Trekguru : Leisure Bhutan Tour

Grade : Easy
Endurance : Easy

Contact : Pravin 9821318848 / 9821465256
Mohaneesh 8976972127 / 7977935336

Batch 1: 26th November
Batch 2: 10th December

Fees: Rs.33,000 (Ex-Bagdogra) 
Non-refundable advance: Rs.8000
Remaining amount to be paid during trip in cash

Did you ever thought of traveling to a land of peace and harmony? A place where almost everyone is happy, satisfied and warm to travelers. It’s not a dream. Welcome to Bhutan - Land of Thunder Dragon.
See Bhutan like never before. DarkGreen Adventures (TrekGuru) invites you for the ultimate backpacking trip to Bhutan. 

- Excursion to Tiger’s nest, Trongsa Dzong and other famous monuments
- Ride through the heart throbbing valleys of Western and Central Bhutan
- Hot water springs in remote hills of Punakha
- Visit Phobjikha Reserve, famous for the rare black necked cranes
- Wander in the remote villages and homestays
- Stimulate a new traveler inside you seeking for new landscapes and get transformed into a storyteller

Little info: (Source: Lonely Planet Book and some other websites)
Bhutan holds many surprises for open-minded traveller. This is a country where buying cigarettes is illegal, rice is red, and chillies are not just seasoning but a main ingredient of dishes. It is a deeply Buddhist land where school kids wear the Gho and Khira (traditional male and female garment, respectively). 
Pristine nature, virgin forest, spectacular mountain and valleys, fascinating trekking trails, stately museums, sublime monasteries, formidable dzongs, exciting archery competition, pulsating markets, intricate textile handicrafts - all this in hospitable and peaceful country.

Brief Itinerary
26th November, Sunday (10th Dec for second batch)
Reach Bagdogra airport (by 2pm max) and have Introduction. Later take jeep to Jaigaon. Some local snacks on the way

27th November, Monday
Walk past the border Gate to Phuentsholing. Be ready for immigration formalities before 9AM. 
We will start for Thimpu in a bus or cab after initial immigration formalities.
Reach Thimphu in evening. We are free to roam around the capital city. Get acquainted with places of Bhutan as the thrilling trip has just begun. Try some local restaurants food.

28th November, Tuesday
Visit Buddha Dordenma and nature trail at Thimphu. Finish remaining immigration formalities in Thimphu office and then visit the textile museum. Lunch at some new restaurant and then visit Tashichho Dzong, Memorial Chorten
Reach Paro in evening

29th November, Wednesday
Visit the most famous place of Bhutan - Tiger’s nest and then the Kyichu Lhakhang. Tiger’s nest hangs on a precipitous cliff at 3,120 m elevation and about 900 m above the valley. The temple at the highest level has a frieze of Buddha. Each building has a balcony, which provides lovely views of the scenic Paro valley.

30th November, Thursday
Visit Paro Dzong, National Museum etc. The charming town of Paro lies on the banks of the Paro and remains one of the best Bhutanese towns to explore on foot. After Lunch travel to Haa Valley via Chelela pass. If the weather is clear then you can get excellent views from Chelela pass. 

1st December, Friday
Today is the day of exploration. We travel to little known Tergola pass and then trek to Laptsa Teng. If the weather is clear you will see Bhutan’s highest mountain (Gangkhar Puensum – elevation 7543m) and other peaks such as Mount Jomolhari, Jichu Drakey and Tsherim Gang. We can try to stay in a farmhouse at remote Dorikha village

2nd December, Saturday
Travel to Punakha via Dochula pass at 3050 metres. We will stop here to enjoy the Panoramic view of Eastern Himalayas. View the architecture of Druk Wangyal Lhakhang with 108 Stupas at Dochula. Later take a halt at Royal Botanical garden. Overnight at Nalanda University

3rd December, Sunday
Learn more about monks and their curriculum at Nalanda University Hostel.
Visit famous landmarks of Punakha like Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup Nunnery, Punakha Dzong, Suspension bridge, Namgyal Chorten 

4th December, Monday
Travel to little known Chubu Tshachu in remote village of Punakha. A trek of 2 hours through evergreen forest will take you to the hot water springs. You will see many fruit trees on this trek. Soak yourself in the naturally hot waters of Himalayas.
Travel to Wangdue in evening.

5th December, Tuesday
Travel to Gangtey where you can see the rare black necked cranes. If you are lucky then you may get a chance to try archery in local village. Visit Gangtey Gompa, one of Bhutan’s oldest monasteries.
Later travel to Trongsa region via Pelela pass. We will stay at Trangsibji village homestay with a Bhutanese family at night.

