I've been dreaming of taking a trip to Bhutan for several years now and I think 2009 is the time to make it happen. I am now searching for travel companions to join me on this trip.
I've been in touch with Sonam from Bhutan Excursions to plan an itinerary for
This is important: the daily tourist tariff for visiting Bhutan INCLUDES hotels, transportation, a driver, all meals, an English-speaking guide and entry permits.
Here's why 2009 is the year to go: in 2008, the base rate was $200 US per night. In 2009, the fee was set to be raised to $250 US. However, due to the economic downturn around the globe, the cost per night is now available for $180 US (for a stay of 9+ nights). As soon as the world economy picks up, the rate will go up again to $250 per day and I won't be able to afford that for a long time. So, please consider this situation - if you've ever wanted to see Bhutan, take advantage of the price dip now with me!
The itinerary I've set out with Bhutan Excursions is 11 days/10 nights, meaning the cost will be $1800 US plus airfare and possibly more if we have an odd number or a tiny group (single supplement for the hotels). Airfare from Bangkok to Paro on Drukair is $800 return.
At the moment, the tour would be from
Day 1: arrival in Paro, evening visit to the town
Day 2: hike to the famous Taktsang Monastary, the "Tiger's Nest", drive to the capital city, Thimphu
Day 3: visit Thimphu sights, drive to Punakha, the old capital via the Dochu La pass (3050 m altitude) for a view of the Himalayas
Day 4: driving via the Pele La pass (3300 m altitude) into the Bumthang Valleys to Jakar
Day 5: all day watching sacred dances at the festival in Ura
Day 6: sightseeing in Jakar in Bumthang
Day 7: driving back from Jakar to the Gangtey area, see the Phobjikha valley
Day 8: driving back from Gangtey to Paro via Thimphu
Day 9: Paro sightseeing - Drukgyel Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, Ta Dzong/National Museum, Kyichu Lakghang and farm houses
Day 10: Chele La Ridge pass (3750 m altitude) to Kung Karpo La hike (4100 m altitude) to Kila Gompa nunnery
Day 11: depart from Paro
Please think about how awesome this trip will be! I really want you to join me for this adventure of a lifetime! Contact me soon if you are interested or have any questions (andreakw at gmail dot com). Let's go!