Hike to Tiger’s Nest Monastery

A visit to Tiger’s Nest Monastery is one of the absolute highlights of any tour of Bhutan. Guru Ringpoche (Padmasambhava) landed there on the back of a flying tigress bringing Buddhism from Tibet to Bhutan. We suggest doing the walk as early as you can, as the sun can get quite intense. The walk up from Paro takes about two hours, and there is a halfway viewpoint where you can sit back and see the monastery up above you. The route takes you through the forest and contains several switch-backs.

There are a few benches along the way where you can have a sit-down and catch your breath. It’s best to take it nice and steady as you cover the 900-metre ascent. Continue up to the second viewpoint, where you get the best pictures. You then drop down on steps around the cliff edge and up to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, which is undoubtedly worth visiting. It is then just 45 minutes to walk back down. Those who want an even better experience continue going higher where you find different temples that most people don’t include. For instance, you can combine a walk along the ridgeline and down to Drukgyel Dzong, meaning you don’t have to walk down the same path you have just climbed.

Itineraries

A Luxury Honeymoon to Bhutan & Thailand

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Bhutan and Thailand offers the perfect mix of amazing culture with an indulgent beach to end, perfect for a luxury honeymoon.

14 days from £6150 p. p.

Druk Path Trek and Bumdra High Camp

Kathmandu - Druk Path Trek - Thimphu - Bumdra High Camp - Paro  

The Druk Path Trek is the old historic trail linking Thimphu and Paro in Bhutan giving you the chance to escape the main road and into what the Himalayas is all about: the amazing mountains!

11 days from £4220 p. p.

Walking in Bhutan

Kathmandu - Paro - Thimphu - Punakha - Gangtey - Bumthang - Paro - Dhulikhel  

Dust off your trekking boots and travel to one the most untouched and beautiful corners of the Himalayas in Bhutan, trekking through remote villages, off-the-beaten-track.

18 days from £5320 p. p.

Land of the Thunder Dragon: Complete Bhutan

Kathmandu - Thimphu- Punakha - Gangtey - Bumthang - Paro - Dhulikhel  

For many guests who travel to Bhutan, they leave the country wanting a little bit more, and it’s not a place you will likely have the opportunity to return to anytime soon. Guests always ask what further gems lie down the road before they have to turn back to Paro. Bumthang is worth the drive out …

15 days from £4195 p. p.

Hidden Bhutan

Kathmandu - Thimphu - Gangtey - Punakha - Haa - Bumdra High Camp - Paro - Dhulikhel  

Get off-the-beaten track in Bhutan and delve into its hidden interior on a private tour, perfect for a second-time trip or those with an adventurous spirit.

14 days from £3780 p. p.

Mountains & Monasteries: Classic Bhutan

Kathmandu - Thimphu - Gangtey - Punakha - Paro - Dhulikhel  

This two-week suggested itinerary gives you the perfect blend of everything that makes Bhutan such a magical destination; amazing views, local culture and walks.

12 days from £3475 p. p.

Tiger’s Nest and the Highlights of Bhutan

Kathmandu - Thimphu - Punakha - Paro  

Explore the main highlights of Bhutan, experiencing the dramatic scenery, incredible culture and amazing architecture in Thimphu, Punakha and Paro.

11 days from £2945 p. p.

Luxury Tour of Nepal and Bhutan

Kathmandu - Annapurna Trek - Punakha - Paro - Dhulikhel  

Snow-capped mountains, Buddhist Monasteries, trekking and historic cities await you on a luxury private tour of Nepal and Bhutan, a perfect combination that makes the most of your time in the mountains.

14 days from £3750 p. p.

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