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Bhutan Crane Festival Tour

Trip Introduction

Bhutan Crane Festival Tour

Every year November 11, during the Black necked crane’s come back from procreation grounds in Tibet, is the birthday of Bhutan’s 14th king birthday, the Bhutanese make merry a Crane Festival at the Gangteng Goemba (monastery). The festival birds' song and dance in the temple patio in the morning and afternoons of experience with scuttle and stone throwing and archery. We can see fine-hand made carpets, fabrics, paintings, carvings and food by the side of the road to the temple.

Actual Adventure provides you an opportunity to experience the outstanding culture, panorama and wildlife of the delightful country Bhutan. The venture starts from Paro. Motor instructor is comfortable transportation which is available in all areas with the extra hike to the landscape. The Bhutanese Crane festival is the best part of this holiday package.

 

Facts Of Trip

Trip Grade: Easy tour and Trekking

Best Month: March / May ,September / December

Per Day Average  Trekking: 5 to 6 hours

Tour Type: Lodge,Tea house

Route:Paro – Punakha – Gngtey – Bhumdra - Paro

Max Altitude: 3,000m

Duration :13 Days including four nights in Nepal

Region:  Paro and Thimphu Tour and Trekking Region

Mode of Travel: Ground Transportation

 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: 6th of Nvember : Kathmandu Arrival(1360m)

You will be warmly greeted by well Nepal at your arrival at Tribhuwan Intrenational Airport Kathmandu. Our representative will picked up you and about a 45 minut bus journey to the heart of the city and check in to Hotel there is time for a cup of tea, shower and then a chance to see the tourist district of Kathmandu by night as we go for dinner before an early night!

 

Day 2: 7th  November : Kathmandu Sightseeing(1360m)

This is your Kathmandu  sightseeing day and prepatation day too. You will visit Kathmandu Durbar square, a in-createable wooden house, palace and temple, (a world heritage site) and Swayambhunath (also a world heritage siit) which a Buddhist stupa and Monastery,  which over 2000 years old and one of the oldest in the world. Here is a great chance to see across the valleys, see some monkey and begin to learn about  this fascinating ccountry. If you need anything  before heading  out then you have to shopping on this day. Here is short briefing about trip in given  and pre tour discussion is done with your leader and members. Feel free to ask any questions regarding your tour.

 

Day 3, 8th November: Kathmandu to  Paro (2,280m)

You are heartily welcome to the land of Thunder Dragon, Bhutan. You will definitely feel good on the crystal clear air, peaceful environment, and glorious snow capped mountains. After the immigration formalities you will meet Actual Adventure representative with whom you will drive to Thimpu and check in to hotel and let’s have first taste of Bhutanese cuisine. Today we will first drive to a small hill, Sangaygang where the Bhutan Broad Casting tower is stationed. It takes around 15 minutes from the main city. We can enjoy the beautiful view of Thimpu city. On the way to hillock, we can also see the national animal of Bhutan, talking. Then we will move to Buddha point at Kuensel Phodrang which is one of the tourist sites. The 169 feet Buddha’s bronze statues attracts many visitors. At night, the scene of Thimpu valley from here is fantastic and beautiful. After that we will be witnessing the art of traditional weaving at textile Museum. We will not miss visiting the largest Thimpu Dzong. Then we will back to the hotel and spend the night.

 

Day 4, 9th November: Explore Thimpu ( Phajoding Trek)

Today we will hike to Phajoding Monastery. It takes 3 hours ascent and 2 hour descent. If there is more time left than we can trek to Thuje Dra. We will be mesmerized by the view of Thimpu from Phajoding monastery and Thuje Dra. We can watch the Rhododendron forest from the Thuje Dra. At late noon we will return Thimpu. Then we will go to Changangkha monastery, built in the 12th century which is also the oldest monastery in Thimpu.

 

Day 5, 10th November: Thimpu to Punakha (1300m)

Today we will drive to Dochu La Pass 1st where we can see 108 cartons. Then we will hike to observe Dachu la nature through the dense forest of Rhododendron, Magnolia and Juniper about 2 hours. This walk takes us to the Botanical Garden at the bottom. Then we will drive to Punakha Dzong which was built in 1637. The Dzong is the winter home for the clergy. It has portrayed the stunning Bhutanese Architecture, placed in the fork of two rivers. Then our next destination will be Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, built by third queen mother Ashi Tshering Yangdon Wangchuck. The Chorten has also impressive Bhutanese architecture and art.

 

Day 6, 11th November: Punakha to Gangtey (3000m)

Today is a Crane festival in Gangtey Goemba so we will drive there this morning through Phojikha. Phojikha valley is famous for the winter home for the Black necked cranes. There we can see Gangtey Goemba overlooking the Phojikha valley, built in the 17th century and oldest valley monastery. To join the local in their Crane festival, we will walk along the Phojikha valley. After enjoying the festival we will back to our hotel.

 

Day 7, 12th November - Punakha to Paro.

