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12-Days Hiker’s Bhutan Itinerary

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12 Days Hiking in Bhutan  Bhutan is best Destination for hiking trip. In this itinerary we mainly focus on hiking tour in Bhutan. You will not spend your night at camp but all your hiking trip ends with Hotel accommodation. In this tour program we have carefully selcted best places... More

12 Days Hiking in Bhutan

 Bhutan is best Destination for hiking trip. In this itinerary we mainly focus on hiking tour in Bhutan. You will not spend your night at camp but all your hiking trip ends with Hotel accommodation. In this tour program we have carefully selcted best places to hike in different region of Bhutan. We have included all the day Hike tours of Bhutan in all the destination. Our hiking adventure brings us incredible day hikes to tiny villages, through magical forests, and up to mountainside chortens (stupas).

The real adventure commences as you venture into the rugged mountain trails and lush forests, passing through ancient dzongs (fortresses), picturesque villages, and serene glacial lakes. Each day, you’ll be captivated by the ever-changing landscapes, from highland meadows adorned with wildflowers to snow-capped peaks piercing the sky.

This 12-day hiking trip in Bhutan is not just a physical journey but also a spiritual and cultural one. Bhutan’s unique philosophy of Gross National Happiness permeates every aspect of life, and you’ll experience this profound joy through interactions with locals, their stories, and the harmonious coexistence of man and nature.

Your travel plans should have you arrive in Bangkok/Delhi/Kolkata/Katmandu at least one day before our flight to Bhutan. Overnight(s) are on your own in Bangkok/Delhi/Katmandu/Kolkata.

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12 Days Hiking in Bhutan Tour Dates:

Bhutan Trekking are carefully planned and tailor made by our tour experts who have done hundreds of  trekking tours. All our trekking tours are flexible and can be changed as per the desire of the clients. We specialize in customizing itineraries according to our guest’s choice of date, time and place so that they can spend more time in the places doing the activities that they are interested in. This Bhutan Trekking Tour can be done all year round.


All accommodation will be in 3,4 and 5 star hotels of Bhutan as per your requirement.

Bhutan Trekking Tour cost during Peak Seasons. (March, April, May, September )

The tour cost starts from US$10540.00 per person. The exact cost will depend on number of people travelling in Groups.

Discount Policies:

  • A GROUP SIZE DISCOUNT of 50% on minimum daily package shall be given to one person in a group of 11 people. 100% discount shall be given to one member in a group exceeding 16 persons.
  • A 50% DURATION DISCOUNT on SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FEE shall be provided after the 8th night and 100% discount on SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FEE shall be provided after 14th night.
  • 100% SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FEE FREE ZONE DISCOUNT shall be provided on SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FEE on first and/or last night for groups with night halt in Phuntsholing, Sarpang and Samdrup Jongkhar on arrival and/or departure

Please Note: Children below 5 years will not be eligible for GROUP SIZE DISCOUNTS, DURATION DISCOUNTS and SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FEE FREE ZONE DISCOUNT and All Children and Students will not be eligible for DURATION DISCOUNTS

12 Days Hiking in Bhutan. Hotels used:

Thimphu – Seven Suites

Paro –Tshongdu Boutique

Punakha – The Four Boutique


Note: Hotels will be booked upon availability. But if the recommended hotels are not available, we will try our best to book similar type of hotels in the region based on recommendation by our valued clients.

Guide & Driver used:

Guide – Mr. Tenzin Choedra            Contact Number – +971 17500225

Driver – Mr. Pema Tashi                   Contact Number – +971 77773477

Vehicle used:

1 Pax – 3 Pax: SUV: Hyundai Tucson, Hyundai Santa Fee, Toyota Prado/ Similar

4 Pax – 8 Pax: Mini Bus: Hyundai H1/ Toyota Hiace Bus/ Similar

10 Pax – 21 Pax:  Tour Bus: Toyota Coaster Bus/ Similar

Bhutan Visa:

Your visa must be processed by a licensed Bhutanese tour operator as it will be verified by the Tourism council of Bhutan (TCB) and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • You have to provide your passport copy, proof of occupation and address to your respective tour operator who will process your visa online directly when the full portion of your tour payment is wire transferred and deposited in the TCB account along with a visa fee of USD 40 apart from the fee mentioned above to Tourism Council of Bhutan.
  • Then your visa approval letter will be sent to Ministry of Foreign Affairs which takes 72 hours to process the visa.
  • And after the approval, you will be provided with a visa clearance letter which has to be shown at the port of entry. Then the visa will be stamped on your passport.
  • Your visa will be provided as per your exact number of days in Bhutan and if you want to extend your stay, you can ask you tour operator to do so with extra tariff.

