The world is changing so fast, yet spirituality in Bhutan is still a way of life. Bhutan is home to some of the most celebrated Buddhist sites in the Himalayas. Bhutan Spiritual Trek to the land of thunder dragon will comprise complimentary talk on Buddhism & meditation and will be guided by spiritual experts. According to Bhutanese tradition, the history of Bhutan began in the seventh century AD when the Tibetan King, Songtsen Gampo constructed the first two Buddhist temples: Kyichu in the Paro valley and Jampa in the Choekhor valley in Bumthang. It is believed that in the eight century, a tantric from Swat (in present day Pakistan) arrived in Bhutan. His name was Padmasambhava but he is largely known in Tibet and Bhutan as Guru Rinpoche, the 'Precious Master'. Here, as in Tibet he introduced Tantric Buddhism. He is considered by the Nyingmapa religious school (pa means school or sect) to be their founder and the second Buddha. All the places he visited and in which he meditated are places of Pilgrimage for the Bhutanese, who also worship his Eight Manifestations in almost all the temples in the country.
On your Bhutan Spiritual Trek, you discover Fortress, monasteries and temples; learn about Bhutan’s divine people and their ways of life; and come across the country’s historical past and present; see inspiring hermits, be wrapped up in the murmuring sounds of monks and in the flow of the vigor of meditation. Tours are planned to give you a firsthand experience on many characteristics of Bhutanese life and culture. On a mesmerizing journey into dense endless jungles, vivacious landscapes and rough rushing rivers, you may see some of the world's highest snow peaked mountains, and see golden Langur and others wild animals in their natural habitat. This is an extraordinarily awesome journey that each realistic person must experience once in a lifetime.
Day 01: Today is your arrival day. The flight to Paro is one of the most spectacular of all mountain flights. One can see the Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Makalu and other peaks in Bhutan such as Mt. Chomolhari, Mt. Jichu Drakay, and Mt.Tsherimgang. Upon your arrival at the airport we will assist you to the hotel. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Today we hike up to the famous Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest). Perched on the side of the cliff at a height of 900 m above Paro valley, it is the most sacred place. Then we trek down to valley and drive to the Drukgyal dzong (fortress) for sightseeing. Afterwards we drive back to Paro and stay overnight at hotel.
Day 03: Today we drive to Pamesa village to visit the Pamesa Lhakhang built by Terton Sherab. Then we visit the Kyichu temple one of the 108 temples built in the 7th century by the Tibetan King Songsten Gampo. Afterwards we return back to our hotel. At the evening you can roam freely around Paro town. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 04: Today early in the morning we drive towards Thimpu city the capital of Bhutan. We check in to our hotel and walk around the National Memorial Chorten built in 1974 in honor of the late King. Then we move forward to visit Zilukha Nunnery where the nuns meditate and practice Buddhism. Finally we visit the Changankha lhakhang to offer butter lamp. Stay overnight at Hotel in Thimpu.
Day 05: Today after driving About 14 miles from Thimphu, the road comes to a dead end at the foot of a mountain where Chari monastery built in 1619 is located. We visit Chari monastery and the Tango monastery. The Tango Monastery dates back from the 13th century but it was rebuilt in its present from in 1688 the "Divine Madman", Lama Drukpa Kuenley. Then we drive back to Thimpu in the evening and stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 06: Today we drive to Punakha the old capital of Bhutan crossing the Dochu La Pass (3050m) and the winter residence of the Central Monk body. On the way we enjoy the superb view of the highest peaks in Bhutan, such as the Gangkar Puensum, table mountain, Jeje Khang and Masakhang Gangchey. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 07: Today we drive to visit see the beautiful Punakha dzong (fortress) built between the confluences of two rivers the Pho (male) river and Mo (female) Chu. Then we take a short walk to the Chimmi Lhakhang temple of the Divine Madman Lam Drukpa Kuenley. And we visit the Khamsum Yuelley Chorten– temple built by the Queen of Bhutan for peace and stability in this ever-changing world. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 08: Today drive to Trongsa via Pele la pass at an altitude of 3,150 metres. Commanding the Mangde Chu at an altitude of 2,200 metres Trongsa Dzong is the most impressive Dzong in Bhutan. Built in 1644 by the Shabdrung, the dzong is an architectural masterpiece. Then we continue our drive towards Bumthang. This is one of the most spectacular valleys in Bhutan and also the heartland of Buddhism. Stay overnight at hotel in Bumthang.
Day 09: Today, it's a pilgrimage tour for you; your first stop is the Jambay Lhakhang, built in the 7th century by the King Songtsen Goempo of Tibet. Then we take a short visit to Chakhar Lhakhang which is short distance beyond Jambey. Then we continue our pilgrimage tour and visit the places of historical cultural and religious importance like Kurjey Lhakhang, Kurjey Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang and Jakar Dzong. We enjoy the natural beauty all around the whole day. Stay overnight at Hotel in Bumthang.
Day 10: Today we visit around Bumthang and we will have a full day of sightseeing. Firstly we drive to Mebartsho 'the flaming lake' in the Tang valley. Then we visit Visit the Kungzandra Monastery which is one and half hour walk from the road. Finally we return back to our hotel. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 11: Today we visit the Ugyen Choeling palace which is half hour from the road. We walk about four hours towards north from Ugyen Choeling to reach another monastery nestled into a cliff that appears to block the Tang valley. After enjoying amazing landscape and natural beauty we return back to our hotel in Bumthang. Stay overnight at hotel.
Day 12: Today we drive towards Punakha. On the way we stop by to visit the Gantay Goempa, which is perched at the top of a small hill that rises from the valley floor. After seven hours of drive we finally reach Punakha. Rest and stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 13: Today we drive back to Paro. We stop by on the way and visit Tachogang Temple. Then we continue our journey towards Paro. The drive is short and you will have about half of the day to visit freely and go for shopping in Paro. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 14: Today is your departure day. We will assist you to the airport prior to your flight.
Destination: Bhutan Spiritual Trek
Duration: 14 days
Grade: Easy to moderate
Activities: sightseeing and cultural trek
Max elevation: 4000 meters