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Thursday, 30 October 2014 00:00


When, where, what, how? Let's work out together:


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0041 - 43 355 50 07 (H)
0041 - 76 445 82 06 (m)
Kinley Dorji
Bahnstrasse 12
CH 8603 Schwerzenbach

In United States of America:

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Jigme and Diane
2000, Jefferson st.
Bellingham, WA
Thursday, 30 October 2014 00:00

Entering Bhutan

Entering Bhutan


There are two alternatives: by road or by air .

You can enter Bhutan by road from West Bengal, India to the border town Phuntsholing in Southern Bhutan.

By air you can fly from Bangkok-Thailand, Delhi, Calcutta, Gaya, Bagdora-India, Dhaka-Bangladesh and Kathmandu-Nepal to Paro airport in Bhutan.

I would recommend traveling by air to Paro, but it depends on your tour program and preference.

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What to pack and to do for Bhutan


Light waterproof jacket, light woolens and cotton clothing for summer (Jun-Sep), warm and good jackets. Thermal underwear, trekking boots and normal walking shoes. For all seasons house shoes or flipflops in the rooms. Good sleeping bags for trekkers.



Everything is included in the tour package as a tourist but you may still need cash for unforeseen situations like souvenirs, phone calls, tips, etc. for personal use. And US$ 20 for airport tax. Visa and American Express credit cards are accepted in a few shops in Thimphu. Traveller’s cheques can be changed in every bank in Bhutan, they charge 1% commission.


Useful items

Flashlights, ear plugs, condoms, Swiss army knife, sunglasses, sunhat, sunscreen with high protection factor, hand creams and mini first-aid box.



Multi headed adepter, 220 volts, 50 cycles A.C. current is available.



No vaccinations are required for Bhutan, however the following are recommended:

Typhoid: If none or refreshed in the last three years, 10 days prior to travel.

Diptheria: If none or refreshed in the past 10 years, 3 weeks prior to travel.

Hepatitis A: 2 weeks prior to travel.

Tetanus: If none or refreshed in the past 10 years, 3 months prior to travel.

Yellow fever: Only if you are travelling in from an infected area (parts of Central Africa and Latin America).

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What you need to visit Bhutan

Few simple steps to follow, if you live nearby I can meet you personally, if not we can communicate by email, phone or Skype.


(1) Define your interest(2) Fill out the visa form(3) Make the payment
We shall design your tour itineraries for trekking or culture tour or a combined version of culture and trekking. and send itback to me.
In The Visa forms are to be filled out:
(a) Full name as per your passport
(b) Permanent address
(c) Nationality
(d) Passport number
(e) Date of issue and expiration date
(f) Date and place of birth
Payments need to be done earlier because without the payment receipt, the Authorities cannot process your visa application and without visa clearance number Druk Air cannot issue tickets.
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Price and package

Bhutan tourism sells only package system to keep it manageable and to keep environmentally, ecologically and as well as socially friendly. It cannot be negotiated. For further information please contact me.


Tour tariff set up by Bhutan government.


Above 3 persons US$ 200 per night for the package


For single US$ 240 per night for the package


For 2 person US$ 240 per night for the package


About the package price, I would like to highlight a few points, through my own experience, well most of us get shock to here the daily traffic US$ 200 per day to travel Bhutan. I had experience even in some part of Asia one needs to pay US$ 100 just for the trekking permit which includes nothing more than a dry permit as a tourist where as Bhutan offers a lot, just check below:


What is included in the packageWhat is not included
Visa Druk Air ticket
Royalty US$ 20 airport tax
Comfortable hotels or lodges Sleeping bag and trekking gear
Food and Beverages Travel insurance
Well trained English speaking guide service  
Transport within Bhutan, comfortable mini Toyota van  
All the meals and cooks for camping  
All the trekking equipment  
Ponies for riding if needed  
Ponies for transport on treks  
Yaks for transport on treks  
Different kinds of permits  
Mineral water on the way  


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Visas cannot be obtained from an embassy abroad. Visas must to be routed through the local travel agent in Bhutan and the Visa Clearance will be issued to the local agent afterwhich you can purchase Druk Air tickets. So, do not worry as a tourist everything is included in the package.

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Best time to visit Bhutan

Best time to visit Bhutan


The best time to visit to Bhutan may differ depending on your interest. There are two factors which may influence your decision; the weather condition and festivals timing.