 12 Days Hiking in Bhutan and Flights:

Bhutan does not have any direct flights from USA, Canada and European nations. In the event that you wish to venture out to Bhutan from USA, Canada or any European countries, you need to travel to Delhi/Kolkotta in India or Kathmandu in Nepal or Singapore or Bangkok to interface your trip into Bhutan.

Direct flights to Bhutan:

  1. Flights to Bhutan from Delhi.

On a direct flight, it takes about 2 hours and 20 minutes to reach Bhutan from Delhi.

  1. Flights to Bhutan from Kolkata.

It takes about an hour to reach Paro airport from Kolkata.

  1. Flights to Bhutan from Guwahati.

It takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes to reach Bhutan from Guwahati including transfers. But the quickest flight to Bhutan from Guwahati is the direct flight which takes about 50 minutes to reach the Paro Airport.

  1. Flights to Bhutan from Bagdogra.

It takes just 1 hour to fly to Paro from Bagdogra by flight. You can take a direct flight to Paro from Bagdogra airport.

  1. Flights to Bhutan from Singapore.
  1. Flights to Bhutan from Bangkok.
  1. Flights to Bhutan from Kathmandu.


  • In this itinerary we mainly focus on hiking tour in Bhutan. You will not spend your night at camp but all your hiking trip ends with Hotel accommodation. In this tour program we have carefully selcted best places to hike in different region of Bhutan. We have included all the day Hike tours of Bhutan in all the destination. Our hiking adventure brings us incredible day hikes to tiny villages, through magical forests, and up to mountainside chortens (stupas).


Day 1: Paro, Bhutan / Thimphu
Day 1: Paro, Bhutan / Thimphu

Arrive in Paro, Bhutan, from Bangkok/Delhi/Katmandu/Kolkata. Flights to Bhutan is one of the most amazing flights of Himalayas. The flight offers us the opportunity to view Mt. Everest and whole range of snow-capped Mountains. We get this opportunity while flying from Delhi or Kathmandu.

After lunch, we head out through idyllic countryside of terraced rice fields interspersed with rhododendron and pine forests as we make a 1 ½ -hour drive to Thimphu, the tiny capital at 7,800 feet. En route, we see our first examples of Bhutan’s remarkable traditional architecture, one of the country’s unique cultural treasures. Even the most remote village farmhouses are hand-crafted using the same ancient methods used to create Bhutan’s religious fortress-dzongs. We gather for a welcome dinner this evening. Overnight Thimphu...LD

Day 2: Thimphu Day Hikes Trip
Day 2: Thimphu Day Hikes Trip

A one-hour hike this morning brings us up to Tango Monastery, a monastic school and retreat built in the 15th century. The monastery is the residence of the Druk Desi Gyaltsen Tenzin Rabgye, a lama who is a reincarnation of the 16th century monk who founded Tango (tango means horse’s head; the monastery is named for a rock formation on the mountain it is built on). Tango’s inner courtyard is beautifully painted in bright colors, with lovely views stretching across the Thimphu Valley. We descend and head by road to the Bagana bridge for a two-hour hike on a fairly level trail through beautiful riverside villages, with a picnic lunch. Overnight Thimphu...BLD

Total Hiking Time: About 3 Hours

Day 3: Thimphu -Dochu La - Punakha Tour
Day 3: Thimphu -Dochu La - Punakha Tour

Punakha is the old capital of Bhutan and its warmer than Thimphu. There are beautifull Hiking Trip option in Punakha. We begin our journey out of town for a spectacular 3-hour drive to Punakha, crossing the Dochu La. At 10,200 feet, the Dochu La is the highest mountain pass in Bhutan, with fluttering prayer flags and more than 100 chortens (stupas) dedicated to Bhutan's continued peace and happiness. On a clear day, the pass offers far-reaching views of the Bhutanese Himalayas.

After a hot lunch at a café atop the pass and time to savor the mountain views, we continue our drive to the Punakha Valley via the tiny village of Thinleygang (6,000'), the starting point for our afternoon hike of about 2.5 hours to Lobsakha village the most beautiful Hiking trail. Our hike brings us into a serene region of small villages interspersed with rice and wheat fields, and we may see farmers plowing fields with oxen as we hike along the trail. The forests on the mountainsides are home to barking deer, Himalayan black bear, and wonderful birdlife, from Himalayan barbets to cuckoos. Overnight at Punakha...BLD

Total Hiking Time: About 2.5 Hours

Punakha Highlight: The winter capital was established in this location in part because Punakha is a warm valley with a relatively low altitude of 4,100 feet, allowing for the production of two rice crops each year, along with oranges, mangos, and bananas. In Punakha, we may see people from the remote village of Laya. The Layap, as they are known, are yak herders who make the three- or four-day walk to Punakha from their high-altitude villages in northwest Bhutan. Women of Laya wear conical bamboo hats with a center spike of bamboo, and Laya’s men wear black woolen coats.

