Example trip

Active Relaxation in Bhutan

Best for:

Culture vultures, spiritualists and avid explorers

10 nights
$8,500
Mar Apr May Sep Oct Nov

Itinerary highlights

  • Hike to the Taktsang Tiger’s Nest Monastery

  • Visit the 108 memorial chortens on the Dochula Pass  

  • Enjoy gentle nature walks in the Bhutanese countryside

  • Watch rare black-necked cranes in the Phobjikha Valley

  • Explore Bhutan’s vibrant temples, monasteries and dzongs

Curated by Nikki

“Wake up early for a run or walk through the fields whilst in Gangtey. The scenery is spectacular, particularly as the fog lifts around the countryside. And make sure to rise super early for the hike up to Tiger’s Nest, given the crowds start to descend around 9am.”

Itinerary Details

Day 1
Arrival Paro – Thimphu

Upon arrival at the airport, you’ll be privately escorted to your accommodation in Thimphu.

Time permitting, you can explore Thimphu’s main sights with a private guide, including the Takin Reserve to see Bhutan’s national animal, Chang-gangkha temple, and Tashichho Dzong.

From: $8,500 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 2
Dochula Pass – Punakha

Start the day driving over the Dochula Pass to see the memorial chortens and distant Himalayan peaks. Also, you’ll get the chance to visit Chimi Lhakhang (known as the Temple of Divine Madmen) and explore Punakha Dzong.

After settling into your hotel, you’ll have the option of two guided afternoon hikes before dinner.

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Day 3
Punakha

Today, you’ll visit two impressive monuments in the Punakha region: Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, a symbol of peace for the people of Bhutan, and Darangthang Nunnery near Lobesa.

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Day 4
Phobjikha Valley

Transfer to the high-altitude Phobjikha Valley.

Explore the renowned Gangtey Monastery, visit the rare black-necked crane centre, and enjoy relaxing nature walks through the valley.

From: $8,500 pp
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Day 5
Phobjikha Valley

Today will be spent at leisure.

Your Lightfoot Travel Designer can advise on activities prior to departure.

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Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 6
Phobjikha Valley – Bumthang

Spend your morning hiking in the Phobjikha Valley before being driven to Bumthang.

You’ll travel via the Pele-La Pass, and visit the Chendibji stupa and the watchtower museum in Trongsa on the way.

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Day 7
Bumthang

Today, you’ll explore the cultural sights of Bumthang, including the temples of Jambay Lhakhang and Kurjey Lhakhang, and the Tamshing Monastery. This is also the time to try some of Bumthang’s specialities such as honey and cheese.

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Day 8
Dochula Pass – Paro

Today you’ll be escorted back to Paro, via the Dochula Pass. En route, visit the Simtokha Dzong, the oldest dzong in Bhutan.

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Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 9
Paro – Taktsang Monastery

Enjoy a morning hike or horse ride to the Taktsang Monastery, known as the Tiger’s Nest.

In the afternoon, visit the ruined fortress of Drukgyal Dzong and Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest temples, before unwinding with a therapeutic treatment in the hotel spa.

From: $8,500 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 10
Departure

Today you’ll be escorted to the airport for your onward journey.

From: $8,500 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing