Bhutan Scenic Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek

Bhutan Scenic Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek

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Bhutan Scenic Jomolhari Laya Gasa Trek

17 Days Starting and ending in Paro International Airport, BHUTAN

Visiting: Paro, Taktsang, Shana, Thang Thangka Camp, Jomolhari Base Camp, Tshophu Twin Lakes, Lingzhi, Chebisa, Laya, Koina Mountain Lodge, Gasa, Punakha Dzong, Thimphu

Tour code:

71355P19

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

4 - 12

Physical rating:

High

Age range:

18-65

Special diets catered:

We respect dietary needs

Tour operated in:
English
Private Available:

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Tour Overview

The Laya-Gasa Trek is considered one of the most scenic treks in Bhutan, offering amazing views of some of the most pristine and unspoiled landscapes in Bhutan. This 17-day, 217 km journey begins at Drukgyel in Paro and takes you through gorgeous alpine meadows, high mountain passes and dense sub-tropical jungles before terminating in Haa district.

The first five days of this trek follow the same route as the Jomolhari Trek through Jigme Singye National Park and offer awe-inspiring views of Mt. Jomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsherimgang. On the sixth day, the path diverges and you will depart Lingshi for the campsite at Chebisa, a charming little village adorned with a beautiful waterfall of crystal-clear water. Along the trail, you’ll be able to spot indigenous animals such as blue sheep and Takins, the national animal of Bhutan. You’ll travel through remote mountain villages inhabited by Layaps (people of Laya), a distinct segment of the Bhutanese society with unique culture, traditions and appearance.

This is one of the more difficult treks offered in Bhutan due to high altitudes, steep ascents and descents along the path. The best seasons to complete this challenge are in April-June and Mid-September-Mid-November.

Highlights

  • You will travel through pristine valleys and remote mountain villages inhabited by the mountain people of Bhutan (Laya) with unique culture, traditions and appearance.

  • You will spot indigenous animals such as Takins, the National Animal of Bhutan Blue Sheep, the main prey of the endangered and elusive Snow Leopard.

  • Enjoy unobstructed views of some of the great mountains of Bhutan; Jomilhari (7,326m), Jichu Drake (6,662m), Gangchen Ta (6,784m), Tserim Kang (6,532m), Kang Bum

  • At the end of the adventurous trekking, spend a day relaxing and rejuvenating in therapeutic and mineral-rich hot spring in Gasa.

  • Visit the fertile Punakha valley, capital city Thimphu and Paro, immerse yourself into the mindful Buddhist way of life, away from the materialistic world

  • Visit exquisittemples and magnificent Dzongs (fortresses), marvel at the fine wall paintings, unique architecture and craftsmanship that still continue to influence the Bhutanese architecture today

  • Hike to Bhutan’s iconic landmark, 17th century Paro Taktsang or Tiger’s Nest is perched on the face of a precarious 800m rock cliff

Places You'll See

The Iconic Paro Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest)

Devotees Gather Before The Magnificent Statue Of Buddha In Thimphu

View Of The Capital City Thimphu

Exploring Nature Around The Base Of The Mt. Jomolhari

Local Residents Of Laya Dressed In Their Unique Costumes During A Festival

Camping Ground At Laya

Students Of Laya In Their Traditional Dress

The Village Of Laya

Women Of Laya In Their Fine Costumes

Hiker Leading The Way

The Backbone Of A Successful Trekking Adventure

Gasa Dzong, The Trek Ends Here

The Site Of The Natural Hot Spring At Gasa

Authentic Home-Cooked Local Cuisine At One Of The Farmhouses

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Arrive Paro International Airport & Sightseeing In Paro (2,200M)
Location: Paro
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Khangkhu Resort or Bhutan Mandala Resort
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Arrive Paro International airport by either of only two airlines operating in and out of Bhutan; Drukair, the national flag carrier or Bhutan Airlines, a private airline which was started in 2011. You will be received by our guide and driver at the exit gate and then transfer you to the hotel. After checking in and settling yourself in the new surroundings, you will be taken on your first adventure into the ‘Kingdom of Thunder Dragon’.