6th December, Wednesday
Visit Trongsa Dzong. Set amidst spectacular scenery, Trongsa Dzong commands the eye from miles away. We will stop at the viewpoint opposite the Dzong and then take the 2 hour Mangdue Foot Trail down the valley side, walking through thick mixed forest, across a traditional cantilevered bridge over the river and up the other side of the valley, entering the Dzong at its western gate. If you are lucky you might see the rare golden langur. 
Visit the Museum tower of Trongsa. Back to Trangsibji at night

7th December Thursday
Explore Trangsibji village in morning. Travel back to Thimphu (6 to 8hrs)

8th December, Friday
Extra day

9th December, Saturday
In morning we can go for some more sightseeing in Thimphu or final shopping from Bhutan. In afternoon, travel back to Jaigaon.

10th December, Sunday (24th Dec for second batch)
Jaigaon to Bagdogra by Jeep. Flight from Bagdogra in afternoon.

Fees: Rs.33,000 (Ex-Bagdogra) 
Non-refundable advance: Rs.8000
Remaining amount to be paid during trip in cash
Expected Flight Expense from Mumbai to Bagdogra and back: Rs.12000 (flight cost info may be outdated by the time you read this itinerary). 

- Virtually all expenses from Bagdogra
- Two weeks breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea and refreshments
- Two weeks accommodation expenses
- Travel expenses in bus, jeep etc from Bagdogra onwards for two weeks
- Entry charges at various monasteries or other place
- Travel guidance in Bhutan

- Basic fee does not include travel fare till Bagdogra
- Any exotic or expensive food, alcoholic drinks etc.
- Any personal expenditure. 

Payment :
Account Name : PRAVIN P. KAMBLE
Bank : Bank of Maharashtra
Account Type : Saving.
Account ID : 20059830445
IFSC Code : MAHB0000563
Branch : Bhoiwada - Mumbai
PayTM : 9821318848
Payment :
Bank : HDFC Bank
Account Type : Saving.
Account No : 50100013211676
IFSC Code : HDFC0000194
Branch : Kalyan Branch
PayTM : 8976972127

Cancellation and Refund:
If done prior to 3 days of outing 50% will be refunded
After that no refund will be provided

Things to Carry :
Proper Trekking/Hiking shoes Compulsory. 
2 liters of water (Must)
Torch with extra batteries (Optional Must for Night Treks and Camping)
Bedding / Sleeping Bag (For Night Treks and Camping)
Full Sleeves T-Shirts and Full Track Pants. (Optional for Waterfall and Easy Treks)
Towel, a napkin, Extra Pair of clothes. (Optional, Compulsory for Waterfall Treks)
A plate, mug, and spoon (Optional)
Camera, Cap etc. (Optional)
Electrolyte packets as energy drinks (optional)
Carry eatable like fruits, Dry fruits, Energy Bars on during trek and to avoid dehydration.
Power bank and Night Lamp (Compulsory for Night or Range Treks optional for Day Treks)
A proper sack.
Good to have stick for support.
Carry 3-4 extra carry bags.
Medicines if any as prescribed by your doctor


RULES: Precautions to be obeyed and Dont’s to be remembered
No smoking.
No plastic littering.
Wear full sleeves, full tracksuit to avoid mosquitoes and other insects.
No Jeans/Skin tight cloths.
Proper Footwear/Shoes are essential for trek.
Conserve and preserve our Heritage.
We reserves all right to change/deviate/cancel the plans without any prior notice.
No any adventure/out of itinerary behavior during trek.
Trek leader’s decision will be final and binding.
All the activities & programs carry an amount of risk of injury and you are aware that outdoor activities have an inherent risk of personal injury.
You are joining an outdoor activity where any incident/ Natural calamity can happen & you agree that organizer shall not be held responsible for the any accident, mishap (including death) caused by any circumstances (artificial or natural).
Each member will be responsible for his/her own safety, Jewellery, Cash and baggage.
It is most essential to be fit and fine before heading for trekking.
While planning your trekking trip, it is preferable to have a medical fitness check up done.
If suffering from any kind of allergy or ailment, do carry proper prescribed medicines to prevent serious health problem including heatstroke, sever headache, cough, dehydration and hypothermia.
Participants suffering from chronic conditions like asthma, bronchitis, blood pressure, migraine, diabetes etc should seek their physician's advice before coming.

Monsoon Safety Measures
Put clothes, money, camera, phone etc in polythenes while packing
Wear shoes with good grips proper hiking shoes 
Use repellents to keep bugs away
Make note of nearest railway station, bus stop, taxi stand etc.
Do not stray away from your group during the trek
Keep family & friends informed about your whereabouts
Avoid clicking selfies

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