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Bhutan Country Walks

Day hikes exploring remote villages, monasteries lending insight into Bhutan

7

Days

WALKING

Bhutan Country Walks Trip Map, Route Map
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.

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 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, teacher and local farmers.

Although the tour  focus on social, cultural, tradition dimension in villages, but it also assimilate fair amount of highlights and important monuments found in Thimphu and Paro.  Summing up, through this walking tour,  we’ll 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. You’ll 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 have amazingly stood tall against the test of 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: In 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 hotel in Thimphu.

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’ll have sometime to visit 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
Haa valley 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 Haa climbs up to Chelela Pass (3850m), the highest motorable road in Bhutan, with views of Mount Jomolhari and Jichu Drakey, some of the tallest, most stunning peaks in the world. Begin 1-2hr walk downhill 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: In 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.

Longer Walking Tour or Custom Private Trip ?
If you are looking for longer version with the same essences and elements, then take a look at Drukyul Walking Tour details
Retaining the 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.

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

  • MealsAll meals with tea/snacks are included.

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

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

  • Trip TypeWalking Tour

  • 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.

  • Best MonthsMarch, April, May, October, November

  • Good MonthsJanuary, February, June, December

  • Lean MonthsJuly, August, September

Prices & Dates

  • Tier Pricing cost based on the total sign-ups.
  • Starting from $1250 -2070 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 dateEnd DateRemarksStatus 
12 Mar, 201918 Mar, 2019 Attending Paro Tshechu(Festival)AvailableBook now!
20 Apr, 201926 Apr, 2019 Good weatherAvailableBook now!
07 Oct, 201913 Oct, 2019 Attending Thimphu Tshechu FestivalAvailableBook now!
14 Oct, 201920 Oct, 2019 Join-GroupOpenBook now!

Included

  • Accommodation in hotels and lodges as listed
  • All meals daily along with evening tea/coffee with snacks.
  • English speaking local Bhutanese Guide
  • All land transfers and transportation by good quality vehicle with driver
  • Entrance fees to the monuments
  • Travel permits, Bhutan Visa fees, daily fees and tourists taxes
  • Bottled water in the vehicle and other complimentary services.

Not included

  • Flights into and out of Bhutan
  • Optional Travel/Medical Insurance
  • Personal expenses such as bars, beverages in the hotel, telephone, laundry, trips, and others

Accommodations


Hotels in Thimphu

Hotels in Paro

Hotels in Haa

Trip Guide/Leader

Updating


  • Namgay

    Namgay

  • Sonam Loday

    Sonam Loday

  • Sonam Pelden

    Sonam Pelden

  • Yonten Phuntsho

    Yonten Phuntsho

Reviews / Testimonials

  • Ramona Sue
    Onondaga, Michigan 
    Jan 1970
    Bhutan Country Walk (Sept, 2018) ( Bhutan Country Walk (Sept, 2018))
    5 " " Hello, My trip to Bhutan was a dream long in the making and it could not have been more perfect. Your staff, KC and Dundee, were incredible! Both made this a great trip. I felt very safe in their hands. They were both very kind, encouraging, fun, and flexible. KC even

    Bhutan Country Walk (Sept, 2018) Hello, My trip to Bhutan was a dream long in the making and it could not have been more perfect. Your

  • Sandra D F
    Canada
    Jan 1970
    Bhutan Country Walk ( Bhutan Country Walk)
    5 " " Hi Windhorse tours! Thank you for caring! My time with Keandly and Yeshi and Kate was absolutely fantastic! Although I woke up with food poisoning at 4am the first day, the guys were so attentive and luckily I could sleep in a beautiful room at the Druk hotel and get better without missing much.

    Bhutan Country Walk Hi Windhorse tours! Thank you for caring! My time with Keandly and Yeshi and Kate was absolutely fantastic! Although I woke up

  • Kate
    Canada
    Jan 1970
    Perfection ( Perfection)
    5 " " I have to admit, I am the last person to sign on for a guided tour.  I prefer wandering around new places, and discovering what is available.  As an introvert, I really don't like being jammed in vehicles for hours with others - or having to make small talk.  However,

    Perfection I have to admit, I am the last person to sign on for a guided tour.  I prefer wandering around

  • Maree C. Brockie
    Queensland, Australia
    Jan 1970
    Bhutan Country Walk, Fall 2016 ( Bhutan Country Walk, Fall 2016)
    5 " " 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

    Bhutan Country Walk, Fall 2016 Hello We had a great time in Bhutan and would recommend Bhutan and Windhorse to our friends. Sonam and "0007" did

  • Bhutan Country Walk for Catherine & Family.
    Catherine B.L.B.
    Santa Barbara, California, USA
    Jan 1970
    Bhutan Country Walk for Catherine & Family. ( Bhutan Country Walk for Catherine & Family.)
    5 " " 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

    Bhutan Country Walk for Catherine & Family. Hi Anand, We did make it home safe and sound after a week in Japan and finally back to the US. We