- Explore the ancient city of Paro Bhutan
- Visit the National Museum of Bhutan to see rare Bhutanese artifacts
- Visit Paro Dzong, home of district administration offices
- Visit Thimphu, the Textile Museum, National Library housing manuscripts made of gold
- Visit the Institute for Zorig Chusum (traditional painting school)
- Visit the traditional paper factory
- Hike to Wangditse Monastery
- Visit Punakha - ancient capital of Bhutan
- Hike to Chimi Lhakhang - temple dedicated to Lama Drukpa Kuenlay
- Visit private temple built by Lama Serpo (now 96 years old) with private audience
- Visit Wangdiphodrang Dzong build in 1638 by Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal
- Visit Trongsa Dzong and its Ta Dzong located above the Mandge River
- Beautiful views over the Mangde Valley during trek
- Trek to Nimshong Village and witness local dance and songs, visit local temple
- Trek to the village of Nabji
- Hike to the village of Korphu, visit it's temple to see sacred relics of Pema Lingpa
- Visit the village of Kubdra inhabitated by the Monpas
- Trek to Jangbi Village, the small village of Phrumzur and its' temple
- A visit to the Kuenge Rabten Palace and a nunnery
- A hike to Khamsum Yuelay Namgyal Choeten
- Visit the Punakha Dzong built in 1637
- A memorable hike to Taktshang (Tiger's Nest) Monestary
- Visit the Drukgyel Dzong built in 1649
- A visit to 7th Century Kyichu Lhakhang
- Welcome and farewell dinners
Bhutan is the last Mahayana Buddhist kingdom in the world. The lush green valleys, virgin forests, clear fast flowing rivers and an enthralling landscape make Bhutan an unforgetable experience. The Kingdom has some of the most famous sites in the world for Buddhist pilgrims.
For those travelers with a little more time, this is a truly amazing adventure. We'll travel across the central region of Bhutan, visiting many of its' ancient cultural sites while witnessing many of the Bhutanese traditions. These sites will also give us an excellent opportunity to learn about Bhutan's history. We will then turn south for an even more remote and intimate experience as we trek to a series of small villages. The local villagers welcome us with their smiles, songs, dances and visits to their sacrid temples.
The Nabji Trek is an ideal post-harvest (winter) trip. Our trek is located in an ecological rich environment. It is also home to several cultural rich agricultural villages. This is a low-altitude trek (between 693m/23100ft and 1,636m/5453ft) through six different villages. Our starting point Riotala (1060m/3533ft) and final destination Tongtongphey (1061m/3537ft) are two small villages situated on the east side of the Mangde Chhu (river).
On this trek, there is the possibility that you could see the Golden Langur (Trachypithecus geei), one of the rarest primates, which can only be found in Bhutan and neighbouring Assam. This area is also home to the endangered Rufous-necked Hornbill (Aceros nepalensis). In general, the trail is a superb place for birding. Commonly seen birds include the blue-fronted redstarts, common mynas, long-tailed shrikes and Eurasian sparrows. Also spotted are the serpent eagle, golden-throated barbet and the yellow-bellied flowerpecker.
Besides the natural beauty, this area also contains views into Bhutan's cultural history. This is evidenced by the presence of a commemorative pillar in the temple of Nabji. The pillar symbolises the occasion that peace was negotiated between the two kings (King Nauche from India and King Sindu from Bhutan) intermediated by Guru Rimpoche in the eight century. Other traces of Guru Rimpoche’s presence during those days can be found along our trek.
The last two days of the trek will go through the homeland of the Monpa people. The small traditional villages of the Monpa community are scattered on the slope overlooking Mangde Chhu. The Monpas are thought to be the first settlers in Bhutan, the Mangde Chhu valley representing one of the earliest areas of settlement in Bhutan. The Monpas practice a mix of animistic shamanism and Buddhism. Monpa refers to “the people of darkness” referring to their isolated position in the past. In general, the term Mon refers to people without religion that symbolises the period before the advent of Buddhism in Bhutan. They were originally hunters and food gatherers and their culture, tradition and practices are intrinsically linked to the forest around them. They are traditionally cane weavers and bamboo crafters, using their skills for house construction, making baskets and other household items.
