1. Kathmandu: 4-Day Bhutan Experience
Day 1: Bhutan arrival and sightseeing tour of Paro Enjoy an amazing vista of the Himalayas as you approach Bhutan. The Alpine Club of Himalaya representative will receive you at the airport and drive you to your accommodation. After checking into the hotel, head out on a guided tour of Paro. Visit various sites around the city including Dungste Lhakang, a 15th-century temple, Rinpung Dzong a fortress monastery, the National Museum of Bhutan, and Kichu Lhakhang, Bhutan’s oldest temple. Stay overnight in Paro. Day 2: Paro to Thimphu and hike Tiger's Nest Head towards Paro Taktsang also known as The Tiger’s Nest built on a sheer cliff in the late 17th century, this monastery is where Guru Padmasambhava meditated for three years, three months, three weeks, three days, and three hours in the 8th century. The hike to the monastery takes around four to five hours. Lunch will be served at the restaurant located halfway up the mountain. Enjoy enchanting views of the Paro Valley before retracing your way down and heading towards Thimphu on a short drive towards Bhutan’s capital city. Stay overnight in Thimphu. Day 3: Thimphu sightseeing tour After breakfast head out to explore the city. Some of the landmarks are the National Institute of Traditional Medicine, Bhutan’s traditional painting school, folk heritage museum, and a paper-making factory. Later head out towards the Zilukha Nunnery on the outskirts of Thimphu. Afterward, in the evening drive towards Trashichhoe Dzong also known as the “fortress of the glorious religion” which is the center of government and religion. Explore the monastic fortress and witness the monarch’s throne room and the throne of Je Khenpo or Chief Abbot. Later head towards Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, which was reconstructed in the 1960s in a traditional another iconic site of Bhutan. Overnight at Thimphu. Day 4: Thimphu departure Today you’ll be leaving Bhutan. The Alpine Club of Himalaya representative will drop you at the airport approximately 1-hour before your flight. If you have any inquiries or require assistance and further information about this trip or any other trips, please feel free to contact Alpine Club of Himalaya – Walk of the Himalaya.