Spring (March, April, May)

Perfect season for those who are interested to see flowers, plants, birds, and festival and culture tour.


Autumn (September, October, November)

For those who likes to go trekking and care for mountain photography, also festival and culture tour.


Summer (June, July, August)

This is monsoon time with heavy rain falls, roads can be blocked due to landslides, and beside the naturesl unforeseen you can still go trekking and on culture tours. It is also beautifully green everywhere.


Winter (December, January, February)

Perfect for low altitude trekking, festival and cultural touring. At night it gets cold but the days are warm, even a sunburn may be included, clear blue skies with lots of stars.

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Gangtey trekking in Bhutan

Tour price:

CHF 2900 per person


Duration: 10 days

Trip start date:



Places visited:

Paro,Thimphu,Punakha,Wangdi Phodrang and Gangtey.


Brief description:

Prefect for the nature lover, it’s easy going trek and one can really explore the flora and fauna of the country. You will be warmly greeted by the blooming Rhododendron and many other flowers.



Included: Tents, Trekking staff, Guide, Permits, Hotels, Meals, Visa, entrance fees, all kinds of transport and Druk Air tickets from Katmandu to Paro and Paro to Katmandu.

Not included: Sleeping bags, Travel insurance and international air tickets.

For the detailed trek program please contact me.

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Mount Jhomolhari trekking itinerary in Bhutan

Tour price:


CHF 4150 per person


CHF 3400 for students


Days: 15 days


Best time: April




It is a full package including the druk air tickets from Katmandu to Paro and Paro to Katmandu. Hotels, foods, tents, visa, permits, guide, entrance fees and all kinds of transports within Bhutan.


Not included: Travel insurance, international air fare and sleeping bags.


If interested please let me know, I will highlight your trek and do all the arrangements.




1st day - Joenpalekso! Welcome to Bhutan!


Trekking Jhomolhari in Bhutan First Day


Your sightseeing begins right from the air. The approach to Paro international Airport is like no other. You get spectacular view of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and other famous Himalayan peaks, including the sacred Mount Chomolhari where you will go for trekking. One the arrival at the airport you will be received and escorted to the Pedling hotel in Thimphu by Mr. Ugen Dorji. The drive from Paro to Thimphu is very smooth and takes only one and a half hours, then check into Hotel.


Trekking Jhomolhari in Bhutan First Day


2nd day - Thimphu sightseeing


Trekking Jhomolhari in Bhutan Seond Day


Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan is located in a wooded valley, along the banks of the wang chu River. Over the past couple of years Thimphu has not only developed in terms of infrastructure but the population has drastically increased as well. With population of roughly 100’000, you will notice that the rural urban migration is very high here. Start your day by visiting the handmade paper factory silversmith, National Traditional Medicine, National Library, Zilukha Nunnery, the Takin Zoo (National Animal of Bhutan). Simtokha Dzong, oldest fortress in the country built in 1222. Tashichodzong, Bhutan’s administrative and the religious center. Lot of possibilities but one can keep it open and talk with your guide as per your will.


3rd day Sun. Easy Day with or without guide


Trekking Jhomolhari in Bhutan Third Day


After breakfast walk down to the Sunday market explore the real moving life of Bhutanese, stroll through the main street, visit shops and handicrafts Emporium where Bhutanese textiles and other Handicrafts are available. Walk up to the memorial Chorten. The Memorial Stupa was built in 1974 in memory of third King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk by his mother. Today many Bhutanese visit especially in the early morning and evenings. May be you will have your own interest so you can make use out of your free day.


4th day Mon. Thimphu to Gangtey 4-5 hours drive


Trekking Jhomolhari in Bhutan Fourth Day


After breakfast drive to Gangtey over Dochula pass (3100 meters). Gangtey, the famous Monastery in the kingdom, which is also the seat of my teacher, Gangtey Tulku Rinpoche the reincarnation of Pema Lingpa. The valley itself is very famous and beautiful called Phobjikha. It is the winter roosting place for the black necked cranes where they migrate from Tibet. They stay here from November until about March, before embarking on their journey back to Tibet. Overnight stay Dewachen Hotel.


