. If the weather is clear, you may see amazing views of Masagang (7,158m), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Gangkar Puensum (7,570 m), and many other mountains. Upon reaching Punakha, you will visit Punakha Dzong, built in 1637. This gompa has a very significant role in the history of Bhutan. Later, you will visit Wangduephodrang, which is widely popular for its slate, bamboo products, and stone carving. Drive from Thimphu  to Punakha: The drive from Thimphu (80 kms) takes about 3 hours. The road climbs from Thimphu to Dochula pass (3,050m) and descends through ever changing forests into the semi-tropical valley of Punakha and Wangdi at around 1200m.

  • Day 04
    Thimphu - Paro (B/L/D)

    After breakfast, retrace your drive back to Paro. In Paro visit Tiger’s Nest Monastery (Taktsang) and Farm House.  Drive fromThimphu to Paro. The drive from Thimphu to Paro takes less than 1 hour, covering total of 65 km. From Thimphu, the western branch of lateral highway from Thimphu, runs close to the Wangchu river in the valley floor, through the suburbs and villages of Thimphu to arrive at the river confluence of Chuzom, which is also the hub of road network going to Paro, Ha, Thimphu and Phuntsholing. From Chuzom, it is north-west for about ½ hour, following Pa Chu river upstream, passing Tachogang temple on the other side of the river, then through relatively straight road, into the villages and farm houses of Paro valley.   Hike to Taktsang: Drive to north of Paro town for about ½ hr and embark on a trek to the famed Taktsang (Tiger’s lair) monastery. Taktsang monastery is located on the face of a 1,000m seemingly impossible sheer, vertical cliff, above Paro valley.  The trail begins near the Satsam (2650m) and climbs steeply uphill to the Cafeteria (2,940m), an area of exposed ridge with panoramic view of Takstang. This takes little more then an hour. (Ponies are provided on request to ride up till this Cafeteria, but rest of way, including return downhill must be on foot.) You can get a good view from the Cafeteria or hike further uphill for another hour or so to the temple itself. There are several other temples and sites within the vicinity. Lunch is served at the tea house. The return trek to the road head is quite steep downhill, where you will be met by the transport.   Farm House or Village Home: Bhutanese farmhouses are colorful, decorative and traditionally built without any nails. Majority of the houses are with three story, first floor is utilized for sheltering cattle, second floor for the family to live in and the top for storing and drying of foods and fodder for animal.  Paro: Paro is one of the most beautiful valleys in the country with Bhutan’s only airport located here, among the terraced fields, and elegant farm houses. Willow trees line many of the roads, contrasting with bright colors of the fields and the most popular and important sites also found within Paro district. Paro town (2,280m) is still a small with one main street and less then one hundred small family-run shops. The weekend market in Paro is held on Saturdays 

  • Day 05
    Paro – Depart (B)

    After having breakfast, you will drive to the airport to fly back to your next destination. Make sure you did not leave any of your belongings at the hotel.

Start Date End Date Status Cost  
28 March, 2019 01 April, 2019 Guaranted USD 999
Start Date End Date Status Cost  
01 April, 2019 05 April, 2019 Guaranted USD 999
04 April, 2019 08 April, 2019 Guaranted USD 999
08 April, 2019 12 April, 2019 Guaranted USD 999
11 April, 2019 15 April, 2019 Guaranted USD 999
15 April, 2019 19 April, 2019 Guaranted USD 999
18 April, 2019 22 April, 2019 Guaranted USD 999
22 April, 2019 26 April, 2019 Guaranted USD 999
25 April, 2019 29 April, 2019 Guaranted USD 999
Start Date End Date Status Cost  
02 May, 2019 06 May, 2019 Guaranted USD 999
09 May, 2019 13 May, 2019 Guaranted USD 999
16 May, 2019 20 May, 2019 Guaranted USD 999
23 May, 2019 27 May, 2019 Guaranted USD 999

Our cultural tour guides are pretty proficient. The trekking guide (Sirdar) and his assistants speak a reasonable amount of English and are good enough to explain to you about the places, local culture or any sight that catches your eyes or is of interest to you.

We try to bring together a small group of likeminded people to give them a memorable and insightful adventurous experience, and this is an invaluable opportunity to interact with each other in a fun-filled environment. Our travel group generally comprises of a maximum 12 members. We need a minimum of 2 participants to run our trek programs. For private trips, no minimum or maximum numbers apply.

All our trekking programs are classified into THREE different categories according to the level of altitude & terrain of the trek. Soft Adventure treks are only about a week to 10 days in duration. They generally don't go above 4000 meters and each day, you can expect to be walking for around 4 - 5 hours. While moderate to fairly challenging treks are longer treks that go right into high mountain country. Physically quite tiring, these involve approx 6-8 hours trekking along rocky ridges of high Himalayan peaks. Strenuous treks are longer treks that go far beyond the normal haunts of trekkers and tourists. Physically challenging, these may involve 7-9 hours trekking and likely to include unfavorable weather conditions and strenuous activities. It's definitely not for beginners. Basically, any trek can be challenging...u need to know your body & probably take a medical examination before doing any trek above 5000 meters and/or before doing strenuous treks.

