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Bhutan is undoubtedly the most exotic region in the entire Himalayas. What sets it aside from the other Himalayan regions, other than its stunning landscapes, is the presence of an extremely rich culture & the beautiful & ever welcoming people that inhabit this land. The experience Bhutan presents is magical, very different from anything else and one which lingers on for a long period. Everything here has a past and an interesting story around it. So for people who love mountains and the stories that have existed within these mountains for centuries, this is a perfect destination.

One visit to Bhutan and the word Lush Green would have a completely different meaning for you. Just six hundred thousand people within its boundaries and a culture which loves conservation has ensured that the forests and foliage is absolutely untouched and pristine. The land is blessed with several high valleys characterized by vast flat undulating meadows which play host to quaint villages. The wide valleys here are something very rare in other regions of the Himalayas. This multi activity cultural exploration trip to Bhutan is a unique combination of cultural exploration and a variety of engaging activities thrown in to keep the excitement level high throughout. This is an intoxicating 8 day trip and covers the popular Paro, Haa&Punakha valleys in Bhutan. Within these valleys lies a treasure of culture, beauty and mystery. We explore these valleys on foot, on cycles and on a raft. As part of the trip we hike up to Bhutans most famous sight and monastery, Taktsang or tigers Nest. We visit 3 majestic Dzongs (forts) in Thimpu, Paro & Punakha& also explore the beautiful towns of Thimpu&Paro, which surely are the most beautiful Himalayan towns across the Himalayas. As part of the tour you get to stay in a local farm based home stay and experience the rural Bhutanese life at close quarters. We have included archery and dart shooting in the trip for you to experience the two most famous activities in Bhutan.

Information:

Region: Bhutan, the land of thunder dragon
Duration:
8 days
Grade: Easy
Best season: Mar –Jun & Sep – Dec
Start/end point: Paro/ Paro
Highest altitude: Taktsang(3120m)

Please Carry:
Mountain/adventure travel requires one to be adequately equipped with the right kind of personal gear. Since one is travelling in the wilderness there will be hardly any opportunity to buy anything once you start the trip so we urge you to carefully pack everything into your bags.

1. Shirts / T-shirts
2. Jeans / Trekking Pants
3. Windproof jacket of decent quality (no flimsy wind cheaters please!) preferably with a hood
4. Warm and thick Fleece / Full-sleeve Woollen sweater
5. Thermal inner wear (upper & lower)
6. Woolen cap
7. Woolen gloves
8. Woolen socks & regular socks (3-4 pairs)
9. Scarf/muffler (optional).
10. Comfortable Trekking/Hiking shoes (shoes with a thick sole are recommended)
11. Lightweight floaters/sandals/slippers
12. Raincoat / Poncho
13. Small light weight towel
14. Water bottle (sturdy ones, no empty Bisleri bottles!!)
15. Cap / Hat to keep the strong sun away from your face
16. Sun glasses
17. Walking stick / Trekking pole
18. Sunscreen Lotion
19. Lip Balm
20. Torch / Flashlight (with extra batteries)
21. Medicines, if requiring any specific medication
22. Personal toiletries
23. Book, if you like reading
24. Day pack/small bag which you will carry on your back every day and keep your essentials in it
25. Carry rain cover for your bags
26. Camera if you like (with fully charged batteries)

All the items: Carry your stuff in a duffel bag, soft shoulder bag or a rucksack. Avoid suitcases, trolleys or any other hard luggage. As you will be walking long distances carrying a rucksack, avoid bringing unnecessary items on the trip. Please avoid carrying expensive watches, jewellery and electronic items on the trip.

Also please note this is a comprehensive list & there might be few items which you might not need depending upon the month of travel. Kindly check with us on the final list with us before travelling.

Batch Dates
B.NO. FROM   To  
1 11-Nov-2017 Saturday 18-Nov-2017 Saturday
2 25-Dec-2017 Monday 01-Jan-2018 Monday
3 30-Mar-2018 Friday 06-Apr-2018 Friday
4 21-Apr-2018 Saturday 28-Apr-2018 Saturday
5 12-May-2018 Saturday 18-May-2018 Friday
6 02-Jun-2018 Saturday 09-Jun-2018 Saturday

Itinery:

Day 1 : Arrive in Paro( 2195m)
Arrive in Paro and spend your day resting. Overnight in hotel/ guesthouse.

