Travel to Bhutan

Kayaking and Rafting (9 Nights / 10 days)

Bhutan Tour with Kayaking and Rafting (9 nights/10 days)

The clean and clear rivers of Bhutan are one of the kingdom’s best kept secrets. Fed by the Eastern Himalayas, the six rivers (Wang Chhu, Sunkosh, Puna Tsang Chhu, Mangde Chhu, Kuri Chhu and Dangme Chhu and their tributaries) have been scouted for kayaking and rafting. They cut through high valleys and low plains to meet up with the Brahmaputra river in India.  The natural setting offers a unique opportunity to explore Bhutan’s beautiful wilderness. It is more than a teaser and an invitation to anyone interested in adventure travel.

The rivers are plentiful with high currents and depths reaching a maximum of about five meters; at places it passes gently on and in others the rivers rage through loudly. Although adventure sports and tourism are relatively recent introductions, it is gaining popularity. The sport offers something for everyone: There is easy rafting for beginners and hair-raising runs for the veterans.

Day 01. Arrive Paro (Altitude 2280 m) (By Druk Air flight):

Your Guide from Bluemoon will receive you at the airport and drive you to the Hotel.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Ta Dzong – National Museum (built in1656 and renovated in 1968)
  • Rimpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”) – built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, the first spiritual and temporal ruler of Bhutan.

Dinner and overnight in Tashi Namgay Resort or similar. www.tnr.bt

Optional activities you can choose:

  • Hike to Dzongdrakha Monastery.
  • Hike to Nunnery.
  • Village walk.
  • Mountain biking around Paro valley.

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Paro.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Day 02. Paro – Thimphu (Altitude 2320 m, 54 km) Excursion to Taktsang Monastery: 

After breakfast, visit to:

  • Taktsang Monastery(Tiger’s Nest) – one of the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the Paro valley floor.
  • Ruins of Drukgyel dzong – built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to commemorate his victory over the Tibetan invaders.
  • Kyichu Lhakhang – the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom dating back to 7th century.

After lunch, drive to Thimphu. On the way, view

  • Tamchog Lhakhang – dedicated to the 13th century to Thangthong Gyalpo, the bridge builder. Dinner and overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar. hotelmigmar.com

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Thimphu.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Day 03. Thimphu Sightseeing: (Altitude 2320 m).

After breakfast, visit to:

  • Takin Preserve centre – The Takin is the national animal of Bhutan, and looks like a cross between a cow and a goat.
  • Painting School- Commonly known as Arts & Crafts School or Painting School, the Institute offers a six-year course on the 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan.
  • National Memorial Chorten – built in 1974 in the memory of Bhutan’s third King, His Late Majesty King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk.
  • Nunnery- Zilukha nunnery in Drupthob Goemba, Thimphu is biggest nunnery in Bhutan.

After lunch, visit to:

  • Buddha Point (Kuensel Phodrang) – visitors can get a good overview of the Thimphu valley from the Buddha point (Kuensel Phodrang).
  • Weekend market – Located below the main town, near the Wangchhu River, Thimphu weekend market is by far the largest domestic market for the farmers in Bhutan.
  • Tashichho Dzong – built in 1641 and later rebuilt in its present form by King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk in 1965.

Dinner and overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar. www.hotelmigmar.com

Optional Activities you can choose:

  • Talk on Gross National Happiness / Buddhism.
  • Hike to Cheri Monastery / Tango Monastery / Phajoding Monastery.
  • Village walk at Kabisa.
  • Mountain biking around Thimphu
  • Bhutanese Cultural show.

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Thimphu.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Day 04.  Thimphu Sightseeing: (Altitude 2320 m).

After breakfast, visit to:

  • Folk Heritage Museum- It is dedicated to connect people to the Bhutanese rural past through exhibits, demonstrations, educational programmes and documentation of rural life.
  • Textile Museum – The textile museum has opened its exhibition on six major themes – warp pattern weaves, weft pattern weaves, role of textiles in religion, achievements in textile arts, textiles from indigenous fibers and the royal collection.
  • Changangkha Monastery – It is a fortress like temple and monastic school perched on a ridge above Thimphu, south of Motithang.
  • Philatelic office.