We will visit the National Museum of Bhutan to get a snap-shot of the rich cultural traditions and history of the country, visit an impressive Paro Rinpung Dong which now serves as the office of the governor of Paro district and head of the district monk body in Paro, and later if time permits, visit Sangchoekhor Monastery on the hilltop overlooking Paro valley.

Note: Coverage of excursion on the first day depends on your flight arrival time. If you arrive in the morning, you should be able to visit all the sights listed below.

Day 2 : Full Day Acclimatization - Hike To Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest)
Location: Taktsang
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Khangkhu Resort or Bhutan Mandala Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you will hike to the famous Tiger’s Nest and later in the afternoon, spend leisure time around Paro town.

After breakfast, drive to Ramthangka, the base of the Taktsang monastery. Taktsang monastery is located on the face of a sheer 800-meter rock cliff in Paro. The roundtrip hike normally takes 4-5 hours. It is the most popular tourist attraction in Bhutan.

Taktsang which literally translates to ‘Tiger’s Nest’, is regarded as one of the most important monasteries in Bhutan. Its history is associated with the visit of Guru Padmasambhava (known as Guru Rinpoche), the Indian saint who came to Bhutan and introduced Tantric Buddhism in the mid-eighth century AD. It is believed that Guru Padmasambhava flew to Taktsang from Kurtoe Singye Dzong in eastern Bhutan, riding on a tigress. Taktsang monastery was originally built in 1692 on the sacred cave where Guru Padmasambhava meditated.

The trail takes you through the ancient path shaded by pine trees. After an hour of steep uphill hiking, you will reach a nice cafeteria from where you can see spectacular views of Taktsang monastery perched on the face of a steep rock cliff and beautiful valley below. Hot tea and snacks will be served here. For those who are still energetic, can hike further up for 1 hour and visit the monastery, receive blessings from many sacred relics and artifacts and enjoy grand views of the Paro valley below.

After lunch at the cafeteria, we retrace our steps back to the base where our driver will be waiting.

Leisure time around Paro town.

Day 3 : [Trek Begins] Paro / Shana Zampa (2850M)
Location: Shana
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Full-service outdoor camping in the pristine wildernes
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After leisurely breakfast, we will visit an auspicious 7th-century Kyichu Lhakhang and pray for the adventurous journey ahead.

Kyichu Lhakhang is located just a few minutes drive from the main town of Paro and is one of the oldest monasteries in Bhutan. It is believed to have been built in 659 A.D. by King Songtsen Gampo of Tibet in his effort to built 108 such temples across the Himalayan region to subdue the spirit of a demoness who was causing obstruction to the spread of Buddhism.

After praying at the temple, we drive to Shana Zampa in Gunitsawa Village, the starting point of the trek via Drukgyal Dzong. If you are interested, we could spend about 30mins visiting the Drukgyal Dzong, a 17th century ruined fortress which is undergoing complete renovation since 2016 and is expected to take few years to bring to its former glory.

The drive takes you through the idyllic countryside through rice fields and apple orchards along the Paro River. After about an hour and a half drive, you will reach the village of Gunitsawa passing through army check post where your trekking permit will be checked and endorsed. The campsite is on the opposite side of the river, not far from the army check post.

Distance 33km, Time 1.5-hour, Camp Altitude 2,850m/9,350ft

Day 4 : Shana Zampa / Thang Thangka (3610M)
Location: Thang Thangka Camp
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Full-service outdoor camping in the pristine wildernes
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On this long day, the trail continues with lots of small ups and downs. After going uphill through the river valley the valley finally narrows gradually to a mere path that descends to a meadow where a camp will be set up. From here, if weather permits, you will have the first great view of Mt. Jomolhari.

