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(***Just a short sample itinerary… to see a full detailed itinerary,
Day 1 : Arrive in Bangkok, Thailand.
Day 2 : Paro – Thimphu
Fly to Paro, Bhutan. Transfer to Thimphu (7,725′), the capital.
Day 3 : Thimphu
Day hike through the forested countryside to centuries-old Cheri and Tango monasteries, lying just to the north of Thimphu.
Day 4 : Thimphu – Paro
Sightseeing in Thimphu, including the Folk Heritage and Textile Museums, and the School of Arts and Crafts. Drive to the sub-tropical Punakha Valley, winter seat of the highest lama in Bhutan until the 1950s.
Day 5 : Hike to Taktsang Monastery
Day hike to Taktsang Monastery, a cliff hermitage nestled in a granite wall above the Paro Valley. Afternoon free to explore Paro on your own.
Day 6 : Haa Valley (9,400′)
Drive to the Haa Valley along the western border of Bhutan. Afternoon visit to Lhakhang Karpo (“Temple of the White Dove”).
Day 7 : Begin trek – camp below Saga La (11,800′)
Begin trek, camping for the night near Saga La pass. Posssible afternoon hike up to Saga La for views of Chomolhari and other peaks.
Day 8 : Ningula (12,300′)
Continue trek, hiking up to Saga La and then descending to camp at Ningula.
Day 9 : Kung Karpo (13,500′)
Trek through rich forests of pine, dwarf rhododendron, and primulas to a ridge with high mountain views of sacred Chomolhari and other Himalayan peaks. End trek and return to Paro.
Day 10 : Bangkok
Flight to Bangkok. Explore Bangkok.
Day 11 : Fly home