Bhutan

Bhutan is one of the most spiritual countries in the world; a kingdom that measures its success by evaluating "Gross National Happiness," and governs accordingly. Getting to Bhutan is no easy task, but the reward is well worth the effort. Here, nestled into the foot of the mighty Himalayas, are forests and rivers steeped in untold secrets, myths, and legends.

If you are hoping to connect to yourself, your spirituality, and your creativity, there is simply no better energy than that of Bhutan.

Our 9-day/8-night tour brings you to some of the most magical corners of this remote nation, including the secluded province of Gasa, where we'll visit a healing hot springs and stay overnight in a Bhutanese home.

This tour includes government surcharges required of all travelers here, as well as meals, accommodation, and your flight to and from Bangkok Sukhumvit Airport.

Deposits for this trip are $1000. Space is limited to 12, trip will run with 4. Note that start/end date may shift forward or back by one day when 2024 flight schedules are released. 

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July 13-21, 2024

Per person based on double occupancy. Solo Rooms available.

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Picture Yourself

  • Trekking to magical Tiger's Nest, a monastery cut into a cliff
  • Bathing in magical hot springs, known for healing qualities in Gasa
  • Experiencing true Bhutanese life in a homestay experience
  • Visiting a traditional Bhutanese paper factory, to learn about the rich arts culture in Bhutan
  • Receiving an herbal medicine consultation and treatment session at the Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary


Day by Day

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8 Day 9

Day 1: Arrival to Bangkok

Today (or tonight), you'll arrive to BKK airport. Your flight is likely to come in late, so we'll pick you up from the airport and transfer you to a nearby hotel for rest.

Early tomorrow, we'll travel as a group back to the airport to get on our flight to Paro. Food will be available for purchase at the hotel.

If you would like to see a bit of Bangkok, we can arrange for an early arrival for you on this tour, which would give you a full day to explore. Contact us for details.

Meals: --

Hotel: TBD

Day 2: Fly to Paro + Drive to Punakha

Today we'll catch an early flight out of Bangkok and touch down at the enchanting Paro International Airport.

Upon arrival, we’ll receive welcome blessings and spiritual cleansing from a high lama at a monastery, and then begin our drive to Punakha (3.5 hrs).

We’ll travel through the scenic Dochula Pass where you will be able to see the Himalaya Mountains and stop for a rest at the serene meditation caves. Also at the pass are the Dochula Chortens and Druk Wangyal Monastery. 

We’ll visit and plant a tree sapling at Lampeiri Park, and also stop for lunch. 

If you get carsick, we recommend taking medication prior to today’s mountain drive. If you suffer from altitude sickness, we recommend talking with your doctor to begin doses 1 to 2 days prior to arrival.

When we arrive to Punakha, we’ll relax and have dinner at the hotel.

Meals: L, D

Hotel: Dhensa Boutique Resort, Punakha

Day 3: Exploring Punakha

Today you’ll be taking in the beautiful sights of Punakha, the former capital of the country, set between two flowing rivers. 

We’ll start our day with breakfast at the hotel and an hour hike to Khamsum Yuelley Monastery. Afterwards, we’ll take a trip to the Punakha Dzong, a stunning and important sight to see. We’ll also take a walk along Bhutan’s longest suspension bridge.

Lunch today is at a local homestay, providing you the opportunity to see how the Bhutanese live and to experience an authentic home-cooked meal. Bhutanese cuisine trends spicy, so let us know if you have any dietary preferences.

This afternoon, you’ll meet an Aum Karma, a traditional Bhutanese dye and weaving expert, for the chance to learn more about these forms of artwork. Her family has served the royal family for generations, and her property adjoins royal property. It's truly stunning and this is a great chance to interact with a prominent Bhutanese woman and learn more about her life.

Later on, we’ll have dinner back at the hotel.

Meals: B, L, D

Hotel: Dhensa Boutique Resort, Punakha

Day 4: Punakha to Gasa

Today is a very unique and special day. This morning after breakfast, we will begin the drive to Gasa. The drive today will take roughly 3 hours, and will wind through the Jigme Dorji National Park.