Distance 22km, Time 7-8 hours, Ascent 770m/2,526ft, Descent 10m/33ft, Camp Altitude 3,610m/11,845ft

Day 5 : Thang Thangka / Jangothang, Jomolhari Basecamp (4080M)
Location: Jomolhari Base Camp
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Full-service outdoor camping in the pristine wildernes
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

If you did not see Mt. Jomolhari the previous evening, you will still have a chance to get a great view early this morning. This morning the trek continues up the Paro Chhu valley which widens into patches of alpine meadow and scanty growths of forest. You will cross an army checkpoint along the way and enjoy a spectacular view of high mountain ridges and snow-capped peaks. In this area yaks and their herder’s homes become a regular feature of the landscape. Passing the villages Soe, Takethang and Dangochang is another asset on this day. After reaching Jangothang, one of the most beautiful campsites of the Himalayas, you will again have a spectacular view of Mount Jomolhari.

Distance 19km, Time 6-7 hours, Ascent 480m/1,575ft, Camp Altitude 4,080m/13,385ft

Day 6 : Halt At Jangothang - Rest And Explore The Pristine Area
Location: Tshophu Twin Lakes, Jomolhari Base Camp
Accommodation Name: Full-service outdoor camping in the pristine wildernes
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The rest day in Jangothang provides plenty of possibilities for day hikes with great views of lakes and snow-capped mountains such as Jomolhari and Jichu Drake. There are good chances to spot some blue sheep on the upper slopes of the valley. Jangothang is a perfect environment for your acclimatization. You can also trek up to Tosoh or hike around the area. There are good short hiking trails in three directions. Jomolhari and its subsidiary mountain chains lie directly west, Jichu Drake to the north and there are a number of unclimbed peaks to the east.

Day 7 : Jangothang / Lingzhi (4010M)
Location: Lingzhi
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Full-service outdoor camping in the pristine wildernes
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This is one of the longest days of the trek. A short distance from the camp the trail begins climbing rapidly for about half an hour and then becomes a gradual ascent to the Nyilila pass at 4,870m. While on the climb enjoy the surroundings. You might see herds of blue sheep grazing on the slopes of the mountains. From the pass you will have spectacular views of Mt. Jomolhari, Jichu Drake and Tsherimgang, all of them rising above 7,000m. It’s a gradual descent to the camp where you will pass by some of the yak herder’s tents, made from yak wool. The herders use these tents while travelling to various pastures for their yaks. As you come down into the Lingshi basin, a beautiful U-shaped valley, you get a wonderful view of Lingshi Dzong on clear days. Tserimgang and its glaciers rise up at the north end of the valley. The campsite is next to a stone hut you reach just before Lingshi Dzong.

Distance 18km, Time 6-7 hours, Ascent 840m/2,755ft, Descent 870m/2,855ft, Camp Altitude 4,010m/13,156ft

Day 8 : Lingzhi / Chebisa (3880M)
Location: Chebisa
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Full-service outdoor camping in the pristine wildernes
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is the shortest walking day, and you can really take it easy. Shortly after starting you will reach a chorten below Lingshi Dzong. Here, you have the choice of staying on the main trail or taking a detour up to the Lingshi Dzong (4,220m), which sits right atop a high ridge. This Dzong is under reconstruction from a 2011 earthquake that damaged its central building. In addition to a very special atmosphere of mystic tranquillity, Lingshi Dzong provides a great view over the valley. After Lingshi Dzong you will be passing the villages of Lingshi and Goyul. In Goyul, the stone houses are clustered together to form a small compact village that is unusual in Bhutan where settlements are usually scattered. On reaching the campsite at Chebisa you will have plenty of time to visit the village houses if you feel up to it. There is also a beautiful waterfall located behind the village that is worth visiting.

Distance 10km, Time 5-6 hours, Ascent 280m/918ft, Descent 410m/1,345ft, Camp Altitude 3,880m/12,730ft

Day 9 : Chebisa / Shomuthang (4220M)
Location: Laya
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Full-service outdoor camping in the pristine wildernes
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The morning starts with a long ascent behind Chebisa Village (2-3 hours) through a wide pastureland towards Gobu La (pass). On the way, you will see a few people herding yaks. There is also a great chance to spot large herds of blue sheep above the trail. After crossing Gobu La (4,410m), you descend into the valley, then climb again a little bit, before descending again to Shakshepasa (3,980), a large U-shaped valley. Climbing from here you will finally reach the campsite at Shomuthang, above a river, which is a tributary of the Nochu river.

