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Bhutan Country Walks - 7 Days Day hikes exploring remote villages, monasteries lending insight into Bhutan

If you wish to get a feel of social, cultural, traditional structures sustained at villages in a shortest time frame, then there is no better way to see these aspects first hand than on a walking pace. Bhutan Country Walks Tour takes you on foot through the narrow path amidst terrace rice field, beautiful forests,  wide meadows, hills or some rugged trails leading to farm houses and quaint hamlets. Invariably, opportunities are at large to interact with people and also to delve deeper into the ways of life that continue to uphold the unique tradition and culture in face of the changing times. Walking tours also augur well with the prospect of encompassing some  flexibility like watching archery matches or some extraordinary sights for a photo click or exchange of few words with school going children, a teacher and local farmer.

Although the tour  focus on social, cultural, tradition dimension in villages, but we also assimilate fair amount of cultural highlights that towns like Thimphu and Paro have to offer. In a way, it allows reflective deliberation behind the town’s growing modernity  and the traditional rural set up.

Summing up, more than a way, through this walking tour we will be bringing you closer to the ways of life at countryside villages, in the process allowing you to sneak peak into thriving age old tradition and social setup. In other words you will be travelling as much as in local way, experiencing some local foods and an opportunity to be part of local tradition and culture which amazingly  have stood tall against the test of the time.


Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Paro Upon arrival, meet and transfer to the hotel. This afternoon or evening, we begin our short walking tour covering some of the monuments and villages.

Overnight in hotel

Day 2: Thimphu After breakfast, one-hour drive brings to capital Thimphu, where we have a full day to cover some of the cultural highlights visiting prominent attractions and in the evening we stroll through the town area.
Overnight in Hotel.

Day 3: Thimphu to Haa In the morning, we will cover any remaining local attractions in Thimphu. Subsequently, drive through less traffic road, savoring scenic landscape on the way to Haa. Along the way, we make intermittent stops at villages and monuments. We will have sometime to local village in Haa by walking. Your accommodation in Hatoey village is in a traditional Farm house converted to a lodge. You have an option to order traditional hot stone bath over Ara, a local home brewed Liquor. Overnight in Haa

Day 4: In Haa Valley Haa is among the few places in Bhutan, which still retains its quaint and tranquil charms. It was opened for tourist only in 2002. Full day is devoted to visit in and around Haa Valley. Today, try some local culinary delight that is synonymous with Haa – called “Hoentay Dumpling” made from buckwheat flour and filled with spinach, chopped turnips, mushrooms, ginger, chili and butter. Overnight in Haa

Day 5. Haa to Paro via Chele La  A short drive from the valley climbs up to Chelela Pass (3850m), the highest motorable road in Bhutan with views of Mount Jhomolhari and Jichu Drakey, some of the tallest, most stunning peaks in the world. Begin 1-2hr walk dowhill following the ridge to Kila Gompa, a cliff hanging nunnery, a staggering site that manages to house 7 small temples and about 70 nuns. Drive to Paro, where we walk to Dzongdrakha, a cliff side temple complex with local homes. Then  visit 7th century Kichu temple and walk in the valley, past local villages to your hotel in Paro.

Day 6: Paro – Hike to Takstang. Ultimately, the Journey builds up in hike to legendary Taktsang (Tiger’s nest) monastery. In order for us to cover beyond what regular tourist visit, start early. After visiting Takstang, instead of retracing the steps back, we plan on hiking further uphill to Zangdopelri and Ugyen Tsemo, for higher lookout and too see core pilgrimage path. Return to Paro by the way of visiting a temple on the other side of rock, visible from afar but not accessible from the main site. Upon return, freshen up at the hotel and visit the town area, for a final stroll in the town and a farewell dinner. Overnight in hotel in Paro

Day 7: Departure. Transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight out of Paro.

