Beyond the Cloudy Journey in Bhutan will take you through the stunning, remote wilderness to rarely visited monasteries, isolated and serene villages and valleys, and to high passes offering marvelous mountain vista which is only accessible only by foot. This wonderful trip gives a good opportunity to discover Bhutan’s natural wonders at their best, as well as gain a true experience of traditional life with an afternoon spent as a guest in a village. This journey also discovers the highlights of Bhutan’s culturally rich western valleys of Paro, Punakha and Thimphu and beautiful Phobjikha.
 

Duration: 4 days/ 3 nights
Start/ End: Paro/ Paro
Tour Route: Paro – Thimphu – Punakha– Trongsa – Phobjikha Valley – Paro
Tour Customize: Absolutely! (Tell us your specific requirements in the inquiry form)
Tour Highlights:

  • Walkthrough landscapes of lush valleys, dense forests and rushing streams.
  • Get into an afternoon experience life in a traditional Bhutanese village.
  • Discover the beautiful Phobjikha Valley, winter home to the Black-Necked Crane.
  • Discover some of the most sacred Buddhist monasteries and temples in the Himalaya.
  • Experience Bhutan’s authentic culture up-close with farmhouse visits & village excursions.
  • Head to many cultural attractions consisting of medieval fortresses (Dzongs), markets and museums.
  • Hike up to the renowned Taktsang Monastery
  • Admire the elaborate, old-aged wall paintings, carvings in Dzongs and temples.
  • Incorporate a Value-Added Option like a cooking lesson or meditation session with a monk.

Tour Category: Bhutan Adventure Tours
Guides: Local Guide (English Speaking Guide or Other Languages depends on your Request)
Transportation: Private first-class air-conditioned vehicles
Accommodation: Listed below or equivalent. Rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, porterage, tips, and service charges.

Brief Itinerary
Day 01: Paro Arrival – Transfer to Thimphu
Day 02: Sightseeing in Thimphu or Cheri Monastery Hike
Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha
Day 04: Discover Punakha
Day 05: Punakha – Trongsa
Day 06: Trongsa – Phobjikha Valley
Day 07: Phobjikha Valley – Wangdue
Day 08: Wangdue – Paro
Day 09: Sightseeing in Paro
Day 10: Paro Departure

 
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Day 01: Paro Arrival – Transfer to Thimphu

Upon arrival, our representative will be waiting to warmly welcome and escort you to the hotel in Thimphu. When you’ve settled in the hotel, the rest of the day will be yours. Relax at leisure and overnight in Thimphu.

Day 02: Sightseeing in Thimphu or Cheri Monastery Hike

Option 1: Today, we enjoy a full day of sightseeing in Thimphu. We start with a visit to the National Memorial Chorten depicting the Buddhist faith in the form of paintings and statues. We will also visit the 12th-century Changangkha Temple and Drubthob monastery which is home to the Zilukha Nunnery. If time is permitted, we head to the nursing pen for the Takin, the national animal of Bhutan, and Tashichhodzong.

National Memorial Chorten - bhutan 2 weeks

Option 2: This morning, we get into a hike to Cheri Monastery instead. Drive through the countryside surrounding Thimphu to Jigme Dorji Wildlife Sanctuary, the largest protected area in Bhutan.

Our walk begins from the small village of Dodena. We begin our today’s excursion by crossing a covered bridge over the Thim chhu and then, climb steadily to Cheri Goemba which is a small monastery perched on the hill with a vista over the Thimphu Valley. Shabdrung constructed the monastery in 1620 and is the location where the first community of monks in Bhutan was established. The monastery is considered very sacred as it contains the ashes of Tempi Nima, the father of the first Shabdrung of Bhutan, and beautiful frescoes of Buddhist saints.

hike to Cheri Monastery - bhutan 2 week itinerary

After our hike, we descend back the way we came, keeping our eyes open for the goral – wild goat which is often spotted on the cliffs nearby. Back at the Dodena village, enjoy a picnic lunch along the clean and unpolluted Thimphu River. We then follow a riverside trail via Begana to Cabesa, home to the Choki School of Arts. The Choki School is private and provides free skills-related education in the traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan to Bhutanese children who are unable to attend or complete their formal education. After heading to the school, we continue along the riverside trail and walk through small rural villages before we back to Thimphu. Overnight at your hotel in Thimphu.

Choki School of Arts

Day 03: Thimphu – Punakha

Today, we depart Thimphu by taking a 45-minute drive before beginning our hike to Trashigang Goemba (3200m), built-in 1786 by the 12th Je Khenpo. From the Tashigang monastery, you will enjoy a gradual uphill climb of about 2 hours to 18th-century Lungchutse Lhakhang. The picturesque route passes through rhododendron forests, magnolias, birches, firs, hemlocks as well as bamboos, and occasionally meadows which are being used as yak pastures.