Distance 17km, Time 6-7 hours, Ascent 890m/2,920ft, Descent 540m/1,771ft, Camp Altitude 4,220m/13,845ft

Day 10 : Shomuthang / Robluthang (4160M)
Location: Laya
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Full-service outdoor camping in the pristine wildernes
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

You begin by climbing up the valley to view Kang Bum (6,526 m) and some edelweiss. After two hours of climbing you will reach Jhari La (4,750m), from where you catch the first glimpse of Sinche La, the pass you will have to cross the day after. The big snow peak in the north is Gangchhenta 6,840 m, better known as the Great Tiger Mountain. If the weather is clear, Tserim Kang and the top of Jomolhari will be visible. The camp by the river is called Tsheri Jathang located in a beautiful wide and remote valley. Herds of takin, the Bhutanese National Animal, migrate to this valley in summer and remain for about four months. The valley has been declared a takin sanctuary. Climb up a little bit and you will reach the campsite at Robluthang in a rocky meadow.

Distance 18km, Time 7-8 hours, Ascent 700m/2,296ft, Descent 760m/2,493ft, Camp Altitude 4,160m/13,648ft

Day 11 : Robluthang / Limithang (4140M)
Location: Laya
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Full-service outdoor camping in the pristine wildernes
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The trek starts out with an initial 40-60mins ascent before gradually raising for another 1.5 hours through a boulder field. It is then a 1-hour steep ascent before reaching Sinche La (5,005m) – the final and highest pass on the trek if you don’t intend to continue the Snowman trek from Laya onwards. As you descend the far side of the pass you will see an impressive terminal moraine and a glacial lake at the foot of the valley. You can see classic examples of lateral moraines where the glacier has pushed rocks up both sides of the valley. Below the moraine, you cross the Kango Chhu and soon reach the Limithang campsite. The peak of Gangchhenta towers over the campsite even though it’s quite a distance away.

Distance 19km, Time 7-8 hours, Ascent 850m/2,788ft, Descent 870m/2,854ft, Camp Altitude 4,140m/13,582ft

Day 12 : Limithang / Laya (3840M)
Location: Laya
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Full-service outdoor camping at Laya village
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you walk downhill all the way along a narrow, winding river valley. After a long time, the trail takes you through densely forested region. The trail leads you to the west side of Laya village. From the west of the village you will have spectacular views of Mt. Gangchhenta and catch Mt. Masagang. In the village centre is a community school and a basic health unit with a telephone connection. The campsite is located below the school.

Distance 10km, Time 4-5 hours, Ascent 60m/196ft, Descent 640m/2,100ft, Camp Altitude 3,840m/12,598ft

Day 13 : Laya / Koina (3050M)
Location: Koina Mountain Lodge
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Full-service outdoor camping in the pristine wildernes
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The trail winds up and down along the river valley of Mo Chhu avoiding natural obstacles and affording breath-taking views of the raging river, feeder streams and waterfalls. Lots of ups and downs will lead you to Kohi Lapcha at 3.300 m. The trek then drops down to the large stream of Koina Chhu, where you will find the campsite of Koina.

Distance 19km, Time 7-8 hours, Ascent 260m/853ft, Descent 1,070m/3,510ft, Camp Altitude 3,050m/10,006ft

Day 14 : Koina / Gasa (2850M)
Location: Gasa
Accommodation: Camp
Accommodation Name: Full-service outdoor camping in the pristine wildernes
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today you will have the last major climb of the Laya Gasa Trek. You will cross Bari La (3,740m), after which the trail descends all the way until you reach Gasa village (2,770m), where you will find the first restaurants since you started from Drukgyel Dzong. There also is a campsite close to Gasa Dzong. You will have to decide whether you want to stay in Gasa village or descend for another hour to the Gasa Tsachu (hot springs) and relax in the rejuvenating mineral waters. The Gasa Tsachu is one of the most popular hot springs in Bhutan.

