Bhutan Family Adventure

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Overview

Enjoy a spectacular family adventure that combines some of the best that Bhutan has to offer. A wonderful mix of gentle day hikes, archery, river rafting and lots of fun activities, it is a perfect introduction to this fascinating and beautiful country. Sandwiched between the mountainous landscapes of northern India and Tibet, the tiny kingdom of Bhutan is a land lost in time. Filled with myths and legends, the Land of the Thunder Dragon is without doubt one of the most extraordinary destinations ...

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TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

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Example Itinerary

This is an example itinerary. Our experts have all travelled widely in the region and will be happy to tailor any of our itineraries to suit your tastes and budget, or build a trip from scratch.

Day 1 Paro – Thimphu: Arrival

Arrive into Paro on your scenic flight over the Himalayas. Your guide will transfer you to the capital city of Thimphu where you will head out to explore, starting with the 51m tall Shakyamuni bronze Buddha statue from where you can see across the Thimphu Valley. Back in the city stroll around the town taking in an art gallery as well as the local handicraft and vegetable bazaars.

Hotel Druk Dinner

Day 2 Thimphu: Bhutanese City Culture

A day in the capital allows you to start learning about Bhutanese culture beginning with a visit to the Zorig Chosum where students learn the 13 traditional crafts of Bhutan, you will be able to stop and see the students as they go about their classes. Next head to the National Library, featuring one of the world’s largest books as well as a collection of ancient Buddhist block printed texts. This afternoon get acquainted with Bhutan’s national animal at the Motithang Takin Preserve, the animal resembles a cow’s head on a goat’s body and the preserve is a research centre for protecting them. Finish off the day at the Jungshi Paper Factory, here bark is turned into paper and you can try your hand at crafting your own.

Hotel Druk Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Thimphu – Gangtey: Monastery Hike

Start today with a hike to Dodey Drak Monastery. The walk takes you along an ancient forest trail to the 8th Century monastery where around 200 monks live. The monks are learning English and you will have the chance to talk with them and learn about their lives as well as having a blessing ceremony by one of the monks and then a simple lunch at the monastery. This afternoon you will be driven to the Phobjika Valley crossing high passes from which you will be rewarded with views out across the Himalayas. Arrive into the beautiful glacial valley in the afternoon, at certain times of year it is home to over 300 black-necked cranes.

Dewachen Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Gangtey: Nature Trail

Head to the Gangtey Monastery this morning, a complex of five temples, surrounding a central tower, the Gangtey Monastery is situated at around 2,900 metres, providing you with some spectacular views of the fertile Phobjikha Valley below. After exploring the complex you will set off on the Gangtey Nature Trail, a hike which will take you through the marshlands and wetlands of the Phobjika Valley as well as across rivers and through villages. Along the way your guide will be able to discuss the various plant life you will see and point out the birds round you. The hike finishes at Khewang Lhakhang, a temple where you can learn more about the religious and cultural history of the valley. You will also be able to visit the black necked crane visitors information centre and use the hides to spot them through the telescopes if in season.

Dewachen Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Gangtey – Punakha: Monasteries & Monks

Leaving the valley this morning you will head to the former capital of Punakha, lying in a sub-tropical valley. Take a pleasant walk across the terraced fields of Sopsokha village to Chimi Lhakhang (Temple of Fertility), built in the 15th century by the 'Divine Madman' (Lama Drukpa Kuenley), an eccentric monk famous for his folk tales. In the afternoon visit the Nalanda Monastery where you will have a chance to stop and chat with the monks, you may also like to sit with the meditation session in the evening.

Dhumra Farm Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Punakha: Village Hike

Heading out on a hike this morning you will start off with an outdoor picnic breakfast at Siu-pang, an historical site on which monks would take meals when traversing the ancient trails. You will then head through forest, passing villages and rice paddy fields, stop along the way to learn about the cultural heritage of the area and have lunch in a farmhouse before you arrive to My Gakidh village. Here, an initiative is providing sustainable livelihood skills to unemployed youths to curb urban migration, there are various eco-tourism trails and homestays. Enjoy a tea ceremony in the village before returning to your hotel by car.

Dhumra Farm Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 Punakha: River Rafting

A morning on the river awaits you today as you head out on a rafting trip on the Mo Chhu where the gentle rapids will provide some excitement all the while surrounded by the beautiful mountain scenery. You will then head to the Punakha Dzong, built in the 17th Century it has been restored to its original glory. Nearby is the longest suspension bridge in Bhutan which you can cross, the gentle sway can be exhilarating as you walk across.