Day 4: Punakha-Khamsum Yuley Namgay Chorten / Punakha Dzong
Day 4: Punakha-Khamsum Yuley Namgay Chorten / Punakha Dzong

The village of Nezigang is the starting point for our gradual ascent through cultivated fields and little hamlets to the Khamsum Yuley Namgay Chorten, a shrine recently built by the royal family. The shrine is an elaborate structure with a rainbow of Guru Rimpoche images and superb views of the Punakha Valley. We hike back down and follow ancient riverside trails amid whitewashed farmhouses, with a picnic lunch en route. In the afternoon, we visit the 17th century Punakha Dzong, Bhutan’s former winter capital, built in 1637 at the confluence of the Mo Chu and Po Chu (the Mother and Father rivers). The Punakha Dzong is an architectural wonder and seat of the head abbot of Bhutan. It has survived six fires, two glacial lake bursts, and an earthquake. This labyrinthine dzong has played a pivotal role in Bhutan's history and has the official name of Druk Pungthang Decchen Phodrang, which translates as "the palace of great happiness." Overnight Punakha...BLD

Total Hiking Time: About 4 Hours

Day 5: Chimi Lhakhang / Wangde Phodrang / Phobjikha
Day 5:	 Chimi Lhakhang / Wangde Phodrang / Phobjikha

A half-hour walk through mustard fields brings us to Chimi Lhakhang (lhakhang means temple), a monastery and fertility temple dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley, a Tibetan Buddhist saint known popularly as “the divine madman” and considered a folk hero in Bhutan for his unconventional ways. Drukpa Kuenley originally built a chorten on the site in the 14th century. The temple, flanked by nearly 100 tall prayer flags, sits atop a picturesque hill and has long been a pilgrimage site for childless couples. Later, we drive to the Phobjikha Valley (9,500'), with a visit en route to remarkable Wangdue Phodrang, a 17th century fortress-dzong perched on a spur. We continue to the Phobjikha Valley for overnight at a lodge. Please note that there is no electricity in the Phobjikha Valley, so at our lodge, water is heated by firewood. For lighting, the lodge has generators that run until 10 p.m. Rooms have private bathrooms...BLD

Day 6: Phobjikha Valley
Day 6:	 Phobjikha Valley

We hike in the beautiful environment of the Phobjikha Valley, with its alpine setting on the western slopeof the Black Mountains. The gold-roofed Gangtey Monastery (currently closed and undergoing renovation) sits on a prominent hilltop in the valley. The vegetation in this high-altitude glacial valley includes mixed forests of pine and rhododendron, with thick, brushy grasslands on the valley floor. *A flock of 200-300 black-necked cranes (Grus nigricollis) migrates to this valley from Tibet to spend the winter foraging of the valley floor. In Bhutan, the cranes are considered harbingers of good luck and have long been respected by the residents of the valley. The cranes’ arrival signals to villagers that it’s time to pack up and move down to lower, warmer climes since the valley is snowed-in during the winter months. Overnight at lodge...BLD

Total Hiking Time: About 3 Hours

Note: The cranes arrive some time around late October and stay through roughly mid-February. As migration patterns and timing varies each year depending on seasonal onditions, we cannot guarantee that the cranes will be in Phobjikha at the time of our visit. With luck, our November departures may see them.

Day 7: Thimphu Tour
Day 7:	 Thimphu Tour

A five-hour drive brings us back to Thimphu, recrossing the magnificent Dochu La Pass with lunch on the pass. This afternoon is free for independent exploration in Thimphu. Overnight Thimphu...BLD

Day 8: Haa Valley / Yongto Camp

A three-hour drive brings us to the mountain-ringed Haa Valley, opened to outsiders in 2001. The valley is set at about 9,000 feet in westernmost Bhutan and dotted with traditional farmhouses adorned with traditional painted motifs. Three prominent hills dot the valley and are believed by the locals to be the physical manifestations of three very important Buddhist saints. The left-hand hill represents Manjushri (the god of wisdom who holds the flaming sword that cuts the knot of ignorance), the middle one is Chenrizig (the Buddha of compassion, of which the Dalai Lama is the human incarnation), and the right hand hill is Chana Dorji (the protector god of Bhutan). Collectively they are known as rigsum (three hills). After a picnic lunch along the river, we visit Lhakhang Karpo (“temple of the white dove”) and Lhakhang Nakpo (“temple of the black dove”), believed to have been built in the 8th century by the Tibetan king, Songtsen Gampo, after he sent two doves (one black and one white) to find a sacred place to build a monastery. Another legend tells how the local nomads erected the temples in a single day—hence the name of the valley, Haa, meaning “sudden.” The Lhakhang Karpo houses around 120 monks and is one of the oldest buildings in Bhutan. We continue to our campsite at Yongto at 8,760 feet. We camp tonight and tomorrow night in large, walk-in tents with cots. Our staff prepares our dinner. At camp, we can set up a rustic hot-stone bath for those who wish to enjoy a relaxing soak. Overnight at camp...BLD

