Kayaking & Rafting Tour

Duration: 10 Days, 9 Nights.
Locations: Thimphu, Paro, Punakha, Wangduephodrang valley, Trongsa, Phobjikha, Bumthang.
Type of Tour: Cultural tour/Adventure.

Highlight:
Visit to the Ta Dzong, National Museum, Punakha Dzong, Worlds tallest bronze Buddha statue, Tigers nest hike, 7th Century Jampa Lhakhang, Dochula mountain pass, Punakha river rafting, adventure sport, Fertility temple, picnic, private festival, Souvenir shopping at Paro and Thimphu town etc

Description:

Enjoy river rafting in Kingdom of Bhutan, The best place for tourist to have a thrilling adventure river rafting sport is at Punakha valley, The crystal clear rivers of Bhutan are one of the kingdom’s best kept open secrets. Fed by the glacial-melt of the Eastern Himalayas, six major rivers (Wang Chhu, Sunkosh, Puna Tsang Chhu, Mangde Chhu, Kuri Chhu and Dangme Chhu and their tributaries), have been scouted for kayaking and rafting.

They cut through high valleys and low plains to meet up with the Brahmaputra River in India. The pristine natural setting and the sheer variety of the rivers’ courses provides a unique opportunity to explore Bhutan’s beautiful wilderness. Adventurous travelers will not be disappointed by the rugged, untamed waterways of Bhutan.

Day 1: Fly into Paro.

The flight over the Himalayas is one of the most spectacular experiences once will ever experience.  You will fly past Mt. Everest, Kanchenjunga and the entire Himalayan range visible on the left side.  On land at Paro you will be met by our representative from Yelha Bhutan Tours and Travels.  After customs and Immigration formalities, you will be escorted to Thimphu that takes about 1 hr drive.  Overnight at hotel.

Day 2 :  Thimphu Sightseeing

Visit the National Memorial  Stupa built in memory of the Third King of Bhutan by his Mother Queen in 1974. After that visit the Buddha statue at kuenselphrodrang.

Visit the Changangkha temple. Visit the mini Zoo to see Takin the National Animal of Bhutan.

The Art School and Trashicho Dzong.Visit the local shops in Thimphu.

Day 3: Thimphu – Punakha

Early in the morning Drive over to Punakha via Dochula pass at 3150 mtrs.  There are 108 beautiful stupas built to honor of His Majesty the 4th King and his people for their victory in the war fought in the Southern region of Bhutan in 2003 and for the benefit of all sentient beings.  If the sky is clear the crystal Himalaya covered in snow can be viewed from here.   After lunch visit Punakha Dzong built in 1637.  The dzong is beautifully located in between the two rivers called Pho (male) and Mo (female) river.  It was the capital till 1955.over night in Punakha.

DAY 04: Punakha (Rafting)

After breakfast, hike through pine forest and farming fields along the bank of Pho Chu River for about 2 hours until you reach Samdhingkha, where your rafting crew will be waiting. After a debriefing, you will start rafting along the rocky Pho Chu River coming across exhilarating stretches of Class II and IV rapids.

DAY 05: Punakha (Rafting)

After breakfast drive to your departure point for rafting the Mo Chu River. This section takes four hours and has some class II rapids. As well as superb rafting conditions, this river also affords beautiful views and an insight into Bhutanese daily life.

He is considered a symbol of fertility and many childless couples go to his temple for blessing. Overnight at your hotel in Punakha/ Wangduephodrang.

DAY 06: Punakha –Phobjikha Valley

Transfer to Phobjikha Valley (3 hrs) via the bustling market town of Wangduephodrang. Drive up a winding mountain road through oak and rhododendron forests, and over a high pass down into the picturesque Phobjikha Valley. Phobjikha is one of Bhutan’s few glacial valleys, and chosen winter home of black necked cranes (November – March) migrating from the Tibetan plateau.

DAY 07: Phobjikha-Paro

Wewill commence the drive back to Paro. Enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the numerous picturesque locations along this route. On arrival in Paro you may enjoy a visit to the downtown area, or simply spend some time relaxing at your hotel. Overnight at your hotel in Paro.

DAY 09: Paro

After breakfast hike to Taktsang Monastery. The walk of approximately 1.5 to 2 hours uphill takes you almost a kilometre above the Paro valley floor (for those who cannot hike we will arrange a horse for transfer up to cafeteria). The view of Taktsang Monastery built on a sheer cliff face 900 metres above the valley floor is a spectacular sight. The Monastery is also an important pilgrim site for the Buddhists.

DAY 10: Depart from Paro

Early Breakfast in the hotel, then drive to the airport for flight to your onward destination.

Tashi Delek!

Tour Program Ends

Tour Cost including Bhutan Visa Fees (Not including Bhutan air fare)

High Season: March, April, May, September, October & November
5 plus person: US$ 2326 per person

Low Season: January, February, June, July, August & December
5 plus person: US$ 1766 per person

Tour Discounts:

  • No charge for children under 5 years. 50% discount for children in age group 6-12 years and accompanied by their guardians
  • 25% discount on daily rates to full time students below the age of 25 years with valid identity cards
  • 50% discount on daily rates to one person in a group of 11 to 15 people.
  • 100% discount to one member in a group exceeding 26 persons.

Please Note: The rate may go higher depending upon the nature of services desired beyond specified details above

Air Fare ( Season Rate )

  • Bangkok-Paro-Bangkok = US$ 660
  • Singapore-Paro-Singapore = USD$ 860
  • Delhi –Paro-Delhi = USD$700
  • Kolkata-Paro-Kolkata= USD$410
  • Kathmandu-Paro-Kathmandu = USD$410

(Note airfares are subjected to change as per the notice by Druk Air and Bhutan Airlines)

Airfare Discount
• Infant under the 2 years pay 10% of airfare plus relevant taxes.
• A child’s between 2-11 years inclusive of 67% of the quoted fare.
• Full time Students under the age of 25 years with identity cards may receive discount up to 25%.

Included

  • Deluxe rooms on twin sharing basis.
  • Meals (Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner, Tea/Coffee with snacks as and when required)
  • Accommodation in the best 3-4 star Resorts/hotels in Bhutan.
  • Brand new Bus, SUVs’ (not exceeding 4-5 years)
  • 1 complimentary Bhutan air ticket if group exceeds 17 Pax
  • Tea, coffee and snacks during the long drive and tour.
  • Complimentary 1 Hour cultural program and farewell dinner for 8 plus pax.
  • All Trekking Equipments (2 men sleeping tents, Kitchen Tents, Dining tents, Toilet Tents, Cooking Utensils etc.
  • Trekking Guide and trekking cook along with supporting staffs
  • Medical Facilities on free of cost (consulting doctors & medicine)
  • Mineral water on long trips both on trek and cultural tours
  • Museum fees and other special entry fees.
  • A sustainable tourism Royalty of $65. This Royalty goes towards free education, free healthcare, poverty alleviation, along with the building of infrastructure.

Excluded

  • Airfare
  • Laundry/Drinks / Telephone calls and any personal expenses.
  • Travel Insurance (Recommended but not available in Bhutan)
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Single room supplement USD$40 per night.
  • Tips and Gratuities