Spirit of Bhutan Tour - Bhutan

Spirit of Bhutan Tour - Bhutan

Experience the best of Western Bhutan at a leisurely pace on the 8-night Spirit of Bhutan journey, our most popular, best-selling tour. Soak up the rich culture and stunning scenery, visit Bhutan’s charming small cities, traverse high mountain passes from the comfort of your vehicle, and explore ancient Buddhist temples and monasteries. End with an unforgettable day hike to the unmissable, iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery, perched on the edge of a rugged cliff.

Spend your first night in the beautiful Paro Valley, waking up to breathtaking mountain views. Travel over the Cheli La Pass, one of the highest in Bhutan, and down into the lush hidden valley of Haa, where a rustic and spiritual village awaits you. Spend two nights near Punakha, where the Kings of Bhutan have traditionally been crowned. Visit Thimpu, one of the world’s smallest capital cities, and the only one in the world without traffic lights! Before leaving Bhutan, climb to the iconic Tiger's Nest Monastery, high on a cliff overlooking a stunning valley.

On the Spirit of Bhutan tour you will see and experience several of Western Bhutan’s greatest natural and cultural wonders, and enjoy the Bhutan vacation of a lifetime. This is an ideal tour for first-time visitors to Bhutan who want to delve into the country’s unique and authentic character.

  • Mountain views









DAY 01: Arrive in Paro, Bhutan:
You will be met at the airport by your guide. Travel to your hotel just outside Paro. Visit Paro Dzong, the National Museum and the famous Nyamai Zam Bridge.
Overnight: Paro
Altitude: 2,195 m

DAY 02: Paro to Haa:
Drive to Haa via the Cheli La Pass at 3,810 metres. Visit the black and white temples.
Driving time: 2 hrs Overnight: Haa
Altitude: 3,056 m

DAY 03: Day hike in the picturesque Haa Valley.
Overnight: Haa
Altitude: 3,056 m

DAY 04: Thimphu: Drive to Thimphu.
Do a city walk, and visit the Tashi Choe Dzong and the School of Traditional Arts and Crafts.
Driving time: 3 hrs
Overnight: Thimphu
Altitude: 2,320 m

DAY 05: Wangdue Phodrang:
Explore Thimphu and and after lunch drive via the Dochu La Pass (3,140 m) to the Punakha Valley. Visit the Temple of Fertility at Chimi Lhakhang Driving time: 2 hrs Overnight: Wangdue Phodrang
Altitude: 1,310 m

DAY 06: Wangdue Phodrang:
Visit Punakha Dzong and the Nalanda Buddhist College. Optional 1.5 hour hike to Nizergang village.
Overnight: Wangdue Phodrang
Altitude: 1,310 m

DAY 07: Paro:
Return to Paro and visit Kyichu Lhakhang temple.
Overnight: Paro
Altitude: 2,195 m

DAY 08: Paro: Tiger's Nest excursion.
Overnight: Paro
Altitude: 2,195 m

DAY 09: Depart Paro

Cost Includes

  • Transport by private mini bus
  • All meals, mineral water, tea and coffee
  • 8-nights handpicked hotel accommodation
  • All entrance fees at monasteries and museums
  • Bhutan visa, Bhutan government tourism royalties and local taxes
  • English-speaking Bhutanese guide

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare to Bhutan. (This can be arranged for you. Please contact us for details)
  • Stopover hotel if needed
  • Comprehensive travel insurance. Click here for an insurance quote
  • Additional activities (e.g. massage, hot stone bath)
  • Alcoholic or soft drinks
  • Laundry
  • Tips for guide or driver

Trip Facts

Trip Duration 09 Day
Destination Bhutan
Trip Grade Moderate - B
Transportation Private Vehicle
Accomodation Hotel + Lodges
Starting Price US$
Trip Type Short Trek
Meals Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner
Max. Altitude Meter
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