Dhumra Farm Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Punakha – Paro: Botanical Gardens & National Museum

Heading west today you will once again climb up to the Dochu La Pass, this time however make a stop at the Lamperi Recreational Park, home to Bhutan’s Botanical Gardens, visiting in the spring and early summer you will see many of the plants blooming as you head along the trails and along the lake shore. Arriving into Paro visit the National Museum before taking a walk through the forested hillside along the Zuri Dzong trail giving spectacular views of the valley. Back in the car head back to Paro for some time to explore before an early evening visit to the Kyichu Lhakhang, a temple which was built to mark the introduction of Buddhism in Bhutan. You may like to light butter lamps here, considered a way of earning merit and dispelling darkness in Buddhism.

Naksel Resort & Spa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Paro: Tiger’s Nest Monastery

This morning you will walk up to the Takstang Gompa, known as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery. It is one of the most famous and sacred of Bhutan’s monasteries, built on a rock ledge a thousand metres above the valley floor. It is said that Guru Rinpoche arrived here on the back of a tigress and meditated at this monastery, hence it is called ‘Tiger’s Nest’. The walk to the viewing point takes about 1.5 hours with another 2.5 hours to get to the monastery and back. When you arrive at the monastery, the guide will organise your offerings of votive lamps, prayer flags, incense and prayer offerings. At the main temple you can choose to make these prayer offerings along with the locals on their pilgrimage and pujas, giving thanks to the local deities for your time in Bhutan. Later in the day enjoy a traditional hot stone bath with aromatic native herbs.

Naksel Resort & Spa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Paro: Rural Family Home

Join a Bhutanese family in their farmhouse today for a cooking demonstration and lunch of traditional dishes, try some yak butter tea and help the family take care of their livestock and crops. Over 85% of Bhutanese live in this way of substance farming and you will gain a real insight into local life. This afternoon learn Bhutanese archery skills using a traditional bow and arrows on a local Bha Cho archery range or at the hotel. Archery or “Da” in Dzongkha is embedded in the Bhutanese culture and you will often see depictions of gods and deities holding a bow and arrow, a symbol of wisdom. Archery became Bhutan’s national sport in 1971 and is one of the main social events in Bhutan, leading to regular competitions and archery festivals around the country.

Naksel Resort & Spa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Paro: Departure

This morning you will be transferred back to the airport to catch your international flight back home.

Breakfast

EXAMPLE ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Hotel Rating

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Accommodation listed here is intended as a guide only, to give you a taste of what we can do. Our experts can tailor any aspect of this itinerary and accommodation to suit your budget and tastes.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

11 days from £3,590

MEALS

As specified in the itinerary, sampling some of the country's finest cuisine.

TRANSPORT

Private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced, dedicated drivers.

ENTRANCE FEES

Tours and admission fees, including tickets specified in the itinerary.

EXPERT TEAM

Licensed English-speaking guides and a support team available 24/7.

ACCOMMODATION

As specified in the itinerary, using some of our favourite local properties.

WILD MILES

This tour will earn you 9496 Wild Miles

ACCOMMODATION

Ultra
The best of the best, the ultimate in luxury
Luxury
Outstanding service and facilities, giving you the 5* experience
Premium
Excellent standards offering a higher-end experience
Superior
Good quality service and overall comfort
Simple
No frills, basic accommodation, but often in the most exciting of places

Wild Miles Club

When you book a trip with Wild Frontiers you are awarded points, which are based on the return distance from London to the arrival city of your trip. Points are awarded for all our holidays, including both our escorted group tours and tailor-made trips. When you accrue points, you will qualify for the following discounts on all future bookings:

Blue More than 10,000 points 2.5% discount
Bronze More than 30,000 points 5% discount
Silver More than 45,000 points 7.5% discount
Gold More than 60,000 points 10% discount

This itinerary is aimed to give you an idea of what we can offer. The price shown above is per person, based on a family of four (children 12 years or younger), travelling outside of peak periods. As this itinerary is only a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit your interests and budget, your final price may differ.

Positive Impact of this Trip

Tree
Ten trees are planted per passenger on this trip
Community
Supports Wild Frontiers Foundation community projects
Wind Turbine
A contribution to renewable energy projects

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Hike to Taktsang and make a traditional prayer offering, enjoy archery at the local range, Thimphu farmers market, hike in the forests of Phobjikha valley, visit Punakha monastery festival, cycle to Haa valley or make a sand mandala with a Buddhist monk.

OTHER ITINERARIES IN BHUTAN

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As well as private tailor-made trips, we also offer small group tours (max size 12) to Bhutan. Led by an experienced tour leader, travel with a group of like-minded people on one of our award-winning group tours.

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