Security of our clients is of foremost & vital importance for us. All our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips. Our guides hold licenses issued by the Government of Nepal. They are very honest and reliable. But we would also advise you to take care of your own personal belongings. If you are on 'camping treks' please do not leave your bags unattended at any time for your own safety. Take your main bag inside the tent once you reach campsite. At night, put all bags and belongings in the middle of the tent. Your guide assigns a Sherpa on turn wise basis to guard the campsite throughout the night. If you are on a 'Tea house or GAP trek' arrangement, you will be sleeping in a local tea house. You have to take sensible precautions yourself at all times. Never leave your baggage unattended and keep your lodge room locked when you go out. Prevention is always the best kind of cure.

On all our Camping treks we provide all the tents, sometimes dome tents, sometimes sturdy A frames and normally people share one tent between two; a foam mattress each; all the cutlery and utensils, cooking pots, stoves; candles/kerosene lantern, tables and stools, kitchen tent, a dining tent and toilet tent; and all the main meals while trekking but not snacks. On Tea house treks, there is no necessity to provide any equipment.

In the event of a serious sickness or a casualty, which we surely believe will not happen; you will be rescued by a helicopter. Since you are entirely liable for all the expenses incurred in the event of your having to be evacuated; please make sure that it is covered by your insurance before assigning for it or u must be prepared to pay on your own after getting back to Kathmandu. Ask your guide to arrange a runner to the nearest communication point and inform our office about the requirements of a helicopter. While asking for the helicopter, please send a name of the sick person and always give the exact location from where the helicopter can airlift you {our guides will help you on this} do not leave your stationed point even if you are getting better once you have called in the helicopter.

Depending on any given situation, you can modify it to some extent after consulting with your guide. However, the date of your trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into some of the most remote regions on earth, where any unforeseen events may compel you to go for a change in your itinerary. In such cases, we or your guide will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary.

Yes, we are a licensed trekking agency. We have been organizing tours, treks and expeditions for our valued clients for more than a decade. We enjoy our work.

Yes, we do. If you prefer to travel independently, or with your friends, families & colleagues you are invited to choose any of the trips at a timeframe suiting your convenience. The number could range from a group of people that could be (minimum 1 & maximum 100 at a time). Costs for private trips can be fixed on the basis of group size, trek area; duration and trek style, and is negotiable. We also arrange TREKS FOR a SINGLE WOMAN, if required. However, if none of our fixed group departure dates work for you and you do not have anyone to accompany you; you can still be able to make your preferred trip with us. There is absolutely nothing to worry about if you wish to do a solo trip. We can assign a local professional guide, porters etc whom you could trust with your life.

This is an abbreviation for 'Guide Accommodation and Porters' (GAP). This trek option is for those who only want basic support services from us. This is the most economical way to do trekking in Nepal. We provide an English speaking local Sherpa guide, book and pay for the accommodation in local lodges during trek and arrange required porters and trekkers who pay for their meals directly to the local lodge owner. This option works only on certain routes in the Everest, Langtang and Annapurna regions where trekking routes are served by the local folks in their tea house or lodges. You pay for your own meals. We take care of all the expenses of our staff.

On a CAMPING TREK we provide three tasty, plentiful and nutritious meals daily with a variety of local and western dishes. Your first meal of the day starts with a king size breakfast that consists of a choice of porridge, muesli or a cereal followed by eggs done to your style; it can be an omelet, fried or scrambled eggs with chapattis or bread. Lunch is generally a selection of salad, cooked vegetable dishes, pasta and traditional breads. Dinner is a hearty 3 course meal - soup, followed by a variety of vegetable, meat, rice and pasta dishes and completed with a simple dessert. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate is also provided at all meals. We use as much fresh produce as possible and special diets are regularly catered for. The cooking crew leaders are able to maintain very tight controls on health and hygiene in the kitchen with respect to general cleanliness and food preparation. The head cook makes sure that all food is prepared with respect to personal hygiene. All foods are well cooked and vegetables are treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. Boiled water is served for drinking. Antiseptic soaps and potassium or iodine treated water are provided for washing. Special dietary requirements can also be catered for.

On the Tea House treks we provide standard breakfast, lunch and a three course dinner. Tea or coffee will also be included with each meal. Your guide will help you with the menu selection and ensure that you get the best value meals possible. Although the food is usually plentiful and delicious, you should be aware that the menu is not normally extensive. Most teahouses offer a variety of rice and noodle dishes, as well as soup and seasonal vegetables. A variety of cereals, bread and egg dishes are generally available for breakfast. There will also be plenty of snacks available such as biscuits, chocolate and soft drinks and in some areas you will find fresh fruit in season. You can buy packaged water (bottled mineral water) from local lodge and shop en route or you can also ask your guide to fill your water bottle with boiled water and treat with water purification pills.