Today we will visit Talo village, is located on an elevation 2800m high hill above Punakha. The village is spread along the hill slopes. Then next attraction will be Chhimi Lhakhang. We have to walk 20 minutes crosswise patio fields through the village of Sopsokha from the roadside. Then we will walk to the small temple located on a hillock in the center of the valley under Metshina. Then we will return to the beautiful valley, Paro which is considered as a home to many Bhutan’s old monasteries and temple. The valley is also famous for mount Chomolhari (7,300m) is positioned at the northern end of the valley whose glacier water appearances the Pachu running through the valley. Next attraction of the Paro valley is Paro Dzong which is also recognized as Rinpung Dzong, this 15thcentury huge monastery, is also the executive center of the Dzonkhag. Then we will go to see the National Museum which was Ta Dzong earlier 1968. It was built as a watch tower. Now it brags traditional Thankas, textiles, weapons and armor, household things and rich collection of nature and historic relics.

 

Day 8, 13th November - Paro to Haa via Chele La.

Today we will drive to heal through Chele La (3,988m). We can see the Paro valley from the pass on the side and then he valley on the other. Haa valley was opened for tourist in 2002 and it is least visited the valley in Bhutan. After visiting Katso Lhakhang at Katso village, we will head to Paro.

 

Day 9, 14th November: Bumdra Trek (2280m)

We will start our walk from Sang Choekor Buddhist collage (2800m) to Yak Pasture under the Bumdra monastery (3800m). Today early morning we will drive up to the Sang Choekor. We will climb a ridge for the first few hours in a cool shade which takes us to a cleaning with prayer flags and see down into both Paro and Do Chu valleys. We will reach head to the Chhoe Chhoe Tse Lhakhang (temple) located on the mountainside, 2 hours walk away. We will spend our night under the Bumdra monastery (cave of a thousand prayers). After lunch we will explore the monastery and climb peaks to the north (about 4000m) for the stunning views.

 

Day 10, 15th November: visit Bumdra.

After breakfast we will immerse up the view and hang some prayer flags of our own. Then we will back to the valley through old pine and rhododendron forest. After the few hour descent we will see glimpses golden roofs of temple below. We begin the final descent of about 45 minutes to get our vehicle and drive back to Uma Paro. Then we will go to Thaksang, the tiger's nest which is a famous Himalaya Buddhist holy site and shrine located on the edge of Paro valley. Myths said that Guru Rinpochhe had flown to this place from Tibet on the back of the Tigress and deliberate in a cave. So the place is also famous as Tiger nest.

 

Day11. 16th  November ; Depature from Paro Aiport to Kathmandu. Afterer  breakfast our representative will help you with the exit formalities and bid you farewell. and in Kathmandu will be our representative to picked you at hotel.

 

Day 12: 17th Sightseeing in Kathmandu.

 November : Today is your free day at Kathmandu  you are free to enjoy any of the services and facilities at Kathmandu  like sports, Game, shoppings, restaurant and bars and get your beloved and close one a memory  of Nepal. You will be organized a great Nepali Dinner program with your crew memember and them. Enjoy

 

Day 13:  18th  November : Depature HomeYour Gasa hot spring,Trek Via Nepal come to an end today! There is nothing to do than trade emails to travel friends and agencies, also organize your photos, On our wy to home  we will have plently of time  to plan our next adventure trip in the wanderful country of Nepal. Enjoy B service.

 

 IMPORTANT NOTE

Please be aware that your safety while in Nepal is our number one propriety.  All itineraries are subject to change if there are safety concerns, health concerns of people in the group and/or weather concerns.  This will be decided by the trek leader but we will always discuss the options with the group where possible to ensure peoples wises are taken into account, however the Treks leader decision is final.

Cost Includes

 We believe that after a day trekking it is important to have the best available accommodation and food. This is why we use only the best lodges and hotels and allow our customers to choose the food they wish to eat from the menu available.

Unlike many other trekking companies our price includes all meals on trek.

 

This price includes the following:

Two nights accommodation in a three star Hotel in Kathmandu including breakfast. This will be for the One night before trek and One night after trek.

Airport arrival and Departure with private tourist vehicle.

Applicable Airport Taxes (Bhutan )

Accommodation with all meals in 3 star hotels and on trek.

Transportation during the Tour as well as on trek.

 All entrance fees to museums and monuments.

Professional Tour  and trekking guide, driver chauffeur.

Mineral water throughout the Trip.

Royalty and taxes.

Cost Not Includes

COST NOT INCLUDES:

Air Fare ( Both International and domestic )

Travel Insurance charges and other emergencies fee.

Cost of foreign exchange for personal expenses;

Expenses of personal nature, personal trekking aids, mini bar in the room,
Laundry, telephone bills, tips, gratuities etc.

First Aids Kids (personal)

Surcharges applicable during Conventions, Special Events and Trade fairs.

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    Equipment Check – List

     

    What clothing and equipment to take is one of the things that people worry the most about!  We can advise you and help you and it does of course depend on the time of year, the area, the altitude and how many days you are trekking/climbing. When you arrive in Kathmandu we will go through all your equipment to ensure that it is correct for your trip. In Thamel (the tourist area of Kathmandu where you will be staying) there is an abundance of shops seeling equipment and clothing so if anything is forgotten it can easily be sourced.It is also possible to hire climbing equipment and also items such as down jackets, and sleeping bags saving you a large purchase.