5th day Tues. Gangtey to Wangdi 2 hours drive


Arrive at Wangdiphodrang where I come from. Check into Dragon root Resort. Afternoon drive to Punakha, visit Punakha Dzong which is one of the most impressive Dzongs in Bhutan. It was the ancient winter residence of the king and the capital. Still today it is the residence of the Chief Abbot and the central monk Body. Visit the monastery at Khuruthang. Overnight in Hotel


6th day Wed. Wangdiphodrang to Paro


Trekking Jhomolhari in Bhutan Sixth Day


After breakfast, visit Chimi Lhakhang, the Tempel of fertility. Take lunch at the Dochula Cafeteria. En-route to Paro, visit Tachong monastery which dates back to 14th century. Overnight stay in hotel Tashi Namgyal or Rinchenling lodge.


7th day Thur. Paro Sightseeing


Trekking Jhomolhari in Bhutan Seventh Day


Morning visit Paro Dzong, which was built in 1646 during the reign of the first theocracy ruler of Bhutan. Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal and it is the finest example of Bhutanese architecture. It also serves as the district Administration Centre and for the Monk Body. Continue visit to Paro National Museum housed in the old Ta Dzong (Watch Tower) built in the early seventeen century to protect the Paro valley from the Tibetan invasions. It was transformed into a Museum in 1968 by the late King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk. Afternoon drive to Drugyal Dzong (ruined fortress). Although in ruins, holds great historical significance. This literally means Bhutan’s victorious fortress. It was from this fortress that the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan invasions. This spot unfolds a magnificent view of Mount Chomolhari, where your trek begins the next day. Over night at the hotel.


Trekking Jhomolhari in Bhutan Seventh Day


8th day Fri. Paro to Shana/17km/4-5 hours trek/ alt. 2800m


Trekking Jhomolhari in Bhutan Eighth Day


Drive up to car road end at Drugyal Dzong where the trek begins. The trail follows the Paro Chu gently uphill through the river valley and agricultural fields. The night’s camp is just beyond an army outpost by the river site.


9th day Shana to Soi Thangthangkha / 23 km/ 6-7 hours/alt. 3400m


Trekking Jhomolhari in Bhutan Ninth Day


The trail continues uphill through the river valley. The valley narrows so much that the path takes to the slopes. There is quite a lot of descending along this stretch. Camp is on a meadow.


10th day Soi Thangthankha to Jangothang/19 km/4 hour’s trek/alt. 4040m


Trekking Jhomolhari in Bhutan Tenth Day


The trek starts up along the Pa Chu. An army outpost is established at Soi which passes along the way. The valley begins to widen again. All around high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks come into view. Yak herder’s winter homes become a regular feature of the landscape. The night camp is beside a ruined fortress at the base camp of mount Chomolhari. It is spectacular site where we can enjoy the scenes of mount Chomolhari, mount Jichu Drakey and mount Tsheringang.


11th day Mon. Jangothang Halt


Trekking Jhomolhari in Bhutan Eleventh Day


You can enjoy the trek up to Tsophu Lake or hike around the area. Mount Chomolahari and its subsidiary mountains chains lay directly west, Jichu Darkey to north and numbers of un–scaled peaks to the east.


12th day Jangothang to midway between Shana and Soi Thangthankha (Thongdo zam)


Your journey back will bring you across the same way that you went uphill. But it will be much more relaxing and easy walk.


13th day Wed. Thongdo Zam to Paro


Trekking Jhomolhari in Bhutan Thirteenth Day


Your trek will end when you reach the beginning point at the road where you started your trek. You will be picked up by car and overnight stay in the same hotel.


14th day Last Highlight Excursion to Taktshang or Relax day


Trekking Jhomolhari in Bhutan Fourteenth Day


If you are not tired, enjoy the hike to Taktshang which is supposed to be your highlight for the last stay in Bhutan. Enjoy lunch at the cafeteria. Taktshang Monastery is one of the most famous in Bhutan from over two thousand monasteries. It is perched on a cliff more than 200 feet above Paro Valley.


The name Taktshang means Tiger’s Nest because it is believed that Guru Rinpoche, the founder of Buddhism in Bhutan, was said to have flown on the back of a tiger to the cave for meditation and this is where the monastery stands today. The original monastery was built by Desi Tenzin Rabgay in 1646. This site is considered sacred by pilgrims of all schools of Mahayana Buddhist and a highlight of one’s visit to Bhutan.


15th day Logjayel (Good bye) Departure Paro to Katmandu by Druk Air.


Trekking Jhomolhari in Bhutan Fifteenth Day



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