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Bhutan Adventure

April 26 - May 5, 2021

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Shrouded in mystery and magic, Bhutan is last great Himalayan kingdom. A land of deep valleys and dzong (fortresses) perched on precarious peaks, it is one of the most isolated and least developed nations in the world. Join us as we set out on an adventure through the remote Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, the only country in the world that measures its progress in terms of happiness. Explore timeless mountain villages, spectacular fortresses, and ornate shrines as you travel across this bastion of Buddhist culture, and meet local people from different walks of life to gain insights into the secrets of Bhutan’s wellbeing.

 

Signature Moments

  • Visit one of the most remote countries in the world
  • Enjoy a meeting and lecture with a monk about Buddhist culture in Bhutan
  • Learn how to cook ema datshi (chili cheese) with a local farm family
  • Hike along peaceful nature trails and thrilling cliffs
  • Experience the pristine and peaceful nature of the "Dragon Kingdom"
Book with No Deposit
Inclusions & Highlights
  • 9 Nights accommodations
  • 9 Breakfast, 8 Lunches, 9 Dinners
  • Arrival and departure transfer
  • Visit the Rimpung Dzong
  • Hike to Punakha Dzong monastery and fertility shrine
  • Visit the town of Wangdue and walk to Khamsum Yueley Chorten shrine
  • Visit the village of Khewa
  • Black-Necked Crane Centre visit
  • Hike to the monastery of Gangtey Goempa
  • Walk across Phobjikha and Khewa valleys
  • Visit the National Library, the Institute for Zorig Chusum (arts and crafts) and the Thimphu Chorten
  • Hike to Kila Goempa nunnery
  • Explore shrines and temples of the Haa Valley
  • Visit the fortress of Drukgyal Dzong and hike to Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest)
  • Visit Kyichu Lhakhang Temple
  • Meet a Buddhist Monk, Thimphu
  • Family Farm Meal, Gangtey Gonpa
  • Lecture on Gross National Happiness, Thimphu
  • Gratuities
  • Women's Travel Club Tour Host
Itinerary
Bhutan Adventure
Day 1 - Arrive Thimphu

Welcome to Bhutan!
Arrive at any time and transfer to Thimphu, Bhutan’s capital. In clear weather, the flight over the Himalayas offers magnificent views of the world’s highest peaks as they give way to the lush green Paro valley. The first gift from Bhutan will be the cool, clean fresh air as you step off the plane. After clearing customs and visa control, an arrival transfer will take you to Thimphu.
The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. Check for the meeting time on the welcome note at the hotel.
Accommodations - Namgay Heritage Hotel

 

Day 2 - Punakha

This morning, meet a Buddhist monk and scholar to discuss Buddhist beliefs and ways of life in Bhutan. Then drive to scenic Punakha, crossing the lofty Dochu La pass and enjoying stunning views of the Himalaya through flickering prayer flags. Settle into your hotel and drive to Lobesa after lunch. From here, hike up to Chimi Lhakhang, a 15th-century monastery dedicated to the Buddhist saint Drukpa Kunley, known as the “Divine Madman.” Learn about his colourful, eccentric life, and witness women devotees who visit the monastery to receive blessings of fertility.
Accommodations - Hotel Lobesa

 

Day 3 - Punakha

Enjoy a full day of exploration in Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan. Visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong, or fortress, situated at the confluence of two important rivers. the winter seat of the Je Khenpo and the Monk Body, remarkably located between the rivers of the Mo (female) Chu and Pho (male) Chu. It is the second oldest and second largest dzong (fortress) in Bhutan and one of its most majestic structures, housing many sacred relics. It is also the winter capital of the Je Khenpo (chief abbot).
Enjoy a hike and visit to the Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery and Temple complex. Perched on a ridge amid pine trees and overlooking the 3 Valleys of Toebesa, Punakha and Wangdi Phodrang, the complex is a meditation and traditional arts training center for nuns. Enjoy the peace and quiet and learn about the nunnery which was established by the Royal Grandfather.
Then drive to Wangdue Phodrang one of the major towns and district headquarters of Western Bhutan. We make a short stop here and visit the Wangdue Phodrang dzong. In the afternoon, cross the suspension bridge and then hike to Khamsum Yueley Chorten. Enjoy hike through rice terraces, farms, and deep pine forest until we reach the stupa, which was consecrated in December 1999. Take a moment to breathe and admire the view, it's superb.
Accommodations - Hotel Lobesa