Day 2: Paro – Taktsang(3120m) -Paro ( Hike / 3 - 4 hrs)
Today is a special day as you hike up to one of the most famous sight & monastery in Bhutan, Taktsang (Tiger Nest) monastery. After an early breakfast we take a short drive to the starting point and from there take a hike to the Taktsang Monastery. Guru Padmasambhava or Guru Rimpoche did his meditation here for 3 months. The hike takes about 3 – 4 hrs (both ways) depending on the capability of the hikers. This is also a photographer’s delight; the monastery is adorned with prayer flags and the stands in the cave of granite rocks 300m above the valley floor. Tea/Coffee will be served in the viewpoint cafeteria. We finish the trek and on the way back to the hotel visit the Kichu monastery which is one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King SongstenGenpo who built 108 monasteries around the region with the last being Lhasa in Tibet. In the second half today we try our hand at Bhutan’s national sport, archery and also enjoy dart shooting in an archery range. Overnight in hotel/ guesthouse.

Day 03: Cycling & Hiking in Paro (Cycle/ 3 Hrs) ( Hike/ 2-3 Hrs)
After breakfast we get familiarized with our cycles and after a short practice run we ride on the road leading to DrugyalDzong at the end of the Paro valley. This ride will be of around 18kms and is mostly on moderate incline which even first timers can manage. There will be a back up vehicle for keeping the cycles just in case someone doesn’t feel like riding. This is a fantastic ride mostly along the Parochhu (river). We will spend some time in the ruins of Drugyaldzong and later set out on a hike inside JigmeDorji National Park. This is a super walk in the beautiful Bhutan outdoors. After the hike we head back to our hotel. Overnight in a hotel / guesthouse.

Day 4: Paro- Haa( 3056m) (Drive / 2 - 3 hrs& Hike / 3 hrs)
After breakfast we drive to another spectacular valley called the Haa Valley which is surely one of the most picturesque districts in Bhutan. We will cross the 4000m Chelila Pass which has great views all around especially of underlying valleys. Haa valley is characterized by its surrounding rugged and mountain terrain unlike other parts of Bhutan. Today we will stay with a local family in their farm house. This home stay has a truly rural feel with apple orchards and fields all around. After a short rest and home cooked Bhutanese lunch with the family we set out on an exploratory hike from Haa town to Juneydrak Hermitage. The walk is through rhododendron forest with some very nice views. You will en route cross the quaint Katsho village. Up ahead you reach a chorten that marks the entry to a Hermitage. The walk to the temple is very interesting with beautiful views back towards Haa valley from the temple. You will also be able to visit a local farmhouse during your walk and meet with the local families. Overnight in a home stay.

Day 5: Haa -Thimphu( 2334m)( (Drive / 3 – 4 hrs)
Early morning after tea we drive to the border village of Damthang (30 mins). This is a breathtaking drive and a great place for photography. Later return to the homestay and have breakfast. Post breakfast we enjoy a short hike and depart for Thimpu via Chunzum. We get to Thimpu and check into the hotel. Evening at leisure. Walk around Thimphu city, one of the most beautiful capital cities in the world. Overnight in a hotel/guesthouse.

Day 6: Thimphu Sightseeing
Thimpu is truly culturally and scenically blessed and today we spend time exploring it. We will visit SimtokhaDzong, Kingdom’s oldest Dzong built by ShabdrungNgawangNamgyal. Visit the handicrafts emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other arts are displayed and can be purchased, memorial Chorten, built in the memory of Third King of Bhutan. After lunch we relax for some time and later explore the small but extremely charming Thimphu city and the curio shops around the city. We also visit TashichhoDzong, Thimphu’s most impressive building situated at the banks of Wang Chhu. It houses the King’s Throne room and it is also the summer residence of the Chief Abbot. Overnight in a hotel/ guesthouse.

Day 7: Thimphu - Punakha (1310m) – Thimphu( Drive/ 5hrs)
After breakfast we drive towards Punakha via the Dochula Pass (3150 m). We take a break here for tea/coffee and some great views of the Eastern Himalayan Mountains. From here we continue towards Punakha. Depending upon the river conditions and the experience / inexperience of the group we will either raft on the Pho Chu or Mo Chu. The stretch on Pho Chu is approximately of 16 kms with about 15 rapids of class 2-4. It is the most popular river for rafting in Bhutan. Stretch on the Mo Chu river is of 10 Kms and has around 10 rapids with 2-2+ grade. We have lunch post river rafting and then set out to explore the PunakhaDzong (fortress). Punakha used to be the capital of Bhutan between 17 – 19’th century. The PunakhaDzong (fortress) is surely the most spectacular Dzong in the country and is built between two rivers known as "Phochu" (Male River) and "Mochu" (Female River). This is the winter residence of Bhutan's spiritual leader, the Head Abbot, and the Central Monastic Body Later drive back to Thimphu for overnight stay in hotel/ guesthouse.

