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Looking for a little bit of adventure to go with your tour of Bhutan? This tour is a combination of horseback riding, trekking, and sight-seeing to include all the highlights of Bhutan, as well as exploring the land and people behind the ‘happiest place on earth.’ We can accommodate all levels of rider on our Yueta ponies– from novice to expert.
The 5-day horse trek takes you through ancient trails in the mountains- trails that the average tourist in Bhutan never see. As we follow the Royal Trail, we will visit monasteries, old temples, and ride through quaint villages. We will ride at a comfortable pace each day for 3-5 hours depending upon your skill level and how far we need to ride to reach our campsite. The ponies are sure-footed and steady – perfect for your ride in the mountains. You can also expect to catch a glimpse of a wide variety of wildlife. Camping out is a great way to experience all that Bhutan has to offer. Dinner is served by the campfire under incredible night skies.
At the beginning and end of the trip, we will visit spiritual and spectacular sites in Bhutan including Taktsang Goemba, Drukgyel Dzong, Punakha Dzong, and Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten. Accommodations are in hotels, local farm-stays, and tents, depending on location. Picnic lunches are taken in meadows and alongside sparkling streams, with local dishes served each night.
This tour is a combination of horseback riding, trekking and sight-seeing to include all the highlights of Bhutan, as well as exploring the land and people behind the happiest place on earth.
Paro/Thimphu (L/D) Approx. Alt: 2200m. Dist. 1 Hours, 55 Km
The trip to Bhutan takes you over the incomparable Himalayas, offering the most sparkling landscape of the world's most elevated frosty pinnacles. Upon your arrival your guide and driver will meet you and drive to Thimphu about 1hr. Check in Hotel. On the off chance that time permits visit Memorial stupa, built for world peace and Tashi Chodzong, the golden throne of Bhutan and center administrative. Overnight in Hotel at Thimphu
Thimphu sightseeing Approx. Alt: 2200m. Dist.N/A
Morning sightseeing visit incorporates-Simply Bhutan which is living museum; Traditional Hand made Paper Factory. Painting School (Closed Dec 17-1st March), which preserves our traditional paintings, sculpturing and wood curving; Textile museum, the masterful hand works of Bhutanese ladies. Later make visit to 13th century changangkha temple, Takin Mini Zoo, Bhutan’s national animals.
Overnight in Hotel at Thimphu
Punakha Approx. Alt: 1800m. Dist. 2.5 Hours, 70 Km
After breakfast proceed to Punakha across Dochula pass (3,100m). The pass offers the most stupendous view over the more prominent eastern Himalayas including most elevated pinnacle of Bhutan. Enroute make short journey about an hour to the temple of heavenly crazy person, additionally notable as the temple of fertility. It is fascinating to walk through villages and the rice fields. Arrive Punakha the capital city of Bhutan till 1955 and still the Je Khenpo, the Chief of Abbot resides there during the winter season. After lunch visit Punakha Dzong built by Shabdrung Ngawang Namgyel in 1638 and situated at the junction of Pho Chu and Mo Chu Rivers.
Overnight in hotel at Punakha
Punakha-Bumthang Approx. Alt: 2900m. Dist. 6. 5 Hours, 210 Km
Drive to Trongsa about four and half hours. Continue your journey crossing Pele la Pass (3,300m), the traditional boundary between east and west. Stop for picnic lunch at Chendebji Chorten built in 18th century by a Lama named Shida; it is Nepalese in style with eyes painted at four cardinal points. Visit Trongsa Dzong, largest in Bhutan and built in 1647, which houses the local administration and the Monastic body. Tower Museum, dedicated to the monarchs of Bhutan. Continue to Bumthang about three hours. On the way stop at chume weaving centre, typical woolen product from Bumthang valley.
Overnight in Hotel at Bumthang
Bumthang sightseeing. Approx. Alt: 2900m. Dist. N/A
Morning - visit Jambey Lhakhang built in 7th century by Tibetan King Songtsen Gempo as per the geometrical sketch drawn by his Chinese consort. Hike about hour to Kurjey Lhakhang, Guru Rinpoche meditated here in 8th century and subdued demon Shelging Karpo and made him the protector of dharma there after. Another 45 minutes walk to Tamshing Lhakhang founded in 15th century by Pema Lingpa, the treasure reveler. Short stop at Konchog Sum Lhakhang. Take a stroll through Bumthang market area.
Overnight in Hotel at Bumthang
Drive to Tang valley and stay one night. Approx. Alt: 3100m. Dist. 1 & ½ Hours
Then drive about 1 ½ hrs to Tang Valley, where our Ranch is located. Upon reaching the valley floor, check into Ugen Chholing Manor Guest House (a simple and clean accommodation which is now being upgraded). Tour Ugenchholing Manor and after lunch at the Guest house, ride to the nearby village to visit the local village, meet local etc. This ride will provide necessary familiarization and get acquainted with the horse etc. Guests can visit local village homes, interact with family etc.
Overnight in Ugencholing Guest House.