Distance 14km, Time 6-7 hours, Ascent 740m/2,427ft, Descent 1,500m/4,921ft, Camp Altitude 2,850m/9,350ft

Day 15 : Gasa / Punakha Valley (1200M)
Location: Punakha Dzong
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Meri Puensum Resort or Hotel Lobesa
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today, you will spend the morning leisurely soaking up in the hot spring and after lunch, transfer to Punakha valley for overnight stay.

Distance 95km, Time 3.5-hours, Punakha Altitude 1,200m/3,937ft

Day 16 : Punakha / Capital City Thimphu (2334M)
Location: Thimphu
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Kuenphen Rabten Resort or Hotel Amodhara
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, you'll visit the 17th-century Punakha Dzong, the master piece of Bhutanese architecture where you'll spend some time appreciating the ornate woodwork and sacred wall paintings. From there we drive to visit the famous 15th-century Chimi Lhakhang popularly known as "Temple of Fertility" owing to its power to bless the infertile couples with children. A gentle walk through the terraced rice fields and traditional farmhouses painted with phalluses will give you a unique experience.

We then drive to Thimphu via Dochula, a sacred mountain pass at an elevation of 3150m and enjoy a grand view of some of the highest mountains of Bhutan on a clear day. From there continue driving towards Thimphu and gradually descend to the capital city of Bhutan within an hour.

Thimphu is home to around 115,000 residents and this bustling little city is the main centre of commerce, religion and government in the country. Thimphu is the only capital city in the world without traffic lights.

Arriving Thimphu, visit one of the tallest sitting Buddha Statues at Kuensel Phodrang, a hilltop overlooking Thimphu valley. Leisure time to explore the streets of Thimphu.

Driving distance 74km, Driving time 2.5-hours, Thimphu altitude 2334m

Day 17 : Thimphu / Transfer To Paro International Airport For Onward Departure
Location: Paro International Airport
Accommodation: No accommodation on the last day of the trip
Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, drive to Paro and transfer to Paro International Airport for your onward journey. Your guide will assist you to complete all exit formalities before you check-in.

Distance 55 km, Driving Time 1.5 hour, Paro Altitude 2195m/7,200ft

What's Included

  • Fully Guided

    Experienced English-speaking licensed tour guide included. Guide speaking other major languages can be arranged at an additional charge.

  • Country Entry Visas

    Visa Fee is included in the price. We will also process your visa and send you the approved e-visa letter within 3-4 business days.

  • Extra experiences like traditional archery and dart throwing

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    Round trip airport transfers included in the price

  • Entrance Fees

    All entrances fees to the museum, parks and national monuments are included in the price

  • Accommodation

    The price includes standard twin sharing accommodation at 3-star hotels certified by the Tourism Council of Bhutan. Our partner hotels are handpicked based on the recommendations and good experiences from our past guests. You will be informed of where you will stay at each destination before your arrival. During the course of trekking, we provide full-service outdoor camping in the pristine wilderness at designated campsites. Our trekking crew will transport the tents and camping equipment, pitch the tents, prepare and serve meals, washings will also be done by our trekking staff. You just have to bring a sleeping bag and a travel pillow. We will send you a suggested packing list after we receive your booking. You will also have an option (prior arrangement required) to stay at village homestay/farmhouse at few destinations to get insight into the local culture and feast on delicious local cuisine and take part in preparing some of the popular dishes of Bhutan.

  • Free Wi-Fi at Accommodation

    All hotel accommodations have wi-fi Internet connections. You will not have wi-fi internet connection during camping.

  • Meals – Full Board

    Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included

  • All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

    Transport included as per itinerary for the entire duration of your stay in Bhutan. Also included is the domestic flight from Paro to Bumthang on Day 2.