After lunch, hike to:

  • Cheri Monastery – built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal in 1620

Dinner and overnight in Hotel Migmar or similar.

Optional Activities you can choose:

  • Weekend Market
  • Talk of Gross National Happiness / Buddhism.
  • Hike Phajoding Monastery.
  • Village walk at Kabisa.
  • Mountain biking around Thimphu

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Thimphu.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Day 05. Thimphu – Punakha: (Altitude 1310 m) (76 Km, 3 hrs drive). After breakfast, drive to Punakha via Dochula Pass (3116 m)

  • Dochula Pass – Known as the Druk Wangyal Chortens- the construction of these108 chortens.
  • Royal Botanical Garden at Lam Pelri.
  • Chhimi Lhakhang – dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenley also known as “Divine Madman”.

After lunch,

  • Punakha Dzong – Built in 1637, by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.

Dinner and overnight in Meri Puensum Resort or similar. www.meripuensum.bt

OR

Continue to your campsite in Punakha, which is next to the Mo Chhu River. Enjoy camping with bonfire in the evening.

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Punakha.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Day 06. Punakha: Drive up 2 hours to Tashithang

  1. For those who dare, our kayakers will take on the Tashithang Devil’s gorge today, a Class V rapid. It’s a 12km stretch taking 5 -7 hours with scouting. Higher than medium flows makes this run dangerous.
  2. For others you can do Mo Chhu Upper run. Drive up 14km to the Mo Chhu Upper Run with several Class IV and V rapids. This is one of the most extreme sections of water rafted in the Punakha Valley – This run takes you through some really interesting class III & IV rapids and a beautiful gorge.

Dinner and overnight in Meripuensum Resort or similar. www.meripuensum.bt

OR

Continue to your campsite in Punakha, which is next to the Mo Chhu River. Enjoy camping with bonfire in the evening.

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Punakha.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Day 07. Punakha: You have two options today:

  1. Either Drive through the unpaved dirt road of 12 km to Samdenkha and do the white rafting

                                                OR

  1. Hike about 1-2 hrs from the Punakha Dzong up the Pho Chhu Valley to the put in at Samdenkha for a nice class II/III raft trip down to the Punakha School.

After lunch Hike to Khamsum Yulley Lhakhang.  Dinner and overnight in Meripuensum Resort or similar.www.meripuensum.bt

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Punakha.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Day 08. Punakha – Gangtey (3120 m) (65 km, 3 hrs): After breakfast visit to:

  • Construction site of Wangdiphodrang Dzong razed by fire in 2012, (from outside) built in 1638; under construction now.
  • Gangtey Gompa – Gyaltse Pema Thinley, the grandson and mind reincarnation of Pema Lingpa founded the Temple in 1613, and Tenzin Legpai Dhendup.

After lunch,

  • Explore Phobjikha valley, famous for the Black Necked Cranes during winter.

Dinner and overnight at the Theckchen Phodrang Guest House or similar

Optional activities you can choose:

  • Gangtey Natural Trail (Gangtey)

***NOTE: You also have an option for accommodation up gradation in Gangtey.  Please contact us for the up gradation cost.

Day 09. Gangtey – Paro (Altitude 2280 m) (182 km, 6-7 hrs: After breakfast, drive to Paro. Lunch will be served on the way. Dinner and overnight in Tashi Namgay Resort or similar.

Day 10. Departure: (Altitude 2280 m) Early morning, drive to Airport and Farewell.

The Tour Cost Includes:
a. All Meals
[Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner]
b. Accommodation [Twin Sharing] Single Room Supplement Extra US $: 40 per room per night.
c. All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
d. Royalty & Govt. Taxes.
e. Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
f. Visa Fee.
g. English speaking Local guide.
h. Sightseeing.
The Tour Cost Does Not Include:
* Druk Air fares.
* Insurance Premiums
* Payments for service provided on a personal basis
* Cost for any services not mentioned in the "Cost Include head"
* Cost incurred due to mishaps, strikes, political unrest etc.
* Personal expense in items such as laundry, soft drinks, Camera Charges, Bottle water
* Incidentals, Portage, Bellboy charges tips or any other services