Our itinerary combines seeing the main cultural highlights of the Kingdom of Bhutan with three days of scenic trekking. You will walk follow a quiet forest trail up to Tharpaling monastery and then once onto Kitiphu Ridge you should see the spectacular view of the Himalaya along the Bhutan – Tibet border including Mount Gangkar Punsum. This mountain is at an altitude of 7,570m and is known as the highest unclimbed peak in the world.
You have several days visiting Bhutan’s main cultural sites, you will explore Paro Valley with a walk to Taktsang or ’Tigers Nest’ monastery. We also time to explore Thimphu, Punakha’s 17th century Dzong and Bumthang. You have the chance to see Black-necked cranes in Phobjika and in Gyetsa village at start of Kitiphu Ridge trek. The cranes spend the winter in these places from mid-October to end of February and can be seen in their roosting areas located in wetlands in Phobjika and Gyetsa.
Trip Highlights :
- A real insight to this fascinating country by combining a tour of Bhutan visiting the main cultural centres as well as joining a short trek along Kitiphu Ridge.
- Explore Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) in Paro, the dzong (fortified monastery) in Punakha, the capital of Bhutan in Thimphu, the dzong in Trongsa, the famous monasteries in Bumthang and also the Black-necked cranes Gangtey and Phobjikha Valley.
- A scenic trek along a ridge high above Bumthang valley with superb views of the snow-capped mountains of the eastern Himalaya including Gangkar Punsum (at an altitude of 7,570m it is the highest unclimbed peak in the world).
- Chance to see Black-necked cranes in Phobjika and in Gyetsa village at the starting point of Kitiphu Ridge trek. The cranes over winter in these places from end of October to end of February.