  • Local Taxes

    All internal taxes included

What's Not Included

  • Tipping and Gratuities

  • International Travel

    International flights are not included.

    There are only two airlines (Drukair & Bhutan Airlines) operating in and out of Bhutan and so securing air tickets can be difficult especially during the months of high season.

    Currently, Bhutan is connected with these cities - Bagdogra, Bangkok, Delhi, Dhaka, Guwahati, Kathmandu, Kolkata, Singapore.

    We recommend you to book a few months in advance especially if you plan to visit during the high season months of March - May and September - November.

    If you need help in arranging flights to/from Bhutan, please let us know much in advance.

  • Drinks with Meals

    All drinks not included except bottled mineral water in the car

Check out our Q&As

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    There will be single supplement for a solo traveller.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    All our guides are English-speaking and licensed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan.

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    All our guides are English-speaking and licensed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan. We can arrange guides speaking other major languages (French, Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean) at an additional fee.

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes, your guide will accompany you at all times during the tour as required by the government.

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    Except for the citizens of India, Bangladesh and Maldives, all other nationals are required to have a visa to enter Bhutan in advance. Visa Fee is INCLUDED in the price. We'll process visa and the approved e-Visa letter will be emailed to you within 3-4 business days.

  • Do you arrange flight tickets to Bhutan?

    Yes, we do arrange flight bookings for our clients. There are only two international airlines that operate to and from Bhutan (Paro) – www.drukair.com.bt and www.bhutanairlines.bt. The flights during high season get fully booked months in advance and so do the hotel rooms. You can book the flights online by yourself, or allow us to handle at no extra cost by letting us know in advace.

  • What is the maximum group size?

    The maximum group size is 8 to offer better experiences. However, we can arrange a private trip for your group on a case by case basis.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Tipping is optional but our guide and driver work hard to offer the best experience. You may tip them if you feel satisfied with their services.

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    We recommend you to get fit as it involves trekking through the wilderness often with rough terrain. This trek is relatively easy as the maximum altitude is up to 1500m.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    You will have some leisure time during the tour but you must follow the time schedule set by the guide.

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    All our transports are air-conditioned.

  • Is free Wi-Fi available in the accommodation used?

    Except in some of the remote accommodations, all of the hotel accommodations where you will say are equipped with wi-fi internet service.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No, children cannot take part on this tour as it involves trekking in the wilderness. All participants must be above 16 years old. Participants age 18 years and below MUST be accompanied by an adult. If you are a family of 4 or more participants, we can make this a private trip so that you have an independent family trip.

  • What happens if a group doesn’t make its minimum required number of passengers?

    Since this involves trekking in the pristine wilderness, a minimum of 2 person are required to book this tour.

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes, we always inform our guests about where they will be staying at each destination prior to their arrival.

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    We will be pleased to help you with the extension of the tour duration. However, you will have to pay the minimum daily fee regulated by the Royal Government of Bhutan.

  • What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?

    All hotel accommodations will be at 3-star rated and certified by the Tourism Council of Bhutan. During the trekking, you will stay in a full-service tent.

  • What is the tipping policy?

    Tipping is optional but our guide and driver work hard to offer the best experience. You may tip them if you feel satisfied with their services.

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    We recommend you to get fit as it involves trekking through the wilderness often with rough terrain.

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes, your guide will accompany you at all times during the tour as required by the government.

  • What currencies are required for this tour?

    Major currencies like US Dollar, British Pound, Euro, Japanese Yen, Swiss Franc, Hong Kong Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Australian Dollar, Singapore Dollar, Danish Kroner, Norwegian Kroner, Swedish Kroner can be exchanged for local currency Ngultrum (Nu.) at the Banks. Traveller’s Checques can also be easily exchanged at the banks.

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    We recommend you to get fit as it involves trekking through the wilderness often with rough terrain. This trek is relatively easy as the

  • Is the tour coach air conditioned?

