Day 1 : Arrive Paro :
Arrive Paro by Druk Air flight. During this flight, one will experience
breathtaking views of Mount. Everest, Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan peaks
including the sacred Chomolhari and Mount. Jichu Drake in Bhutan. The first
gift from Bhutan will be cool, clean fresh air as you step out of the
aircraft. Received by Connecting Horizons Adventures representative and
transfer to the hotel. Evening visit Paro market and town. Overnight at the
hotel in Paro.
Day 2 : Paro :
After breakfast drive to Drukgyel Dzong, although now in ruins, this Dzong
is of historical importatnce. From here the peaks of Mount Chomolhari - "Mountain
of Goddess" can be seen, on a clear day. One the way back, visit one of
the holiest Lhakhang of Bhutan the Kyichu, built in 7th century A.D. and it
dates back to the time of Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo. Afternoon, visit Ta
Dzong, the multistoreyed round tower built in 1775 as watch tower and refuge
fortress for the Rinpung Dzong. The National Museum was opened within its
walls in 1967. A visit there is really made worthwhile by the carefully
selected and exhibited collections of utensils, folk arts, weapons,
thangkhas statues and postage stamps. After that visit Rinpung Dzong, the
renowned fortress which has a long and fascinating history. Overnight at the
hotel in Paro.
Day 3 : Paro - Thimphu :
After breakfast, drive to Thimphu with a short stop at Chuzom(confluence)
where Paro river joins Thimphu river. Three different style of chortens
adorn the confluence. Before arriving Thimphu, visit Simtokha Dzong, the
oldest fortress of the Kingdom, built in 1627. The complex has survived in
its original form and serves today, as religious college, in which, amongst
other subjects, Dzongkha is taught. Afternoon Thimphu city tour. Visit
gigantic Tashichodzong, the seat of government and home to Je Khenpo (Chief
Abbot) Memorial Chorten, the beautiful stupa is other interesting monument
to see, which is built in the memory of Bhutan's Third King, His Late
Majesty, King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. Evening take a stroll on Thimphu
market. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 4 : Thimphu :
Full day sight seeing of Thimphu valley. Visit, National Library, which
holds interesting collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts,
Painting School known for its thangkha paintings and athe Traditional
Medicine Institute where indigenous healing arts still practiced. Also visit
Handicrafts Emporium. Exotic weaves in wool, silk and cotton, basketware,
silver jewellery, thangkhas and other traditional crafts of the Kingdom are
available here. Overnight at the hotel in Thimphu.
Day 5 : Thimphu - Shong Pang :
Drive north of valley towards Dechenchholing palace, following Thimphu
river. The transport will drop at Pangrizam. From here the trek starts
towards Shong Pang which takes about 5/6 hours, passing through villages
enroute. Enroute vegetation is mainly blue pines, oak species,
rhododendrons. Overnight in the camp.
Day 6 : Shong Pang - Dopshing Pang :
The trek trails ascends gradually up till you reach the Sinchula. From this
point, if the weather is clear, one can see Phajoding monastery. After 2
kms, you can view Thinleygang village, the Talo monastery and the motor
highway towards the ancient capital of Bhutan. The trek drops gradually from
the pass till you reach the campsite. Overnight in the camp.
Day 7 : Dopshing Pang - Chorten Ningpo :
The trek to Chorten Ningpo is rather gradual and you will be walking into
thick forests. Before reaching camp, you will pass through villages and rice
fields. Camp at an altitude of 2700m.
Day 8 : Chorten Ningpo - Zomlingthang :
For about 2/3 hours the trek trail will be through villages until the motor
road. Later follow the road towards Punakha, the ancient capital town of
Bhutan. Evening at leisure and if interested, can do fishing in Mo Chu
river. Overnight in the camp.
Day 9 : Zomlingthang - Limukha :
Follow the road till Punakha Dzong and then across the Pho Chu river, the
river that drains the remote Lunana region. It's a steady half day climb
into a forest if scattered long needle chip pines. Further you will have a
wonderful view of Punakha valley and Dzong. Also, if the weather is clean,
you can see some of the snow capped mountain peaks to the north. The camp
site is near Limukha village at an altitude of 2250m..
Day 10 : Limukha - Chungsakha - Wangdiphodrang :
The trek trail rises gradually up through the forests of oak species and
rhododendrons and then descends gradually through the thick forests till you
reach a small monastery dedicated to Lam Drukpa Kuenley. From Chungsakha,
you can look across the valley to Samtengang. Walk downhill till you reach
the motorable road and then drive for half an hour to Wangdi. Overnight at
the hotel in Wangdiphodrang.
Day 11 : Wangdiphodrang / Punakha - Paro :
After breakfast, visit to Wangdi Dzong, standing at the confluence of
Punakha Chu and Tang Chu river. This fortress was built in 17th century by
Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. It holds attractive festival which is celebrated
in autumn. After that drive to Punakha, the old capital town of Bhutan.
Visit sacred Punakha Dzong, the superb example of Bhutanese architecture.
Fire, earthquake and floods have inflicted their devastating influence on
this Dzong which under the direction of the present King has been restored
completely. The remains of the Shabdrung are extomed here in the Chapel of
Machin Lhakhang. After lunch, drive to Paro. Overnight at the hotel in Paro.
Day 12 : Paro Depart :
After early breakfast, drive to Paro airport for flight to onward