Below is a brief summary of the itinerary and more information is available by clicking here or 'Detailed Itinerary' in the Trip Details menu on the right side of this page.
Days 1-2 Depart your home country and begin international flight(s) with scheduled layover based upon itinerary. Arrive Bangkok Thailand and overnight at hotel.
Days 3 Depart Bangkok for Paro Bhutan. You will be greeted by our staff and taken to your initial accommodations for checkin and lunch. Visit the National Museum of Bhutan and Paro Dzong. The group enjoys a welcome dinner in the evening.
Day 4 Travel to Thimphu with visits to the Textile Museum and National Library with gold manuscripts. We'll visit the Institute for Zorig Chusum, a traditional painting school and paper factory. Hike to Wangditse Monastery with exceptional views of Thimphu valley.
Day 5 Today we depart of Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan. Our drive takes us over the Dochula Pass (3100 m) with excellent views of the eastern Himalayas. We take an easy hike through the village of Yuwakha to visit Chimi Lhakhang. We also visit the private temple built by Lama Serpo(96 years old).
Day 6 On our journey to Trongsa we visit the Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638. We stop for lunch at Chendebji restaurant with some time in Trongsa in the evening to be used at your leisure.
Day 7 Today we visit the Trongsa Dzong and its' Ta Dzong over the Mangde River. The excitement builds as we arrive in Riotola to begin our trek. We reach the small village (465 people) of Nimshong where the people welcome us with songs and dance.
Day 8 We'll visit the Nimshong village temple before continuing our trek to the village of Nabji. The temple of Nabji holds the stone pillar which marks the peace between Bumthang and Assam Kings.
Day 9 The village of Korphu is a day hike from Nabji, situated on a mountain top at about 1,500m/5,000ft. We'll take in the wonderful views, visit the temple and enjoy our lunch before returning to Nabji for the night.
Day 10 We depart Nabji on our way to Kubdra, with a stop along the way to enjoy our lunch with views of a beautiful waterfall. Kubdra is situated in the middle of the forest and inhabited by an ethnic group of people known as the Monpas. Although rarely sceen, the area is also known to be inhabited by tigers and leopards.
Day 11 Today we make our way to the village of Jangbi with a brief visit to the small village of Phrumzur and its' temple. We enjoy a welcoming tea in the orchid garden in Jangbi. There will be an opportunity to learn more about the Monpas and their cane and bamboo project.
Day 12 Our trek comes to an end today as descend to and cross the Mangde Chhu river before climbing to Tongtongfey. Here our transportation is waiting to take us back to Trongsa. If time permits we'll visit the Kuenge Rabten Palace and the Nunnery on the way back to Trongsa.
Day 13 If we were unable to visit Trongsa Dzong and Ta Dzong on the way through Trongsa, we'll do so this morning before making our way to Wangdu. On route, we'll stop for lunch at Chendebji Choeten.
Day 14 After breakfast we'll hike to Khamsum Yuelay Namgyal Choeten. We will also stop to visit the Punakha Dzong built in 1637. After lunch, we'll continue our journey to Paro. Time in the evening to be used at your leisure.
Day 15 Our last full day in Bhutan is spent on a memorable journey to the Taktshang Monastery, known as the Tiger's Nest and one of Bhutan's most sacred places. Pirched high on a ledge. We'll also visit the Drukgyel Dzong built in 1649 and the 7th century Kyichu Lhakhang. Once back at the hotel, we all gather together for our farewell dinner while we enjoy reflecting about our journey, experiences and the wonderful people we have met along the way.
Days 16-17 Having come to the end of our time in Bhutan, everyone is brought back to the Paro International airport for their international flight back to Bangkok Thailand. From there, clients connect to their international flights home or may elect to extend their trip with time in Bangkok or other destinations as they desire.See 'DETAILED ITINERARY' page under the 'TRIP DETAILS' menu on the right side of this page for additional itinerary details and a map of our trekking routes.