Lungchutse Lhakhang

The view from Lungchutse Lhakhang over the entire Bhutan Himalaya and its snow-covered peaks are amazing. We will walk downhill for about an hour until we reach Dochula pass, a wonderful sight marked by 108 chortens (Stupa), and on a clear day an incredible view of Himalayan peaks. There will be meet our waiting vehicle and driver. Drive for about an hour & half down into the sub-tropical Punakha Valley. Overnight at your hotel in Punakha/ Wangduephodrang.

Day 04: Discover Punakha

This morning, we head to Punakha Dzong which is well-known as the most beautiful Dzong in Bhutan. Located at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Pho Chu (Mother and Father Rivers), the Dzong is the winter headquarters of the Je Khenpo and hundreds of monks moving en masse from Thimphu to this warmer location.

Punakha Dzong - bhutan 2 weeks

Afterward, we traverse to Yabesa village and hike to through ricefields and up to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, which was constructed by her majesty the queen Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuk. Perched high on a hill on the bank of the river, the Chorten is home to paintings belonging to Nyingmapa Traditions.

Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten

Enjoy our picnic lunch on a picturesque riverside before traveling to Lobesa for a pleasant walk through small hillside villages to head to a farmhouse. Here we will see Traditional Bhutanese cooking and farming demonstration. This will include the milking of a cow, followed by the churning of milk and the production of cheese and butter. Also, we will experience the brewing of local wine (“Ara”) as well as preparation of the national dish, “Emadasti”. Afterward, walk down through terraced rice fields to the main road where your vehicle awaits.

Day 05: Punakha – Trongsa

Today, we drive towards Trongsa. Along the way, we head to beautiful Chendebji Chorten which was erected in the 18th century. The imposing Trongsa Dzong can be witnessed across a deep canyon to signal your approach to the town around a curving road. Overnight at your hotel in Trongsa.

Trongsa Dzong - bhutan 2 week itinerary

Day 06: Trongsa – Phobjikha Valley

After breakfast transfer to Phobjikha Valley. Drive down the winding mountain road through oak and rhododendron forests, into the wide and picturesque Phobjikha valley. Phobjikha is one of few glacial valleys in Bhutan and chosen winter home of black-necked cranes migrating from the Tibetan plateau. The region is one of the most stunning in Bhutan. Pay a visit to the Phobjikha Sanctuary with a chance to marvel at black-necked cranes as well as the 16th-century Gangtey Gompa, and the only Nyingmapa monastery in western Bhutan. Overnight at your hotel in Phobjikha.

Gangtey Gompa - best bhutan 2 weeks

Day 07: Phobjikha Valley – Wangdue

Option 1: Drive to Longtey Village located beyond Pele La pass (3,420m) for a hike across Kayche La (3700m) and back to Gangtey. Climb up gradually through the thickets of dwarf bamboos, rhododendron, birch, fir, and hemlock rich with various birdlife to Kayche La, marked with several prayer flags. The other side of the pass is mostly meadows, and it’s all downhill to Gangtey through the long and beautiful stretch of meadows and farms.

Kayche La - best bhutan 2 week itinerary

Option 2: (Shasila Hike) – The trail is used by the people of Sha Ngawang and Chitokha to migrate between their summer and winter home in Gangtey. Also, it was an essential trail used by the Gangtey Truelku as well as his followers in the past while migrating between his winter residence in Sha Chitokha & Gangtey Gompa. It takes approximately 03-04 hours to walk for casual trekkers to reach Kheylaykha from Phobjikha. Your driver will meet you on the road and take you to Thimphu. Overnight at your hotel in Phobjikha.

Day 08: Wangdue – Paro

Drive back to Paro over Dochu La via Thimphu where you will have an opportunity to visit handicraft and souvenir stores and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Thimphu. Afterward, we drive back to Paro and en-route visit Semtokha Dzong, the oldest Dzong in Bhutan. Time permitting the journey can be broken with a visit to Tamchhu Lhakhang built by Thangtong Gyalpo, the so-called Iron Bridge Builder. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.

tiger nest

Day 09: Taktsang Goemba Hiking Trip

Today, after breakfast, we will enjoy a hiking trip to the Taktsang Goemba – the Tiger’s Nest. The trail is broad and the walk of roughly up to 2 hours uphill. If you cannot hike, we will arrange horse-riding for taking you to a cafeteria. En route, you will have an opportunity to witness majestic vistas of the country and once reaching the cafeteria, the view of the Tiger’s Nest will appear. In the afternoon, relax at leisure. Overnight in Paro

Day 10: Paro Departure

Time to say goodbye Bhutan. Breakfast and morning at leisure until getting escorted to the Paro International Airport for a flight coming home. Your Bhutan vacation ends. Hope you enjoyed it and wish that we could serve you next time in Bhutan.

What’s Included?

  • Bhutan Tourist Tariff Royalty & Visa
  • All private excursions and transfers in superior air-conditioned vehicles
  • English speaking local guide
  • Experienced driver
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • All entrance fees and permits

What’s Excluded?

  • Personal Expenses
  • Travel Insurance