This is a Damesly exclusive adventure – most travelers never make it to Gasa due to its remote location. We are coming here for one very special reason: to experience a set of natural hot springs that are revered for their healing effects. Gasa tshachhu is believed to cure rheumatism, arthritis, ulcers, indigestion, skin diseases, and even tuberculosis and other ailments.

There are no hotels in this part of Bhutan, so tonight, you’ll be staying at a Bhutanese family’s farmhouse. You'll meet Aum Chador, who will welcome you with a roaring fire and colorful tales of his life. Meet his whole family and enjoy hot tea and perhaps some adult beverages, as well. Accommodations may be a bit more basic tonight, but still lovely. This unique homestay experience will be one we’re sure you’ll remember for a lifetime.

Meals: B, L, D

Hotel: Chador Homestay, Gasa*

*Note: Double-occupancy only for this homestay.

Day 5: Gasa to Punakha to Thimphu

This morning we’ll have breakfast at the homestay and then visit the Gasa Dzong with spectacular hilltop views. 

Gasa is the most mountainous part of the country and has a rugged and wild feeling to it. This chance to get off the beaten path and uncover an area this remote is truly one-of-a-kind.

Afterwards, we’ll begin our drive to Thimphu (5 hrs). 

Along the way, we’ll stop for lunch and then visit  the Chimi Lhakhang Monastery, a fertility temple in Punakha. This will give us a chance to stretch our legs, as we’ll be walking through paddy fields to visit this village.

We’ll continue on to Thimphu and check in to our hotel, where we’ll have dinner as a group.

Meals: B, L, D

Hotel: The Willows, Thimphu

Day 6: Thimphu

Today you’ll begin to explore Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. There is a lot to see today! 

After breakfast, we’ll begin by visiting the National Memorial Chorten, built to honor the third King, Jigme Dorji Wangchuck. 

From here, we’ll visit the Buddha Dordenma Statue, a giant gold statue of the Buddha that overlooks the mountains. It’s a sight to see! 

Afterward, we’ll take an easy and meditative hike that meanders through the forest, from kuenselphodrang to changangka, a monastery. The hike will take three to four hours, bringing us through a pine forest with city views. Be sure to wear sunscreen and a hat for this hike as there is not much foliage to provide shade.

By this point, we know you’ll be hungry, so we’ll head to a restaurant known for traditional Bhutanese home cooking.

After lunch, we will visit a traditional Bhutanese paper factory, which provides more history about the rich arts culture in Bhutan. 

Meals: B, L, D

Hotel: The Willows, Thimphu

Day 7: Thimphu to Paro

This morning after breakfast, we’ll head to Paro (1 hr).

Upon arrival in Paro, we’ll take a tour of the National Museum of Bhutan in Paro and explore the ancient fortress, Rinpung Dzong.

Afterwards, we’ll have lunch together.

This afternoon, you’ll receive an herbal medicine consultation and treatment session at the Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary, where a traditional Bhutanese medicine doctor will create a personal well-being program, including dietary advice, focused on balancing your body, mind and spirit. 

Tonight we’ll have dinner and rest up at the Naksel Boutique Resort. Get to bed early, as tomorrow morning, we hike to Bhutan’s most incredible attraction: the Tiger’s Nest. 

Meals: B, L, D

Hotel: Naksel Boutique Resort, Paro

Day 8: Tiger’s Nest

Early this morning you’ll be hiking to the Tiger’s Nest, an incredible monastery set high in the cliffs above Paro. This hike is between 5 and 7 hours long and is challenging, but the rewards and the chance to sit inside this incredibly spiritual monastery and feel its history are beyond worth the effort. 

This is a once-in-a-lifetime journey, something no trip to Bhutan would be complete without. If open, we will even have the opportunity to enter the cave underneath the monastery where the tigress slept!

After descending from the mountain, we’ll have lunch together in Paro, and then you’ll have time to rest. Tonight, we’ll have dinner and a hot stone bath at a traditional homestay, the perfect way to say goodbye to the Kingdom of Bhutan. 

Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Meals: B, L, D

Hotel: Naksel Boutique Hotel, Paro

Day 9: Departure

It’s departure day, and we’re bummed to see you go, but we know you’re leaving with memories, photos, and stories to last a lifetime. Bhutan is a magical and very unique country, and not a place many people ever get to see. We’re so honored to have been able to show it to you in such a unique way.

Today we'll be flying back to Bangkok airport and arriving by 4 pm, so please choose an international flight that departs later in the evening from BKK (7 pm or later). Your tour officially ends at BKK.

See you next time! 

Meals: B

Hotel: --



  • Trip Length

    9 days/ 8 nights

  • Activity Level

    High

  • Perfect For

    Spirituality + Hiking

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Includes

  • Airport pickup and dropoff
  • Accommodation (shared, in luxury hotels)
  • Homestay experiences (shared)
  • Arrival hotel for first night in Bangkok
  • All activities including Tiger's Nest hike
  • Herbal treatment at Bhutan Spirit Sanctuary
  • English-speaking local guide
  • Private driver
  • All transportation
  • All meals
  • Roundtrip Flights from Bangkok Airport (BKK) to Paro, Bhutan ($900 value)
  • Visas
  • All daily national domestic fees mandated by Bhutan's government
  • Gratuities for all meals
  • Gratuity for Damesly leader

Excludes

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals + alcohol not listed
  • Gratuity for local guide

Meet Your Trip Leader

Retha Charette

Retha is all about women supporting women and has been from a young age because of her membership in the Girl Scouts. In 2020 she celebrated 30 years in the organization!

She has been traveling consistently for over 6 years and in February of 2019 left her full-time job as...

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Additional Information

Flights: This trip includes RT flights from Bangkok (BKK) to Paro, Bhutan, as well as 1 night of accommodation in Bangkok. You are responsible for your ticket in/out of the Bangkok (BKK) airport. Flights to and from Paro, Bhutan are limited. 

Please fly into BKK on Day 1. Our flight to Paro leaves BKK on Day 2 of this tour. Depart BKK in the evening of Day 9 or, opt to fly home from BKK the next day.

Want us to advise on flights? Email us at info@damesly.com

Weather: Expect warm, humid temps in the 80s with a chance of rain.

Packing: Sun protection (hat/sunscreen/sunglasses), comfortable walking shoes + hiking boots, and clothing for warm days + cool nights are a must for this trip. Additionally you’ll want a small backpack for personal items and a bathing suit for the hot springs. And don't forget your water bottle ;)

For entry into Bhutan, you'll need:

  • Passport (valid for 6+ months)
  • Visa (we will arrange this for you)
  • Travel Insurance*

*Note: We require proof of travel insurance for all international departures.

Will you match me? Of course! If you choose a space in a shared room but you're traveling solo, we will do our best to pair you with a roommate. Roommates are matched based on arrival time and perceived compatibility. Sharing a room is a great way to save costs, and make a new friend! However, we ask you to approach the situation with an open mind, some grace, and maybe a little humor.

While 99% our travelers are amazing, we can't guarantee that you'll hit it off with your roommate, or that your sleeping styles will be compatible.

Is sharing right for you? If you are a light sleeper, get easily irritated or just know that you need your own space, sharing a room might not be for you. Likewise, if you know that you snore, sleep with a CPAP machine or have other health conditions, sharing a room might not be the best fit.

What if I don't get along with my roommate? If you've tried but you absolutely can't get along with your roommate and need to separate, your trip leader will either swap things around, or, attempt to get you your own room. If the latter, additional charges will incur.

What if I book a double room, and you can't match me? We book a certain amount of hotel rooms before any tour, and are bound by their rules. In the event that we cannot find a roommate for you before the tour, and your room converts to a single room, there may be additional charges.

Small group trips require at least 4 people to run. We will confirm as soon as possible when the trip has met its minimum; up to 60 days before departure. For this reason, we recommend waiting until after a trip has been confirmed to purchase airfare. Any tour can be converted to a private departure when a trip does not meet its minimum. Additional costs may incur. Alternatively, apply your credit to any small-group tour departing within 12 months. 

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