 

Day 4 - Gangtey

Travel to the Gangtey Valley—also called Phobjikha Valley—the winter habitat of rare black-necked cranes.
Accommodations - Hotel Dewachen

 

Day 5 - Gangtey

Set out to discover the stunning Gangtey Goempa, one of the oldest Nyingma monasteries in Bhutan. Built in the 16th century and renovated and consecrated in 2008. Be sure to check out the amazing relics inside -- they're said to be the most sacred in all of Bhutan. The architectural design is impressive, too.
Afterward, we’ll walk across Phobjikha Valley to Khewa Valley, stopping at an old temple on the way to make an offering. This evening, explore Khewa village and enjoy a cooking demonstration and delicious home-cooked dinner at a family farmhouse. As Bhutanese food is usually hot and spicy, we learn how to make ama datshi (chili cheese), one of the most popular dishes in Bhutanese cooking. Enjoy this simple but tasty meal and conversation with local people, who are always happy to welcome visitors.
Accommodations - Hotel Dewachen

 

Day 6 - Thimphu

Return to Thimpu and take in the golden splendour of the Buddha Dordenma, a massive Buddha statue that graces a hill overlooking the city. Visit the National Institute for Zorig Chusum, an arts and crafts school where we can watch students practicing traditional arts such as woodworking, painting, and ceramics. Later, enjoy a talk on Gross National Happiness, an index used by the Bhutanese to measure the nation’s progress.
Accommodations - Namgay Heritage Hotel

 

Day 7 - Haa

This morning, visit the National Memorial Chorten, one of Thimpu’s most recognizable landmarks and a focal point of daily spiritual life. Then venture off the beaten path towards the remote Haa Valley, stopping for a night in charming Haa town. Explore Lhakhang Nagpo, the “black temple,” and Lhakhang Karpo, the “white temple”—two ancient Buddhist shrines which are said to be among the 108 temples built in one day by the seventh century Tibetan king Songtsen Gampo.
Accommodations - Rigsum Resort

 

Day 8 - Paro

Drive into picturesque Haa Valley by way of the dramatic Chele La pass, one of the highest mountain roads in Bhutan.
Hike through the deep forest of pine trees and rhododendrons to Kila Goempa nunnery (approx 2.5 hrs). It seems to cling to a rocky cliff and houses around 60-70 nuns. This is a moderate level hike through stunningly beautiful scenery.
Later, return to Paro and visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of the country’s oldest and most beautiful temples. Then head to a local archery ground to watch locals practice Bhutan’s national sport.
Accommodations - Hotel Olathang

 

Day 9 - Paro

Today, we embark on a vigorous hike to Bhutan’s most iconic and revered site: the Taktsang Lhakhang or Tiger’s Nest Monastery, perched high above the Paro Valley. Visible from afar, this architectural masterpiece straddles a vertical granite cliff 2,000 feet above the valley floor. Due to the altitude, this climb can be tough. Be prepared to spend about 5 1/2 hours to get up and down with stops, including lunch. Remember to stay hydrated and take your time. The hike is gradually uphill and takes about 2 hrs to reach the first stop at the cafeteria, where you can enjoy views of the monastery. If you choose, you can stop here and wait for the group who choose to continue up to the Monastery.
Later, drive the winding road to Drukgyal Dzong, a ruined fortress that once defended Paro Valley from Tibetan invasions.
Accommodations - Hotel Olathang

 

Day 10 - Depart

Time to say good-bye to beautiful country and amazing new friends. Depart for airport as need for flight home

 

**Prices are subject to change and availability. Space is limited and activities and specific hotels are subject to change. Travel insurance is strongly recommended. Depending on group size some tours and excursions may not be private.

