Bhutan Odyssey

Bhutan Odyssey

This epic two week cultural adventure across the mystical and enchanting mountain kingdom of Bhutan takes in historic dzongs and monasteries, stunning landscapes and unique arts, crafts and cultures.

From the popular highlights of Western Bhutan in Paro and Thimphu, to the quieter, dreamier alpine valleys and historical monasteries of Central Bhutan, and further east where winding roads beckon intrepid adventurers to warmer climes and rural life that is untouched by tourism and modern influences, immerse yourself in the beauty and wonder of this fabled Shangri-La with our expert and warm-hearted hospitality.

15 DAYS
FROM £3455
Group Tour
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Activity Levels
Leisurely Active
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Activities and excursions as specified
  • Entrance fees/tickets for the above
  • In-destination transfers & transport
  • Accommodation & Meals as specified
  • English speaking guides
  • 24/7 support while you travel

Explore this itinerary

Day 1: Paro – Thimphu

Upon arrival in Paro, we will embark on our fascinating journey starting with a visit to the National Museum. This repository of Bhutanese culture will provide us with insights into the nation’s history. We’ll then proceed to Paro Dzong, an architectural marvel that stands as a testament to Bhutanese craftsmanship and culture.

Later, check into the hotel in Thimphu, the capital city.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 2: Thimphu
Explore Thimphu’s vibrant local culture. Visit the Textile Museum to unravel intricacies of Bhutan’s textiles. The 13 Arts School showcases the local artistic talents. The bustling weekend market will provide a glimpse of daily life, while visits to the Paper Making and Incense Factory provide insight into the traditional crafts deeply embedded in Bhutanese traditions.
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: Thimphu - Punakha

Leaving Thimphu behind, drive to Punakha, pausing at the picturesque vantage point of Dochula pass for panoramic views of the towering Himalayan peaks.

Visit Chimi Lhakhang, a temple devoted to the unique saint Drukpa Kunley. His teachings are conveyed through songs and humour, making him a distinctive figure in Bhutanese history.

Punakha Dzong is a true architectural gem that resonates with profound historical significance. After exploring the grandeur of the Dzong, embark on a hike to the exquisite Khamsum Chorten. This scenic ascent will take about 1.5 hrs, offering both a refreshing outdoor experience and an opportunity for introspection. From the Chorten’s summit, we will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the valley below, creating a sublime backdrop for photographers.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Punakha - Bumthang

Drive to Bumthang, with a stop at the Trongsa Dzong view point, offering an unrivalled perspective of the grandeur of this fortress. To fully immerse ourselves in the natural beauty and historical richness of this region, we will undertake a two-hour hike along the trans Bhutan trail. This trail leads through pristine landscapes and tranquil wilderness. The hike culminates at the historic Trongsa Dzong, a monumental fortress that stands as a testament to the nation’s formidable past.

Following a satisfying lunch in Trongsa, continue towards Bumthang, pausing at the Yathra (wool) Weaving Centre located in Chumey.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Jampa & Kurjey Lhakhangs

After a fulfilling breakfast, visit the revered 1500-year-old Jampa Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.

If our visit coincides with the Jampa Lhakhang Drup, a festival that carries immense significance for the local community, we are in for a special treat of colourful dances.

These intricate performances hold profound spiritual meanings, each dance narrating tales from Bhutanese mythology. In the afternoon, visit to the nearby Kurjey Lhakhang, an ancient temple dedicated to Guru Rinpochey, a revered figure often regarded as the second Buddha.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Bumthang - Mongar

The road from Bumthang to Mongar passes an awe-inspiring and diverse landscape valleys and over mountain passes, providing breathtaking vistas at every turn.

Enroute, stop at a village to witness the simple and timeless Bhutanese rural life through the architecture, daily routines, and warm hospitality.

Thrumshing La pass highest motorable pass (3822m) in Bhutan. From this vantage point, the Eastern Himalayas unfold before us in all their majesty.

From the pass, the route continues through the avian-rich expanse of Thrumshing La National Park. This vast ecosystem, stretching from the elevated pass at 3822 meters to the lower reaches of Lingmethang at 600 meters, showcases an impressive range of habitats and altitudinal variations. This diversity makes Thrumshing La National Park a haven for birdlife, and one of Asia’s premier birding destinations.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Day trip to Khoma

The charming village of Khoma is renowned for its exceptional expertise in traditional silk-on-silk weaving which is an embodiment of Bhutanese textiles at their finest. Witness the delicate process of transforming raw materials into exquisite fabric, the rhythmic clatter of looms and the meticulous attention to detail.