     

    The following equipment list is suggested and necessary for both camping and tea house  treks. Use this list as a guide line.The basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you  should always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag,  should weight no more than 15kg. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow. 

     

    GENERAL CHECK - LIST

    The following  basic check list should help you with your packing for any of our trips. Please remember that you  should  always try to keep the weight of your clothing equipment down to a minimum. Your packed trek bag,  should weight no more than 15 kilograms. Please remember this is just a check list and you do not necessarily need to bring everything that is listed bellow. Use your own experience and judgment  to make your decision.

    -Light and expedition weight thermal tops.

    -Fleece jacket or pullover.

    -fleece wind –stopper Jacket (optional)

    -Waterproof  sheel jacket (preferably breathable fabric)

    -Lightweight thermal gloves.

    -Underwear (4)

    -Shorts (2)

    -Lightweight cotton long trousers / pants .

    -Light and expedition  weight thermal bottoms.

    -Sun hat or Scarf.

    -Warm fleece hat or light balaclava.

    -T- shirt (2)

    -Thin, light weight (inner socks) (4).

    -Sunglasses with UV protection.

    -Sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees ¾ season

    -Head lamp (eg petzl) Spare bulbs and batteries.

    -Small padlock  to lock trek bag.

    -Basic first aid kit(see First aid medicine bellow)

    -Plastic bags –for keeping items dry inside trek bag.

    -Daypack ( 35 to 40 litters/ 2500 to 3000 cubic inches.)

    -Camping mattress, eg thermarest pad.

    -water bottles.

    -Tolietries.

    -Small wash towel.

    -Footwear appropraite to the trip.

    -Waterproof  shell trousers / pants. (Preferably  berathable fabric)

     

    TREKKING  CHECK LIST

    In addition to the items listed in our general check list you will need to take the following on your trekking trip:

    -Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof sheel  outer.

    -Down vest and/ or jacket (optional).

    -Fleece or wool trousers/ pants.

    -Trekking/ hiking boods with spare laces.

    -Thick, warm wool hiking socks (4)

    - Footwear for around camp, eg running shoes and /or sandals.

    -Gaiters (optional).

    -Telescopic trekking/ ski poles (optional)

     

    MOUNTAINERING / CLIMBING CHECK LIST

    In addition to the checklists for general trekking equipment above, and depending  on the trip you have chosen, various items of mountaineering equipment may also be required, eg:

    -Plastic boots and crampons (preferably step – in bindings ) with front points.

    -Mountaineering  Safety harness.

    -Mountaineering  Ice axe(60 to 75 cms long – depending on your height and personal  preference).

    -120 cms (4ft) climbing sling and to locking and unlocking  caravines.

    -Telescopic ski – sticks (optional).

    -Prussik loops .

    -Climbing helmet (optional).

    -Jumer (Ascender & Descender).

    -Pocket Knife.

    -Head lamp.

    -Mattress.

    -Rope and Snow bars.

    -Ice crew.

    -High altimeter.

    Most if not all of this equipment will be needed  for any  trip that  crosses steep, snow – covered  ground, or which includes sections  of glacier travel. Our recommendation that you take no more than fifteen kilos of trekking equipment dose not include your plastic boots, ice axe , Crampons ot herness/ carabiners . During the trek, climbing hard wear will be carried separately from your personal trek bag, in group bags untill needed.

     

    EQUIPMENT  RENTAL

    In order to minimize your expense outlay for trekking and climbing equipment you may never use  again, equipmeent rental and buying is possible in Kathmandu. You find them lot cheaper  than you find in europe and in Usa. Shops in Thamel offer a wide range of equipment available for rent and buy. Here is some cost which give you an aidea of the cost to rent in Kathmandu.

    -Sleeping bags.

    -Down Jackets.

    -All purpose mountaineering Ice axe (60 – 70 cms)

    -Ice hummer.

    -Climbing Harness .

    -2 looking Carabiners , Climbing Sling.

    -12 – point Crampons.

    -Plastic Climbing boots.

    -Helmet.

     

    FIRST AID MEDICINE

    -Bandage for Sprains.

    -Plaster/ Band- aids.

    -Iodine or Water filter(optional)

    -Moleskin/ Second skin – for blisters.

    -Antiseptic ointment for cuts.

    -Anti- bacterial throat lozenges (with antiseptic)

    -Aspirin/ paractamol- general painkiller.

    -Oral rehydration salts.

    -Broad – spectrum antibiotic (norfloxacin or ciprofloxin).

    -Anti  - diarrhea medication (antibiotic).

    -Diarrhea stopper (Imodium – optional)

    -Antibiotic for Giardia or similar microbe or bacteria.

    -Diamox  (Altitude sickness – can be  bought in Kathmandu.

    -Sterile Syringe set (anti-AIDS precaution).

    - For more details  please see our  staying healthy  topic.

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