Day 8: Flight out from Paro
Post breakfast; head out for your onward destination. Trip ends here.

Rates:
Family of 3: Rs. 1,31,800/-
Family of 4: Rs. 1,54,300/-


We will pick up the participant on the first day of Trek from Paro and drop them on the last day at Paro.

Registration:
Please fill up the registration form and pay an advance of Rs.7500/- to confirm your booking. The balance payment should reach our office at least 30 days before the commencement of the journey.

What’s included?

Accommodation as per mentioned below:
Day 1: Overnight stay in hotel/guesthouse (Paro)
Day 2: Overnight stay in hotel/ guesthouse (Paro)
Day 3: Overnight stay in hotel/ guesthouse (Paro)
Day 4: Overnight stay in homestay (Haa)
Day 5: Overnight stay in hotel/ guesthouse (Thimphu)
Day 6: Overnight stay in hotel/ guesthouse (Thimphu)
Day 7: Overnight stay in hotel/ guesthouse (Thimphu)

Meals: All vegetarian meals starting from Day 01Dinner to day 8 breakfast.

Professional guide: All our guides are professionally trained and have many years of relevant experience in guiding treks.

Transport: as per the itinerary will be provided. We provide transfers to get you to the starting point and back as comfortably and in as less time as possible for you to enjoy the trip. Your transport costs are inclusive of all fuel charges, driver charges, state taxes, tolls and permits and are planned as per the itinerary of the trip.

Camping equipment: 3/4 season good quality tents, Sleeping bags, Camping Mattresses, Camping stools & tables, Mess Tent, Toilet tent & Basic Medical kit
Bhutan Entry Charges, Forest Entry Charges & Permits

What’s not include?
*GST
*Accommodation in any other location not mention above
*Any meals/services not mentioned above
*Any charges for video cameras, still cameras, etc.
*Alcohol, soft drinks, beverages, etc.
*Personal expenses like tips, telephone calls, laundry, etc.
*Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances like landslides, road blocks, bad weather,etc.
*Insurance

Cancellation Charges*:
Minimum: 10%
between 45 to 30 Days: 25%
between 30 to 15 Days: 50%
Last 15 Days: No refund

* Cancellation charges will be applicable on total Program cost.
* Please note that the booking is not transferable.
* Please bring original receipt for claiming the refund.

  • Jain food will be provided on demand as per availability.
  • The amount once paid is non transferable.
  • The balance payment is to be paid atleast 30 days before the departure of the batch. If balance payment is not made on time it would automatically be considered cancelled without any prior intimation and no refund would be given in this regard.
  • Local Cheque/Demand Draft should be issued in favour of OUTDOORS UNLIMITED
  • Outstation cheque would not be accepted.
  • Payment against dishonored cheque/s to be paid in cash with additional charge of Rs.200/- per cheque.
  • No refund will be given in case the participant terminates the tour at any point due to any reason.
  • According to the strength of the group proper vehicle would be arranged and that should be acceptable to all.
  • Participants will have to walk to visit the places that are near to the hotel or where our vehicle cannot reach.
  • Please do not bring valuables in the tour. It will be participant’s duty to take care of their own luggage. Company is not liable for any kind of theft, loss or damage to your luggage.
  • At any point during the tour if any damage is done to the hotel property or bus or at any other point knowingly or unknowingly by any participant the responsible participant will have to bear the total damage charges and will have to settle it on the spot.
  • Tour may be cancelled if there is not enough strength, actual amount paid by the participant towards the trip will be refunded by A/c payee cheque only. No other claims will be entertained.
  • It is the responsibility of participant to collect the necessary travel documents from our office on time.
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  • In case if the tour days increases due to any unforeseen circumstances, the participants will have to pay Rs.400/- per head per day in cash to the tour manager.
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  • In case if any rescue operation is to be undertaken, it will be charged from the participants on actual basis.
  • In case if the tour is cancelled or abandoned due to any unforeseen circumstances, no refund would be given.
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