Day 1 Arrival. Transfer to Uma Paro. Walk around Paro Town, o/n Uma
Day 2 Paro valley Exploration, Zuri Dzong Hike, National Museum, o/n Uma
Day 3 Chele La Pass and Kila Goempa Hike, o/n Uma
Day 4 Tiger’s Nest Hike, o/n Uma
Day 5 International Departure
Experience complete immersion in Bhutan’s extraordinary landscape and cultural heritage in this four-night package. Using Uma Paro as your comfortable base-accommodation is included on a full-board basis, excluding beverages-our experienced guides lead guests through the Paro Valley on two separate day walks, incorporating Taktshang ’Tiger’s Nest’ Monastery, the National Museum, Drukgyal Dzong and a visit to the ancient temple of Kyichu Lhakhang. Guests may enjoy exploring the local monasteries and also spend a day exploring the highest road pass in Bhutan ’Chele La’, and perhaps also the remote Haa Valley carpeted in flowers and pine, where the Bhutanese continue their age-old rural existence.
Day 1: Arrival in Paro
Ten minute transfer to Uma Paro. We invite you for a short guided walk around quaint Paro town acclimatization.
Day 2: Paro valley exploration
Day hike to Zuri Dzong, Rinpung Dzong, Ta Dzong, Paro town, Kyichu Lhakhang and Drukgyal.
Wind through pine forests high above Uma Paro to the pretty grounds of the fortress-like monastery of Zuri Dzong. Traverse across to Ta Dzong, housing Bhutan’s National Museum with magnificent views over Paro, and on down to Rinpung Dzong (Fortress on a Heap of Jewels). The trail then leads across Paro Chhu (river) via a traditional covered bridge (Nyamai Zam) and then past the main archery ground, Ugyen Pelri Palace and into Paro town. Drive a few kilometers north of Paro, and we pay our respects at Kyichu Lhakhang; this is one of the oldest temples in Bhutan with its magic orange tree that bears fruit all year round. Time permitting, we drive further up the valley to Drukgyel Dzong, built in 1648 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal to control the northern route to Tibet (from here, it is only a two-day hike to the border with Tibet, dominated by Mt Jomolhari).
Day 3: Chele La and Kila Goempa Nunnery
Chele La Pass and hike to Kila Nunnery (optional bike descents)
Start early for the drive to Chele La Pass which, at 3,988m (12,499ft), is the highest road pass in Bhutan, snaking upwards through blue pine and rhododendron (Etho Metho) forests for 35 kilometers. On a clear day the view sweeps away to the snow-dome of Bhutan’s second highest peak, Mt Jomolhari (7314m or 23,996ft), and down to the Haa Valley, which only opened to foreigners in 2002 due to its proximity to the border with Sikkim and Tibet. This unspoilt valley harks back to a simpler, more traditional time. Striding out along the Edelweiss-covered ridge (Edelweiss flowers during the summer months only), we pass a sky burial site. Descend for the two-hour hike through dense rhododendron forest, possibly sighting shaggy yaks, to Kila Goempa, an ancient nunnery nestled in a craggy patch on the mountainside
Day 4: Tiger’s Nest Hike
One of the most amazing and important pieces of architecture in Bhutan, Taktshang Goempa defies logic, gravity, and reason. Legend has it that this cliffside was where Guru Rimpoche (Padma Sambhava) landed on the back of a flying tigress, bringing Buddhism to Bhutan from Tibet. To avoid the hot sun an early start is advisable for the two-hour climb to the Tiger’s Nest viewpoint. Descend steeply, then climb up to the monastery, passing a waterfall and entering through the main gates which are filled with murals. Retrace our steps or alternatively (if time and energy levels allow) head further up to several remote temples and monasteries. Return to Uma Paro in the afternoon for some time to rest and relax and enjoy the facilities such as the steam rooms, swimming pool or a Bhutanese Hot Stone Bath followed by a soothing massage. In the evening you are invited for a fire lit farewell dinner either in the courtyard at Uma Paro or at our Bukhari restaurant.
Day 5: International Departure
Transfer to Paro Airport for international departure