 

Important Details & Pricing
Rates

Double Occupancy - $5989 CAD per person (sharing a room)

Single Occupancy - $7559 CAD per person (your own room)

 

If you would like the double occupancy rate but don't have a roommate we will match you with a suitable roommate. The single occupancy rate will give you your own room. Single occupancy very limited.

No Deposit required at time of booking
Deposit of $350 per person due on October 1, 2020.
A second payment of $1000 is due December 1, 2020

Final Payment due - February 1, 2021

*All payments are non-refundable Please see full terms and conditions. No deposit promotion is for a limited time. Prices are subject to change and availability.

 

Activity Level

Moderate - High Activity
This is a fairly active tour lots of hiking at elevation in this tour. You should be fairly fit and comfortable hiking for long periods on uneven footing.

 

Group Size

Minimum - 8 ladies
Maximum - 15 ladies

 

Exclusions
  • International Airfare (can be arranged by WTC)
  • Visa/passport handling fees
  • Meals not listed in itinerary
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Optional Activities
  • Expenses of a Personal Nature
  • Early check-in and late check-out of hotel

 

Hosted by:

Kirsten Ness
Kirsten is a veterinarian and owns a small animal practice. When she isn't busy looking after adored family pets she loves to explore the world. Kirsten is a fun and very knowledgeable tour leader.

 

Flight Information

Once your flights are booked please forward a copy of your itinerary to info@womens-travel-club.com.
A Women's Travel Club agent is available to help you book your flights. Please do not book any flights until tour is confirmed. Follow this link to a form to request flight options and quotes. A Women's Travel Club agent will send you back the recommended flight option that best suits you. We are pleased to offer a flight booking service for your tour. As quoting of flights can be a time-consuming endeavor, a service fee of $113 ($100 plus HST) will apply.

Arrive to Paro
Depart from Paro

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Travel Insurance:

Out of country medical insurance is required. We strongly recommend that you obtain cancellation and interruption insurance to protect your investment.
Use this link to request an insurance quote.
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Accommodations
Women's Travel Club Bhutan Adventure
Namgay Heritage Hotel

Namgay Heritage Hotel is one of the finest hotels that Bhutan has to offer to its tourists. Located walking distance from the heart of Thimphu city, Namgay Heritage Hotel is one of the few heritage hotel in Bhutan. The property houses 4 different structures which are the main building, the Conference hall, the health centre and Thimphu Bakes where you can sit back and relax. On entering this traditional hotel you will immediately feel the special attention that went into every nook and corner of the hotel to preserve the traditional architect of Bhutan as well as mixing the modern amenities required to meet the comfort of the guest. All rooms are decorated in a traditional style and all rooms are connected to wifi.

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Hotel Lobesa

Hotel Lobesa is a three stars hotel situated in Punakha with a commanding view. It offers nice and comfortable accommodations for travelers who are exploring the wonders of Punakha. The rooms are spacious, reminiscent of the unique charm of boutique hotels. Most rooms have balconies overlooking the lush and verdant fields and valleys of the region. Hotel Lobesa also houses a restaurant where guests can sample traditional Bhutanese cuisine.

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Hotel Dewachen

Encircled by pine forests in the hidden valley of Phobjikha – Gantey Gompa, home to the very rare Black Necked cranes, the Dewachen Hotel features sixteen double rooms, modern bathroom fittings, heavenly bedding comforts, and a restaurant with a magnificent view and the finest cuisine prepared by a professional chef.

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Rigsum Resort

A lovely basic hotel with amazing views. Feel at home with caring and kind staff.

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Hotel Olathang

Amid 11 hectares of pine forest overlooking Paro Valley, this laid-back hotel is 9 km from Paro Airport and 12 km from Taktsang Lhakhang, an iconic temple built on a cliff.

Extra Hotel Nights

Often ladies will book a night at the first hotel prior to the tour. This gives them a chance to relax after a long flight and settle in before the tour starts. Let us know if you would like pricing and information on the hotel.
Follow this link to request pre or post tour hotel nights.

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