Bhutan Gangtey Trongsa Tour - 8 Days

Trip Facts:

  • Trip Name: Bhutan Gangtey Trongsa Tour
  • Trip Duration: 08 Days
  • Max. Altitude: 3,120m/10,240 ft (The Tiger Nest Monastery)
  • Best Season: March to May and September to November
  • Meal: Full board (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Accommodation: Government approved 3 stars and Above 
  • Transportation: Private vehicle

Trip Overview:

Bhutan Tour with Gangtey/Trongsa Extension covers the important landmarks and with visits to the Gangtey Valley. Explore around the colorful Paro and the hike to the Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’ perched in a vertical cliff. Visit the tiny capital of Bhutan– Thimphu and get familiar with Punakha – the old capital. Many historical and religious sites are on the list during the tour like Punakha Dzong, Trongsa Dzong, Chime Lhakhang, Wangdue Phodrang Dzong and several others. Discover the wide and flat Gangtey Valley, one of the most beautiful places in Bhutan, after the hard climb through dense forests. The road journey starts after a scenic flight over the world’s tallest mountains towards Paro and following Thimphu, Punakha and ultimately to Gangtey and Trongsa. Later on, concluding the tour at Paro. Overall, the tour offer wonderful opportunity to explore Bhutan rural locations coupled up with exploring it’s religious and historical past.

Trip Highlights:

  • Witness spectacular bird’s eye view of the Himalayas while flying in/out from Paro. 
  • Explore the tiny town of Paro exploding with colors and tradition. 
  • Discover the tiny capital Thimphu. 
  • Visit Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’- one of the most famous monasteries in Bhutan. Punakha Dzong – the most beautiful monastery in Bhutan. 
  • Visit to Wangdue Phodrang Dzong. 
  • Hike to Chime Lhakhang- the divine madman’s temple. 
  • Explore alluring Gangtey Valley. 
  • Trongsa Monastery- the largest Dzong fortress in Bhutan. 
  • Experience Bhutanese culture, tradition and lifestyles. 

Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrival Paro (2250m) - Thimphu (2350m)
Arrive Paro by the Bhutanese National Carrier flying over the world’s highest mountains and finally landing at the lush green Paro valley. A cool and clean fresh air greets the visitor as stepping down from the plane, the first gift of Bhutan. After clearing customs and visa formalities, meet the representatives and the Bhutanese guide, and a short tour brief by the guide then transfer to Paro town for lunch.

Then drive towards Thimphu (the capital of Bhutan) for about 1 & half hours drive. En-route Thimphu, one can do a short hike to Tamchog Monastery, a private temple owned by the descendents of famous Tibetan bridge – builder Thangthong Gaylpo. Later on continue the drive to Thimphu.

In Thimphu, visit Buddha point for a stunning view of Thimphu city and Takin Compound- on the way to the viewpoint over Thimphu is the home of Bhutan’s national animal, the Takin. Then continue to Tashi Choe Dzong- the fortress of the glorious religion was initially constructed in 1641 and rebuilt by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in the 1960s, Folk Heritage Museum – a 300 year old traditional house converted into a museum, Centenary Farmers Market, the new authentic craft bazaar. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02: Thimphu - Punakha (1310m)
After early breakfast, drive towards Punakha for about 3 hours passing along Dochu La Pass at 3140m. On clear weather, the pass commands a wonderful panorama of the Eastern Himalayas. From the pass, the road descends through varied forest and finally emerging into the highly cultivated valley of Punakha. En-route take a short hike through beautiful rice fields to Chimmi Lhakhang, a temple dedicated to Drukpa Kuenley, who as a favorite saint of the Bhutanese people is known affectionately as "the Divine Madman".

In the afternoon, visit Punakha Dzong. Located at the confluence of the Pho-chu (male-river) and Mo-chu (female-river), the Punakha Dzong is arguably the most impressive dzong in the country. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 03: Punakha – Gangtey (2320m)
Drive to Gangtey via Wangdue. After Wangdue, the drive is up a winding mountain road through oak and rhododendron forest, and over a high pass down into the Phobjikha valley, surely one of the loveliest high altitude valleys in Bhutan. Phobjikha is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black-necked cranes, migrating from the Tibetan plateau. Enjoy 1½ hours Gangtey nature trail from the monastery through the jungle before emerging to the valley floor. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 04: Gangtey – Trongsa (2200m)
Rejoin the east west highway to Pele la pass (3420m) marked by prayer flags. On a clear day Jumolhari, Kangbum & Jichu Drake can be spotted from the pass. After Pele la pass enters the traditional eastern region. The road gradually drops passing through Kgebji village, Sephu village, Chendebji village followed by large Chendebji Chorten. After Chendebji, the road passes through farms, villages then the valley narrows and then widens again, and it turns the corner into wide Mangde river valley. After a while Trongsa Dzong can be visible. The road then follows the side valley to cross the bridge at the upper reaches of Mangde Chhu river to arrive at Trongsa. The total drive is about 2 hours. PM: Visit Trongsa Dzong. Trongsa Dzong is the most impressive Dzong in Bhutan built in 1644 by the Shabdrung. It is an architectural masterpiece. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 05: Trongsa - Wangdue (1310m)
After breakfast, re-trace the same route for drive back to Wangdue from Trongsa. The drive is about 2 hours. Upon arrival in Wangdue, check-in hotel. Afterwards, visit the Wangdue Phodrang Dzong, the center of attraction of Wangdue. The Dzong is an ancient fort atop hill built in 1638 but serving as monastery nowadays. This fort is at the confluence of two rivers and originally meant to protect the southern invasion. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 06: Wangdue – Paro (2250m)
After breakfast, drive back to Paro which is about 4 hours drive. PM: Stroll around the streets of Paro. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 07: Paro - Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery (3120m)
Early in the morning, drive towards the base camp of Taktsang for the hike up to the Taktsang Monastery ‘Tiger’s Nest’. It’s about two hours hike up the cafeteria. From this point, enjoy the spectacular view of the monastery, where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. Afterwards, hike back to the road point and drive towards Drukgyal Dzong, the ruined fort. This fort once defeated this valley from the Tibetan invasions during the 17th century. Also visit the local farm house at Drukgyal to witness daily life of the Bhutanese people. Later on, drive to Kyichu Lhakhang one of the oldest and most sacred shrines in Bhutan. PM: Stroll around the main shopping district in Paro. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 08: Paro depart
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to catch the onward flight. Bid farewell to the remote and legendary Dragon Kingdom disappearing again behind its guardian mountains.

Cost Details:

The tour cost depends upon the category of hotels used and as per the group-size. Normally we use government approved 3 star and above hotels. Please contact us for the trip pricing. 

Our entire Bhutan tours are private journeys and tailor made programs suited for any independent travelers according to their chosen traveling dates. Should you wish, the tour can be easily customized as per your interest and activities you wish to get involve in or spend more time in your places of interest. Contact us to customize this tour as per your requirements. This tour can be undertaken round the year.

Normally during the monsoon seasons (Jun, Jul & Aug), the road condition in between Thimphu to Bumthang will be muddy road and bumpy ride. Other than Land-cruisers it’s not an easy journey but still with cruisers will be a bumpy ride. Another option will be flying into Bumthang and drive back or vice-versa. But in other seasons, such is not the case.

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