Engaging with weavers and observing their mastery to gain insight into generations-old techniques. The vibrant colours and intricate patterns narrate stories of Bhutanese culture and heritage. It’s a remarkable experience that transcends mere observation, allowing us to appreciate the fusion of skill, tradition, and artistic expression.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Mongar – Trashigang

Along the scenic road to Trashigang, stop at villages nestled within the folds of the eastern region, offering a window into the authentic lives of the people of the remote east.

One of the highlights is the opportunity to witness raw silk weaving, an integral craft that is intricately woven into the fabric of this region. The looms come alive with the rhythmic dance of threads as skilled artisans transform raw materials into intricate works of art.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Day trip to Tashi Yangtse

Drive to Doksum village, a quintessential Bhutanese settlement nestled within the landscape to immerse yourself in the rhythms of village life and interacting with locals and gaining a deeper understanding of their daily routines and traditions.

Gomphu Kora, a place of spiritual significance and picturesque surroundings resonates with legends of Guru Rinpochey.

Further on, Tashi Yangtse and the iconic Chorten Kora awaits. This landmark chorten is a masterpiece of architecture, gracing the landscape with its intricate design and spiritual aura. As we explore its corridors and circumambulate the chorten, we’ll be enveloped by a sense of tranquillity and reverence.

Visit the Wood Carving and Eastern Zorig Choesum School, vibrant hubs of creativity where Bhutan’s traditional arts and crafts are nurtured and passed down to the next generation.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Trashigang - Bumthang

As we begin retracing the route from Trashigang to Bumthang, the landscape once again unfurls its captivating tapestry.

Pause at charming Sengor village which offers a window into a distinct facet of Bhutanese life – the nomadic way of existence. Here, witness the symbiotic relationship between the villagers and the land.

Amidst this serene journey, the road itself becomes a storyteller. It winds through a tapestry of altitudes, leading us past cascading waterfalls and untouched forests and breath-taking vistas adorned with a riot of colourful flowers and lush ferns.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Bumthang – Phobjikha

Phobjikha embodies Bhutan’s pristine wilderness and spiritual heritage.

Visit Gangtey monastery and then embark on a nature trail that winds through the Phobjikha valley, allowing us to stroll amidst lush landscapes and panoramic views.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Phobjikha - Thimphu

On the way back to Thimphu, stop at the Black-necked Crane Centre for insights into Bhutan’s conservation efforts for the majestic Black-necked Cranes.

Additional stops enroute offer opportunities for capturing the breath-taking landscapes through photography and indulging in short, leisurely walks.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13: Thimphu to Paro

Explore Thimphu’s majestic Buddha Dordenma, standing at 51m. Set in Kuensel Phodrang Park, its intricate details and panoramic views make it a perfect spot for reflection and photography.

At the Takin Reserve, encounter Bhutan’s national animal – the takin – to observing these unique creatures in their natural habitat.

Drive to Paro through scenic valleys and meandering rivers.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14: Hike up to Tigers Nest Monastery

An extraordinary hike to the revered Tiger’s Nest monastery awaits. The monastery is perched some 600m/2,000ft up on a cliff overlooking the valley. The monastery has four main temples and several buildings. Each is painted white with golden roofs that glisten in the sunlight; all the buildings are interconnected with steps carved into the rock itself and at each level balconies provide breath-taking views of the surrounding countryside. Inside the temples are extremely impressive with gold-plated domes, flickering light that dances off the golden images of Buddha, the paintings and sculptures of the Bhutanese saints.

Return to Paro and partake in a quintessential Bhutanese experience – a visit to a traditional farmhouse.

Here, immerse yourselves in a spectrum of activities. A cooking lesson to discover the flavours of Bhutan’s cuisine. Try your hand at archery, a cherished national pastime. A demonstration of traditional dress offers insight into Bhutan’s vibrant cultural heritage.

For those seeking relaxation, an optional hot-stone bath promises rejuvenation through an ancient Bhutanese wellness tradition, a fitting homage to our journey.

Enjoy a heartfelt farewell dinner as this epic Bhutanese adventure to a close. Gathered together, we’ll reflect on the moments that have woven a tapestry of memories, celebrating the friendships formed, the landscapes encountered, and the cultural treasures unveiled.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 15: Departure from Paro
Depart Bhutan with cherished memories, taking a flight to Delhi or Kathmandu for onward connections.
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 1: Paro – Thimphu

Upon arrival in Paro, we will embark on our fascinating journey starting with a visit to the National Museum. This repository of Bhutanese culture will provide us with insights into the nation’s history. We’ll then proceed to Paro Dzong, an architectural marvel that stands as a testament to Bhutanese craftsmanship and culture.