Tang Valley – Kunzangdrak village. Approx. Alt: 3400m. Dist. 5-6 Hours
Begin ride after breakfast. The ride takes around 5-6hrs, first passing through villages and then through the fields and forests. Lunch will be along the way. Camp near the Kunzang dra village.There is a temple and hermitage on the cliff (Kunzangdra Monastery). It was founded by Pemalingpa in 1488 and is one of his residences with nice shrine.
Overnight in Camp.
Kunzangdrak – Padselling Monastery. Approx. Alt: 3400m. Dist. 6 Hours
Start your day with some fun exercises atop the horse that are beneficial to both you and your pony as you improve your riding balance and confidence. Begin your long ride through the forests and hillsides as you make your way towards the next camping site. Upon reaching the camping site, you will get the opportunity to explore a Buddhist Monastery, village and Temple atop the Mountainside, perfect for taking pictures. (Ride Duration Approximate 6 hours). Option to arrange stay in the monastery!
Overnight in Camp.
Padselling – Dorjibi village – Jakar. Approx. Alt: 3200m. Dist. 4-5 Hours
Enjoy a relaxing ride through the forests, hillsides and terrain as you make your way down the hill. You will be riding mostly on village roads and trails, making it easy to maneuver your pony. Advanced riders can participate in some trot as guided by the trail leader whereas beginners can practice their riding exercises. (Frogs/Up Downs) (Riding Duration Approximate 4- 5 hours). After visiting Dorjibi village, the guest can stay in the camp or take a short drive to the hotel in Jakar (10 minutes). Explore and visit Jakar’s town and local attractions.
Overnight in Hotel
Jakar-Chokhortey. Approx. Alt: 3200m. Dist. 5-6 Hours
Enjoy a nice relaxing ride while exploring the local villages and meeting the friendly people. This is the perfect opportunity to feel like you flashbacked through time as you ride your beautiful horses through the farms and unpaved roads. Watch the farmers plowing the fields or the women in the potato field hard at work as you sit atop your pony. Visit the village temple and some farm house. Advanced riders can participate in some trot as guided by the trail leader and beginner riders can practice their riding exercises.
Chokhortey-Tang-Jakar. Approx. Alt: 3100m. Dist. 5-6 Hours
Ride alongside the mountain trails and cross 3000m pass on your horse back while making your way back towards the stables. Advanced riders can enjoy some trotting on their ponies whereas the beginner riders can participate in practicing some of the exercises as given by the trail leader. (Frogs/Up Downs etc.) After returning to the stables, riders will care for their horse before saying their final goodbyes and drive to Jakar for overnight stay.
Bumthang-Paro. Approx. Alt: 2300m. Dist. 30 Minutes fly
(Domestic flight cost USD 195 per person) After breakfast, drive to domestic airport and fly to Paro. Upon arrival we will make visit to Ta Dzong (national Museum), the best place to familiarize about Bhutanese religion, customs and traditional arts & crafts. Then walk down the trail to see Rinpung Dzong (the fortress of the heap of Jewels built in the 17th century), traditionally this is the office of district governor’s and the living place for monks.
Overnight in Hotel at Paro
Paro sightseeing. Approx. Alt: 2300m. Dist. N/A
Today hike to Taktsang Monastery, the hike takes about an hour uphill till the viewpoint and another hour to the main complex. Initially, Guru Rinpoche visited and meditated in 8th century at this particular site. The Desi Tenzin Rabgye later built the temple in the 17th century. If time permits you can also visit ruined Drukgyel Dzong, the place of historic war between Tibet and Bhutan in 17th century; Kyichu Lhakhang, built in 7th century during the reign of first Buddhist Tibetan king.
Overnight in Hotel at Paro
After early breakfast in the hotel drive to the airport for flight to onward destination
- Accommodations in 3-star category & Camp during trek
- All meals, evening tea/coffee with snacks
- All land transfers and transportation
- English speaking Bhutanese Tour Guide/Leader
- Daily Tourist Fees & Taxes
- Bhutan Visa and all applicable permits
- Bumthang to Paro Domestic Flight Charges
- Horse Charges
- Camping Equipment during Trek
- Sightseeing with entrance fees to all monuments
- Bottled water in the vehicle
- Flights into and out of Bhutan
- Optional Travel/Medical
- Insurance Personal expenses such as bars, beverages in the hotel, telephone, laundry, trips, and others
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Yes, this trip can be taken as a solo traveler on any dates of your choice. The cost for this trip is calculated on a solo traveler. If others join the tour, the cost could possibly lower slightly. Check with your travel specialist.
We provide English saddles for the trekking tour. We suggest you wear long pants and appropriate footwear. Helmets can be provided upon request
Yes, our horses are well trained, and a novice rider can easily make the trek. Our guides will determine your comfort level and set the pace accordingly.
Druk Experience provides the tent and pad for the sleeping bag. If you cannot bring your own sleeping bag, we can provide one. Your tent will be set up daily for you. A bathroom privacy tent is provided at each campsite. A private cook will prepare all your meals while on the trek.