FOOT AND SHADOWS WALKING HOLIDAY TOURS

Nepal and Bhutan Gangtey-Gogona tour and trek (13 Days)

“a unique destination visiting heritage sites and traditional cultural places”

 

Trip Outlook:

 

Trip Mode:                              Hotels-Guest House and camping.

Tour grade:                             Leisure to Moderate

Bhutan trip:                             09 nights & 10 days.

Highest elevation:                   Shobju La Pass at 3,600m.

Activities:                               cultural and historical tour and scenic trek.

Total Trip:                               12 nights & 13 days Kathmandu-Kathmandu.
Season:                                    From March to June and September to November.

 

Introduction:

 

Foot and Shadows Walking Holiday Tours offer a grand trip to Bhutan of immense scenery with ancient culture on Gangtey -Gogona Tour & Treks. Gangtey -Gogona Tour & Treks leads to observe in depth of Bhutan old culture as it was form many past centuries. A fascinating ten days trip around world’s last and only Himalayan Kingdom traditional known as country of Thundering Dragon, country of unique setting with old Buddhist culture, on this trip explore old culture, religion, architecture and its simplicity as it existed for many centuries. Gangtey-Gogona Tour & Treks with Foot and Shadows Walking Holiday Tours starts on arrival at Kathmandu with interesting tour at places of interest, the city although shattered by recent earthquake but still retains its heritage sites and monuments. After a pleasant time in Kathmandu board on Druk Air, Bhutan’s National Carrier this short flight of one hour offers super views of Himalayan chain of mountains including Mt. Everest, on reaching Paro airport in Bhutan, beginning tour around Paro after a great flight, with impressive places of Paro historical and cultural area, includes famous Taksang Monastery known as Tiger’s Nest, 17th century Ta-Dzong, and Druk Gyaldzong. Tour leads to Thimphu capital of Bhutan and then starting trek from Gangtey Gompa around beautiful Gogona and Kothoka, on leaving the valley of Gangtey at 2,830 meters leads to Phobjikha valley at 3,000m and rural farms villages. This wonderful trek concludes with a drive to Thimphu for last nights in Bhutan and then drive to Paro for flight back to Kathmandu or other respective destination countries.

 

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01:            Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
Day 02:            In Kathmandu with sightseeing tour.
Day 03:            Fly to Paro-Bhutan via Druk Air.
Day 04:            In Paro for sightseeing tour.
Day 05:            Drive to Thimphu 2,320m / 7,656ft (54 k.m.) – 02 hrs.
Day 06:            In Thimphu for cultural tour.

Day 07:            Drive to Gangtey 2,830 m (180 k.m) – 05 hrs journey.
Day 08:            Trek to Gogona village 3,000 m (15 k.m) – 06 hrs walks.

Day 09:            To Khoatokha via Shobju La pass at 3,600 m (15 k.m)- 06 hrs.

Day 10:            Trek to Wangdi Phodrang 14 k.m – 06 hrs walks.
Day 11:            Trek to Chuzomsa via Tashila pass 2,780 m and drive to
Thimphu – 04 hours drive.
Day 12:            Morning drive to Paro airport for respective destinations.

Day 13:            International departure for homeward bound.

Trip detail:

 

Day 01:            Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel.
On reaching at Kathmandu international airport via respective airlines and countries, received by Foot and Shadow Walking Holiday staff and transfer to hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city, after getting refreshed our guide will brief with information on hotel, culture, do’s and don’ts and Gangtey-Gogona Tour & Treks with welcome dinner.

 

Day 02:            Sightseeing tour and trek preparation.
After breakfast our city guide will take you on sightseeing tour at places of interest as Kathmandu valley full of world heritage sites with temples, monasteries, stupa’s and old king’s palace after an enjoyable interesting tour back to hotel, preparation for Gangtey-Gogona Tour & Treks.

 

Day 03:            Fly to Paro 2,280 / 7,524 ft via Druk Air and transfer to hotel.
Depending upon the flight time to Paro, Bhutan either morning or in afternoon time, Foot and shadows  walking holidays staff transfer you Kathmandu international airport, after checking in boarding in Bhutan national carrier “Druk Air” a super scenic flight to Paro with amazing views of high snow capped peaks including Mt. Everest, Makalu and Kanchenjunga and on reaching at Paro airport with mountains of Bhutan. At Paro airport after immigration and visa formalities our guide in Bhutan will receive for the drive to respective hotels in Paro, with afternoon free at leisure.

Day 04: In Paro 2,280m / 7,524 ft for sightseeing tour.
Morning after breakfast, our native guide of Bhutan will take you on a pleasant walk or short drive and hour uphill steep climb to Bhutan’s famous old Taksang Monastery known as Tiger’s nest.  A place for retreats and meditation of many Buddhist monks and high priest of Bhutan, the monastery located within the overhanging rock cliff with superb views of Paro town and snow capped peaks towards north, from here with steep downhill a short drive to visit 17th centaury Ta-Dzong, later converted into the National Museum in 1967,
afternoon free at leisure for stroll around Paro shops and markets.

