EXOTOC ORCHID TOUR (17 Night/18 Days )


On arrival at Paro airport, you will be received by your Bhutan tour guide and drive from Bhutan Dendrobium Tour and Trek (BDTT) representative. Transfer to hotel. After lunch, visit the National Museum and the Paro Rinpong Dzong. The dzong is the seat of the district administration as well as the home for Themonastic School. The central tower (Utse) of the Dzong, with its superb woodwork, is one of the mostbeautiful in the nation. The Dzong was built in 1645 A.D. Overnight at Paro

DAY 02: PARO-HAA (2,800m: 60km)
after breakfast drive/hike to Haa valley. The drive is a gentle uphill climb through forests of blue pine, fir, oak and rhodendrons till the Chelila Pass. The pass at an elevation of 3900 m. provides a panoramic view of the northern and western Himalayan mountain ranges as well as Haa and Paro Valleys. Explore the Chelela Pass area for orchids and alpine flowers. After the picnic lunch at the pass, walk down towards Haa Valley through the ancient trail looking for orchids.

Haa is western-most valley in Bhutan bordering on the Tibet region of China. The valley is traversed by the Haa Chhu (river) and its characteristic features are the three almost conical shaped hillocks considered to be holy by the local people – the first hillock is dedicated to Ap Chhundu, the supreme local protective deity of Haa. The Haa valley opened tourism only in year 2002.Overnight at Haa

DAY 03: HAA-THIMPHU (2,320: 100 km)
after breakfast start journey towards Thimphu through Haa Valley. Make stops along the way to explore for tree orchids. Picnic Lunch on the way. The Haa-Thimphu route provides opportunities to see many villages and farmers at work in their paddy fields. Overnight at Thimphu

Morning drive to Botanical Garden and meet with the in-charge to learn more about the botanicalin Bhutan. The Botanical Garden also have an orchid green house. Drive back to Thimphu for lunch in local restaurant. After lunch visit the Textile Museum, National Library where ancient manuscripts are preserved, Arts and Crafts School and in the evening stroll in Thimphu town. Overnight at Thimphu

DAY 05: THIMPHU-PUNAKHA (1,210m: 70Km)
after breakfast drive upto Dochula Pass (3,150m). From Dochula you can see the Eastern Himalayan mountain ranges on a clear day and around the 108 spectacular stupas which adorn the pass. From the pass, walk through the ancient trail for orchids for a few hours. Meet vehicle on the main highway and drive down to Punakha for the night. Overnight at Punakha


After breakfast drive for half an hour to to Rimchu and then on to Tashithang. Spend the day exploring the forests around Tashithang and Rimchu for orchids. Evening. Overnight at Punakha or CAMP in Tashithang

DAY 07: TASHITHANG-KAMICHU (1,240: 30 km)
After breakfast, drive to Kamichu for another camp. Kamichu area also has a wide variety of orchids. En route to Kamichu visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong. This is the winter residence of Bhutan’s spiritual leader, the Head Abbot, and the Central Monastic Body. The Dzong was built in 1638 and it is situated between two rivers known as Phochu (Male River) and Mochu (Female River).

Overnight at Punakha or CAMP at Kamichu

DAY 08: KAMICHU-PHOBJIKHA (Alt. 2,900m: 70 km)
After an early breakfast, drive to Phobjikha Valley. En route take side trips into the forests around Nobding area for orchids. This is a full day programme. Arrive Phobjikha valley in the evening for overnight at local guest house. Evening: embark on a one hour nature walk starting from Gangtey Gonpa hill to the main Phbjikha valley followed by visit to a farm house for local hospitality. Overnight at Phobjikha

Information about Phobjikha Valley

Phobjikha is a glacial valley on the periphery of the north western tip of the Black Mountain National Park. The valley is a conservatoin area and lies on the northern boundary of the Jowo Durshing range. People sometimes refer to the entire region as Gangtey after the name of the Gangtey Goenpa that is situated on a ridge overlooking the Phobjikha valley. According to legend that the Gangtey Goenpa was founded by the grandson (the mind incarnation) of Pema Lingpa, Gyalse Pema Thinley in 1613 and which was later expanded by Tenzin Legpai Dhendup.

