Hiking and Glamping in Bhutan

With its soaring peaks and secluded cliff-side monasteries, Bhutan is best enjoyed on foot. This 8 day itinerary is a great way to discover the beauty of this Kingdom. Experience impeccable service at Uma Paro and rough it in the wild as you camp at the foot of Bumdra Monastery whilst on a trekking expedition.

Day 1: Arrival

Upon arrival into Paro airport, you will be met by a Lightfoot representative and then transferred to your hotel.

Admire the dramatic pine-clad valleys and snow-tipped ranges as you make your way to your hotel Uma by COMO.

Once you have settled in, your first outing into the Kingdom begins with a sightseeing tour of Paro, allowing you to acclimatize to the rarefied air at this altitude.

Stay: Uma Paro

Day 2: Paro to Punakha

Today, make the journey from Paro to Punakha by car, via Thimphu and Dochu La. You will have some time to go to the town viewpoint at the Big Buddha statue and visit Thimphu’s sights, which include the National Memorial Chorten, Trashi Chhoe Dzong, weekend market and Fold Heritage Museum.

The drive continues onwards to Punahkha. Prepare for some truly awe-inspiring landscapes as you zigzag up to the 3140m high Pass of Dochu La. Once you get to the top, admire the sweeping view of the main Himalayan range. Just up river is your home for the next two days, Uma Punakha.

Stay: Uma Punakha

Day 3: Excursions in Punakha

On today’s agenda, a full day of exploring the scenic Punakha Valley. The day starts off with a walk to Khamsun Yuley Namgay Chorten, a shrine recently built by the royal family. Next, head down along the riverside towards Punakha Dzong, a fortress-monastery built in 1637. Once the seat of the Kingdon’s government, it is now the winter home of the head abbot of Bhutan.

In the afternoon, head over to Chimmi Lhakhang, a temple that sits atop a picturesque hill surrounded by rice fields.

Stay: Uma Punakha

Day 4: From Punakha to Paro

After breakfast, you will make your way back to Paro for further exploration of the region. On the way, you will stop by the Tamchhu Lhakhang.

The rest of the day is at leisure. We recommend trying your hand at archery, the country’s national sport, as well as warming yourself up in a traditional Bhutanese hot stone bath, before returning to your hotel, Uma Paro.

Stay: Uma Paro

Day 5: Excursions in Paro

Today, you will discover numerous monasteries located in Paro. The first one you will visit is Zurig Dzong, followed by Rinpung Dzong (Fortress on a Heap of Jewels). The trail will then lead you across Paro Chhu river past the main archery ground, Ugyen Pelri Palace and into Paro town.

Stay: Uma Paro

Day 6: Hiking up from Sang Choekor Buddhist College to Yak

Depart the hotel in the morning up to Sang Choeker, the starting ground for your hike. Whilst your ponies are being loaded, feel free to pay your respects at the Buddhist College.

The one to two hour ascent (steep at times), brings you to a clearing with prayer flags and view down into both Paro and Do Chhu Valleys. Just above, lies the Chhoe Tse Lhakhang, a one and a half hour walk away. The final leg of your hike takes you consists of a 20 minute climb through ruins and before traversing an ancient forest for 40 minutes. Once you’ve hiked across the forest, you will come out onto a high wide meadow.

Your home for the night is tucked in under Bumdra Monastery, with spectacular views of the Himalayan range. After lunch, you can choose to relax in the vicinity of climb up the peak for even better views, returning in time for dinner.

Stay: Bumdra Monastery

Day 7: Hiking from Yak to Sang Choekor Buddhist College

Once you have eaten your hearty breakfast, make your way down to Paro, using a different trail.

After making your way through the ancient forest you will reach the gardens of Sangtopelri (Heaven on Earth). Peer over the edge to admire the Taktsanf Monastery, perched dangerously on a cliff. An hour later, you are at the gates of Taktsang looking across the gorge; a steep descent to a waterfall then up some steps and you are passing into Tiger’s Nest itself.

Return to Uma Paro for your last night in Bhutan.

Stay: Uma Paro

Day 8: Departure

Arrangements have been made for your transfer to the airport in time for your flight out.


Duration Description Overnight
Day 1: Arrival Uma Paro
Day 2: Paro to Punakha Uma Punakha
Day 3: Excursions in Punakha Uma Punakha
Day 4: From Punakha to Paro Uma Paro
Day 5: Excursions in Paro Uma Paro
Day 6: Hiking up from Sang Choekor Buddhist College to Yak Bumdra Monastery
Day 7: Hiking from Yak to Sang Choekor Buddhist College Uma Paro
Day 8: Departure



  • Hotel accommodation and all meals
  • Transfers, sightseeing by an air conditioned vehicle with English speaking tour guide
  • Monument fees
  • Government royalty and tax
  • Visa fee
  • 24 hour emergency contact

Not Included

  • International flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Any meals other than that mentioned in the program.
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance (please note that travel insurance is mandatory for al Lightfoot Travel holidays)


Uma by COMO Paro Uma by COMO Punakha

From USD 3,940 per person based on two guests travelling

Notes on our prices

  • This price guide provides you with a broad indication of how much to budget for your holiday.
  • Prices are generally based on two people travelling together (unless stated otherwise) on a shared room basis.
  • Prices can fluctuate depending on season, standard of accommodation, excursions selected (private versus shared) etc.
  • This basic structure works very nicely, but don’t forget that Lightfoot Travel can provide a range of experiences and we tailor-make each itinerary based on your travel requirements. Get in touch to start planning your perfect trip with your own travel consultant