If you are looking for longer version with the same essences and elements. Then take a look at our longer duration walking tour. With longer duration allows more festival like Punakha, Wangdue, Jakar etc to align with.Click here Drukyul Walking Tour details

Customized the Private Country Walking trip with your preferred date and duration.Retaining its essences and elements, we can further customize to suit your date along with your interests, liking, inclinations. There are many ways that can be worked to frame a unique itinerary that will fit your sense and sensibility. Call  or email us  to discuss ranges of possibilities.


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Trip highlights

  • Moderate day walks. Long walks are between 2-4hours and short walks are 10 minutes to less than hour.
  • The Best Way to see and experience Bhutan;  by many short light/moderate day hikes.
  • Visit weekend markets, villages and local homes, opportunity to meet with local folks, local schools and others.
  • Most dates are also tied into attending one or two festival and events.

Trip Overview

Trip Accommodationclean Guest House in Haa and 3-4star hotels elsewhere.

Trip SeasonsJune, July and sometimes August and September are Wet with rains but it also when Farmers are out in the fields. Otherwise the trip can be done through-out the year.

Group SizeMax 8 members for small group Journeys and any size group for Private trips.

MealsAll meals with tea/snacks are included.

RouteParo, Thimphu and Haa
Paro to Thimphu -52 kms(1hr.)
Thimphu to Haa - 115kms(3hrs)
Haa to Paro -65kms (1.5hrs)

Trip TypeWalking Tour

Best MonthsMarch, April, May, October, November

Good MonthsJanuary, February, June, September, December

Lean MonthsJuly, August

Outline Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Paro Upon arrival, meet and transfer to the hotel. This afternoon or evening, we begin our short walking tour covering some of the monuments and villages.

Overnight in hotel

Day 2: Thimphu After breakfast, one-hour drive brings to capital Thimphu, where we have a full day to cover some of the cultural highlights visiting prominent attractions and in the evening we stroll through the town area.
Overnight in Hotel.

Day 3: Thimphu to Haa In the morning, we will cover any remaining local attractions in Thimphu. Subsequently, drive through less traffic road, savoring scenic landscape on the way to Haa. Along the way, we make intermittent stops at villages and monuments. We will have sometime to local village in Haa by walking. Your accommodation in Hatoey village is in a traditional Farm house converted to a lodge. You have an option to order traditional hot stone bath over Ara, a local home brewed Liquor. Overnight in Haa

Day 4: In Haa Valley Haa is among the few places in Bhutan, which still retains its quaint and tranquil charms. It was opened for tourist only in 2002. Full day is devoted to visit in and around Haa Valley. Today, try some local culinary delight that is synonymous with Haa – called “Hoentay Dumpling” made from buckwheat flour and filled with spinach, chopped turnips, mushrooms, ginger, chili and butter. Overnight in Haa

Day 5. Haa to Paro via Chele La  A short drive from the valley climbs up to Chelela Pass (3850m), the highest motorable road in Bhutan with views of Mount Jhomolhari and Jichu Drakey, some of the tallest, most stunning peaks in the world. Begin 1-2hr walk dowhill following the ridge to Kila Gompa, a cliff hanging nunnery, a staggering site that manages to house 7 small temples and about 70 nuns. Drive to Paro, where we walk to Dzongdrakha, a cliff side temple complex with local homes. Then  visit 7th century Kichu temple and walk in the valley, past local villages to your hotel in Paro.

Day 6: Paro – Hike to Takstang. Ultimately, the Journey builds up in hike to legendary Taktsang (Tiger’s nest) monastery. In order for us to cover beyond what regular tourist visit, start early. After visiting Takstang, instead of retracing the steps back, we plan on hiking further uphill to Zangdopelri and Ugyen Tsemo, for higher lookout and too see core pilgrimage path. Return to Paro by the way of visiting a temple on the other side of rock, visible from afar but not accessible from the main site. Upon return, freshen up at the hotel and visit the town area, for a final stroll in the town and a farewell dinner. Overnight in hotel in Paro

Day 7: Departure. Transfer to the airport in time for your departure flight out of Paro.