On camping treks, our staff will boil and cook meals treated by potassium permanganate or iodine. On GAP treks, you will be able to buy safe hot drinks in the tea house. We recommend that you to bring water purification pills. On the trail, water from the streams is safe if away from settlements.

In cities like Kathmandu or Lhasa, accommodation will be in hotels of your preference. We have a pool of hotels that range from luxury deluxe to budget hotels. While on a trek, accommodation will depend on the trek style. If you are deciding for a camping trek, then you will be sleeping in tents. Whilst we endeavor to stay in the best possible accommodation along the way, you should be aware that most teahouses, particularly in the smaller villages, are quite basic. The bedrooms are usually very small, the shared bathroom facilities are often outside and meals are served in a communal dining hall. Although simple, the teahouses do provide shelter and warmth and are normally run by friendly local families. Tea house treks are less expensive than Camping treks and are largely suitable for small groups. Usually during peak or busy seasons if private rooms in smaller villages are fully occupied you might have to sleep in a dormitory; however, the feel of adventure is always there.

You should be moderately fit, used to some regular exercise and enjoy walking in high altitude conditions. Living up to a physical challenge is always good for you, no matter what. Trekking once a year is always the best regimen for your body's needs; as per recommendations from most health journals throughout the world.

The clothing you bring will need to allow for both the warmth of the days and the chill of the nights. While trekking during the day at lower altitudes, lightweight trekking trousers and T-shirts are recommended. It's always a good idea to carry a waterproof jacket and some warmer clothing with you though as mountain weather is notoriously unpredictable. For the cold nights, thermal underwear, a warm fleece jacket and even a down jacket will help to keep you warm. Good shoes are of great importance. They must be sturdy and comfortable. For higher altitude treks where you may have to tread snow for long hours, good boots are available for rent in Kathmandu. In view of local customs, try not to wear too skimpy or revealing clothes. Your reception by locals can vary greatly on the way you dress.

Yes, you can definitely change the lodge if you feel it is not in order by talking it over with your guide, (provided there are other lodges with good rooms in the vicinity).

We accommodate trekking groups in local lodges available on the trail. As it is not possible to book the rooms days in advance, we send a porter few hours ahead of the group each day to book the rooms.

Our airport representative & a vehicle will be waiting you at the arrival gate of the airport, in his hand will be a plaque board holding your name with the Outshine Adventure tag clearly written on top of the board…you can’t lose us.

Obtaining a Nepalese visa on arrival is easier except that you may have to spend some precious time queuing. If you get your visa in advance, you can avoid the queue. Also, don’t forget to bring cash as ATMs are not available at the airport.

Note: If you are staying for more than 15 days, don’t forget to arrange a visa for 30 days.

You can get your money exchanged at your hotel or we will recommend you the better place where you can get good exchanging rates. So once you are here in Kathmandu, visit us for further information.

The weight limit for the trek is 15kgs per guest, as it is the maximum weight that the porters can carry. It is also important to note that "hard" luggage poses a problem: soft "duffel-bags" are recommended which we provide. The lighter you are the better for the trails…

You can keep your luggage & valuable items in a locker at the hotel in Kathmandu for free of charge.

Most of the teahouses have electricity facilities during the trekking period. You can charge your electronic devices on the trail.

You will only have to carry a daypack, which should be a reasonable size to carry a water bottle, sunscreen, camera, etc. Your other packs are carried by porters. Again we stress on the wisdom of always ‘travel light’.

Mountains weather is difficult to predict. Although at night it is generally cooler and the days are warm. Winter (January and February) will be colder but the days can be warm if the sun is out. There will be bit of snow during the month of January, February and December. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected to avoid being on the dark side of the moon.

You can get hot shower services throughout the trip. However, the higher you climb the less pleasant it will be. It’s better to be on the safe side of things.

Altitude mountain sickness can affect everyone while trekking including young and healthy people and is a genuine concern in the Khumbu region. If you feel dizzy, suffer palpitations or severe headaches, return immediately to a lower altitude. Do not take altitude sickness lightly. It can be fatal! When trekking, its vital to realize that you must always hike at a pace that is convenient to your body…& not to anyone else’s, make sure you feel comfortable when trekking & listen to your body…always.

These are the questions we are often asked and we hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries. YOU CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON OUTSHINE ADVENTURE, NO MATTER WHERE…

Trip Notes
  • Bhutan visa fees and visa processing assistance cost - 50 doller
  • Nepal - Bhutan - Nepal flight airfare - 450 doller
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