Day 9: Haa Valley / Yongto Camp

After breakfast in camp, we hike along the banks of the Haa River toward the Chumbi Valley. En route, we visit Gechukha Lhakhang temple and several villages. From the temple, a steep uphill hike of about 1,200 feet brings us up to Jamtey Gompa (10,500'). We enjoy our lunch here. In the afternoon we visit Yangto Gompa, one of the largest in the Haa Valley, and hike down to Yangto village for an opportunity to meet the locals, perhaps sample some butter tea or the local wine. We continue our hike back to our camp at Yongto. This evening, villagers from Yongto visit us at out camp to share their traditional dances. Overnight at camp...BLD

Total Hiking Time: About 5-6 Hours

Day 10: Haa Valley / Kartsho Gompa

We hike gradually up through beautiful rhododendron and pine forests to Motori Ridge (10,000') for spectacular views across the Haa Valley, then descend to Damothang meadow through beautiful pine and rhododendron forests. We continue on foot to Karsho Gompa, visiting this lovely monastery and enjoying lunch at a traditional farmhouse. After lunch, we descend to Kartsho village and Wangtsa village on our way to Rigsum Lodge, set above Haa town...BLD

Total Hiking Time: About 5-6 Hours

Day 11: Taktsang Monastery
Day 11: Taktsang Monastery

We hike up through pine forests festooned with Spanish moss to reach to the striking monastic retreat of Taktsang, the “Tiger's Nest,” built into a sheer cliff face about 2,700 feet above the Paro Valley. This is the most famous temple in Bhutan. Padmasambhava, the great 8th century Buddhist saint and
teacher, is thought to have landed at this spot after flying over the mountains from Tibet on the back of a tigress, thus bringing the teachings of Buddhism to Bhutan. The primary temple was built around Padmasambhava's meditation cave in 1684. We enjoy our lunch en route at a teahouse midway with
fantastic views of the monastery. Tonight we gather for our farewell dinner. Overnight in Paro...BLD

Total Hiking Time: About 3 Hours

Day 12: Depart

After breakfast, we transfer to Paro Airport for homeward-bound flights via Bangkok. Flights typically arrive in Bangkok between 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m…B


  • 1. All Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • 2. All entrance fee to visit special sights and heritages
  • 3. All accommodations in Bhutan
  • 4. All Transportation within Bhutan
  • 5. Professional English speaking guide
  • 6. Complementary supply of Mineral Water
  • 7. Sim-card & internet connection for your phone
  • 8. Trekking materials
  • 1. Flight Fare to Bhutan
  • 2. Tips & gratuity for guide & drivers
  • 3.Bills of personal nature like shopping or any drinks apart from the mentioned in the package.
  • 4. Fare for Domestic Flights

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What is the best time to visit Bhutan for hiking?
The best time for hiking in Bhutan is during the spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons when the weather is pleasant, and the skies are clear. Avoid the monsoon season (June to August) due to heavy rainfall and slippery trails.
Do I need any special permits for hiking in Bhutan?
Yes, some hiking areas in Bhutan require special permits. Your tour operator will arrange these permits for you. Popular trekking destinations like the Paro Taktsang (Tiger's Nest) also require an entry fee.
What level of fitness is required for hiking in Bhutan?
Bhutan offers hikes suitable for various fitness levels. Some treks can be challenging and require a good level of fitness and acclimatization to the altitude. Choose a trek that matches your physical capabilities.
Are there any cultural considerations I should be aware of during the hike?
Bhutan is a deeply religious and culturally sensitive country. Respect local customs, refrain from touching religious artifacts, and dress modestly, especially when visiting temples or monasteries.
Is it possible to hike independently, or do I need a guide?
Independent hiking is generally not allowed in Bhutan. You must book your hike through a licensed tour operator, and a certified guide will accompany you during the trek.
How do I prepare for the high altitude in Bhutan?
Adequate acclimatization is essential, especially if you plan to hike to higher altitudes. Take your time to ascend gradually, stay hydrated, and listen to your guide's advice on acclimatization stops.
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