The Phobjikha valley is also one of the roosting grounds of the Black-necked cranes (grusnigricollis) that migrate each year in winter from its nothern habitats in Tibet and Siberia to these grounds. Visit the Information Centre for the Black-necked cranes to learn more about these rare and endangered birds

DAY 09: PHOBJIKHA-TRONGSA (2,020m: 70 km)

Drive to Trongsa. Check in guest house. Afterwards visit the Trongsa Dzong, ancestral home of the royal family. Built in 1648 A.D. by Chogyel Minjur Tempa the Third Druk Desi (Desi means Temporal Ruler) it is presently the administrative seat of the district and the home of the monastic school. TrongsaDzong represents Bhutan’s link with its historical monarchy this is the investiture site for future kings ascending the Golden Throne of Bhutan. You can see its remarkable succession of street-like corridors, wide stone stairs and beautiful stone court-yards.

Trongsa Dzong represents the very best opportunity to capture the true essence of Bhutanese monastic and parliamentary architecture. Here, 25 lhakhangs (small temples, among which is one of the the oldest Lhakhangs in Bhutan – the Chorten Lhakhang, built by Yongzin Ngagi Wangchuk in 1543 A.D) house sacred images and religious relics. Intricate wood carvings and beautiful frescos are emblazoned on the walls and pillars. Visit the watch tower, located directly above the Dzong. The Watch Tower has on display many interesting armors and other weapons of war used by ancient warriors. Overnight at Trongsa

DAY 10: TRONGSA-ZHEMGANG (1960m: 90 km)

The drive from Trongsa to Zhemgang will take through sub-tropical areas with thick jungles. This route has one of the richest forests and has many varieties of tree orchids and other botanical plants and you will fine different types of birds.The district of Zhemgang was opened to tourism only in 2002. The only facility available is a government guest house. Overnight at government guest house or farm House in Zhemgang


Spend the day exploring the Tingtibi forests for orchids, golden langur and other rich fauna and flora. Evening: visit Tingtibi town, overnight at Tingtibi farm house or government guesthouse in Zamgang


Drive towards the Bumthang En route visit the Yatha Textile center in Chumi Valley, 50 km short of Jakar Valley in Bumthang. The drive will take about 7-8 hours. Lunch in Trongsa at local restaurant. Overnight at Bumthang


After breakfast visit the historic Jakar Dzong built in 1646 A.D. which now houses the district Administration offices as well as the monk body. Also visit ancient monasteries like Kenchosum Lhakhang, Tamshing Lhakhang, Kurjey Lhakhang and Jambay lhakhang. Evening, free to stroll through Jakar town. Overnight at Bumthang


After an early breakfast drive to Ura Pass (3950m). Expore the area for high altitude orchids such as lady slipper etc. Evening, return to JakarValley for overnight atBhumthang.



After breakfast drive to Thimphu for lunch and shopping. Afternoon, drive to Paro. En route visit SemokotaDzong. This is the oldest dzong in the country and it was built in 1629. This dzong now houses of the monastic school. Overnight at Paro


After breakfast Sightseeing In the morning takes a hike to Taktsang Monastery. The name Taktsang means Tiger’s Nest’s the monastery is perched on a rocky ledge with a sheer drop of 900 m. It is said that in the second half of the 8th century, Guru Padma Sambbava alighted here upon the back of a tigress. Lunch at Taktsang cafeteria.The round trip hike takes about 4 hrs. En route visit the Drugye lDzong – ruined fortress. The dzong, although in ruins, holds great historical significance. It was from this fortress that the Bhutanese repelled many Tibetan invasions.

On a clear day this spot offers a magnificent vista of Mount Chomolhari, Mountain of Goddess (Alt. 7329 m). In the evening walk through Paro town and Evening visit a farm house and experience traditional hot stone bath.Have dinner at a local restaurant or farm house. Overnight atParo


After early breakfast, your tour guide drive from Bhutan Dendrobium Tour and Trek will see off you at the Paro airport for flight to onward destinations.