    All our transports are air-conditioned.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    International flights are EXCLUDED in the price. There are only two airlines (Drukair & Bhutan Airlines) operating in and out of Bhutan and so securing air tickets can be difficult especially during the months of high season. Currently, Bhutan is connected with these cities - Bagdogra, Bangkok, Delhi, Dhaka, Guwahati, Kathmandu, Kolkata, Singapore. We recommend you to book a few months in advance.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    We have been in the business since the beginning of 2016.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Visitors are required to provide a COVID vaccine certificate and negative PCR test taken not more than 72 hours before the date of entry. Facemasks are mandatory at all places. Our guides and drivers will maintain a high degree of COVID-19 safety protocols. Vehicles are regularly sanitized.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    No, you may not join the tour that has already departed. In case you have booked that particular tour, you may join but you will not receive any refund for the portion you have missed. You also have to pay the airport pickup charges because separate transport has to be arranged.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    All of our hotels are certified by the Tourism Council of Bhutan and are regularly inspected by the authority for health and COVID-19 safety regulations.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    You can always change the date of the confirmed booking. We highly recommend you let us know a few months before the original date of arrival to ensure the flights and hotels are available on the new dates especially during the high season. A trip once booked can be postponed to any future date.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    You'll receive a copy of your BHUTAN e-Visa and an outline of the itinerary with the list of hotels where you will stay before you travel. We always let our guests know in advance the hotels they will stay in. No surprises and disappointments! If you are coming for a trekking adventure, we will send you a suggested packing list.

Reviews of this Operator

Daniel Almeida (Google Reviewer)  

I recommend Bhutan Acorn Tours...

16-Oct-2023

I recommend Bhutan Acorn Tours Travel to visit Bhutan. Everything was perfect and very well planned by them. Our guide Tashi was always polite and super friendly, nothing went side ways. Many thanks for your services !!!

Maria Ruiz Lopez  

Very helpful and efficient operator

14-Nov-2019

We had a wonderful experience in August. We spent 4 days in Bhutan, the company, the guide and the driver were really professional. They organised us everything at a very good price and they took care of us during our stay. Definitely the best travel agency in Bhutan

María Ruiz (Google Reviewer)  

We had a wonderful experience...

17-Nov-2019

We had a wonderful experience in August. We spent 4 days in Bhutan, the company, the guide and the driver were really proffesional. They organised us everything at a very good price and they took care of us during our stay. Definitely the best travel agency in Bhutan

Vivian Wei Tao (Google Reviewer)  

Life changing experience that was...

27-Sep-2023

Life changing experience that was underpinned by our two wonderful guides - Tashi and driver Sonam. They are exceptional at their jobs and we could feel their hospitality and pride in their country at every step of the trip. Karma the managing director was also extremely communicative, detail oriented, and thoughtful throughout our entire stay. His ability to curate a wonderful stay was only topped by his flexibility in accomodating for our needs. Overall highly recommend!

Judi Guzzo Farzaroli  

Fabulous Tour Company

08-Oct-2019

We had a fabulous vacation here. The tour company arranged everything and were more than happy to accommodate changes to the schedule. Our guide Wang Chu and driver Pem were the best! They took care of us every step of the way.

Caroline Lupini (Google Reviewer)  

We were planning our trip...

11-Nov-2023

We were planning our trip for a long time as initially we had booked to go in 2020 -- Karma was amazingly helpful and always answered our questions quickly and thoroughly. He also helped us get our initial airline ticket refund from Bhutan Airlines.

Rui Diogo  

Efficient and honest tour company in Bhutan

21-Nov-2019

Very efficient, very friendly, very good guide, 5 starts.. from Rui Diogo, Portugal

Krupali Gudka (Google Reviewer)  

I organized a Bhutan trip...

28-Nov-2023

I organized a Bhutan trip with Bhutan Aircon Tours & Travels. Planning with Karma, from the itinerary to airline tickets and visas, including choosing seats for a Himalayan view, was effortlessly coordinated with his prompt responses and helpful attitude. The female guide and driver in Bhutan were both highly knowledgeable and easy to get along with, adding to the memorable experience.

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