8 Days Hiking Itinerary




DAY 01; Arrive Paro, check in Hotel, Hike to Taktshang or Tiger’s Nest (3-4 hours round trip).

“Trip to Bhutan is never complete without climbing to Taktsang”, says one tourist. Indeed it’s true as the journey there fills you with spiritual bliss.

Tiger Nest: Taktshang monastery is located atop an 800 meter cliff in Paro.
Taktshang or the Tigers lair as the monastery is widely regarded is one of the most important in Bhutan. Its history is associated with the visit of Guru Padmasambhava, the Indian saint who came to Bhutan in the 8th century AD. The cave was named Taktshang after Guru Rimpoche flew into the cave from Kurtoe Singye Dzong in eastern Bhutan riding on a tigress. Later in 1692 the fourth Druk Desi Tenzin Rabgye started to construct monastery and finally completed after three years in 1694.

Day 02: Paro to Thimphu (55km-1½Hours). After breakfast you will Hike to Sangaygang Cross Country Hike or Wangditse Hike It starts from Bhutan Broadcasting Service (BBS) tower and ends at Dechenphodrang, through Pine forest. It is a very easy hike and it takes about 2 hours. Through this hike we can see Thimphu valley & Trashichho Dzong so beautifully.
After lunch you will again hike to Tango Monastery is located 14 KM to the north of Thimphu valley near Cheri Monastery. After reaching the road point you need to hike uphill for about an hour. The word Tango in Bhutanese language means “horse head”. Now it houses the monastic body.

Day03: Thimphu to Punakha (70km-3 hours). After breakfast you drive to Punakha the former capital of Bhutan. On the way you will come across Dochula Pass with 108 Stupas. Upon arrival, check in hotel and hike to Khamsumyuley Namgyel Chorten This hike is through the farmer’s field and then through the pine forest. The hike is about 1hour up steep climb, and visits the Khamsum Yule Namgyel Chorten, which was built to remove negative forces and promote peace, stability and harmony in the changing world. The temple inside will give the visitors, the good examples of tantric Buddhist and its philosophy.

Day04: Punakha to Phobjikha (70km-3 hours). Morning you will drive to home for rare endangered species i.e. Blacked necked crane. Upon reaching there you will hike to Gangtey three village hike, will take about 8 hours walk and provides the tourist with a glimpse of marshy land and is the winter home of the rare endangered species i.e., Black Necked Crane which migrated all the way from the Tibet.

Day05: Phobjikha to Thimphu (140km-6hours). After breakfast you will drive back to Thimphu. Upon arrival, check in hotel and hike to Chari Monastery Buddhist monastery established in 1620, by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal the founder of the Bhutanese state. The monastery which is now a major teaching and retreat center of the Southern Drukpa Kagyu.

Day06: Thimphu hike: after breakfast you will Hike to Phajodin 5 km uphill walk from Motithang. The monastery was built in 15th century. It was one time one of the richest monasteries in the country. You will have to carry packed lunch. Later hike to Tandin Nye sacred lhakhang is about 1 km from the main town, built on a cliff, just like the Tiger’s Nest in Paro. The visit to the temples provides an opportunity to feel and see the great work of ancient Buddhist legends.

Day07: Thimphu to Paro (55km-1½hours). After breakfast you will drive to Paro and hike to Dzongdrakkha Goembaoften called as mini Takstang, Dzongdrakha is a cliff-side temple complex on the western side of the Paro Valley.  Located approx. 20 minute drives from Paro, these temples are built on a cliff above Bondey village but the walk is not as strenuous as Taktshang. From the road, it takes only about 1 hour walk to reach there, through forests of rhododendron and oak trees.

After lunch, again hike to Kila Goenpa it is located on the mountain side below the Chelela pass. Only women are there as nuns – who have renounced their worldly life and have chosen to lead a religious life in pursuing the religious goal. The Gompa is about an hour walk up steep through the chirpine forest.

Day 08: Departure




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