Rafting is still in its infancy in Bhutan with the wider, stronger and infinitely more challenging rivers of the eastern region remaining largely unexplored and uncharted. Rafting is mainly done in the Punakha on Mo chhu (Female River) and the Pho Chhu (Male River).
Rafting Guide and Safety Measures
Rafting in Bhutan is piloted by a river guide professionally trained in emergency wilderness first aid and swift water rescue.Prior to venturing into a rafting trip,refares thoroughly briefed about safety measures and guidelines by rafting guide.Quick Travellers always regards safty of guest as the utmost priority .we provide with safty jackets, floating device,helmet and river friendly cloths.We use high quality inflatable rubber raft capable of giving extraordinary performance,agility,stability and maneuverability .Our raft can swift through the wildest and strongest of waves and guarantee 100% safety.
Day 01: Arrival to Paro
Welcome to Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Touching down at Paro International Airport, you will be greeted by our representative of Quick Travellers will receive from airport. Drive to Thimphu for one and half hour, check in to the hotel and let’s have your first taste of Bhutanese cuisine.
After that visit National Memorial Chorten – Meet the elderly generation in circumambulation. Folk Heritage Museum – Dedicated to connecting people to the Bhutanese rural past though exhibition of artifacts used in rural households. Textile Museum – Witnesses the art of traditional weaving. Institute of Zorig Chusum – Commonly known as the Painting School or the School of the Thirteen Arts, the Institute offers you a glimpse of novices learning 13 traditional arts and crafts of Bhutan. It is a hands-on trip for you. Enjoy few moments with future artists of the country. Overnight at hotel in Thimphu
Day 02: Paro to Thimphu
Continue sightseeing in Thimphu, Visit the National Library housing the collection of Bhutanese scriptures dating back to the 8th century, the Traditional Paper Factory displaying the Bhutanese paper making process, the post office to view some of Bhutan’s famous stamps, and a fascinating replica of a medieval farmhouse at the Folk Heritage Museum. Other options include a hike to Tango Monastery (45 mins), one of the most ancient monasteries in the Thimphu region or a hike to Phajoding Monastery providing a splendid view of Thimphu valley. Overnight hotel in Thimphu.
Day 03: Thimphu
In the morning drive north of Thimphu and visit Tango Monastery. It is located on the adjacent mountain of Cheri monastery near Thimphu City. It was founded by Lama Gyalwa Lhanampa in the 13th century and built in its present form by Tenzin Rabgye, the fourth temporal ruler in 1688. The ‘Tango’ in Bhutanese language means “Horse Head”.
After lunch, there are numerous places to visit. Firstly, visit National Memorial Chorten (a stupa dedicated to the third king of Bhutan), Buddha Dorenma, Changgangkha Lhakhang, Takin Zoo (Our national animal), National Textile Museum, National Library of Bhutan – it has rich collection of important and rare documents on Bhutan, including the world’s largest and biggest book on Bhutan.Over Night at Hotel in Thimphu
Day 04: Thimphu to Punakha ( Dochula Pass )
Upon arrival at the Pass, if weather favors you will able to see the panoramic snowcapped mountains of Bbutan, including the highest Mountain of Bhutan (Gangkhar Puensum 7514mtrs). Once you wind down into a warm fertile valley and meander along a gently flowing aquamarine river that leads you to the Punakha Dzong, the second dzong to be built in Bhutan.
Built in 1637, the dzong continues to be the winter home for the clergy, headed by the Chief Abbot the Je Khenpo. It is a stunning example of Bhutanese architecture, sitting at the fork of two rivers, portraying the image of a medieval city from a distance. The dzong was destroyed by fire and glacial floods over the years but has been carefully restored and is, today, a fine example of Bhutanese crafts manship.
After lunch, drive up to the valley is known as Lobesa, Chimi Lhakhang. It is located on a ridge surrounded by beautiful paddy field. It takes around 10 to 15 minute walk to reach the monastery from the road point. Chimi Lhakhang is associated with Lama Drukpa Kuenley, the Divine Madman. This is the most popular fertility temple in the country and many childless couples come to receive blessing. And there are several stories of such prayers being answered.Over Night at Hotel in Punakha
Day 05: Time for adventure (rafting in Pho Chu or Mo Chu)
In the morning drive to Nyienzer gang and hike for about 45 minutes and visit the Khasum Yulley Stupas, which was built in the dedication of our current 5th King for his long life.
Latter, explore yourself 6km float starting and ending from the dzong and ending just before the confluence of the two rivers. Mo chu riber in the mountainous hills of Northern Bhutan and Po Chu River fed glaciers in upper punakha glacial valley offers tremendous rafting opportunity. ThenPho Chu river,with its approc 16km course with 10 rapids of class 2-2+ are choosen for white water rafting packages in Bhutan.After the confluence of these 2 rivers near Punakha Dzong,the main river is known as puna tshangchu which offers even more exciting river runs acknowledge mostely for its culturally stimulating and exciting rapids.
During this meticulously organized river rafting trip,your journey through the most scenic and secluded miles featuring incredibly blue water,breath taking alpine scenery,sighting world’s rarest birds and amazing rapids on the backdrop of striking 17th century Punakha Dzong.
Day 06: Punakha to Gangtey
Drive from Punakha to Gangtey and hike to the glacial valley of Phobjikha (2,900m/10,440ft). This is one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan, and the winter nesting ground of the Black necked Cranes. And hike the nature trails (4.3Km), where you can experience walking in the woods and refreshing the fresh air.
Over Night stay in Hotel in Gangtey
Day 07: Gangtey to Paro
Early morning after breakfast we will drive to Paro and visit Drukgyal Dzong in the morning drive, north of Paro valley brings us to the ruins of Drukgyal Dzong. Built in 1647 by the great Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal, father and unifier of medieval Bhutan, the Dzong was destroyed by an accidental fire and left in ruins as an evocative reminder of the great victories it was built to commemorate. Explore the ramparts and relive the memories of a glorious past and Ta Dzong which is built as a watch tower the Ta Dzong, it was converted into the National Museum in 1968. The museum boasts antique Thangka, textiles, weapons and armour, household objects and rich assortment of natural and historic artifacts.
Paro Valley – In evening you can visit the beautiful Paro valley where you can see many of Bhutan’s old monasteries and temples. The country’s only Airport is in Paro. The valley is also home to mount Chomolhari (7,300 meters) situated at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water forms the Pachu flowing through the valley. Overnight at Paro hotel.
Day 08: Paro (Tiger Nest)
After Breakfast, you can visit Paro Dzong also known as Rinpung Dzong, this 15th century massive fortress/monastery, is also the administrative center of the dzonkhag.
Taktsang Monastery – A one hour hike to the cafeteria is also a vantage view whereby you can enjoy the stunning view of the monastery. Prayer flags adorn the cliffs and this is also where Guru Padmasambhava landed on the back of a tigress in the 8th century. Overnight hotel in Paro
Duration: 5-7 hours depending on time taken in monasteries
Difficulty: Moderate – Guided with mineral water
Day 09: Departure
Our representative of Quick Travellers will drop you in airport where you can fly back to your destination
- Receive and Transfer to Airport
- Double/Twin in 3 star hotel
- English Speaking Guide
- All Sightseeing
- Museum Fees
- Bhutan Visa
- All Permits
- Bottled Mineral Water
Cost Does Not Include:
- Donations to Monasteries
- Alcohol & Beverages
- Tips for Guide, Driver & Hotel Staff
- Gifts & Souvenirs
- International Telephone Calls
- Round Trip Air fare
- Inbound Airfare