The Black Mountain Pass Tour for 10 nights /11 days tour
This package offers visitors the chance to trace the Black Mountain pass of Bhutan which is the harbinger of Bhutan’s rich cultural and natural wealth. The visitors can not only enjoy national monuments in spectacular natural settings, but they can also interact with the hospitable inhabitants of the region.
Day 01 Destination– Paro – Thimphu Drive – 1 hr
The flight into Bhutan takes you close to the great Himalayas, offering dazzling scenic views of some world’s highest glacial peaks. As you enter Paro valley, you will sweep past forested hills with the silvery Pa Chu (Paro river) meandering down the valley below. Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watchtower) on the hills above the town will be a fine sight. Our representative will meet you at Paro airport, and you will be transferred to Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, an exciting blend of tradition and modernity. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 02 Thimphu Sightseeing
Today’s full day sightseeing in Thimphu valley. Visit the National Library, which holds a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts, some dating back several hundred years, as well as modern academic books mainly on Himalayan culture and religion;
Institute for Zorig Chusum (commonly known as Painting School) where students undertake a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan;
Textile and Folk Heritage Museum: These museums, both of which opened in 2001, provide fascinating insights into Bhutanese material culture and way of life.
National Memorial Chorten: The building of this landmark was envisaged by the third king, His Majesty Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, as a monument to world peace and prosperity. Completed in 1974 after his untimely death, it is both a memorial to the Late King (“the Father of modern Bhutan”) and a monument to world peace. The paintings and statues inside the monument provide a deep insight into Buddhist philosophy.
Trashichhodzong: This impressive fortress/monastery houses Secretariat building, the throne room of His Majesty, the King and various government offices. It is also the summer residence of Chief Abbot and central monk body.
Handicrafts Emporium: This government-run enterprise displays a wide range of beautifully hand-woven textiles and craft products. It also carries a small collection of books on Bhutan, Buddhism and Himalayan culture.
Drive to see the Buddha Dordenma Statue (54 metres, 177 Ft) at Kuensel Phordang. The Great Buddha Dordenma is sited amidst the ruins of Kuensel Phodrang, the palace of the thirteenth Desi Sherab Wangchuk.
Day 03 Thimphu – Punakha Drive – 2 hr 30 mins
After early breakfast, drive up to Dochu-la pass (3,088m/ 10,130 ft) stopping briefly here to take in the view and admire the chorten, mani wall, and prayer flags which decorate the highest point on the road. On a clear sky day the following peaks can be seen from this pass (left to right): Masagang (7,158m), Tsendagang (6,960m), Terigang (7,060m ), Jejegangphugang (7,158 m ), Kangphugang (7,170 m ), Zongphugang (7, 060 m ), a table mountain that dominates the isolated region of Lunana – finally Gangkar puensum, the highest peak in Bhutan at 7,497m.
Check into hotel
Afternoon: Evening visit Punakha Dzong, the fortress of 17th century and followed by visit to Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chhorten.
Overnight at the hotel in Punakha.
Day 04 Punakha – Wangduephodrang – Gangtey Drive – 3 hr
After breakfast drive to Gangtey via Wangduephodrang. Visit the magnificent Wangdue Dzong.
Further ahead pass through dense forests and oak, rhododendron tress, reaching at Gangtey (Phobjikha). It is one of the most beautiful glacial valleys of the Himalayas.
Free time to relax. Overnight at Guest House.
Day 05 GangteyValley Leisure hike
Tenkhor Yuetshe Sum Trail
This is a very leisurely and enjoyable walk through small beautiful villages where you will get to see traditional old village life and charming village houses. Follow the Gangtey Nature Trail from the Goemba and into the forest after Semchubara village. Rather than following the path leading down the valley, this trail continues on dirt road upwards into the first left side valley. The dirt road will lead you into Jangchub Kemba Village and from there you can follow a path linking all the small villages until you reach Gopho. From here you decent through the marsh land near Khewa Lhakhang across the bridge to the school.
Overnight at Gangtay.
Day 06 Gangtay – Trongsa – Bumthang Drive – 6 hr
Morning drive to Bumthang via Trongsa. This is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism. Here the great teachers meditated and left in their wake many sacred grounds. The Guru and his lineage of Tertons, treasure finders, have led to the sprouting of many temples in the valley.
Bumthang is the general name given to combination of four valleys – Chumey, Choekhor, Tang and Ura with altitude varying from 2,600m to 4,000m.
After lunch at Trongsa, proceed to Bumthang Evening at leisure. Dinner and overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.
Day 07 Bumthang Sightseeing
Visit to Tamshing Lhakhang, the treasure house of interesting religious Buddhist paintings. Then visit, Jakar Dzong, the administrative centre of the valley.
Afternoon visit Kurje Lhakhang, one of the most sacred places. Later visit Jambay Lhakhang, the ancient monastery dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the country.
Evening visit to local shops. Overnight at the lodge in Bumthang.
Day 08 Bumthang – Punakha Drive – 6 hr
Morning after visiting Bumthang market, drive to Punakha . Lunch would be served enroute.
Check into hotel. Free time to relax.
Day 09 Punakha – Paro Drive – 3 hr 30 mins
After an early breakfast drive back to Paro. Check into hotel.
Afternoon: Visit to Ta Dzong (National Museum) and then walk down the trail to visit Rinpung Dzong which has a long and fascinating history.
Visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom.
Evening take a stroll around town’s main street. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 10 Paro Day Hike
Hike to Tiger’s Nest. Tiger’s Nest or Taktshang Goempa is one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments. It literally hangs off the face of a cliff 900 meters (2952 feet) above the valley floor. The legend states that Guru Rinpoche flew into Bhutan on a mythical tigress and meditated in a cave before bringing Buddhism to Bhutan. The Taktshang Goempa is built around the cave, which is opened to the public once a year at the end of August. The three hour round trip hike offers spectacular views of the Goempa and the valley below. Horses or mules can be arranged on request to help lighten the journey.
Free time to relax. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 11 Paro – Destination
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to the airport for flight to onward destination.