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EXPLORE THE PEACEFUL DRAGON

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Destination

Bhutan

Region

Central Bhutan

Max.Altitude

1,242 Meters

Grade

Moderate

Activity

Tours

Duration

04 Days

Route

Paro - Thimphu - Punakha

Walking Hours

5-7 Hours a day

Accommodation

Hotel / Guest House

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner during the tour

Transportation

Paro / Punakha / Paro

Start/End

Kathmandu / Kathmandu

Group Size

2-15 Persons

Best Season

Feb, Mar, Apr, May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov & Dec
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Overview

Explore The Peaceful Dragon allows you to get a full glimpse of Bhutan. It will showcase the splendid Himalayas, famous dzongs, museums, and cultural heritage. Our journey begins at Paro where we will visit Drugyal Dzong and Tashicho dzong among others. We will then proceed to Punakha, a small town and emerging financial center of Bhutan. Here we will make a special visit to Punakha Dzong, once the capital of Bhutan but today a winter residence of the Chief Abbot of Bhutan.

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Itinerary

01
ARRIVAL IN PARO

Fly to Paro with breathtaking views of Mt. Everest, Kanchanjunga, Mt. Chomolari, Mt. Jichu Drack, etc. Upon arrival, warm welcome by our representative. Transfer to hotel. Orientation talk and film show about Bhutan. The rest of the day at leisure or visit the local market. O/N hotel.

02
PARO – THIMPHU

After breakfast, visit Bhutan’s National Museum, Tadzong. Then drive to Drugyal Dzong to view Mt. Chomolari, continue to drive to Thimpu. Arrive at Thimpu, check into the hotel. After lunch, visit Tashichodzong built in 1641 by Shabdrung Nawang namgyal. In the evening, a cultural show by Royal Dance Troupe. O/N hotel.

03
THIMPHU – PUNAKHA – PARO

After 2 & ½ hrs drive, reach the ancient capital of Punakha. The religious head Je Khenpo resides here during the winter. Visit the Punakha Dzong and Wangdipodrang Dzong. Drive to Paro through Dochu La Pass with the magnificent view of the Bhutanese mountains. O/N hotel.

04
PARO – DEPARTURE

Early morning, transfer to airport for flight to onward destination.

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What is Included

  • Twin sharing accommodation on a full board basis.
  • All meals, i.e. breakfast, lunch & dinner.
  • Airport transfers in Bhutan.
  • All sightseeing programs & transfers with an English-speaking guide as per the itinerary.

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What is Excluded

  • Visa Fee of US$ 20.00 per person (payable at the airport)
  • Tourism Development Fee of US$ 10.00 per person
  • Bhutan Visa Fee
  • Airfare Kathmandu- Paro- Kathmandu
  • Airport Tax
  • Entrance Fees
  • Bar Bills & expenses of personal nature
  • Tips.
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Equipment List

Here’s a complete rundown of what to bring if you’re planning a camping or tea-house trek in Nepal. Proper preparation and equipment for the conditions will go a long way to ensuring you have a great trekking experience.  What follows is a pretty comprehensive list and will make sure you are covered in the coldest months of the year. If you have questions on what you might need just ask us and keep in mind that Kathmandu is a great place to buy trekking gear at affordable prices.


IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS AND ITEMS

  • Valid passport, 2 extra passport size photos, airline tickets
  • Separate photocopies of passport, visa form (easily obtained at Kathmandu airport), proof of insurance
  • Dollars, pounds, or Euros in cash for purchasing Nepalese visa at Kathmandu airport, for paying for restaurants and hotels, for gratuities, snacks, and to purchase your own drinks and gifts
  • Credit cards, Bank/ATM/Cash machine cards for withdrawing funds from cash machines (bring a photocopy of your cards), traveler's checks, etc.


ON THE TRAIL DAYPACK

  • Extra layers, gloves, windbreaker, and poncho
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip Balm with Sunscreen
  • Broad-brimmed hat or bandana (for sun protection)
  • Iodine Water Tablets (personal preference)
  • Water Bottles or Camel Back
  • Sunglasses
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Favorite Snacks
  • Waterproof bags to protect electronics or paperwork
  • Camera with extra batteries and memory cards
  • Umbrella (works great in light rain or to protect from the sun)
  • Duct tape or moleskin for blisters
  • Toilet Paper
  • Trekking Poles (optional)
  • Thermos (optional for hot beverages)


CLOTHING: BASE, MIDDLE AND OUTER LAYERS

  • Moisture-wicking long-sleeve tee-shirts (2)
  • Moisture-wicking tee-shirts (1)
  • Long underwear pants (2)
  • Underwear (5 to 7)
  • Heavy Fleece or Down Jacket
  • Long sleeve shirts (2)
  • Sweatshirt (optional)
  • Fleece Pants
  • Trekking Pants (2)
  • Shorts (optional)
  • Gortex or Waterproof Jacket with hood
  • Rain Poncho that covers your day pack
  • Waterproof Pants
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Wool hat (Should cover ears) or Balaclava
  • Lightweight Gloves
  • Insulated Wool or Down Mittens
  • Gaiters (optional)


FOOTWEAR: SHOES AND SOCKS

  • Hiking boots with ankle support
  • Camp shoes or Tennis Shoes
  • Plastic bag to carry spare shoes
  • Hiking socks (10)
  • Sock Liners (optional)


SLEEPING BAG

  • Sleeping bag rated to -15° C/ 0° f
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Sleeping bag stuff sack


DUFFEL BAGS AND DAY PACKS

  • Duffel Bag for Carrying Your Gear (we provide this for the trek)
  • Day Pack for Carrying what you need on the trail
  • Small Lock(s) for duffel bag and a day pack
  • Waterproof cover for a daypack
  • Drybags in several sizes
  • Stuff sacks for dirty clothes/shoes


FIRST AID KIT AND TOILETRIES

  • Our team brings along a basic first aid kit but we recommend you also carry the following;
  • Advil or Ibuprofen
  • Diamox (for altitude sickness)
  • Personal Prescriptions
  • Medical Tape (for preventing treating blisters)
  • Antibiotics (Cipro for travelers’ diarrhea)
  • Diaper Rash Cream (Can treat rashes or chaffing)
  • Basic toiletries (Soap, Deodorant…)
  • Wet wipes
  • Panty Liners and Tampons
  • Face lotion
  • Hairbrush
  • Hair ties
  • Hand warmers
  • Earplugs for sleeping


OTHER ITEMS

  • Portable Solar Charger
  • Journal, pen, and paper
  • Reading book
  • Voltage converter (from 220 to 110)
  • Plug adapter (2 round pegs to 2 flat pegs)
  • Lightweight pillow case (in case your tea houses provide you with pillows) or use your own stuff as a pillow

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