If you are looking for longer version with the same essences and elements. Then take a look at our longer duration walking tour. With longer duration allows more festival like Punakha, Wangdue, Jakar etc to align with.Click here Drukyul Walking Tour details

Customized the Private Country Walking trip with your preferred date and duration.Retaining its essences and elements, we can further customize to suit your date along with your interests, liking, inclinations. There are many ways that can be worked to frame a unique itinerary that will fit your sense and sensibility. Call  or email us  to discuss ranges of possibilities.


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Dates & Prices

  • Tier Pricing cost based on the total sign-ups.
  • Starting from $ 1625 Per person.
  • Plus airfares to and from Bhutan depending on where you fly in or out to.
  • To obtain full details in PDF, fill Request Detailed Info Form
Start date End Date Remarks Status  
03 Apr, 201709 Apr, 2017 with Paro Tsechu FestivalAvailable Book now!
10 Apr, 201716 Apr, 2017 with Paro Tsechu FestivalAvailable Book now!
01 Oct, 201707 Oct, 2017 with Thimphu Tsechu FestivalAvailable Book now!
15 Oct, 201721 Oct, 2017 Available Book now!

Accommodations


Hotels in Thimphu

Hotels in Paro

Hotels in Haa

Testimonials

  • Bhutan Country Walk, Fall 2016 Queensland, Australia Trip Date:
    Oct 11 - 17,2016
    Rating:
    Bhutan Country Walk, Fall 2016 ( Bhutan Country Walk, Fall 2016)
    5 "Maree C. Brockie" Hello We had a great time in Bhutan and would recommend Bhutan and Windhorse to our friends. Sonam and "0007" did a great job, particularly as needed to plan around some bad weather. We enjoyed all the activities and the food was great. It was really appreciated that bottle water was

    Hello We had a great time in Bhutan and would recommend Bhutan and Windhorse to our friends. Sonam and "0007" did a great job, particularly as needed to plan around some bad weather. We enjoyed all the activities and the food was great. It was really appreciated that bottle water was always on hand. Thank you Windhorse for a fantastic trip to Bhutan. Maree Brockie & Peter Handley


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  • Bhutan Country Walk for Catherine & Family.
    Bhutan Country Walk for Catherine & Family. Santa Barbara, California, USA Trip Date:
    Sept 4- 10, 2016
    Rating:
    Bhutan Country Walk for Catherine & Family. ( Bhutan Country Walk for Catherine & Family.)
    5 "Catherine B.L.B." Hi Anand, We did make it home safe and sound after a week in Japan and finally back to the US. We had a wonderful trip! Our guide Sonam and our driver Sonam were both excellent. Our guide, Sonam, was very knowledgeable and took very good care of us. He listened to

    Hi Anand, We did make it home safe and sound after a week in Japan and finally back to the US. We had a wonderful trip! Our guide Sonam and our driver Sonam were both excellent. Our guide, Sonam, was very knowledgeable and took very good care of us. He listened to all of our requests and was very accommodating. Our favorite parts of the trip include the Haa Valley and the hike up to the Tiger's Nest. We enjoyed seeing the sites and learning about the culture of Bhutan in Thimpu. Overall, we felt like the trip was action packed and


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Trip Leader

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  • Namgay

    Growth in Tourism in Bhutan has also its share of impact on young minds. With tourists freely moving around, the curiosities to know them, talk to them holds ground firmly on young minds . Namgay is one among many youth whose imagination was captured by razzmatazz of tourism.

    He has his career goal  cut out, he could have easily opted for some comfortable desk jobs, after passing out in flying colours from prestigious St Joseph college Darjeeling in 2010 but he chose to pursue his dream, he loved to be in field, among the guests, so it was only matter of time to enroll for guiding course.

    His first foray into job was in 2013 at Wind Horse Tours and still he is going great guns. Feed Backs from guests that he led are great testimonial to his dedication.

    He prodigiously read books that open up new frontiers and interaction with guests coupled with sound command of English takes his outlook towards learning and experiences altogether to different height.

  • Sonam Loday

    A good sense of humour is the currency that prevail everywhere regardless of the time or circumstances. An asset that that has potential to make  even the ordinary trip into extraordinary. Sonam Loday has this traits in abundance. This is intrinsic and come as naturally as bees to the flower. He wears it in his sleeve in every tours that he conducts and this is one aspects that steal the limelight when we receive the feedbacks from the guests.

    He finished his higher secondary school in 2005. Subsequently, he was at loose end trying to find meaning to his life and career, a chance meeting with a group of tourists resurrected his passion for the trade. He did his cultural guide course in 2005 and trekking in 2007. He burn the midnight oils to complete his senior guide course in 2008. He joined Wind Horse Tours in 2009 and has led countless tours with flair and his brand of humour.

    Along with great sense of humour, he is well versed on both aspects cultural as well as trek. The Horse riding course refuelled his passion for horses to a new height in 2010. He is the coordinator and manager of Wind Horse Ranch and Riding Club – a low carbon footprint product.

    When it comes to giving air to his interests and passion, he has varied propensities, it ranges from being cultural and trek guide to horse manager to his new found passion – mountain biking, his new best friend. On weekend, perhaps he will be one among the many  guys to come across in Thimphu biking zone. And also among the few to volunteer first for audacious  Haa to Phuentsholing Trip.

  • Sonam Pelden

    Sonam Palden is smitten by games most notably national sports  of Bhutan- Archery.While growing up in beautiful Ura valley in Bumthang, unlike other kid, he played with traditional traditional bows and arrows. He completed his class 12 from Punakha in 2003. Subsequently he pursued  his passion for five years that took him to  national limelight. But he missed by whisker to qualify for international.

    Slightly disheartened, he refocussed with same intensity and passion to make a mark as a travel guide. In 2008, brandishing his guide license and dream in his eyes he joined Wind Horse , the rest as they is history…

    One of the guest said, ” If not a travel guide, Sonam could be Buddhist scholar and his command over english concedes to be an Oxford educated”.

    There is hardly any prize for guessing for what he does during his free time, 145 m (476 ft) between 2 wooden targets in archery ground still rules his passion with frenzy.

    Love for sport is inherent in him, when Wind Horse started specialised tour like mountain Biking, he jumped into bandwagon happily, although he was doing mountain biking before but in bits and pieces, an opportunity was served on platter,  it largely assisted him to hone his skill as well to  live to his sporting adrenaline rushes. Whenever free he does a recce of region lying in Thimphu and  leads the tour across country. The most audacious biking trip till date along with Sonam Loday, Sonam Palden was from Haa to Phuentsholing via narrow trail, through untamed vegetation and uncharted territory.

  • Yonten Phuntsho

    Yonten Phuntsho may give way to being  shy guy bordering with man of a few words. But he is man who loves to be in thick of action . He leads from the front whilst on the tour. Behind  his facade lies the guide whose knowledge and passion runs deep for the love of his works. His aptly quote Barbara Kingsolver “I do my best work if I think about what it is I have to offer”.

    From the outset, he knew what he wants to do in his life. Right after finishing his Class 12, he enrolled for guide course for culture initially then extended few more month to complete course on Trekking as well in 2008. After doing free lancing for a while, he joined Wind Horse Tours in 2010.

    For most Bhutanese, appeals that mountainous terrains throw in for an out door adventures are native. In the case of Yonten, it was no exception. He easily gave in to the temptation of Mountain biking with its advent. He explored and lead tours in his bike but his allegiance is more inclined to off road biking trips that leads to quaint villages. To explore the unknown and love for nature, these attributes  that he cultivated while trekking the alpine highlands and wilderness in remote corner of country was what prompt him to readily agree to embark on audacious Haa to Phuentsholing on mountain bike, overcoming challenges of carrying bike in tough terrains, untamed vegetations and unexplored areas.

     

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