Later, check into the hotel in Thimphu, the capital city.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 2: Thimphu
Explore Thimphu’s vibrant local culture. Visit the Textile Museum to unravel intricacies of Bhutan’s textiles. The 13 Arts School showcases the local artistic talents. The bustling weekend market will provide a glimpse of daily life, while visits to the Paper Making and Incense Factory provide insight into the traditional crafts deeply embedded in Bhutanese traditions.
Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3: Thimphu - Punakha

Leaving Thimphu behind, drive to Punakha, pausing at the picturesque vantage point of Dochula pass for panoramic views of the towering Himalayan peaks.

Visit Chimi Lhakhang, a temple devoted to the unique saint Drukpa Kunley. His teachings are conveyed through songs and humour, making him a distinctive figure in Bhutanese history.

Punakha Dzong is a true architectural gem that resonates with profound historical significance. After exploring the grandeur of the Dzong, embark on a hike to the exquisite Khamsum Chorten. This scenic ascent will take about 1.5 hrs, offering both a refreshing outdoor experience and an opportunity for introspection. From the Chorten’s summit, we will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the valley below, creating a sublime backdrop for photographers.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4: Punakha - Bumthang

Drive to Bumthang, with a stop at the Trongsa Dzong view point, offering an unrivalled perspective of the grandeur of this fortress. To fully immerse ourselves in the natural beauty and historical richness of this region, we will undertake a two-hour hike along the trans Bhutan trail. This trail leads through pristine landscapes and tranquil wilderness. The hike culminates at the historic Trongsa Dzong, a monumental fortress that stands as a testament to the nation’s formidable past.

Following a satisfying lunch in Trongsa, continue towards Bumthang, pausing at the Yathra (wool) Weaving Centre located in Chumey.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5: Jampa & Kurjey Lhakhangs

After a fulfilling breakfast, visit the revered 1500-year-old Jampa Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan.

If our visit coincides with the Jampa Lhakhang Drup, a festival that carries immense significance for the local community, we are in for a special treat of colourful dances.

These intricate performances hold profound spiritual meanings, each dance narrating tales from Bhutanese mythology. In the afternoon, visit to the nearby Kurjey Lhakhang, an ancient temple dedicated to Guru Rinpochey, a revered figure often regarded as the second Buddha.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6: Bumthang - Mongar

The road from Bumthang to Mongar passes an awe-inspiring and diverse landscape valleys and over mountain passes, providing breathtaking vistas at every turn.

Enroute, stop at a village to witness the simple and timeless Bhutanese rural life through the architecture, daily routines, and warm hospitality.

Thrumshing La pass highest motorable pass (3822m) in Bhutan. From this vantage point, the Eastern Himalayas unfold before us in all their majesty.

From the pass, the route continues through the avian-rich expanse of Thrumshing La National Park. This vast ecosystem, stretching from the elevated pass at 3822 meters to the lower reaches of Lingmethang at 600 meters, showcases an impressive range of habitats and altitudinal variations. This diversity makes Thrumshing La National Park a haven for birdlife, and one of Asia’s premier birding destinations.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Day trip to Khoma

The charming village of Khoma is renowned for its exceptional expertise in traditional silk-on-silk weaving which is an embodiment of Bhutanese textiles at their finest. Witness the delicate process of transforming raw materials into exquisite fabric, the rhythmic clatter of looms and the meticulous attention to detail.

Engaging with weavers and observing their mastery to gain insight into generations-old techniques. The vibrant colours and intricate patterns narrate stories of Bhutanese culture and heritage. It’s a remarkable experience that transcends mere observation, allowing us to appreciate the fusion of skill, tradition, and artistic expression.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8: Mongar – Trashigang

Along the scenic road to Trashigang, stop at villages nestled within the folds of the eastern region, offering a window into the authentic lives of the people of the remote east.

One of the highlights is the opportunity to witness raw silk weaving, an integral craft that is intricately woven into the fabric of this region. The looms come alive with the rhythmic dance of threads as skilled artisans transform raw materials into intricate works of art.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Day trip to Tashi Yangtse

Drive to Doksum village, a quintessential Bhutanese settlement nestled within the landscape to immerse yourself in the rhythms of village life and interacting with locals and gaining a deeper understanding of their daily routines and traditions.

Gomphu Kora, a place of spiritual significance and picturesque surroundings resonates with legends of Guru Rinpochey.

Further on, Tashi Yangtse and the iconic Chorten Kora awaits. This landmark chorten is a masterpiece of architecture, gracing the landscape with its intricate design and spiritual aura. As we explore its corridors and circumambulate the chorten, we’ll be enveloped by a sense of tranquillity and reverence.

