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Everest & Gokyo Lakes

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Rise to the challenge & follow in the footsteps of Sir Edmund Hillary with this adventurous trek to Everest Base Camp & &...

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A view of Mt. Everest on flight in the Himalayas

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Sample Itinerary - REF HIMALAYAS 6

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Day 1: Kathmandu - Thimphu

Today you will take your flight from Kathmandu to Paro (quoted separately). Airport arrival transfer from Paro airport to Thimphu, the modern capital town of Bhutan. Driving through the Paro valley, en route to Thimphu gaze out upon silvery Pa Chu (Paro River) meandering its way through the thick forested ravine, the Paro Dzong (fortress) and Ta Dzong (watch tower). Overnight Termalinca Thimphu or similar.

Day 2: Thimphu

Today’s full day of sightseeing in Thimphu valley includes the National Library and The Traditional Medicine Institute where the rich herbal medicines abundant in Kingdom are prepared. The institute also imparts the art of herbal medicines to would be practitioners. We also visit the Memorial Chorten the beautiful stupa built in the memory of Bhutan’s third King. Overnight Termalinca Thimphu.

Day 3: Thimphu - Trongsa

After early breakfast, drive to Dochula pass (3,080m), to see a range of high Himalayan peaks towards the north east on a clear day. Continue to Wangduephodrang town with a descent of 1,700 metres and then on to Trongsa across Pelela pass (3,300m), the traditional boundry between east and west. Stop enroute at Chendbji Chorten,which was built in 18th century by a Lama named Shida. Overnight Yangkhil Resort Trongsa.

Day 4: Trongsa

Today is a free day for you to enjoy the festivities of the Trongsa festival! Overnight Yangkhil Resort Trongsa.

Day 5: Trongsa - Punakha

After breakfast walk by Trongsa Dzong, built by Shabdrng in 1647 and visit the Ta Dzong (watch tower), dedicated to Buddhist epic hero, King Gesar of Ling. Continue to Punakha en route visiting 17th century majestic Wangdue Dzong followed by visit to local market. The district of Wangduephodrang is also famous for its bambooproducts, slate and stone carvings. Overnight Meri Puensum Punakha.

Day 6: Punakha - Paro

Morning visit Punakha Dzong, a massive structure built at the junction of two rivers. It was the capital of Bhutan until 1955, and still serves as the winter residence of the monk body. Proceed to Paro, en route visit traditional Bhutanese farm house which offers good insight into lifestyle of local people and their culture. Overnight Zhiwaling Paro.

Day 7: Paro

Today’s full day sightseeing in Paro valley includes a visit to Ta Dzong, the National Museum, which in the past served as watch tower for the Paro Dzong. Then walk down the trail to visit Paro Dzong (Rinpung Dzong) built in 1646 by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyal. After lunch continue on to Drukgeyl Dzong, built in 1647 by the Shabdrung to commemorate Bhutanese victory over the Tibetans in war of 1644. Also en route visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one the oldest and most sacred shrines of the Kingdom. Overnight Zhiwaling Paro.

Day 8: Paro

Your holiday concludes after breakfast and on onward departure transfer to Paro airport. Your flight (quoted separetly) will depart approx. 11:30 going via Bagdogra to Bangkok.

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