Day 05: Drive to Thimphu 2,320m / 7,656ft (54 k.m.) – 02 hrs journey.
Morning after breakfast depart for the capital city of Bhutan after a wonderful time in Paro, this is an interesting drive of two hours through the countryside dotted with farm villages and terraces with typical Bhutanese landscapes  and Buddhist culture architecture villages. Driving leads at Thimphu one of the few modern city of Bhutan and a capital, interesting to know that Thimphu the only city in the whole world without traffic lights, all the traffic controlled by traffic police and a whistle. In Thimphu check into the best hotels, after refreshment and lunch our guide will take you on a tour of memorial stupa, indigenous hospital, where traditional medicine is still practiced and the painting school.

Day 06: In Thimphu for guided tour at places of interest.
Morning after breakfast our native guide leads you to respective monasteries and places of interest. After a nice and interesting moment afternoon free to explore the Bhutanese market area.

Day 07: Drive to Gangtey 2,830 m (Distance 180 k.m.) – 05 hrs.
After a wonderful time at Thimphu visiting places of interest, probably Thimphu is the only city in the world without traffic lights so far. Morning after breakfast starting an interesting drive to Gangtey, a scenic journey around mid hills with fabulous scenery of green landscapes and traditional villages, on arrival check in a farm house for overnight stop.

Day 08:  Trek to Gogona village 3,000 m (15 k.m) – 06 hrs.

Starting morning walk which will be a long day but interesting passing through farm fields and traditional villages and observing mid hills Bhutanese daily life on farms, the trek leads into beautiful alpine forest, then finally to Gogona village with a monastery, overnight in guesthouse / lodge.

Day 09:  To Khoatokha via Shobju La at 3,600 m (15 k.m) – 06 hrs.
After a good and interesting time at Gogona, starting early for about six hours trek passing beautiful areas of farm lands with terraces and quaint  villages and smiley villagers, then with a steep climb on top of Shobju La pass at 3,600 meters the highest point of this fabulous trips with amazing scenery that surrounds this wonderful ridge top. From here descend towards a wide valley to Khoatokha village for overnight stay at guesthouse / lodge.

Day 10:            Trek to Wangdi Phodrang 14 k.m. – 06 hrs walks.
From Khoatokha morning leads on a winding path through pristine forest of rhododendron-magnolia-birch and fir, pines tree lines and passing several typical Bhutanese hamlets to reach Wangdi Phodrang for overnight stay in guest house.

Day 11:
Trek to Chuzomsa via Tashila pass 2,780 m and drive to
Thimphu – 04 hours journey.
Today the last day of trek to a nice village at Chuzomsa, morning walk leads through interesting farmlands and villages with views of distant high snow capped peaks after couple of hours of nice trek and then a climb to the last pass of Tashila 3,780 m of this trek to reach at Chuzomsa village for the drive back to Thimphu, from here about four hours of scenic and interesting drive to Thimphu for overnight stop in respective hotels.

Day 12: Morning drive to Paro airport for respective destinations.

As per the flight time to Kathmandu or connecting with other Indian cities, our Bhutan guide transfer you to Paro international airport for the flight back to Kathmandu, or flight to Delhi and to respective destination connecting with other international flight from Delhi onwards. For those flying back to Nepal on reaching Kathmandu airport our staff will receive and transfer you back to hotel.

 

Day 13: International departure for home ward bound.
Last day in amazing Nepal, after a wonderful time at Bhutan with grand services of Foot and Shadow Walking Holiday Tours, as per your international flight departure and reporting time, our guide and staff transfer you to airport for your onward flight homeward bound or to next respective countries.


Price Includes

  1. All pickup and drop from International airport.
  2. Twin sharing accommodation hotel in Kathmandu ( Breakfast included.)
  3. Welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu in a typical Nepali restaurant with cultural dance performance in the evening before departure.
  4. All ground Transportation by Private Tourist Vehicle.
  5. English speaking government license holder tour guide in Kathmandu.
  6. All government taxes, VAT, Tourist Service charges and official expenses.
  7. Temple and monasteries entry Permit fees in Kathmandu.

The Tour Cost Includes in Bhutan :

  1. All Meals [Breakfast /Lunch/Dinner]
  2. Accommodation [Twin Sharing] .
  3. All transportation within the country including airport transfers.
  4. Royalty & Govt. Taxes.
  5. Entrance fees for Museums and Monuments.
  6. Visa Fee.
  7. English speaking Local guide.
  8.  Sightseeing.

Price Excludes

  1. International Airfare.
  2. Druk Air ticket price be not include this package sometimes change airfare so but we will arrange your Druk Air ticket you need to pay separately .
  3. Any others expenses which are not mentioned above Nepal entry visa; you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days can be obtained by paying USD $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
  4. Lunch & Dinner in Kathmandu. ( you can eat verity Food in your choice)
  5. Travel Insurance.
  6. Personal expenses (phone calls, baggage charge, Camera Chargers , Bottle water laundry, bar bills etc.)
  7. All alcoholic and cold drinks.
  8. Tips for guides and Staff.
  9. Single supplement fee USD.$550
  10. Extra expenses due to flight delays, strikes, weather condition or any event out of our control anything not included in service includes column.

Bhutan has different climatic conditions so warm clothes are required during winter (pullovers or thick jackets) and in summer cotton clothes are preferably better and a light jacket.

NOTE  :-

Foot and Shadows Walking Holiday Tours with extension trip in Kathmandu and beyond:
Para Gliding-Zip Flyer- Rafting Bhote Kosi River – Sun Kosi River- Trisuli River- ( Jungle Safari in Chitwan National Park and sightseeing tour in Pokhara  or short hike. )