Visit the Wood Carving and Eastern Zorig Choesum School, vibrant hubs of creativity where Bhutan’s traditional arts and crafts are nurtured and passed down to the next generation.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Trashigang - Bumthang

As we begin retracing the route from Trashigang to Bumthang, the landscape once again unfurls its captivating tapestry.

Pause at charming Sengor village which offers a window into a distinct facet of Bhutanese life – the nomadic way of existence. Here, witness the symbiotic relationship between the villagers and the land.

Amidst this serene journey, the road itself becomes a storyteller. It winds through a tapestry of altitudes, leading us past cascading waterfalls and untouched forests and breath-taking vistas adorned with a riot of colourful flowers and lush ferns.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11: Bumthang – Phobjikha

Phobjikha embodies Bhutan’s pristine wilderness and spiritual heritage.

Visit Gangtey monastery and then embark on a nature trail that winds through the Phobjikha valley, allowing us to stroll amidst lush landscapes and panoramic views.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Phobjikha - Thimphu

On the way back to Thimphu, stop at the Black-necked Crane Centre for insights into Bhutan’s conservation efforts for the majestic Black-necked Cranes.

Additional stops enroute offer opportunities for capturing the breath-taking landscapes through photography and indulging in short, leisurely walks.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13: Thimphu to Paro

Explore Thimphu’s majestic Buddha Dordenma, standing at 51m. Set in Kuensel Phodrang Park, its intricate details and panoramic views make it a perfect spot for reflection and photography.

At the Takin Reserve, encounter Bhutan’s national animal – the takin – to observing these unique creatures in their natural habitat.

Drive to Paro through scenic valleys and meandering rivers.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 14: Hike up to Tigers Nest Monastery

An extraordinary hike to the revered Tiger’s Nest monastery awaits. The monastery is perched some 600m/2,000ft up on a cliff overlooking the valley. The monastery has four main temples and several buildings. Each is painted white with golden roofs that glisten in the sunlight; all the buildings are interconnected with steps carved into the rock itself and at each level balconies provide breath-taking views of the surrounding countryside. Inside the temples are extremely impressive with gold-plated domes, flickering light that dances off the golden images of Buddha, the paintings and sculptures of the Bhutanese saints.

Return to Paro and partake in a quintessential Bhutanese experience – a visit to a traditional farmhouse.

Here, immerse yourselves in a spectrum of activities. A cooking lesson to discover the flavours of Bhutan’s cuisine. Try your hand at archery, a cherished national pastime. A demonstration of traditional dress offers insight into Bhutan’s vibrant cultural heritage.

For those seeking relaxation, an optional hot-stone bath promises rejuvenation through an ancient Bhutanese wellness tradition, a fitting homage to our journey.

Enjoy a heartfelt farewell dinner as this epic Bhutanese adventure to a close. Gathered together, we’ll reflect on the moments that have woven a tapestry of memories, celebrating the friendships formed, the landscapes encountered, and the cultural treasures unveiled.

Breakfast, Dinner
Day 15: Departure from Paro
Depart Bhutan with cherished memories, taking a flight to Delhi or Kathmandu for onward connections.
Breakfast, Dinner

Departure Dates & Prices

The per person prices below are based on two sharing, and exclude international flights. A deposit is required to reserve a place.

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Oct 15, 2024
(Festival Special)
£3445 per person
Single Supplement £295
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INCLUSIONS & EXCLUSIONS

Price Includes

  • Visa, SDF and all other government taxes
  • Experienced, English speaking Tour Guide
  • All activities as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All accommodation (3* standard hotels approved by Tourism Council)
  • All meals
  • Tea/coffee and snacks
  • Bottled water throughout the trip
  • Ground transportation
  • All necessary camping equipment’s if tour involves camping
  • All entrance fees for national parks
  • Religious Monument Entry Fee

Price Excludes

  • Travel insurance (Mandatory)
  • Laundry, phone calls and alcoholic drinks
  • Any other personal expenses
  • Charges incurred as a result of circumstances beyond our control
  • Flights
  • Gratuity/Tips
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Our prices do not include international flights unless explicitly stated.

The price shown is per person, based on two people travelling and sharing a room, outside peak periods. Prices may vary depending on the time of travel, and single supplements may apply.

Our Accommodation Ratings

Opulent: Exceptional, unashamedly the best of sheer luxury. (£££££)

Luxury: Outstanding levels of 5* comfort, hospitality and facilities. (££££)

Premium: Excellent levels of comfort and hospitality and a wide range of facilities. (£££)

Mid-Range: Good levels of comfort and hospitality, with a reasonable range of facilities. (££)

Simple: Clean and simple, no frills. Often in areas of natural beauty or near wildlife reserves. (£)